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Clubs & Organizations

Messiah's campus is an active, busy place—offering students numerous opportunities to serve, have fun, and be involved. This page contains a listing of the College's more than 75 student clubs and organizations, including a brief description and a contact person you can reach for more information. You'll find that many groups on campus are ready to welcome you and to help you to explore your special interests.

 

By Category:

 

Academic

Provide support for academic subjects and promote the attainment of academic and professional excellence.

 

Campus Activities
Strive to provide fun and diverse programs and events that are reflective of the diverse interests and needs of the student body. Through their programs, they entertain, educate, and encourage fellowship and camaraderie among students.

 

Cultural
Provide support for students of various ethnic groups during their academic careers and promote cultural understanding.

 

Faith
Provide a means for students to pursue Christian fellowship, teaching, worship, and/or theological exploration.

 

Performing and Fine Arts

 

Service
Provide students with opportunities to volunteer, serve, and raise awareness on-behalf of others.  

 

Special Interest Groups
These organizations serve to unite students with a common purpose or interest.

 

Club Sports
Provide athletic oriented programs and/or recreational activities.

 

Government
Represent the student body on important campus issues and allocates funds received through student activity fees.

 

Media
Provide excellent opportunities for professional experience in the areas of broadcasting, news writing, management, editorial, creative and technical experience.

 

 

Alphabetically:

 

 


Acclamation Dance Ministry

Acclamation Dance provides students with the opportunity to pursue their love of dance combined with a ministry purpose. Not only does Acclamation provide a creative and expressive outlet through dance, it also draws students together to form a common interest in Christ.

For more information, contact Fiona Tranquillo.

 

 

Accounting Club

For more information, contact Kristen Houser.

 

 

Active Minds at Messiah College

This club wants to educate students on mental illness by reaching out through service to the local community. Leadership skills will be developed and students will learn how to de-stress while being in college.

For more information, contact Allie Cacciola.

 

 

African Student Union

This organization was established in order to emphasize the African community in Messiah: one part of Messiah's ever growing diversity. We intend for it to foster unity between fellow Africans on campus (and off campus) as well as with other students on campus. For those who hold leadership positions in the organization, it becomes a chance to fine-tune their leadership skills, as well as giving them the chance to share their visions for Africa's future.

For more information, contact Albert Mhangami.

 

 

Alpha Psi Omega National Theatre Honor Society

For more information, contact Joe D'Ambrosi.

 

 

American Choral Directors Association

ACDA is part of a national organization which exists to foster and promote choral singing which will provide artistic and spirited experiences for the participants. ACDA is also committed to research in the field of choral music and to distributing information related to this field.

For more information, contact Amy Melson.

 

Animal Alliance

For more information, contact Lauren Spreen.

 

 

Art League

By creating and nurturing communal bonds within the Art Department, this organization supports the objectives of Messiah College while presenting art to the college in many different ways.

For more information, contact Professor Daniel Finch.

 

 

Asian Student Association

The Asian Christian Fellowship seeks to teach the college community, and specifically those who relate to being Asian/Asian American, the foundations of the Bible within a culturally-sensitive context.

For more information, contact Bryan Ji Yang Leong.

 

 

Athletic Training Association (ATSA)

ATSA brings together the Sports Medicine Majors with the intent of furthering educational opportunities.

For more information, contact Rob Snyder or Ashley Errickson.

 

 

Black Student Union

This organization provides a venue for all interested students to learn about the realities affecting people in the black community both on campus and beyond.

For more information, contact Alaina Byers.

 

 

Chinese Club

For more information, contact Varit Taifayongvichit .

 

 

Club Red: American Red Cross Club

Club Red's purpose is to support and adopt the American Red Cross Mission: The American Red Cross, a humanitarian organization led by volunteers and guided by its Congressional Charter and the Fundamental Principles of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement, will provide relief to victims of disaster and help people prevent, prepare for, and respond to emergencies.

For more information, contact Sarah Bednar.

 

 

Colleges Against Cancer

The Colleges Against Cancer Chapter at Messiah College is a collaboration of students, faculty, and staff dedicated to eliminating cancer by initiating and supporting programs of the American Cancer Society. Colleges Against Cancer organizes and implements events supporting the four strategic directions of Colleges Against Cancer: advocacy, cancer education, Relay for Life, and survivorship. The Messiah commmunity unites and raises money while generating awareness about cancer to assist the American Cancer Society in taking steps to find a cure.

For more information, contact Katherine Reiter.

 

 

Cycling Club

For more information, contact Thomas Carson.

 


Earthkeepers

The Biology Club/Earthkeepers tries to educate students about Christian stewardship and help foster an appreciation for God's creation while showing students how to be responsible with God's gifts.

For more information, contact Ian Gallo.

 

Enactus

Enactus (formally SIFE) offers Messiah students the opportunity to develop leadership, teamwork and communication skills through learning, practice and teaching the principles of free enterprise in a number of countries, thereby improving the standard of living for others in the process.

For more information, contact Nicholas Trout.

 

Eyas

Under the direction of the Alumni Office, Eyas plans and carries out activities designed to foster school and class spirit, including but not limited to, Homecoming, Senior Week, and class events. They work with the Office of Alumni Relations to strengthen ties to alumni and to foster student loyalty.

For more information, contact Brennan Neal.

 

 

Fellowship of Christian Athletes

FCA's mission is to present the challenge and adventure of receiving Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord to athletes, coaches, and all whom they influence. They meet weekly for worship, fellowship, and a brief message about integrating Christian faith as an athlete.

For more information, contact Jennifer Kutzner.

 

 

French Club

This organization helps support diversified learning and understanding of other cultures. It also promotes the use of another language, specifically French.

For more information, contact Haley Lerner.

 

Grace College Fellowship

This fellowship meets weekly for a time of Bible study and promoting intelligent discussion regarding pracitcal matters of the Christian faith, with the goal of personal growth and edification.

For more information, contact Gavin Stobie.

 

 

History Club

The History Club helps students gain a better understanding and appreciation for the study of history outside of the classroom.

For more information, contact Brianna LaCasse or Eli Kane.

 

 

Human Rights Awareness Coalition

Human Rights Awareness challenges students to understand complicated issues happening throughout the world in light of their Christian faith. HRA serves as a medium through which college-wide programming of world events can be placed such as Invisible Children and World AIDS Day.

For more information, contact Brianne Mehringer.

 

 

ISA/MuKappa (International Student Association/Missionary Kids)

ISA/MuKappa aids international students and missionary kids in making cultural adjustments, and provides an on-going network of encouragement, fellowship, and understanding among its members. ISA/MuKappa also works at bring world awareness to the college community and to the community outside of Messiah College.

For more information, contact Varit Taifayongvichit.

 

 

Investment Club

The Investment Club maintains a successful student-run investment portfolio started in 2003 after receiving a $100,000 gift from a generous donor. The profits from our portfolio benefit other Messiah College clubs. Students are presented with information about responsible, well-informed investing and can get involved with hands-on experience in making "real money" investment decisions with the club. The club also organizes finance trips and chapels, hosts finance professionals as club speakers, and organizes the campus wide Investment Club game in the spring.

For more information, contact Matt Bergey or Dan Muchmore.

 

 

J.A.R.R.S. (Justice and Racial Reconciliation in Society)

The mission of this group is to provide resources and an engaging environment for whites to explore themselves, assess their identities and understand their backgrounds. They seek to uncover their own internalized racism and examine the ways they benefit and participate in systemic racism and white privilege, which re-creating an honest and positive identity.

For more information, contact Brooke Strayer.

 


La Alianza Latina

LAL explores the richness of Latino culture, offers a community for Hispanics/Latinos and those interested in Latino culture, serves the Latin community, and furthers interest in Latino culture through education, language, dance, service, and the Christian faith.

For more information, contact Gabriela Almeida.

 

 

Math Problem-Solving Group

The Math Problem-Solving Group meets weekly to solve and discuss math problems. They participate in national contests, study math-related books, and conduct alternate chapels concerning math and ministry.

For more information, contact Marcus Upton.

 

MC Field Hockey Club Team

The purpose of the Messiah College Field Hockey Club team is to provide a way for students to use their talents to glorify God and build character through discipline. The members of the team also aim to bridge the gap between age groups at Messiah by providing supportive leadership that brings everyone together.

For more information, contact Sarah Curtis.

 


MC Council on Family Relations

The National Council on Family Relations (NCFR) provides a forum for family researchers, educators and practitioner to share in the development and dissemination of knowledge about families and family relationships, establishes professional standards and works to promote family well-being. As an affiliate of NCFR, the Messiah College Council on Family Relations (MCCFR) strives to provide opportunities for family-oriented educational, social, and service-based activities. By joining together with the common purpose of preparing ourselves to better serve families, MCCFR will foster a sense of identity and enhance professional development among students and faculty interested in family-related issues.

For more information, contact Megan Dubbs.

 

 

MC Democrats

For more information, contact Peter Shuck.

 

 

MC Republicans

Dedicated to increasing political awareness on campus and in the surrounding community, the MC Republicans are committed to furthering the conservative ideals of the United States Republican Party.

For more information, contact Phillip Strunk.

 

 

Medical Awareness Society (MedAware)

For more information, contact Sarah Bednar.

 

 

Men's Club Soccer

This program builds a faith centered community by facilitating teamwork and relationships between teammates that are based on Christian values. Being a part of this team encourages students to become servants and leaders. Having the opportunity to play other colleges allows this team to be reconcilers in the world by modeling Christian character.

For more information, contact Seth Betteridge.

 

Men's Club Volleyball

This club is committed to educating and equipping its members toward physical wellness and toward maturity of character and faith by the way they practice, compete, and represent Messiah College.

For more information, contact John Feldmann.

 

 

Men's Ultimate Frisbee Club

The Ultimate Frisbee Organization gives students a fun and unique way to meet others and gain valuable exercise while offering a chance to play in a non-competitive environment. Also, the interscholastic branch of the club would give students the opportunity to play at a competitive level.

For more information, contact Aaron Swarr.

 

 

Messiah's Club Ice Hockey

Ice Hockey is a very passionate sport.  Our goal is to be a team that represents Christ on the rink in our actions and words. Working together as a team forms fellowship and helps build community with others.

For more information, contact Robert Hocutt.

 

 

Messiah College Bass Team

The members of the Bass Team at Messiah College practice and develop their skills of fishing while enjoying each other's fellowship. They strive to be stewards of the land God has given us by cleaning up local boat launches and serving the Pennsylvania Fish and Game Association.

For more information, contact Drew Mininger.

 

 

MC Chapter of Student Affiliates of the American Chemical Society

(Chem Club)

 

For more information, contact Julie Fenton.

 

 

Messiah College Criminal Justice Club

The Messiah College Criminal Justice Club will provide opportunities for both Criminal Justice majors and non-majors to explore new areas of interest in the Criminal Justice field and beyond. This exploration will be facilitated through various trips, presentations, lectures and activities.

For more information, contact Aaron Herion.

 

 

Messiah College Education Association (MCEA)

The purpose of MCEA is to provide opportunities for education majors to collaborate and grow in professional knowledge.

For more information, contact Carly Day.

 

 

Messiah College Engineering Honor Society

The Messiah College Engineering Honor Society strives to promote academic excellence and Christian character. They hope to promote high academics and moral character by having an honor society for engineers. Furthermore, this organization provides opportunities for deserving students when they apply for scholarship, internships, jobs, and graduate schools.

For more information, contact Chad Clemens.

 

 

Messiah College Health & Physical Education Club

For more information, contact Joe Zimmerman.

 

Messiah Film Society

The Messiah Film Society seeks to foster community among students who wish to collaborate on works of media which facilitate Christian values.

For more information, contact Kyle Kull.

 

 

Multicultural Council

This council provides a place where student body representatives from the Multicultural Organizations gather and talk about issues related to culture and ethnicity while promoting cultural awareness on campus.

For more information, contact Christina Thomas.

 

 

NAfME (formally Music Educators National Conference)

The MENC chapter at Messiah seeks to provide opportunities for Music Education students to explore and prepare for their field above and beyond their classes.

For more information, contact Evan Zimmerman.

 

 

National Art Education Association (NAEA)

The NAEA is a group of art education students who want to teach and impact the lives of others as well as continue their own education. NAEA provides workshops, classes and support for development of leadership in the classroom. NAEA also encourages people to use their God-given gifts to serve the local community and college community through art.

For more information, contact Hanna Schaffer.

 


Newman Club

The Newman Club is a group of Roman Catholic students, faculty, staff, and administrators, who meet regularly to encourage spiritual growth, open conversation about the Catholic faith, and serve the local community.

For more information, contact Cathy Poiesz.

 


Nurses Christian Fellowship (NCF)

The Messiah College Nurses Christian Fellowship is part of a national organization. NCF seeks to deepen and strengthen the spiritual life of members by the study of the Bible, prayer, and Christian fellowship.

For more information, contact Courntey Beardsley.

 

 

Nurses Student Association

This association of nurses primarily focuses on promoting professional interest in the field of nursing as well as assisting in the development of the whole person in relation to this field.

For more information, contact Jennifer Ranck.

 

Orthodox Christian Fellowship

For more information, contact Nicholas Sooy.

 


Outdoors Club

The Outdoors Club is quite active as they seek a closer relationship with God by appreciating his creation and by striving to develop proficiency in outdoor recreational skills. Outdoors Club activities include rock climbing, mountain biking, caving, backpacking, canoeing, snowboarding and skiing, hiking, etc.

For more information, contact Aaron Troyer.

 

 

Outreach Teams

Outreach teams sends weekly, biweekly, and monthly groups of student volunteers to 29 different organizations to the Harrisburg, Carlisle, and Dillsburg area.  With organization that involve the elderly, sustainability, mental disabilities, tutoring, youth ministries, knitting, and the homeless, we have something for everyone!  Transportation is provided.

For more information, contact Kelsey Kreider.

 

 

Peace Fellowship

This group aims to bring practical and applicable practices of non-violent action to students and community members on Messiah's campus, focusing on justice, reconciliation and the pursuit of peace.

For more information, contact Meagan Bricker.

 

 

Phi Alpha National Honor Society, Lambda Psi Chapter

This Social Work National Honor Society recognizes and promotes scholastic achievement in an undergraduate social work program that is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education. It encourages objectivity and awareness of current developments and practices in the various field of social work and stimulates interest in preparing for a career in social work.

For more information, contact Jordan Vanasdale.

 

 

Philosophy Club

For more information, contact Nicholas Sooy.

 

Physics Club

For more information, contact Kyler Chrestay.

 

Powerhouse Band

This team is dedicated to worshipping God, specifically through weekly services on Thursday nights. Additionally, the team offers musical and spiritual leadership growth through activities both inside and outside the college.

For more information, contact Nicholas Trout.

 

 

Pre-Physical Therapy Club

This club educates students about the physical therapy field by providing them with networks to certified therapists/PT schools and helping to prepare them for their futures in service and leadership as physical therapists.

For more information, contact Ashley Walker.

 


Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA)

This club, which meets twice a month, aims to foster high ethical ideals and principles in students who plan to pursue the public relations profession as well as enhance students' knowledge of public relations.

For more information, contact Brittany Radford.

 

 

The Pulse (Media Lab)

For more information, contact Shannon Cochran.

 

 

Racquetball Club

For more information, contact Matt Meads or Todd Wilson.

 

Right To Life Club

The sanctity of life and the dignity of life is an essential part of Christian identity. Members of the Right To Life Club will work to save lifes threatened by induced abortion, euthanasia and the destruction of embryos for research. Students will educate others on life issues, promote respect for life and help those in need to see that life is a promising choice.

For more information, contact Stacie Martin.

 

 

Rotaract Club of Messiah College

This club will be in deep interaction with the Rotary Club of Mechanicsburg and Rotary International. Students will dedicate themselves to service by participating in projects locally that will challenge and build leadership skills. The Rotaract Club will provide an opportunity to make an impact here at Messiah and beyond.

For more information, contact Amanda Schneider.

 

 

Service Trips

We believe that participation on a short-term mission’s trip will change the life of our participants forever. The mission of Service Trips is to provide numerous service opportunities, to open up the hearts and minds of students to the world of service.  We provide students with opportunities to serve over Fall Break, J-Term Break, and Spring Break. The desired outcome of the trip is not only to serve others, but also to raise up workers who will commit to a lifetime of service.

For more information, contact Rachel Peterson.

 

 

 

Sigma Zeta (National Math and Science Honors Society)

Sigma Zeta hopes to further the glory of God through the pursuit of scientific excellence. Sigma Zeta, or the Beta Lambda chapter, is part of a national science and mathematics honor society. An overall GPA of 2.75 and a 3.0 within the science or mathematics field are both required to apply for membership. In addition, the applicant must have completed 25 credits of course work.

For more information, contact Matthias Wagman.

 


Ski and Ride Club

The Ski and Ride Club encourages life-long learning and physical activity by offering opportunities for discount tickets to Ski Roundtop as well as trips to Vermont and Scranton, PA.

For more information, contact Garth Martin.

 

 

Society of Women Engineers (SWE)

The purpose of SWE is to serve God through community fellowship and the expansion of engineering services.

For more information, contact Katie Howell.

 

South Side Cafe

The South Side Café is a student planned, owned, and operated business located in the basement of the Mountain View Residence Building. The café serves a variety of ice creams, milkshakes, and other refreshments. Part of the proceeds from the cafe will go to fund an annual financial scholoarship.

For more information, contact Brittney Radford.

 

 

Sports Management Society

The purpose of the Sport Management Society is to provide access to resources, job/internship postings, and information in the field of Sport Management to students in order to increase their marketability when they graduate from Messiah College.

For more information, contact Amanda Strite.

 


Student Activities Board (SAB)

SAB plans several events weekly with the goal of promoting exciting activities for students to become involved in, while at the same time fostering a sense of community through social events. Dances, a movie series, concerts and coffeehouses are only some of the many events that SAB plans yearly.

For more information, contact Colleen Dente.

 

 

Student Chaplain Team

This team provides opportunities for students to learn and practice leadership skills through participation in teams, small group leadership, or serving as a student chaplain.

For more information, contact Shaun Soliday.

 

 

Student Government Association (SGA)

SGA is the student government of Messiah College.

For more information, contact Kristen Houser.

 

 

Student Nutrition Awareness Coalition (SNAC)

SNAC aims to increase nutritional awareness and promote wellness in the Messiah College community through hosting enjoyable and educational experiences.  Activities include food demonstrations in residence halls and annual service trips into Harrisburg.  SNAC seeks to foster community among students who are interested in learning how to be good stewards with God's gracious gift of food. 

For more information, contact Brittany Horst.

 

Swing Club

Do you love to swing dance or do you want to learn? If so, then this club is for you. Swing Club offers swing dancing instructions as well as sponsor swing dances.

For more information, contact Peter Shuck.

 

 

Web Development Society

For more information, contact Greg Moyer.

 

 

We Will Write (Writer's Club)

Whether you’re on the first line of your first story or the fourth draft of your five-hundred page novel, this is the place for you! Join a community of aspiring authors – regardless of major – as you realize your creativity through writing in a supportive, enthusiastic, and laidback atmosphere.

For more information, contact Olivia La Bianca.

 

 

Women's Club Soccer

Messiah Women's Club Soccer program is a team of women who facilitate teamwork and relationships between teammates, and they are encouraged to become servants and leaders on the field and off the field. They have the opportunity to play other colleges, allowing the team to be reconcilers in the world by being examples of Christian character.

For more information, contact Megan McMaster.

 

 

World Christian Fellowship

WCF promotes an attitude of awareness and action for the world-wide fellowship of believers. They foster thinking about diversity and the need to be intentional about our faith and apply it to our lives and communities. They encourage and help students become aware of the service and mission opportunities available to them. WCF strives to support the vision of the college to follow the teaching of Jesus and become salt and light in the earth.

For more information, contact Ashley Stock.

 

 

Women's Ultimate Frisbee Club

The Ultimate Frisbee Organization gives students a fun and unique way to meet others and gain valuable exercise while offering a chance to play in a non-competitive environment. Also, the interscholastic branch of the club would give students the opportunity to play at a competitive level.

For more information, contact Jordan Vanasdale.

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