Bridgewater College is home to over 50 student-run clubs and organizations, as well as numerous honors societies and musical ensembles. Don’t see a club you’re interested in? Start your own!
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
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
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
Educators Rising 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
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.
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
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
Math Club helps students gain a better understanding of how useful math is used on a daily basis and the implications of math in different subjects. The club will also be used to help reverse the negative attitude towards math classes as a whole, in the community of Bridgewater College, and to the surrounding high schools.
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, 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 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 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
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
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.
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 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
Black Student Association
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
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
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
Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA)
Fellowship of Christian Athletes is a Christ-centered fellowship organization for students who share an interest in athletics.
Advisor: Jennie Carr
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
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
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
BC United is a peer education and bystander education organization that addresses issues of sexual violence and substance use.
Advisor: Shannon Pope
BC Voice is the student-run news organization on campus providing students with marketable experience in multi-platform media writing and production including web, audio (podcasts and radio), photography and videography and print. Published pieces provide the Bridgewater College community with news and information about college-specific, local and national events.
Advisor: Ady Dewey
Campus Engagement and Activity Team (CEAT)
Campus Engagement and Activity Team (CEAT) is Bridgewater’s programming board that plans and implements weekly activities for students. The group provides students with entertaining and community-orientated programs focused on traditions and athletic events, late night and daytime programs, and off-campus trips. Additionally, CEAT provides a unique experience for their crew members to be part of an influential and impactful community on campus while also developing personally and growing as leaders.
Advisor: Sam Schlernitzauer
Student Ambassador Association
Student Ambassador Association promotes a positive image and pride in Bridgewater College by assisting the admissions office with campus tours, special visit events, and various admissions office tasks. 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: MaryBeth Killian
Student Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC)
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
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
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
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.
The Eco-Action Club develops and promotes sustainable practices on the Bridgewater College campus and in the surrounding communities.
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
Habitat for Humanity
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
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
Model United Nations
Model UN engages students in open dialogue about global politics and encourages them to attend Model UN conferences.
Advisor: Kevin Pallister
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.
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
Virginia21 (VA21) empowers college students to be engaged citizens and advocates for issues that are important to them. We connect students to policy makers with regard to higher education.
Advisor: Bobbi Gentry
Women at Work
Women at Work focuses on raising awareness of and improving issues that affect women. The club is open to all students and provides opportunities for open dialogue and community engagement.
Advisor: Ashley Lauro
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
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
Alpha Psi Omega
Alpha Psi Omega (ETA Upsilon Cast) is the National Theatre Honor Society. 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 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.
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.
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
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.
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 Photography is a club that invites anyone to come together and take pictures and to share in fellowship and enjoy photography. In accordance with Bridgewater’s mission we will connect Bridgewater’s community through photography.
Advisor: Grace Martin
Brazilian 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
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
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.
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
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: Angela Flage
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
Music Production Club
Music Production Club provides an environment for Bridgewater College students who are aspiring producers, musicians, and artists to gather together and learn how to produce music. We will teach students about general and advanced knowledge on techniques of digital music productions, encourage musical collaboration between members, foster an appreciation for various cultures and genres of music, plan activities and service opportunities, and support musical students during their time at Bridgewater.
Advisor: Skip Burzumato
Bridgewater Rugby Club promotes a passion and love for rugby. This group will learn, watch, and play rugby together.
Advisor: Ed Lickey
For a list of our musical ensembles, please visit the music page