These clubs and organizations listed below are recognized by Student Government. Each club upholds the
core values and support the mission of the College. Clubs and organizations serve to enrich each student’s experience here at SJC through various events and programs.
For more information, please contact the Vice President of Clubs and Organizations, Steve Quinlan, at
Advisor: Marian Young
Through campus-wide events and national programs, Active Minds aims to remove the stigma that surrounds mental health issues, and create a comfortable environment for an open conversation about mental health issues on campuses and nationwide.
Advisor: Laurie Murphy
The Business Club broadens students' understanding, appreciation, and preparation for entry into the business arena. Club members enjoy taking part in activities such as hosting guest speakers and on-campus events and volunteering at local nonprofits.
Campus Activities Board
Advisor: Matt Gawel
The Campus Activities Board (CAB) represents the student body and their interests concerning on-campus activities. CAB runs multiple events throughout the school year, most notably the annual Spring Fling. CAB members also provide input on many other
forms of campus entertainment throughout the year – like comedians, live movie showings, as well as choosing what to add to our large movie collection that we hold in our library, the Blue Box. Any student to join the Board at any time. Contact Leah Pluto at
for more information.
Advisor: Jessica Lapitino
The Dance Team is a great club for students interested in making new friends, supporting your school, being a part of an exceptional dance team, and having fun. During our 2012-2013 season, the team had the wonderful opportunity to travel to Florida and perform in Walt Disney World. This season we are
looking forward to continuing to entertain fans at basketball games and competing in regional dance competitions.
Exercise and Sports Performance
Advisor: Tom Dann and Jenna Chase
The Exercise and Sports Performance Club promotes health and wellness on campus and throughout the community. By being advocates of healthful living, club members provide exercise and training information to College and community members, with the intent to generate excitement both for the exercise science major and leading a
healthy life among the local and greater community.
Gay-Straight Transgender Alliance+
Advisor: David Lischer
The GSTA+ is a student-led organization providing a safe, supportive environment for people who are gay, straight (ally), transgender, lesbian, bisexual, queer, questioning, or any other sexuality. The club will provide educational and social programming for all
members of the SJC community. We are all inclusive and aim to represent equality.
Habitat for Humanity
Advisor: Kathryn Cody
The College’s chapter of Habitat for Humanity is dedicated to working with Habitat for Humanity of Greater Portland to build affordable housing for low-income families in the southern Maine area. In addition to constructing houses, the club is committed
to combating homelessness and bringing homelessness awareness and housing insecurity to the students. The club achieves these goals by holding various programs throughout the year and by participating in home builds.
Advisor: Michelle Laughran
The History Club is open to any and all people who have a passion or enjoyment in history. This club welcomes, not only people that have academic interests in the subject, but also those who recreationally enjoy history.
Health and Wellness Club
Advisor: Karen Croteau
The Health and Wellness Club brings awareness to all aspects of health. We volunteer for the local Camp Sunshine at the Freeport Pumpkin Fest, and carry out fun activities for the entire school community. We work to encompass both mental and physical health into all of our programs. We welcome all new
comers and all majors. Participation in our club can help benefit your health too.
Advisor: Residence Life
Interhall Council is an organization made up of members who represent their residence halls. The council meets weekly to discuss ways to improve the residence halls. With the approval of the club advisor and the Campus Life staff, the club implements these ideas in order to make the halls a safer and
more pleasant place to live.
Outdoor Adventure Club
Advisor: Antony Girlando
The Outdoor Adventure Club focuses on outdoor activities, such as hiking, camping, and seasonal activities. We are open to the entire student body and are always open to new suggestions. We have activities for people of all skill levels, whether you’re an expert in the outdoors or a beginner.
Advisor: Mark Hibben
The Political Science Club seeks to enhance education and awareness of politics and current news to students. In the past, the College has sponsored trips to Washington, D.C. The club also invites speakers to campus, like Congressional candidates. Members do not need to be studying political science to
join. The club has no political party affiliation, and anyone of any political belief may join.
Pre-Professional Science Club
Pre-Professional Sciences Club provides a venue for science students to
collaborate on the various activities, challenges, and course of action
necessary in their professional pursuits. Members are given the opportunity to
help one another and provide the campus community with healthcare information,
community service projects, and fundraising for causes important to the club.
The club also helps its members plan and prepare for the admission process for
Advisor: Joshua Schoenfeld
The Psychology Club
opens its arms to anyone in any major who wishes to learn about psychology.
Along with creating fun and educational opportunities for members, the club
provides information about graduate school and the various career options open
to psychology majors. The club’s strong interest is in the welfare of all
people both on and off campus, to create opportunities for building strong
social connections and for lending a helping hand to the broader community.
Social Work Society
Advisor: Kelly Ward
Social Work Society (S.W.S.) is open to anyone in any major who wants to help
give back to the community on and off campus. The S.W.S. is a student led
organization designed to increase awareness of social issues within the campus
and the wider community. It provides opportunities to gain knowledge about the
social work major. It also offers volunteer opportunities with students and
Student Education Association of Maine
Advisor: Joan Flagg-Williams
The Student Education Association of Maine
(SEAM) is a group of elementary education, secondary education, special
education, and physical education students who are dedicated to helping
out the local communities and schools. Each year, members volunteer time
and service to different schools – most recently Jameson Elementary School, painting,
landscaping, and cleaning up for the beginning of the school year. The
club hosts events on campus for local children such as a trick-or-treat
night and Dr. Seuss Day. Members also organize the Senior Education
Pinning Ceremony for senior education students. The club meets once a month.
Student Nurses Association
Advisor: Ruth Smillie
The Student Nurses Association (SNA) is a group
for nursing students. We provide academic assistance to club
members through peer mentoring, create and participate
in community service events, and have a lot of fun! Each year we do
community service events such as the Breast Cancer Walk, carving/painting
pumpkins with nursing home residents, making bookmarks and tie
blankets to donate to the children's hospital, etc. We have meetings
once a month on Wednesday nights and our meetings and event dates and times are
emailed out in advance to club members and posted on our facebook page:
Saint Joseph's College SNA and on our instagram: sjcsna.
Sports Management Student Association
Advisor: Lisa Ahearn
Management Student Association (SMSA) is open to all majors, and provides
a number of opportunities for students who want to pursue a career in sports.
Throughout the year, we will host various events to help club members become
more involved both on campus and in the community. SMSA provides students a
great opportunity to network with peers and to continue to improve their
coaching and event planning skills.
Saint Joseph’s Democrats
Contact: currently inactive
Advisor: Kimberly Post
The Saint Joseph's Democrats inform staff, residents, and commuters about Democratic principles. Members participate in many events, including knocking on doors and phone banking for local Democratic candidates. The club is a member of the Lake Region Democrats and the Maine Democratic Party.
Contact: Elsye Caiazzo
Advisor: John Porter
sponsors campus events and activities, such as Harvest Fest and Finals Food
Frenzy. The club acts as a liaison between students, faculty, and staff. The
club is designed to listen to and voice student concerns. Membership is open to
This club's mission focuses on physical fitness and enjoying opportunities to get outside and play. The goal for this club includes hoping one day to become highly competitive. The club holds practice twice a week and is enthusiastic about competing. Ultimate Fresbee Club welcomes all levels of experience.
Young Monks (Americans) for Liberty
Advisor: Dr. Chris Callaway
Additional Clubs Recognized by Student Government (SG)
For more information about these clubs, please contact the VP of Clubs & Organizations in the SG office.
Ski & Snowboard
Fortitudo et Spes (newspaper)
For students interested in developing their writing, photography, broadcasting and publishing experiences, SGA sponsors the following organizations:
Spes (Student Newspaper)
Anyone interested in writing for the College newspaper, gaining experience in photojournalism, learning more about layout, or any other aspect of newspaper production is welcome to join the staff of Fortitudo et Spes.
The College's literary publication, e.g., offers students a chance to have a story or poem published, or to learn more about literary criticism and what it takes to put together a publication.
Though not funded through Student Government, students are encouraged to participate in photography, writing and layout of the College's yearbook, The Shield.