Odessa College’s philosophy is that classroom learning is only one part of its students’ education. Opportunities for students to grow as individuals are made possible through a variety of social and personal experiences, as well as through academic pursuits. Student Activities contributes to personal development through educational and social programming and through leadership in student organizations.
The interactions of students with each other and with faculty on an informal basis can provide students with insights and understanding about their society and can enrich the quality of students’ lives. Student Activities provides a wide range of extracurricular opportunities including a full calendar of campus-based events and a game room with free access to a wide library of table, board, and video games.
Information about all Student Activities programs is available by contacting the Student Activities Office. The office is located in Saulsbury Campus Center 232, or can be reached by phone at 432-335-6403 and email.
Specific opportunities for students to participate in student activities include the following:
Registered Student Organizations (RSOs)
An increasing number of diverse student organizations are active on campus. These groups include service organizations, honor societies, special interest groups, and organizations related to academic pursuits, such as criminal justice or welding. Odessa College RSOs meet on a regular basis, host campus events, and provide leadership and involvement opportunities for all students. Students may visit the Student Activities Office for more information about getting involved with an existing RSO, or creating a new one.
Student Government Association
The Student Government Association (SGA) exists to give students an active role in campus life. SGA meets on a weekly basis to discuss campus issues; communicates with students, staff, faculty, administration, and community organizations; provides personal and professional development opportunities; and, supports and recognizes the other Odessa College RSOs. SGA is involved in the overall policy and decision-making process and assists in enhancing the overall quality and scope of education for Odessa College. SGA encourages all students to attend their weekly meetings, and can always be reached via email.
Intramural Sports provide an outlet for casual competition among members of the Odessa College community. Recurring league sports include volleyball, basketball, and flag football, with other sports operating as single-day or weekend events. Intramural Sports are a function of the Student Activities Officer. Participation is free for all students, faculty, staff, and Sports Center members, and is open to community members for a nominal fee.
Choir and Band
Odessa College has a strong and proud Visual and Performing Arts Department which showcases the talented students’ performances in a variety of settings.
A Cappella Choir and Vocal Ensembles perform an array of programs throughout the school year, including choral classics, operas sung in English, and Broadway/pop music. The OC Choir has performed for the Texas Music Educators Association convention in San Antonio, at Carnegie Hall in New York City, and on tour in England and Wales.
The music department also boasts a large Concert Band, which includes students and community members. In addition, the college has an active Jazz Band which performs regularly on campus and in the community and has traveled to various locations in the United States. The Wrangler Pep Band provides entertainment and excitement to the OC Men’s and Women’s basketball games. All instrumental ensembles provide scholarship assistance to participating students.
Odessa College Athletics has earned a national reputation for its outstanding athletic programs for student-athletes. OC is among the nation’s elite with 51 national titles. OC has produced more than 500 National Junior College All-Americans.
OC offers competitive athletics for women in basketball, volleyball, softball, rodeo, and cross country. Men’s teams compete in basketball, baseball, golf, rodeo, and cross country. Coed cheerleading, women’s dance, and student trainers are also a part of Odessa College athletics.
The Wranglers are members of the National Junior College Athletic Association and the Western Junior College Athletic Conference. Each sport has a full schedule and the athletic teams compete in the NJCAA tournaments every year.