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Clubs & Organizations

It's easy to form connections and find a niche at Union when there are so many options.

With more than 100 clubs and organizations to choose from, you're certain to find one that matches your interests or talents or simply sparks your curiosity. 

Check out performance and art clubs, multicultural and religious groups, the student newspaper and literary magazine, Greek organizations and academic honor societies.

Many clubs and organizations are led by students, for students. Don't see what you're looking for? Start your own club. The Student Forum oversees the creation of most new clubs and organizations.

Still need more guidance? Visit the Office of Student Activities in Reamer Campus Center to get acquainted with the friendly staff (and their bottomless candy box).

ACADEMIC CLUBS

American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME)

ASME members promote collaboration, knowledge sharing, career enrichment, and skill development across all engineering disciplines, toward a goal of helping the local community.

Association for Computing Machinery for Women (ACM-W)

This organization supports, celebrates and advocates internationally for the full engagement of women in all aspects of the computing field. It provides a wide range of programs and services to members and works in the larger community to advance the contributions of technical women.

Association of Women in Mathematics

This club encourages women and girls to pursue active careers in the mathematical sciences, and promotes equal opportunity and the equal treatment of women and girls in the field.

Baja Club

Baja SAE provides students with a challenging project that involves the designing, planning, and manufacturing of an all-terrain automotive vehicle. Teams from colleges all over the world compete against one another in a series of tasks that push their creations to the limit. Students must function as a team to not only design, build, test, promote, and compete with their vehicle, but then do so with a series of constraints in place. https://ucbaja.wordpress.com/

Biology Club

This group is dedicated to keeping students involved in the field of biology. Club activities include an annual trip and numerous health-related seminars.

Bio Medical Engineering Society (BMES)

This professional society for students, faculty, researchers and others working in the broad area of biomedical engineering promotes increased knowledge in the field.

Chemistry & Biochem 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.

Classics Club

Those who enjoy talking about Caesar’s armies, ancient science and medicine, pagan sacrifice, Greek and Roman love poetry or the origins of law will want to join the Classics Club. It hosts talks by visiting scholars and organizes trips to New York and Boston to see exhibits or plays with classical themes. The club also sponsors social events for students and faculty.

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.

Engineering Ambassadors Network (EAN):

Union’s chapter of this national network engages middle school and high school students throughout the Capital Region in engineering presentations and projects. It has a particular focus on working with female and underrepresented students to change the conversation about engineering. The group has also participated in workshops with EAN chapters from RPI, UConn, Tufts, WPI and University of Maine.

Engineering Student Forum (ESF)

ESF was founded to increase collaboration among the engineering organizations on campus. It offers opportunities for leadership and engagement by hosting events, working on design projects, helping in the community and educating the public about engineering.

Engineers for a Sustainable World (ESW)

ESW: Engineers for a Sustainable World is a nonprofit organization with a network of more than 3,000 professionals and students working to reduce poverty and advance global sustainability. Volunteers have contributed technical expertise to help groups in developing countries improve their infrastructure and protect their health. Each year, students plan and implement educational events and projects to benefit the Union community.

Entrepreneurship (UCEO)

The Union College Entrepreneurship Organization promotes the spirit of entrepreneurship on campus through lectures, seminars and projects for students who are interested in business and innovation.

Ethics Bowl

Ethics Bowl is a powerful opportunity to think critically, exercise public speaking skills, and meet other intellectually engaged students. The club competes in regional and national competitions.

French Club

Promotes the French language through a weekly lunchtime discussion ("French Table") and sponsoring films, trips and French dinners.

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.

Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers

Engineers: IEEE, “the world's largest technical professional society,” promotes the development and application of electrotechnology and allied sciences for the benefit of humanity, the advancement of the profession and the well-being of its members.

International Relations and Economic Policy (IREP)

IREP addresses topics relating to politico-economic issues, giving students exposure to interpreting international issues, policy decisions, and the interconnections of global markets.

Mathematics Club

This club encourages and enhances students' understanding of upper division mathematics while creating events and bringing in speakers to further engage in mathematics.

Model U.N.

Union College's establishment of the Model United Nations as a class has allowed us to create a more dedicated and academically rigorous approach to the National Model United Nations conference. We believe this approach creates more enthusiastic and better prepared delegates, a belief supported by our receipt of eight awards over our last three years of competition. Beginning with a competitive petition process for entry into the class, students are guided through an expanded research program coupled with a focus on their ability to publicly present their work in a concise manner. The result has been the establishment of an already strong tradition of excellence at the conference, and a unique and truly rewarding challenge to the students of Union College.

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 the Ephemeris, the premier undergraduate journal of philosophy originating in North America.

Pre-Health Society

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

Pre-Law Society

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

Robotics Club

The Robotics Club brings together those who enjoy building things and learning about how they work. They create, program, run and play with robots and equipment in the Peter Irving Wold Center.

Russian and Easter European Cultures Club (REECC)

This group promotes the language and cultures of Eastern Europe through lectures, discussions, films, and social gatherings. They host a weekly "Russian Table" lunchtime discussion.

SAE Aero Club

Each member of the team has a specific task – engine, structure, landing gear, controls, testing. A team leader integrates all the parts, and together they troubleshoot what comes along. Members have the valuable experience of working on a real-world engineering team, led by a faculty adviser.

Society of American Military Engineers (SAME)

SAME unites public and private sector individuals and organizations from across the architecture, engineering, construction, environmental, facility management, contracting and acquisition fields and related disciplines in support of national security.

Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE)

This national organization provides role models in the Hispanic community.

Society of Physics Students

This organization is open to all students interested in physics, not only physics majors, and provides membership in professional societies, subscriptions to journals, and eligibility for scholarships, internships and grants offered by the national organization.

Society of Women Engineers (SWE)

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.

COMMUNITY SERVICE

Alpha Phi Omega, service organization

Alpha Phi Omega provides its members the opportunity to develop leadership skills as they volunteer on their campus, in their community, to the nation and to the organization. union.edu/offices/fraternity-sorority/

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

Campus Action This longstanding group supports social change on campus, within the community and in society at large. Members choose topics and current issues that are of particular concern to them, and seek to make an impact.

Campus Kitchens

Student volunteers gather every week to make meals for the City Mission as part of Campus Kitchens, an innovative way to combat hunger in the community.

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.

Empty Bowls

Empty Bowls is a national, grassroots, anti-hunger organization that started as a student art project. The Empty Bowls Project of Schenectady fights hunger by donating to local charities. The club’s annual fund-raising event, held at Proctors Theater each spring, brings a cross-section of the community together to raise awareness and funds through the sale of handcrafted pottery bowls made by club members in Union’s Ceramics Studio. The event is coordinated by student volunteers through the Kenney Community Center.

Good Eats

Funded in part by Union’s Minerva House system, Good Eats coordinates with Schenectady ARC (Advocacy, Resources, Choices) to cook and plan meals in Minerva kitchens with people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Habitat for Humanity

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

MEDLIFE

MEDLIFE helps families achieve greater freedom from the constraints of poverty, empowering them to live healthier lives. It partners with motivated individuals in poor communities, working to improve their access to medicine, education and community development.

Nourish International

This nationally run non-profit promotes social entrepreneurship and sustainable development and empowers communities to make a lasting impact on extreme poverty. Each year, the clubs partners with an international company and sets a goal for fundraising.

Project Sunshine

This nonprofit organization provides free educational, recreational and social programs to children facing medical challenges and their families. It coordinates a variety of campus programs, fundraising events and direct service programs in local pediatric medical facilities.

Red Cross Club

Students in all majors come together to make the community a safer and friendlier place to help people when they need it most.

U-ReBloom

This organization repurposes flowers and floral arrangements from campus events, delivering them to residents in nursing homes and hospice care, who truly appreciate the gifts and visitors.

CULTURAL AND IDENTITY

African Student Association

African students, students of African descent and other interested students (and alumni) promote, share and celebrate the African spirit and cultures.

Asian Student Union (ASU)

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.

Association of Atheists and Agnostics

AHAA offers students with this worldview ways to explore how their values and perspectives offer meaning to their lives. Members also engage students from other worldviews for a rich dialogue on ethics, religion and their intersections with student life. union.edu/offices/religious-spiritual/

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.

Bhangra Union

Bhangra dancers are dedicated to performing the traditional folk dance of India’s Punjab region. They perform in the annual Spring Shakti Show and at many dance events throughout the year.

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.

Buddhist Student Association

Club members can express their world view through a variety of Buddhist thought and practice. This student organization engages participants in meditation practices, chanting and trips to area Buddhist sacred sites.

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

Supported by the Albany Diocese, the Catholic Student Association offers a venue for students, faculty and staff to find fellowship and friendship on campus as well as in the local Catholic community.

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.

Chabad

Chabad provides educational, social, and recreational programming for Jewish students and faculty. union.edu/offices/religious-spiritual/ facebook.com/CHABADatUNION

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.

Hillel

Hillel works with the campus and local Jewish communities to provide for the religious, cultural and academic needs of Jewish students. Bonnie Cramer, the Jewish chaplain, serves as staff advisor. union.edu/offices/religious-spiritual/ union.hillel.org

Interfaith Youth Core (Better Together)

Based on the common ground of community service, this student group programs at least one interfaith service or dialogue event a term. The group is open to all students. Viki Brooks serves as 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. Contact: Caleb LaRue, caleb.larue57@gmail.com

Muslim Student 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.

National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE)

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.

Phenomenal Males

Phenomenal Males is a mentoring program that fosters leadership while creating an atmosphere conducive to service, personal progress and academic excellence. It offers an opportunity to raise the standard of scholarship and manhood, a space to reassess the term “success,” and a platform on which to centralize efforts for the betterment of campus and the wider community. Weekly discussions elevate the dialogue surrounding social justice, and political and civic engagement.

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.

Safe Space

Safe Space is a student-run organization dedicated to raising awareness of sexual assault and supporting victims.

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.

Terra Dance Company

This is Union’s traditional Chinese dance club

Union China Consortium

This organization represents the Chinese student body and promotes Chinese culture through a variety of events and activities.

Union Pride

This club includes LGBTQIA+ advocates who work to educate the campus as well as create a supportive network for members of the community

UNITAS

UNITAS fosters community and diversity at Union by supporting groups and individuals who create events and educational opportunities that foster both. Students, staff, administrators, and faculty who have new ideas about how to increase and celebrate diversity and promotion of community at Union may apply for a Unitas grant to make their idea become a reality. Membership is open to all members of the Union community.

Women'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.

ENVIRONMENTAL

Campus Kitchens

This student-run group dishes up creative, delicious, all-organic lunches each week in Old Chapel.

Engineers for a Sustainable World (ESW)

This organization fosters sustainable projects, community/ international outreach and professional development.

Environmental Action Club

Student activists educate the campus about environmental and social issues.

Octopus’s Garden

In 2008, Union faculty, staff and students started an organic garden, Octopus’s Garden, on the south side of campus. It continues to be maintained by volunteers who work to provide fresh organic vegetables for many Union organizations, such as Ozone Café and Campus Kitchens. Keepers of the garden host many fundraising events to support their homegrown efforts.

Ozone Café

Run by Ozone House, a theme house devoted to sustainability, this group is made up of students and faculty who enjoy a locally sourced, vegetarian lunch in Old Chapel every Friday. The organic food is harvested from Octopus’s Garden each week.

Ozone House

Students promote social and environmental awareness by living together in a sustainable house.

U-Sustain

The U-Sustain Committee (Garnet Goes Green), made up of about 70 environmentally and socially-concerned students, faculty and staff, oversees sustainability initiatives and educates the campus community about ways to live, work and enjoy Union in the most eco-friendly and sustainable way possible.

GOVERNANCE

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.

Leadership Mentors (Leadership Experience Pre-Orientation)

A group of actively involved upper-class students helps new students discern their co-curricular interests, learn important leadership skills, and get to know their peers during a pre-orientation program in which incoming students arrive on campus before school starts and get involved.

Minerva House Council(s)

Once a week, in each Minerva House, members and elected house leaders meet to plan social, intellectual and recreational events for the general student body. Meals and/or refreshments are provided.

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

African Dance

African Dance practices weekly in the Upper Aerobics Room in Alumni Gym.

Anime Club

The Anime club is a club created by enthusiasts of this art form to share with one another and the campus community. http://muse.union.edu/animeclub/

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

Bhangra dancers are dedicated to performing the traditional folk dance of India’s Punjab region. They perform in the annual Spring Shakti Show and at many dance events throughout the year.

Concert Club

Students bring the community together through low-cost concerts and musical social events

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.

Empty Bowls Club

Empty Bowls is a national, grassroots, anti-hunger organization that started as a student art project. The Empty Bowls Project of Schenectady fights hunger by donating to local charities. The club’s annual fund-raising event, held at Proctors Theater each spring, brings a cross-section of the community together to raise awareness and funds through the sale of handcrafted pottery bowls made by club members in Union’s Ceramics Studio. The event is coordinated by student volunteers through the Kenney Community Center.

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. https://www.facebook.com/UnionGarnetMinstrelles/

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

Students from all backgrounds and majors come together to perform many types of hip hop dances in a variety of campus performances, including at Steinmetz Symposium research day, dance battles and talent shows.

In-Unison Step Club

Students come together to choreograph, practice and perform step dances for the community.

Mountebanks, drama society

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.

No Offense Improv Troupe

This theater group is dedicated to making the community laugh by hosting free shows, hanging out and learning improvisational games. Member of the troupe practice every week; no experience needed.

Pep Band

This group of talented and musically inclined students practices every week and performs at every hockey game.

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.

Terra Dance Company (Asian dance)

This is Union’s traditional Chinese dance club

U-Break

The Union College break dancers perform at campus cultural events, participate in fund-raising activities and give members of all different backgrounds an opportunity to show off their unique skills while learning from their peers.

POLITICS AND ACTIVISM

Activist Network

This group provides a forum for sharing ideas, events and calls to action for the protection of civil liberties.

Amnesty International

Amnesty International: Amnesty International is a global movement dedicated to supporting, promoting and protecting human rights, freedom and dignity, and to exposing injustices and human rights abuses. It works independently from any political ideology, economic interest or religion. The Union chapter joins the more than 3 million supporters, activists and volunteers in more than 150 countries.

Animal Rights Project

The group’s goal is intelligently and sensitively explore questions about rights and justice related to animals and human beings.

Campus Action

This longstanding group supports social change on campus, the community and society at large. Choosing topics and current issues of particular concern, members seek to make an impact.

College Democrats

This outreach wing of the College Democrats of America aims to empower students to elect strong progressive Democrats at all levels of government.

Empty Bowls Project

Empty Bowls is a national, grassroots, anti-hunger organization that started as a student art project. The Empty Bowls Project of Schenectady fights hunger by donating to local charities. The club’s annual fund-raising event, held at Proctors Theater each spring, brings a cross-section of the community together to raise awareness and funds through the sale of handcrafted pottery bowls made by club members in Union’s Ceramics Studio. The event is coordinated by student volunteers through the Kenney Community Center.

IREP (International Relations & Economic Policy)

Students who are interested in learning about the relationships among countries, governments, peoples and organizations or about U.S. policy come together frequently to host dinners with discussions

Phenomenal Males

Phenomenal Males was formed by a group of motivated males vested in fostering leadership while creating an atmosphere conducive to service, personal progress and academic excellence. The group holds weekly discussions about social justice, political participation and civic engagement.

Young Republicans

This organization is for youth in the Republican Party who are committed to the party’s conservative principles and agenda.

• Democracy Matters

This non-partisan, campus-based national student organization works to get big private money out of politics.

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.

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.

Film Club

Students dedicated to bringing conscious awareness of film as a basic and widespread medium of cultural communication host a number of film series throughout the academic year. They showcase popular, classic, foreign, multicultural and fine art forms as well as current movies.

Garnet Yearbook

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

The Aleph

A journal on global perspectives by study abroad students.

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.

The Minerva Review

An undergraduate scholarly journal for students from Union, Hamilton, Siena, Skidmore and Wellesley.

The Pi Sigma Alpha Undergraduate Journal of Politics

The journal is published online bi-annually and features many different types of research completed in senior seminars, capstone courses and methods courses. Union contributes often to this journal distributed by the Nu Omega Chapter of Pi Sigma Alpha at Oakland University.

TVUC

This club is for those who want to be on TV, who have something important to say and who want to develop their communication skills. It also offers a chance to strengthen connections on campus, promote individual clubs and organization and tell a story.

Union Banner

Union’s political newspaper, published every two weeks, features articles by students. The aim is to foster and enhance the campus political discourse while increasing student participation in and awareness of local, national and world events. The Banner is committed to upholding and maintaining strong journalistic ethics.

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.

RECREATION AND SPORTS

Badminton Club

Members meet to compete in badminton competitions throughout the term in the Field House.

Baja Club

Baja SAE provides students with a challenging project that involves the designing, planning, and manufacturing of an all terrain automotive vehicle. Teams from colleges all over the world compete against one another in a series of tasks that push their creations to the limit. Students must function as a team to not only design, build, test, promote, and compete with their vehicle, but then do so with a series of constraints in place. https://ucbaja.wordpress.com/

Baseball Club

Members participate in games and practices off campus through fall and spring against other colleges in the area.

Cheer Club

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 a nearby stable. http://unioncollegeequestrian.webs.com/

Fencing Club

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

Fly Fishing Club

Some 10-20 students travel to fishing spots across the Adirondacks with trained fly-fishermen several times a year

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.

Hip Hop Club

This club is for students who enjoy the hip hop dancing style. Routines are choreographed and performed during Steinmetz Symposium in the spring and other showcases throughout the year

Ice Hockey, Men's

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.

Ice Hockey, Women's

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.

Lacrosse Club

Members participate in games against other area colleges at the field at College Park Hall spring term.

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.

Rock Climbing Club

Students interested in rock climbing go on trips to indoor and outdoor rock climbing areas.

Rugby Club, Men's

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.

Rugby Club, Women's

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.

Ski Club and Snowboard Club

This club is designed to bring together individuals who love to ski and snowboard. In addition to attending local ski slopes, there are usually trips offered to regional slopes.

Soccer Club, Men's

Members get together once a week on the College Park field to play friendly games of soccer with local teams.

Soccer Club, Women's

Members get together once a week on the College Park field to play friendly games of soccer with local teams.

Squash Club

Members get together once a week in the Alumni Gym to play squash.

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

Members participate in friendly volleyball games and practices twice a week in the Viniar Center during winter term

RELIGIOUS AND SPIRITUAL GROUPS

Association of Humanists, Atheists and Agnostics

AHAA offers students with this worldview ways to explore how their values and perspectives offer meaning to their lives. Members also engage students from other worldviews for a rich dialogue on ethics, religion and their intersections with student life.

AUM Hindu Association

This group provides a means for Hindu students to collaborate, as well as for Union College 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, & staff are welcome. Jyoiti Swamanathan is their spiritual advisor.

Buddhist Student Association

Buddhists at Union College express their worldview through a variety of Buddhist thought and practice. This student organization engages participants in meditation practices, chanting and trips to area Buddhist sacred sites.

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. Viki Brooks serves as advisor.

Catholic Student Association

Supported by the Albany Diocese, the Catholic Student Association offers a venue for students, faculty and staff to find fellowship and friendship on campus as well as in the local Catholic community.

Chabad

Chabad provides educational, social, and recreational programming for Jewish students and faculty.

Heavenly Voices Gospel Choir and Liturgical Dancers

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.

Hillel/Jewish Student Union

Hillel works with the campus and local Jewish communities to provide for the religious, cultural and academic needs of Jewish students. Bonnie Cramer, the Jewish chaplain, serves as staff advisor.

Interfaith Youth Core (Better Together)

Based on the common ground of community service, this student group programs at least one interfaith service or dialogue event a term. The group is open to all students. Viki Brooks serves as 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. Contact: Caleb LaRue, caleb.larue57@gmail.com

Multifaith Forum

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.

SOCIAL AND SPECIAL INTEREST

Card and Board Game Club

Students with a love of card and board games host game nights and other regular events focused on trading card games, such as Magic: The Gathering and D&D, board games and traditional card games.

Garnet Society

The Garnet Society is Union’s Student Alumni Association. It is made up of student leaders who act as liaisons between the student and alumni communities. The group staffs alumni events, such as Homecoming & Family Weekend and ReUnion. To promote school spirit and recognize the College’s legacy, the society also hosts the popular Founders Week. The Garnet Society is always looking for new members. It conducts rolling interviews and hosts informational sessions at the beginning of each semester. Applicants fill out an application and interview with current group members.

Rocket Club

The Rocket Club hosts events to introduce and engage the campus in the hobby of rocketry. It offers a platform for aspiring engineers and others to exhibit or build on their interest in making rockets from scratch. Club members also work together to design a rocket with the goal of entering into local and national competitions.

Senior Class

Seniors meet regularly to discuss and implement plans to educate their classmates on philanthropy and the importance of giving back. The year culminates with a class gift to be given to the College when they graduate.

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.

Spoon University

Union is affiliated with spoonuniversity.com, which is devoted to sharing recipes, cooking tips, restaurant reviews and other exciting culinary content to those who love to eat, cook, bake and discuss varied cuisines.

The Chess Club

This club introduces, teaches, encourages and promotes the game of chess at all levels to the Union community. Weekly meetings are organized to study, learn and play chess, and larger events and tournaments are held several times a year. Members develop their playing strategies, analyze chess tactics and discuss the unique cultural importance of the game. The club is part of an intercollegiate league with Siena College and Skidmore.

U-Program, event planning

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, game shows and more.

Virtual-U

Virtual U provides a social space for video gamers and electronic entertainment enthusiasts through game nights, tournaments, and electronic and computer related activities.

Other ways to make connections and stay involved:

Play, get fit, have funwomen's lacrosse

The integration of first-rate academics and athletic activities is an important part of the Union experience. Sports teams and clubs, fitness, cheering from the sidelines - Union has everything you'll need to complement your academics and enrich your day-to-day campus life.

  • Union is a Division III school with Division I men's and women's ice hockey.
  • We are a member of the NCAA, the Liberty League and ECAC Hockey.
  • In addition to varsity sports, students are active in men's, women's and
    co-ed club sports and intramurals - from rugby to rock climbing and skiing to soccer. (Click on "view a list of Union College clubs and organizations" link above and then scroll down to "recreation and sports")
  • Wellness offering include aerobics and other group fitness classes, dance courses, physical training, Pilates, yoga and more.

Union's Theme Houses offer like-minded students the chance to live together and connect through common interests:

  • ARTS House
  • Bronner House (multicultural)
  • Culinary House
  • Dickens House (literature)
  • Iris House (LGBTQ)
  • Maker House (creativity and collaboration)
  • Ozone House (sustainable living)
  • Religious Diversity House
  • Rights House (civil liberties)
  • Symposium House (discussion)
  • Tech House
  • Thurston House (Asian studies)
  • Wells House (community service)

For more information about Theme Houses, please contact the Office of Residential Life.

The College’s continued commitment to the Greek system is based upon the significant opportunities these organizations provide their members in the areas of personal and social growth, in academic and intellectual development, and in acquiring skills in leadership and community service. The College’s rich Greek history is reflected on campus each year during Homecoming and Family Weekend, Greek Week and ReUnion. Members of the Greek community sponsor a variety of philanthropic and social activities for the entire Union community.

Sorority houses

  • Delta Delta Delta (Potter House)
  • Gamma Phi Beta (Hickok House)
  • Multicultural Greek Council (219 Seward Place)
  • Sigma Delta Tau (Raymond Hosue)

Fraternity houses

  • Alpha Epsilon Pi (Davidson House)
  • Delta Kappa Epsilon (Fox House)
  • Sigma Phi (Davidson House)
  • Alpha Delta Phi (Fero House)
  • Chi Psi (Potter House)
  • Sigma Chi (Raymond House)

For more information about Greek life at the College, please contact the Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life.