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Student Engagement

Student involvement provides students with opportunities designed to promote individual growth, creativity and personal connections through experiential learning and by engaging in cultural, educational, social and recreational activities. Students and staff develop new activities or events through self-governing leadership and organization. Activities are focused on the programming needs and interests of students.

If you are interested in organizing an activity or event and would like some help, contact Anna Schwartz, Director of Student Involvement.

Some examples of co-curricular opportunities offered at MECA: 

Apple Picking Trips


Community Service Opportunities

Dating and Relationship Violence Prevention Education

Halloween Week Festivities

Hiking Trips

Holiday Celebrations

Karaoke Nights

Late Night Coffee & Snacks

Late Night LLBean Trips

Living-Off Campus Tips

Midnight Movie Premieres

On-Campus Dances

Open Mic Nights

Ping Pong Ball Tournaments

Pirates Hockey Games

Pop-up Photobooths

Safer Sex Education

Safety in the City

Special Meals in the Cafe’

Spirit Week

Stress Relief

Super Bowl Party

Supply Shuttles

Trips to Peaks Island

Valentines Day Flower Sale

Video Game Tournaments

Voter Education

Student Organizations

If you are interested in forming a new organization (or reviving an old one), discuss your proposal with the Director of Student Involvement or fill out the Student Organization form at

If you are interested in learning more about any existing groups or organizations, contact Anna Schwartz, Director of Student Involvement, at or 207.699.5034

Anime Club

Bored Gamers (Gaming Group)
Uniting people who love to play games.

Coloring Book Club
Create or just color. Staying in the lines not required.

Cycling Club
For students interested in bikes and biking. Recreational to racing, all are welcome.

Doctor Who Club
Fan's of BBC's famous Time Lord, Doctor Who

Fiber Arts Group
From novice knitters to champion crocheters, anyone interested in getting down with fiber materials are welcome to stitch with us.

Fútbol Club
The New Radicals compete in soccer matches in a local league.

Gardening Group
Students interested getting down and dirty w/ portland area flora!

Maine Type Lab (Graphic Design)
A student professional association for graphic design students. Organize and plan events connected to the national chapter of AIGA.

A fully student organized a capella group!

MECA C.A.R.E (Celebrating All Realms of Ethnicity)
Alliance of students, alumni, faculty & staff working towards enhancing the student experience by raising awareness and challenging assumptions within the college regarding difference.

MECA H.O.P.E (Helping Our People to Equality- LGBTQIA Group)
Focused on supporting Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer and Allied (LGBTAQ) community at MECA.

NonTrad Group
Focused on non-traditionally aged student community

Running Group
Rain, nor snow, nor lack of shine shall keep the running club from pounding the pavement and trails of southern Maine.

Ski & Snowboard Collective
Students committed to getting to the slope during Maine's snowy months!

S.O.A.P (Students Organized Against Pollution) 
MECA students, faculty and staff interested in sustainability, recycling and going green.

Student Senate
The Student Senate gives BFA students a strong voice by serving as an advocate for student interests, and providing a forum for student opinions and issues.

Theatrical Arts
A group of students interested in producing plays and doing improvisational theater.

Student Voice Chair (SVC) is a position that represents and advocates for the BFA student population. 


Each October, 1 majoring student(Juniors & Seniors)  and 1 non-majoring student (1st Years and Sophomores) will be elected by their peers to serve as SVC.


The election dates for 2013 as as followed:

Friday, October 18, Midnight: nominations due HERE

Tuesday, October 15 - October 24: Candidates may create & post campaign materials in Porteous, as soon as they are nominated. Posting must be compliant with all MECA rules, regulations & receive a Stamp from Student Involvement Office.

Thursday, October 24, 1-1:30pm: Candidate Speeches & Open Question Session in Café, during lunch. To run you, must be present.

Monday, October 28 - Thursday, October 31@Midnight: Open Voting HERE (not yet live)

Friday, November 1st:  Announcement of SVC via email to the BFA community. All Campaign materials must be removed.



Each BFA Student Gets 1 vote. Non-Majoring Students may vote only for non-Major rep, Majoring Students may vote only for Majoring Rep.


American Civil Liberties Union Maine Affiliate 

City of Portland Website

Global Portland: Listings of Multicultural Portland community organizations, services, restaurants, etc. 

LGBTQ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer & Questioning)

Recreation & Physical Fitness

Spiritual & Faith Communities

Veterans, Soliders and their Families 


METRO (MECA Students get a discount by contacting aschwartz@meca.ed)


The Student Center and Cafe' is located on the second floor of the Porteous Building, facing Free Street. This space is dedicated to student use and utilized in many different ways from group meetings, to visiting artist talks, lectures, movie-nights and special events. The Student Center offers students a place to sit back and relax, check email, gather a group to study or bring back a bite from the MECA Café.  The space offers a performance stage, large HDTV, board games, ping-pong table, coin-op coffee machine and community mircowave.

Students are encouraged to organize special events, meetings and programs. Reservations are required for anyone wishing to use this space for a group activity and can be made by entering an event request.