Clubs and Organizations
The Office of Student Involvement and Leadership maintains a list of active clubs and organizations. All clubs and organizations are required to register with the Office of Student Involvement and Leadership at the beginning of each new academic year. Students interested in starting a new club can obtain Club Guidelines and a Club Registration form from the Office of Student Involvement and Leadership. If students wish to start a new club or organization, it is strongly encouraged to do so. Funding for clubs is provided by the Student Government Association and can be requested after a club is approved by the Director of Student Involvement and Leadership.
Clubs are required to have a faculty or staff advisor to provide advisement on event planning and business procedures. Club advisors can obtain a copy of the Club Advisor Handbook from the Office of Student Involvement and Leadership.
Listed below are some of the student organizations:
Adventure Club – This club is a group of students who honor and respect the earth and enjoy participating in outdoor activities. Any student who wishes to be active outdoors regardless of prior experience is welcome to join the Adventure Club. This club is a pivotal way to explore and partake in the beautiful environment and its activities as well as honor as the essential experience for any SVC student. Examples of activities that the Adventure Club offers are hiking, snowshoeing, camping, canoeing/kayaking, snowboarding/skiing and anything environment activity oriented. At times, there will be collaboration with the Environmental Club for a more scientific approach. There have been several hikes around Mt. Anthony, Mt. Bromley, Mt. Stratton and the Appalachian Trail. The club also held numerous campus clean-ups during the semesters.
Alpha Chi (National Honor Society) – Alpha Chi is a national scholarship recognition society with over 300 chapters. The Vermont Delta Chapter number 351 was installed at Southern Vermont College in 1999. Membership is open to juniors and seniors (transfer students must check with the committee) of high scholarship (a GPA of 3.5 or higher) who exhibit good character and reputation. Membership is for life, but alumni may maintain active status by paying an annual fee.
Alternative Spring Break (ASB) – This group of students comes together to participate in a community service project during Spring Break. This tremendous group of students organizes, plans and executes this trip which includes all fundraising and promotional efforts.
Big Brothers Big Sisters – This organization is for SVC students to interact with members of the community through the Big Brothers Big Sisters (BBBS) organization. BBBS is currently a program that is run on Southern Vermont College’s campus and allows students to be mentors to children in the Bennington Community. SVC students are paired up with one student and are able to meet with them twice a week on campus.
Colleges Against Cancer (CAC) – The American Cancer Society’s Colleges Against Cancer is a nationwide collaboration of college students, faculty and staff dedicated to eliminating cancer by initializing and supporting programs of the American Cancer Society in college communities. Southern Vermont College is the only college in Vermont to be a member of Colleges Against Cancer.
Cooking Club - The club is open to anyone who is interested in cooking, whether you know a lot or a little. Students decide what they want to cook and what types of food and traditions they want to learn about. The club hosts several events throughout the year. Members prepare food and offer samples to the rest of the student body. The club is also available to cook food for other events hosted by student organizations.
Criminal Justice Club – This club formed to further enhance their academic education through exploration of criminal justice issues in a co-curricular environment.
Environmental Club – The Environmental Club is a group of students, staff and faculty committed to honoring and preserving the SVC campus; increasing campus awareness of environmental issues through student presentations, guest speakers and campus activities; creating and implementing campaigns, such as a campus recycling program; and taking educational trips off campus.
Japanese Culture and Animation Club (J-CAC) – This is a great opportunity for students who are interested in Japanese anime to meet each other and share ideas and thoughts about anime. During these meetings, students watch and analyze animes, and there is an open discussion afterward. Students will have the opportunity to learn about anime and share information regarding anime to others in the group. This group is also looking into the possibility to travel to Kyoto, Japan, and are currently fundraising to make this happen.
Mad Hatters Drama Club – The Club organizes and implements a main stage production for the College community during the spring semester. The annual "Halloween Haunted Walk" is the Mad Hatters’ largest event and one of the most popular for the College and local community.
Mountaineers Committed to Leading Others to Valuable Information Now (MCLOVIN) – This is one of SVC’s newest groups on campus and the recent sponsor of SVC’s Biggest Loser during the Spring. The group focuses on educating students about health issues affecting the campus.
MooseCorps – The MooseCorps is a community service club that organizes and provides service opportunities for the SVC community including students, staff and faculty. MooseCorps members have a desire to engage in the Bennington community in meaningful ways.
Mountaineer Events Board - This Board is responsible for planning all on- and off-campus events run through the Office of Student Involvement and Leadership. Students work closely with the Director of Student Involvement and Leadership to create these events and encourage other students participating in campus events. During the 2007-2008 academic year, SAS hosted over 100 successful events that took place both on and off campus. Students on SAS must have a GPA of a 2.0 of higher.
Mountaineer Maniacs – The Mountaineer Maniacs promote school pride, especially in athletics. This club cheers at all men’s and women’s home basketball games in addition to other SVC sporting events. Additionally, Mountaineer Maniacs sponsor some Fan Van events.
Nursing Club – The Nursing Club was formed to provide any interested student the opportunity to learn about the nursing field and to learn from, network with and support each other in these endeavors.
PRIDE (LBGTQ organization) - This is SVC's first organization of queer and allied students. The members of PRIDE hope to embody equality, inclusiveness, a sense of community, respect and civic engagement on our campus and beyond. We do this by providing opportunities for education, political activism, social events and community service.
Radiology Club – The goal of the Radiology Club is to further students’ knowledge of the field. Opportunities include all aspects of diagnostic imaging, understanding challenges of the field and continuing education about the field outside the classroom.
Ski & Snowboarding Club – This winter-based club is a great opportunity for students to meet others and organize ski and snowboarding trips to local ski resorts in the area. Students plan, fundraise and run trips throughout the winter and even have the opportunity to take lessons at various mountains. SVC students have the opportunity to purchase discounted ski and snowboarding season passes to local mountains, and this club is a great way to meet new students on campus.
Student Government Association (SGA) - The Student Government Association is a group of students elected to represent the student body to college administrators. The SGA consists of an executive board and a senate. The senate addresses issues such as: Nontraditional, Activities, Athletics, Cultural, and Food and Housing. The SGA President represents students on the College's Board of Trustees. Members of SGA serve on committees such as the Judicial Review Board and the Campus Governance Committee.
UNOME (multi-cultural club) - This club recognizes SVC's multi-cultural student body and promotes respect and appreciation for the spirit of diversity within SVC's campus community. The goals are to: provide the SVC community with cultural and socially enriching programs and activities, enhance the presence of a diverse population on the SVC campus, provide the SVC community with cultural and socially enriching programs and activities, and create a campus-wide atmosphere where ideas and views on diversity can be exchanged freely and respectfully.
Interested in starting a club/organization? Want to learn more about a club/organization? Contact the Residence Director at 802-447-2845.
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