Student Activities Council

A Student Leadership Organization 

Student activities council (SAC)  

is the student leadership organization at OU in Arezzo that allows students the opportunity to stay involved, even while studying abroad. The officers and members of SAC plan traditional and new activities and events for #OUASooners and community members. The aims of SAC are to give students a voice within their program and to connect them with the community through service and engagement. 


My involvement with SAC allowed me the opportunity to grow as an individual through a leadership role. As the VP of Community and Outreach, I was responsible for strengthening the bond between OUA and Arezzo residents through various events and community service activities. I really enjoyed my time with SAC and am applying the skills I’ve gained through that experience in my daily interactions. 

Kennedy Pipkin:

Spring 2019  

The most unique aspect of SAC is that it changes from semester to semester, as each student group selects their own initiatives.

Student Activities Council Annual  Traditions


HALLOWEEN PARTY for local children


Valentine's day festivities

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International festival with the community

Student Activities Council Yearly  Traditions

Student Activities Council Stories 


by Leanna Payton (OUA Center Coordinator)

Spring 2021

As we approach the Easter holiday, I have a #WayBackWednesday post to share. Easter in Italy, or Pasqua, is a major national holiday and spring semester students use this opportunity to celebrate. For example, a few semesters ago the Student Activities Council organization planed a spring festival day with local kids and invited them to the Rooney Family Center for activities. They played outdoor games, provided chocolate, an easter egg hunt, and more. Events like this creates positivity amongst the student group with community members and gives both an opportunity to have exposure to a culture and language different from their own. It’s a special experience for students and locals in Arezzo.

In some spring semesters our OUA Sooners also visit with local nursing home residents during the days leading up to the Easter holiday. Across the street from the Rooney Family Center is a nursing home and students have made greeting cards for them in the past and delivered flowers. This experience is unique for OUA students and is nice for the nursing home residents.

We can’t wait to celebrate Easter at #OUinArezzo next year! In the meantime, Buona Pasqua!

Murder mystery party

February 28, 2020

Tonight, the Rooney Family Center’s most popular spots were transformed into scenes for the "Surprise Murder Mystery" party that the SAC executive team planned for their peers! Student Activities Council is the student-led organization at 

#ouinarezzo and secretary, Maddie, said, “We decided to have a surprise party for everyone, and a murder mystery was a great way for people to have fun and get rid of stress from the week!” What a fun group of students 

#ouaspring20 is this semester! #ouasac @ouabroad @oucis

service and sweets 

February 13, 2020

Buon San Valentino from #ouinarezzo! You could feel the love this week! 😍SAC members made cards for residents of a local nursing home. Everyone celebrated the holiday with a gathering that involved painting and, of course, plenty of fun and sweets! #ouaspring20 #ouasac








Streaming Dr. Bernice King's speech with the community 

February 20, 2020

Tonight at #ouinarezzo we were pleased to host an event of the re-broadcasting of the recent speech at #ouhsc by Dr. Bernice King, daughter of the late Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Coretta Scott King. Along with the 

#ouaspring20 group, local students and families also joined us to watch the presentation. The live event was sponsored by the African-American Student Association at the OU HSC as a part of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Week. Those who were able to attend, thank you! Congratulations to our SAC for a successful event.   #ouasac @hscstudent @uofoklahoma

Celebrating with Exclusive OUA swag

December 13, 2019

#ouafall19 Student Activities Council (SAC) students are taking these sweatshirts home with them as a way to always remember their time in #Arezzo! This semester's sweatshirt was designed by fall semester student Carson. It’s a nice souvenir for their study abroad experience! #ouinarezzo

International Festival

November 15, 2019

It was a great evening yesterday celebrating cultural diversity at #ouinarezzo! We started the International Festival last year and this semester’s also incorporated a lot of food from several countries and performances by students and local artists in Arezzo. Thank you to everyone who attended and helped. It was a beautiful night! We will post all of the photos next week, so be sure to check-back in on our Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter. #ouafall19 #featurefriday