University of Florida Office of Student Activities and Involvement Records
Scope and Content
Collection contains records relating to student organizations created at the University of Florida. Information on each organization varies, but could include officer lists, founding registration forms, constitutions, and news clippings related to the organization.
- 1939 - 2016
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The earliest supervision and direction of student organizations on the University of Florida campus was the faculty committee on "student organizations" in 1912-13. Early student organizations on campus included literary societies, Transit club (for engineers), Teacher's Club, Agricultural club, Military organizations, band/orchestra, Glee Club, Athletics clubs, Debate, German club, Dramatic club, fraternities, and the Young Men's Christian Association (YMCA).
The Office of Student Activities and Involvement began in 1967 under Bill Cross, Assistant Director of the Union and Director of Student Activities. In 1986, the office was instructed to develop student groups who would provide programming in the Union. Over time, the office grew to include such functions as the College Bowl, the gallery at the Union, Leisure courses, student organization registration and advisement, and campus permitting for student organization events.
In 2005, the Office of Fraternity and Sorority Affairs and Student Government advising moved from the Dean of Students Office to the Office of Student Activities. In 2011, the Department of Student Activities and Involvement was created to focus on four areas: Student Organizations and Campus Events, Student Government, Travel and Recreation program, and Sorority and Fraternity Affairs.
As of 2015, the Office of Student Activities and Involvement consists of Student Organizations and Campus Events, Student Government, and Sorority and Fraternity Affairs.
Directors of the Office:
Director of Student Activities William "Bill" Cross, 1967-1987 Myra F. Morgan, 1987-1996 Lohse Beeland, 1996-2005
Director of Campus Programs Beth Waltrip, 2005-2011
Director of Student Involvement Chris Cupoli, 2005-2007
Director of Student Activities and Involvement Nancy Chrystal-Green, 2008-2019 Solange Douglas, 2021-
For more information on Student Affairs and the Office of Student Activities and Involvement, see History of the UF Division of Student Affairs compiled and edited by Sharon C. Blansett, 2015.
32.5 Linear Feet (26 boxes)
Language of Materials
Collection contains records relating to student organizations created at the University of Florida.
Arranged in alphabetical order by organization name.
Please note that this collection is housed in the Auxiliary Library Facility off campus and will require advance notice for timely retrieval. Please contact the Special and Area Studies Collections department prior to your visit.
Transferred from the Office of Student Activities and Involvement Records, November 2022.
- A Guide to the University of Florida Office of Student Activities and Involvement Records
- Finding aid created by Dalia Dooley and Sarah Coates
- April 2023
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Part of the Special and Area Studies Collections, George A. Smathers Libraries, University of Florida Repository
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