Clubs & Organizations Directory
More than 50 clubs and organizations provide opportunities to get involved, meet new friends and give back to others. Provided below is a brief summary of each organization as well as a listing of the advisor and student president.
Alpha Iota Delta (Delta Epsilon Iota)
Advisor: Neva Bryan
African Cultural Association
President: Binta Bayoh
Advisor: Chris Achua
Alpha Phi Sigma
Advisor: Ashley Dickinson
The UVa-Wise Ambassadors work in cooperation with the UVa-Wise Admissions Office. The Ambassadors work to develop positive attitudes among the students who express interest in UVa-Wise, educate and acquaint prospective students, parents and visitors in an honest and positive manner about college life at UVa-Wise, the college community, campus geography, and areas helpful to the aforementioned individuals, assist the various divisions of the college community, project an increased level of school spirit and pride to both the exisiting college community and prospective students, and provide feedback to the Admissions Office. Ambassadors assist by giving campus tours and helping at Preview Days.
President: Ashley Tuttle
Advisor: Kim Ward
Baptist Collegiate Ministries
Baptist Collegiate Ministries and the Baptist Student Center are spiritual resources for the UVa-Wise Community. Students are encouraged to grow spiritually, intellectually, socially and physically as well as develop their individual gifts, leadership skills and engage in acts of love, worship andservice. Everyone in the college community is welcome to participate. BCM is sponsored by the Emerging Leaders Team of the Virginia Baptist Mission Board and the churches of the Wise Baptist Association. BCM is in its 50th year at UVa-Wise!
President: Junetta Nuckles
Advisor: Garrett Sheldon
Circle K International
President: Victoria Pedigo
Advisor: Oscar Raile
Circle K is the organization that holds the promise of today's college student becoming tomorrow's leader. It exists to meet the personal needs of the individual collegian through the qualities of leadership, the rewards of service, and the unique spirit of friendship. Circle K's potential lies in its ability to positively influence those in our society who are facing ultimate personal decisions and those who will one day create the vision of mankind for generations to come. Circle K is the embodiment of those qualities necessary to shape the future, realized in the colleges and universities of today.
Advisor: Oscar Raile
National Association for Music Education
CMENC is committed to furthering and promoting music education. CMENC is open to anyone interested in music, but membership is largely composed of music education majors.
President: Wes Harris
Advisor: Rick Galyean
The College Republicans strive to promote the principals of the Republican Party among the students of The University of Virginia's College at Wise. The organization provides serice to the Republican Party, aids in the election of Republican candidates at all levels of government, and desires to develop political interest among the students and faculty of UVa-Wise. Membership is open to any student enrolled at UVa-Wise.
President: Zachary Cantor
Advisor: Gary Stratton
The Darden Society is the oldest academic honor society at UVa-Wise. Founded in 1964 as Clinch Valley College's first honor society, it was named for Colgate Darden, governor of Virginia, president of the University of Virginia, and benefactor of the College. Membership is by invitation only.
President: Andrew Chapman
Advisor: Amelia Harris
The Environment Club's mission is to educate young people about the environment, environmental thought and activity, and to support and promote environmentalism. The Environment Club is an organization of faculty, students, staff, and others concerned with environmental issues on campus an din the surrounding area.
President: Christopher Mitchell
Advisor: Walter H. Smith
Gamma Sigma Alpha
Gamma Sigma Alpha, the National Greek Academic Honor Society, was founded to promote intellectual interaction between Greek students and the academic community. The Eta Pi Chapter of Gamma Sigma Alpha was installed on the campus of UVa-Wise on February 23, 2007. Students are eligible for membership based on grade point average (GPA) and active membership in a Greek fraternity or sorority recognized by UVa-Wise and the appropriate Council(s).
Advisor: Mikaela Logan
The Highland Cavalier is the official College newspaper. Published each Friday, while school is in session, the Highland Cavaliers keeps students, faculty and staff updated on the latest happenings at UVa-Wise. Any student is welcomed to participate on the staff of the Highland Cavalier.
President: Jaime Robinson
Advisor: Allie Robinson
UVa-Wise adopted an Honor System in 1956 under which all students pledge to cooperate in acting honestly and honorable. The Honor System is administered by an Honor Court composed of two representatives from each class. Upper class representatives are elected by the student body each spring and freshmen representatives are elected after the start of the fall semester. It is the job of the Honor Court to enforce the Honor System and to adjudicate violations. The Honor Court office and conference room are located in the Student Leadership Wing on the third floor of the Slemp Student Center.
President: Cynthia James
Advisor: Chris Scalia
Interfraternity Council (IFC)
The Interfraternity Council (IFC) is the umbrella organization for four inter/national fraternities. The purpose of the IFC is to promote and further the best interests of the fraternity community, its member chapters, and The University of Virginia's College at Wise. Belonging to a fraternity entails a life-long commitment and encapsulates all parts of a student's life: academics, leadership friendship, brotherhood, athletics community servicecareer exploration and social activities.
President: David Williams
Advisor: Mikaela Logan
Intramural Advisory Council
Advisor: Nick Marshall
Kappa Sigma Fraternity
A national, Greek Letter fraternity, Kappa Sigma Fraternity was founded in 1869 at the University of Virginia and is now the largest fraternity in North America. Kappa Sigma urges brothers to become leaders strives to actively participate in activities around campus, including philanthropy events, cookout, the annual Pig Roast and participation in every intramural sport.
President: Eric White
Advisor: Mark Dixon
Marching Highland Cavalier Band
The Marching Highland Cavaliers is open to any student who has prior band experience. Members should be able to perform on brass, woodwind or percussion instruments or be able to perform routines with flags, rifles or baton. Tryouts are held in the spring.
President: Ashley Shepard
Advisor: Rick Galyean
Multicultural Alliance (MCA)
The purpose of the Multicultural Alliance is to provide educational opportunities (i.e. speakers, special programs, panel discussion) concerning multicultural issues for the students, faculty, and staff at the University of Virginia's College at Wise and for the surrounding communities. The MCA will assist in creating an atmosphere at UVa-Wise where all people will be treated with equal respect and will be provided with equal access to every facet of UVa-Wise's progam irrespective of race, gender, age, national origin, ethnic group, religion or any disabling condition.
President: Leann Carter
Advisor: Sandra Jones
National Residence Hall Honorary (NRHH)
The National Residence Hall Honorary recognizes individuals living in the residence halls who have provided outstanding service and/or provided important leadership in the advancement of the residence hall system. NRHH recognizes the top 1% of residence hall leaders.
President: Maurice "Nathan" McGlone
Advisor: Annamarie Russell
National Science Teachers Association (NSTA)
The National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) is open to all students at UVa-Wise. The NSTA is an alliance of the National Science Teacher's Association, Arlington, VA. The purpose of NSTA is promote the mission of NSTA, to acquaint preservice teachers of science with the support resources from NSTA, to provide professional development in science education to preservice teachers and to acquaint preservice teachers of science with others like themselves at their university or college across the United States and Canada.
President: Diane Kinser
Advisor: Lucian Undreiu
The National Society of Leadership and Success (NSLS)
The National Society of Leadership and Success is in its inaugural year as a chapter at UVa-Wise. NSLS promotes student leadership by helping students discover and achieve their goals. NSLS members are success-oriented campus leaders who have a 3.0 or greater GPA and are in good standing as students at UVa-Wise. Visit www.uvawise.edu/nsls for more information.
President: Katie Holman
Advisor: Stephanie Shell & Jewell Worley
Nerds of the New Age (Formerly ACM)
The Nerds of the New Aage operates exclusively for educational and scientific purposes to promote an increased knowledge of and greater interest in the science, design, development, construction, languages, management and applications of modern computing; greater interest in computing and its applications; and a means of communication between persons having an interest in computing. Membership is open to all paid sutdents attending UVa-Wise and that are in good standing.
President: Jacob Atkins
Advisor: Daniel Ray
Order of Omega
Order of Omega is a national, Greek leadership honor society that recognizes Greek leaders who have made significant contributions to inter-Greek relations and activities and who inspire others to strive for similar conspicuous attainment. Order of Omega brings together outstanding fraternity men and women to create an organization which will help to mold the sentiment of the institution on questions of local and intercollegiate fraternity affairs. Order of Omega also brings together members of the faculty, alumni, and student members of the institution's fraternities and sororities on a basis of mutual interest, understanding and helpfulness and helps create an atmosphere where ideas and issues can be discussed openly across Greek lines and to help work out solutions.
President: Jennifer Fedenisn
Advisor: David Amos
Outdoor Recreation Club
The Outdoor Recreation Club encourages student involvement in campus life and the natural resources of Southwest Virginia and works to promote outdoor adventures, activities and interests of the student body.
Advisor: Mark Collins
The Panhellenic Council (PHC) is the umbrella organization for four inter/national sororities at UVa-Wise. Membership is composed of sorority women at UVa-Wise.
President: Caroline Haupt
Advisor: Nick Marshall
Phi Alpha Theta
President: Bryce Carter
Advisor: Jen Murray
Phi Beta Lambda (FBLA-PBL)
Phi Beta Lambda provides opportunities for postsecondary students to develop business-related career competencies. PBL is an integral part of the instructional program and in addition promotes a sense of civic and personal responsibility.
President: Joshua Bouton
Advisor: Gary Stratton
Phi Sigma Sigma Sorority
The Theta Rho chapter of Phi Sigma Sigma prides itself on being one of the most diverse organizations on campus. The chapter is made up of ladies from several different ethnicities and backgrounds. Their main focus as a group is to serve the campus, the community, and their International organization through fundraisers and philanthropy events. Their focused philanthropies include: The National Kidney Foundation, The Susan G Komen Breast Cancer Awareness Fund, The Ronald McDonald House, the two oversea's children they sponsor through Children's International, their Adopt-a-Street, as well as local nursing homes and orphanages that we volunteer with.
President: Katelyn Cantrell
Advisor: Wendy Adrian
Pi Kappa Phi Fraternity
Pi Kappa Phi is a national, Greek letter social fraternity. For over 100 years, Pi Kappa Phi has been building better men on college campuses across the country. Pi Kappa Phi is a first class fraternity who firmly believes in the tenets of Character, Leadership, Academics, Sportsmanship, and Service. The Epsilon Epsilon Chapter takes pride in being the longest standing social Greek organization on campus. Active in student government, athletics, intramurals, the arts, numerous academic organizations, and community service projects, the brothers of Pi Kappa Phi are leaders in many ways.
President: Dakota Hill
Advisor: David Amos
Pi Lambda Phi Fraternity
A national, Greek letter social fraternity, Pi Lambda Phi was founded in 1895 at Yale University. Pi Lambda Phi has the distinction of being the first non-sectarian fraternity in the United States, meaning it was the first fraternity to give membership to anyone regardless of race, color or creed. The fraternity is devoted to helping support its national philanthropy, the March of Dimes, continue to care for premature infants. In addition to a strong sense of community involvement, Pi Lambda Phi strives to bulid strong bonds among its brothers.
President: Theo Winfield
Advisor: Eric Smith
The purpose of the Pre-Professional Club is to assist in making students who desire to enter a profession by providing opportunities for self improvement and preparation for professional programs. The professions include, but are not limited to pre-medical, pre-pharmacy, dentistry, forestry, engineering, physical therapy, and veterinary medicine. Though generally oriented towards students who wish to enter these areas, anyone of any major who is interested may join. Volunteer work, test preparation material (MCAT, PCAT, etc.) and scheduling speakers, programs and workshops that could be beneficial to those aspiring to enter professional schools are emphasized.
President: Benjamin Butler
Advisor: Margie Tucker
Psi Chi is a national honor society whose purpose shall be to encourage, stimulate, and maintain excellence in scholarship of the individual members in all fields, particularly in psychology , and to advance the science of psychology.
President: Cassie Chadwell
Advisor: Madelynn Shell
Residence Hall Association (RHA)
The Residence Hall Association at UVa-Wise promotes community among residents and students, represents all students living in residence halls and apartments, supplies channels through which residents may express opinions and peforms all other duties necessary for the betterment of residential students. RHA is a very active organization on campus and represents UVa-Wise at several state and regional conferences, including VACURH, SAACURH, and NACURH.
President: Sharmae Stringfield
Advisor: Britannie Jones
Sigma Delta Pi
A national honor society whose purpose is to honor those who attain excellence in the study of the Spanish language and in the study of the literature and culture of the Spanish-speaking people, as well as to honor those who have made the Hispanic contributions to the modern culture better known in the English-speaking world.
Advisor: Melanie Marquez
Sigma Tau Delta
Sigma Tau Delta is an English honor society that confers distinction for high achievement in English language, literature, and writing. It is one of the largest members of the Association of College Honor Societies, and it is specifically designed to honor students at four-year colleges and universities.
Advisor: Marla Weitzman
Sigma Zeta is an honor society dedicated to the sciences (natural science, mathematics, or computer science). The organization strives to encourage and foster the attainment of knowledge of the sciences and recognizes the attainment of high scholarship among those fitted for membership in this society.
Advisor: Matthew Harvey
As an organization, Spanish Club's mission is to educate the college and the community on the importance of cultural diversity. Spanish Club is fun, divers, and educaitonl. Each semester we plan events that take place on campus in order to educate everyone about what is happening all over the world. Not only do we focus on Spanish speaking countries but we collaborate with other culturally divers organization in order for us to demonstrate the importance of divers community in our extremely diverse world. Also, when the opportunity arises, our members have a chance to explore and learn from other point of views by going to festivals, plays and conferences throughout the year. Spanish Club develops friendships, unveils opportunities, and gives and education understanding that would otherwise not be available.
Student Activities Board (SAB)
The Student Activities Board at The University of Virginia’s College at Wise is a branch of the Office of Student Activities. Its mission is to provide a cultural, social, and recreational outlet for the student body of the College. The Student Activities Board strives to enhance the college experience by encouraging student involvement and leadership. We, the members of the Student Activities Board, are committed to providing various sources of entertainment that will create a sense of community amongst the student body. Our mission is to complement those of the College and the Office of Student Activities. Membership is open to all students that show an active interest in Student Activities.
President: Nikki Thomas
Advisor: Mikaela Logan
Student Government Association (SGA)
The Student Government Association represents the student body in matters affecting student life and affairs of the College, promotes and supervises student organizations and activities, and promotes improvement of community conditions. All students enrolled for six or more semester hours are voting members of the SGA. The branches of the SGA include elected executive board officers, senators representing each class, at-large senators, and an international senator. An historian and an elections commissioner are appointed by the SGA president.
President: Shannon Walker
Advisor: Jewell Worley
Student Nursing Association (SNA)
The Student Nursing Association's purpose is to engage students in shared governance and civic duty in order to prepare them for future leadership positions. In order to be a member, students must be accepted or have provisional acceptance into the UVa-Wise nursing program.
President: Allison Gilliam
Advisor: Loretha Boggs
Student Virginia Education Association (SVEA)
The Student Virginia Education Association (SVEA) provides an opportunity to explore education as a profession, to evaluate student's aptitudes, capabilities, and interests as prospective educators. The Association strives to strengthen the teaching profession by encouraging pre-professionals to become active members in the United Teaching Profession.
President: Makayla Gamble
Advisor: Sandra Richardson
Theta Phi Alpha Sorority
Theta Phi Alpha was founded nationally in 1912, and the Gamma Xi chapter was established at the UVa-Wise campus in 2008. The Gamma Xi chapter takes pride in representing women that value class, leadership, and friendship. They have been seen in several campus organizations, including Student Government Association, Academic and Greek Honor Societies, and Student Nurses Association. They proudly support their national philanthropy, The Theta Phi Alpha Foundation, as well as several local causes. The Theta Phi Alpha Foundation supports collegiate members by providing scholarships, The House that Theta Phi Alpha Built and the Glenmary Home Missioners. Aside from donating over $1,000 to the Foundation last year, they hold an annual Breast Cancer Luncheon that benefits the Southwest Virginia Cancer Center, as well as recently adopting Autism Awareness as a local cause.
President: Alex Pilcher
Advisor: Rachel Tighe
The Gathering is a ministry of Camp Bethel in Wise. The purpose of The Gathering is the same as Camp Bethel Ministries with a focus on college students. The Gathering strives to spread the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ in keeping with the Great Commission and to disciple in Christian living.
President: Josh Griggs
Advisor: Daniel Ray
Ultimate Frisbee Club
Advisor: Nick Marshall
UVa-Wise Track Club
President: Megan Hilliard
Advisor: Donald Leech
The Wesley Fellowship at UVa-Wise provides students with an open arena for exploring one's faith and learning about what it means to be in relationship with God, others, and all of creation, through Jesus Christ. Through our many opportunities for worship, fellowship, spiritual growth, and service, students will experience the Christian faith as being very relevant to today and vital for lasting fulfillment. Membership is open to all persons involved in and related to the academic community who have a desire to involve themselves in and to participate in the Wesley Fellowship. The organization is open to ALL students.
President: Evan Clark
Advisor: Beth Tipton
The Young Democrats work to educate young people about the political thought and activity and to support and promote the candidates and ideals of the Democratic Party of Virginia and the United States. Any full or part-time student enrolled in UVa-Wise is eligible for membership.
President: Matthew Mullins
Advisor: Patrick Withen