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.
Mission – The purpose of the Accounting Association shall be to provide students with real life accounting experiences through the use of tools and resources such as quickbooks, tax returns, funds, budgets, etc. The use of speakers and experiences will also be included for information to be acquired through experienced professionals and personal student experience. Research will also be conducted to stay up to date on current tax changes, Financial Accounting Standards Board updates, Generally Accepted Accounting Principles updates, etc.
Advisor: Cheryl Moore
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: Jodi Staniunas-Hopper
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: LisaMarie Malischke
The purpose of Anti-Money Laundering Club shall be to raise awareness in the Mercyhurst community about money laundering and its social and economic impact, as well as to generate interest in the national and global efforts to combat this crime. The club aims to introduce students to potential career opportunities in the field of Anti-Money Laundering through the conduction of research, the competition of products, and the participation in various networking opportunities.
Advisor: Musa Tuzuner
The purpose of Applied Forensic Science Club shall be to give the Mercyhurst community an opportunity to explore the growing field of forensic science through educational activities and community outreach, 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 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: Leslie Fitzpatrick
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: Heather Denning
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: Ronald Brown
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: Leslie Guelcher
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: Emmaleigh Kirchner
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: Leslie Guelcher
The purpose of this organization is to build and strengthen the network of fashion majors/minors and others interested in fashion that surround the MU community. The Fashion Council provides a professional organization for Mercyhurst University students to enhance and promote fashion knowledge and awareness in fashion related fields. The Fashion Council commits to provide a space where individuals with an interest in fashion can gain useful knowledge of the Fashion industry.
Advisor: Amy Weaver-Kaulis
The purpose of the Mercyhurst History Club is to promote historical interests and recognition throughout Mercyhurst Campus and the surrounding Erie community; serve the Erie community with meaningful service both related and not related to historical preservation; and provide an environment for the History department to strengthen the educational opportunities and opportunities to teach and enrich minds outside of the classroom.
Advisor: Averill Earls
The purpose of HMA/PCMA shall be to provide professional development for hospitality Management students at Mercyhurst University. The HMA side of the club concentrated on service and the Chicago Food & Restaurant Show. As a club, we will do philanthropy events throughout the year organized by the HMA side. Philanthropic events may include, but are not limited to: Zumba-thons, March of Dimes, Relay for Life, volunteering at Second Harvest Food Bank, and Adopt-a-Highway clean-ups. The PCMA side more focused on events management education. Our university club is part of the POWER Chapter of PCMA (Pittsburgh, Ohio, West Virginia, and Erie Region) and will attend said chapter meetings whenever they may occur in order to further member education.
Advisor: Allyson Minor
The purpose of this organization is 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.
Advisor: Kathy Weidenboerner
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: Benjamin Baughman
The National Security Club (NSC) will be an umbrella organization that will bring together several national security related organizations and 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: Duncan McGill
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
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: Michael Elnitsky
The purpose of Mercyhurst Pre-Law Society is to bring together pre-law students in a social and educational setting, and to prepare Mercyhurst students for law school in a variety of ways.
Advisor: Joseph Morris
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: Robert Hoff
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: Lucy Thairu
The purpose of Risk Management and Insurance Club is to promote, encourage, and sustain student interest in insurance, risk management, and actuarial science as professions; to encourage the high moral and scholastic attainments of its members; and to facilitate interactions of educational institutions and industry by forecasting research activities, scholarship, and improved public relations.
Advisor: Gary Sullivan
The functions of the Social Work and Applied Sociology 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: Laura Lewis
This RSCO is devoted to the research and recreation of pre-seventeenth century skills, arts, and culture. Members in this club will learn about these things through research, project-based learning activities, and historical recreation
Advisor: Amanda Mulder
The purpose of Sports Business Club shall be to educate and expand hands-on and social experiences for those interested in Sports Business. The club will also help those in the major to experience firsthand, outside of the classroom, what all levels of Sports Business entails.
Advisor: John Parente
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: Sarah Bennett
The purpose of this organization is to provide a space for students to play games or simulations focused on aspects of war. The club seeks to be both an educational tool and a source of entertainment for the student body of Mercyhurst. Wargaming is different from board gaming in that there is often a historical scenario or an attempted learning objective at hand.
Advisor: Duncan McGill
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: Josh Long
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: Danielle Kaiser
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: Erica Cox
The purpose of Fishing Club shall be to provide students with the opportunity to fish at the countless fishing spots in our area. The RSCO will also hopefully participate in a college fishing tournament series.
Advisor: Greg Gardner
The purpose of Laker Student Media shall be to create a student-run community that revolves around media. Laker Student Media is a platform that brings together Mercyhurst University and Erie, PA. The club features multiple branches that include audio/radio, blogging, gaming, graphic design, TV production, social media, sports broadcasting, broadcast journalism, and videography/photography.
Advisor: Brian Sheridan
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: C. Noelle Partusch
The purpose of Photo Club is to promote photography and marketing on campus and in the community. Photo Club is also a place for aspiring photographers to gather and share work, learn from one another and be a part of likeminded artists.
Advisor: Gary Cardot
The purpose of Pokémon Go Club shall be provided an open group for students, staff, and faculty members pf Mercyhurst that enjoy playing Pokémon Go. Our hope is to educate all members about the game, while providing recreational activities for those involved in the club. We aim to aid one another in our individual quest to go catch ‘em all.
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: Thomas McKinnon
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: Bob Green
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: Steph Przepiora
The purpose of the Student Coalition Force Against Human Trafficking Club is to provide real time hands on student experience working directly with the Coalition Force Erie, to combat human trafficking locally.
Advisor: Deborah Davies
The purpose of Table Top Games Club shall be to foster an environment where students can come together to enjoy board games, card games, and role playing games (this includes but is not limited to, Dungeons & Dragons, Magic the Gathering, and Chess) free of judgement and condescension.
Advisor: Courtney Lang
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: Joseph Johnson
The purpose of Yinz N’at club is to gather both native Yinzers and Mercyhurst students alike to enjoy each other’s company and celebrate Pittsburgh culture, especially regarding Pittsburgh sports teams.
Advisor: Alexander Regina
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: Maria Garase
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: Katie Kilmer
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: Colin Hurley
The purpose of GIVE at Mercyhurst shall be to volunteer in our community to promote sustainable change as well as advocating for global issues via discussions, guest speakers, events, and fundraising.
Advisor: Gary Cardot
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: Jeremy Hewitt
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: Justin Ross
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: Amy Bauschard
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: Sarah Allen
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: Samantha Beckas
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: Jodi Staniunas-Hopper
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: Solveig Santillano
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: Brandon Utyanski
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: Randy Clemons
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: Robert Hoff
The purpose of the Sigma Tau Delta English Honor Society, Beta Upsilon Chapter, shall be to uphold the values of the Sigma Tau Delta International Honor Society. We strive to promote academic achievement among English majors/minors. As Sigma Tau Delta’s mission states, we are “dedicated to fostering literacy and all aspects of the discipline of English.”
Advisor: Brian Reed
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: Patricia DiMatteo
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: Nicole John-Danzell
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: Robert Von Thaden
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: Tyler Brentley
The purpose of the College Democrats of Mercyhurst University shall be to educate and mobilize young voters on the electoral process, partake in events in support of democrats, and influence the ideals of the Democratic Party. Additionally, the organization shall advocate for progressive ideas, and lead the next generation of progressive voters.
Advisor: Randy Clemons
The purpose of the Commuter Student Association is to create a community for commuter students at Mercyhurst and to provide programming and social opportunities to meet other commuter students and interact and engage with resident students.
Advisor: Samantha Beckas
The purpose of French Club shall be to promote personal as well as social development thought the use and understanding of the French language and culture. French Club activities will include a peer mentoring program, exposer to the everyday French language through the use of well known movies and movies of French origin, and activities to increase students’ academic proficiency in French. The club will be open to students of varying levels of French proficiency. From beginning to advanced including native speakers, who have interest in French and the cultures of countries that use French.
Advisor: Douglas Boudreau
The purpose of ISA is to celebrate the cultural diversity and richness of the Mercyhurst community by furthering relations between international and domestic students. We celebrate world cultures in a fun, educational, and inclusive way to provide a space for everyone to explore what it means to be an international student or to experience international culture.
Advisor: Courtney Olevnik
The purpose of this RSCO is to help students embrace the strong Irish roots of the university. The club will unite the trinity of Mercyhurst’s past, present and future in Ireland and Erie.
Advisor: Averill Earls
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: Alice Agnew
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: Megan McKenna
The purpose of The Student Alliance for Prison Reform is to create and support student initiatives to bring about change in the U.S. Criminal Justice System. In the same way, the Mercyhurst student chapter bears the same objectives. The stated objectives shall be fostering new student initiatives by connecting students with a criminal justice community, advocating for justice reforms that support education, health, safety, and rehabilitation, and educating campuses and communities on criminal justice, sentencing policy, and the effects of mass incarceration.
Advisor: Emmaleigh Kirchner
The mission of the Theatre Appreciation Club is threefold: to provide hands-on learning experiences in all aspects of theatre appreciation, production, and management, to foster a sense of community among students interested in theatre, and to entertain and educate through productions and direct involvement with the community, thereby enriching the cultural life of the Erie area.
Advisor: Brett Johnson