At Mercyhurst University, you can enhance your experience beyond the classroom through Recognized Student Clubs/Organizations (RSCOs). Clubs and organizations offer activities designed for fun and camaraderie and are great ways to meet other students who share common interests. Getting involved on campus is also a unique way to develop leadership skills and is an excellent resume builder for that first job after graduation. Follow the links below to find out more about the RSCOs available and get involved and have some fun.
Arts & Humanities
Service & Leadership
Active Minds at Mercyhurst
Mission – The purpose of Active Minds at Mercyhurst is to increase awareness about mental health, mental illness and resources available; to become a point of reference for information on Depression, Bipolar Disorder, etc.; and to become a liaison between Mercyhurst and the mental health community.
Phone: (814) 824-2239
Mission – The purpose of this AAF college chapter shall be 1) to provide and promote a better understanding of the functions of advertising and of its values; 2) to stimulate and encourage advertising professionalism through advertising education; 3) to apply the skills, creativity, and energy of advertising to help solve social problems; 4) to develop the individual abilities of its members; and 5) to promote fellowship and free exchange of ideas.
Phone: (814) 824-3313
Addictions Journal Club
Mission –To read and discuss empirical research in the field of addictions, design research projects to gain firsthand knowledge and experience in the field, and use this knowledge to spread awareness about problems related to drug abuse and addiction.
Dr. Matthew Weaver
Phone: (814) 824-2733
Alpha Phi Sigma (Criminal Justice Honor Society)
Mission – The purpose of Alpha Phi Sigma shall be to recognize and promote high scholarship among students actively engaged in collegiate preparation for professional services; to keep abreast of the advances in scientific research; to evaluate the ethical standards of the Criminal Justice professions and to establish in the public mind the benefit and necessity of education and professional training.
Maria L. Garase
Phone: (814) 824-3675
Mission – The Mercyhurst University Ambassador Club strives to promote the values and visions of the Sisters of Mercy by serving the Mercyhurst University community and its guests. The Ambassadors represent the University's tradition of excellence through service and welcoming all to share in the spirit of mercy.
Phone: (814) 824-2566
Mission – Amnesty International is an independent, worldwide movement working impartially for the release of all prisoners of conscience (men, women, and children imprisoned because of their beliefs, ethnic origins, sex, race, or language, provided that they have neither used or advocated violence), fair and prompt trials for political prisoners, and the abolition of torture and executions under all circumstances. It is independent of any political, ideological, or religious affiliations and is funded by donations from its members and supporters around the world.
Phone: (814) 824-2301
Mission – The purpose of this organization is to give the Mercyhurst University community an opportunity to explore the growing field of anthropology through educational activities such as guest speakers and educational field trips, all of which will be open to any interested student, faculty, or staff member of Mercyhurst University. This will provide members opportunities to be involved first hand, in the field of anthropology, as well as develop possible professional career goals. This organization will stress an interdisciplinary approach to anthropology through its many applications by encouraging students from all related majors to join and participate.
Mary Ann Owoc
Phone: (814) 824-3308
Art Therapy Club
Mission – The purpose of the Art Therapy Club shall be to come together, with fellow students from this department and anyone else interested, to learn more about this major through trips, exercises, and workshops. We want to expose the community of Mercyhurst University and Erie to the many benefits of Art Therapy and to also broaden our appreciation for our chosen future field. To do this, we would like to raise money to attend conferences and workshops in and around Erie.
Phone: (814) 824-2391
Asian Culture Club
Mission – The purpose of the Asian Culture Club shall be maintaining traditional Asian cultures, promoting a better understanding between non-Asian American and Asian students, encouraging Asian students to be a part of the school and the community. Activities and programs sponsored by the club will be expected to fulfill the Asian Culture Club’s stated objectives. The purpose of the club should also be related to the promotion of personal development and intellectual growth and should not conflict with the mission, core values and policies of Mercyhurst University.
Phone: (814) 824-2134
Beta Beta Beta (National Biological Honor Society & Department Club)*
Mission – Beta Beta Beta (TriBeta) is a society for students, particularly undergraduates, dedicated to improving the understanding and appreciation of biological study and extending boundaries of human knowledge through scientific research.
Phone: (814) 824-2346
Mission – The Business Club of the Walker School of Business, a student-managed organization, provides Mercyhurst University students with the opportunity to develop professional and personal skills for the world of work. Through such activities as Dress for Success, Résumé and Interviewing Skills Workshops, Graduate School Night, volunteer activities in the community, fundraising, and networking with local business professionals, students learn the academic, technical, professional and social skills needed for workplace success. Students also have the opportunity to serve as Executive Board Members, Committee Chairs, and Committee Members in the planning, leading, organizing, and controlling aspects of the Business Club.
-Getting Into Graduate School Night
-Dress for Success
-Résumé Building and Interviewing Skills Workshop
-Accounting and Finance Licensing Seminar
Lee Anna Belovarac
Phone: (814) 824-2175
Conflict Free Campus (The Enough Project)
Mission statement: To energize diverse communities including students, religious groups, and activists to ensure that their voices are heard on some of the most pressing foreign policy and moral challenges facing the world today.
Advisor: Colin Hurley (x2471)
Mission – The purpose of the Chemistry Club shall be to expand student’s involvement with the scientific community around them. We want students to have opportunities to associate with fellow students that share the same interests. We shall provide students with opportunities to do community service activities, attend seminars, and raise awareness of the importance of chemistry in the world around us. If the need for tutors and/or mentors arises, the Chemistry Club will contribute students to help others with the subject. The club will promote enthusiasm about the chemical sciences and encourage pride and spirit among the members.
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Phone: (814) 824-2389
Mission – The objects of this organization shall be to emphasis the advantages of the democratic way of life, to provide the opportunity for leadership training in service, to serve on the campus and in the community, to cooperate with the administrative officers of the educational institutions of which clubs are a part, to encourage participation in group activities, to promote good fellowship and high scholarship, to develop aggressive citizenship and the spirit of service for improvement of all human relationships, to afford useful training in the social graces and personality development, and to encourage and promote the following ideals: to give primacy to the human and spiritual rather than to the material values of life, to encourage the daily living of the Golden Rule in all human relationships, to promote the adoption and the application of high social, business, and professional standards, to develop by precept and example, a more intelligent, aggressive, and serviceable citizenship, to provide through Circle K a practical means to form enduring friendships, to render altruistic service, and to build better communities, and to cooperate in creating and maintaining that sound public opinion and high idealism, which makes possible the increase of righteousness, justice, patriotism, and goodwill.
Phone: (814) 824-2471
Mission – The College Democrats pledges itself to support the philosophy and candidates of the Democratic Party. Furthermore, the College Democrats declares its intention to support all efforts to increase the participation of college students in Democratic affairs. To theses ends, the College Democrats shall educate and train its members so that they may be better able to, be aware of the philosophy of the Democratic party, assist in local, state and national elections and affect political change on the local, state and national levels.
Phone: (814) 824-2026
Colleges Against Cancer (formally Relay for Life Team of Mercyhurst University)
Mission – This purpose of Colleges Against Cancer will act in accordance with the philosophy of Relay for Life: “The American Cancer Society Relay for Life represents the hope that those lost to cancer will never be forgotten, that those who face cancer will be sported, and that one day cancer will be eliminated.” This team will aim to support those objectives. The team will complete fundraising activities throughout the year, prepare for and attend a Relay event in the spring, and work to educate the community about cancer.
Phone: (814) 824-3360
Mission – Communication Board is a general interests club for all involved in the Communication Department to provide valuable opportunities.
Phone: (814) 824-2462
Council for Exceptional Children (CEC)
Mission – The purpose of this organization shall be to promote the welfare and education of exceptional children and youth.
Phone: (814) 824-3370
Criminal Justice Club
Mission – The purposes of the Criminal Justice Club shall be to recognize and promote learning within field experiences; to assist students in preparing for a career in the criminal justice field; and to recognize and appreciate the necessity of education along with practical experience and training in becoming professional criminal justice practitioners.
Maria L. Garase
Phone: (814) 824-3675
Phone: (814) 824-3109
Mission – The Mercyhurst University Equestrian Club provides the means for Mercyhurst students and faculty of all levels of proficiency to take riding lessons, compete in intercollegiate competition, and to pursue horse related activities and interests. The club promotes positive relationships between the college community and local equestrian centers and advocates proper and humane treatment of equines. The Mercyhurst Equestrian Team is a participating member of the Intercollegiate Horse Show Association (IHSA) and competes as a team in Zone 3 Region 3 of the IHSA. Club activities throughout the year include riding lessons, team support, trail rides, sleigh rides, field trips to local and regional equine activities and venues, volunteer opportunities with a therapeutic riding center, fundraising, and movie nights. Team activities include horse show competition (approximately 5-8 shows per year), lessons, and clinics.
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Mary Ann Owoc, Ph.D.
Phone: (814) 824-3308
Fashion Merchandising Club
Mission – The purpose of the Fashion Merchandising Club is to encourage career exploration and become acquainted with professionals in the fashion merchandising arena, to explore applications of classroom activities, to encourage professional involvement in College and career oriented organizations, to achieve familiarity with peers, faculty, and professionals, to enlarge the student’s understanding of the scope of fashion merchandising, to represent the students collectively in extracurricular matters relative to faculty, the profession, and other campus organizations, to acquaint the community with the Fashion Merchandising program at Mercyhurst University.
Phone: (814) 824-3387
Figure Skating Club
Mission – The purpose of the Mercyhurst Figure Skating Club is to engage students in figure skating at Mercyhurst University. This is to offer another type of skating for students to interact with other students who are interested in figure skating while exercising and having fun.
Phone: (814) 824-2360
Habitat for Humanity
Mission – The basic goal of the Mercyhurst University campus chapter of Habitat for Humanity, hereafter referred to as Habitat, is to work in partnership with people in need, belonging to any religion, race, gender, national origin, and sexual orientation, to improve the conditions in which they live. To meet this goal Habitat seeks to work with the local affiliate, other campus chapters, the International headquarters, and on various sponsored projects, work in cooperation with people in need to create a better human habitat in which to live, and work and provide social services to the community.
Phone: (814) 824-2549
Mission – The purpose of the Mercyhurst University History Club is to create opportunities where students and professors can nurture and enrich their passion for history and come together outside of the classroom setting. The club will strive to make the campus aware of the importance and relevance of history. These goals will be achieved through trips, educational speakers, films, fundraisers, and other special events. The club will strive to cultivate a democratic atmosphere of spirited, open debate in its meetings, and always advance our central goal of a better understanding of the past.
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Phone: (814) 824-2447
Interior Design Club
Mission – The purpose of the Interior Design Club shall be to provide for interior design students (and any student considering majoring in Interior Design) a way to gather together to develop personal and professional relationships that serve to benefit its members during the time of their education at Mercyhurst University as well as in their professional and/or educational endeavors after the completion of their undergraduate degree. Meetings and activities hosted by the Interior Design Club shall be done so with the intention of making its members more knowledgeable and marketable in their educational and professional careers. Finally, it shall be a priority of the Interior Design Club to represent its members with the utmost professionalism within the Mercyhurst University community and to all other outside organizations that the Club and its members may be associated. The Interior Design Club and all associated activities of this organization shall not conflict with the mission, goals, and policies of Mercyhurst University.
Phone: (814) 824-2156
International Association of Law Enforcement Intelligence Analysts
Mission – The purpose of IALEIA is to advance high standards of professionalism in law enforcement intelligence analysis at the local, state/provincial, national and international levels. Its aim is to enhance general understanding of the role of intelligence analysis, encourage the recognition of intelligence analysis as a professional endeavor, develop International qualification and competence standards, reinforce professional concepts, devise training standards and curricula, furnish advisory and related services on intelligence analysis matters, conduct analytic-related research studies and provide the ability to disseminate information regarding analytical techniques and methods.
Phone: (814) 824-3044
Iota Tau Alpha (Athletic Training Educational Honors Society)
Mission – The purpose of Iota Tau Alpha shall be to function as an honor and professional society for students of Athletic Training Education. Iota Tau Alpha activities shall be designed to stimulate interest, scholarly attainment, professional promotion and investigation in Athletic Training Education, and to promote dissemination of information and new interpretations of the Society’s activities among students of Athletic Training Education.
Phone: (814) 824-2403
Kappa Delta Pi (International Honor Society in Education)
Mission – Kappa Delta Pi aims to help our members reach academic excellence and dedication to the teaching profession. Members can join the world’s largest association of outstanding education professionals. Kappa Delta Pi is the only organization that represents all educators—regardless of subject area specialty, degree obtained, grade-level focus, or years of teaching experience. Though diverse, all KDP members share a common purpose: We are a dynamic community of exceptional educators committed to promoting excellence in the education profession by recognizing and advancing scholarship, leadership, and service.
Phone: (814) 824-2019
Sigma Alpha Pi (Leadership Certification Program)*
Mission – The Leadership Certification Program is a non-credit multilevel program designed to recognize and develop the leadership potential of students at Mercyhurst University. The LCP engages participants and allows them to discover their own leadership interests and styles while developing specific leadership skills.
Phone: (814) 824-2089
Liturgical Dance Ensemble
Mission – The purpose of the Liturgical Dance Ensemble is to give students an opportunity to utilize dance to explore and share their religious beliefs. Additionally, the ensemble provides exploration to flourish. This organization is based on volunteerism in which members receive service hours for their participation.
C. Noelle Partusch
Phone: (814) 824-3352
Merciad (Student Newspaper)
Mission – The mission of The Merciad as the official student newspaper of Mercyhurst University since 1929, is to be a reliable source of information for the entire college community. It is to represent, and more importantly, encourage the free expression of ideas essential to an informed academic community. The Merciad is dedicated to gathering college news and distributing a wide array of college information and ideas that are diverse in content, varied in format and rich in viewpoint. It has as its objective to inform, enlighten and promote literacy, while reflecting the multicultural character of the student body. Essential to this mission is an active student advocacy. The Merciad staff, like the college in general, strives to promote the qualities of excellence and creativity in its service to others. The student publication upholds truth, human dignity and the values of its parent institution, Catholic in nature and Mercy in tradition, as its guiding principles.
Phone: (814) 824-3362
Mercyhurst Anime Club
Mission – To expose members to the Japanese language and culture as expressed through Japanese medium, particularly the animated arts. The organization will look at the historical background of Japan and examine it in relation to pertinent period anime. Similarly, it will examine some cultural norms as expressed through the media, focusing most strongly on current popular social trends. Our organization seeks to give its members a chance to watch foreign visual media it would not otherwise normally be exposed to.
Dr. Matthew Weaver
Phone: (814) 824-2733
Mercyhurst Book Club
Mission – This purpose of the Mercyhurst Book Club will be to expose students to literature from all genres and encourage their ability to analyze literary concepts.
Phone: (814) 824-3347
Mercyhurst University Chapter of the National Broadcasting Society (Alpha Epsilon Rho)*
Mission – The National Broadcasting Society has been formed to bring together Mercyhurst students with an interest in telecommunication activities and provide a link to the real world.
Phone: (814) 824-2425
Mercyhurst University Forensic Science Club
Mission – The purpose of the Forensic Science Club is to give the Mercyhurst community an opportunity to explore the growing field of forensic science through educational activities such as guest speakers, round table discussions, and educational field trips, all of which will be open to any interested student, faculty, and staff member of Mercyhurst University. This will provide members opportunities to be involved firsthand, in the field of forensic science, as well as develop possible professional career goals. This organization will stress an interdisciplinary approach to forensic science by encouraging students from all related majors to join and participate.
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Phone: (814) 824-3369
Mercyhurst University Snowboard Crew
Mission – The purpose of the Mercyhurst University Snowboard Crew is to bring together snowboarders on campus in hopes of meeting new people, entering competitions, getting sponsors, and having an excellent winter.
Phone: (814) 824-2915
Mercyhurst Competitive Intelligence Club (Formally SCIP)
Mission – The Mercyhurst Competitive Intelligence Club is a non-profit membership organization dedicated to creating and managing business knowledge. Our mission is to enhance the skills and knowledge of students and professionals so that they may help their companies achieve and maintain a competitive advantage. Mercyhurst Competitive Intelligence Club provides education and networking opportunities for students and business professionals working in the rapidly growing field of competitive intelligence.
Phone: (814) 824-3362
Mercyhurst Dance Club
Mission – The functions of the Mercyhurst University Dance Club shall be to promote and encourage involvement within the community in order to gain recognition outside the college, hold fundraising activities to make additional performance opportunities and benefits possible, provide a close bond and unified spirit among dance department members, gain recognition from and unity with the other departments and attempt to work with other college organizations in order to raise funds for this organization and other charitable organizations, promote and encourage student participation in interdisciplinary activities and also to inform members of any dance-related opportunities.
Phone: (814) 824-2176
Mercyhurst Empowerment of Women (MEOW)
Mission – The purpose of Mercyhurst Empowerment of Women (M.E.O.W.) shall be to strive for gender equality for both males and females socially, economically, and politically. In keeping with the Mercy tradition, this organization aims to uphold our core values of being globally responsible and socially merciful. While striving to incorporate the college’s values, M.E.O.W. honors the vision of the Sisters of Mercy by promoting positive images of both genders and aims to raise awareness on campus about current gender issues on a local, national, and global scale.
Phone: (814) 824-2342
Mercyhurst Fencing Club
Mission – The purpose of the Mercyhurst Fencing Club shall be to provide recreational and cultural activity through regular meetings consisting of learning the technique and art of fencing, while providing a supplemental history of fencing
Phone: (814) 824-3091
Mercyhurst Geology Club
Mission – The purpose of the Mercyhurst Geology club will be to encourage active participation and learning of geology to any interested members of the Mercyhurst and Erie Community.
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Phone: (814) 824-2076
Mercyhurst Golf Club
Mission – To provide students with an opportunity to play golf recreationally, compete in tournaments, improve skill levels, and participate in community service and fundraising.
Phone: (814) 824-3605
Mercyhurst Honors Council
Mission – The mission of the Honors Council shall be to support the mission of the college and that of the Mercyhurst University Honors Program, to represent the interests of all Mercyhurst University Honors Scholars.
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Phone: (814) 824-3310
Mercyhurst International Student Association (MISO)
Mission – The general purpose of this organization is to provide a cultural exchange to the Mercyhurst community. It is understood that the organization must be well integrated in the student body, and that it develops educational, social, and cultural activities.
Phone: (814) 824-2478
Mercyhurst Martial Arts Strength, Conditioning and Fitness Club
Mission – The purpose of Mercyhurst Martial Arts, Strength, Conditioning and Fitness Club shall be to incorporate the mind, body and soul together as one. Staying fit helps students to remain focused during classes, have more energy, and motivation, Martial Arts/Strength and Conditioning help to develop critical skills students need for future, such as self-awareness, time management, collaborating with others, and deeper level thinking/problem solving skills. The purpose of this RSCO is to promote proper strength and conditioning techniques, along with functional movements, in a fun, safe way.
Phone: (814) 824-2415
Mission – Mercyhurst Mentors is an organization of peers created to educate the student body on a number of topics that are pressing issues to the average college student. We offer support, realistic statistics and engaging activities relating mainly to alcohol awareness.
Phone: (814) 824-3996
Mercyhurst Pre-Law Society
Mission – This purpose of Mercyhurst Pre-Law Society shall be to create a community of students who share the goal of attending law school. This community will be advised by several members of the Mercyhurst Community with experience in the law school admissions process. The goal of the group is to help students determine if law school is the best option for them. The Pre-Law Society shall also work to assist students in getting into the best law schools possible by maximizing LSAT scores, GPA, and supporting extracurricular activities. These goals will be achieved through one-on-one and group advising regarding proper LSAT preparation, GPA requirements, and relevant outside activities that will assist in the admissions process, as well as assistance and guidance throughout the admissions process.
Phone: (814) 824-3363
Mercyhurst Student Government (MSG)
Mission – The Mercyhurst Student Government is committed to preserve, protect, and defend the mission of Mercyhurst University and equally the Constitution of the Mercyhurst Student Government; specifically in promoting the values of truth, individual integrity, human dignity, mercy, and justice, through the focus and representation of the undergraduate student body in academic, financial, social, cultural, and political affairs of the Mercyhurst Community.
Phone: (814) 824-2089
Mercyhurst Ultimate Frisbee
Mission – The purpose of Mercyhurst Ultimate Frisbee shall be to gather students of a common interest together in order to promote sportsmanship, leadership, teamwork, and friendship. As well as teach those who wish to learn the art of Ultimate Frisbee.
Phone: (814) 824-2391
Mercyhurst Veterans Association
Mission – The purpose of the Mercyhurst Veterans Association (MVA) will be to serve as a means to connect Mercyhurst Veterans to other Mercyhurst Veterans as well as help Mercyhurst Veterans transition from military life to civilian life. The MVA will also serve to help Mercyhurst interact with its Veterans. In addition, the MVA will give back to the community and community veterans and foster the image of Veterans as model Americans.
Phone: (814) 824-2015
Mercyhurst Yoga Club
Mission – The purpose of the Mercyhurst Yoga Club is to encourage a consistent "whole person" approach to the wellness of the individual on campus and the global community. We will investigate ways to practice compassion and justice in creative yet simplistic ways, on and off the yoga mat. We will do this by attendance at weekly yoga classes and other events that extend the example of commitment, discipline, and social consciousness.
Phone: (814) 824-2435
Multicultural Programming Board
Mission – This organization serves to foster the cultural development of all Mercyhurst University students. The Multicultural Programming Board will educate students by providing on campus initiatives that promote dialogue, understanding and awareness of diverse populations. The organization will address issues of gender, ethnicity, sexual preferences, cultural differences and socio-economies class by way of discussion, debate, speakers and programs. Additionally the MPB will reach out to the community surrounding Mercyhurst University. This community outreach will encompass nearby colleges, universities, high schools, middle schools, elementary schools and refugee centers. This will both diversify and enhance cultural awareness initiatives.
Phone: (814) 824-2369
National Association for Music Education (NAFME)
Mission – Our desire is to become members of the NAfME Collegiate Chapter of Mercyhurst University. We as members have the opportunity to enjoy NAfME Collegiate membership, to share its responsibilities, and to increase interest, knowledge, and productivity in all areas of music education.
R. Scott Tomlinson
Phone: (814) 824-2575
NAEA Art Education Student Chapter
Mission – The purpose of the NAEA Art Education Student Chapter shall be for students to gain insight into their future profession through experience with service projects, community outreach, guest speakers, as well as art education conferences at the local and national levels.
Phone: (814) 824-2384
Mercyhurst University Athlete Honor Society – Chi Alpha Sigma
Mission – This purpose of the Mercyhurst University Athletic Honor Society is to be an organization of college athletes with high academic achievement, exemplary character, and positive attitude who have earned a letter(s) in their respective sport(s). The motto of this society shall be “Excellence in Athletics and Academics.” The watchwords of this society shall be the 4 A’s: Athletics, Academics, Achievements, Attitude.
Phone: (814) 824-3613
National Security Club
Mission – The National Security Club (NSC) will be an umbrella organization that will bring together several national security related organizations /associations on the Mercyhurst campus. The NSC will promote the development of its members through organized events and functions that will educate and inform about national security issues.
Phone: (814) 824-2023
Nu Delta Alpha Honor Society (Dance Education Honor Society)
Mission – Nu Delta Alpha is the premiere honor society recognizing university dance scholars/artists and professionals for their academic and artistic achievements. It is sponsored by The National Dance Association, an affiliate of the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (AAHPERD).
Phone: (814) 824-3866
Outdoor Adventure Club
Mission – The purpose of the Outdoor Adventure Club is to expose students to new experiences in the outdoors through physical activities by offering alternative sport options such as rock climbing, kayaking, mountain biking, and sky diving. We also practice environmental appreciation through such activities as "leave no trace".
Phone: (814) 824-3611
Pathfinders Club (Formally ROTC)
Mission – The mission of the Pathfinders Club is to project a positive image of the Army ROTC program that is offered at Mercyhurst University through Gannon University. The club’s goal is to support the college values and the Army’s values. It is important to always properly represent the Army, the ROTC program, and Mercyhurst University at all times, both on and off campus.
Phone: (814) 824-3229
Phi Eta Sigma (National Freshmen Honor Society)
Mission – To promote a higher standard of learning and to encourage high scholastic attainment among freshmen in our institutions of higher learning.
Phone: (814) 824-2449
Pi Sigma Alpha
Pi Sigma Alpha is a member of the Association of College Honor Societies and has nearly 700 chapters at colleges and universities across the nation. The honor society seeks to promote excellence in the study of political science through a wide range of programs including chapter activity grants, scholarships for graduate study, Washington internship scholarships, and awards for best chapters and senior theses. In recent years, the Mercyhurst University chapter of Pi Sigma Alpha has been awarded activity grants, and one of its students was awarded a $5,000 scholarship for graduate study.
In addition to the many professional benefits provided to members of Pi Sigma Alpha, the Mercyhurst chapter helps its members organize a number of campus events. For example, in presidential election years Pi Sigma Alpha students organize a "presidential debate," where students represent different candidates in a formal debate. Pi Sigma Alpha organizes the department's annual holiday party, the end of the year celebration and the Ad Hoc dinners. Although not all students meet the requirements for membership in the honor society, every political science student benefits from its activities. With the exception of the Induction Ceremony, all political science majors and minors are invited to attend the society's events.
Mercyhurst Photography Club
Mission – The purpose of the Photography club shall be the promotion of photography through exhibits, films and publications featuring the work of students.
Phone: (814) 824-2529
P.U.C.K. (Pick Up Hockey Club)
Mission – The purpose of P.U.C.K shall be to create an environment that allows students interested in playing semi-competitive ice hockey with their friends a chance to thrive. Our prime objective is to promote exercise and social growth through small non-contact games of ice hockey. We aim to create a social environment that is inviting as well as engaging to all those who participate.
Phone: (814) 824-2123
Physical Fitness Club
Mission – To provide students an organized set of physical activities to maintain physical fitness, promote community, and relieve stress.
Phone: (814) 824-3089
Mission – The purpose of the Pre-Health Society shall be to prepare pre-health students for the furthering of their education in the medical field after graduation from Mercyhurst University. In addition, the Pre-Health Society will provide guidance and support in the decision making process for future medical students. Activities and programs sponsored by the organization will be expected to fulfill the organizations' stated objectives.
Phone: (814) 824-3619
Mission – Project Abolition shall be a gathering of modern-day abolitionists who strive to do their part to end slavery in the 21st century. The group will work to raise awareness of modern-day slavery, specifically the human trafficking trade, and to raise funds to combat slavery.
Phone: (814) 824-3607
Mission – The purpose of the Prometheus Club will be to increase awareness and interest in prehistoric technology and ways of life outside of the classroom, as well as building on previous knowledge of prehistoric cultures.
Phone: (814) 824-2982
Psi Chi (Psychology Honor Society)
Mission – Psi Chi is a national honor society whose purpose shall be to encourage, stimulate, and maintain excellence in scholarship of the individual members in all fields, particularly in psychology, and to advance the science of psychology.
Phone: (814) 824-2380
Mission – The purpose of Psychology Club is to promote high standards among psychology students, to encourage professional growth and development, and to provide opportunities for members to associate with persons engaged in psychology and its related fields.
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Phone: (814) 824-2380
Public Health Club
Mission – The purpose of the Public Health Club is to engage the community and students in public health activities in and around Erie in order to gain more knowledge. The objective is that through community service and partnership with the community, students can help to improve the quality of life for others, helping to reflect on themselves as community members.
Phone: (814) 824-2460
Public Relations Student Society of America
Mission – This purpose of the Public Relations Student Society of America is to encourage the understanding of current theories and procedures in the practice of public relations; provide students with the opportunity to become acquainted not only with their peers, but with professional practitioners as well; encourages students to adhere to the highest ideal and principles of the practice of public relations and instill in them a professional attitude; and provide each member with knowledge of the practices of public relations beyond the college community.
Phone: (814) 824-3315
Queer Straight Alliance
Mission – The Queer Straight Alliance of Mercyhurst University wishes to bring awareness and acceptance of all sexual orientations to the Mercyhurst University community. We also focus highly on support of people who do not feel comfortable or ready to "come out" to their peers.
Phone: (814) 824-2033
Mission – The purpose of Rotaract is to provide 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. The goals of Rotaract are to develop professional and leadership skills, to emphasize respect for the rights of others, based on recognition of the worth of each individual, to recognize the dignity and value of all useful occupations as opportunities to serve, to recognize practice, and promote ethical standards as leadership qualities and vocational responsibilities, to develop knowledge and understanding of the needs, problems, and opportunities in the community and worldwide, and to provide opportunities for personal and group activities to serve the community and promote international understanding and goodwill toward all people.
Phone: (814) 824-2915
Science Fiction & Fantasy Guild
Mission – The Science Fiction & Fantasy Guild (SFFG) is a student-led, student focused organization devoted to the promotion and enjoyment of science fiction and fantasy. The purpose of SFFG is to provide a social group for Mercyhurst students interested in science fiction and fantasy. SFFG will serve as a forum through which students can discuss literary works of science fiction and fantasy, or films and television shows of those genres; view shows or films of interest; exchange ideas regarding student writing in the two genres; and will serve the larger campus community by sponsoring activities for entertainment and recruitment purposes. SFFG will also work towards providing members with the opportunity to attend science fiction and fantasy conferences in the area, and or to bring science fiction/ fantasy writers on campus.
Phone: (814) 824-2184
Mission – The purpose of the Mercyhurst University Ski Club shall be to provide low-cost ski opportunities to students taking advantage of group rates for a nearby ski area such as Peek N Peak.
Phone: (814) 824-2381
Mission – The purpose of the Soccer Club serves the undergraduate body by providing recreational and social activities, by getting involved in a sport and by allowing students to use the field at given times for soccer activities each week.
Phone: (814) 824-2528
Social Work Club
– The functions of the Social Work Club are to aid in the development of the individual student and urge students of social work, as future helping professionals, to be aware of, and contribute to enhancing the social functioning of all people.
Phone: (814) 824-2359
Sport Business and Management Club
Mission – The Mercyhurst Sport Business & Management Club will focus on helping student members gain experience in the sport industry through promotions, events, and marketing activities by incorporating the Mercyhurst varsity athletic teams and other local Erie area organizations.
Sportsmedicine Student Association
Mission – The purpose of the Sportsmedicine Student Association (SAA) shall be to provide a vehicle for Sportsmedicine students to participate in community service with the Mercyhurst campus, Erie County and state or national opportunities. The goals of SSA are to create community awareness of Sportsmedicine concepts such as health, well being, lifestyles, and activities.
Phone: (814) 824-2526
Student Activities Council (SAC)
Mission – The purpose of SAC shall be to provide weekend programming for as many members of the University community as possible; to provide social, educational, recreational, and cultural events; to provide on-campus events as part of the student activities fee; to offer activities and events as alternatives to alcohol consumption; to provide a minimum of one off-campus trip per term, in conjunction with an on-campus event; and to work with Mercyhurst Student Government (MSG), students, and other Recognized Student Clubs/Organizations on campus to coordinate events and activities.
Student Alumni Association
Mission – The purpose of the Student Alumni Association is to preserve and promote the unique traditions and legacies of Mercyhurst University for future generations of students to appreciate. Forging essential connections between the past and present of the school will also serve to connect current students with successful alumni, creating opportunities for both parties. Students will be given the opportunity to plan and participate in a variety of programs, projects, and events designed to build excitement about the traditions of the school, highlight and preserve its history, and ensure the continuation of lasting legacies.
Phone: (814) 824-3320
Student Athletics Advisory Board(SAAB)
Mission – The Mercyhurst University Student Athletic Advisory Board is dedicated to the athletic and academic advancement of all student-athletes. Mercyhurst University SAAB provides a forum for the discussion of student-athlete concerns and a channel of communication to the administrators through which these concerns can be heard. The Mercyhurst University SAAB will use the power of organization to promote not only the college's athletic teams but also help promote unity and good sportsmanship in the college community and the Erie community in general. SAAB creates an environment in which all varsity sports are represented equally. Mercyhurst University SAAB strives for student-athlete awareness on the Mercyhurst Campus.
Phone: (814) 824-3613
Theatre Appreciation Club (Formally Drama Guild)
Mission – The mission of the Theatre Appreciation Club is threefold: (1) To provide hands-on learning experiences in all aspects of theatre appreciation, production, and management; (2) To foster a sense of community among students interested in theatre; and (3) To entertain and educate through productions and direct involvement with the community, thereby enriching the cultural life of the Erie area.
Brett D. Johnson, Ph.D.
Phone: (814) 824-2663
TOMS Mercyhurst Campus Club
– The purpose of the TOMS Mercyhurst Campus Club shall be to raise awareness and work in conjunction with the TOMS Shoes organization and its One for One Movement, which provides shoes to children in underdeveloped countries. The organization will aim to engage students and the Mercyhurst community in a charitable service organization.
Phone: (814) 824-3124
UNICEF – MC
Mission – The purpose of UNICEF - MC shall be to empower the Mercyhurst University community to make a difference in the lives of the world's children and raise funds for the UNICEF's aid programs. UNICEF - MC shall make every reasonable effort to promote personal development, intellectual growth, and abide by Mercyhurst University's mission, goals, and policies.
Phone: (814) 824-2033
Video Game Club
– The purpose of the Video Game Club is to bring together people from different social circles that normally would not communicate with one another through a shared interest in video games.
Phone: (814) 824-2450