Offices & Services

Student Handbook

Student Organizations and Activities

The Student Events Board

Office of Student Engagement, Hodson Hall Commons Student Center, ext. 6118

Michael Luckert ’18, President

As a component of the Office of Student Engagement, the Student Events Board is the primary student programming organization on campus responsible for providing events and activities that support and enhance campus social life. The Student Events Board gives students an opportunity to get involved in shaping their social experience, while offering an excellent leadership experience. The organization offers many different exciting events throughout the year, but is best known for traditional events such as: Welcome Week, Shoremen Formal, Homecoming, Birthday Ball, and other events that feature either nationally known bands or performing artists.

The Student Government Association

Hodson Hall, ext. 8742 (8SGA)

The Student Government Association (SGA), established in 1919, includes all current Washington College students as members. The SGA is student-run and 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:

Office of the Student Government Association

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.  

SGA Executive Officers and Staff

May Kiros ’18 President
Brandon Gross ’19 Vice President
Myssa Abusin ’19 Financial Controller
Ashlyn Gardner ’18 Parliamentarian
Victoria Cline ’19 Honor Board Chair
Parakram “PK” Karki ’19 Speaker of the Senate
Nicole Certesio ’20 Secretary of Academics
Amanda Tran ’19 Secretary of Diversity
Samantha Howell ’20 Secretary of the Environment
Arianna Hall ’20 Secretary of Service and Community Relations
Emilie Sanborn ’20 Secretary of Social life

Jimmy Turley ’19

Secretary of Student Services and Campus Properties
Brianna Caruso ’18 Director of Communications and Office Management
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
  • Curriculum
  • Honor Board - nine student members.
  • Off-Campus Study - three students; where possible, seniors personally experienced in off- campus study.
  • Planning
  • 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

Student Clubs

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.

Credit-Bearing Performance Groups

Washington College Chorus

J. Ernest Green, Director,

The WC Chorus will sing a variety of repertoire, including selections from classical, popular, American musical theater, and gospel.  It is open to all female students who enjoy singing.

Washington College Symphonic Band

Keith Wharton, Director,

This course is appropriate for the following instruments: flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, saxophone, trumpet, horn, trombone, euphonium, baritone, tuba, and percussion. Students should have played in concert band, jazz band, or in the brass, woodwind, or percussion sections of a full orchestra in high school.

Washington College String Orchestra

Kimberly McCollum, Director,

The String Ensemble studies and performs orchestral music from various musical periods. This course is appropriate for the following instruments: violin, viola, cello, and bass.

Washington College Jazz Band

Staff, Director, ext. 7836,

This course is appropriate for the following instruments: saxophone, trumpet, trombone, piano, guitar, bass, and drum set.  Students should have played in concert band or jazz band in high school.

Washington College Japanese Music Ensemble

Jonathan McCollum, Director, ext. 6549,

By the Edo period (1603-1868), three instruments had emerged from various directions to become popular among the Japanese people.  They are: the koto, a 13 –string zither, the shamisen, a 3-string banjo-like instrument, and the shakuhachi, a Zen Buddhist bamboo flute.  In this ensemble, students will be introduced to these instruments, have the opportunity to research and write about them, and learn how to perform on an instrument of the student’s choice.  Students will also learn to read the unique notation systems of each instrument, as well as gain a deep understanding of Japanese traditional arts in relation to the social, ideological, and cultural development of Japanese traditional aesthetics.

Steel Pan Ensemble

John Leupold, Director, ext. 7837,

The Steel Pan is a 20th century invention from the Caribbean island of Trinidad.  Each individual pan is crafted from a 50-gallon oil drum and is tuned as a bass, tenor, alto, or soprano instrument. With its unique Caribbean sound, the Steel Pan Ensemble performs American pop tunes, as well as Trinidadian Soca music and Calypso songs.

Chamber Ensembles

Contact Jon McCollum, ext. 6549,

Various woodwind, brass, string and vocals ensembles (duets, trios, quartets, quintets) perform in recitals throughout the year. They are open to qualified students.

Student Publications

The Elm

The Editor-in-Chief can be contacted at:

The Elm is the official, weekly campus newspaper.

 The Collegian

The Editor-in-chief can be contacted at:

The Collegian is a creative writing magazine that publishes poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, and art, several times each semester.

 Washington College Review

The WC Review is a liberal arts journal that publishes undergraduate student writing and graphic art from all disciplines of the College.


The Project Manager can be contacted at:

The College yearbook is an interactive, electronic record of the year’s activities and events.  In the autumn, The Pegasus hires two or three paid student interns to edit the yearbook.

Fraternities and Sororities

 Jean-Pierre Laurenceau-Medina, Interim Director of Student Engagement, Ext. 8465

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 as well as recruitment for all chapters on campus. Washington College recognizes four national fraternities and three national sororities:

Panhellenic Council (Panhel)

Amelia Berbach ’19, President


Alpha Chi Omega, Beta Pi Chapter

Ellie Pitzer ’18, President

Alpha Omicron Pi, Sigma Tau Chapter

Breanna Caruso ’18, President

Zeta Tau Alpha, Gamma Beta Chapter

Chelsea Stevens ’18, President

Inter-Fraternal Council (IFC)

Ben Fizer ’19, President


Kappa Alpha Order, Beta Omega Chapter

Evan Sayyad ’18, President

Kappa Sigma, Omicron Phi Chapter

Pat Mariboe ’18, President

Phi Delta Theta, Gamma Chapter

Nick Misata ’19, President

Theta Chi, Beta Eta Chapter

Will Carrier ’19, 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 Council’s as well as the individual fraternity or sorority.