Groups and Organizations at SMC

Want to meet people who share your interests? Join one of the clubs below!
Don’t see a club you like? Start your own!

Any student can start a club for any interest. To get started, follow the procedures found in the college’s clubs policy.

Clubs are subject to change each semester based on the amount of interest and the willingness of someone to lead the club.

There Are Two Types of Clubs

Official Clubs

Official clubs are formally recognized by SMC and may receive promotional support (e.g., a Facebook page, permission to post flyers around campus, listing on this page), financial support (funds for special events), and the use of college facilities. To become an official club, students must:

  1. Secure the support of a full-time college employee to serve as the club’s official advisor.
  2. Apply to be recognized by the college by filling out the application found in the clubs policy document.

After completing the application, the Vice President of Student Services will determine whether to recognize the club and will inform the club advisor and student leader of the decision. SMC reserves the right to reject proposals from and for clubs for any reason.

For more information on the approval process and how to receive promotional or financial support from the college, please read the clubs policy document.

Unofficial Clubs

Unofficial clubs do not require any registration process, but they are not recognized by SMC and are not able to receive promotional or financial support from the college. To begin an unofficial club, just gather some friends and start meeting!

Currently Active Clubs

Advocates for All-Psychology Club

Advisors:

  • Donald Ludman
  • Christy Tidd
  • George Field

Email: psychology-club@swmich.edu

Purpose: To broaden student horizons in the helping professions, including, but not limited to, social work, psychology, ECE, and nursing. Host guest speakers for student career exploration, organize events to support charitable causes, raise social awareness, and responsibility of students.

Agriscience Club

Advisors:

  • Stacy Rocklin
  • Cheryl Rogers
  • Susan Coulston

Email: agriscience-club@swmich.edu

Purpose: To promote and develop interest in the various areas of agriculturally related industries and organizations. The organization will provide students with leadership and professional development opportunities within the agriculture industry and beyond.

Alpha Kappa Omega

Advisor: Rachel Breden - 269-782-1346

Email: ako@swmich.edu

Purpose: To give support and Christian fellowship to students of SMC, as well as enrich overall campus life by offering social activities.

Brotherhood Club

Advisor: Joel Thompson

Email: brotherhood-club@swmich.edu

Purpose: Brotherhood is a Christian men's empowerment club that promotes self-improvement, self-discipline, self-respect, self-esteem and self-image based on a foundation of Christian morals and values to prepare men to better serve their families, communities and fellow brothers.

Business Club

Advisors:

  • Leon Letter
  • Jane Mitchell

Email: business_club@swmich.edu

Purpose: To promote and enhance students in the Business, Accounting, and Office Administration fields. The club will promote tomorrow’s work force through the advancement of leadership, citizenship, academic, and technical skills.

Criminal Justice Club

Advisor: Donald Ricker - 269-782-1392

Email: cj-club@swmich.edu

Purpose: The CJ Club provides a space for students majoring in or interested in criminal justice to collaborate, study and train for competitions.

English Club

Advisor: Hailey Sheets

Email: english-club@swmich.edu

Purpose: The English Club engages students in activities and discussions related to all aspects of creative writing, literature and film.

Environmental Research Group

Advisor: Dr. Doug Schauer

Email: erg@swmich.edu

Purpose: The Environmental Research Group (ERG) has been established for students who wish to have a positive impact on the global and local environment through scientific research. Our projects are diverse, with students tracking heavy metals in local water supplies, detecting lead in hair samples, and developing new inexpensive methods for the purification of water in impoverished regions. Every year, select members of the ERG travel to a meeting of the American Chemical Society to present their research, broaden their knowledge, and network with world-renowned scientists at destinations that have included Denver, Cincinnati, and San Francisco. Membership requires an application. This application process is waived for honors students enrolled in CHEM 101 and CHEM 102 for honors credit.

IT Club

Advisor: Kyle Kelly

Email: it-club@swmich.edu

Purpose: The purpose of the IT Club is to provide opportunities and resources for interested students to engage with technology in exciting ways relevant to their professional and social interests. Many of the club projects expand the learning that begins in their coursework, while others are spontaneously generated by the students themselves. Club projects are all run by students acting as project leaders, with the support of faculty and staff, which provides them with valuable experience in leadership roles. Some examples of past projects include: design and setup of high-powered water-cooled PCs, organizing tournaments, reviewing consumer technology products, creating and sharing an audio/video podcast, drone piloting and aerial media production, virtual reality demonstrations, summer trips to conventions and more.

Sigma PSI Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa

Advisors:

  • Colleen Welsch - 269-782-1204
  • Natalie Anagnos - 269-782-1306

Email: ptk@swmich.edu

Purpose: Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) is the national honor society for community colleges and recognizes scholarship achievement. Invitation is based on students' eligibility including degree seeking 3.5 GPA and 12 or more credits in non-developmental coursework. Invitations are extended in the Fall and Spring Semesters. Members and potential members can learn more by visiting www.ptk.org.

Notice to Students: Students should be cautious when contacted by organizations that are not SMC-sponsored which indicate that they have been accepted into an honor society. These organizations may not be legitimate honor societies. Established academic honor societies have physical chapters organized through universities, colleges, and other learning institutions. SMC will monitor attempts made by groups that prey upon our students' email accounts and will try blocking domains from delivering unwanted messages. Students should, however, remain vigilant making sure that communications they respond to are in fact from Southwestern Michigan College.

Performing Arts

Advisors:

  • David Carew - 269-782-1226
  • Dr. Jon Korzun - 269-782-1225

Email: performing-arts@swmich.edu

Purpose: To promote the appreciation of the performing arts through complete immersion in all of its many aspects. The club strives to provide opportunities to see professional caliber performances, promote music in our community, compete in musical competitions, and to provide performing and learning opportunities through band, choir and theatre.

Rock Climbing Club

Advisor: Dr. David Mathews - 269-782-1270

Email: rock-climbing-club@swmich.edu

Purpose: To foster interest in the sport of rock climbing and teach members how to safely participate in this activity.

Sisterhood Club

Advisor: Kwajalein Dodd and Jewel Jones

Email: sisterhood@swmich.edu

Purpose: African-American women's empowerment club promoting development of positive self-image, superior academic effort, rewarding campus and community service, current event discussion forum, and preparation for life and goals beyond attainment of collegiate degrees.

STEM Club

Advisor: Andrew Dohm - 269-782-1255

Email: stem-club@swmich.edu

Purpose: To foster and cultivate a student's interest in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) education and STEM careers by hands-on explorations, investigations and outreach.

The Photography Club

Advisor: Bill Rothwell and Dennis Hafer

Email: photography@swmich.edu

Purpose: To give students interested in photography the opportunity to continue participating in photo excursions and groups, students who have taken photography classes can be readily available to offer advice and help to non-photography students.