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OSI Promotes Connection, Plans Virtual Activities During Remote Learning

Briana Alberghini ‘21

Associate Social Media Director 

College students all around the world are getting used to this new normal of classes and even some events going virtual. The Office of Student Involvement is at the forefront of keeping students connected and maintaining our campus community, even if they have to do so virtually. 

“Our office prides itself on the relationships we have with students and we want to ensure we are continuing to provide support to them in whatever capacity they need it,” said Alyssa Cyr, who is the Assistant Director of Student Involvement.

According to the Coordinator of Events and Student Organizations, Kaitlyn Magnano, the Office of Student Involvement is offering virtual events for students to participate in and advertise them through our social media channels, the “This Week At Merrimack” newsletter, and the Campus Programming Calendar. Additionally, they created a Virtual Programming Guide on their website that offers a bunch of different virtual activities that are free for students.

Some upcoming events OSI has planned for the rest of the semester include trivia nights, social media engagement opportunities, virtual LEAD Awards, and virtual Cram Jam.  

Some of the events that OSI hosts are done on Zoom and most don’t require any prior registration.The links to any events will be in the newsletter, their social media, or the Campus Programming Calendar. 

“Other events can be found in the “This Week at Merrimack” newsletter, such as collaborative Spotify playlists and social media engagements. Other offices are also participating in weekly programming such as Residence Life, Office of Wellness Education, and International Student Support,” said Cyr. 

If students are looking for further support, the professional staff in OSI  are offering virtual office hours for students every week on Zoom. The purpose of this is to encourage students to drop in to chat, ask questions, and provide feedback.The information for their office hours and Zoom information is posted to the OSI Instagram account. 

“We are here for you! Stop by our office hours any time to chat with us and feel free to send us any ideas for programs or photos so we can feature them on social media,”  Cyr said. 

“It is important to keep our connections and engagement strong with the students. We especially want to make sure our student organizations stay active and involved with one another during this time,” Magnano added.

If students are looking to get involved in OSI’s virtual programming they can follow their social media platforms to see a variety of different activities going on each week. Their Instagram and Twitter handles are @merrimack_osi. Additional information about ongoing events can be found in the “This Week at Merrimack” newsletter.