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Center for Leadership and Involvement


The Center for Leadership and Involvement is responsible for


  • promoting community service opportunities to and tracking the service hours of the student body;

  • working collaboratively with the Clarion Students’ Association (CSA) on issues related to the student activity fee and recognized university organizations (RUOs);

  • engaging students in leadership development opportunities;

  • ensuring that fun and entertaining programming and events occur for students;

  • providing organizational advising services to the Advisory Board for Leadership and Engagement (ABLE), Student Senate, the University Activities Board and the fraternity and sorority community, and assistance to recognized student organizations (RSOs).


Clarion Students’ Association (CSA)

The Clarion Students’ Association (CSA) is a 501(c) 3 charitable organization, whose board of directors consists of students (8), faculty (2) and alumni (2) representatives. Per Act 188 of 1982, CSA sets the student activity fee and supervises its collection and distribution, in cooperation with the president of Clarion University. CSA also oversees the Clarion University Store management contract with Neebo and uses any profits and/or income derived from the operation of the store for the purpose of supporting the athletic, cultural, recreational, social and integrated learning activities of the university.


Fraternity and Sorority Affairs

The mission of the Fraternity and Sorority Affairs program is to provide support, programs and services for students affiliated with general fraternities and sororities, which help them to achieve their academic goals and aid in their personal growth and development. The efforts of the staff of the Center for Leadership and Involvement emphasize scholarship, service, leadership, involvement, diversity, community building, self-governance and lifelong membership, and challenge each undergraduate member to incorporate the ideals expressed in the ritual of his or her fraternity or sorority into their daily lives.

James Gemmell Student Complex

The James Gemmell Student Complex is the student center. It serves as a meeting and gathering place for our students, as well as the central location for campus organizations to hold events. The building is home to the Clarion University Store powered by Neebo, the Gemmell Food Court (featuring Mondo Subs, Pazzelli’s Pizza, Big Smash Burgers, The Natural Chicken Sandwiches, Budget Bites and Outtakes), the Denny’s All Nighter (coming in 2013), meeting rooms, the multi-purpose room, three racquetball courts and a television lounge.

Administrative offices located in the student center include:

  • the Center for Leadership and Involvement,

  • the Clarion Students’ Association,

  • Conference and Event Services and

  • the Pennsylvania State Employees Credit Union (PSECU) e-Center.

Six student organizations also have offices in the student center, including:

  • the Black Student Union,

  • the Clarion Call student-run newspaper,

  • the Interfraternity and Panhellenic councils,

  • Interhall Council,

  • Student Senate and

  • the University Activities Board (UAB).

An information desk is located on the second floor of the student center and serves as a central location to sign up for RSO trips and events and purchase tickets for university activities, such as the CampusFest concert.


Leadership and Community Service

The Leadership and Community Service program provides leadership development training programs and community service opportunities for students. The staff coordinates the Student Leader Empowerment Program (SLEP); the Mary Walter Leadership Development Speakers Series; the Emerging Leaders Program; the Leaders in Action Conference; the Low Ropes Challenge Course; and the fall and spring community service days. The staff also conducts workshops and retreats focusing on team building, communication, visioning and goal setting when requested by RSOs.


University Activities Board

The University Activities Board (UAB) provides a wide range of programs and leadership opportunities for Clarion University students. UAB plans approximately 150 programs each year and organizes a majority of the Every Friday and Saturday Night (EFSN) weekend programs. Big-name concerts, lecture experiences and numerous other programs are organized by a variety of UAB committees such as Arts, CampusFest,  Collaboration/Community Service, Gemmell Activities, Lecture, Multicultural, Recreation, Special Events and Weekend Programming. The UAB adviser also provides leadership for the Programming Advisory Board (PAB). PAB meets bi-weekly each semester to discuss collaborative programming efforts with all interested students and staff members. PAB also develops the EFSN program schedule, which has a social program in the James Gemmell Student Complex every Friday and Saturday night. These programs are sponsored and supported by a variety of student organizations.