SUNY Ulster offers students opportunities to participate in the governance of the College and to participate in a variety of extracurricular activities. The student activity fee paid with tuition provides funding for many of the programs planned and sponsored by the student-run student activities board. This fee automatically conveys membership in the Student Government Organization. The Student Government Organization, together with the Ulster Community College Association, Inc. Board of Directors, oversees the various clubs and organizations. Information regarding the Student Government Organization, as well as current clubs and organizations, may be found here, or obtained from the Coordinator of Campus Life.
SUNY Ulster recognizes the benefits of a competitive athletic program and the role it plays in both the development of the student and the vibrancy of campus life. Competitive intercollegiate athletic opportunities are available for both men (baseball, basketball, golf, soccer, wrestling and cross-country) and women (softball, cross-country and volleyball). Student athletes are expected to attend classes, maintain satisfactory academic progress towards their degree program, conduct themselves in a sportsmanlike manner, and uphold all aspects of the SUNY Ulster Student Athlete Code of Conduct Policy, found here. The SUNY Ulster Athletic Program is committed to assisting qualified student athletes with their goal of competing at a higher level. SUNY Ulster is a member of the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA), Region XV, and the Mid-Hudson Conference. More information about athletic opportunities is available here.
In addition, the SUNY Ulster Athletic Department, upon recommendation of NJCAA Article VI, Section 10, institutes a 20 hour per week practice and competition schedule. In addition, all athletic teams are required to grant one day off from all athletic related activities per seven day period. Athletic related activities include but are not limited to team meetings, tape review sessions, technical discussions, weight training programs and conditioning sessions. A record of all team activities and practice/game sessions are kept on file with the Director of Athletics.
The SUNY Ulster Student Conduct Policy may also be viewed in the SUNY Ulster Board of Trustees Policy Manual here.
Student Government Organization (SGO)
SUNY Ulster’s Student Government Organization (SGO) represents the main voice of the student body and works to ensure a high quality of student life on the Stone Ridge campus. In addition to providing oversight to student organizations, clubs and events, SGO evaluates and approves club budget requests, supervises student elections and administers the activities of the Student Activities Board. SGO meets the 1st and 3rd Wednesday of each month to conduct its business. The Student Council, with representatives from each active campus club, meets to address student issues, concerns and ways to improve overall Student Life. SGO officers, including President, Vice-President, Treasurer, Secretary, and Student Trustee are elected for a one-year term. The SGO officers and the student delegates on the Student Council represent the voice of student leadership at SUNY Ulster. SGO’s Facebook page is a popular mode for student networking and communication. More information, including a list of current student representatives and contact information, is available here.
The Student Trustee is elected by the student body to represent them on SUNY Ulster’s Board of Trustees. The Board is responsible for the educational policies and operations of the College. The Student Trustee attends all meetings of the Board and serves as a fully voting member. The name of the current Student Trustee is available here.
Student Organization and Clubs
Student clubs at SUNY Ulster offer options for a wide variety of interests. Creating a new club at SUNY Ulster is processed through the Student Government Organization. SUNY Ulster is committed to enhancing and improving the full college experience and encourages student engagement in extra-curricular activities. Student Life at SUNY Ulster offers many opportunities for students to engage in activities outside the classroom. The Student Life Center in Vanderlyn Hall offers an environment for social interaction among students, faculty and staff. A complete list of active clubs at SUNY Ulster and faculty club Advisors, can be found here.
Student Admissions Ambassadors (SAA)
The SAA program consists of current students who share their personal experiences as a SUNY Ulster student with those who express interest in attending the College in the future. SAA members must participate in three or more volunteer activities per semester and be in good academic standing in order to maintain membership. Activities include, but are not limited to, volunteering at Admissions events, assisting at local college fairs, and participating in Spring Open House. Applicants are selected through a written application process.
SUNY Ulster’s Arts programs are open to the public and the College community. Most events are free of charge or a suggested donation is requested. Check the Calendar of Events here and the Art Department’s website here for more information.
Larry Berk Artist-in-Residence Program
The highly successful Artist-in-Residence Program began in 1999, and brings artists of international and national renown to the campus to share their talents with students and community members.
Herbert H. & Sofia P. Reuner Library Writers Series
Each fall a renowned writer is invited to campus, presenting a unique opportunity for SUNY Ulster students and the community to hear award-winning authors discuss and read from their work.
Ellen Robbins Poetry Forum
An annual event that brings well known and award winning poets to the SUNY Ulster campus for informal question and answer sessions and special evening readings of their poetry.
Words and Music Series
This series focuses on the multi-disciplinary blending of music and the spoken word.
Visiting Artist Series
This program brings acclaimed visual and performing artists to campus each semester. The artists give a lecture and show their work in the Muroff Kotler Gallery, or perform in the Quimby Theatre.
Visual Arts Exhibitions
The Muroff Kotler Art Gallery hosts an Exhibition Series that presents high-caliber art work. Exhibitions include solo shows by local artists and a visiting artist, themed juried shows, and the work of visual arts faculty. In addition, the gallery showcases the work of our own visual arts majors and of area high school students.
The College’s permanent art collection serves as a permanent visual reference source and enriches the cultural climate on campus by making works of art available to students and the community. More information is available here.
SUNY Ulster’s Theater program mounts a spring and fall production every year in the College’s Quimby Theater. The department offers an A.A. Degree in Theater Arts open to all students.
SUNY Ulster’s music program presents spring and fall concerts. Concerts include Wind Ensemble, Jazz Ensemble, String Ensemble, Choral and Community Band Concerts, and a Faculty Concert. A Tuba Christmas Concert is held every year. The concerts are held in the College’s Quimby Theater and are free and open to the public. More information is available here.