Clubs and Organizations
Student Life Center
Strosacker Hall, 2nd floor
(440) 826-3484 (fax)
Baldwin Wallace University offers over 100 clubs and organizations for students. Clubs and organizations are divided into councils and are overseen by the Office of Student Activities and Student Government.
- Student Government
Student Government is made up of three branches of government in addition to the class officers. Student Government represents and serves as the voice of all full-time undergraduate students.
The Executive Branch includes the student body president, student body vice president, student body treasurer and assistant student body treasurer. The student body president and vice president serve as liaisons between the student body and the University administration. The student body treasurer and assistant treasurer oversee the financial operations of Student Government, including the current budgets of all Student Government funded organizations.
The Legislative Branch is more commonly referred to as Student Senate, or just Senate. The Senate is made up of student senators who serve as the voice of the student body and represent the undergraduate student population at a ratio of one senator for every 85 students.
The Judicial Branch is more commonly referred to as the Supreme Court of Students, or just Supreme Court. The power of the Supreme Court extends to all issues of student law including, but not limited to, disputes between or within student organizations, disputes between members of Student Government, impeachment of student officials, and disputes and grievances among students that fall under the jurisdiction of Student Government. The Supreme Court also works with the University's Student Conduct Office and participates on panel conduct hearings. The Supreme Court is made up of five justices, including a chief justice.
Class officers are from the senior, junior and sophomore classes. Senior class officers plan the annual, off-campus, senior class end-of-the-year party. Junior class officers plan and organize the competition events for the annual April Reign Weekend, including a human pyramid, obstacle course, boat race and tug-o-war. Sophomore class officers plan several events for Homecoming Weekend. Events include the election of Homecoming King and Queen and Jacket Prince and Princess, a pep rally, a parade and a dance. All class officers serve on the Student Giving Council, which raises money for the YJ4L Scholarship and works to educate the campus about philanthropy.
- Academic Organizations
Networking and learning opportunities are a key part of the association. Students interact with professionals through informative programs and guest speakers. Over 20 firms attend “Meet the Accountants Night” where many students make first connections for internships and jobs.
AMERICAN CHEMICAL SOCIETY
The Student Affiliates of the American Chemical Society is committed to introducing chemistry majors to the available options and opportunities in the field of chemistry.
ASSOCIATION FOR COMPUTING MACHINERY
This organization is for any student in any major interested in becoming involved with computers, computer languages and programs associated with technology.
BUSINESS BOOK CLUB
Initiated by alumni Eugene and Jean Grippen '53, the Business Book Club encourages students to be wise consumers and investors for financial independence. The club reviews the classic book by George Clason, The Richest Man in Babylon, and one other title related to personal finance each year. Meetings include members sharing a meal and discussing how the concepts in the books are relevant to their lives. Students also compete for cash prizes.
COLLEGIATE ORGANIZATION OF ATHLETIC STUDENT TRAINERS (COAST)
The purpose of COAST is to provide an arena for athletic training students to discuss and learn the various aspects of the athletic training profession.
DELTA OMEGA CHI – PRE-MEDICAL SOCIETY
Delta Omega Chi sponsors medically related volunteer activities, guest speakers, tours of institutions with professional programs and mentoring with pre-medical upperclassmen and the faculty advisor. This organization is ideal for students interested in health care professions such as physicians, physician assistants and dentists.
Enactus is a global, nonprofit organization that helps students develop leadership, teamwork and communication skills as they learn, practice and teach principles of free enterprise to improve the standard of living for millions around the globe.
Fauna provides knowledge, experience and networking opportunities for students interested in zoology-related fields. It also informs and advises them on graduate and veterinary school options.
HEALTH AND PHYSICAL EDUCATION CLUB
The Health and Physical Education Club seeks to provide pre-professional human performance students with development opportunities that will enhance their skills, knowledge and professional growth. The organization is a local affiliate of the American Alliance of Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance.
INTERDISCIPLINARY NEUROSCIENCE SOCIETY (INS)
The Interdisciplinary Neuroscience Society seeks to promote, educate and conduct activities that aid the entire community in gaining a better understanding and appreciation for the field of neuroscience.
Members experience real-life investing by managing a portfolio of stocks from the BW endowment worth over $250,000. They make decisions based on their own research of equity securities. Members have attended a shareholders meeting, visited the New York Stock Exchange and competed with other colleges in academic competitions. A number of club alumni have received internships and employment at local and national firms specializing in finance and stock analysis.
The Math Club's purpose is to stimulate interest in mathematics, serve the community and foster a community among students interested in mathematics.
MBA ASSOCIATION (MBAA)
All MBA students are automatically members of the MBAA. The association provides a lifelong benefit that gives members the opportunity to network with MBA alumni and BW faculty through events and professional development opportunities.
NATIONAL STUDENT SPEECH-LANGUAGE AND HEARING ASSOCIATION (NSSLHA)
NSSLHA exists to encourage professional interest among university students in the study of human communication sciences and disorders, to provide continuity to the dissemination of professional information and to provide a vehicle for student representation in matters of professional concern.
PRE-PHYSICAL THERAPY & EXERCISE SCIENCE
The club provides students with educational opportunities to enhance their knowledge of related professions. Members develop skills, learn about the requirements for graduate and professional programs and more. Students interested in health promotion, exercise science, pre-physical therapy or athletic training can benefit from membership.
A dynamic organization offering educational, professional and social opportunities, the Psychology Club promotes and conducts activities that enable students to learn about psychology as a profession and a science. It sponsors meetings, lectures, films, outings and field experiences.
PUBLIC HEALTH CLUB
Veritas promotes awareness about public health issues, generates and shares service and internship opportunities, and creates professional fellowship and development opportunities. It also advocates for preventative education, research and funding for the public health field.
PUBLIC RELATIONS CLUB
The PR Club showcases local professionals and on- and off-campus campaign experiences. A strong relationship with the Greater Cleveland Chapter of the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) allows access to professionals in the field. PRSA also provides educational and networking opportunities, such as PRSA Day and Pro Bono Day. Other club activities include hosting public relations experts as guest speakers on campus, attending the bi-annual PRSA conference, assisting students with portfolio development and providing community contact and internship information.
Through a dynamic lecture series, workshops and mentoring, the Sales Club prepares students for the workforce. Students learn tactical, persuasive skills and are presented with opportunities to network with industry professionals. These experiences provide a competitive advantage as students enter the job market.
SOCIETY FOR HUMAN RESOURCE MANAGEMENT (SHRM)
SHRM, open to students of all majors and career interests, is designed for the career-minded student who seeks information on networking, interviewing skills, professionalism and a variety of career-related issues. For more information, visit our webpage.
SOCIOLOGY/CRIMINAL JUSTICE/FORENSIC SCIENCE CLUB
The club provides the opportunity for students to gain experience in or exposure to the criminal justice and/or sociology fields.
SPORT MANAGEMENT CLUB
A vibrant student-led organization, the Sport Management Club sponsors educational programs, guest speakers and social activities. The club also is active with community and campus outreach programs.
Teaching Together promotes the professional teacher education interests of traditional and non-traditional students on campus. It also helps members be informed about educational activities on and off campus and up-to-date with course and state requirements.
- Diversity/Cultural Organizations
Allies is the on-campus organization for straight, lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender students to come together in an accepting, open environment and discuss issues that are of importance to the gay and straight communities. Allies works to diminish stereotypes and misconceptions directly related to sexual orientation. The goal of Allies is the promotion of peace and acceptance in all human relations through outreach and education. Visit the Allies website for more information.
BLACK STUDENT ALLIANCE (BSA)
BSA is open to all students and geared toward enhancing knowledge of the African-American culture through educational programs while striving for unity on campus.
The Chinese Club brings together students who have an interest in Chinese customs and traditions through Chinese cultural activities.
The French Club offers a forum for students and others interested in French social, cultural and language activities, including cinema, video, music, cuisine, discussions and more.
The German Club's purpose is to provide an opportunity for students to explore and learn about the German language and culture outside the classroom.
HISPANIC AMERICAN STUDENT ASSOCIATION (HASA)
The purpose of HASA, which is open to all students, is to promote awareness and appreciation of the Hispanic culture through educational and social opportunities.
INTERNATIONAL FILM SERIES
The International Film Series hosts a yearly international film festival on campus. The organization works with the Foreign Languages and Literatures Department and the various cultural organizations on campus to show films representing a variety of cultures.
The mission of the Italian Club is to promote the culture and language of Italian and Italian-American students, to invite students of different backgrounds to celebrate the culture and to bring students and faculty together through a common interest.
MEN IN ACTION (MIA)
The mission of Men in Action is to educate young black men about the importance of social, financial, ethical and political values. The organization encourages members to step out of their comfort zone, volunteer in the community and create a positive environment for future generations.
MIDDLE EASTERN CULTURE CLUB (MECC)
MECC is an organization that brings together members of the BW community who have a background or an interest in Middle Eastern cultures. They sponsor social, cultural and educational activities on campus to promote awareness of the peoples and cultures of the Middle East.
PEOPLE OF COLOR UNITED (POCU)
POCU is an umbrella entity for student organizations that have more specific ethnic and cultural programming as their main focus, including the Black Cultural Center, Black Student Alliance, JacketLink, Hispanic American Student Association, Multicultural Affairs and the Voices of Praise Gospel Choir.
PROMOTING OUR WOMEN'S RESOURCES AND EXPERIENCES (POWRE)
The purpose of POWRE is to bring together students who have an interest in issues pertaining to women and creating positive experiences through advocating for social change. POWRE's goal is to bring awareness to BW and surrounding communities about issues that affect women including, but not limited to, eating disorders, breast cancer, body image issues, sexual assault and domestic violence.
Spanish Club seeks to portray the cultures of Spanish-speaking countries to the BW community and to promote the use of the Spanish language.
- Fatih-Based Organizations
Athletes in Action
The mission of Athletes in Action is to build an athletic movement of people who are transformed by Jesus Christ. The student-led organization seeks to introduce students to Christ, help them grow in faith, encourage them to passionately live life in a manner consistent with belief in the God of the Bible and inspire commitment to advancing the purposes of God in the world.
Cru is an interdenominational Christian organization designed for students who want to seek answers about Christianity or who want to grow in their relationship with Christ.
Hillel serves as a source of fellowship for Jewish students as well as a resource for non-Jewish students interested in learning more about Judaism. Hillel creates an inclusive space for Jewish students through which they can participate in Jewish life and be a part of Jewish community at Baldwin Wallace.
Muslim Student Association
The Muslim Student Association engages members of the BW community in exploring Islamic cultural heritage, history, values, diversity and contributions to the world. It also seeks to promote a deeper understanding of Islam and Muslims.
Newman Catholic Campus Ministry
Newman Catholic Campus Ministry is committed to helping students integrate faith and action into their daily lives through weekly Mass, individual and community spiritual development, formation of personal leadership, small group faith sharing experiences, retreats and education for justice and community service.
Voices of Praise Gospel Choir (VOP)
The purpose of VOP, a multicultural choir, is to promote, preserve and present gospel music as a sacred, authentic art form. Visit VOP on Facebook [www.facebook.com/TheVoicesofPraise].
- Fine Arts Organizations
American Choral Directors Association (ACDA)
The ACDA, which is open to members of the BW community, is a nonprofit music education organization that promotes excellence in choral music through performance, composition, publication, research and teaching.
American String Teachers' Association (ASTA)
The purpose of ASTA, open to any student interested in playing or teaching string instruments, is to promote string instruments in the University and community by sponsoring and participating in workshops and performances.
Ars Nova is a welcoming music theatre community that fosters the relationship between the professional theatrical community and BW pre-professional students through education provided by guest artists from the professional field.
Art Attack Club
The purpose of Art Attack Club is to attract and orient students to the area of studio and visual arts and to facilitate knowledge in the field, which will be advantageous to future goals relating to a career in the visual arts or further study.
Arts Management Association (AMA)
The AMA provides service to area arts organizations and the BW community. It also sponsors professional development opportunities for its members, including all the arts (art, dance, music and theatre) as well as those that focus on not-for-profit and for-profit sectors. The association has partnerships with various organizations in Cleveland, including The Cleveland Orchestra, and assists in the promotion and operation of University-sponsored arts events and festivals. Member activities have included networking trips to New York City, Chicago and Toronto; Arts Advocacy Day Conference in Washington, D.C.; grant writing workshops, including panelists from the National Endowment for the Arts, Ohio Arts Council, Cuyahoga Arts and Culture and Cleveland Foundation; and Instrument Discovery with The Cleveland Orchestra.
Bella Voce is devoted to the advancement of young classical singers through the implementation of professional development and workshops. The organization enriches BW by fostering a well-rounded community of vocalists.
Cleveland Student Music Therapists (CSMT)
The purpose of CSMT is to provide a forum in which students may share their ideas about music therapy and to promote unity among the students. CSMT is open to all music therapy majors within the Cleveland Music Therapy Consortium.
Conservatory Student Council
The organization serves as a liaison between the Conservatory student body and the Conservatory faculty and administration and also sponsors events that introduce music and musicians to the BW community.
The Baldwin Wallace University Marching Yellow Jackets is a spirited ensemble of musicians from all areas of the BW campus. The marching band provides quality, creative musical/marching performances while serving as a catalyst for school spirit. Find out more about the Marching Yellow Jackets.
Ohio Collegiate Music Education Association (OCMEA)
The OCMEA, Chapter 141, believes that every person is entitled to an education in music. Our mission is to prepare pre-service teachers to be holistic educators by arranging professional development, leadership and networking opportunities necessary to be successful.
Theatre Arts and Performance (TAP)
The purpose of TAP is to support student theatre artists and those interested in theatre on campus, to inform students of events and opportunities in theatre, to maintain an open forum for student ideas and projects and to raise awareness of theatrical events on- and off-campus.
United States Institute for Theatre Technology (USITT)
The BW student chapter of USITT is committed to strengthening the skills of technical theatre students while carrying out the mission of the national organization. USITT connects performing arts design and technology communities to ensure a vibrant dialogue among practitioners, educators and students.
- Greek Organizations
BW's fraternities and sororities promote growth and development of students by providing opportunities for leadership development, scholarship, friendship, service and fun. Learn more about BW's fraternities and sororities.
- Honor Societies
Alpha Kappa Delta – International Sociology Honor Society
Requirements: Students must have sociology as a declared major, an overall GPA of at least 3.3, a GPA in sociology of at least 3.3, at least junior status and completed at least five courses in sociology.
Alpha Lambda Delta – Freshman Scholastic Honor Society
Requirements: To be considered for membership, students must have earned a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.5 in their first year at BW with no in-completes or failures. Qualified students are inducted into membership during the fall semester of their sophomore year.
Alpha Sigma Lambda – Adult and Continuing Education Honor Society
Requirements: Members are selected from the highest 20 percent of eligible adult students who have a minimum GPA of 3.2, at least 24 graded semester hours at BW and are matriculated in their first undergraduate degree program.
Business Honor Society
Students are connected with alumni and business leaders through the Business Honor Society. The Society encourages and supports a deep network of personal and professional contact through ongoing communication and special invitations to campus events.
Chi Alpha Sigma – National College Athlete Honor Society
Requirements: Prospective inductees must be a current student-athlete in at least their fifth semester of college with junior standing, have lettered in their respective sport(s) and carry at least a 3.4 cumulative GPA.
Dayton C. Miller Honor Society – Local Academic Honor Society for Outstanding Academic Achievement
Requirements: Students must have earned a minimum of 70 semester hours with at least 32 semester hours earned at BW. From those meeting the semester hour requirement, the top 100 current student GPAs are eligible for membership.
Delta Phi Alpha – National German Honor Society
Requirements: Students must be at least of sophomore standing, enrolled in a German course beyond the intermediate level, have a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0 and have a 3.333 (B+) GPA or better in German courses.
French Recognition Society – French Honor Society
Requirements: Students must be of sophomore standing or higher, be enrolled at BW as a major in French, have at least a 3.0 GPA in French courses and have completed at least two courses beyond French 221.
Gamma Sigma Alpha – National Greek Academic Honor Society
Requirements: Students must be a member of a Greek-letter social organization, with junior or senior standing, and have at least a 3.5 cumulative GPA.
Iota Tau Alpha – Athletic Training Education
Requirements: Members must be students enrolled in Athletic Training Education at BW, have completed at least three semesters of academic work toward an athletic training degree, have completed at least three term courses in Athletic Training Education with a minimum 3.5 GPA, rank no lower than the highest 35 percent of their class in cumulative GPA and be in good standing according to their program retention criteria.
Kappa Delta Pi – International Education Honor Society
Requirements: Students must have full junior standing, a minimum of 66 semester hours of university credits, a minimum of 16 semester hours of graded work at BW, at least a 3.4 overall GPA, at least 12 semester hours of professional education courses completed and been accepted into a teacher education program.
Kappa Mu Epsilon – National Mathematics Honor Society
Requirements: Students must have completed three semesters of college and three courses in mathematics, including at least one in calculus. Students also must have a minimum GPA of 3.0 in mathematics and rank in the upper 35 percent of their class.
Mu Phi Epsilon – International Professional Music Fraternity
Requirements: Students must be a music major or minor and have at least a 3.0 GPA in music courses.
National Residence Hall Honorary – National Honor Society Recognizing Residence Hall Leadership
Requirements: Students must live on campus for at least one semester before nomination for membership, have at least a 2.5 cumulative GPA and be a current on-campus resident.
Nu Rho Psi – National Honor Society in Neuroscience
Requirements: Open to students who are at least in their third semester of college, have completed at least nine semester hours of neuroscience-related courses, have an undergraduate cumulative GPA of at least 3.2 and have a minimum GPA of 3.5 in neuroscience courses.
Omicron Delta Epsilon – International Honor Society in Economics
Requirements: Open to all students of junior standing with an overall GPA of 3.5 or better, 12 credit hours completed in economics courses and a minimum GPA of 3.0 in economics courses.
Order of Omega – National Greek Honor Society
Requirements: Qualifications for membership in this honorary are character, scholarship, service and leadership. Students also must be a member of a Greek-letter social organization, have attended BW for one full academic year, be of junior or senior standing, have a cumulative GPA that is above the all-Greek cumulative GPA and be in good standing with Greek Life.
Phi Alpha Theta – National History Honor Society
Requirements: Students must have completed at least 12 credit hours of history courses, have at least a 3.1 GPA in history courses and have at least a 3.0 GPA in all non-history courses.
Phi Epsilon Kappa – Physical Education, Health, Recreation, Dance, Human Performance, Exercise Science, Sports Medicine, Sport Management Honor Society
Requirements: Candidates must be full-time students in the School of Health, Physical Education and Sport Science, maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher and complete at least five hours of community service per semester.
Phi Sigma Tau – International Honor Society in Philosophy
The Phi Sigma Tau provides a forum where interested and competent students communicate and exchange ideas with faculty and students of similar interest at BW and throughout the world. Requirements: Undergraduate students are eligible for active membership if they have completed three semesters or five quarters of college coursework, rank in the upper 35 percent of their class and have completed at least two semester courses or three quarter courses in philosophy with an average grade of over the second highest grade of the working scale.
Pi Gamma Mu – International Social Science Honor Society
Requirements: Students must be a sociology, psychology, economics, criminal justice or political science major; have an overall GPA of at least 3.3; have completed at least five courses in social sciences with a GPA of 3.3 or better; and be of junior standing.
Pi Sigma Alpha – National Political Science Honor Society
Requirements: Students must be of at least sophomore standing, have completed at least four political science courses with an average of 3.3 or better, have an overall GPA of at least 3.3 and have completed at least one upper level political science course at the 300 or 400 level.
Psi Chi – International Honor Society for Psychology
Requirements: Psi Chi is open to psychology majors and minors with second semester sophomore status who have completed at least nine semester hours of psychology courses. Students also must have at least a 3.4 overall GPA and a GPA of at least 3.0 in psychology courses.
Sigma Delta Pi – National Honorary in Spanish
Requirements: Candidates must have completed three years of study of college-level Spanish (18 semester credit hours) or the equivalent thereof, including at least three semester hours of a course in Hispanic literature or Hispanic culture and civilization at the junior/third year level. A student may be admitted to active membership while still enrolled in the second junior-level course if all other requirements have been met and if the instructor of the course certifies that the student's work is of “B” or “A” quality. Students must also have a minimum GPA of 3.0 in all Spanish courses taken and rank in the upper 35 percent of their class having completed at least three semesters or five quarters of college work.
Sigma Iota Rho – Honor Society for International Studies
The Alpha Mu chapter of Sigma Iota Rho was established at BW in 1989. The Society promotes scholarship and service among students, faculty and others interested in international relations. Requirements: Students must be of sophomore standing or higher, have completed at least four courses from the international studies requirements with an average GPA of 3.2 or better, have completed at least one international studies course at the 300 or 400 level and have an overall GPA of 3.2 or better.
Sigma Tau Delta – International English Honor Society
Requirements: Students must have completed at least two collegiate courses in English language or literature beyond the usual requirements in freshman English, have a minimum of a B or equivalent average in English and in general scholarship, rank at least in the top 35 percent of their class and have completed at least three semesters of college coursework.
Upsilon Pi Epsilon – International Honor Society for Computing Sciences
Requirements: Students must have completed at least 64 semester hours of undergraduate credit, have a GPA of at least 3.5 in computer science or computer information system courses and rank in the upper third of all students in the computer science or computer information system program.
- Media Organizations
Baldwin Wallace Television Station (BW TV)
BW TV is a student-directed program airing on local cable TV that offers opportunities for video production and television broadcasting.
The Exponent is open to all students and works to keep BW up-to-date with campus, local, state, national and international news and happenings. This is accomplished through the printing of a bi-weekly newspaper and maintaining a website. Follow The Exponent on Twitter @bwexponent or visit http://bwexponent.com.
The Grindstone Yearbook compiles a variety of photographs and articles throughout the academic year to fully represent life at BW.
The Mill, BW's annual literary and art magazine, showcases the creative achievements of student writers and artists across campus and across disciplines. The Mill accepts submissions of poetry, short stories, novel and drama excerpts, creative nonfiction, artwork and photography. As a student-directed and student-operated publication, The Mill reflects the distinct voices and expressions of BW's talented students and the hard work and dedication of its student staff.
WBWC 88.3 FM
WBWC first signed on in 1958 and broadcasts at 4,000 watts to the Cleveland and Lorain County areas. It was the first student-run radio station in the U.S. and the first college radio station to perform a remote broadcast from the Rock n' Roll Hall of Fame and Museum. As a noncommercial, educational radio station, WBWC provides public service and daily specialty programming for student and community listeners of all ages, interests and musical tastes. Listen online at www.wbwc.com.
- Recreation Organizations
The Archery Club promotes the sport of archery, good safety practices, environmental and political awareness, educational and recreational opportunities and philanthropic projects.
The Dance Team is an opportunity for talented students to dance, to compete off campus and to perform at basketball games and other on- and off-campus events. Visit www.facebook.com/BWDanceTeam to learn more.
Baldwin Wallace Dodgeball Club (BWDC)
The BWDC allows students the opportunity to enjoy a competitive sport without the responsibilities associated with a varsity sport.
Baldwin Wallace Rugby Football Club – Women's Team and Men's Teams
The mission of the BW Women's and Men's Rugby Football clubs is to allow students to grow mentally by learning the game of rugby; to grow physically by playing the game of rugby; to become a part of the rugby family; and to learn and experience sisterhood/brotherhood, teamwork, competition and sportsmanship.
Baldwin Wallace Running Club
The Running Club seeks to attract and encourage runners of all abilities to join together and run. The club provides a fun way to exercise around campus and the surrounding areas.
The Baldwin Wallace University cheerleading program performs at all home football games, select away games and post-season playoffs, when applicable.
Hepcat Society of Swing
The purpose of the swing club is to provide its members with a chance to learn the basics of swing dancing and its culture. The club also provides experienced members with a means to practice and instruct their fellow peers in a socially conducive environment.
Intercollegiate Sporting Association (ISA)
The ISA is an organization for members to express their love for the outdoors. Areas of interest include hunting, fishing, camping, hiking and photography.
Martial Arts Club
The Martial Arts Club provides students with the opportunity to learn martial arts in an informal classroom setting. The club also provides an open-classroom setting to teach students self-defense in a safe and constructive atmosphere.
Men's Volleyball Club
The Men's Volleyball Club competes on a national level, playing more than 30 matches against some of the finest collegiate club teams in the country. The club also competes in the best tournaments in the nation. The goal each year is to earn a spot in the NIRSA National Tournament and continue to build a nationally competitive collegiate club.
Outdoor Adventure Club
The Outdoor Adventure Club seeks to promote recreation and healthy living through a variety of outdoor activities including an annual whitewater rafting trip.
The BW racquetball team is an Olympic sport and competes in Division I and Division II. The men's and women's racquetball teams have won 26 national championships and over 50 regional and state championships in 30 years. Seven former students play in the men's and women's professional International Racquetball Tour (IRT) and five former students have played for the United States Team. BW racquetball has won four Division I National Championships and is considered one of the best programs in the country.
The purpose of Ski Club is to promote exercise, ski fitness, fun and fellowship through skiing trips and activities.
Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC)
The SAAC is composed of student-athletes representing all campus sports assembled to provide insight on the student-athlete experience. The SAAC also offers input on the rules, regulations and policies that affect student-athletes' lives on NCAA member institution campuses. The purpose of SAAC is to represent the voice of student-athletes on BW's campus; to promote efficient communication with the athletic administration, coaches, staff, student-athletes and campus personnel; to provide and encourage involvement in educational, service, social and unity programs; to protect the welfare of student-athletes and to foster a positive student-athlete image while maintaining the tenants of the NCAA Division III philosophy.
Table Tennis Club
The mission of the Table Tennis Club is to promote competitive table tennis and to teach table tennis skills to students and faculty.
Urban Dance Association (UDA)
The purpose of UDA is to promote, educate and enhance urban hip-hop dance culture within the BW community and to encourage students to pursue their interest in hip-hop dance styles.
- Service/Education/Wellness Organizations
Circle K International
Circle K, the world's largest completely student-run collegiate service organization, follows the three tenants of service, leadership and fellowship and provides members with a number of weekly and non-weekly service opportunities and social events each month.
The Coffee Club seeks to nurture a sense of unity and belonging among its members of different backgrounds and various faiths by providing an open environment to freely enjoy and engage in conversation while appreciating and learning about coffee.
This student group is committed to the sponsorship and promotion of events that enhance governmental involvement on campus through participation in party programs and activities for the entire student body.
This student organization welcomes conservative views and encourages students to take an interest in the world of politics through conferences, guest speakers, trips, participation in campus politics and participation in community, state and national Republican campaigns and elections.
The purpose of the Dance Marathon is to bring together students, faculty, staff, alumni, parents and community members to raise money for the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation; raise awareness about pediatric AIDS; celebrate the talented members of our community; and enjoy 12 powerful hours on our feet for a worthy cause. The mission of the Dance Marathon, in conjunction with the Elizabeth Glaser AIDS Foundation, is to unite the community in a tradition of hope that one day children infected with AIDS will be cured. With courage, enthusiasm and passion, we will work together to raise awareness of our cause. Motivated by our inspiration, we will commit our time and efforts to a fun and spirited Dance Marathon, never forgetting our ultimate goal, the kids.
The mission of Farmer Jackets is to educate BW and the surrounding community on the importance of composting, sustainable initiatives and local food through cultivating a healthy community garden and promoting its presence on campus and in the Berea area.
The Film Society makes available films that are not shown locally and films by artists and filmmakers that interest the group. The organization educates students about all things film and promotes cultural diversity through events, films and speakers.
Greeks Advocating for the Mature Management of Alcohol (GAMMA)
The mission of GAMMA is to educate BW, specifically the fraternity and sorority community, on how to live and lead healthy lifestyles through informative programming, risk management standards and other means. GAMMA is responsible for planning events such as nonalcoholic socials, workshops on responsible behavior and special events that address critical issues on the BW campus.
Greek Leadership Institute (GLI)
The mission of GLI is to offer a comprehensive, values-based leadership program to the BW fraternity and sorority community based on the Undergraduate Interfraternity Institute. GLI is a two-day retreat during which fraternity and sorority members assess their individual value systems and what role those values play in their lives.
Habitat for Humanity
The BW Chapter of Habitat for Humanity is a team of students committed to building the future by empowering ourselves and others to eradicate poverty housing through education and active involvement in the Cleveland area and abroad.
Health Promotion Grant Board (HPGB)
The HPGB is a group of student directors and students who allocate money from alcohol and drug fines to the BW community toward healthy alternatives.
BW Informed Student Educators (BWise)
The mission of BWise is to educate the BW community on issues relating to sex, drugs, alcohol and other health-related issues. BWise is committed to helping the University community develop lifelong skills through the BACCHUS and GAMMA Peer Education training program.
Philosophy Club – Le Café Philosophique
Have you ever thought about what it really means to be “connected?” Or perhaps you've craved an opportunity to engage in creative dialogue about universal concerns like life and death, love and hate, peace and war, joy and sadness? BW's Café Philosophique, or Café-Philo for short, encourages students to gather and explore myriad topics in a respectful dialogue format where every individual is heard and can speak freely.
Problem Solving Club
The mission of the Problem Solving Club is to promote the importance of problem solving and critical thinking skills, encourage and assist BW and local high school students to develop these skills, and to hold events and competitions focused around the development of these skills and team building.
Right to Life
BW Right to Life is an organization committed to life and aims to use peaceful, prayerful means to aid America's unborn children in their struggle for life.
Rotaract provides an opportunity for young men and women to enhance the knowledge and skills that will assist them in personal development, to address the physical and social needs of their communities and to promote better relations between all people, worldwide, through a framework of friendship and service.
STAND: For Human Rights
STAND: For Human Rights works to increase consciousness about presently occurring human rights violations while taking nonpartisan action for a swift and sustainable solution to the crisis. The organization also aims to raise funds for humanitarian relief of refugees, internally displaced persons and other sufferers of human rights violations.
The mission of Strive is to teach students how to plan events focused on leadership and then allow them to create and host such events. Strive offers the Emerging Leaders Retreat for first and second year students. The retreat helps develop and enrich leadership skills so students can then become leaders on campus. Strive also offers the Distinguished Leaders Conference for junior and senior students. The conference assists students in moving from the mindset of an undergraduate student to that of a graduate through speakers, workshops and an etiquette luncheon.
Student ambassadors build and reinforce connections that foster relationships between BW alumni and the University by supporting the Advancement Office in pursuit of the University mission and by providing opportunities for personal, social, professional and philanthropic growth of its members. Student ambassadors assist with many major events on campus, including Homecoming, Community and Family Day and Alumni Celebration.
In addition, ambassadors provide assistance campus-wide for special occasions and events sponsored by academic departments. Ambassadors frequently share their BW experience with alumni and donors, helping to increase engagement with and financial support for the University. Student ambassadors also plan regular social, professional and service events of their own, which help members refine their skills and function more effectively as a group.
Students for Environmental Awareness (SEA)
SEA educates BW and the surrounding community about environmental matters, provides students with information on recycling, cares for the Native Ohio Plant Garden, works with other environmental organizations, volunteers at EarthFest and sponsors various events.
The mission of The Circle is to promote and enhance mental, physical and emotional health for individuals and the community at BW with an emphasis on Conservatory musicians.
To Write Love On Her Arms
TWLOHA-BW is affiliated with TWLOHA, Inc., a nonprofit movement dedicated to presenting hope and finding help for people struggling with depression, addiction, self-injury and suicide. Through organized meetings and events, TWLOHA serves as a voice of hope, inspiration and support for students and the surrounding community.
Veterans Engaged Through Service (VETS)
The mission of VETS is to enhance the quality of life for every individual who is a military veteran attending classes or employed at BW. VETS fosters camaraderie, esprit-de-corps and professionalism through mentoring, volunteering and events.
- Social Organizations
Anime Etc. Club
The purpose of Anime Etc. Club is to serve as a special interest group for anime, manga and Japanese entertainment on campus.
Campus Entertainment Productions (CEP)
CEP is the student programming board that plans and facilitates major events for the entire BW community including entertainers, live music, fun activities and hilarious comedy acts.
Commuter Activity Board (CAB)
CAB is a student programming organization for commuters. It provides commuter students with a voice in the Student Senate and sponsors various social activities for commuter students, such as bowling, cookouts, CABapalooza and much more.
Games and Media Entertainment (GAME)
GAME brings students together to enrich and diversify the experience of the BW gaming community.
Greek Council is composed of the members of the Interfraternity and Panhellenic councils. The purpose of Greek Council is to unify the Greek community and provide programs, including service projects, for social enjoyment and education.
Harry Potter Appreciation Club
The Harry Potter Appreciation Club provides a supportive environment where members can celebrate the series and fandom. In addition to meetings, the club also hosts events for the campus.
Inter-Residence Hall Council (IRHC)
IRHC, the voice of students who live in residence halls, is a student-run organization that strives to unify all on-campus communities by providing opportunities for fun, service, togetherness and the development of new ideas.
Midnight Madness (MNM)
MNM is a weekly, nonalcoholic social activity held on Thursday nights. There is a new theme each week with events, free food and prizes. MNM is a great place to hang out, relax and meet other students. Events range from dodgeball to movie nights, block parties, bingo, game shows, cornhole tournaments, putt putt, volleyball and more.
Night on the Town (NOTT)
The NOTT program plans off-campus events on the weekends for students to explore Cleveland and the surrounding region.