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 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:
- Secure the support of a full-time college employee to serve as the club’s official advisor.
- 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 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
- Donald Ludman
- Christy Tidd
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.
- Stacy Rocklin
- Cheryl Rogers
- Susan Coulston
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
Purpose: To give support and Christian fellowship to students of SMC, as well as enrich overall campus life by offering social activities.
Advisor: Joel Thompson
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.
- Leon Letter
- Jane Mitchell
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.
College Diabetes Network
Advisor: Katie Hannah
Purpose: The purpose of the College Diabetes Network is to connect students who have diabetes, students with family members affected by diabetes and students who have an interest in learning more about diabetes. CDN strives to promote awareness about diabetes through education, community service and outreach.
Creative Writing Club
Advisor: Joe Coti
Purpose: The purpose of the Creative Writing Club is to promote creative writing on the SMC campus.
Criminal Justice Club
Advisor: Donald Ricker - 269-782-1392
Purpose: The CJ Club provides a space for students majoring in or interested in criminal justice to collaborate, study and train for competitions.
Advisor: Hailey Sheets
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
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.
Advisor: Kyle Kelly
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.
LGBTQ & Allies Club
Advisor: Jennifer Zimmer
Purpose: The LGBTQ & Allies Club provides a safe place for students to be themselves, make connections, learn and contribute to fostering a positive environment for diversity on campus.
National Student Nurses Association
Advisor: Melissa Kennedy
Purpose: The association was formed to generate participation and unity in the School of Nursing and Health Services. The purpose of the association is to form professional development and enhancement of student life through extra curricular social and service activities. A small membership fee is required.
- David Carew - 269-782-1226
- Dr. Jon Korzun - 269-782-1225
- Marcus Roll - 269-783-2193
Purpose: To promote the appreciation of the performing arts through immersion in many of its aspects. The club will provide opportunities to learn the arts of playing music, singing, acting and dancing; to attend professional-caliber performances; to help present SMC performing arts events, including maintaining theatre property; to promote the arts in our community and to participate in competitions.
Advisor: Bill Rothwell and Dennis Hafer
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.
Rock Climbing Club
Advisor: Dr. David Mathews - 269-782-1270
Purpose: To foster interest in the sport of rock climbing and teach members how to safely participate in this activity.
Sigma PSI Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa
- Colleen Welsch - 269-782-1204
- Natalie Anagnos - 269-782-1306
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.
Advisor: Kwajalein Dodd and Jewel Jones
Purpose: Sisterhood is a women’s club that promotes the development of positive self-image and greater academic efforts through the use of current event discussion forums. Participants demonstrate how to be good stewards to their school and community through volunteer opportunities.
Advisor: Barbara Karwacinski
Purpose: The Sociology Club provides sociology students with social and academic experiences that enhance and deepen their understanding of the field.
Sports Management Club
Advisor: Ritch Reynolds
Purpose: The Sports Management Club is open to all majors with the goal of increasing exposure to the sports career field. It plans trips, invites guest speakers to campus and supports student activities.
Advisor: Andrew Dohm - 269-782-1255
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.
Weight Lifting Club
Advisor: Ritch Reynolds and Joe Coti
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Purpose: The Weight Lifting Club is open to students who have a passion for fitness. Club members train with Joe Coti (PHED Adjunct) and plan excursions to fitness-based organizations and venues.