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Clubs, Organizations and Honor Societies

Get involved on campus

There are a lot of ways for you to get involved on campus. Bridgewater College has many social, cultural, religious and academic clubs and organizations for you to become an active member of.

Make a selection below to learn more about each club, organization and honor society


Active Minds
Active Minds at Bridgewater College is a student-run organization utilizing the student voice to raise mental health awareness among college students. This organization promotes dialogue about issues of mental health and educates the entire student body about available resources in and around the campus community. Active Minds seeks to raise students' awareness of mental health issues and symptoms of mental illness, reduce the stigma that surrounds mental health, provide information about available resources and encourage students to seek help as soon as needed. In addition, it targets the entire college community with large-scale educational campaigns and events.

Advisor: Crystal Lynn

Alpha Phi Omega (APO)
Alpha Phi Omega (APO) is a national coed service organization. The purpose of APO is to assemble college students to develop leadership, promote friendship, provide service to humanity and further the freedom that is our national, educational and intellectual heritage. Alpha Phi Omega is the single most representative undergraduate intercollegiate organization in the United States of America.

Advisor: Dr. Harriett Hayes

American Chemical Society
The Bridgewater College student affiliate chapter of the American Chemical Society is composed of students who are interested in science, especially chemistry. The purpose of the club is to promote student interest and career exploration in the field of chemistry by providing informal activities such as field trips, speakers, community service at local schools and fundraising events. Membership is open to all students.

Advisor: Dr. Kenneth Overway

Association for Computing Machinery (ACM)
The Association for Computing Machinery (ACM), founded in 1947, is an international scientific and educational organization dedicated to advancing the art, science, engineering and application of information technology. The Bridgewater College student chapter of ACM was organized in 1998 to promote interest in computing and its applications on the Bridgewater campus. Meetings are held at least once a month during the school year, with a variety of speakers both from the College and the computing industry. Each fall, the chapter sends a team to the ACM Mid-Atlantic Programming Contest. Membership is open to students of any major.

Advisor: Dr. R. Eric MCGregor

Believers Strongly United
Believers Strongly United is open to all students and meets weekly on Thursday evenings at 8 p.m. in the Boitnott Room for fun times with games, praise and worship and a speaker. It conducts various mission projects including impact teams, summer mission opportunities and a chance to serve through an alternative Spring Break. Other activities include retreats, fundraisers for summer missions and various social activities.

Advisor: Chaplain Robbie Miller

Black Student Association (BSA)
The purpose of the Black Student Association (BSA) is to provide support and aid to African American students attending Bridgewater College and to recognize the contribution of African Americans on campus and to society in general. Membership in the BSA is open to all students.

Advisors: Stephanie Wilson and Alvin Green Website:

Brethren Student Movement (BSM)
The Brethren Student Movement (BSM) meets once a week and is open to all students. The purpose of the organization is to provide an opportunity for Christian fellowship and growth. Activities include: weekly Bible studies, retreats, recreation, prayer partners, service projects and other fellowship events.

Advisor: Chris Zepp

BC Allies
BC Allies is a student group whose purpose is to promote awareness and understanding of Lesbian/Gay/Bisexual/Transgender/Questioning (LGBTQ) issues; to educate and encourage open dialogue within the BC community about LBGTQ issues and events; and to create a campus atmosphere that is open to LGBTQ individuals where LGBTQ and non-LGBTQ individuals are comfortable. BC Allies is an organization that is open to all students regardless of race, ethnicity, national origin, religion, age, disability, gender or sexual orientation.

Advisor: Dr. Charles Fleis

Bridgewater Campus Chapter of New Community Project (NCP)
The Bridgewater campus chapter of New Community Project (NCP) is the first collegiate chapter of New Community Project, a faith-based, nonprofit organization with the modest goal of changing the world. The mission of the Bridgewater chapter of NCP is to create an aware, active and caring campus that promotes peace through justice, care for creation and experimental learning.

Advisor: Chaplain Robbie Miller

Bridgewater College Ultimate Club
The Bridgewater College Ultimate Club provides students the opportunity to gain new skills and learn good sportsmanship, while at the same time promoting the development of an appreciation for Ultimate Frisbee on campus and promoting support through intercollegiate matches.

Advisor: Dr. Tim Kreps

Campus Crusade for Christ
Campus Crusade for Christ is an interdenominational Christian group. Its mission statement is "Turning Lost Students into Christ-Centered Laborers." The group meets weekly for fellowship, prayer and to share the message of the gospel. All are welcome to attend.

Advisor: John Manson Website:

Catholic Campus Ministry (CCM)
Catholic Campus Ministry (CCM) meets on campus weekly to share faith, fellowship, prayer and service to the community. Once a month, members serve at a soup kitchen in Harrisonburg. Students travel to nearby James Madison University for the celebration of mass on weekends. CCM is open to all students, faculty and staff who wish to participate.

Advisor: Dr. Chip Studwell

Civil War Club
Each month the Civil War Club travels to a Civil War site, watches a Civil War-themed movie or handles original Civil War letters and artifacts. The group has visited and toured the Civil War battlefields at Antietam, Gettysburg, Harper's Ferry, West Virginia and Appomattox and has traveled to Lexington, Va., where it toured Lee's Chapel and the Virginia Military Institute. In the spring, club members assist with Bridgewater College's annual Civil War Institute, where they have an opportunity to meet and hear noted civil war historians and authors. Each year the club chooses new and interesting Civil War sites to visit, including an annual trip to Gettysburg.

Advisor: Nicholas Picerno

Collegiate Entrepreneurs' Organization (CEO)
The Collegiate Entrepreneurs' Organization (CEO) is the premier entrepreneurship network with more than 400 chapters on college/university campuses across North America. CEO's mission is to inform, support and inspire college students to be entrepreneurial and to seek opportunity through enterprise creation. In addition to regular meetings, current Bridgewater CEO activities include: an annual CEO billiard tournament, elevator pitch contests for proposed start-up ventures (for-profit or not-for-profit), bringing entrepreneurial guest speakers to campus, hosting "Getting to Know an Entrepreneur" events, sponsoring students to the national CEO conference in Chicago, supporting members to attend the Self-Employment in the Arts (SEA) annual conference and joint-venturing with the Greater Ashby Business Council of the Harrisonburg-Rockingham County Chamber of Commerce to host an annual Business Expo. Membership in CEO is open to all BC students regardless of major.

Advisors: Dr. Holly Caldwell Ratwani and Prof. Michael Hough

The Bridgewater College Comitatus promotes the study and safe practice of the Western Martial Arts, the armed and unarmed combat arts of Medieval and Renaissance Europe and Britain, specifically the longsword, sword and buckler, dagger, poleax and wrestling. Our focus is the 14th and 15th century German tradition, specifically the teachings of Johannes Liechtenauer, grandmaster of the German school of fencing. No prior experience or equipment is necessary, just the desire to become part of an ancient martial tradition.

Advisor: Dr. Gavin Lawson

Eagle Productions
Eagle Productions is an organization designed to promote students' social development as part of the holistic education that is central to Bridgewater College's mission. This group of approximately 30 students works with advisors and other faculty members to plan and implement social, cultural and recreational activities. Participation in Eagle Productions is open to anyone desiring to help shape campus social life. Special events include Homecoming, Terror Tour and Spring Fest. Regular activities include musicians, comedians, movies, lectures and game shows. These activities are designed to build our community by encouraging students to participate in College-sponsored events and enjoy varied social events on the weekends.

Advisor: Whitney Smith

Equestrian Club
The main objective of the Equestrian Club is to celebrate the equestrian sport and to foster and encourage equine involvement in the Bridgewater College community. The Equestrian Club is open to all full-time students in good academic standing at B.C. Equestrian team members are required to be members of the Equestrian Club, and all club members are encouraged to be engaged in the BC riding program.

Advisor: Beth Boteler Website:

Fellowship of Christian Athletes
The Fellowship of Christian Athletes is a Christ-centered organization for students who share an interest in athletics. Regular fellowship meetings and various activities enable the group to get together for times of good fellowship and fun.

Advisor: Scott Powers

Future Educators of Bridgewater College
The Future Educators of Bridgewater College is open to all Bridgewater College student preparing for a career or interested in education. This organization provides members with opportunities for developing an understanding of the ethics and programs of the education profession, community service outlets in educational settings, professional development and more.

Advisor: Dr. Rebecca Harris

Habitat for Humanity
The Bridgewater College campus chapter of Habitat for Humanity International is an ecumenical housing ministry that seeks to eliminate poverty housing from the world and to make decent shelter a matter of conscience and action. In addition to working with our local Habitat affiliate, the BC campus chapter sponsors an annual Alternative Spring Break in which students travel out of state to build Habitat houses for and with future house owners.

Advisor: Chaplain Robbie Miller

In-Step Dance Club
In-Step Dance Club seeks to promote ballroom dancing on the campus of Bridgewater College. The club provides regular instruction in a variety of ballroom dances for all students and hopes to promote events in the future. Goals include practice for social occasions, finding opportunities to dance in the area off-campus and the forming of friendships that emerge from dancing together.

Advisor: Prof. Steve Watson

International Club
The Bridgewater College International Club is a social organization for both international and domestic students. For the international student, the club helps ease the transition to the states, Bridgewater community and campus climate. For the U.S. student, it is an excellent opportunity to learn about different cultures, customs and countries. The club provides a social forum to grow, have fun and make lifelong friendships.

Advisor: Anne Marsh

Lend a Paw
Lend a Paw is open to any student wanting to promote kindness toward animals. The organization seeks to educate members about animal welfare issues so that they can lend a helping hand and voice to animals. As an advocacy and action-oriented organization, the group strives to educate the community about animal health and well-being, instill a value and respect for all animals and provide community service to local animal-oriented not-for-profit organizations.

Advisor: Dr. Lori Gano-Overway

Physics Club
Membership is open to any student who is interested in the physical sciences. Activities include field trips, speakers, films and other programs designed to foster an interest in and understanding of the physical sciences. Affiliation with the American Institute of Physics gives each member a subscription to Physics Today and makes a variety of special programs and opportunities available to the club.

Advisors: Dr. Phillip Spickler and Dr. Deva O'Neil

Pinion Players
The student-run theatre organization, the Pinion Players, provides students with cocurricular opportunities to participate in all aspects of theatrical production, from directing and acting to designing and playwriting. Any student interested in theatre may join. Activities vary yearly, are driven by student interest and may include children's theatre productions for local elementary schools, madrigal dinners and a student-directed, one-act festival.

Advisor: Dr. Scott Cole

Pre-Law Society
The Pre-Law Society is a student-led club for students interested in a legal career, especially law school. The Society's activities include law school visits, mock LSAT testing, LSAT preparation and visits to local law offices and courtrooms.

Advisor: Dr. Jim Josefson

Pre-Med Society
The Pre-Med Society is for all students interested in the health sciences, including medicine, veterinary medicine, nursing, medical technology, optometry, physician assistant, occupational therapy, physical therapy and dentistry. The society seeks to inform members of current trends, ethics and practices in the medical field through meetings, lectures and field trips.

Advisor: Dr. Tracy Deem Co-Advisor: Dr. Robyn Puffenbarger Website: Academics/AcademicDepartments/Biology/Pre-MedSociety

Residence Hall Association
The Residence Hall Association  is a student-run organization that exists to foster community among resident students at Bridgewater College. It is run by an executive board that is responsible for all aspects of the organization. It seeks to promote a healthy and enjoyable on-campus residence experience. Each residence hall has a local version of the Residence Hall Association that is called Hall Council. It is made up of residents from each respective hall and is responsible for maintaining communication among the hall, Residence Hall Association and the Student Senate. The members are elected by residents in each hall and work to create a positive residence environment for all students. Residence Hall Association also builds community through its programming. All students are welcome to be a member of Hall Council and take part in planning fun activities for the residence halls. It is a great opportunity to gain leadership experience and meet new people.

Advisor: Catie Straube

Ripples, Bridgewater College's yearbook, was founded in 1922 and is an annual publication used to preserve the memories and events of the Bridgewater campus and community. It is published by a staff made up of BC students that meet weekly in the Ripples office located in the Kline Campus Center. Occasionally, additional meetings are called as deadlines approach. All students are welcome to join the staff; no experience is necessary.

Advisor: Joan Hughes Website:

Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), BC Chapter
The Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) is a nationally recognized organization whose mission is to serve the needs of the human resource management professional by providing the most essential and comprehensive set of resources available. In addition, the Society is committed to advancing the human resource profession and the capabilities of all human resource professionals to ensure that HR is an essential and effective partner in developing and executing organizational strategy.

Advisor: Dr. Lou Pugliese Website:

Veritas is the College newspaper – written, edited and published by students. Goals of Veritas are to publicize all noteworthy campus events, to present campus news and opinions and to give training in practical journalism to its staff. Veritas is affiliated with the American Scholastic Press Association, the Society of Collegiate Journalists and the Associated Press. Veritas is available online at:

Advisor: Dr. Bernardo Motta Website:


BC Commuters
The Day Student Organization attempts to bring non-resident students, resident students and faculty members together to foster communications and good relationships and to promote non-resident student participation in College functions.

Advisor: Crystal Lynn

BC Student Alumni Network
The Bridgewater College Student Alumni Network is a newly inaugurated campus organization that fosters connections between current BC students and alumni of all ages. Additionally, the Student Alumni Network seeks to lead and promote student philanthropic engagement and participation at BC. Come join us, connect with alumni, have fun and serve the BC community!

Coordinator: Ali Morris or 540-828-8017

Lift Your Voice Gospel
Participation in Lift Your Voice Gospel Choir is open to all members of the student body at BC and specifically focuses on the uplifting messages in gospel music.

Advisor: Stephanie Wilson

Chorale is a small ensemble that is selected in the spring and attends a music camp prior to the fall semester. The group is featured at Homecoming, Family Weekend and other times on campus. Throughout the year, Chorale provides programs for public schools, colleges, civic organizations and churches in the Eastern United States. Chorale has completed five international concert tours and will likely continue this pattern cyclically.

Advisor: Dr. John P. McCarty

Concert Choir
The Concert Choir is a group of approximately 45 students who are chosen by audition in the fall and perform throughout the year. Each year, the group tours in the Eastern United States.

Advisor: Dr. John P. McCarty

Deputation Team
Student Deputation Teams travel on weekends in Virginia and surrounding states to provide leadership for worship services and other events in local congregations. "Dep Teams" strengthen the church/College relationship and provide church leadership experience for Bridgewater College students.

Advisor: Chaplain Robbie Miller

Handbell Choir
The Handbell Choir has approximately 12 members who are drawn from the Concert Choir. The ensemble performs on the Concert Choir's spring tour program and at various other campus events. The Handbell Choir is administered and directed by junior or senior music majors. Membership is based on experience, an application and an audition.

Advisor: Dr. John P. McCarty

Interdistrict Youth Cabinet
The Interdistrict Youth Cabinet, jointly sponsored by the Church of the Brethren in the Southeastern United States and Bridgewater College, supports and strengthens the youth program in the Church of the Brethren. Its responsibilities include the planning of the Southeastern Youth Roundtable and other youth retreats. It is composed of Brethren students appointed by the cabinet.

Advisor Steve Spire

Jazz Ensemble
Performing a wide variety of music from the jazz idiom, this ensemble participates in at least five evening performances throughout the year and a weeklong spring tour following commencement. This tour includes performing at high schools along the Eastern United States. the ensemble is selected by audition in the spring and attends a music camp prior to fall semester.

Advisor: Dr. Christine Carrillo

Music Educators National Conference
The Music Educators National Conference is one of hundreds of student chapters dedicated to the professional life of future music teachers. The Bridgewater College chapter is advised by a member of the music faculty. The club meets for professional discussion and study, and coordinates and sponsors events of particular interest to music students.

Advisor: Dr. Christine Carrillo

Oratorio Choir
The Oratorio Choir is a large ensemble that presents a major choral work during the Christmas season. The Oratorio Choir is open to all interested singers without audition.

Advisor: Dr. John P. McCarty

Orientation Leaders
Orientation Leaders are a select group of student leaders who work closely with the spring and summer orientation programs, Welcome Week and the PDP program at Bridgewater College. These students are selected via an application process near the conclusion of the fall semester. Orientation Leader positions are limited and tend to be highly competitive. Orientation Leaders are tasked with assisting new students with their transition to Bridgewater College by role modeling, answering questions and being available during these transitions.

In addition to Orientation Leaders, Orientation Leader Assistants (OLA) are also selected in the spring semester to assist only with the Welcome Week activities. The OLA positions are a great way for students who are thinking of becoming an Orientation Leader the following year to get an idea of what it is like to assist new students.

Advisor: Crystal Lynn

Pep Band ("Screaming Eagles")
Pep Band is a student-led organization that performs at home football and basketball games. It is open to all students. Students select the music, organize rehearsals and create policy. The emphasis is on having fun.

Director: Morgan Brooking Advisors: Dr. Stephen Longenecker and Dr. Christine Carrillo ccarrill@bridgewater.eduu

Student Ambassador Association
This student organization is dedicated to serving Bridgewater College students of the past, present and future by working to promote pride in all aspects of the College environment and in the broader Bridgewater College community. Student Ambassadors strive to portray a positive message to prospective students and their families about Bridgewater College. Through campus tours and the relay of information, ambassadors promote the ideal image and atmosphere of Bridgewater College. This select group of students represents the best of a diverse, self-confident, enthusiastic and scholarly student body. Its members represent all academic majors, varied interests, numerous geographic locations and all classifications. The ambassadors assist the admissions office with campus tours, special visitation days and housing prospective students during the ongoing recruiting process.

Advisor: Louis Sanchez

Student-Athlete Advisory Committee
The Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) serves student-athletes of the College and provides a forum for them to discuss issues, concerns and support for BC athletics. The mission of the SAAC is to enhance the total student-athlete experience by promoting athletic and academic opportunities, protecting the welfare of student-athletes and fostering a positive image, while maintaining the tenants of the rules and regulations of the ODAC and Division III philosophy.

Student Interfaith Board
The Student Interfaith Board works to create a more open, inclusive and informed religious environment on campus.

Advisor: Chaplain Robbie Miller

Symphonic Band
Currently an ensemble of approximately 60 students, this group is open to anyone with instrumental music experience and interest. This ensemble performs a wide variety of music chosen from standard concert band literature. Two formal concerts are presented each academic semester as well as off-campus performances.

Advisor: Dr. Christine Carrillo

World Languages Club
The World Languages Club exposes students to the many cultures and languages of the world. To further enrich members' experiences trips are taken to areas such as Washington D.C. and Richmond to visit embassies, art exhibitions, film festivals, etc.

Advisor: Dr. Mahan Ellison

Honor Societies

Alpha Chi
Alpha Chi is a national college scholarship honor society with chapters in more than 298 colleges and universities across the United States. Its purpose is to "promote academic excellence and exemplary character . . . and to honor those who achieve such distinction." Each year, selected Bridgewater students gain national recognition by being elected to membership. To be eligible, a student must be active in the Philomathes Society, have a minimum quality point average of 3.4 and rank in the top 10 percent of the junior or senior class.

Alpha Psi Omega (ETA Upsilon Cast)
Alpha Psi Omega is the National Honorary Theatre Fraternity. Students who distinguish themselves in a number of facets of theatrical production may be invited to join the Bridgewater College chapter, the Eta Upsilon Cast.

Delta Sigma Rho-Tau Kappa Alpha
The Delta Sigma Rho-Tau Kappa Alpha is a national honorary forensic society. Membership is restricted to students who have distinguished themselves in intercollegiate debate and have achieved a high level of academic excellence.

Lambda Pi Eta
Lambda Pi Eta is the honor society sponsored by the National Communication Association. The more than 400 national chapters are also accredited by the Association of College Honor Societies. Outstanding juniors and seniors who are majoring or minoring in communication studies are eligible for election into Lambda Pi Eta.

Omicron Delta Kappa
Omicron Delta Kappa (ODK), a national leadership honor society, was founded on December 3, 1914, at Washington and Lee University in Lexington, Va. The purpose of ODK is to promote leadership in all phases of college life and to recognize individuals who have attained a high standard of leadership in collegiate activities. To be eligible for membership, a student must display exemplary character, scholarship and intelligence, service and leadership in campus life, good citizenship within the academic and larger community, and fellowship and consecration to democratic ideals.

Membership in ODK is awarded to juniors or seniors who have a minimum of a 3.0 cumulative grade point average and demonstrate exceptional leadership in at least one of the following five areas: campus or community service, social or religious activities and campus government; journalism, speech and the mass media; creative and performing arts; scholarship; and athletics. Normally, a student will hold a major leadership position in one of the five areas listed and a minor leadership position in another.

Each fall, the active members of the Bridgewater College Circle of Omicron Delta Kappa (students and faculty) examine a list of eligible candidates (juniors and seniors with a minimum 3.0 GPA). The list is researched to determine leadership positions that candidates have held. Voting members may then nominate an unlimited number of eligible candidates to be placed on a membership ballot. This ballot of nominees is then sent to all voting members. To be inducted, a nominee must receive a positive vote from three-fourths of the voting membership. There is no limit to the number of new members each year.

Advisor: Dr. William D. Miracle

Phi Alpha Theta
Phi Alpha Theta is a national honorary society to recognize outstanding students of history. It is open to interested and qualified students regardless of major.

Philomathes Society
The primary purpose of the Philomathes Society is to encourage scholarly effort and to honor students, faculty members and alumni who have achieved unusual distinction in the pursuit of knowledge. A student who has completed 30 units of credit at Bridgewater College with a cumulative grade point average of 3.4 or higher, received all satisfactory grades for Convocation attendance during the year prior to nomination and not been suspended from the College for disciplinary reasons during the year prior to induction is eligible to be nominated for membership.

Website: Philomathes Society

Who's Who
Who's Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges is one of the most highly regarded and longstanding honors programs in the nation. Selections are made each fall. The Council on Student Affairs appoints a nomination committee, comprised of faculty, students and staff. A minimum of three faculty, two junior class students, and the assistant dean of students serve on the committee. The dean of students chairs the nomination committee.

The criteria set forth by Who's Who for student nominations include scholarship, leadership and participation in extracurricular activities, citizenship and service to the College and community. To be eligible for nomination, a student must be a senior and have a minimum of a 3.0 cumulative grade point average. Once students have been nominated, an information sheet is sent to each nominee that asks the nominee to list all activities, leadership positions, extracurricular activities and services rendered to the College and community. All students who respond are included on the nomination ballot that is sent to full-time faculty and professional staff for ranking.

Those students who distinguish themselves by receiving the highest ranking are forwarded to Who's Who as Bridgewater's nominees. The College then receives confirmation from Who's Who of students who have been selected. Students selected for inclusion in Who's Who in American Universities and Colleges are recognized at the Awards Convocation in the spring.

Advisor: Dr. William D. Miracle

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