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 900 members, all of which are AUC Students. Of our members, around 130 are in the board of one of the 26 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 five pillars, which guide every decision we make.
Committees are the heart of the AUCSA, and our primary goal is to encourage our members to interact with one (or more!) of our 26 committees. To promote this engagement, we provide our committees with the financial support they need to execute their ideas. Furthermore, we provide them with the means to plan, promote, and host events for our members; be it a live-model painting workshop or an amazing Halloween party in Club Nyx.. We also do our best to minimize barriers to entry for AUCSA events; logistically, this means that AUCSA events are low-priced or without an entrance fee as often as possible. Finally, we place great importance on making sure that most of our events are open to all members, so that every AUC student has the opportunity to participate in our community.
In addition to engaging with our existing committees, the AUCSA also supports the creation of new ones. We here at AUC very openly celebrate the fact that our students are highly motivated, creative individuals, bursting to the seams with ideas. As their representative student association, we do our utmost to ensure that these ideas and initiatives have the opportunity to grow
An association’s success is best measured in the activity of its members; without the eager, high-energy people who create content for the community, the AUCSA would be nothing. An important element in sustaining this community is inspiring our first years to get involved. It is important to us that our first years develop a sense of belonging to AUC, so that they may, in time, come to love Science Park as much as we do. To instill this feeling in our students, we organize a gezellige Introduction Week in collaboration with AUC management, take our first years on a mystery Introduction Weekend before their first day of classes, and organize special events and promos specifically for first years. In doing so, we hope that in a year’s time, when they enter their second year of university, they will help the AUCSA welcome a new set of first years to our community.
AUC Spirit is our newest pillar, added in the ’16 – ’17 academic year. Inspired by the strong bond university students have with their alma maters, we feel that creating an environment that fosters school spirit is an essential part of community building within a university. As AUC is an active member of the UCSRN Tournament, which stimulates friendly rivalry amongst the UC’s of the Netherlands, we hope to encourage our students to actively participate and showcase their AUC pride, be it by competing or by cheering their peers on to victory.
As exciting as winning the trophy (again) would be, the AUCSA also hopes to promote School Spirit outside of the UCSRN Tournament. We want AUC students to get out of “the bubble” and proudly tell others about our university. We want AUC students to wear our school’s merchandise as though they were wearing items straight out of New York Fashion Week. Finally, we want our students to view AUC the way we do: as our little slice of home in the big city of Amsterdam.
Our first communications-centric pillar, External Network Building, is concerned with connecting AUC students to their peers and the professional world. With our Liberal Arts and Sciences program, we have a set of skills that is unique within the Dutch education system. Students following other programmes are not very aware of how our system works, and what kind of learning outcomes we achieve in our three years. Because of this, the AUCSA attends many student association assemblies, meetings, and constitution drinks so that we may become more renowned within the Netherlands. We also pursue visibility through media, such as radio interviews, newspaper articles, and magazine features. Following that, we go on to share information about the typical AUC student profile to companies and organizations, so that AUC graduates will be well received in the professional sphere their ambitions take them.
Our second communications-centric pillar, Internal Communication, is concerned with our role within the AUC community. As board members of the AUCSA, we strive to represent our members as accurately as possible. To do so, we are in constant communication with students, stimulating an open discussion about how we run the association. By integrating the community’s feedback and suggestions into our work, we keep the AUCSA moving in the direction our members want us to go.
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.