The Amsterdam University College Student Association (AUCSA), founded in 2010, is the umbrella organization that provides a platform for all the social activities of students at AUC. Activities include sports tournaments, parties, MUN-conferences and other initiatives proposed by groups of students of all sizes.
The Association has around 850 members, all of which are AUC Students. Of our members, around 120 are in the board of one of the 25 committees These committees form the heart of the association, and organize our events.
The primary role of the AUCSA is to facilitate and coordinate student endeavours: the actual organization and realization of events and activities is done by the committees and their respective boards. Together with all its members, the AUCSA Board strives for the further development of extra-curricular student activities at AUC. In order to achieve this, AUCSA encourages all students to take initiatives and become involved in one of the many projects and activities available, or realise an idea themselves. By encouraging these ideas put forth by enthusiastic students we fill the student’s agenda’s with exciting events throughout the year. Together, AUCSA and the committees endeavour to foster an active student community so that all students take full advantage of their time as an AUC student.
While our beloved Student Council is concerned mainly with academic matters, improving the curriculum, student welfare and other topics, the AUCSA is concerned with all social aspects of the community.
The AUCSA provides funding and an organizational framework for the committees, thus creating a platform that enables students to develop themselves professionally and organize fun social events. The committee boards have a set structure with clearly divided tasks, comprising at least of chair, secretary, and treasurer, all of which are vital for the functioning of committee boards. Furthermore, the AUCSA strives to create a great, open, and interactive social community at AUC. We want to create a full community feeling for the students. We try to do so by our three pillars, which guide every decision we make.
The first pillar is the first-year experience in which we mean the welcoming of new students to AUC. They must have a feeling of belonging to the AUC community, instead of just going to class in our building. To improve this feeling of a community we have organized an Introweek together with AUC and an Introweekend in a castle in Limburg.
To increase student involvement in the community we promote students to set up and be involved with committees.
As the AUCSA, we provide the best circumstances in which these ideas and initiatives can grow and thrive. To provide for the AUC community is one of the main goals, so we make sure people know where to go with their ideas.
Committee events are the core of our existence and we will do anything in our power to achieve a highly active involvement in attending committee events. To do so, we support committees not only financially, but we try to give the committees the means to plan, promote and have events for the students. Furthermore, we try to get all AUC students involved, hence the association should have the smallest barriers possible for events. That is, events should be low-priced or without entrance as often as possible. For that reason, it is quite essential that AUC includes the membership fee in their institutional fee: this makes everyone automatically a member.
Finally, it is key that most events are open to all members.
Our third and last pillar is communications. Communications consists of two components: external and internal relations. First, our external relations, which consists of two parts: one, to make visible what we do at AUC to the other students in Amsterdam; two, we want to create awareness for what we are capable of within companies. With the liberal arts and sciences program, we are unique in the Dutch education system. Students following other programmes are not very aware of what AUC is and what you can study. We want to be more visible and show to other students what we actually do. For this reason, we try to be present at student association assemblies, meetings, and constitution drinks. Furthermore, we want to achieve more visibility through media, such as radio, newspapers, and magazines.
Second, as the board members of the AUCSA, we want to have a good image as example students. We are in the role of student representatives and we are the students that exemplify what AUC stands for. Having a good image as a board towards the AUC students will make what we do more prominent for the students.
Meet Lance Bosch: third year pre-med student and borderline workaholic. Lance enjoys putting way too much sugar in his coffee, refreshing his email inbox, and spending quality time with quality people. As president, he oversees all the work done by his team, providing them with the support and guidance they need to keep the AUCSA functioning at an optimum level. He also acts as the vice-treasurer, assisting the AUCSA’s money guru, Andy, in all things financial. Additionally, he represents the association’s interests to third parties to ensure that the association is recognised and respected within Amsterdam and beyond. If you ever need to get in touch with Lance, approach him in the academic building or send him an email (he loves getting those).
Meet Lasse Rogie, a second year Law & Literature student. Born and raised in Rotterdam, he lives for music whilst having many other interests that change day by day. This year he fulfills the role of the Secretary. He is therefore in charge of an enormous amount of communication via the fabulous Facebook account, the wonderful MyAUC website, the old school email address, and the weekly newsletter. Together with Ilen he studies the latest fashion for the AUCSA Merchandise, and he also claims to be Mr. Q, the Quartermaster, a fancy title for he who carries the burden of the inventory. If you ever want to know anything about controlling such an inventory, or if you're curious about his many interests, you are always free to say ``Hola, ¿Cómo estás?``.
Daab, Andy O’Daab. This third year student started out as an economics major but found his love for human rights half way through his bachelor. Now he is majoring in econ and international relations. While Andy’s heart lies with the rights to a dignified life and politics, he never gave up his love for finance. A previous member of the Audit Commission he now delegates the AUCSA finances as treasurer himself. In His Majesty’s (Lance’s) service he also acts as vice-president. With British charm, French taste, and German precision Andy is in charge of creating, overseeing, and maintaining the budget. All the statistics, clauses, and excel sheets aside, he always has an open ear to questions and concerns. To Andy the most important resource of the AUCSA is its members, and for you he is looking forward to take care of the association’s second most value resource: the finances.
Say hello to Ilen. He is the first ever Canadian to be elected to the AUCSA board but he does not let the pressure of such a title weigh him down but in fact uses it to motivate him. Now having lived in the Netherlands for almost four years he is fully settled and ready to serve the AUCSA as a CAO for the coming year. Helping committees grow and prosper will be a priority for Ilen and he is excited to get started! He will also be in charge of Merchandise with Lasse so keep an eye out for their groundbreaking designs. Ilen tries to live a humble and chaste life but does welcome social contact so feel free to approach him calmly and say hi!
Meet Petra Karlsen Stangvik; Viking descendant Norwegian trying to convince you she speaks Dutch. She is a second-year social-science student at AUC following the tracks of law and politics while also representing you in this year´s AUCSA as Committee Affairs Officer (CAO) with co-fellas Ilen and Gordon. As such she will ensure and facilitate communication with committees and assist in their events whenever needed. Moreover, she will also be part of organizing some of AUCSA´s own events such as Winter Formal and Dormfest. Together with the board´s 5 awesome boys she will do her best to ensure the year will be a blast! Of course, if you have any questions or just want to have a chat (also in Dutch-ish) feel free to contact or approach her.
Meet Gordon. The second year Social Science major applies his interest in psychology with his favorite hobby: games. Having both a German and an American parent he grew up in the brewery-plagued state of Bavaria. To the team he brings his patience, compassion and occasional sarcasm. Together with the rest of the board he is striving to make the AUC community blossom to its full potential.
As one of the three CAOs he will work together with the committees, helping them to organize events and publish their works. If you haven't met this chill guy yet, feel free to approach him at any time.