Natali Student Center
All the Comforts of Home for Resident and Commuter Students
The Elmo Natali Student Center at California University of Pennsylvania has been named one of the best student centers in the United States.
The student center is located in the heart of Cal U's campus, and it's the hub of student activities. Rededicated in 2016 after a top-to-bottom renovation, the student center is the place to go for a meal or a snack, to meet friends for a study session, to watch a free movie, or to enjoy some downtime between classes. Many student services are housed in Natali, too.
Whether you live on campus or commute to Cal U for classes, you can make yourself comfortable at the student center. Here's a floor-by-floor look at key offices and services at the Natali Student Center:
Information Desk, near the Third Street entrance. Stop here to have your CalCard photo taken, purchase tickets for some campus events, reserve space for a club meeting or buy postage stamps.
Cal U Bookstore, where you can purchase textbooks, computer hardware and software, school supplies, Cal U clothing and other gear.
Career and Professional Development Center (CPDC), where career advisers can help you choose a major, gain career experience, prepare for a job search and connect with employers. Conveniently located just off the Heritage Lounge, the CPDC also houses the Internship Center, which links students and employers for faculty-led internships.
Center for Volunteer Programs and Service Learning, which connects you with volunteer opportunities and service projects in California and surrounding Pennsylvania communities. The center operates the Cal U Cupboard, a food pantry for students experiencing food insecurity.
Chick-fil-A Express, offering the classic chicken sandwich, fresh salads, chicken nuggets, waffle fries and lemonade.
Commuter Services area, the Energy Zone, which includes charging stations for your laptop and cellphone; a kitchenette with a microwave oven, refrigerator, sink and lockers; and comfy seating areas. (Additional commuter break pods are located in other buildings on campus, too, so commuter students have a convenient place to rest and recharge between classes.)
Heritage Lounge, also called the rotunda. This spectacular space is ideal for group study projects or just hanging out.
MAC Lab, or Multimedia Access Center, an open lab equipped with Macintosh computers. Stop here to get creative, work on an assignment, attend a workshop or record a short video.
Media Suite, home to radio station WCAL, the Cal Times student newspaper and CUTV, the campus television station.
Modeco, a coffee shop offering freshly brewed coffee and bakery treats.
Student Organization Suite, where you'll find these offices:
- Greek Affairs, which oversees the many fraternities and sororities at California University of Pennsylvania.
- Student Activities Board, a student-led organization that programs entertainment and events for the Cal U community.
- Student Government Association, the official governing body for students. It's part of the Student Association Inc. (SAI.
- Underground Café, which hosts open mic nights, books local bands and sponsors performances by writers, poets, musicians and comedians on Thursday nights.
PSECU, the Pennsylvania State Employee Credit Union. PSECU offers on-campus financial services to students and Cal U employees in conjunction with the CalCard.
Vulcan Theater, a 143-seat movie theater where you can watch free movies nearly every day when classes are in session.
Women's Center, which offers services and programs, advocates for greater equity, and provides an atmosphere that empowers and nurtures women on campus. The End Violence (END V) Center is here, too; it works to raise awareness and prevent sexual assault, dating/domestic violence and stalking. The END V Center's trained advocate is available to students 24/7.
Gold Rush Culinary Center, the primary dining option for Cal U students, offers all-you-care-to-eat dining in a relaxed setting. Students can choose from a variety of dining memberships and meal plans.
Food Court, with a variety of options including Fresh, Dos Manos, Fyre and the Vulcan Express convenience store.
Performance Center, a versatile meeting and performance space used for a variety of campus activities.
Campus Ministry, whose organizations foster spiritual growth, character development, prayer, community service and social interaction among students. Cal U's campus ministry includes:
- Cal ROCKS (Reaching Out for Catholic Kinship), which foster fellowship and learning opportunities among Catholic students at Cal U.
- New Life Christian Fellowship, a Baptist-supported ministry open to students of any denomination
- STAND (Students Taking a New Direction), an interdenominational ministry that helps students to explore Christianity, deepen their faith and connect with fellow students through Bible study and other activities.
- Young and Gifted Gospel Choir, a gospel performance group open to singers and instrumentalists of all denominations.
Office of Student Affairs, the administrative office that oversees all aspects of student life, including housing, dining, extracurricular activities and the Office of Student Conduct at Cal U.
Student Association Inc. (SAI), a nonprofit corporation owned and operated by the students of California University of Pennsylvania. Active since 1937, SAI supports the activities of student clubs and organizations, provides partial funding for intercollegiate athletics, and owns Roadman Park and the SAI Farm, on Cal U's upper campus.