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Student Clubs & Organizations

Take a look at the variety of activities you can choose. We have something to match every interest and ability.

Student Clubs and Organizations

Active Minds

Active Minds promotes awareness among college students about mental health issues through educational campaigns and events. It offers information about mental health resources in and around the campus community and strives to reduce the stigma that surrounds mental illness.
Advisor: Shannon Pope

African Student Association

As African origin students, we are building a united and prosperous African Student Association. This culturally, socially, and academically vibrant organization, is aimed at providing opportunities for African students to showcase their cultural heritage and the uniqueness of Africa, as a continent.
Advisor: Teshome Molalenge

Alpha Phi Omega (APO)

Alpha Phi Omega (APO), a national coed service fraternity, provides opportunities to develop leadership skills, make new friends and serve others. Nationally, the organization provides more service opportunities on more campuses than any other collegiate service organization.
Advisor: Betsy Hayes

Asian Student Association

Asian Student Association celebrates the Asian cultures through music, dance, holiday celebrations, and social issues that impact the Asian identity at Bridgewater College and the surrounding community. ASA provides social and service activities for all interested individuals and promotes identity and unity among the Asian students of Bridgewater College.
Advisor: Yuka Kishida

BC Allies

BC Allies promotes awareness, understanding and tolerance of Lesbian/Gay/Bisexual/Transgender/Questioning (LGBTQ) issues through education and open dialogue within the BC community. We strive to create a campus atmosphere that is open to LGBTQ individuals. Open to all students, regardless of race, ethnicity, national origin, religion, age, disability, gender or sexual orientation.
Advisors: Melanie Laliker

BC Chemistry Club

BC Chemistry Club promotes student interest and career exploration in the field of chemistry through activities such as field trips, speakers, community service at local schools and fundraising events. Open to all students.
Advisor: Ian McNeil

BC Gamers

BC Gamers supports gaming of all types, including miniature war gaming, RPGs, trading cards and board games. Interested in a game but want to try it out first?  The club owns starter sets for several games, and our members are always happy to introduce a new game.
Advisor: Gavin Lawson

BC United

BC United is a peer education and bystander education organization that addresses issues of sexual violence and substance use.
Advisor: Shannon Pope

BC Voice

BC Voice is the student-run media organization on campus. Its members produce web-based radio broadcasts called Spark it Up, the College’s print newspaper Veritas and multimedia web content. Members learn valuable media production skills while providing the Bridgewater College community with news and information about college-specific, local and national events.
Advisor: Ady Dewey

Black Student Association (BSA)

Black Student Association (BSA) supports black students at Bridgewater. We also promote awareness of contributions by African Americans on the campus community and beyond. Open to all students.
Advisor: Jennifer Babcock

Brazillian Jiu Jitsu

Brazilian Jiu Jitsu club promotes the study and practice of the grappling and submission martial art of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu through weekly training sessions. All students are welcome, and no prior martial arts training is required.
Advisor: Kevin Pallister

Brethren Student Movement

Brethren Student Movement (BSM) meets weekly to provide opportunity for Christian fellowship and growth. Activities include weekly Bible studies, retreats, recreation, prayer partners and service projects. Open to all students.
Advisor: Chris Zepp

Bridgewater College Computing Club

The Bridgewater College Computing Club promotes the interest of computing and its applications and builds a greater community around those who are interested in computing.
Advisor: Eric McGregor

Bridgewater College Republicans

The Bridgewater College Republicans help promote conservative ideas on campus. We actively participate in national, state and local Republican campaigns and work directly with Republican candidates.
Advisor: Tom Rosengarth

Bridgewater Rugby Club

Bridgewater Rugby Club promotes a passion and love for rugby. This group will learn, watch, and play rugby together.
Advisor: Ed Lickey

Bridgewater Students for Liberty

Bridgewater Students for Liberty is a club on campus that is part of a national network of 750+ chapters. It is a non-partisan political activism organization that is generally defined as socially liberal, while also being fiscally conservative. There are lots of opportunities that the club can connect an individual with from campaign work to media publishing and so much more.
Advisor: Teshome Molalenge

Catholic Campus Ministry

Catholic Campus Ministry (CCM) meets weekly to share faith, fellowship and prayer. Community service is a focus of the group. Open to all students, faculty and staff.
Advisor: Chip Studwell

Collegiate Entrepreneurs’ Organization (CEO)

Collegiate Entrepreneurs’ Organization (CEO), the premier entrepreneurship network in North America, promotes a spirit of entrepreneurship and encourages college students to seek opportunity through enterprise creation. In addition to regular meetings, Bridgewater CEO activities include 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.
Advisor: Maria Lugo

Comitatus

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 (the longsword, sword and buckler, dagger, poleax and wrestling). The group is focused on 14th and 15th century German traditions—especially the teachings of Johannes Liechtenauer, grandmaster of the German school of fencing. No prior experience or equipment is necessary.
Advisor: Gavin Lawson

Creative Writing Club

Creative Writing Club is an opportunity for writers to do what they love the most, write! We explore the creative process through prompts and games and enjoy presentations from guest speakers.
Advisor: Maryann Wolfe

CRU

Campus Crusade for Christ (CRU) is an interdenominational Christian group that meets weekly for fellowship, prayer and worship. Open to all students.
Advisor: John Manson

Dialogue Club

Dialogue Club trains members of the student body and campus community how to effectively facilitate Reflective Structured Dialogue and provides trained facilitators for other clubs, classes, convocations, residence halls and members of the Bridgewater College community.
Advisor: Jamie Frueh and Betsy Hayes

Eagle Productions

Eagle Productions (EP) is Bridgewater’s premier programming body that plans and implements weekly activities for students. The group provides students with entertaining and community-orientated programs such as comedians, musicians, game shows, and much more. Additionally, EP provides a unique experience for their crew members where they are part of an influential and impactful community on campus while also developing personally and growing as leaders. Open to all who have an interest in event planning and leadership.
Advisor: Sam Schlernitzauer

Eco-Action Club

The Eco-Action Club develops and promotes sustainable practices on the Bridgewater College campus and in the surrounding communities.
Advisor: Teshome Molalenge

Environmental Science Club

This club helps students explore environmental science careers through guest speakers and experiential learning. Events include hiking, environmental education volunteering, invasive species dinner and guest speakers convos.
Advisor: Tamara Johnstone-Yellin

Equestrian Club

Equestrian Club promotes an interest in horses and equestrian skills within the Bridgewater College community. Open to all full-time students in good academic standing at B.C. Members of the competitive equestrian team are required to participate, and all club members are encouraged to join the BC riding program.
Advisor: Brittany Veninger

Family Consumer Science

Family Consumer Science (FCS) promotes personal growth and leadership development through family and consumer sciences education. Monthly meetings, and a focus on community service. Open to all students regardless of major.
Advisor: Carolyn Grasse-Bachman

Fellowship of Christian Athletes

Fellowship of Christian Athletes is a Christ-centered fellowship organization for students who share an interest in athletics.
Advisor: Jennie Carr

Fly Fishing Club

Fly Fishing Club provides students with the opportunity to learn about fly fishing, including stream and fish ecology and the history of the sport, to practice skills and to participate in the sport of fly fishing with other club members.
Advisor: Jim Josefson

Future Educators of Bridgewater College

Future Educators of Bridgewater College is open to all Bridgewater College students with an interest in the field of education. Activities are focused on developing an understanding of the ethics and programs of the education profession, community service outlets in educational settings, professional development and more.
Advisor: Gwen Jones

Habitat for Humanity (HFH)

Habitat for Humanity (HFH), BC Campus Chapter, is an ecumenical housing ministry that shares God’s love by bringing people together to build homes, communities and hope throughout the world.
Advisor: Robbie Miller

HEAL

HEAL (Health Education, Active Lifestyle) Club raises awareness for different health issues such as breast cancer and diabetes. It is also our mission to help individuals get active on and off campus by encouraging them to get involved in physical activities around campus.
Advisor: Anna Leal

Health and Physical Education Club

Health and Physical Education Club unites students interested in teaching health and physical education and expands their knowledge. Through this organization, members will be able to share teaching strategies and ideas, access professional resources, attend professional conferences, and support peers within the department. The club is open to all students.
Advisor: Amanda Campbell

In-Step Dance Club

In-Step Dance Club promotes the social benefits of ballroom dancing provides through instruction of various ballroom dances and hopes to promote events in the future.
Advisor: Michael Hough

Interfaith Board

Interfaith Board seeks to encourage a welcoming and diverse religious environment on campus where all live and work together for the common good.
Advisor: Nancy Klancher

Interfaith Student Association

Interfaith Student Association seeks to create a diverse campus community where interfaith awareness, understanding, respect and cooperation are the norm.  Open to all students.
Advisor: Nancy Klancher

Las Aguilas

Las Águilas is a student organization that nurtures cross-cultural friendship, promotes networking among individuals of all ethnic and cultural backgrounds, and gives students who are learners of Spanish a chance to interact with Spanish native speakers and other Spanish learners in order to improve their conversational skills.
Advisor: Alma Ramirez Trujillo

Latinx Student Association

Latinx Student Association (LSA) is a community-building club for students from Spanish-speaking backgrounds and for students who would like to gain insight on Spanish-speaking communities.
Advisors: Alma Ramirez Trujillo

Lend a Paw

Lend a Paw is an advocacy and action-oriented organization that promotes awareness about animal health and wellbeing. The group strives to instill respect for all animals and provide community service to local, animal-oriented, not-for-profit organizations. Open to all students with a heart for animals.
Advisor: Betsy Hayes

Mass Communications Club

Mass Communications Club provides information on communications-related activities, forums, internships, career opportunities and other media experiences. As an integral part of Mass Communications Club, you will take trips to locations of various organizations in the field of communication. Membership is open to all who are interested and is strongly recommended if you are majoring or minoring in communication studies.
Advisor: Jeff Pierson

Model United Nations

Model UN engages students in open dialogue about global politics and encourages them to attend Model UN conferences.
Advisor: Kevin Pallister

Muslim Student Association

Muslim Student Association seeks to increase the awareness of Islam on campus and engage in the traditions and practices of that tradition. Open to all students.
Advisor: Anne Marsh

Physics Club

Physics Club promotes interest in and understanding of the physical sciences through activities such as field trips, lectures and films. The club’s affiliation with the American Institute of Physics provides each member a subscription to Physics Today and makes a variety of special programs and opportunities available to the club. Open to all students.
Advisors: Deva O’Neil

Pinion Players

Pinion Players, the student-run theatre organization, provides students with opportunities to participate in all aspects of theatrical production—from directing and acting to set designing and playwriting. Open to all students. Activities may include children’s theatre productions for local elementary schools, madrigal dinners and a student-directed, one-act festival.
Advisor: Scott Cole

Pre-Health Society

Pre-Health Society assists students who are pursuing a career in health-related fields. They invite guest speakers from a variety of different health professionals, provides information on volunteering, internships, and research opportunities, and organizes group trips to graduate school open houses.
Advisors: Tracy Deem

Pre-Law Society

Pre-Law Society promotes interest in and understanding of legal careers, especially law school. Activities include law school visits, LSAT preparation and mock testing, and visits to local law offices and courtrooms.
Advisor: Jim Josefson

Relay for Life

The Relay for Life Club contributes to the lives of cancer patients and survivors, as well as supporting their family and loved ones, through planning, sponsoring and coordinating the annual Relay for Life event at Bridgewater College.
Advisor: Teshome Molalenge

Residence Hall Association

Residence Hall Association fosters a sense of community among BC resident students by promoting a healthy and enjoyable on-campus residence experience through programs and positive communication. Each residence hall has a local version of the Residence Hall Association called Hall Council, which comprises residents elected by their hallmates to facilitate communication among residents, the Residence Hall Association and the Student Senate. Residence Hall Association also builds community through its programming.
Advisor: Suzanne Mullins

Roundtable Regional Youth Conference

Roundtable Regional Youth Conference (RYC) is committed to serving and glorifying God and inspiring the youth of the Southeastern Region of the Church of the Brethren. RYC plans and leads an annual youth event, Roundtable, held each Spring. The organization provides fellowship opportunities and builds a sense of interdependent community among the student body. Open to all students.
Advisor: Carol Scheppard

Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM)

Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), BC Chapter, is part of a nationally recognized organization that’s committed to advancing the human resource profession. Provides professional development for human resource professionals.
Advisor: Roslyn Vargas
Website: wp.bridgewater.edu/shrm

Student Ambassador Association

Student Ambassador Association promotes a positive image and pride in Bridgewater College by assisting the admissions office with campus tours, special visitation days and housing prospective students during the ongoing recruiting process. This select group represents the best of a diverse, self-confident, enthusiastic and scholarly student body, with members from a variety of academic majors, interests, geographic locations.
Advisor: Traci Marshall

Student-Athlete Advisory Committee

Student-Athlete Advisory Committee provides a forum for student-athletes to discuss issues, concerns and support for BC athletics. Enhances the total student-athlete experience by promoting athletic and academic opportunities, protecting the welfare of student-athletes and fostering a positive image within the rules and regulations of the ODAC and Division III philosophy.
Advisor: Lynn Walsh

Student Senate

Student Senate is the largest organization within the student government, comprising students elected to represent each of the four classes and commuter students. Responsibilities and powers of Student Senate include allocating funds to and approving new campus organizations, and making recommendations to the administration concerning student life.
Advisor: Leslie M. Frere

Student Support Foundation

The Bridgewater College Student Support Foundation is a student-run philanthropy group affiliated with the Morgridge Family Foundation. The group provides financial assistance to students, both on and off campus.
Advisor: Jamie Frueh

Women at Work

Women at Work is an open dialogue feminist club devoted to providing BC with educational advancement opportunities.
Advisor: Ashley Lauro

Young Democrats of BC

The College Democrats work to promote Democratic ideals at Bridgewater College. Our mission is to stimulate in young people an active interest in governmental affairs and promote their involvement in the political process.
Advisor: Alma Ramirez Trujillo

Honor Societies

Alpha Chi

Alpha Chi, a national college scholarship honor society with chapters in more than 298 colleges and universities, promotes academic excellence and good character. Each year, selected Bridgewater students gain national recognition by being elected to membership. Eligible students must be active in the Philomathes Society (see description below), have a minimum GPA of 3.4 and rank in the top 10 percent of the junior or senior class.
Advisor: Stephen Baron
Website: https://wp.bridgewater.edu/alpha-chi-bc/

Alpha Psi Omega

Alpha Psi Omega (ETA Upsilon Cast) is the National Honorary Theatre Fraternity. Students who distinguish themselves in numerous areas of theatrical production may be invited to join the BC chapter—the Eta Upsilon Cast.
Advisor: Scott Cole

Lambda Pi Eta

Lambda Pi Eta is the honor society of the National Communication Association, which has more than 400 national chapters 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.
Advisor: Benjamin Erickson

Omicron Delta Kappa

Omicron Delta Kappa (ODK), a national leadership honor society, recognizes students who have achieved high standards of leadership in collegiate activities. Membership in ODK is awarded to juniors or seniors who have a minimum of a 3.0 GPA and demonstrate exceptional leadership in at least one of these 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.
Advisor: Randall C. Young

Phi Alpha Theta

Phi Alpha Theta is a national honorary society that recognizes outstanding students of history. Open to all students regardless of major.

Advisor: Yuka Kishida

Philomathes Society

Philomathes Society encourages scholarship and recognizes students, faculty members and alumni who have achieved unusual distinction in the pursuit of knowledge. Students who have completed 30 units of academic credit with a cumulative GPA of 3.4 or higher, have satisfactory grades in Convocation attendance and are in good standing with the College are eligible to be nominated for membership.
President: Karen Rogers

Psi Chi

Psi Chi is an international honor society in psychology. Open to psychology majors and minors or neuroscience minors (minimum 9 semester hours of psychology courses) with a minimum GPA of 3.0 in psychology courses. A national membership fee required.
Advisor: Alan Eby

Sigma Pi Sigma

Sigma Pi Sigma, the National Physics Honor Society, recognizes outstanding achievement in physics. Students who have completed at least 3 semester courses towards a physics major or minor with GPA of 3.4 or higher in those courses, and a cumulative GPA of 3.4 or higher are eligible to be nominated for membership. Membership is not restricted to physics majors.
Advisor: Jason E. Ybarra

TriBeta, (Beta Beta Beta)

TriBeta, (Beta Beta Beta) is a national biological honor society represented at Bridgewater by the Nu Upsilon chapter. It emphasizes scholarship and service through research and education. Potential members must be biology majors with a 3.0 GPA in their major coursework.
Advisor: Ed Lickey

Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges

Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges is one of the most highly regarded and longstanding honors programs in the nation. It recognizes scholarship, leadership and participation in extracurricular activities, citizenship and service to the College and community. To be eligible, a student must be a senior with a minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA. The selection process begins each fall with a nominating committee of faculty, students and staff.

Musical Ensembles

See all of the Musical Ensembles at Bridgewater College.

A Capella Choir

A Capella Choir, a small ensemble of students singing without accompaniment.
Advisor: Curtis Nolley

Chorale

Chorale, a small, select singing ensemble that performs in concert and special performances on campus. Also members of the concert choir. Regional tour in the spring.
Advisor: Curtis Nolley

Concert Choir

Concert Choir is a large choral ensemble chosen by audition each fall. The ensemble performs in concert and special performances on campus throughout the year. Regional tour in the spring.
Advisor: Curtis Nolley

Gospel Choir

Gospel Choir is a student-directed group focused on the uplifting messages found in gospel music. Open to all students.
Advisor: Curtis Nolley

Handbell Choir

Handbell Choir has approximately 12 members selected from the Concert Choir and performs during the Concert Choir’s spring tour and at various campus events. The ensemble is directed by junior or senior music majors. Membership is based on experience, an application and an audition.
Advisor: Curtis Nolley

Jazz Ensemble

Jazz Ensemble performs traditional jazz, music of the big bands and progressive jazz in concert and special performances on campus.
Advisor: Christine Carrillo

Oratorio Choir

Oratorio Choir is a large ensemble that presents a major choral work during the fall semester. Open to all interested singers without audition.
Advisor: Curtis Nolley

Pep Band (“Screamin’ Eagles”)

Pep Band (“Screamin’ Eagles”) is a student-led organization that has fun performing at home football and basketball games. Open to all students.
Advisor: Christine Carrillo

Symphonic Band

Symphonic Band performs a wide variety of music chosen from standard concert band literature in concert and special performances on campus.
Advisor: Christine Carrillo