List of Student Organizations
The purpose of student organizations at Willamette University is to provide opportunities for the enhancement of academic, cultural, social and recreational aspects of student life through participation in group programs and activities. Every Willamette student has the opportunity to become involved in campus organizations!
Student organizations fall into one of ten categories. To browse student organizations, select a category below.
AFRICAN STUDIES CLUB
Contact Carley Kwiatkowski
The African Studies club aims to create a better understanding of the vastness, diversity, and complexity of the continent of Africa and it's countries through activities and events that engage Willamette's students and help our community grow.
ANIMAL CARE CLUB
Contact Danielle Works
The purpose of the Pre-veterinary club is to further the knowledge of the veterinary medicine profession, promote preparation for vet-school applications, provide support to potential applicants, and organize volunteer activities within the community pertaining to the field.
Contact Lisa Broadstone
The purpose of the Chemistry Club is to engage the Willamette community in chemistry-related activities both on campus and around Salem. The club provides teaching experience, along with training in lab safety techniques, for members who perform science demonstrations at local elementary and middle schools. The Chemistry Club also provides opportunities to learn about possible careers in chemistry. Science and humanities majors alike are welcome.
EXERCISE SCIENCE CLUB
Contact Tannin Kueffner
The Exercise Science club is designed to provide exercise students opportunities to explore different careers in the field and participate in curriculum-related field trips.
Contact Nicki Bacci
The French club's purpose is to promote the culture of the French speaking world on Willamette campus and to improve students' knowledge of this culture by providing them with an insight of francophone particularities that they cannot experience in the classroom (food movies, exhibits, music, etc.)
Contact William Murphy
The German Club will provide a community setting for students of German and those with an interest in the German language and culture to broaden their learning through activities, informative gatherings, traditional festivals, and group excursions related to the subject of German.
Contact Georgia Mayfield
The purpose of the Willamette. University Math Club (WUMC) is to provide an environment in which members can explore extracurricular mathematics.
Contact Monique Rodriquez
The purpose of this organization is to increase awareness and student involvement with the Hallie Ford Museum of Art and provide a variety of activities related to the museum.
Contact Shelby Gadson
The naturalist Club is an outlet for all students who love nature and wish to further their knowledge of the plants and animals on campus and the surrounding Oregon area. Club activities include nature walks, tree climbing, and off campus trips.
Contact Soren Underdahl
The Philomathean Society sponsors a series of public debates and other such opportunities for intellectual enlightenment of the Willamette University community and the Salem community at large.
Contact Brendon Dwyer
This club's purpose is to develop a community where thoughtful discussion & philosophical discourse can flourish. Activities will be chosen based on member interest. This could include a variety of speakers, participation in conferences, student forums, informal discussions on special philosophical problem, tutoring, peer review or papers, et cetera.
Contact Saneet Johal
The Pre-Health Club provides a supportive and informative environment for students interested in or pursuing a career in health-related professions by means of guest speakers, a monthly newsletter, volunteer activities and workshops.
Contact Dustin Bishop
The purpose of the Russian Club is to promote awareness and a greater appreciation of the Russian culture and also to provide an opportunity for students of the Russian Department to associate and socialize.
Greek Organizations: Fraternities
INTERFRATERNITY COUNCIL (IFC)
Contact Cole Altuzarra
IFC is the governing body for the men's fraternities, composed of elected representatives from each of Willamette's fraternities.
Contact Wesley Dawn
By striving for excellence in Kappa Sigma's Four Pillars of Fellowship, Leadership, Scholarship and Service, we seek to produce Brothers who are involved in all aspects of campus life; who excel academically as students and professionally upon graduation; who develop lifelong bonds with those around them and who support those peers; and who serve their colleges and communities.
Contact Benny Kuo
The purpose of Phi Delta Theta is to bring men with different backgrounds but similar ideals together with a common purpose: to foster excellence in scholarship, leadership, individual growth, and involvement in community service.
SIGMA ALPHA EPSILON
Contact Tyler Holmer
The mission of Sigma Alpha Epsilon is to promote the highest standards of friendship, scholarship and service for its members based upon the ideals set forth by the founders and as specifically enunciated in "The True Gentlemen."
Contact Manta Dircks
The purpose of this fraternity shall be to cultivate and maintain the high ideals of friendship, justice and learning upon which Sigma Chi was founded.
Greek Organizations: Sororities
PANHELLENIC COUNCIL (PHC)
Contact Cassidy Gammill
PHC is the governing body for the women's sororities, composed of elected representatives from each of Willamette's three sororities.
ALPHA CHI OMEGA
Contact Danica Wahl
Alpha Chi Omega seeks to positively contribute to our surrounding community through philanthropy, educational activities and social events. We strive for excellence in academics, leadership, responsibility, character, and seek to create strong bonds of friendship among our members
Contact Megan Gross
Delta Gamma offers to women of all ages a rich heritage based on principles of personal integrity, personal responsibility and intellectual honesty. Its primary purpose is to foster high ideals of friendship, promote educational and cultural interests, create a true sense of social responsibility, and develop the finest qualities of character.
PI BETA PHI
Contact Amara Fanucci
"Cultivating Sincere Friendship" The object of Pi Beta Phi is the mutual encouragement and assistance of its members in moral, mental and social advancement.
ALPHA LAMBDA DELTA
Contact Shannon Cain
This organization is a national freshman honor society for those with a minimum 3.5 g.p.a. This honorary encourages superior scholastic achievement among students during their first year in institutions of higher education, promotes intelligent living and a continued high standard of learning and assists students in recognizing and developing meaningful goals for their roles in society.
Contact Lacey Polvi
Mortar Board is a national honor society recognizing college seniors for their exemplary scholarship, leadership and service, established in 1918.
MU PHI EPSILON
Contact Joellen Sweeney
This is a professional music fraternity that seeks to promote musicianship, scholarship, and friendship through service to the University and the community. Mu Phi Epsilon aims to advance music throughout the world and to develop awareness that artistic gifts are to be shared with others. There is a g.p.a. requirement and potential members must be invited to join this fraternity.
NATIONAL SOCIETY OF COLLEGIATE SCHOLARS
Contact Dylan Goldade
This honor society recognizes the outstanding achievement of first and second year students & encourages them to get involved in the community.
ORDER OF OMEGA
Contact Brigit Miller
This is a national honorary society, open to juniors and seniors, that recognizes members of fraternities and sororities who have excelled in academics, campus involvement and community service. Order of Omega membership is awarded through application and invitation.
PHI BETA KAPPA
Founded in 1776, Phi Beta Kappa is the nation's oldest academic honor society. Its mission is to foster and to recognize excellence in the liberal arts and sciences. Students are elected to Phi Beta Kappa as seniors (a small number may be elected as juniors) based on scholarly achievement, broad cultural interest and good character. Members of the WU chapter, Delta of Oregon, base selection largely on an adjusted g.p.a. considering also departmental recommendations and academic honors. Membership is by invitation only.
TRI BETA BIOLOGICAL HONOR SOCIETY
Contact Troyce Fortune
This is a national honor society for students of the biological sciences. It will strive to increase knowledge of biological matters through active pursuit of speakers and field trips, and shall encourage students to pursue research and scholarship.
Contact Hannah Elder
The Chrysalis is an annual journal representing both the literary and artistic voices of Willamette's community members. This student run publication includes poetry, short stories, musical scores, photography and photographs of paintings, drawings and three-dimensional art.
Contact John Lind
The Collegian strives to teach journalistic skills and ethics while providing Willamette's weekly student paper.
Contact Cybelle Tabilas
The purpose of this club is to build community amongst photographers on campus and anyone else who is interested in photography. Events could include; photo walks, field trips, photo contests for campus, work shops and other sociable events for campus concerning both film, (black and white processing) and digital photography.
Contact Kristi Strobeck
Broadcasting to the campus intranet via computer, ASWU Radio's innovative student-run station maintains community through entertainment and communication. With a mix of musical genres, talk and fun, the campus' newest media has something for everyone - participant or listener.
Contact Reinaldo Ayala
The purpose of Alianza is to promote the Latino culture as well as empower the outer Latin community in effort to seek a higher education. We will provide the campus with ethnic celebrations, films, speakers, and a supportive environment for multicultural students through potlucks, trips and other cultural gatherings.
Contact Joseph Campbell
This group exists to provide and encourage the support, education, and visibility of gay/lesbian/bisexual concerns and issues in the Willamette/TIUA community. Its aim is to create an awareness and celebration of differing perspectives and lifestyles.
ASIAN STUDENT ASSICIATION (ASA)
Contact Paul Shoji
The purpose of ASA is to represent the interests and concerns of Asian students at Willamette. ASA will act as a support network for its members and other students of Asian ancestry because we understand that the transition into a predominantly homogenous environment can be difficult. In addition, ASA will act as a campus wide resource to promote cultural awareness and ethic diversity among the members of the Willamette Community.
Contact Amanda Tamanaha
The Hawaii Club strives to produce a more comfortable environment for students, both from Hawaii and those interested in the culture. It provides a support group that participates in activities, service projects, and educational programs, especially through the luau put on at the end of the school year. It also functions as a transitory resource to assist students while finding their niche at Willamette University.
Contact Matt Tom
JSSL is an organization open to all students interested in Japan, with the purpose of organizing engaging academic activities centered around Japanese culture, society and language for the Willamette, TIUA and Salem communities.
Contact Chandni Sharma
Namaste's purpose is to present Willamette students as well as the surrounding community with cultural experiences for the purpose of heightening the appreciation and awareness of South Indian culture. It is the goal of this organization to enlighten and enrich the Willamette community, as well as the surrounding Salem community to what Indian culture has to offer.
Contact Victoria Novitsky Black Horse
The purpose of NAEA is to enlighten its members to the cultural diversity of the Native American people. This association will help Native Americans to identify with an organization on campus and all other students of different origins to be enlightened by the activities, debates and lectures this association may offer.
QUEER STUDENT UNION (QSU)
Contact Andres Oswill
The QSU's purpose is the establishment and protection of a safe environment for LGTBQ members of the Willamette community to convene and support each other and receive political representation and support on campus. We also seek to promote education and understanding of queer topics and encourage participation and understanding by non-queer identifying peoples as allies. We are open and accepting of all.
WILLAMETTE INTERNATIONAL STUDENT UNION (WISA)
Contact Rachel Dierken
This organization was created in order to improve the experience of TIUA and other International Students during their stay at Willamette. Their mission is to improve life at WU by engaging in intercultural leadership opportunities.
Performing Arts Organizations
Contact Rachel Ross
The Willamette Dance Company is an organization of dancers and dance enthusiasts with the common goal of creating and performing a semesterly dance concert.
Contact Devin Leonardi
Headband is a male a cappella group. Our purpose is to make music for the community and foster friendships within the group.
Contact Austin Schock
The purpose of this organization is to promote, perform, and teach methods of improvisational theatre to members of the Willamette community.
Contact Nathaniel Garst
Poi club promotes, expresses and teaches the art of poi on the Willamette campus. We will gather regularly to practice and improve each others' skills. Performances will be in conjunction with other clubs at WU including but not limited to the DJ and Hawaii club. The tools used in poi are varied; the include poi balls, glowsticks, zuni, beaming poi and fine poi among others.
SONGWRITING AND PERFORMANCE CLUB
Contact Kristian Knutson
The Songwriting Club promotes a safe creative environment for sharing student music while working to refine lyricism and musicality. Additionally, the Songwriting club will work to publish student material, promote campus music, and provide opportunities for community performances.
Contact Matthew Tom
The purpose of Taiko is to give an opportunity to students to learn the traditional ways of Japanese Taiko and to perform for Willamette as well as other local communities in hopes of expanding the knowledge of Japanese tradition.
Contact Megan Newcomb
Tandem is a co-ed a capella choir that arranges, learns and performs a variety of popular music.
Contact Rose Rubel
Up Top is a student-run female a cappella musical group comprised of full-time Willamette students of any major. It strives to promote a creative and performance outlet through the process of performing and arranging original and "covered" vocal pieces.
Contact Christiana Zollner
This organization represents all curricular choirs at Willamette including: Chamber Choir, Willamette Singers, Voce Femminile and Male Ensemble Willamette. The organization goal is to promote excellence in the choral art.
Contact Lacey Polvi
Campus Ambassadors Christian Fellowship desires to help students grow in the knowledge and love of God, guided by the authority of Scripture and prayer. We work to fulfill our mission through worship, Bible study, community service, daily prayer and retreats.
INTER VARSITY CHRISTIAN FELLOWSHIP
Contact Luz Rodriguez
Inter Varsity Christian Fellowship is a student-led organization that is working with Jesus to cause a revolution through which all students will experience the kingdom of God, be transformed by His love and be sent out to change the world. Students lead small group Bible studies and prayer meetings in order to know Jesus personally. The Refuge is our weekly worship experience, intended for all students (Christians and seekers) to experience the presence of God through music, silence and prayer.
JEWISH STUDENT UNION
Contact Jessica Sternbach
This organization strives to provide a forum and community for Jewish students of WU to practice and talk about Jewish culture.
Contact Rey Goicochea
Our mission is to integrate faith, reason and life experience on the campus of Willamette University according to the vision of Cardinal Newman. As a Catholic apostolate, we foster spiritual growth through prayer, discussion and service.
ALTERNATIVE AGRICULTURE COMMUNITY
Contact Amanda McClelland
The club's purpose is to provide a forum, resources and student collaboration for alternative agriculture on the WU campus. We will function to provide human and material resources to enable both food production and place-based learning at Zena farm.
BEARCATS OFFERING OTHERS MEALS (BOOM)
Contact Megan Newcomb
The purpose of Bearcats Offering Others Meals (BOOM) is to offer intensive community outreach opportunities to Willamette University students and to provide local people in need with a hot meal.
Contact Emily Michelsen
Best Buddies is a college based volunteer program designed to promote one-to-one friendships between college students and people with developmental disabilities. Each College Buddy is asked to see his/her Buddy once a month and call or write once a week. In addition, pairs participate in monthly group activities, such as dances, arts craft nights and pizza parties.
Contact William Aleman
Through cooperative outreach to students, faculty and alumni who are affiliated with various academic disciplines represented at WU, ECOS aims to foster environmental awareness, continued environmental education, and environmental career opportunities.
GARDEN AND COMPOST SOCIETY
Contact Alex Sproul
The Garden and Compost Society's main purpose is to be an organizational tool to provide Willamette students access to volunteer opportunities involving gardening and composting. It will also act as a forum for students to discuss food sustainability on campus.
Contact Alexandra Maresh
SARA aims to provide a safe group of trained volunteers to which survivors of sexual assault and their allies can go to seek support, advocacy, and information.
WILLAMETTE EMERGENCY MEDICAL SERVICES (WEMS)
Contact Kelley VanHook
To encourage and facilitate training of students expressing interests in emergency medical services to include but not limited to training in CPR and First Aid. To provide certification in CPR to the Willamette Community.
Social and Support Organizations
Contact Nilo Thomas
To inspire and educate students about the importance of Math, Science, and Engineering by engaging in outreach, tutoring, and competing in the National Under Water Robotics Challenge.
Contact Thomas Ritch
The Boffer Club is devoted to recreation of medieval battle using light, padded weapons in a variety of game-types and settings. Typically meets once a week, occasionally also meets on weekends for capture the flag and other large-scale games. Safe and fun. Theatrical/period costume encouraged.
Contact Matthew Bateman
The Book Club is devoted to proving that light reading doesn't mean reading without thinking. Students get together to discuss books, "talk shop", and expand our reading. The club wants to encourage others to read outside of the classroom. There are also various trips to bookish places and events.
Contact Maria Hernandez
CAUSA chapter is dedicated to civic engagement of its members through organizing, educating and mobilizing Willamette and its surrounding communities. CAUSA chapter will attempt to raise awareness about pertinent issues affecting the immigrant community.
Contact Aaron Haynes
Willamette College Democrats will serve as a source of ideas, organization, and activism directed towards supporting the community members of WU who seek to gain experience in local, state, or national politics through voter education, voter registration, get out the vote efforts, as well as those who seek to gain experience by aiding candidates or campaigns aligned with the ideals found within the platform, heritage, or future direction of the Democratic Party.
Contact Morgan Aguirre
College Republicans make known and promote the principles of the Republican Party. They aid in the election of Republican candidates at all levels. They work to develop political skills and leadership abilities among students and prepare them for future service to the community.
Contact Peyton Tracy
Colleges Against Cancer gives students the opportunity to combat concer on their campus while uniting with other chapters nationwide. Students can make an impact nationwide, as well as within the Salem Community.
Contact Matt Faunt
The purpose of the Forestry Club is to engage the Willamette community in forestry education opportunities, and applied forest management activities at Willamette's Zena Forest. We sponsor weekend trips to Zena, as well as bring guest lecturers to campus.
Contact Zachary Garrett
The Go Club's purpose it to spread the game of Go in the Willamette and Salem community, to help its members to improve their ability at the game, and to provide an environment where players can gather and enjoy Go.
INVISIBLE CHILDREN CLUB
Contact Cybelle Tabilas
The Invisible Children Club aims to raise funds and awareness for the war started 26 years ago by the Lord's Resistance Army in Central/East Africa and to bring the longest running war in Africa's history to an end.
RESPECTABLE KNITTING SOCIETY
Contact Jessica Warren
The Respectable Knitting Society will help to better serve the community at Willamette and in Salem through the cooperative and healing activity of knitting and crocheting
Contact Casey Husseman
The purpose of Settlers Club is to promote and play the board game Settlers of Catan with other Catan enthusiasts as well as newcomers with an interest in a game of strategy, development, negotiation, and good times. Be prepared for some sweet tournament action with prizes for the top players and a chance to be known as "King/Queen of Catan" for the overall winner
Contact Chanel Sulc
Symbolizing key elements in her advocacy, SHE stands for Strength-Health-Equality. We are a socially conscious group that works to bring awareness and thought to realities, like domestic violence, rape, eating disorders, depression, and international injustices. SHE also follows her celebratory roots by reminding people that their bodies, minds, creativity, and souls are beautiful. Personal health, goodness, and unity are important in everyone's lives, and we create programming around these beliefs as well. This club is an inclusive group that reminds our communities that "women's issues" are everyone's issues.
STUDENTS AGAINST SLAVERY
Contact Baily Mullins
The purpose of Students Against Slavery is to raise awareness, generate assets, and facilitate action against modern day slavery which include all forms of the exploitation of human labor-forced labor, domestic servitude, child soldiers, and the sex trade.
TABLETOP WARGAMING CLUB
Contact Sean Fogerty
To provide an open, welcoming, free and safe community for experienced and brand-new players to play war games by developing tactical, strategic, and teamwork along with sharing thoughts and generally having a good time.
WILLAMETTE EVENTS BOARD (WEB)
Contact Andrea Gainza & Nathan Combs
The purpose of Pro Board is to provide programs that complement, reflect and respond to the Willamette University community. These programs shall be designed to be an educational experience for those involved in planning and presenting of the programs, as well as those who participate. These programs should remain consistent with stated objectives, regulations, and missions of the Office of Student Activities and Willamette University.
Contact Annie Pawlick
Wulapalooza is an earth, art, and music festival that has been organized by students every spring for the past 12 years. Student and professional bands perform on two stages at the festival, along with other performance groups such as Willamette Dance Company and Poi Club. We also have club activities, food, and a craft fair, among other events. Each year we also select a charitable organization to support!
Sports and Recreational Organizations
Contact Nicolette Bailey
Our purpose is to give the Willamette University community access to outdoor recreation and the environment of the Pacific Northwest. The group is committed to outdoor and environmental education to encourage participants to pursue interests in the outdoors. The Outdoor program will build campus unity, while providing an opportunity to get outdoors.
Contact Neal Rusk
The purpose is to be an organization where members can compete against each other and enhance their skills as badminton players.
Contact Hannah Fisher
The purpose of the WU Cheer squad is to provide enthusiasm, spirit, and entertainment at Willamette sporting events on campus. We perform at home football games during the fall semester and home basketball games at the beginning of spring semester.
Contact Brandon Guyton
The club supports recreational climbing pursuits including indoor climbing gym and outdoor guided climbing and promotes safe climbing habits and practices by planning and offering climbing outings and events.
Contact Alex Turpin
The mission of Willamette Cycling Club is to promote physical well being and a feeling of community through cycling.
Contact Kayla Cothrun
The purpose of the Dance Team is to unite students who have an interest in dance, promote spirit and to perform for the student body, staff and alumni.
DISC GOLF CLUB
Contact Daniel Rehm
This organization aims to establish a group of students at Willamette University to go disc golfing at courses in the area and surrounding Salem, Oregon. Along with travel, this organization aims to promote inter-collegiate relations with other University and College disc golf clubs in the Willamette Valley.
Contact Eric Henry
Foil Fencers is a sports and recreation club that aims to promote and preserve the art of foil fencing in a safe environment.
FOOTLOOSE: THE SOCIAL DANCE CLUB
Contact Natalie Lyman
Footloose is a social club for the purpose of meeting people, having fun, and learning a swing dance, which originated and was practiced in the 1940's.
Contact Shayna Sigman
The Kayak Club was organized to bring WU students together who enjoy kayaking and/or would like to learn more about it. Whether you enjoy sea or river kayaking there is a place here for you.
Contact Sean Fogerty
The Longboard Club aims to promote/facilitate the growth and development of the longboarding community at Willamette University. We will strive to further the understanding of this environmentally sustainable mode of transportation and it's safe practice.
MARTIAL ARTS CLUB
Contact Quinn Soran
The purpose of the Martial Arts Club is to bring students who have interest in, or experience in martial arts together. Developing a safe and friendly environment where students can teach each other.
Contact Spencer Ramsey
Willamette Mens Lacrosse will provide students with an opportunity to take part in another sport organization. The organization will have practices, meetings, and competition in the Pacific Northwest Collegiate Lacrosse league.
Contact Kory Pranger
The Rugby club will participate in matches and tournaments. We wish to give people who do not want to continue in varsity sports an opportunity for physical activity.
Contact Ryan Schroeder
To provide players with a more competitive soccer environment than intramurals provides, without being at the extreme level of collegiate varsity sport.
MEN'S ULTIMATE FRISBEE
Contact Leif Hansen
This club exists to play Ultimate Frisbee and lots of it. Group members strive to develop skills, play in intercollegiate games and tournaments and to have fun in every weather condition.
MEN'S VOLLEYBALL CLUB
Contact Ryan Thomson
The Willamette Men's Volleyball Club will practice weekly to introduce students to the competitive aspects of volleyball. We will also strive to compete in some sort of league in the Pacific Northwest as well as compete in local area tournaments. All skill levels are encouraged to join.
Contact Elizabeth Harney
The purpose and function of this organization is to play the game of Quidditch. We will establish a supportive community, while having fun participating in a recreational activity. We will also spread knowledge and appreciation of the game.
ROD AND REEL CLUB
Contact Brian Widing
The purpose of the Rod & Reel Club is to promote and facilitate fishing in the Willamette community, while educating members about wildlife conservation and ethical practices.
Contact Shelbie Wolfe
The purpose of the running club is to unite runners of all abilities to go on runs together. Participants may choose to run in races together.
SKI AND SNOWBOARD CLUB
Contact Nathan Teal
The purpose of this organization is to create an opportunity for Willamette students to enjoy the sport of skiing and snowboarding on a periodic basis while enjoying the outdoors.
WOMEN'S CLUB SOCCER
Contact Erica Jensen
This organization is designed to provide the WU community with a more competitive soccer environment than intramurals provides, without being at the extreme level of a colligate varsity sport.
WOMEN'S CLUB VOLLEYBALL
Contact Jessica Yi
This organization is to gather women of Willamette University to play competitive indoor volleyball.
WOMEN'S RUGBY CLUB
Contact Jacine Passwaters
Our purpose at Willamette University is to provide women with a fun and athletic pastime outside of the varsity sports. By participating in women's rugby, students have a chance to participate in an interesting sport and get involved in the Willamette community.
WOMEN'S ULTIMATE FRISBEE CLUB
Contact Lauren Henken
This club is designed for women to learn and enjoy the sport of Ultimate Frisbee, play in all conditions, attend tournaments and have fun playing a competitive sport. Open to all skill levels and athletic ability.
Contact Hannah Schwarz
The goal of the yoga club is to provide a loving and supportive environment where students can feel free to be themselves, make mistakes, fall… all in the process of physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual growth. It is a place where students can clear their minds of everything they have to do, gaining and increasing awareness of their minds and bodies and letting out their day to day stress in a positive and healthful way.