Role of a College Union
The union is the community center of the college, serving students, faculty, staff, alumni, and guests. By whatever form or name, a college union is an organization offering a variety of programs, activities, services, and facilities that, when taken together, represent a well-considered plan for the community life of the college. The union is an integral part of the educational mission of the college.
As the center of the college community life, the union complements the academic experience through an extensive variety of cultural, educational, social, and recreational programs. These programs provide the opportunity to balance coursework and free time as cooperative factors in education.
The union is a student-centered organization that values participatory decision-making. Through
Volunteerism, its boards, committees, and student employment, the union offers first-hand experience in citizenship and educates students in leadership, social responsibility, and values.
In all its processes, the union encourages self-directed activity, giving maximum opportunity for self-realization and for growth in individual social competency and group effectiveness.
The union’s goal is the development of persons as well as intellects.
Traditionally considered the “hearthstone” or “living room” of the campus, today’s union is the gathering place of the college. The union provides services and conveniences that members of the college community need in their daily lives and creates an environment for getting to know and understand others through formal and informal associations.
The union serves as a unifying force that honors each individual and values diversity. The union fosters a sense of community that cultivates enduring loyalty to the college.
*Adopted by the Association’s general membership in 1996, this statement is based on the Role of College Union statement, 1956
Statesboro Campus Student Union
Welcome to the Statesboro Campus Student Union (Russell Union). The Russell Union provides a multitude of event planning resources including facility reservations, audio visual services, and event consultation. The Russell Union also houses the following departments: The Office of the Dean of Students, The Office of Multicultural Affairs, Fraternity and Sorority Life, Office of Student Conduct, Military and Veteran Student Center, Russell Union Operations, Student Government Association, and the Office of Leadership and Community Engagement.
Included in the 110,000 square foot Russell Union facility is:
- 600-Seat Ballroom
- 444- Seat Movie Theatre/Auditorium with Concession Stand
- Wireless Internet
- 14 Meeting Rooms
- 2 Computer Labs
- Gus Mart & Union Deli
- Information Center
- Catering Kitchen
- Meditation Room
There are also several areas throughout the building to study, relax, and exchange thoughts and ideas with faculty, staff, and fellow students.
The Williams Center’s Office of Student Activities and the Student Organization Resource Center is a resource for students, organizations, and advisors with helpful information on organizational development, event planning resources, and full-time staff to support your co-curricular needs. The Williams Center includes a Multi-purpose Room that holds over 400 people, 26-seat conference room, and multiple meeting and work spaces available to students, faculty, and staff. The Offices of Student Media, Career Services, and First Year Experience also reside within the Williams Center building.
Last updated: 1/12/2023