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Getting involved is easy with over 70+ student societies, clubs and registered student organizations that fall in a broad range of interests—pick an area of interest and see what speaks to you, don’t see one you like? Start your own.

Academic

American Chemical Society

Advisor - Dr. Garth Patterson
ACS student chapters are organizations for undergraduate science majors with interest in chemistry. Members participate in a wide range of programs and activities that enhance their college experience and prepare them for successful careers, ranging from campus and community outreach, department service, and research presentations and professional development at national ACS meetings.

Association for Women in Mathematics

Association of Computing Machinery

Advisor: Dr. Scott Weiss
The Mount has a student chapter of the Association for Computing Machinery, the premier international organization for computer science professionals. The chapter features biweekly student-run workshops on various issues in computing such as ethics, robotics, and career panels.  The organization does outreach to schools in the area. It also runs social events like escape rooms or LAN parties.
 

Communications Club

Advisor: Mary Catherine Kennedy

Criminal Justice Student Association

Advisor: Professor Joseph Vince

Cyber Defense Club

Advisor: Professor Athar Rafiq
The Cyber Defense Club is a student run club designed to advocate for an innovative, fast-paced environment that promotes learning, and a shared knowledge of cybersecurity and the fields corresponding with it. In addition to promoting these ideals the club provides members with the opportunity to get involved with and exposed to the field, all while improving their cyber awareness and expertise. Members of the Cyber Defense Club attend cyber related events, conferences and competitions; and even host an event of their own where teams compete against each other to test their skills and abilities within a controlled environment. 

 

Who can join?

The Cyber Defense Club welcomes any student who is willing to have fun and enjoy themselves to join, regardless of their chosen major. The Club aims to help every member become "cyber-aware," and teaches them about hot cyber topics so they can build their knowledge and prepare for the rapidly developing technological environment.

Education Club

Advisor: Carolyn Cook
The Mission Statement is: To learn from peers and faculty, to promote the Division of Education, to provide programs that are inclusive and welcoming, and to serve the Mount and global communities.
      • Some of our activities include:
        • Education Movie Discussion
        • Reading at the Mall with Frederick County Reading Council
        • Inviting local authors to campus
        • Hosting an Alums Educators’ Panel
        • Collecting Coins for Girls School in Cameroon
        • Host a Halloween children’s event for Mount families
 

Enactus

Advisor: Mary Beth Graham

Finance Club

Advisor: Dr. Donald Butt

French Club- Le Cercle Francais

Advisor: Dr. Marco Roman
This organization aims to stimulate interest in the French Language and the cultures where French is spoken among the members of the Mount St. Mary's Community.
 

Marketing Club

Advisor: Professor Mary Beth Graham

Psychology Club

Advisor: Dr. Caitlin Faas
The Psychology Club is for students who enjoy and appreciate psychology. The members of the Psychology Club organize events such as movie discussions, psychology article discussions, book clubs, and service for the local community. The club is open to all majors. 
 

Sociology Club

Advisor: Virginia McGovern
The Sociology Club works on social justice issues around campus and around the surrounding area. Projects include bringing speakers to campus, collecting items for women’s shelters, bringing attention to domestic abuse, sexual abuse, and child abuse.  The club also sponsored a grad school event for students wishing to further their education.
 

SPARC

The SPARC Festival is a yearly academic celebration that highlights some of the best work of students at the Mount. A long-standing tradition, SPARC provides students the opportunity of presenting their work in disciplinary-conference format. Participation in SPARC is often the culmination of months of academic preparations including literature review, primary research, and written reporting, all under the mentoring guidance of faculty and other subject matter experts.

Sports Management Club

Advisor: Dr. Corinne Farneti
The Sports Management Club was founded in 2009 in order to give students more direct contact with and exposure to the field of sports management. The club aims to promote student learning, professional development, community service, and academic comradeship for students engaged in the study of Sports Management at Mount St. Mary’s University.
  • Our goals include:
    • To develop and increase our knowledge of the sports industry
    • To inform and discuss new ventures and practices, as well as news from within the sports industry
    • To create a learning experience for Mount St. Mary’s University students who are interested in the sports industry
    • To create networking and educational field trip opportunities for members
    • To successfully host sponsored events
    • To create community service opportunities in keeping with the Mount St. Mary’s University mission
  • Who can join?
    • The group is open to sport management majors and minors, as well as any student interested in the sports industry.
  • What does the club do?
    • The sports management club gives students hands-on experience with planning and implementing a school-wide sporting event – The School of Business Spring Games and Picnic. Members gain experience running a sporting event, from the initial planning, marketing, and sponsorship to the execution and evaluation of the event. Also, club members have opportunities to go on facility tours and meet individuals currently working in the sports industry. Joining the sports management club is a great way to get to experience working in and learning about the sports industry outside of the classroom.

Women in STEM

Advisor: Dr. Abigail Kula
WSTEM provides opportunities for undergraduate women majoring in all areas of Science and Mathematics to find faith in themselves through their vocation in science, their community, and through the values instilled in them at Mount St. Mary's University. An emphasis is placed on providing mentorship (both peer-to-peer and student-professional) because of its proven effectiveness for retaining women in science careers. The group hosts events throughout the year such as hikes and study break to promote fellowship, playing bingo at a local nursing home to serve the community and host speakers to explore careers and career readiness.
 

The Pre-Health Professions Club

Advisor: Dr. Patricia Kreke
The Pre-Health Professions Club exists to offer support and guidance to students seeking a career in the medical field. They aim to facilitate strong mentor relationships with current professionals in the medical field, increase campus awareness of current health issues, and help prepare for a future in professional schools and medical careers. This club has successfully hosted Be The Match, a bone-marrow registry on campus, which provides an opportunity for students to be put on a universal list of bone marrow donors.
 

WSTEM Mentoring Program

Advisor: Dr. Abigail Kula
The Women in STEM mentoring program involves Mount women in a three-tiered mentoring platform. Women apply to the program and then each participant is paired with a professional in her field of interest. Mentors and students meet at a dinner with a speaker event in September and then continue correspondence monthly for the academic year. Topics that are covered are fine-tuning the resume, developing an online professional networking page and preparing for the job search. Mount women then work with middle school science and math students at a local school, providing mentorship and support.
 

Academic Honor Societies

Alpha Mu Gamma

Moderator: Dr. Susan Samples
National Foreign Language Honor Society
 

Beta Beta Beta (Tri-Beta)

Faculty Advisor: Dr. Katy Dye

Pi Delta Phi

Moderator: Dr. Marco Roman
National French Honor Society
 

Pi Lambda Theta

Contact: Patrick Ryan, Ph.D.
Pi Lambda Theta is an international education honor association that recognizes scholarship and leadership in the field of education.
 

Pi Mu Epsilon

Advisor: Dr. Frederick Portier
Pi Mu Epsilon is the National Mathematics Honor Society https://pme-math.org/. We are the Maryland Eta Chapter and were approved as a chapter in 2005. We had to apply and prove we had a mathematics program that met their high standards.
 

Upsilon Pi Epsilon

Advisor: Scott Weiss
International Honor Society for the Computing and Information Disciplines. At the Mount, we induct students in who are studying Computer Science, Cybersecurity,  Information Systems, or Data Science (minor). 
 

Delta Mu Delta

The Honor Society in Business Administration.

Gamma Sigma Epsilon

Advisor: Dr. Danny Miles
Gamma Sigma Epsilon is a national chemistry honor society, founded at Davidson College in 1919. The purpose of this honor society, as said by one of its founders, is to "unite those college students with a high scholastic grade in Chemistry in order to foster a more comprehensive and cooperative study of that great branch of Science and its immediately allied studies". In Fall 2013, several members attended the 45th Biennial Gamma Sigma Epsilon Conference held at Frostburg State in Frostburg, MD. 
 

Phi Alpha Theta

phi_alpha_theta_logo.pngPhi Alpha Theta is an American Honors Society for undergraduate and graduate students and professors of history. The society is a charter member of the Association of College Honors Societies and has over 350,000 members and grows by 9,500 new members each year through 860 chapters.

Each spring, students are invited by the Mount's History Department to join the Society. To qualify, students must have a 3.1 GPA in at least 12 credit hours of history and an overall GPA of 3.0. Students do not have to be a history major or minor for membership.

Over 25 scholarships and prizes are awarded annually (doctoral and graduate student scholarships, undergraduate scholarships, paper prizes, book awards, manuscript awards, best chapter awards, student history journal awards, world history award, etc.) by the National Organization of Phi Alpha Theta.Learn more about the National Chapter of Phi Alpha Theta.>

Psi Chi

Advisor: Dr. Angy Kallarackal
Chi is the International Honor Society in Psychology that recognizes students who are psychology majors or minors in the top 35% of their class. Membership is by invitation only. Learn more information at https://www.psichi.org/ 
 

Alpha Kappa Delta

Advisor: Dr. Kim Hansen
Alpha Kappa Delta is the International Honor Society for Sociology.  Every year AKD has an induction ceremony and invites a prominent sociologist to give a campus-wide address.  This year, 2018, we inducted 10 new members and brought Dr. Joseph A. Soares to campus to speak about how the SAT and ACT standardized tests are biased against women and minorities.  Past speakers have included Michael Kimmel, Kathryn Edin, and George Ritzer! 
 

Alpha Phi Sigma

Advisor: Dr. Virginia McGovern
Criminal Justice Honor Society. 
 

Sigma Delta Pi

Moderator: Dr. Diana Rodriguez-Lozano
Delta Sigma Pi develops principled business leaders for the future by providing a lifetime of opportunity for our members.
In order to qualify for membership students must meet the following:
  1. Must have completed at least three years, or the equivalent, of college Spanish, including at least three semester hours of a course in Hispanic literature at the 300-400 level (Course must be completed successfully).
  2. Grades in all Spanish courses must average at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale;
  3. Students must have a CGPA of 3.0 on a scale of 4.0
  4. Students must show genuine interest in things Hispanic and be of good moral character.

Political / Governing

Student Government Association

The SGA is a parliamentary based body comprised of students elected by popular vote. We provide a strong and accurate representation of the student voice at our university. We work with faculty, staff and administration to actively encourage student interests, provide student organizational support and enhance the experience of handling leadership. Learn more > 

Amnesty International

Advisor - Dr. Kristen Urban
Amnesty International is a global movement of more than 7 million people in over 150 countries and territories who campaign to end abuses of human rights.
 

Discourse International

Advisor: Michael Towle

Mount Conservative Political Club

Advisor: Adam Buck

Service

Best Buds Club

Advisor: Ian Van Anden

CORE

Advisor: Ian Van Anden

Relay for Life

Advisor: Ian Van Anden

Culture

Allies

Advisor:Tirrany Thurmond

Asian Culture Club (ACC)

Advisor:Tirrany Thurmond
The Asian Culture Club seeks to promote the unity, culture, and heritage of Asian students which participates in the wider efforts to encourage and promote multicultural awareness. The purpose of the Asian Culture is to learn about and engage with a multitude of Asian cultures in a social, open, and friendly environment. The Asian culture club serves as a liaison between cultures to help foster community within the Mount.
Contact: asiancultureclub@msmary.edu

The Black Student Union (BSU)

Advisor:Tirrany Thurmond
The Black Student Union is in effect to realize the purpose to educate its members in multiple aspects of the black community, to help acclimate black students into the wider student body of the Mount to provide a locale where issues and concerns of the black community can be discussed in open conversational dialogue amongst students in order to discover solutions for community development, to provide a networking system, and promote group unity amongst its members.
Contact: bsu@msmary.edu

Caribbean Culture Club (Tri-C)

Advisor:Tirrany Thurmond
The purpose of Caribbean Culture Club to promote awareness and unity about the Caribbean culture to the Mount community through programming and social outings. 
Contact: tri-c@msmary.edu

Student Organization of Latinos (SOL)

Advisor:Tirrany Thurmond
The primary purpose of the SOL is to celebrate and promote an awareness of Latin American culture on campus.
Contact: sol@msmary.edu

Pan-Africa

Advisor:Tirrany Thurmond
The purpose of Pan-Africa is to educate the Mount community on African culture, issues, and accomplishments while enriching the diversity on campus. To provide an environment rich with cultural experiences for African students and make available this cultural experience for the Mount community. We are friends of Africa and Africans coming together to celebrate and raise awareness on Africa’s diversity and heritage. Pan-Africa is an organization geared towards bringing light to the issues that Africa faces by not only stating the problems but also trying to solve them. As an organization, we strive to unify the Mount community. We promote awareness through dance, music, social events, discussion forums, and community service.
Contact: pan-africa@msmary.edu

The VOICE

The VOICE is a student-run organization who strives to unify the voices of those who have been marginalized and ostracized at the Mount and advocate for the equal treatment and inclusiveness of all identities through whatever means necessary.
Contact: thevoicecom@msmaryedu.onmicrosoft.com

PEACE Leaders

Advisor: Tirrany Thurmond
The Peer Educators and Advocates for Campus Equality (P.E.A.C.E.) strive to create a more inclusive and welcoming environment by offering programs that educate and enlighten the Mount community on identity, power and oppression, and cultural difference. The Leaders host monthly Courageous Conversations, serve on university-wide diversity and inclusion boards, and are the Center’s premiere leadership group.Learn More > 
 

Faith-Based

Mount Students For Life

Contact: Campus Ministry – Anne Marie Hallinan 
This group sponsors spiritual and educational activities to promote respect for the gift of human life from conception to natural death. They organize the University’s participation in the annual March for Life in Washington, D. C., volunteer at pregnancy centers, and sponsor educational opportunities to respect life at all stages.

Knights of Columbus

Contact: Campus Ministry – Brendan Johnson 
A men's organization that focuses on serving God, the Catholic Church, and nation.

Marian Prayer Group

Contact: Campus Ministry – Brendan Johnson 
Inspired by St. Maximilian Kolbe, these students and seminarians grow in their knowledge and love of their faith through devotion to Mary. The group meets regularly for spiritual talks, formation, and prayer.

Kairos Retreat Leaders

Contact: Campus Ministry – Anne Marie Hallinan  
The Mount offers ten overnight or weekend retreats so students can grow in their faith and relationship with the Lord. Student retreat leaders plan, coordinate and lead our successful retreats. Retreats include Mountward Bound, Men's & Women's Kairos Retreats, Outdoor Retreat, Senior Retreat, Spring Service, Leadership Retreat and High School Retreats.

Interdenominational Ministry

Contact: Dr. Dwayne Brown 
Brings students of various Christian denominations together for opportunities of faith, worship, and fellowship.  This ministry leads Bible studies and provides opportunities for a weekly worship service

FOCUS (Fellowship of Catholic University Students)

Contact: Campus Ministry – Claire Whitehead 
FOCUS, one of the fastest growing ministries on college campuses, specializes in leading small group Bible studies and peer-to-peer mentoring. Students grow in their relationship with Jesus Christ and His Church, and responding to the call of the "New Evangelization." Contact: Campus Ministry – Claire Whitehead

RICA (Rite of Christian Initiation Adults)

Contact: Campus Ministry – Anne Marie Hallinan 
Available for students who are interested in learning more about becoming Catholic or who have not received their first Holy Communion or Confirmation. Formation sessions are led by Campus Ministry staff, seminarians, and student leaders.

Men’s Challenge

Contact: Brendan Johnson
Men’s group meets weekly for prayer, sacrifice, and fraternity to support fellow men on campus

Women’s Fellowship

Contact: Brendan Johnson 
Women’s group with regular events to build community and authentic femininity among the women of the campus

Arts/Writing/Performance

AMP

Contact: Jon Hager
The Activity Management Program (AMP) is our student-led leadership program that coordinates and puts on more than 150 events each year. Live bands, comedians, trapeze school, snow tubing, casino nights, talent shows, battle of the bands, magicians, movies, trips to amusement parks—you name it, AMP makes it happen! Learn More >

Chapel Choir

Contact: Laura Hullett 
Provides music for the Sundays and all major liturgies on campus.

Journal of Moral Theology

Contact:  Kathy Criasia 
Journal of Moral Theology is a peer-reviewed scholarly publication focused on Catholic moral theology. It is concerned with contemporary issues as well as out deeply rooted tradition of inquiry about the moral life. We seek to publish articles in the field of moral theology, as well as theological treatments of related topics in philosophy, economics, political philosophy, and psychology. Journal of Moral Theology is published semiannually, with January and July issues. Learn More >

Lab Band

Contact: Mark Carlson 
The Lab Bands are a collective of instrumentalists interested in popular music styles. The group forms different combos over the course of semester depending on the project and repertoire being studied. Previous concerts have involved an annual Fat Tuesday/ Mardi Gras revue, themed programs such as Punk, 90s styles, and avant-garde music.  Previous performance experience is essential. Instruments can be provided if necessary. Wind instrumentalists must play in the Wind Ensemble in order to be eligible for membership in the Lab Bands. Contact Dr. Mark Carlson for more information.

Lighted Corners

Lighted Corners is an annual literary magazine devoted to art, fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry, and photography by students at Mount St. Mary's University. Learn more >

Moorings

Contact: moorings@msmary.edu
Moorings are the Mount’s humanities journal that gives students the opportunity to be published as a writer and/or artist, or to be a peer editor for this scholarly journal. Students can submit works from their English, history, communications, music, art and theater classes for a chance to win cash prizes, and then a team of student editors read, evaluate, and edit their peers' essays to determine what makes the journal in the blind selection process. The most outstanding piece of student artwork becomes the front cover for the year. Moorings are published near the end of the spring semester with a premier during SPARC week.

Mount Chorale

Contact: Andrew Rosenfeld
Every year, students representing every discipline of the University audition for the opportunity to sing with the Mount Chorale, which performs a wide variety of sacred and secular repertoire. The choir performs at least one major concert per semester at its “home” venue, The National Shrine of Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton, as well as numerous other events on and off campus throughout the year. The Chorale has collaborated regularly with such ensembles as the Maryland Symphony Orchestra, Hub Opera Ensemble, Frederick Symphony Orchestra, Dagilelis Boys Choir of Lithuania, Gettysburg Schola Cantorum, and Gettysburg Chamber Orchestra. Singers in the Chorale can earn up to two academic credits per semester. Membership is open by audition to all students, regardless of major.

The Mountain Echo Student Newspaper

Contact: Pratibha Kumar
The Mountain Echo is a completly student-run newspaper for Mount st. Mary's University. Our staff is comprised of students from all majors, years and backgrounds.Check out the Mountain Echo website >

Mount Poets & Writers Club

Contact: Jack Dudley

Pitch Please: A Capella Group

Contact: Andrew Rosenfeld 
Pitch, Please – A student-led a cappella ensemble, performing arrangements and original vocal jazz, pop, and show tunes. Membership is open by audition to members of the Mount St. Mary’s University Chorale.

String Ensemble

Contact: James Tung 
The Mount St. Mary’s University String Ensemble performs classical repertoire under the direction of Professor James Tung. Previous performance experience is expected. Instruments can be provided if necessary.

Tolle Lege

Contact: Thane Naberhaus
Tolle Lege is a student journal of theology and philosophy published annually, at the end of the fall semester. Essays written by any student of the university on any topic in theology or philosophy are considered for publication, though preference is given to undergraduates. Learn More > 

Wind Ensemble

Contact: Mark Carlson
The Wind Ensemble engages a broad variety of music encompassing standard wind ensemble repertoire, transcriptions, big band jazz, and avant-garde chamber works. In addition to traditional concert venues, the group performs in a wide range of settings, including an annual Fat Tuesday/Mardi Gras revue, an outdoor May Day concert, and other special programming with the Department of Visual and Performing Arts. Previous performance experience is essential for participation. The ensemble is available to students of all majors up to 2 credits. Instruments can be provided if necessary. Please contact Dr. Carlson to setup an audition.

WMTB 89.9 FM Radio

Contact: Professor Randy Gray

wmtb-radio-logo.jpg"High on the Mountain, Low on the Dial"

WMTB 89.9 FM is a nonprofit radio station located at Mount St. Mary's University in Emmitsburg, MD. A great variety of music and shows emanate from WMTB—everything from Classical and Jazz, to Rap and Rock can be heard.Shows are created and hosted by students and faculty and normally run in two hour increments.
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Special Interest

Anime Club

Contact: Marco Roman

Brewing Club

Contact: Garth Patterson 
The Brewing Club is dedicated to creating and studying craft beer while supporting responsible consumption.

Ballroom Dance Club

Contact: Joshua Hochschild

Coffee Brewing Club

Contact: Garth Patterson 
The Coffee Club offers students interested in coffee the ability to learn about roasting, grinding, and brewing coffee.  Students learn about the science of growing, extraction, and flavor development.

Environmental Club

Contact: David Wehner 
The Environmental Club is for students who enjoy being outdoors, want to help the environment, and also want to be active members of the Mount community. The members of the Environmental Club organize events such as hikes at Cunningham Falls, tree walks on campus, and Earth Week activities such as having the Catoctin Zoo visit the campus. The Environmental Club also takes pride in the Mount recycling program, fundraising to help save the rainforests, and raising awareness about our impact on and how we can change our lifestyles to improve the environment. The club provides a fun and educational way for students to give back to the community and most importantly the environment.

League of Legends

Pokemon Club

Contact: Jonathon Slezak
The Mount Pokemon Club is a place for Mount Students to discuss, battle, and enjoy the Pokemon Franchise. The Club meets regularly to watch the anime/movies, battle using any of the games and the browser battle simulator "Pokemon Showdown", or just hang out and discuss the series. Additionally, for members who play the mobile game, "Pokemon Go", we meet daily to battle and raid bosses and gyms as well as trade. We desire to foster an environment of fraternity and support for the Mount Community by uniting students who share a passion, whether casually or seriously, for the Pokemon Franchise.

Student Veterans Association (SVA)

Contact: Paul Hunter
The Student Veterans Association is a campus organization dedicated to supporting people who have served our great nation. We aim to build a network that will better enable veterans to access the Mount and local community services. We promote an environment that fosters leadership, encourages teamwork and cultivates support, and it is our desire is to develop an interactive community committed to these goals.The Student Veterans Association values: Respect, Integrity, Perseverance, and Team Work (RIPT.) The Association is governed by the Student Veterans Association Constitution (.pdf).  You do not have to be a veteran to be a part of this organization. All in the Mount community are welcome to join and support veterans. If you would like to participate, please contact Paul Hunter or Dr. Tim Wolfe.

Event Management

Federal Reserve Challenge

Contact: Emil Berendt 
Economics students regularly participate in an intercollegiate Monetary Policy contest sponsored by the 5th District Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond, Baltimore Branch. Mount St. Mary’s University was the Fed Challenge Team Champion in 1999, 2007, and 2010. The team was a Fed Challenge finalist (2nd Place) in 2001 and 2011.

Business Olympics

Contact: Corinne Farneti 
Every spring, the Sports Management Club coordinates the Business Olympics, an afternoon picnic for students and faculty that includes a team competition of physical and mental challenges. Prizes are awarded to the winning teams.

CSI Challenge

Contact: Joseph Vince

Smalltalk

Contact: Dr. Heinold 
Smalltalks are 30 minutes long and are Mount faculty and students speaking on a topic of interest.

Lecture Series

Contact: Fred Portier 
ACM/MAA Lecture Series are hour-long talks by Visiting Speakers usually on their research.

Pi Day

Contact: Dr. Hook
 Pi Day is run each year on March 14 by students in our local chapter of MAA (Mathematical Association of America)

Mount Math Madness Problem of the Week

Contact: Dr. Hook

COMAP Competition

Contact: Dr. Heinold
The COMAP competition is the world’s largest math modeling competition, with thousands of teams from around the world participating. The department usually fields a couple of teams each year. Historically, our students have done well in the competition with several Meritorious and Outstanding Winner designations.