Clubs and Organizations

Academic and Honor Societies

Biology Club

This informal service organization is dedicated to keeping students involved in the field of biology. Club activities include an annual picnic, trips and numerous health-related seminars.

Chemistry Club

This affiliate chapter of the American Chemistry Society promotes interest in chemistry and provides exposure to the career possibilities open to chemists by sponsoring tours, seminars and films.

Delphics

The Delphic Society recognizes distinguished contributions to the extracurricular life of the College by conferring membership upon persons the society judges to be qualified. School service can include extensive participation in publications, theatrical performances, advisory roles and political positions, among others.

Economics Club (Ceteris Paribus)

This forum for the discussion of current economics events helps members explore the numerous career options in the field through guest speakers, group discussions and field trips.

Engineers Without Borders

Please contact the Student Activites office for more information.

Eta Kappa Nu

Eta Kappa Nu honors students with an interest and marked ability in electrical engineering who show exemplary scholarship, leadership and character.

French Club

Promotes the French language through weekly discussion tables and sponsors films, trips and French dinners.

Geology Club

Exposes members to unique geographical sites and brings in speakers to address current geological localities, where members are able to study the science of geology first hand.

German Club

Devoted to promoting opportunities for those interested in the German language and German culture, with a weekly lunchtime "German Table" and informal social gatherings, discussions, films and special events each term.

MAPS-SNMA

Multicultural Association of Pre-medical Students - Student National Medical Association

Math Club

Please contact the Student Activites office for more information.

Med Life

Please contact the Student Activites office for more information.

National Society of Black Engineers

NSBE-Union develops programs to recruit, retain and graduate minorities in engineering, science and other technical fields. NSBE operates through a university-based structure coordinated through regional zones and administered by officers of the national executive board. It initiates programs within and outside the college community.

Philosophy Club

This is a forum for social and intellectual interaction among philosophers at Union. Activities range from planning a social event or a field trip to a nearby philosophy conference, to making suggestions to the faculty about what upper division courses should be taught. The club also publishes Ephemeris, the premier undergraduate journal of philosophy originating in North America.

Pre-Health Club

Students interested in pursuing careers in any health-related field can acquire insight and information through speakers, seminars, meetings and social events.

Pre-Law Club

A variety of activities are planned for students interested in pursuing careers in the legal profession.

Psi Chi

Through a variety of activities and speakers, Union's chapter of the national honor society in psychology promotes interest and scholarship in the field.

SAE Aero

Please contact the Student Activites office for more information.

Society of Women Engineers

SWE is a national organization that promotes the role of women in engineering. Tours, lectures, and panel discussions help women find opportunities in and learn about the field of engineering.

Spanish Club

This organization promotes the language and cultures of the Spanish-speaking world through films, lectures, social gatherings, cooking classes, the weekly “Spanish Table,” and a diverse array of co-curricular activities, which allows faculty and students to interact, practice spoken Spanish and learn about Hispanic cultures in a relaxed atmosphere.

Tau Beta Pi

Tau Beta Pi is the only national engineering honor society that serves all branches of engineering and related sciences. Membership in the society signifies academic achievement and good character.

Cultural and Political Groups

African and Latino Alliance of Students

ALAS promotes cultural, social, and political awareness of African, Latino and multicultural issues to the campus community.

Asian Student Union

ASU's goal is to introduce Asian culture, allow students to experience diverse ethnic Asian festivities and discuss Asian issues with the college community. Through a variety of activities, the ASU encourages a vital Asian presence in the campus and public community.

BSU (Black Student Union)

The BSU aims to enhance and solidify the diversity initiative on campus surrounding African American issues. It's goals are to promote education on issues pertaining to black student life and black history through campus-wide events and discussions. The BSU works to enrich an already thriving college community full of diverse ideas, with the vision to leave a legacy not only for African American students, but for all students.

CELA (Circulo Estudiantil Latinoamericano)

This organization, geared toward issues pertaining to students of Latin American descent, strives to enhance and increase the diverse campus community while vigorously representing Latin American cultures.

French Club

Promotes the French language through weekly discussion tables, as well as films, trips and French dinners.

German Club

An organization devoted to promoting opportunities for everyone interested in the German language and culture; offers a weekly lunchtime German Table and informal social gatherings, discussions, films and special events each term.

Russian and East European Culture Club

This club unites people from Russia and Eastern Europe and introduces others to its culture. The club schedules movies and cooks traditional foods, and also takes trips to the ballet, concerts, monasteries and more.

Shakti

To expand its goals of encouraging southeast Asian cultural awareness and education at Union College as well as provide on-campus and off-campus social alternatives available for all students.

Spanish Club

This organization promotes the language and cultures of the Spanish-speaking world through films, lectures, social gatherings, cooking classes, the weekly Spanish Table and a diverse array of co-curricular activities, which allows faculty and students to interact, practice spoken Spanish and learn about Hispanic cultures in a relaxed atmosphere.

Student Allies for Equality

This alliance promotes awareness and educates the Union community and its members on concerns affecting the homosexual community; it also serves as a support network. Members' names are kept in strict confidence.

Union College Democrats

The Union College Democrats is a group of students whose goal is to increase political awareness and participation among students, faculty and staff at Union College. The group does not discriminate on the basis of party affiliation: participation in the political process is their motive.

Union College Republicans

The College Republicans exists to make known and promote the principles of the Republican Party among the students of Union College, to recruit students as members of the organization and as members of the Republican Party, to aid in the election of Republican candidates at all levels of government, and to develop political skills and leadership abilities among Republican students as preparation for future service by them to the Republican Party and the community.

Womyn's Union

A student support and action group that facilitates campus-wide discourse on issues of importance to women; organizes a host of activities that address these issues.

World Around U- The International Students Association

This club, open to all students, provides events and education about various cultures as well as advocacy for current and future international students.

Governing Bodies

Interfraternity Council

The IFC is a governing body composed of representatives of each fraternity on campus. It promotes and maintains the fraternity system by holding weekly meetings to discuss issues ranging from campus policies and affairs to rules governing member houses.

Multicultural Greek Council

The MGC is a governing body composed of representatives of each of the multicultural Greek organizations on campus.

Panhellenic Council

The Panhellenic Council sets guidelines and policies for Union's sororities. For more information contact anyone at Delta Delta Delta, Gamma Phi Beta, or Sigma Delta Tau.

Student Forum

The Forum represents the principle form of student government at Union. It consists of elected officials and appointees from various major college committees. The primary responsibilities of the Forum include the allocation of all student activities funds, the appointments for all college and student committees, and the general overseeing of all student committees and their activities.

Theme House Consortium

The THC serves as a supportive body through which individual theme houses can showcase their unique contributions to the campus.

Performing and Visual Arts

Ballroom Dancing Club

Creates an alternative social environment where all Union students may interact, learn a little dancing (jitterbug, swing, mambo, etc.) and have fun.

Bhangra Union

Please contact the Student Activites office for more information.

Dance Team

The Union College Dance Team provides high-energy entertainment during half-time of home basketball and football games and also performances at Steinmetz Symposium each spring.

Dutch Pipers

Union College's only all male a cappella group performs a wide variety of music, including barbershop, 1950s, popular, ballads and more. The Pipers perform on campus and travel to other colleges and alumni clubs. Auditions are held each fall.

Eliphalets

The Eliphalets are the only co-ed a cappella group on campus. While specializing in classic Union songs, the three year-old group also sings everything from "Free Falling" by Tom Petty to "Beautiful Girls" by Sean Kingston. Auditions are held in the Fall and Spring.

Garnet Minstrelles

First formed in 1986, the Minstrelles is a four-part women's group that sings a variety of music ranging from the music of the 1950s to current top 50 hits.

Heavenly Voices

The ensemble is a non-denominational organization that promotes self-expression through the singing of contemporary and traditional religious songs. The group performs for the College and the local community. Membership is open to all students regardless of previous experience.

Hip Hop Club

Please contact the Student Activites office for more information.

Mountebanks

The oldest continually operating student theater organization in the country; open to anyone interested in getting involved in any aspect of the theater, on- and off-stage.

Pep Band

Please contact the Student Activites office for more information.

The Idol

Union's literary magazine invites literary necromancers of all shapes, forms and talents to help feed this year's beast. In addition to poetry and fiction, photographs and other art work are also needed.

U-Break

Break dancing club.

Union College Choir

The choir was founded in 1985 to carry on the fine choral singing begun by the former men's and women's glee clubs. The group prepares major choral works and standard repertoire for choir, performing at exchange concerts as well as on tours of the U.S. and abroad. Any interested men or women should contact the Visual Arts Department.

Publications and Media

Concordiensis

A college newspaper that is more than a source of news. It is a forum for public debate; it is the voice of the students amplified to an audible pitch; it is anything and everything students try to make it. All students are encouraged to show their interest and support. Concordy holds its first general meeting in the fall.

Garnet Yearbook

The yearbook is on the cutting edge of computer desktop publishing. Dedicated photographers, organizers and creative people are always sought.

The Dutch Oven

Union's humor magazine is published once a term and is written, conceived, and published by the students. At the end of the academic year, it is distributed to students, free of charge.

The Idol

Union's literary magazine invites literary necromancers of all shapes, forms, and talents to help feed this year's beast. Three issues will be forthcoming, and all writers of poetry and fiction are urged to submit their material for publication to the magazine itself, or, for informal discussion, to the weekly workshop meetings. Photographs and other art work are also solicited.

TVuC

The campus' closed-circuit television station.

Union Banner

Please contact the Student Activites office for more information.

Virtual U

A club dedicated to bringing the bleeding edge of technology to all parts of Union.

WRUC (89.7 FM)

WRUC, America’s first college radio station, has been broadcasting since 1920. The student-run radio station broadcasts with a 100 watt transmitter to listeners in 15-mile radius. With two studios, DJs have the opportunity to broadcast from the first floor of Reamer in front of all their peers, or from the main studio on the fourth floor. WRUC broadcasts 24 hours a day, everyday. New DJs are welcomed every term and are encouraged to broadcast anything from talk shows, to music, or to commentate on Union Athletics. Membership to WRUC is open to all Union College students.

Religious and Spiritual Groups

AUM Hindu Association

Provides a means for Hindu students to collaborate and for students and faculty to learn about the Hindu religion. Members have the opportunity to learn and/or educate the Union student body about Hinduism through discussion, prayers, debate, celebrations and recognition of Hindu culture and values. All students, faculty and staff are welcome.

Campus Protestant Ministry

Sponsored by churches in the community, and staffed by a Protestant pastor, the CPM provides opportunities for worship, service and study. The CPM also works with other student groups to create on-campus forums for conversation and question raising.

Catholic Student Association

This Bible-believing association, supported by the Albany Diocese, offers a venue for students, faculty and staff to find fellowship and friendship on campus as well as in the local Catholic community.

Chabad

Please contact the Student Activites office for more information.

Hillel/Jewish Student Union

All students are invited to join Union's Jewish student group, which works with the campus and local Jewish communities to provide for the religious, cultural and academic needs of Jewish students. The Jewish chaplain serves as staff advisor.

Intervarsity Christian Fellowship

IVCF welcomes students of all backgrounds to a community founded on Jesus' love. We explore what it means to follow Jesus through community service, Bible discussion, prayer and music. "In my life, it's the place where I have found friends who love and care about each other, due to their love of Christ." --Peter, Class of 2014. Contact: clarue@nycap.rr.com

Multifaith Council

This organization brings together representatives from each of the spiritual organizations for programming and education.

Muslim Students' Association

Promotes unity and joint action both among Muslims and among Muslims and non-Muslims, whether with other Union organizations or in a less structured manner. Provide congregational prayer times with on-campus locations, community service projects, and events with other MSA's in the capital region.

Yoga & Mindfulness

Please contact the Student Activites office for more information.

Service and Social Action

Active Minds

Please contact the Student Activites office for more information.

Amnesty International

Please contact the Student Activites office for more information.

Best Buddies

A non-profit organization dedicated to enhancing the lives of people with intellectual disabilities by providing opportunities for one-to-one friendships and integrated employment. Best Buddies ambitiously envisions a world where people with intellectual disabilities are so successfully integrated into our schools, our workplaces and our general communities that our current efforts and services will be unnecessary. Until that vision becomes a reality, our mission is to educate middle school, high school and college students, community citizens and corporations, and employers about the emotional, function and natural needs and abilities of people with mental retardation.

Big Brothers/Big Sisters

This organization involves students in the Schenectady Big Brothers/Big Sisters program by matching students with area children and by planning parties, recreational events, and excursions.

Campus Action

This club promotes education and awareness of issues facing the campus, city, state, country, and world through campus-wide campaigns, discussions, and debates.

COCOA House

The purpose of C.O.C.O.A. House is to help the children of the Hamilton Hill area realize the value of education through tutoring, education field trips, and speakers.

Colleges Against Cancer

This club promotes awareness of cancer through various events, including the annual Relay for Life.

Engineers Without Borders

Please contact the Student Activites office for more information.

Environmental Society

This club educates and exposes students to a variety of environmental issues and activities that promote environmental literacy.

Habitat for Humanity

This club works with the local Habitat for Humanity chapter to build houses for people in need.

Med Life

Please contact the Student Activites office for more information.

Safe Space

Educate the campus community on issues of sexual violence.

Social Events and Organizations

Concert Club

This standing committee of the Student Forum is responsible for deciding upon, contracting (with assistance of the Students Activities Office), and organizing campus-wide musical events.

Film Committee

This standing committee of the Student Forum plans and implements college film programs throughout the academic year. Films run weekly on Friday, Saturday, Sunday, and Monday at 8 p.m. and 10 p.m.

Social Committee/UProgram

The programming board plans and implements a wide variety of activities for students. The majority of their programs are late night, weekend events such as comedians, hypnotists, game shows and more.

Speakers Forum

The Speakers Forum is responsible for providing intellectual, entertaining and diverse speakers on campus. The goal of Speakers Forum is to entertain the student body while also providing exposure to diverse and interesting people outside the college campus.

Springfest

This group plans and organizes the annual spring festival/concert. They operate with a budget in excess of $100,000.

Sports Clubs

Badminton Club

Please contact the Student Activites office for more information.

Baja

The goal of the club is to build a mini Formula One style race car and race it against schools all across the country. The club is open to anyone who wants to participate, no matter what your major or knowledge level is.

Bowling Club

Please contact the Student Activites office for more information.

Cheer and Spirit Squad

This club, open to all students, encourages Union College pride by cheering at various sporting events. They have a coach and practice on a weekly basis.

Dance Team

The Union College Dance Team provides fast-paced entertainment during half-time of home basketball and football games.

Equestrian Club

As part of the Intercollegiate Horse Show Association, Union riders compete in hunter-jumper shows and ride at nearby Dutch Manor Stables in Guilderland, N.Y., a base for local colleges' equestrian programs.

Fencing Club

The goal of this club is to promote the sport of fencing through instruction and - eventually - competition.

Golf Club

The purpose of the U.C. Golf Club is to be an alternative social event, to enhance member's skills, and to provide the opportunity to play golf.

Ice Hockey Club

This club exists to teach the fundamental laws of the game of Ice Hockey to Union undergraduate men, and to compete with other club teams, thereby providing an alternative to the Varsity program.

Karate Club

Students and Alumni receive instruction in Martial Arts, Asian Culture, self-defense and physical conditioning. T. Kidachi (6th dan) former Japan national champion instructs. Professor Donald Thurston assists with related academic affairs.

Men's Rugby Club

The club sponsors intercollegiate rugby and is open to everyone. Members experience a strong competitive environment while partaking in a fun social activity. Students should be aware of the risk of physical injury in this activity and (as all activities) should be covered by basic health and accident and major medical insurance.

Outing Club

The Outing Club sponsors activities such as canoeing, cross-country skiing, snow shoeing, hiking, rock climbing, and spelunking. Trips run almost every weekend with the club supplying most of the equipment.

Paintball Club

Students are provided the opportunity to engage in fun and exciting tournaments of paintball with friends and other club members. Events are held at nearby paintball fields at reasonable prices, and no equipment or experience is necessary to participate. There are three events held every term.

Rock Climbing Club

Please contact the Student Activites office for more information.

Ski Club

This club is designed to bring together individuals who love to ski. This club is perfect for the recreational skier. In addition to attending local ski slopes, there are usually trips offered to regional slopes.

Soccer Club

Please contact the Student Activites office for more information.

Ultimate Frisbee

This club is open to all students. This club organizes trips to tournaments and holds practices every weekday right below the Nott.

Volleyball Club

Please contact the Student Activites office for more information.

Women's Hockey Club

Please contact the Student Activites office for more information.

Women's Rugby Club

The Union College Women's Rugby Football Club teaches the fundamentals of the game of rugby to all interested female students. The club competes with other teams, both intercollegiate and club, and it a member of the Upstate Rugby Union.