Student Organizations and Activities
Office of Student Engagement, Hodson Hall Commons Student Center, ext. 6118
Meredith Kenton ’19, President
As a component of the Office of Student Engagement, the Student Events Board (SEB) is the primary student programming organization on campus responsible for providing events and activities that support and enhance campus social life. The SEB gives students an opportunity to get involved in shaping their social experience while gaining excellent leadership experience. The organization offers many different exciting events throughout the year and is best known for traditional events such as Welcome Week, Shoreman Formal (Homecoming), Birthday Ball, and other events that feature either nationally known bands or performing artists.
Hodson Hall, ext. 8742 (8SGA)
Established in 1919, The Student Government Association (SGA) includes all current Washington College students as members. The student-run SGA participates in campus administrative, academic, and social affairs. There are three main branches of the SGA: the Executive Branch, the Legislative Branch, and the Judicial Branch.
The Executive Branch is composed of three elected members (President, Vice President and Speaker of the Senate) and nine appointed members (Financial Controller, Secretaries of Academics, Student Services and Campus Properties, Social Life, Environment, Service and Community Relations, Diversity, and, the Director of Communications and Office Management). All members of the Executive Branch, the Speaker of the Senate, the Honor Board Chair, and the Parliamentarian, as well as the SGA faculty and staff Advisors, meet regularly in Executive Board Meetings. All work to represent students in day-to-day affairs and each Executive Board member holds regular office hours in the SGA Office.
The Legislative Branch of the College, commonly referred to as the Senate, consists of elected residence hall Senators, Class Presidents, and the Speaker of the Senate. The Senate is the voice of the student body, evident in its control over the SGA Platform and other legislative affairs.
The Honor Board serves as the Judicial Branch. The Honor Board Chair and the student Honor Board members are all chosen by the SGA and work alongside appointed faculty and staff to promote and enforce the Washington College Honor Code.
To promote checks and balances of power and to insure fair appointment practices, the SGA uses a Review Board. This Board, chaired by the non-voting Parliamentarian, consists of the President, Financial Controller, Speaker of the Senate and the Honor Board Chair. The By-laws and Constitution of the SGA are available online at: http://sga.washcoll.edu
Hours: Published each semester.
The SGA offers the following services:
- Club recognition, funding, requisition processing, and detailed club information (constitutions, histories, officers);
- Posting of student leadership information and opportunities; referrals to Student Affairs and other campus services; referrals to off-campus services;
- Posting and distribution of SGA- and non-SGA-sponsored activities/events;
- Academic resource information/opportunities;
- Copying for recognized student organizations, including the four classes;
- Advocacy for student concerns and issues;
- Student event programming;
- Recognizing distinguished seniors for their efforts to provide a better college community.
The SGA Office also serves as the work area and meeting room of the Student Government Association for use by the SGA Executive Board, Class Officers, Senate Committees, and other organizations and groups as approved by the President of the Student Government Association.
Victoria Cline ’19, President
Savannah Masterson ’20, Vice President
Nicole Certesio ’20, Financial Controller
Nicholas Gottemoller ’20, Parliamentarian
Elizabeth Lilly ’20, Honor Board Chair
Nicholas Miller ’20, Speaker of the Senate
Douglas Kurtz ’21, Secretary of Academics
Calisa Gayle ’20, Secretary of Diversity
Samantha Howell ’20, Secretary of the Environment
Brandon Gross ’20, Secretary of Service and Community Relations
Caitlyn Creasy ’20, Secretary of Social Life
Jimmy Turley ’19, Secretary of Student Services and Campus Properties
Lisa Hamilton ’19, Director of Communications and Office Management
Elaine Grant, SGA Staff Advisor
Dylan Poulsen, SGA Faculty Advisor
Students serve on the following College committees:
- Academic Resources
- Academic Standing and Advising
- Academic Technology
- Admissions and Financial Aid
- Campus Events and Visitors
- Honor Board - nine student members
- Off-Campus Study - three students; where possible, seniors personally experienced in off- campus study
- Review Board for Research with Human Subjects - One or two senior students, at least one of whom is majoring in the social or natural sciences.
- Student Life
Students serve on the following Board of Visitors and Governors committees:
- Buildings and Grounds
- Honors and Awards
- Student Affairs
At the beginning of each semester, the Student Government Association will publish a list of all SGA-recognized clubs, listing their President and Treasurer. Copies of this list are available in the Student Government Association Office and on the College Web site.
Washington College Chorus (MUS 283, 10)
Washington College Jazz Combo (MUS 475, 10)
Chamber Ensembles (MUS 487, various sections)
Afro-Cuban Song (MUS 289, 10) and Afro-Cuban Drum (MUS 289, 11)
Early Music Consort (MUS 285, 10)
Indian Music Ensemble (MUS 294, 11)
Pan Pipe Ensemble (MUS 266, 10)
The Editor-in-Chief can be contacted at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Elm is the official, weekly campus newspaper.
The Editor-in-chief can be contacted at: email@example.com
The Collegian is a creative writing magazine that publishes poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, and art, several times each semester.
The WC Review is an online liberal arts journal that publishes undergraduate student writing and graphic art from all disciplines of the College.
The Project Manager can be contacted at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
The College yearbook is an interactive, electronic record of the year’s activities and events. In the autumn, the Board of Publications sends out a call for applications and hires two or three paid student interns to edit the yearbook.
Elaine Grant, Director of Student Engagement, Ext. 7146
Sarah Tansits, Assistant Director of Student Engagement, Ext. 6118
Fraternities and sororities at Washington College build community through activities centered in scholarship, social life, service and leadership. Under the guidance of the Director of Student Engagement, the Inter-Fraternal and Panhellenic Council are responsible for fraternity-sorority affairs, including the promotion of community relations and the recruitment for all chapters on campus. Washington College recognizes four national fraternities and three national sororities:
Panhellenic Council (Panhel)
Jackie Dulaff ’19, President
Alpha Chi Omega, Beta Pi Chapter
Abigail Connole ’19, President
Alpha Omicron Pi, Sigma Tau Chapter
MacKenzie Bosack ’19, President
Zeta Tau Alpha, Gamma Beta Chapter
Jessica Cornwell ’19, President
Inter-Fraternal Council (IFC)
Ben Fizer ’19, President
Kappa Alpha Order, Beta Omega Chapter
Ben Healy ’20, President
Kappa Sigma, Omicron Phi Chapter
Jack Nevins ’19, President
Phi Delta Theta, Gamma Chapter
Jacob Yalloff ’19, President
Theta Chi, Beta Eta Chapter
Christian Shaffer ’20, President
In order to participate in Greek Life recruitment, a student must have been a full-time student at Washington College for one semester and meet the minimum academic standards as set forth by the Inter-Fraternal and Panhellenic councils as well as the individual fraternity or sorority.