Office of Student Development

Home to all campus clubs and organizations, the leadership development program, volunteerism, commuter affairs, and orientation.
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Part of your college experience is getting involved. We encourage you to take advantage of the opportunities offered outside the classroom, whether you join a club, attend events, volunteer, or seek employment.

There are currently about 75+ active clubs and organizations on campus. They range from large, general organizations like the Student Government Association (SGA) and Fitchburg Activities Board (FAB), to smaller, more niche organizations like Quidditch club or Exercise and Sports Science club. Starting a new club is also always an option. Gymnastics club and the Ice Hockey club were both recently created in the past year.

To learn more about all our clubs check out FalConnect.

View photos from some of our recent events.

Get involved, no matter who you are

Hammond Hall Campus Center

Hammond Hall Campus Center is the living room of the entire campus, a place where there's always something happening. 

Commuter Affairs

Commuters have access to all the same opportunities as resident students, including jobs and clubs, and there are even some special benefits just for you.

Center for Diversity and Inclusiveness

Home to all our multicultural clubs on campus, including the Gay/Straight Alliance, Black Student Union, Latin American Student Organization, and World Integrated Nations.

Fitchburg State has three fraternities and three sororities on campus:

The Leadership Development program enhances students’ post-graduation marketability. We provide opportunities for students to work on their teamwork, communication, decision making, and organizational skills, to name a few. Some examples include a Emerging Leaders Retreat and the Falcon Certification Program. We also have a chapter of the National Society of Leadership and Success (NSLS) that students with a 2.7GPA or higher can take part in.

Volunteer Center

The Volunteer Center on campus is home to our Falcon Bazaar and Professional Clothing Closet. Here, students can “shop” (for free) for food/necessities and/or professional clothing for internships or interviews.  We also offer a program called “Swipe it Forward” where students can donate one of their “guest” meal swipes to a student in need. You can access a list of local food pantries here. The Volunteer Center also oversees multiple volunteer opportunities in the Fitchburg and surrounding areas.

Flock to the Weekend

Flock to the Weekend provides consistent, late-night programming to students at Fitchburg State University every Thursday night, and on occasional Friday and Saturday nights. Flock to the Weekend offers a variety of programming, such as social, entertainment, educational, cultural, creative, and recreational events. Programming is a collaborative effort between the Office of Student Development and student organizations. 

Selected collaborators will receive at least $500 in funding towards their event. Organizations who submit the strongest, most promising social or interactive program will be awarded the collaboration. 

Resident assistants, clubs and organizations request funding for your Flock to the Weekend events. 

Meet the OSD Staff

Portrait of Hank Parkinson
Dean of Students

Hank Parkinson, Ed.D.

Phone: 978.665.3160     Email: hparkinson@fitchburgstate.edu
Portrait of Shane Franzen
Associate Director of Student Development, Commuter and Volunteer Affairs

Shane Franzen

Phone: 978.665.3164     Email: sfranzen@fitchburgstate.edu
Cheyenne Bryan OSD Coordinator of Greek Life
Coordinator of Greek Life and Programs

Cheyenne Bryan

Phone: 978.665.3161     Email: cbryan@fitchburgstate.edu
Portrait of Christina McCormack
Office Assistant

Christina McCormack

Phone: 978.665.3163     Email: cmccormack@fitchburgstate.edu

Questions? Get in Touch!