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Student Organizations

Students find their niche (or niches) in any of Hood's 60+ social, academic, creative, cultural and musical clubs and organizations.

Below is a listing, by category, of student groups on campus. If you don't see an organization here that fits you, just stop by the Student Activities Office to get the paperwork to start a new one!

Visit the Student Activities Office in the Whitaker Campus Center for updated lists and contact information for Student Organizations.

Academic and Departmental Organizations

Archaeology & Ancient History Club
The Archaeology & Ancient History Club advances members interest and studies of ancient history, archaeology, art and anthropology. The club is open to everyone on campus and offers opportunities to interact with professionals. The organization also sponsors lectures and field trips to points of interest and “digs.” Contact: archaeology@hood.edu

Computer Science Club
The Computer Science Club prepares and educates students about life as a computer science professional. The club provides outreach to students who are interested in computers, computer programming, as well as practical math and technology. Contact: computerscience@hood.edu

Enactus
The Management Association provides opportunities for students interested in the business and management fields. The organization hosts business professionals who share current trends in the field. The organization also sponsors numerous events, including networking receptions, career services presentations and trips to Washington, D.C., and New York City to meet with business leaders. Contact: enactus@hood.edu

Free Radicals Chemistry Club
Free Radicals is an organization that promotes interaction between student members, faculty and the community. The organization accomplishes this through service projects, seminars, social functions and many other activities. Club membership is open to anyone with an interest in chemistry. Contact: freeradicals@hood.edu

Health Professionals Club
The purpose of the Health Professionals Club is to promote awareness and interest in all areas of the health professions and to promote campus and community service. The organization meets twice a month and was re-established in 2005.

Least Squares Math Club
The Least Squares Math Club presents opportunities to travel to local and national math conferences. The organization discusses new trends in mathematical sciences and invites speakers to present cutting-edge information in the field. They also sponsor social events. Contact: leastsquares@hood.edu

Philosophy Club
The purpose of the Philosophy Club is to promote philosophical inquiry on campus. The motto of the club is “the unexamined life is not worth living.” The Philosophy Club hosts film showings and travels to guest lectures. The club meets once a month and was founded in 2002. Contact: philosophyclub@hood.edu

Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA)
The Public Relations Student Society of America is an organization that is open to all undergraduates. Students from all majors are encouraged to join as public relations skills such as communication, writing and marketing are important in all careers. The organization assists in creating publications and publicity for other student organizations.

Psychology Club
The Psychology Club’s purpose is to unite students interested in pursuing careers in psychology. The organization assists in preparing students for the job search process while providing activities to encourage the exchange of ideas. Contact: psychologyclub@hood.edu

Russian Culture Club
Through cultural activities the Russian Cultural Club offers a perspective on the Russian Federation while promoting awareness and appreciation of Russian culture and language. It is open to all students. The organization hosts screenings of Russian movies and sponsors educational discussions. Contact: russianculture@hood.edu

Student Education Association (SEA)
The Student Education Association’s purpose is to unite students interested in pursuing careers in education. The organization assists in preparing students for the job search process while providing activities to encourage the exchange of ideas and gain a complete understanding of the education field. Contact: sea@hood.edu

Student Social Work Organization (SSWO)
Founded in 1979, the Student Social Work Organization is open to all social work majors and minors. Other students interested in supporting the values and ethics of social work are also welcome to participate. The members of the organization plan educational programs for members of the SSWO, as well as for the student body as a whole, and participate in community service projects. Members also serve on faculty search committees, on the Social Work Advisory Committee and participate in recruitment of social work majors. Contact: sswo@hood.edu

Academic Honor Societies

Alpha Lambda Delta, first-year students

Pi Delta Phi, french majors

Beta Beta Beta, biology majors

Pi Mu Epsilon, mathematics majors

Kappa Delta Pi, education majors Pi

Sigma Alpha, political science majors

Gamma Sigma Epsilon, chemistry majors

Omicron Delta Epsilon, economics majors

Phi Alpha, social work majors

Psi Chi, psychology majors

Phi Alpha Theta, history majors

Sigma Beta Delta, management majors

Phi Kappa Phi, all majors

Sigma Delta Pi, spanish majors

Delta Alpha Pi, Student with disabilities
Delta Alpha Pi International Honor Society was established in 2004 to recognize students with disabilities for their academic achievements. The members arrange activities around campus to facilitate their skills in leadership and in advocacy. In addition, the members are dedicated to dispelling outdated perceptions about disabilities and to associate more openly with the rest of the student body. Contact: DeltaAphlaPi@hood.edu

Advocacy Organizations

Amnesty International
The mission of Amnesty International is to bring awareness to the Hood community on current issues related to human rights. This chapter is part of a nonpartisan, national organization that is dedicated to developing active citizens in the global society. Contact: amnesty@hood.edu

College Democrats
The Hood College Democrats unite to create a uniformed political understanding of concerns within the U.S. government. The organization discusses the policies that are instituted in state and federal legislatures. Members also support political candidates. The club addresses issues that concern the local and national Democratic Party. Contact: collegedemocrats@hood.edu

College Republicans
The Hood College Republicans strive to promote values consistent with the Republican Party. They encourage student participation in the election process, and sponsor activities designed to create awareness among Hood students. The organization works with the local and regional chapters of the Republican Party. Contact: collegerepublicans@hood.edu

Equal Sex
The purpose of Equal Sex is to promote equality and the definition of feminism. The organization sponsors speakers and films specifically related to women’s issues along with advocating for women’s rights. The organization was established in 2005. Contact: equalsex@hood.edu

Hood Environmental Action Team (HEAT)
HEAT promotes awareness and sponsors programs related to on-campus and global environmental issues. Contact: heat@hood.edu

Community Service Organizations

Best Buddies
The Best Buddies service organization assembles students interested in making a difference in the community. Best Buddies is dedicated to enhancing the lives of people with intellectual disabilities by providing opportunities for one-to-one friendship. This organization, affiliated with the National Best Buddies Organization, promotes friendships through buddy matches and activities. Contact: bestbuddies@hood.edu

Circle K
Circle K International is a community service, leadership development and friendship organization that is sponsored by the local Kiwanis club. Circle K blends community service and leadership training both locally and globally. Projects include the Six Cents Initiative aimed at providing safe drinking water to childern worldwide. Contact: circlek@hood.edu

Habitat for Humanity Campus Chapter
Habitat for Humanity Campus Chapter is a service organization which, along with the Frederick County Chapter of Habitat for Humanity International, Inc., works in partnership with people in need to improve the conditions in which they live. The organization participates in the Frederick chapter’s functions and building projects, and helps to make lunches for volunteers. The organization is linked with “Food & Friends,” an organization that delivers groceries to people who are unable to get them themselves. Contact: habitat@hood.edu

Ionic Society
Juniors and seniors who have demonstrated a commitment to service towards the College and the community at large comprise this service organization. Contact: ionicsociety@hood.edu

Mortar Board
Mortar Board was the first national organization honoring college seniors. Mortar Board contributes to the self-awareness of its members; promotes equal opportunities among all peoples; emphasizes the advancement of the status of women; supports the ideals of the College; advances a spirit of scholarship; recognizes and encourages leadership; provides service; and establishes the opportunity for a meaningful exchange of ideas as individuals and as a group. Mortar Board sponsors the annual Safe Harvest Event, which provides a safe site for children in the Frederick community to participate in Halloween activities. Contact: mortarboard@hood.edu

Rotaract Club
The Rotaract Club is a Rotary-sponsored service club. Its efforts begin at the grassroots level with members addressing their communities’ physical and social needs while promoting international understanding and peace through a framework of friendship and service. Contact: rotaract@hood.edu

Service Association
The Service Association provides opportunities for Hood students to connect with the community through service projects. Contact: serviceassociation@hood.edu

STARs
STARs performs a variety of vital functions in the admissions recruiting process, including leading campus tours, hosting prospective students and meeting and greeting students and their families at special events. Meetings are held bi-monthly. Contact: stars@hood.edu

Student Advancement Committee
The Student Advancement Committee plans, executes and participates in events on campus that focus on the idea of philanthropy and giving back to the Hood community. The group interacts with engaged Hood alumni who give back to the college in order to keep Hood thriving year after year. Contact: studentadvancement@hood.edu

Students Helping Honduras
Students Helping Honduras has the purpose to build a movement of young leaders in order to empower orphaned and vulnerable children in Honduras. The organization runs service trips throughout the year to Honduras, as well as educational programs on campus. Contact: helpinghonduras@hood.edu

SPURS (Students Providing Understanding Resources)
SPURS is a peer-mentoring program that connects first-year athletes with a select group of upper-class student athletes who help the new students adjust to their new surroundings at Hood. The SPURS provide support, educational programming, and social events to assist new athletes in their transition to a student-athlete at Hood. Contact: spurs@hood.edu

Last Train of Thought
The Last Train of Thought was founded to educate and enlighten Hood Students, and to encourage them to be active participants in community service. They sponsor educational discussions about equity and social justice, and encourage dialogue about these issues on campus. Organization members volunteer at many community service centers in the Frederick area including the Boys and Girls Club. Contact: lasttrain@hood.edu

Diversity Organizations

Asian Student Union (ASU)
The mission of ASU is to build awareness of Asian culture throughout the Hood community. ASU creates relationships between Asian students and other students on campus. They sponsor social and educational programs for the Hood community.

Black Student Union (BSU)
The Hood College Black Student Union promotes awareness of the history and culture of African Americans; provides political, educational and social activities; promotes unity among students; works to meet the special needs of African-American students on campus and acquaints the Hood College community with these needs. Major BSU events include the Liberation of the Black Mind Weekend which showcases vendors and speakers who have an understanding of what affects the black community as a whole. Contact: bsu@hood.edu

International Club
The International Club welcomes everybody who is interested in learning more about different world cultures. The organization promotes global awareness and harmony by showcasing the diverse cultures and beliefs represented on the Hood College campus as well as promoting tolerance and acceptance of cultural differences. Contact: internationalclub@hood.edu

La Comunidad
This organization’s purpose is to provide a Hispanic voice to the Hood College campus. The organization educates the College and community about the various cultures, ethnicities and styles of Hispanic culture. Contact: lc@hood.edu

The Movement
Established in 2013, The Movement promotes the African American culture through service projects, educational and social events. The organization showcases the art of stepping with its own step team. Contact: themovement@hood.edu

Queer Student Union (QSU)
QSU is dedicated to educating the College community about the lesbian, gay and bisexual community. The organization provides advocacy, support and outlets for lesbian, gay and bisexual students. This organization is open to all students. The organization’s major events include participating in the National Day of Silence and the National Coming Out Day. Contact: QSU@hood.edu

Governing and Programming Organizations

Student Government Association (SGA)
SGA is responsible for promoting the self-governance of the student body; listening to students’ concerns and opinions; directing students to the appropriate administrative personnel; and following up as needed. One of SGA’s major events is Give Your Heart to Hood Day. Contact: sga@hood.edu

Campus Activities Board (CAB)
CAB is an energetic club that welcomes out-of-the box ideas for campus programs such as pool parties, bonfires and coffeehouses. CAB builds a unified community at Hood College through the execution of diverse, quality and inspired activities led by the dedication and leadership of its members. CAB’s major events are Fall Frenzy, Messiah semi-formal dance and May Madness. Contact: cab@hood.edu

Class Organizations
The Classes of 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018 work to serve the Hood College community through class service and participation. The various classes meet to develop unity within the class and to organize class events. The classes also fund raise to support their class events. Contact: classof2015@hood.edu, classof2016@hood.edu, classof2017@hood.edu, classof2018@hood.edu

Commuter Council
The Commuter Council organizes social programming for commuter students, provides a forum for commuter students to voice their concerns and propose solutions to improve the quality of education and commuter life at Hood. Major events include Commuter Day, Commuter Welcome Tent and Commuter Welcome Lunch. The Commuter Council also maintains and updates the Commuter Lounge. Contact: commutercouncil@hood.edu

House Forum
House Forum serves as a liasion between resident students and the administration by providing a voice for resident students. Major events include Policies for Dollars and the Roommate Game. Contact: houseforum@hood.edu

Student Athletic Advisory Committee (SAAC)
The purpose of this organization is to further athletics at Hood College by maintaining communication between the athletic teams and the Hood College Athletic Department. SAAC promotes Hood athletics throughout the campus through sponsorship of inter-team activities, fund raising, special projects and promotional campus-wide activities. SAAC also helps to plan the annual athletic banquet and sports picnics. Contact: saac@hood.edu

Media Organizations

Blazer Radio, an all-student staff that broadcasts via the Internet

The Blue & Grey, bi-weekly school newspaper with an all-student staff of writers and photographers

Wisteria, bi-annual creative arts journal with students’ artistic and written works

Performance Organizations

The Belly Dance Club
The Hood Belly Dance Club strives to develop a positive attitude towards the classic dance of the Middle East. The organization teaches all different styles from tribal to classic Egyptian Cabaret. The troupe will perform with guest dancers from the Frederick area in an annual show as well as workshops to help educate and delight our community. The members will also perform around the community to help spread the joy of Belly Dance to everyone. The association welcomes anyone who wishes to join, dance, laugh, and have a good time. Contact: bellydance@hood.edu

Dance Ensemble
The Hood Dance Ensemble is an auditioned group of dancers who perform on and off campus. They produce two recitals a year. Contact: danceensemble@hood.edu

Hood College Student Musical Theatre
HCSMT (Hood College Student Musical Theatre) is a student-run organization that brings musical theatre on campus. The group was founded in September of 2010. HCSMT is open to all current Hood College students; no experience required, just a love of singing, dancing, and showtunes! Contact: hcmt@hood.edu

Hood Improvisation Troupe (HIT)
The Hood Improvisation Troupe strives to further the education of Hood College students by providing an expressive and creative outlet for members to hone their skills in the art of improvisation while also strengthening self confidence, public speaking skills, and teamwork abilities. Contact: hoodimprov@hood.edu

Special Interest Organizations

Blazer Nation
Blazer Nation is a student organization with the mission of support and promoting pride in Hood College. They sponsor spirit-related events throughout the year at various athletic and other events. Contact: blazernation@hood.edu  

Book Club
The Book Club works to elicit analysis of books through a group. The organization provides students with a setting in which they can discuss the same books or books of the same topic. Contact: bookclub@hood.edu

Club Francais
This organization works to promote the French language and culture of Francophone world. It also works to enhance ties between French-speaking and English-speaking nations. The organization works to inform students who have little knowledge of the French language, but are curious to learn basic phraseology and information about the culture. Contact: clubfrancais@hood.edu

Electronic Music Production and DJing Club
Electronic Music Production and Djing Club provides an opportunity for students to learn the aspects of electronic music production and performance. Members provide entertainment both on and off campus. Contact: electronicmusic@hood.edu

Force Union
Force Union connects those interested in building relationships through participating in Star Wars activities to provide stress relief and discussion. It is open to all students. Contact: forceunion@hood.edu

Film Club
Meeting once a week, Film Club introduces students to films which they may not be familiar with and to discuss the art of film in a friendly forum. Contact: flimclub@hood.edu

Latin Dance Club
The mission of this club is to create an opportunity for the Hood community to experience one aspect of Hispanic/Latino culture. It focuses on learning all about Latin styles of dance. Contact: latindance@hood.edu

League of Legends
The mission of this organization is to establish a sense of comradery and expand team-based skills through team-based games, such as the title game, League of Legends™, and other games. Contact: leagueoflegends@hood.edu

Maryland Student Legislature
The Maryland Student Legislature is a student organization that simulates the Maryland General Assembly. The organization has four events each year culminating with the annual session in the spring, when they meet and debate student written legislation at the Maryland capitol building in Annapolis. Contact: msla@hood.edu

Model United Nations (MUN)
The Model UN organization is open to all Hood College students. The organization participates in the weeklong National Model United Nations simulation each spring in New York City. During the fall the members learn about the operations of the United Nations and the specific policies of the country or Nongovernmental Organization (NGO) that they will represent at the MUN simulation. Contact: modelun@hood.edu

Ping Pong Club
The Ping Pong Club aims to better themselves in sharpness of mind and to increase solicializtion in a positive manner. Also, they hope to increase the knowledge of ping pong amongst the masses, in order to eventually develop an intramural activity. Contact: pingpong@hood.edu

The BrotherHood
The mission of The BrotherHood is to support members in all walks of life, provide a vehicle to develop current leaders, utilize the strengths of the organization and to promote events of service and community. Contact: thebrotherhood@hood.edu

Ultimate Frisbee Club
Ultimate Frisebee Club bonds students together through learning and playing the sport. Members organize games on the quad and in Baker Park. Everyone is welcome to join. Contact: ultimatefrisbee@hood.edu

Veterans Association
The Vetran’s Club is a peer group for students who share similar experiences. They provide support for new veteran students, educate the campus community about veterans issues and advocate for students. The organization sponsors service projects at Hood and in the surrounding community, as well as coordinating social events for veteran students, faculty and staff. Contact: veteransassoc@hood.edu

Winter Sports Club
The purpose of the Winter Sports Club is to provide the College community with a student organization that promotes on-campus camaraderie, team-building and physical activity through off-campus, recreational experiences. Contact: wintersports@hood.edu

Spiritual and Faith-based Organizations

Buddhist Meditation Group
This weekly meditation group offers services and support for members of the Buddhist faith community. Contact: buddhistorg@hood.edu

Catholic Campus Ministry (CCM)
The Catholic Campus Ministry seeks to support students in growing an understanding of the Catholic faith and in forming a deeper personal relationship with the Lord. It strives to be a source of encouragement and community for all those who desire to live and be a witness to the Catholic faith. Contact: catholiccampusministry@hood.edu

Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA)
The FCA is part of a national organization, which challenges coaches and players to use the medium of athletics to impact the world for Jesus Christ. FCA focuses on serving local communities by equipping, empowering and encouraging people to make a difference for Christ. Contact: FCA@hood.edu

Hood Interfaith Team (HIT)
The Hood Interfaith Team is a coalition of students of many different faiths who work together with the Dean of the Chapel to enhance the spiritual and religious environment at Hood. They serve as a student advisory group to the Dean of the Chapel, and provide faith based programs and activities for the Hood Community. Contact: hoodinterfaith@hood.edu

InterVarsity Christian Fellowship (IVCF)
InterVarsity Christian Fellowship is an organization dedicated to aiding in the spiritual lives of students. Its weekly meetings of prayer, Bible study, worship singing and fellowship are its main events. IVCF also helps students get involved in local churches and provides social events on weekends. Contact: ivcf@hood.edu

Hillel/Jewish Student Union (JSU)
The purpose of Hillel/JSU is to foster Jewish community spirit within the Hood campus through cultural, educational, spiritual and social events. The secondary purpose is to strengthen relationships between the College’s Jewish student body and the Frederick community at large. Major events include holiday celebrations such as Passover and Purim. Contact: hillel@hood.edu

Muslim Student Association (MSA)
The purpose of the MSA is to provide the opportunity to Muslims and non-Muslims to learn from one another in a safe environment. The organization helps Hood’s Muslim students live according to the Qura’n and Sunnah. The organization provides students with the appropriate tools to practice Islam and support their identity as Muslims through meetings, lectures, discussions and celebrations of Islamic festivities. Contact: msa@hood.edu

Young Life
The mission of Young Life identifies colleges and universities where Young Life College will be complementary to the other campus ministries. Young Life College also wants to identify adults in those communities who want to reach college students in this way. Young Life College leadership may be comprised of local adults, as well as older students who are interested in sharing their faith with others. Contact: younglife@hood.edu