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Frequently Asked Questions

Below is a list of frequently asked questions from students looking to become involved on campus, as well as those currently involved in a student organization. If you don't see the answer to your question here, please call the Student Activities, Involvement & Leadership (S.A.I.L.) Office at (860) 297-2172, stop by the office in Mather Hall, Room 107, or email SAIL@trincoll.edu​


Where is the Student Activities, Involvement & Leadership (S.A.I.L.) office located?
The main office is located in Mather Hall,Room 107, next to the elevator. However, each of our staff members are located in different areas so please see the Meet The Staff page to the left for more information. 

How many student organizations are there and how can I find out about them? 
We have over 150 student organizations on file at Trinity College but only about 120 are active. You can find the full list of student organizations on INsite, our student involvement web portal. 

How do I get involved on campus? 
There are dozens of ways that you can become involved here at Trinity College but, for most students, it begins during Orientation and your first week at Trinity during the Student Activities/Involvement Fair. Here, you will find members from almost every active organization excited to meet you and talk to you about their area of interest. The opportunities are endless: music, sports, cultural, social, religious, academic, greek, and more! If you happen to miss the fair, the S.A.I.L. Office sponsors another Activities/Involvement Fair at the start of the spring semester. If you want to find out more, you can always check out BantamLink or stop by the S.A.I.L. office in Mather Hall, Room 107 to find out more information.

What if I don't find a student organization I am interested in? 
Depending on your area of interest, we guarantee that you will find an organization that meets your needs. Due to the large number of active organizations that request funding every year, we will try to see if a current organization can become an "umbrella" group for you to fall under instead of creating a brand new organization. However, if it seems as though there is a membership base for your new organization (at least 25 members), the S.A.I.L. office will guide you through the process of applying for a new student organization. This process goes through the Student Government Association. If you are interested in starting a new organization, please contact Romulus Ferrer Perez

How can I find out about events happening on/off campus?
Trinity College has a lot of great ways of communicating events to the campus community! Daily, you should receive an email called
Trinity Today that lists all of the events, activities and meetings occurring that day, along with a brief description of the activity. You can also search the Events Calendar online for future activities. On INsite, student organizations can advertise the posters for upcoming events. Weekly, the S.A.I.L. office puts out a table top advertisement in Mather Dining Hall called the "Bantam Brief" that gives you a weekly glance at student organization activities and meetings. Every Friday, all undergraduate students wil also receive a "Your Weekend Events" email from the S.A.I.L. office outlining the specific events happening that weekend with links to more information, if available. The S.A.I.L. office also has a Facebook and Twitter account for you to get updates on activities and important information at your own convenience. Most of our student organizations and college departments have Facebook and/or Twitter accounts as well so be sure to follow all of them to stay in the know! And, finally, bulletin boards around campus are filled daily with posters announcing upcoming events and activities for the campus community. 

How do I plan an event? 

  • Step 1: Decide on a date, time, and location that works for your organization. The location should be appropriate for the type of event you are holding. Keep in mind that there could be other events happening at the same time as your planned event so check out the Events Calendar to see what is already happening and find the best date/time/location for your event. 
  • Step 2: Submit an Event Proposal Form through BantamLink. The event proposal is merely a placeholder for your event so that the S.A.I.L. Office can either (1) work with the Calendar and Special Events Office to reserve your event location, or (2) start a conversation with your organization if you are planning an off-campus event. Please note that the date/time/location you submit for your event are dependant on the event reservations currently in the system. If your event is denied, look at the reviewer's notes to see what needs to be changed in order for your event to happen. Once your event has either been (1) reserved in EMS or, (2) confirmed by the S.A.I.L. Office to occur off-campus, your event proposal will be confirmed on INsite. 
  • Step 3: Evaluate your organization's budget. If you cannot afford this event on your own, begin looking for co-sponsorship from another organization or office, begin planning your fundraising events, or consider submitting an SGA Budget Request​ to the Budget Committee to make up what your organization cannot cover. Please note: All Budget Requests will be cross-checked with BantamLink to be sure that Event Proposals have been submitted and approved before your request will be heard by the SGA Budget Committee. 
  • Step 4: Meet with a S.A.I.L. Office staff member to finalize event details. This step gives both the S.A.I.L. Office and your organization the opportunity to review your event to finalize budget, event logistics, and planning. The staff member you meet with will be your liaison for all of your organization's events or questions. 
If your organization decides to cancel an event or change any of the event details after submitting your proposal and meeting with a staff member, please notify the staff member you met with IMMEDIATELY in order to update the event reservation system in a timely manner. Events not cancelled within 48 hours may be subject to facilities fees and contract requirements. 

How can I publicize my event? 

As you can see from above, there are a wide variety of ways to publicize your event to the campus community. Once your event proposal through BantamLink is approved, your room reservation is booked by a member of the S.A.I.L. Office, which automatically puts your event on Trinity Today. You can upload an event flyer through BantamLink as well so that it shows on the homepage. You can also email Debbie Cook a copy of your event flyer for 20 free copies (available for pick-up at the Mather Welcome Desk). We would also recommend that your organization creates a Facebook page (don't forget to "Like" our page!) and create Facebook events so that you can invite all of your friends (and us too!).  Most student organizations opt to also table outside of Mather Dining Hall during lunch and dinner times to advertise their events face-to-face with students the week leading up to their event. 

I'm looking for a job. Do you hire student employees? 

YES! We love working with students, providing leadership positions and real world experience for them. We have over 100 student employment positions within our department. Please see our Student Employment page for more information.

  • ​Mather Welcome Desk Attendants
  • Event Support 
  • Vernon Social Student Managers
  • S.A.I.L. Office Staff
  • Underground Coffeehouse Baristas