Academic and Honor Societies
ASME's student section acquaints participants with the profession of mechanical engineering and creates an awareness of the engineer's responsibility to society and to the environment.
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.
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.
This club is designed for any student interested in, or wanting to learn about, classical art, history, languages and culture. Club activities include yearly trips to major art museums and guest speakers.
This group competes against teams from other colleges and universities.
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.
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.
Geared toward business-minded students, this club fosters innovative thinking and hosts activities varying from speakers about the current economy to an annual business plan competition.
Eta Kappa Nu honors students with an interest and marked ability in electrical engineering who show exemplary scholarship, leadership and character.
Promotes the French language through weekly discussion tables and sponsors films, trips and French dinners.
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.
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.
Multicultural Association of Pre-medical Students - Student National Medical Association
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.
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.
Students interested in pursuing careers in any health-related field can acquire insight and information through speakers, seminars, meetings and social events.
A variety of activities are planned for students interested in pursuing careers in the legal profession.
Through a variety of activities and speakers, Union's chapter of the national honor society in psychology promotes interest and scholarship in the field.
SHPE-Union assists students in completing their science and engineering degree programs through retention and peer work/study programs to guide, counsel and tutor. It also advises and encourages minority students to pursue higher education in science and engineering; and it provides scholarships and educational grants for students.
This club consists primarily of physics majors and sponsors speakers, trips to other colleges and research centers, and social events. Every SPS member is also a member of the national club and receives a subscription to Physics Today. For information, contact the Physics Department or faculty members.
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.
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 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
ALAS promotes cultural, social, and political awareness of African, Latino and multicultural issues to the campus community.
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.
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.
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.
A group designed for any student interested in, or wanting to learn about, classical art, history, language and culture. Club activities include yearly trips to major art museums and guest speakers.
Promotes the French language through weekly discussion tables, as well as films, trips and French dinners.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
This club, open to all students, provides events and education about various cultures as well as advocacy for current and future international students.
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.
The MGC is a governing body composed of representatives of each of the multicultural Greek organizations on campus.
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.
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.
The THC serves as a supportive body through which individual theme houses can showcase their unique contributions to the campus.
Performing and Visual Arts
Creates an alternative social environment where all Union students may interact, learn a little dancing (jitterbug, swing, mambo, etc.) and have fun.
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.
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.
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.
This club holds an annual fashion show to raise funds for a local charity.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
The yearbook is on the cutting edge of computer desktop publishing. Dedicated photographers, organizers and creative people are always sought.
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.
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.
The campus' closed-circuit television station.
A club dedicated to bringing the bleeding edge of technology to all parts of Union.
Union's 100-watt, student-run radio station offers alternative programming to listeners within a 15-mile radius. Located in a new studio on the fourth floor of the Campus Center, WRUC broadcasts 20 hours of music, Union sports and news each day. New shows are introduced at the start of every term; a schedule is available. Membership is open to all Union students.
Religious and Spiritual Groups
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
This organization brings together representatives from each of the spiritual organizations for programming and education.
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.
Service and Social Action
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.
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.
This club promotes education and awareness of issues facing the campus, city, state, country, and world through campus-wide campaigns, discussions, and debates.
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.
This club promotes awareness of cancer through various events, including the annual Relay for Life.
This club educates and exposes students to a variety of environmental issues and activities that promote environmental literacy.
As part of this community service sorority, every member must fulfill a service hour requirement each term. The group has been involved with events such as Bowl for Kids' Sake, Snowball, Toys for Tots, Relay for Life, the AIDS walk, and others.
This club works with the local Habitat for Humanity chapter to build houses for people in need.
This group's mission is to warm the hearts and bring joy to the hearts of children with cancer or other serious illnesses by creating a unique healing environment in their home that minimizes the stress of hospitalization and gives them their own space to recover.
Affiliated with the national organization, the group provides free educational, recreational, and social programs to children and families living with medical challenges.
Dedicated to the support of survivors of sexual violence, Safe Space offers survivors an opportunity to share their experiences in a confidential and supportive atmosphere, with extended support throughout the healing process. Members can be reached by campus mail or by phone to answer questions and provide support.
Union Community Action Reaching Everyone provides students with links to volunteer opportunities in the community as well as information about community organizations to help them fine volunteer work to meet their interests.
Union College EMS helps participants learn first aid efficiently in order to administer first aid to others and themselves, become involved in accident prevention and make the campus aware of serious health related issues.
Social Events and Organizations
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.
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.
This club is centered on video gaming, for example, they run campus-wide gaming tournaments.
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.
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.
This group plans and organizes the annual spring festival/concert. They operate with a budget in excess of $100,000.
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.
The goal of the club is to provide the student body with an organized forum for learning and enjoy bowling as a sport.
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.
The Union College Dance Team provides fast-paced entertainment during half-time of home basketball and football games.
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.
The goal of this club is to promote the sport of fencing through instruction and - eventually - competition.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
This club is open to all students. This club organizes trips to tournaments and holds practices every weekday right below the Nott.
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.