Student Clubs and Organizations

RACC clubs and organizations are designed to enhance your experience as a student. They are a great avenue to making friends, learning new skills and even look good on a résumé. New groups are always welcome.

Contact: Kimberly Uphold, 610-236-3943

Club Resources

Front Street Journal - The Front Street Journal is the student newspaper of Reading Area Community College. Its mission is to provide a forum for the free exchange of ideas and information among all members of the college community. In addition to editorial staff opportunities, FSJ is always looking for reporters, photographers, as well as a marketing/business manager.

Contact: Dr. Christopher Costello, 610-236-3943

Health Professions Club - This organization is designed for students in a health-related curriculum such as Registered Nursing, Practical Nursing, Respiratory Care, and Medical Laboratory Technician.  Members of the club participate in the annual Health Fair at RACC.  The club plans programming on health issues and sponsors an information table monthly in the Berks Hall lobby.

Contact: Alayne Fessler, 610-372-4721, ext. 5428.

Multicultural/International Club- This club is open to all credit students who are attending Reading Area Community College, not exclusively international students. The club promotes diversity on campus and an awareness of other cultures and ethnicities. The club also helps new international students in adjusting to college life, a new language, and a new country. The club plans events such as the Multicultural International Festival and activities including visiting nearby attractions and museums.

Contact: Dawn Gieringer and Angelica Monserrate

Legacy - Legacy is an annual scholarly journal written, edited and published entirely by students of Reading Area Community College. Legacy publishes well-written, researched papers representative of the college's diverse student body and curriculum. Opportunities exist for students interested in writing, editing, graphic design, illustration, photography, public relations and finance. Join Legacy to share your skills or to learn new ones.

Contact: Dr. Bahar Diken, (610) 372-4721, extension 5035

Operation Green - The purpose of this organization is to disseminate information on pertinent environmental issues, engage in sustainable practices, and promote a cleaner, "greener" way of living on campus and in the community.  Operation Green culminates its year-long initiatives with an Earth Day event each year.

Contact: Pat Catucci or Kristie Hudzik

Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society (Alpha Sigma Rho Chapter) - Phi Theta Kappa, the honor society for two-year colleges, is foremost a recognition of academic achievement. The local chapter also provides members with many opportunities for scholarship, leadership, service and fellowship as an active club on campus. Membership can be beneficial in terms of a variety of scholarships, at the two-year school as well as future four-year colleges. Currently enrolled students are invited to join when they have completed at least twelve hours of associate degree coursework at RACC with a grade-point average of 3.60 or higher.

Contact: Dr. Donna Singleton, 610-372-4721 ext. 5096.

Psi Beta Chapter of National Honor Society in Psychology - The goal of the Psi Beta Chapter at RACC is the professional development of psychology students at two-year colleges through promotion and recognition of excellence in scholarship, leadership, research and community service. Psi Beta means to provide opportunities for club members to become acquainted with and involved with the larger field of psychology. It also serves as a forum for developing one’s perspective about psychology, for building a sense of community, and for identifying with others in the field. Interested students do not have to be psychology majors, but the chapter does require a 3.25 overall GPA and a 3.5 GPA in psychology classes.

Contact: Dr. David Brant, (610) 372-4721 Ext. 5450

Student Government Association - The Student Government Association (SGA) of Reading Area Community College consists of a diverse group of students who are the voice of the student body. SGA works hard to ensure that your concerns and interests about campus life are met. Advocacy and campus life improvement are the main focus of SGA. They also sponsor the majority of events on campus including picnics, bingos, roller skating parties, RACC Idols, Celebration of the Arts, Coffeehouse Series and so much more. All students with a minimum GPA of 2.0 are eligible to petition to become a senator of SGA after attending three consecutive meetings; completing a petition signed by twenty (20) currently enrolled RACC students; & obtaining a letter of recommendation from staff or faculty at RACC. All students, staff, and faculty are welcome to attend an SGA meeting and voice their concerns or suggestions. Only members of SGA will be able to vote on the issues raised. In 2005-06, SGA started its signature program “Discount Card Program” by teaming up with local businesses to provide discounts to RACC students, staff, and faculty. Check out the SGA page for current participating businesses as the program grows. Get your discount card from any SGA member in SUB 112.

Contact: Kimberly Uphold, 610-236-3943

Student Leadership Program - This program is open to current students with a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher. Students must complete an application to the program, write a short essay, and obtain a faculty recommendation. The program consists of four components: spring leadership retreat, summer leadership institute, fall leadership retreat, and winter leadership institute. Students may register for any or all of the components when they are accepted into the program and with acceptance into the program, they are granted a full scholarship for all program costs.

In addition to participating in the program, students are able to apply for leadership certification and wear leadership cords at graduation. For more information, go to the RACC website under Student Activities and Leadership Program or stop by SUB 112 or email Kimberly Uphold.

Clubs/Organizations Being Established

Christian Club

Contact: Cindy West

Creative Arts Club - The Creative Arts Club mission is to promote creativity and art across the campus and the community.

Contact: Laura Gelsomini

Environmental Issues Club

Contact: Kristie Hudzik, 610-607-6242.

Gay Straight Alliance

Contact: Lisa Delong

Ravens Helping Hands - The mission of Ravens Helping Hands is to make a difference in the lives of others, at RACC, the local community, and throughout the world through volunteer service. Projects will include campus activities and service-based learning projects. Social issues will also be addressed to expand knowledge of problems in society that may not be at the forefront of our minds.

Contact: Rebecca Paull, (610) 372-4721 Ext. 5450

Student Education Association

Contact:  Robin Eckert

Veterans Club

Contact: David Zimmerman

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