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Clubs and Organizations

The classroom experience is only one segment of the available education at Raritan Valley Community College. The cultural, recreational and governmental activities and functions at the College are equally important. By sharing in these activities, students have the opportunity to develop many personal and career skills.

Student Life at Raritan Valley Community College develops according to student interest. While the selection, planning and administration of these activities depend on the interest, time, organization, and effort of the students, assistance is provided by the Office of Student Life. Groups of students interested in forming a student organization should consult with the Student Life Office located on the second floor of the College Center, in Room C-205 or contact us at  studentlife@raritanval.edu  or 908-526-1200 x8873.  

Every student is encouraged to get involved and participate in a variety of activities including Student Government, leadership development seminars, fine arts and entertainment programming and membership in student organizations and clubs. Co-curricular clubs and organizations are a valuable opportunity for RVCC students to develop leadership skills, budgeting, communication, teambuilding, goal setting, and organizational skills. Student organizations covering a wide spectrum of interests exist to meet the needs of students.

Programming Board - The Programming Board is the primary event planning organization at RVCC. The programming board works closely with Student Life to plan a variety of events every semester ranging from concerts, to open mics, to comedians, to lectures. The programming board is comprised of students who are interested in bringing cluture, fun, and excitement to the out of classroom experience.  Get involved and make a difference, join the programming board!

Student Government Association - The Student Government Association (SGA) is the student governing body for all enrolled students. As an elected member, a student has the opportunity to apply leadership skills and to work on programs and activities that contribute to college life. SGA members play an important role in college-wide governance as members of college standing committees, including the College-wide Forum.

The student government is responsible for the allocation process of distributing student activity funds to student clubs. These clubs and organizations prepare budgets to fund a variety of student activities, such as concerts, films, publications, dances, seminars, trips and community service programs.


Student Ambassadors - Assist in facilitating various promotional activities with the College such as: Commencement, Campus Experience Day, Open House, ROARS, etc.

  

 Honor Societies

 Alpha Beta Gamma - An International Business Honor Society that recognizes and encourages scholarship among business, computer science and communication majors at two-year colleges. 

 Phi Theta Kappa – Phi Theta Kappa is a prestigious international honor society for community college students. Its membership is made up of RVCC students who have completed 12 credits with at least a 3.50 G.P.A., who are interested in community involvement, academic achievement and social activities. “The purpose of Phi Theta Kappa shall be to recognize and encourage scholarship among two-year college students. To achieve this purpose, Phi Theta Kappa shall provide opportunity for the development of leadership and service, for an intellectual climate for exchange of ideas and ideals, for lively fellowship for scholars, and for stimulation of interest in continuing academic excellence.”

Psi Beta – A psychology honorary that promotes the professional development of psychology students through promotion and recognition of excellence in scholarship, leadership, research, and community service.

 Sigma Kappa Delta – English Language honorary that confers distinction for high achievement in English language and literature in two-year institutions of higher education.

 

 Academic

American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) - The ASID is a professional organization for interior designers, students, and professionals involved in interior design and related fields. Through education, knowledge, sharing, advocacy, community building and outreach, our student chapter strives to advance the interior design profession.

Anthropology Club - Organizes and promotes discussions about the subject of anthropology and its subfields as they relate to culture and global understanding. 

Astronomy Club - Promotes an interest in the science and hobby of astronomy by providing a forum for like-minded people to interact and learn from each other and to share their expertise with those who would benefit from it.

* Bio-Chemistry Club - TBD

Criminal Justice Club - Plans activities related to the college’s Criminal Justice program, with opportunities to discuss issues pertinent to the field. Law enforcement agencies provide networking opportunities and career information.

Education Club (Student Education Association Lion’s Club) - The S.E.A. Lion’s Club exists to prepare well-informed future educators and to explore ways that club members can contribute to the educational community.

Engineering Club - Consists of students interested in pursuing engineering and other science-related fields, such as architecture, engineering technology, CAD, physics, computer science, and others.

Environmental Club - Seeks to positively affect the community and to create environmental awareness and eco-friendly living by making the campus more “green” through education and community projects.

Game Creation Club - Members of this group aspire to work in the game development industry or want to learn more about how their favorite games are made or simply want to make games. Group members undertake projects, prototype games, and complete these games in a variety of formats. There are many roles to fill in this group ranging from all across the disciplines, programmers, artists, game designers, producers, audio production (music composers, voice actors, audio guys ), writers, game testers and project managers. If you don't know what these are, come on in and find out. There's always room for one more.

Hip Hop Dance Club – The Hip Hop Dance Club promotes the diversity of the hip hop culture through music, dance, and step. The club provides students with a creative outlet in the form of hip-hop dance to promote school spirit and campus involvement.

Literary Club - Promotes an interest in literature and writing by participating in various campus activities and raising money to donate to charities that promote literacy among young people.

Math Club - Creates a community of students who are interested in mathematics with the goal of promoting math majors and preparing tutors for the tutoring service.

Paralegal Club - Fosters interest in legal assisting as a career and seeks to provide educational and skill-building opportunities for its members.

Philosophy Club - Provides a forum outside of the classroom for those interested in philosophical study and debate.

Record Online, The - Provides members of the College community with news pertaining to the College, giving readers the opportunity to publicly express opinion or inquiry, promoting greater social awareness.

Enactus - Explores modern business practices and provides networking opportunities for students with local business men and women, as well as offers guest speakers, conferences, career fairs, and field trips to Wall Street, NYSE, etc. 

Student Nurses Association (SNA) - Encourages interest in nursing as a career and seeks to provide educational and skill-building opportunities for its members. 

 

Cultural

Alliance, The - Provides all RVCC students with an inclusive, safe and supportive space for social activities, networking, and event planning. The Alliance is committed to encouraging diversity and awareness of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, questioning, and ally (LGBTQA) issues on campus.

Black Students Association (BSA) - The function of this organization is to coordinate creative and relevant programs to help educate the college community about the diversity of African culture. It serves to facilitate the conversation of the differences, goals, and ideas of all students interested in learning about the “Black Experience.”

Brothers Helping Brothers – The Brothers Helping Brothers Program works to develop success strategies that support African American and Hispanic males attending RVCC.  The goals are to increase minority retention and graduates attending RVCC. 

Filipino Pride Engagement Awareness & Cultural Empowerment (P.E.A.C.E.) Club - To promote awareness of the Filipino heritage through educational and cultural resources.

International Club - Encourages campus-wide appreciation for students of diverse cultural backgrounds, their contributions and history.

Orgullo Latino/Latin Pride Club - Encourages campus-wide appreciation of Hispanic Americans and their contributions and history. Provides outreach programs to local high school students to seek out post-secondary education.

Sister to Sister Network – The Sister-to-Sister Program is an initiative to offer support to RVCC’s female students from underrepresented groups, particularly African American and Hispanic. Students and female administrators engage in dialogue as a way of beginning conversations about many topics which affect the student’s ability to be successful. Sister-to-Sister links students to experienced women in a “safe space” to talk about life at RVCC, with an emphasis on instruction and course selection.  

  

Special Interest

 

BACCHUS: A Fresh Reality – Fresh Reality is our local chapter of BACCHUS (Boosting Alcohol Consciousness Concerning the Health of University Students). BACCHUS is a non-profit organization whose mission is to actively promote student and young adult-based campus and community-wide leadership on healthy and safe lifestyle decisions concerning alcohol abuse, tobacco use, illegal drug use, unhealthy sexual practices and other high-risk behaviors. 

Cru (formerly Campus Crusade for Christ) - To be a resource to interested students to answer questions and give counsel regarding principles of Christianity.

Raritan Valley Radio – Promotes and encourages the expression of individuality through a positive media outlet. Students provide music, news, sports, and local weather to the community.  Students also provide free entertainment services such as hosting and disc jockey services to support RVCC clubs and campus events.  

Glee Club - To bring people together in a stress free environment to enjoy singing what they love to sing.

Lifelong Educational Opportunity Students (L.E.O.S.) Club – The L.E.O.S. Club provides an opportunity for non-traditional students to share their experiences and concerns in a supportive atmosphere and increase institutional awareness of adult needs.

RVCC ONE - Part of a grassroots campaign and advocacy organization backed by more than 2 million people who are committed to the fight against extreme poverty and preventable disease, particularly in Africa.

Social Justice Club - Raises awareness of social and political issues such as discrimination and various world cultures to facilitate understanding, respect and tolerance to effect positive change within the campus and the greater community.  

United by Differences - Educates the general public about the issues facing people with limitations. Members with and/or without disabilities are invited to participate.


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