Engaged Students

The Regis University Student Government Association for the 2018-2019 school year.

As an enrolled undergraduate student at Regis you become a member of the Regis University Student Government Association (RUSGA).  Led by the Student Body President, RUSGA’s mission is to listen to students, advocate on their behalf, and make the student experience a memorable one.

Initiatives

Enterprise Car Share

Rolled out in the fall of 2011, Regis has contracted with Enterprise Holdings to establish a car share program. Subsidized by RUSGA, the program provides students and families with a short-term car rental solution for students without cars. Students 18 years or older can enroll in the car share program and can rent one of the vehicles on an hourly or daily basis. (Hourly rates include the vehicle rental, auto insurance, and gas.) The program provides students with an excellent solution for getting to dentist appointments, running errands, going to the mountains for a day, etc. Not only is a great service to students and families, it reduces the number of cars on campus and our carbon footprint.

Community Garden

Initiated in 2008 in collaboration with Denver Urban Gardens, and funded with $12,000 of RUSGA money, the Regis University Community Garden was established to encourage student, faculty, staff and community interaction. In the ensuing years the garden has also proven invaluable as an educational tool for faculty – particularly around carbon footprint issues around food transportation - and has developed into a common ground for university and community members.

Composting

Collaborating with Bon Appetit, our food service provider, RUSGA is working toward reducing the amount of organic matter that ends up in the local landfill. Compostable materials are redirected in the Main Café and items and excess food is taken to a local farm co-op for composting.

Recycling Program

Recycling Program

Collaborating with Bon Appetit, our food service provider, RUSGA is working toward reducing the amount of organic matter that ends up in the local landfill.  Compostable materials are redirected in the Main Café and items and excess food is taken to a local farm co-op for composting.

There are five recycling dumpsters around campus:

  1. Behind O’Connell and DeSmet
  2. North of the Town Houses
  3. West of Main Hall
  4. Behind the Student Center
  5. South East of the ALC

Learn more about what you can and can’t recycle.

Recyclable

  • Plastics
  • Aluminum and steel
  • Paper and cardboard
  • Glass
Non-recyclable
  • Food scraps
  • Plastic bags
  • Polystyrene
  • Cookware
  • Ceramics

RTD Bus Pass

Eligibility

Only Regis College or Rueckert-Hartman College undergraduate students who pay a Student Activities fee are eligible to receive a packet of ten RTD bus passes.

Services Provided

As a Regis student, you now have the privilege of using the RTD bus and Light Rail system, free of charge with your new bus pass. This is a great way to get around Denver and the surrounding areas. This service is included in your Student Activities Fee for Regis University undergraduate students.

How To Request Bus Passes

Stop by the Information Desk in the Student Center. Please bring your ID with you.

The Pass Includes

• All local routes (Numbered Routes)
• Discounted: Light Rail services in Denver, Skyride service and routes to Boulder and neighboring suburbs. 

How to Use the Pass

1. Get connected with RTD information.
Use RTD Kiosk next to student lounge in the student center.  Access bus route information via the internet (www.rtd-denver.com) or call 303.299.6000
2. Plan Your Trip
Use our handy map lower in the page to plan your route. Or, the RTD Website Trip Planner can create an itinerary for your destination. Lastly, visit the Office of Student Activities or the Library for a schedule.
3. Find Your Bus Stop
All bus stops have a red and white sign that marks where you can catch the bus. The sign lists each bus route that stops at that location, so make sure your route number is on the sign.
4. Board on Bus
5. Get off at Your Stop
Stay alert during your ride so that you know when your bus stop is approaching. Let the driver know that you want to get off the bus one block before your stop. If the bus has two doors, exit through the rear door.

Benefits of Public Transportation

Cost
Compared with rising gas prices, parking, automobile maintenance, and insurance charges, public transit is very affordable.

Convenience
Public transit functions on a schedule, making planning your trip easy. Also, you can read or study while riding.

Environment
The public transportation system is the ultimate carpool, cutting down on harmful emissions.

Sweatshop Policy

Adopted by RUSGA in April of 2011, the Sweatshop Free declaration recognizes that much of the world’s clothing continues to be manufactured under sweatshop conditions.  Informed by the university’s Jesuit ideals, RUSGA is committed to purchasing ethically made attire with the desire to encourage clothing manufactures to pay their labor force living wages, reasonable hours, and improved working conditions.

The Committee’s goals were as follows:

1.  Examining the social and economic consequences of RUSGA’s sweat free policy.

2.  Implementing the most ethical policy possible by the end of the semester.

3.  Educating the student population about our sweatshop policy.

Through this process the committee came up with the following Sweatshop Free Policy.

The Pledge

Initiated by the RUSGA Social Justice and Sustainability committees in 2012, the pledge challenges Regis students to be good stewards of our environmental resources. New and returning students have the opportunity to sign the pledge during our annual Welcome Week. I pledge that during my years at Regis University I will explore and be mindful of the social, economic and environmental consequences of my behavior and that of my institution. I will incorporate into my daily life social justice, economic integrity and environmental stewardship with the intention of promoting a sustainable and just society both in my community and the wider world.

Trust the Tap

Created and funded by the RUSGA Sustainability committee and implemented by the Regis University Physical Plant, the “Trust the Tap” initiative has resulted in the installation of twenty water filtration systems in buildings across campus. A concurrent “Trust the Tap” campaign provides information about tap water cleanliness, environmental stewardship, and economic efficiency while encouraging community members to discontinue the use of plastic water bottles. Fun fact: “The recommended eight glasses of water a day, at U.S. tap rates equals about $.49 per year; that same amount of bottled water is about $1,400.”-Ban the Bottle

Walker's Pub

Walker’s Pub has become a central gathering space for students to relax, meet-up before athletic events, catch a local band, and hangout with fellow Rangers. Named after John Brisben Walker – the land developer who donated the property that the University resides on – the Pub was proposed in 2009 and finished in the Spring of 2011 as an initiative established and financed by RUSGA. In 2018, as part of the renovation of the Student Center, Walker’s was relocated within the Student Center and was renovated to create a modern pub look and feel that offers food and beverage options, a selection of local beer and wine, music, several televisions, a pool table, shuffleboard, and comfy places to sit and relax with friends. The grand opening of the newly renovated Walker's Pub was in the Spring of 2019.