Clubs & Organizations

Learn beyond the classroom.

Clubs

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Come join us for a moment of your time. Our goal is to help isolated members of the community live more fulfilling lives and provide meaningful experiences to students to learn about other generations.

Advisor:
Ginger Lanier

President:
Laney Willard

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American Sign Language club meets twice a week and invites you to come learn a new language. Any and all are welcome! Whether you are fluent in Sign Language or have never used your hands to communicate!

When:
Mon & Wed 5:30 p.m.
Durham 102

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We are interested in art and architecture and like taking field trips. We have been the Frank Llyod Write’s Falling Waters in PA, the National Cathedral in DC, as well as the Guggenheim museum in NY. We often go to Lexington to sketch and try to meet regularly with current practicing Architects.

Advisor:
Barbara Crawford

President:
Ken Takogawa

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We play standard and alternative games (“Minister’s Chess”, “4-Man Chess”, etc.) of chess in a non-competitive environment. All are welcome those with little to no experience and those who consider themselves expert. We’ll teach you how to use the KNIGHT.

Advisor:
Alan Whitehead

President:
Ammon Milligan

When:
Wed 2:30 – 3:30 p.m.
Main Hall 301

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We practice extemporaneous and parliamentary debate styles to prepare for intercollegiate competitions, and discuss relevant issues to Southern Virginia University.

Advisor:
Cameron Crowther

President:
Uzoma Nwobi

When:
Tues. 3:30 – 5:00 p.m.
Thurs. 3:30 – 4:30 p.m.
Main Hall 227

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The Investment club is aimed to help students learn about investing and markets through instruction, as well as practical application. It’s a great place for students who are interested in markets and investing to come together to network and invest, or just have fun learning about how everything works. It doesn’t matter if you are totally new to the concepts, or a seasoned investor, everyone is welcome to come!

Advisor:
Mark Matheson

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Ready to get jiggy with it? Come to Irish Dance Club for free Irish Dance instruction, no prior dance experience necessary. We have something to offer for both beginning and advanced dancers alike. Students, faculty, staff, community members and their families are all invited to participate. We take all ages, from kid to adult!

Artistic Director:
Anna Witzel

Executive Director:
Garrett Oakley

Advisor:
Missy Floyd

When:
Sat. 11:00 a.m.- 12:00p.m.
Dance Studio

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This club is all about having fun, making friends & de-stressing! It’s important to study hard, but equally important is enjoying this experience we call life. We hope many will come & learn how rewarding it can be to actively participate in having a good time with good people, We also sing

Advisor:
Scott Dransfield

President:
Ericka Alvstad

When:
Mon 8:30 – 10:00 p.m.
Dance Studio

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The mixed martial arts club is a group of students who get together to practice and encourage their own various styles of martial arts. How they practice and what style is being practiced, depends on the students currently active in the club. For more information contact the adviser Hugh Bouchelle at hugh.bouchelle@svu.edu.

Advisor:
Hugh Bouchelle

President:
Zach Waite

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Through organized service projects, sponsored guest speakers, and exposure to the various cultures around Southern Virginia University, we the members of Multicultural club wish to unify students and staff members, promote heritage and culture and expand our perspectives of toleration. We encourage all people to join the knightH.O.O.D (Helping Other Overcome Differences)

When:
Wed. 9:00 p.m. – 11:59 p.m.
Dance Studio

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Come Join the Multiverse Club! If you can geek out about it, you can be sure we will talk about it. From shows like Sherlock and Doctor Who to the ways that food ties into mythology, we cover it all. We talk about anything we find fascinating, meaning it doesn’t even have to be nerdy.

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We practice various styles of yoga from Vinyasa flow and Ashtanga to restorative yoga. We welcome experts and novices alike. Mats and blocks are provided, so come as you are and join us to stretch your body, relax your mind, and balance your spirit. For more information, feel free to check out our Facebook page.

Advisor:
Hannah King

President:
Ewa Geisler

When:
Sat. 10:00 – 11:00 a.m.
Dance Studio

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If you’re looking for a chance to get outside and try something you’ve never done before like biking, hiking, rock climbing, camping, and more, then the Outdoor Club is the place for you to push yourself to the limit. We have a closet full of camping gear, climbing gear, and even some mountain bikes for all students to rent. Whether you’re a seasoned climber, a beginner hiker, or you just want to get moving, we have just the right things you need to get out there.

Advisor:
Hugh Bouchelle

President:
Hyrum Butler

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The goals of the Pre Health Professionals club are to provide it’s members with opportunities to serve and gain experience in the medical field, to prepare for the MCAT, or the DAT and to give them opportunities to make connections with healthcare professionals. Basically we help bridge the gap between undergrad and medical/dental school with the goal that all of our members get accepted to a program of their choice when they apply.

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We discuss and are introduced to various, interesting, and fun philosophical concepts that have appeared throughout history. Advisor: John Armstrong

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Scholarch:
Cynthia Stoddard

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Robotics club was founded to provide a method for those interested in robotics to study hardware components and to reinforce and expand students’ understanding of computer science. We make use of a variety of platforms and programming languages to enable learning, and are dedicated to creating a variety of hands on projects.

Advisor:
Alan Whitehurst

President:
Alan Porter

When:
Sat. 10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Computer Lab

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Have you ever wanted to do more than just jump and run around at dances? Well here is your chance to learn some cool moves especially for couples dancing. OR Come learn a variety of ballroom dances, from foxtrot to swing to salsa. For anyone from beginners to veterans. Come stag or with a date.

Advisor:
Missy Floyd

When:
Tues 8:00 – 10:00 p.m.
Dance Studio

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A group for runners, bikers and swimmers interested in any or all of these sports. We will try to go as a group to compete in events for anyone who is interested in going! Next year we hope to have an official NCAA women’s team and we will receive money for bikes and supplies!

Advisor:
Hugh Bouchelle

President:
Bobbe Graham

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Come and join all the fun with the Ultimate Frisbee Club. We all get together as a group of friends sometime during the week and play a couple of games of Ultimate.

The Underground is: a club for creators, writers, editors, and readers alike who want to share their stories and ideas, find help in areas of need (such as plot development, editing, and feedback), and create enjoyable content for all to enjoy.

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Come join Weight Lifting Club. Our goal is to better our fellow students by helping them sustain and achieve their fitness goals.

Advisor:
Dakota Winsor

President:
Corey Prince

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College Republicans aim to help further the Republican Party on both the national level in politics but also the local level on elections while upholding conservative values.

Advisor:
William Braddy

President:
Phil Soelberg

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We are the Young Democrats. In the past we have organized visits of Democratic candidates to campus, as well as volunteered on Democratic campaigns from local all the way to countrywide elections. If you find yourself to be left of center we would love to have you!

Advisor:
Scott Dransfield

President:
Ewa Geisler

Performing Groups

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Advisor: La Rae Carter

Bella Voce is the select women’s choir at Southern Virginia University. It performs music especially written and arranged for treble voices in many styles and languages from many cultures. The choir performs throughout the year at the university in concerts, and in University events, such as forums, devotionals, dinners or other requested venues. Bella Voce is featured each year at the Veterans’ Day Community dinner and the Community Christmas Parade.


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Advisor:
La Rae Carter

Concert Chorale is a large mixed voice choir that performs a wide range of pieces from the standard choral repertoire as well as new compositions and arrangements. The choir sings in up to eight languages, performing music from Renaissance to contemporary, becoming acquainted with many styles and cultures. The choir performs throughout the year at the university for various meetings and events. They have performed at regional festivals such as that held by Washington and Lee University, and are honored to be a select choir each year, along with the Liberty University Concert Choir and the Roanoke Symphony Chorus, in the Roanoke Symphony’s Masterworks Concert.


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A student-run organization dedicated to the art of dance. The company performs during half-time at sporting events, in the community and presents winter and spring recitals. Guest choreographers, as well as many company members, regularly choreograph the company’s dance numbers. Styles of dance include jazz, ballet, hip-hop, lyrical, modern, Irish and other ethnic styles. Company members learn how to better their technique, choreograph dances, perform in a variety of locations and work together as a team. By audition only.

Current Dance Captain:
Nikelle Mantle Necia.nikelle@gmail.com


Advisor:

Brennan Alford

Acting Presidents: Brennan Alford & Rachel Garbe
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Accolade is the premier co-ed a cappella group at Southern Virginia. Since 2006, Accolade has entertained and inspired listeners, spread the gospel, and expanded the Southern Virginia community. The group performs a cappella arrangements from a variety of genres including pop, rock, alternative, and contemporary Christian.

They have toured up and down the east coast giving concerts, firesides, workshops, and “Super Saturday” events (faith-based one-day conferences for youth). To schedule a performance or “Super Saturday,” please contact 540-261-8419 or brennan.alford@svu.edu. By audition only. Scholarships available.

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The Southern Virginia University Pep Band is Southern Virginia’s first ever Student Run Athletic Band organization. Playing everything from classic music like Dies Irae to modern hits like Seven Nation Army, this band is truly dedicated to raising enthusiasm at home football and basketball games.

For more information contact Heather Dobbins at heather.dobbins@svu.edu.

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Contact Mark Taylor at 540-261-4348 or via email: mark.taylor@svu.edu.

An ensemble with approximately 40 members who perform challenging full orchestral and string orchestra works from the Baroque period to the contemporary. Talented student soloists, both instrumental and vocal, are regularly featured with the orchestra. The orchestra performs a combined work with the Southern Virginia choirs once every two years. Orchestra members have the opportunity to participate in the annual musical theatre production held during Mayterm. There also are periodic opportunities for student conductors. No audition required.

Shenanigans is Southern Virginia University’s premiere improv troupe. Utilizing a mix of games that range from crazy quirks to making up love ballads on the spot, this group is devoted to making the audience laugh while having a great time doing it. For those familiar with “Whose Line is it, Anyway”, the TV show hosted by Drew Carey, they’ll know that while improv is not easy, it is easily some of the best comedy out there. Audience participation, intense scenes, and players tumbling all over the stage are just a few things you might find at a Shenanigans show. But who knows? Anything could happen.

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This course provides each student with the opportunity to perform in operatic scenes in cooperation with other singers. Its purpose is to familiarize students with some of the standard operatic repertoire. It may be used as ensemble credit in the music and performing arts majors and minors. Prerequisite: two semesters of MUS 149R or by consent of the instructor.

Contact Eric Hanson via email: eric.hanson@svu.edu.

Honor Societies

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Chi Epsilon Omega promotes intellectual business inquiry and recognizes outstanding achievements of students, faculty, and others. We seek to elevate the community through our members’ self-improvement and by inspiring high ethical standards. The purpose of Chi Epsilon Omega is to promote the pursuit of excellence and scholarship in students enrolled in business and management programs at liberal arts universities and colleges.

Advisor: Todd Brotherson

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The mission of Omicron Delta Kappa is to identify, honor and develop leaders in collegiate and community life. We encourage collaboration among students, faculty, staff and alumni as we strive to advance leadership through promoting our ideals and values of scholarship, service, integrity, character, and fellowship.

Advisor: April Harris

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We are a professional society whose mission is to promote the study of history through the encouragement of research, good teaching, publication and the exchange of learning and ideas among historians. We seek to bring students and teachers together for intellectual and social exchanges, which promote and assist historical research and publication by our members in a variety of ways.

Advisor: Francis MacDonnell

Sigma Delta Pi aims to honor those who attain excellence in the study of the Spanish language and in the study of the literature and culture of the Spanish-speaking peoples; to honor those who have made Hispanic contributions to modern culture better known in the English-speaking world; to encourage college and university students to acquire a greater interest in, and a deeper understanding of, Hispanic culture; and to foster friendly relations and mutual respect between the nations of Hispanic speech and those of English speech.

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To confer distinction for high achievement in undergraduate, graduate, and professional studies in English language, literature, and writing; to provide cultural stimulation on college campuses; and to serve society by fostering literacy.

Advisor: Randall Cluff

Publications

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The Paladin is the campus, student run, news service. We are always looking for students interested in writing, editing, photography, cartooning and graphic design. Experience is valued, but you can also learn as you go. For more information contact the advisor, Hugh Bouchelle at hugh.bouchelle@svu.edu

To organize a club and apply for official Southern Virginia club status:

  1. Print a copy of the Club Application and Constitution
  2. Submit all required information to Corey Garff, Vice President of Finance and Clubs