Mercyhurst University

Clubs and Organizations

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.
 

ACADEMIC


ADPRO
ANTHROPOLOGY CLUB
ART THERAPY CLUB
BETA BETA BETA (NATIONAL BIOLOGICAL HONOR SOCIETY)
BUSINESS CLUB
CHEMISTRY CLUB
CRIMINAL JUSTICE ASSOCIATION

CYBER THREAT RESEARCH ANALYSIS CLUB
HISTORY CLUB
INSTITUTE OF NUCLEAR MATERIALS MANAGEMENT CLUB
LAW ENFORCEMENT INTELLIGENCE CLUB
MERCYHURST FORENSIC SCIENCE CLUB
MERCYHURST COMPETITIVE INTELLIGENCE CLUB
MERCYHURST GEOLOGY CLUB
MERCYHURST HONORS COUNCIL
MUSIC THERAPY CLUB
NATIONAL ASSOCIATION FOR MUSIC EDUCATORS
PHILOSOPHY CLUB
PRE-HEALTH SOCIETY
PRE-VETERINARY CLUB
PSYCHOLOGY CLUB
PUBLIC RELATIONS STUDENT SOCIETY OF AMERICA (PRSSA)

ARTS AND HUMANITIES


BLACK STUDENTS FOR UNITY
SEXUALITY AND GENDER ACCEPTANCE CLUB
LITURGICAL DANCE ENSEMBLE
MERCYHUST INTERNATIONAL STUDENT ASSOCIATION
NAEA ART EDUCATION STUDENT CHAPTER
SOCIAL WORK CLUB
SOCIAL JUSTICE COALITION CLUB
THEATRE APPRECIATION CLUB
UNICEF
 

ENVIRONMENTAL


PUBLIC HEALTH CLUB
SUSTAINABILITY CLUB

 

HONOR SOCIETIES


ALPHA PHI SIGMA (CRIMINAL JUSTICE HONOR SOCIETY)
IOTA TAU ALPHA (ATHLETIC TRAINING EDUCATIONAL HONOR SOCIETY)
KAPPA DELTA PI (INTERNATIONAL HONOR SOCIETY IN EDUCATION)
NATIONAL HONOR SOCIETY FOR DANCE ARTS
PHI ETA SIGMA (NATIONAL HONOR SOCIETY)
PI SIGMA ALPHA (POLITICAL SCIENCE HONOR SOCIETY)
PSI CHI PSYCHOLOGY HONOR SOCIETY
SOCIETY OF PHYSICS STUDENTS (SIGMA PI SIGMA)

 

RECREATIONAL


BADMINTON CLUB
DANCE CLUB
EQUESTRIAN CLUB
FIGURE SKATING CLUB
MERCYHURST FENCING CLUB
MERCYHURST ULTIMATE FRISBEE
OUTDOOR ADVENTURE CLUB
P.U.C.K.
RUGBY FOOTBALL CLUB
SKI CLUB
SOCCER CLUB
TABLE TOP GAME CLUB
YOGA CLUB

 

SERVICE & LEADERSHIP


CIRCLE K
COLLEGES AGAINST CANCER
COUNCIL FOR EXCEPTIONAL CHILDREN
GIFT OF LIFE
HABITAT FOR HUMANITY
MERCYHURST EQUALITY OF WOMEN
MERCYHURST MENTORS
MERCYHURST STUDENT GOVERNMENT (MSG)
PATHFINDERS CLUB
ROTARACT
MERCYHURST ACTIVITIES COUNCIL

 

SPECIAL INTEREST


ACTIVE MINDS AT MERCYHURST
COLLEGE REPUBLICANS
LAKER ASSET MANAGEMENT
THE MERCYHURST MARTIAL ARTS, STRENGTH, AND CONDITIONAL FITNESS CLUB
MERCYHURST FANTASY SPORTS LEAGUE
MOCK TRIAL CLUB
MODERN CINEMA CLUB
NATIONAL SECURITY CLUB
MERCYHURST PHYSICIAN ASSISTANT STUDENT SOCIETY (MPASS)
PLANT BASED LIVING CLUB
SAILING CLUB
STUDENT ATHLETICS ADVISORY BOARD (SAAB)
VIDEO GAME CLUB

 

CULTURAL & DIVERSITY


ANIME CLUB
ARIRANG CULTURE CLUB
GERMAN CLUB
RUSSIAN CLUB
STUDENTS OF THE CARIBBEAN ASSOCIATION SOCA

 

 

ACADEMIC

 

ADPRO
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.
     Advisor Contact – Jodi Staniunas-Hopper
     Phone: (814) 824-3313
     E-mail: jstaniunashopper@mercyhurst.edu

ANTHROPOLOGY CLUB
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.
      Advisor Contact – Mary Ann Owoc
      Phone: (814) 824-3308
      E-mail: mowoc@mercyhurst.edu

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.
      Advisor Contact – Heather Denning
      Phone: 814-824-2212
      E-mail: hdenning@mercyhurst.edu

BETA BETA BETA (NATIONAL BIOLOGICAL HONOR SOCIETY)
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.
      Advisor Contact – Sara Turner-Cooper
      Phone: (814) 824-3089
      E-mail: sturner@mercyhurst.edu

BUSINESS CLUB
Mission – The purpose of the Business Club shall be to focus on helping student members get experience in the business and accounting industries through speakers, events and excursions related to the field of business.
      Advisor Contact – Lee Anna Belovarac
      Phone: (814) 824-2175
      E-mail: lbelovarac@mercyhurst.edu

CHEMISTRY CLUB
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.
      Advisor Contact – Chris Taylor
      Phone: 814-824-2048
      E-mail: ctaylor@mercyhurst.edu

CRIMINAL JUSTICE ASSOCIATION
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.
     Advisor Contact - Emmaleigh Kirchner 
     Phone: 814-824-2328
     E-mail: ekirchner@mercyhurst.edu

CYBER THREAT RESEARCH ANALYSIS CLUB
Mission – To research, analyze, and increase awareness of the current cyber threat environment. Through goal-based learning, the club aims at developing skills and expertise required to understand, assess, and deter cyber threats to national security and/or any entity’s continuity. 
     Advisor:  Charles Kuntz
     Phone:  (814) 824-3358
     Email:  ckuntz@mercyhurst.edu

HISTORY CLUB
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.
      Advisor Contact – Averill Earls
      Phone: 814-824-2013
      E-mail: aearls@mercyhurst.edu

 INSTITUTE OF NUCLEAR MATERIALS MANAGEMENT CLUB
Mission  The purpose of this club is to serve as an active chapter of the INMM at Mercyhurst. 
      Advisor Contact – Bill Welch
      Phone: (814) 824-3362
      E-mail: wwelch@mercyhurst.edu

LAW ENFORCEMENT INTELLIGENCE CLUB
Mission – The purpose of the club 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.
      Advisor Contact – Dr. Benjamin Baughman
      Phone: (814) 824-3044
      E-mail: bbaughman@mercyhurst.edu

MERCYHURST 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.
      Advisor Contact – Kathi Staaf
      Phone: 814-824-3119
      E-mail: kstaaf@mercyhurst.edu

MERCYHURST COMPETITIVE INTELLIGENCE CLUB
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.
      Advisor Contact – Shelley Freyn
      Phone: 814-824-2465
      E-mail: sfreyn@mercyhurst.edu

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.
      Advisor Contact – Nicholas Lang
      Phone: (814) 824-2076
      E-mail: nlang@mercyhurst.edu

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.
      Advisor Contact – Justin Ross
      Phone: 814-824-3605
      E-mail: jross@mercyhurst.edu

MUSIC THERAPY CLUB
Mission – To further the interest of those majoring in music therapy or anyone on campus. The club will serve as a support for majors and a source of education for the Mercyhurst community.
      Advisor Contact – Craig Stevens
      Phone: (814) 824-3868
      E-mail: cstevens@mercyhurst.edu

NATIONAL ASSOCIATION FOR MUSIC EDUCATORS
Mission – To increase interest, knowledge, and productivity in all areas of music education. The club will make available opportunities for professional development available to members.
      Advisor Contact – Scott Meier
      Phone: 814-824-2432
      E-mail: smeier@mercyhurst.edu

PHILOSOPHY CLUB
Mission – The purpose of the Philosophy Club shall be to spread awareness, involvement and understanding of philosophy at Mercyhurst, recruit new majors and minors to the Philosophy program, create and engage general philosophical interest, and provide an avenue for philosophically interested students to participate in related discourse and activities with like-minded individuals.
      Advisor Contact – James Snyder
      Phone: (814) 824-3345
      E-mail: jsnyder@mercyhurst.edu

PRE-HEALTH SOCIETY
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.
      Advisor Contact – Mike Elnitsky
      Phone: (814) 824-2346
      E-mail: melnitsky@mercyhurst.edu

PRE-VETERINARY CLUB
Mission – The purpose of the Mercyhurst University Pre-Veterinary club shall be to connect students interested in the fields of veterinary medicine and animal science with each other, and with the knowledge, resources, and experience to pursue a career in the aforementioned fields. This RSCO shall also work to educate the broader Mercyhurst community about veterinary medicine and animal science, while promoting positive and safe interaction between people and animals.
      Advisor Contact – Amy Burniston
      Phone: (814) 824-2437
      E-mail: aburniston@mercyhurst.edu

PSYCHOLOGY CLUB
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.
      Advisor Contact – Robert Hoff
      Phone: (814) 824-2380
      E-mail: rhoff@mercyhurst.edu

PUBLIC RELATIONS STUDENT SOCIETY OF AMERICA (PRSSA)
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.
      Advisor Contact – Brian Sheridan
      Phone: 814-824-2464
      E-mail: bsheridan@mercyhurst.edu

ARTS AND HUMANITIES

 

BLACK STUDENTS FOR UNITY
Mission– To promote the unification and prosperity of Mercyhurst students of African descent through a means of enhancing the experience of minority students on campus, creating an environment that allows minority students to network with other students from similar cultural backgrounds, allow students to discuss sensitive affairs in a safe nonjudgmental setting, and feel a sense of comfort among their peers.
    Advisor Contact – Cariel Lewis
    Phone:  (814) 824-3374
    E-mail:  clewis@mercyhurst.edu

SEXUALITY AND GENDER ACCEPTANCE CLUB
Mission – The LGBTQIA Equality Club 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.
      Advisor Contact – Richard McCarty
      Phone: (814) 824-2033
      E-mail: rmccarty@mercyhurst.edu

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.
      Advisor Contact – C. Noelle Partusch
      Phone: (814) 824-3352
      E-mail: cpartusch@mercyhurst.edu

MERCYHUST INTERNATIONAL STUDENT ASSOCIATION
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.
      Advisor Contact – Adiba Shahjahan
      Phone: (814) 824-3056
      E-mail: ashahjahan@mercyhurst.edu

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.
      Advisor Contact – Jodi Staniunas-Hopper
      Phone: 814-824-3313
      E-mail: jstaniunashopper@mercyhurst.edu

SOCIAL WORK CLUB
Mission – 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.
      Advisor Contact – Laura Lewis
      Phone: (814) 824-2359
      E-mail: llewis@mercyhurst.edu

SOCIAL JUSTICE COALITION CLUB
Mission – To allow students to organize small groups, draft campus improvement initiatives, enlist the support of the other clubs, and lobby for change.
     Advisor:  Marilyn Livosky
     Phone:  (814) 824-2377
     Email:  mlivosky@mercyhurst.edu

THEATRE APPRECIATION CLUB
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.
      Advisor Contact – Brett D. Johnson, Ph.D.
      Phone: (814) 824-2663
      E-mail: bjohnson@mercyhurst.edu

UNICEF
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.
      Advisor Contact – Bora Pajo
      Phone: 814-824-2331
      E-mail: bpajo@mercyhurst.edu

 

ENVIRONMENTAL

 

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.
      Advisor Contact – Tom Cook
      Phone: (814) 824-2035
      E-mail: tcook@mercyhurst.edu

SUSTAINABILITY CLUB
Mission – The Sustainability Club will promote to the Mercyhurst community the principles and practices of responsible environmental policy and sustainability. The club will also assess and improve the environmental awareness, ecological responsibility, and environmental performance of the campus with the goal of advancing sustainability on campus and the community.
      Advisor Contact – Sarah Bennett
      Phone: 814-824-3611
      E-mail: sbennett@mercyhurst.edu

 

HONOR SOCIETIES

 

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.
      Advisor Contact – Maria L. Garase
      Phone: (814) 824-3675
      E-mail: mgarase@mercyhurst.edu

IOTA TAU ALPHA (ATHLETIC TRAINING EDUCATIONAL HONOR 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.
      Advisor Contact – Scott Michel
      Phone: (814) 824-2403
      E-mail: smichel@mercyhurst.edu

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.
      Advisor Contact – Sarah Howorth
      Phone: 814-824-3371
      E-mail: showorth@mercyhurst.edu

NATIONAL HONOR SOCIETY FOR FOR DANCE ARTS
Mission – The National Society for Dance Arts 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).
      Advisor Contact – Solveig Santillano
      Phone: (814) 824-3866
      E-mail: ssantillano@mercyhurst.edu

PHI ETA SIGMA (NATIONAL HONOR SOCIETY)
Mission – To promote a higher standard of learning and to encourage high scholastic attainment among freshmen in our institutions of higher learning.
      Advisor Contact – Bora Pajo
      Phone: 814-824-2331
      E-mail: bpajo@mercyhurst.edu

PI SIGMA ALPHA (POLITICAL SCIENCE HONOR SOCIETY)
Mission – Pi Sigma Alpha is the National Political Science honor society with chapters established in colleges and universities of accredited and recognized standing that offer a prescribed minimum of course work in Political Science.
      Advisor Contact – Randy Clemons
      Phone: (814) 824-2358
      E-mail: rclemons@mercyhurst.edu

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.
      Advisor Contact – Robert Hoff
      Phone: (814) 824-2380
      E-mail: rhoff@mercyhurst.edu

      Mathew Weaver
      Phone: (814) 824-2733
      E-mail: mweaver@mercyhurst.edu

SOCIETY OF PHYSICS STUDENTS (SIGMA PI SIGMA)
Mission – To supplement the physics education for students.
      Advisor Contact – Paul Ashcraft
      Phone: (814) 824-2651
      E-mail: pashcraft@mercyhurst.edu

 

RECREATIONAL

 

BADMINTON CLUB
Mission – To encourage people of all playing levels to get involved in a recreational badminton club to meet new people and have fun.
    Advisor Contact –  John Olszowka
    Phone:   (814) 824-3027
    E-mail:  jolszowka@mercyhurst.edu

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.
      Advisor Contact – Danielle Kaiser
      Phone: 814-824-2256
      E-mail: dkaiser@mercyhurst.edu

EQUESTRIAN CLUB
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. For more information, visit their website: http://mercyhurstequestrian.wix.com/muequestrian.
      Advisor Contact – Elizabeth Bross
      Phone: (814) 824-3364
      E-mail: ebross@mercyhurst.edu

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.
      Advisor Contact – Erica Cox
      Phone: (814) 824-2360
      E-mail: ecox@mercyhurst.edu

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
      Advisor Contact – Karen Williams
      Phone: (814) 824-2120
      E-mail: kwilliams@mercyhurst.edu

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.
      Advisor Contact – Joseph Johnson
      Phone: 814-824-3674
      E-mail: jjohnson@mercyhurst.edu

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".
      Advisor Contact – Sarah Bennett
      Phone: (814) 824-3611
      E-mail: sbennett@mercyhurst.edu

P.U.C.K.
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.
      Advisor Contact – Lyndsay Barch
      Phone: 814-824-3019
      E-mail: lbarch@mercyhurst.edu

RUGBY FOOTBALL CLUB
Mission – The purpose of the Rugby Football Club is to promote and encourage the sport of rugby to students. The club will continuously show values of leadership, teamwork, and self-growth through rugby.
      Advisor Contact – Benjamin Scharff
      Phone: (814) 824-2326
      E-mail: bscharff@mercyhurst.edu

SAILING CLUB
Mission – The purpose of the Sailing Appreciation Club is to expand the enjoyment of sailing to many students who have had much experience with sailing, some experience, or no experience at all. This club will be an excellent way for students to learn the basics of sailing, get hands on experience, and learn many different skills relating to the sport of sailing. The Sailing Appreciation Club will not only help members learn the technique of sailing individually, but also as a group. Members will then be able to apple these skills to real, on the water sailing, on Lake Erie. Members will learn the different parts of the boat, and the safety measures taken while using a sailboat. They will learn the different terms used in sailing in order to fully understand the art. This club will expand the knowledge of its members in the sport of sailing and in return, they will be able to pass their newfound knowledge onto others and increase the already growing popularity of the sport. The club will join with other local boating and sailing clubs to acquire additional information and skills while working with boats. Aside from just sailing, we will also do other sailing related activities on the water. Some of these activities might include touring the Brig Niagara historical ship, touring the maritime museum, etc. In addition, through the club, members will be able to earn their official boating license, used for operation of a motor boat of any kind. Along with sailing skills, members will also learn many team building and communication skills through working together to operate the boat. These skills can then be applied to future life situations. One must be responsible when operating a sailboat, so this will also teach leadership and accountability to not many have before. Sailing is a very fun and exciting activity that I know most all students will enjoy and learn to love.  
      Advisor Contact – Bob Green
      Phone: (814) 824-3714
      E-mail: rgreen@mercyhurst.edu

SKI CLUB
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.
      Advisor Contact – Tom Cook
      Phone: (814) 824-2035
      E-mail: tcook@mercyhurst.edu

SOCCER CLUB
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.
      Advisor Contact – Keith Cammidge
      Phone: 814-824-2128
      E-mail: kcammidge@mercyhurst.edu

TABLE TOP GAME CLUB
Mission – To have group where people who want to play table top games or learn how to play.
     Advisor:  Larry Gauriloff
     Phone:  (814) 824-2375
     Email:  lgauriloff@mercyhurst.edu

YOGA CLUB
Mission – To engage students in yoga and get to know other students on campus.
      Advisor Contact – Solveig Santillano
      Phone: (814) 824-2429
      E-mail: ssantillano@mercyhurst.edu

 

SERVICE & LEADERSHIP

 

CIRCLE K
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.
      Advisor Contact – Colin Hurley
      Phone: (814) 824-2471
      E-mail: churley@mercyhurst.edu

COLLEGES AGAINST CANCER
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.
      Advisor Contact – Michael Grasso
      Phone: (814) 824-3117
      E-mail: mgrasso@mercyhurst.edu

COUNCIL FOR EXCEPTIONAL CHILDREN
Mission – The purpose of this organization shall be to promote the welfare and education of exceptional children and youth.
      Advisor Contact – Susan Johnson
      Phone: (814) 824-3370
      E-mail: sjohnson2@mercyhurst.edu

GIFT OF LIFE
Mission – The purpose of Gift of Life Organization shall be to raise awareness about organ and tissue donation. The club will promote organ donation registration throughout the academic year, participate in Donate Life Month (April), and aim to educate college students about the importance of the organ and tissue donation process. It is consistent with Mercyhurst University’s Roman Catholic Mission; this club does not promote or support the use of human embryonic stem cells for research.
      Advisor Contact – Katie Kilmer
      Phone: 814-824-2076
      E-mail: kkilmer@mercyhurst.edu

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.
      Advisor Contact – Jeremy Hewitt
      Phone: (814) 824-3022
      E-mail: jhewitt@mercyhurst.edu

MERCYHURST EQUALITY OF WOMEN
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.
      Advisor Contact – Ryan Johnson
      Phone: 814-824-2595
      E-mail: rjohnson2@mercyhurst.edu

MERCYHURST MENTORS
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.
      Advisor Contact – Linda Graves
      Phone: 814-824-2561
      E-mail: lgraves@mercyhurst.edu

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.
      Advisor Contact – Sarah Allen
      Phone: (814) 824-2089
      E-mail: sallen@mercyhurst.edu

PATHFINDERS CLUB
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.
      Advisor Contact – Jonathan Baxley
      E-mail: jbaxley@mercyhurst.edu

ROTARACT
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.
    Advisor Contact –  Ryan Palm
    Phone:  (814) 824-3320
    E-mail:  rpalm@mercyhurst.edu

MERCYHURST ACTIVITIES COUNCIL
Mission – The purpose of the Student Activities Council (SAC) and Multicultural Activities Council (MAC) 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.
      Advisor Contact – Preston Reilly
      Phone: (814) 824-2433
      E-mail: preilly@mercyhurst.edu

 

SPECIAL INTEREST

 

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.
      Advisor Contact – Sue Gushie
      Phone: 814-824-3012
      E-mail: sgushie@mercyhurst.edu

COLLEGE REPUBLICANS

Mission – The purpose of the Mercyhurst College Republicans is to engage republican activism on the campus.
      Advisor: Dr. Joseph Morris
      Phone: 814-824-2154
      Email: jmorris@mercyhurst.edu

LAKER ASSET MANAGEMENT

Mission – To give the members an opportunity to apply what they have learned throughout their business classes.
     Advisor: Mark Simpson
     Phone: 814-824-3082
     Email: msimpson@mercyhurst.edu

THE MERCYHURST MARTIAL ARTS, STRENGTH, AND CONDITIONING FITNESS CLUB

Mission – To incorporate the mind, body, and soul together as one.  Staying fit helps students remain focused during classes, and have more energy and motivation.
     Advisor: Brian Sheridan
     Phone: 814-824-2464
     Email: bsheridan@mercyhurst.edu

MERCYHURST FANTASY SPORTS LEAGUE
Mission – To bring Mercyhurst students together who enjoy all Organized Sports at the professional and amateur levels and also love playing fantasy sports.
     Advisor:  John Parente
     Phone:  (814) 824-2737
     Email:  jparente@mercyhurst.edu

MOCK TRIAL CLUB
Mission – The Mock Trial Club will bring great opportunities to aspiring law students, investigators, officers, and much more.
    Advisor Contact –  Maria L. Garase
    Phone:  (814) 824-3675
    Email:  mgarase@mercyhurst.edu

MODERN CINEMA CLUB
Mission – To provide a forum for all students who love film to discuss all things related to the film industry.
      Advisor Contact – Dr. Kris Gossett
      Phone: (814) 824-2735
      E-mail: kgossett@mercyhurst.edu

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.
      Advisor Contact – Orlandrew Danzell
      Phone: (814) 824-3249
      E-mail: odanzell@mercyhurst.edu

MERCYHURST PHYSICIAN ASSISTANT STUDENT SOCIETY (MPASS)

Mission – A group of PA students who meet on a regular basis to discuss issues of common interest that often deal with health care, the PA profession, or other social issues. The group works to promote the PA profession and PA students within the PA profession.
     Advisor: Robin Duke
     Phone: 814-824-2578
     Email: rduke@mercyhurst.edu

PLANT BASED LIVING CLUB

Mission – The purpose of Plant Based Living club will be to bring about awareness of a sustainable, ethical, and environmentally friendly lifestyle to vegans and non-vegans alike that promotes long-term health and well-being through plant based activities. 
     Advisor: Kerrie Findlay
     Phone: 814-824-2443
     Email: kfindlay@mercyhurst.edu

SPORTS INTELLIGENCE CLUB
Mission – To explore the application of Intelligence Studies in the world of sports, and further the interest of this application to the student body.
    Advisor Contact –  Tom McKinnon
    Phone:  (814) 824-2475
    E-mail:  tmckinnon@mercyhurst.edu

STUDENT ATHLETICS ADVISORY BOARD (SAA
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.o connect with Mercyhurst veterans and help them transition to civilian life.
      Advisor Contact – Sue Gushie
      Phone: (814) 824-3012
      E-mail: sgushie@mercyhurst.edu

VIDEO GAME CLUB
Mission – 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.
      Advisor Contact – Brad McGarry
      Phone: (814) 824-2451
      E-mail: bmcgarry@mercyhurst.edu

 

CULTURAL & DIVERSITY


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.
      Advisor Contact – Robert Von Thaden
      Phone: 814-824-2184
      E-mail: rvonthaden@mercyhurst.edu

ARIRANG CULTURE CLUB
Mission – The Asian Culture Club seeks to cultivate insights and appreciation for Asian cultures, languages, cuisines and to foster a sense of community through cultural activities and outreach.
      Advisor:  Michael Lamm
      Phone:  (814) 824-3124
      Email:  mlamm@mercyhurst.edu

GERMAN CLUB
Mission – The German Club will focus on teaching students German whether they are just beginning to learn the language or would like to continue their studies with the language.
      Advisor Contact – Robert VonThaden
      Phone: (814) 824-2184
      E-mail: rvonthaden@mercyhurst.edu

RUSSIAN CLUB
Mission – To enhance the student experience with the Russian language, history, culture, and people.
      Advisor Contact – Olga Korepanova
      Phone: 
      E-mail: okorepanova@mercyhurst.edu

STUDENTS OF THE CARIBBEAN ASSOCIATION
Mission – The purpose of Mercyhurst Students of the Caribbean Association shall be to embrace and increase awareness of Caribbean culture at Mercyhurst University. As Part of this effort, the organizations hope is to increase the visibility of Mercyhurst University to other prospective students from the Caribbean region as a viable option for higher education. The organization and its events/ activities will be accessible to all Mercyhurst students and faculty. Activities and programs sponsored by the RSCO will be expected to fulfill the RSCO’s stated objectives. The purpose of the RSCO 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.
      Advisor Contact – Dr. Orlandrew Danzell
      Phone: 814-824-3249
      E-mail: odanzell@mercyhurst.edu