Athletics and Recreation || Campus Ministry || Career Services || Counseling/Student Development || Dean of Students || Housing and Residence Life || Student Activities & Leadership Development || Student Government || Student Organizations || Student Publications || Student Health Services
In the context of the University's mission, Catholic identity and core values, the Student Life Division complements the University's academic goals by engaging students through an integrated program of services and educationally purposeful learning experiences designed to enhance holistic growth and personal development.
The Athletics and Recreation Department provides opportunities for participation in intercollegiate athletics, club teams, intramural sports, and varied recreational activities. The University is a member of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division III of the Colonial States Athletic Conference (CSAC) and of the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC). Nineteen athletic teams, including ten sports for women (basketball, cross country, field hockey, lacrosse, outdoor track and field (Fall 2014) soccer, softball, swimming and diving, tennis, and volleyball) and nine sports for men (baseball, basketball, cross country, golf, lacrosse, outdoor track and field (Fall 2014), soccer, swimming and diving, and tennis) are sponsored. Formal and informal recreational opportunities are offered to students, faculty, and staff through intramural sports, open recreation programs, wellness classes, sports clubs, and numerous recreational and fitness activities. Facilities include a new athletics and wellness center with a 1,500 seat arena, an eight lane state-of-the-art aquatics center, elevated running/walking track, 5,000 square feet fitness center, two-story climbing wall, dance studio, athletic training room and lab, team rooms, and many other features. This facility is complemented by a sand volleyball court, tennis courts, softball and baseball fields, and a new multi-sport turf field that accommodates virtually all athletic, recreation and fitness needs and interests.
Campus Ministry serves the mission of the University by promoting a faith community among faculty, staff, and students and providing opportunities for liturgy, prayer, spiritual and moral development, community service, and social justice activities. Campus Ministry empowers students for roles of leadership in Church and society, and stimulates leadership that will create a more caring and just world. Programs are planned, organized, and administered by students with the guidance of the staff. All members of the Marywood community, regardless of denomination, are encouraged to participate in Campus Ministry activities.
An extensive program of volunteer service opportunities is provided through the Campus Ministry Office. This program enables Marywood students to participate in a wide variety of community service and volunteer projects that assist them in learning about and valuing service. Students are placed according to their interests and in response to community needs. Student-initiated activities also are encouraged. Volunteer service by students is intended to be communal, integrating, liberating, and stimulating of energies and skills for the future.
Services of the Career Services Office are available to students and alumni at any stage on their career path. The staff assists students to make informed career choices, facilitates the transition from school to the work world, and assists with preparation of applications to graduate/professional programs.
Career counseling, workshops, and testing are available, and technology such as InterviewStream prepares students and alumni for employment/graduate school interviews. The Career Services web page provides information about specific services available, offers employment listings through College Central and a wide selection of other on-line resources. Audiovisual and printed materials on occupations, job search, and choosing a major also are available.
In addition, recruiters are hosted on campus to conduct job/internship interviews and resumes are forwarded in response to requests of employers. Students and alumni have the opportunity to attend on-campus employment fairs, as well as a regional employment/internship fair. Students are encouraged to use the services of the department early in their education and throughout their careers.
The Counseling/Student Development Center assists students with many challenges, changes and choices. The Center's professional staff and supervised graduate student interns respond to a spectrum of student needs, from routine information to academic support services to assistance with serious psychological issues. The Center offers confidential individual personal counseling, personal growth groups, psychiatric consultation, and crisis intervention to help students deal effectively with important issues related to their academic and personal growth. The staff is committed to a comprehensive wellness philosophy. Outreach educational sessions to enhance social, emotional, spiritual, intellectual, and vocational health are provided.
The Dean of Students supervises a comprehensive student life program of services and activities to enhance student growth and development and to support the integration of formal and out-of-class learning experiences. Through coordination of planning, policy formulation, and management of the Housing and Residence Life and Student Activities and Leadership Development Offices, the Dean is a primary administrative liaison to the student body. The conduct policies and proce-dures also are administered by the Dean of Students.
The Housing and Residence Life Office strives to provide a safe, comfortable, secure, and nurturing living-learning environment, that enhances students’ academic and personal development goals while intentionally fostering a sense of community, civic responsibility, and appreciation for diversity.
First and second year full-time students under the age of 21 who do not live with their parents/guardians in their family homes within a 50 mile radius of campus, are required to reside on campus. The University Housing and Dining Agreement is binding for the full academic year (or remaining portion thereof) and cannot be transferred or reassigned. A variety of meal plans is available; the current room and board fees are listed in “Financial Facts Information” available on the Cashier’s page of the University website (www.marywood.edu/cashier/).
The room selection process for returning residents occurs in the spring semester. Options range from traditional corridor-style residence halls with double rooms to suites with private baths, townhouse-style residences, and small homes. Each facility is staffed by a graduate student residence director. Undergraduate and graduate students also serve as resident assistants in the living units. Selected on the basis of leadership and interpersonal relationship skills, the RAs are trained to develop a stimulating and rewarding living/learning community. Finally, the Residence Hall Advisory Board provides opportunities for all residents to participate in residence hall governance and programming, as well as, assisting the Housing and Residence Life staff address student needs and interests.
A bed, dresser, desk, chair, and closet or wardrobe are provided for each resident. All rooms are connected to the campus network for use with personal computers. Cable TV connections are provided. Cleaning service is provided for the public areas in the residence halls, and washers and dryers are located in each hall and in the Woodland Residences.
The Center for Student Activities and Leadership Development provides a wide array of programs, activities, and services to increase students' personal, intellectual, social, and cultural development. Through involvement in activities, organizations, and programs, students have numerous out-of-class learning experiences and enhance the development of life-long leadership skills.
The New Student Orientation Program, a summer experience for first year students and parents, is coordinated by the Center for Student Activities and Leadership Development, along with the Housing and Residence Life Office. This program is structured to increase the new students’ understanding of the academic and student life programs and services to ease transition to the college experience. The Student Activities and Leadership Development staff also manages the Family Weekend each fall and several other special focus programs. The director is the primary advisor to the Student Government Association (SGA) and its committees. Formal leadership education programs, the Student Activities budget system, advisement and supervision of student organizations, and social and co-curricular activities and related programs sponsored by the student organizations and by the University are among the primary functions of this office.
All undergraduate students are members of the Student Government Association (SGA). This association organizes and promotes various activities and programs and offers opportunities for leadership experiences. The SGA works to assure students' understanding of their rights and responsibilities and promotes varied programs of organized volunteer activity.
Students interested in organizing new clubs are encouraged to contact the staff of the Office of Student Activities and Leadership Development for information regarding the procedures to initiate new groups.
Several opportunities are offered for artists, journalists, and creative writers. The student newspaper, The Wood Word, is published monthly. Bayleaf, a student arts/literary journal, attracts creative work from student writers and artists for bi-annual publications.
A full-time registered nurse and a nurse practitioner provide primary care (assessment and treatment) and make referrals to community physicians and to campus and community resources for treatment, health education, and counseling. Serious emergencies are referred immediately to nearby hospitals. Physician services are available during the spring and fall semesters.
The Student Health Services staff is committed to a comprehensive wellness philosophy. On-campus medical services, health information and counseling are available to all students without charge. Students living on campus and all international students are required to complete and submit a health history and immuniza-tion record (including documentation of compliance with the Pennsylvania law mandating that residents of university-owned housing have received the meningo-coccal vaccine) to the Student Health Services Office. Other students who choose to use these services must submit a completed health history and immunization record before non-emergency services can be provided. Resident students who do not fulfill the health immunization record requirement will be required to live off campus.
All full-time students must furnish evidence of health insurance, otherwise, they will be enrolled in a University endorsed healthcare plan. Additional details about the mandatory student health insurance program are provided each semester and are available online and in the Student Health Services Center.