Now in his second year as director of student activities, Morgan Rocheleau runs a busy office that books 60 entertainment and recreation programs per semester – everything from the Last Monk Standing contest and pub trivia nights to full-moon kayaking and the Portland concert series. He directly oversees the operations of student clubs and organizations, and is charged with running new student orientation. In the past year, he has made the Office of Student Activities a more “branded” and enlivening presence on campus. A graduate of the University of Maine, he has a master’s degree from George Williams University in recreational administration.
The interaction with the students on a daily basis. I work closely with the President of the Student Government Association. I love working at the college-age level. These are life-changing years, and you can make the most impact. Students can really gain experience and grow if they grab onto it.
I’d like to see more outdoor programming. I’d like to see us use the lake as much as possible. We have 2,000 feet of frontage, but we don’t get to see it. I’d also like to see a ropes course for experiential learning and team building. It can be an educational and development piece, and it can be a resource for the community at large, too.
Time constraints; there are never enough hours. And we’re always in transition because students graduate. So having a plan is key and making sure things continue despite the transitions. Students want consistency.
I was at the University of New Haven, and I saw how a new campus recreation program really changed that campus. It boosted pride and enrollment. We can have that same impact here. When we visibly invest in students, it affects student attitudes.
I like to ski, go hiking and camping and photography. And I’ve been an avid runner for the last eight years. I grew up on this campus, by the way. I lived right down the street, and I remember the Chamber of Horrors. I used to play tennis here when we had tennis courts.
College is about developing full, well-rounded students … in and out of the classroom. Students might love their small classes, but they might also want to climb Mt. Katahdin or discover who they are personally. That is why my office tries to offer such diverse programs – so students can explore all aspects of their lives.