The Student Government Association recognized eight new student clubs/organizations at their General Assembly meetings last semester. Each club/organization met Student Life’s requirements for campus recognition.
Each club/organization has their own missions and goals:
Mission: Provide a fun, intellectually stimulating platform for debates about controversial and complex topics.
Goals: Collaborate with the Philosophy Club on events and form a debate team to represent RVCC against other schools in competitive debates.
Meetings: Every Thursday, 1:00-2:30 p.m. in H112.
The club has organized successful in-house debates, created scheduled topics (list of possible topics arranged by date and sorted by introductory to complex) and joined the American Parliamentary Debate Association.
Mission: Support and fund under-resourced local children who need school supplies and spread awareness about educational issues.
Goals: Host fundraisers to raise money for SAFE in Hunterdon. Co-president Cheyenne Romanowski plans to support Autism Speak’s Light it Up Blue initiative throughout April. The club's activities for that month will be blue themed, such as a blue themed bake sale and selling blue autism awareness ribbons.
Meetings: Every Thursday, 1:00-2:20 p.m. in S246.
The club has a handful of enrichment programs for students to work with children. Students do not have to be education majors to join the club. Co-president Monique Sempertegui, who is a social science major, said that many members are of different majors and some are simply interested in raising awareness about educational issues. The club is a branch off of and influenced by Teach2Matter.
International Cultural Association
Mission: Encourage students to learn about and appreciate different cultures through cultural activities.
Meetings: First and third Tuesday of every month, 1:00-2:30 p.m. in H122A.
Club president Heta Patel was inspired to start this club after attending meetings from other specific cultural clubs. At these meetings, Patel felt lost because the discussions focused only on the respective club’s culture, so she started a club in which people can come to share and expand their knowledge about diverse cultures.
The club has participated in RVCC’s Diversity Fair. They also held a bake sale on Nov. 25, in which all proceeds went to St. Jude Children's Hospital. The club plans to host a cultural fashion show with MSA by the end of the spring semester.
Muslim Student Association (MSA)
Mission: To serve the virtue of brotherhood and sisterhood—an association, society or community of one kind linked by a common interest, religion or trade. They do this by helping others in any way possible, spreading awareness of Islam and alleviating the stereotypes that the media portrays about Islam.
Goals: Educate the students of RVCC about Islam, raise awareness about the stereotypes the media displays about Islam, raise awareness and money for different charities and foster unity between one another to create a welcoming environment for all students at RVCC.
MSA plans to host a cultural fashion show with the International Cultural Association by the end of this semester. The club also plans to host an Islamic Conference by the end of this semester.
Meetings: Every Tuesday, 1:00-2:30 p.m. in S018.
MSA has had two bake sales where they sold traditional food from the “East,” such as baklava, samosa, pakora, basbousa and the drink roohafza. They raised over $600, half of which was donated to the Islamic Relief, a charity that provides development programs and humanitarian relief around the globe. They also won first place in the poster contest at RVCC’s Diversity Fair.
MSA welcomes both Muslim and non-Muslim students on campus. The members emphasize that their goals are the same as other students on campus: to study, get a degree and pursue a career.
Reflection Room Planning Board
Mission: Provide a space on campus for students to take free, weekly yoga classes and have a space for quiet reflection and guided meditations.
Goals: Invite students to join them in their venture towards peace for the “holistic health of our campus community,” according to club president Keaton Gray.
Meetings: Every Thursday, 1:00-2:20 p.m in the Reflection Room, located behind the Game Room.
When asked about what inspired the club, Gray said, “Personally, the inspiration came to me after I came home from living at an intentional community in Tennessee over the summer. While I was there, I was introduced to the practice of meditation and yoga.”
When she returned to RVCC, she had a strong desire to share her experience and support students by providing them with an opportunity to reflect in the middle of everyday, fast-paced societal demands. Student Kelly Christopher had similar goals, so they worked together to recruit members.
Students of the Women's Center
Mission: Work with RVCC’s Women's Center to develop programming and resources to educate the college community about the experiences of women and provide opportunities for women to empower themselves.
Goals: Host events with guest speakers, celebrate Black History Month by putting up posters around campus of important historical black women and take part in a discussion with Professor Brandyn Heppard called “Unknown Black Women Feminists.” In March, they plan to take part in another poster project for Women’s History Month. In April, they will hold discussions for Sexual Assault Awareness Month and work with the Student Life Activities Planning (SLAP) Board on Denim Day.
Meetings: Second and third Thursday of every, 1:00-2:20 p.m. month in BC104
The Students of the Women’s Center was started by a group of students who felt the empowerment of women is integral to the feminist movement. They attended the “26th Annual Candlelight Vigil for Victims of Domestic Abuse in Somerset County” at the Franklin Township Municipal Complex. They also decorated the purple wall in the College Center with information on domestic violence, which stayed up for the month of November. They have participated in discussions on campus including “What Guys Say, Part II” and “Feminist Spaces.”
Ultimate Frisbee Club
Mission: Interact with new people, have fun and improve at ultimate frisbee.
Goals: To participate in tournaments and “to create a legacy,” according to George Eversmann, the club’s advisor.
Meetings: Every Tuesday and Thursday, 1:00 to 2:20 pm. in the gym.
The idea for the club started at RVCC’s New Student BBQ when a handful of students were throwing around a Frisbee. This started with 3 people and grew to about 10. From there, they had an idea to make a Frisbee club so more students could connect and play Frisbee together.
United Caribbean Students Club
Mission: Establish a support system to help students of Caribbean and West Indian descent on campus complete their degree and graduate from RVCC.
Goals: Share their culture with the rest of the community through campus events.
Meetings: Every Thursday, 1:00-2:30 p.m. in H229.
The United Caribbean Students Club held a Valentine’s bake sale on Feb. 5, in which club members brought food from their county of descent. Money raised went to Relay for Life.
More information on clubs and organizations can be found here.
Featured image caption: The front desk for the Student Life Office, where students can ask questions about student clubs and organizations.
Contributing writer: Christian Rosario.