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Juniata has dozens of clubs and organizations on campus that give students the opportunity to develop different skills, support various causes, grow as a person, make friends and/or just have fun! There's so much to choose from - and if for some reason you don't find what you're looking for, you can start your own group!
American Association of University Women: Juniata’s AAUW club is a local chapter of the larger national organization advancing equity for women and girls through advocacy, education, philanthropy and research. The Juniata club works toward this mission by collaborating with the AAUW-Huntingdon branch and other campus groups to host events for the campus and community on issues relevant to women.
All Ways of Loving (an LGBTQ Club): Dedicated to advocating for the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgendered and queer students, as well as allies, this group is one of Juniata’s most active. They host an annual drag show and several other advocacy and awareness events.
Pre-Law Club (Barristers Club): The Barrister's Club is a student organization for students who are interested in law or exploring the possibility of attending law school. The club serves by providing information regarding LSAT prep courses, law school admission processes, law school tours, and career information.
Big Brothers/Big Sisters: Big Brothers Big Sisters is a club that creates and supports relationships that provide consistent, positive, one-to-one interaction between a single-parent child and an adult volunteer who will be an advisor and friend on the journey from childhood to adulthood.
Philanthropy Club (Blue Pig): Blue Pig is Juniata's philanthropic outreach club. The club hosts a series of events throughout the year to build a culture of giving back and paying-it-forward, in support of their motto: "A little change makes a big difference." The club members’ secondary goal is to further Juniata’s solid history of philanthropy, which they accomplish through an annual campaign featuring blue piggy banks, from which donations are collected monthly.
Colleges Against Cancer: Colleges Against Cancer is an extension of the American Cancer Society and seeks to carry out its mission statement by spreading cancer awareness between the college campus and surrounding community. Here at Juniata, the Colleges Against Cancer club hosts events such as Breast Cancer Awareness Week and the Dodge Cancer Dodgeball Tournament for testicular cancer awareness, in addition to events where we partner with other campus or community organizations to advocate for cancer awareness.
Environmental Coalition: Environmental Coalition is a service and advocacy club that provides activities, like Recyclemania, to campus. They’re famous for “Turn off the lights!” stickers in many campus rooms and for the Organic Dinner, which they bring to life by cooperating with Student Food Initiative, another campus organization. The Coalition has also done stream and swamp cleanups and traveled abroad.
Juniata College Democrats: The Juniata College Democrats are the campus branch of the national Democratic Party. They work to get Democratic candidates elected to office, and they advocate for policies supported by the Democratic Party. During election years, they partner with the Juniata College Republicans to encourage students to register to vote.
Juniata College Republicans: The Juniata College Republicans are a group of students whose mission is “to foster an environment for political discussion, to provide students and the community with access to information, encourage voter involvement, and to empower young people to be active participants in the political world.” They host meetings, speakers, discussions and debates to empower Republican students on campus.
Model UN: Just like the large, international organization, Juniata’s Model UN is built around a model where representatives from different countries must cooperate for global success. The club has two components: a high school Model UN conference where ninth through twelfth graders represent countries at a meeting on Juniata’s campus, and several off campus meetings where undergraduates represent UN countries at collegiate Model UN conferences.
Peace Studies Club (PAX-O): PAX-O is Juniata’s club for students interested in peace and conflict studies. Its members work to make two fundraising dinners—Empty Bowls and Night of 1,000 Dinners—possible. The club also presents awareness-raising activities during Genocide Awareness Week.
Student Alumni Association: Through the Student Alumni Association, students can develop leadership skills by organizing annual events like Career Day, Homecoming and the Senior Class Dinner. SAA members also connect with alumni at these events, gaining insight into internship and job opportunities, career guidance, tips for grad school, and general advice for life after college.
Student Food Initiative: Responsible for a local, organic, vegan food line in Juniata’s dining hall, Student Food Initiative is a new but strong student organization at Juniata. Its members work on the College’s farm, which mostly produces tomatoes, and Juniata’s organic garden, which has a wide variety of fruits and vegetables and is located adjacent to the Juniata vineyard.
Trans Parachute United: “T*PU” provides a safe space for students of all gender identities to come together and talk about gender. They provide support for those who are questioning their gender and those who are having some kind of trouble with their identity. In the words of club president Liz Sunde ’13 (pictured at right), “We also do our best to help those outside of the trans* communities to understand what being trans* means and how they can be good allies.”
African Dance and Drum: African Dance and Drum is a club that explores the rhythms and associated dances from Guinea, West Africa. At meetings, students learn the basic techniques, movements and names from several different rhythms. The club performs at Concert for a Cure and World Music Night each year.
Art Alliance: Art Alliance is a small, but active club dedicated to spreading the joys of art throughout the campus. Their projects have included body art exhibitions, painted snow and several Post Secret installations, which draw on the Post Secret blog, a popular art project.
Comic Book Club: Comic Book Club is an organization dedicated to spreading comic book culture and understanding about comic books. As a club, they’ve donated various comics to Beeghly Library, and introduced people to comic books and the various media derived from them, such as television shows, movies and games. They’ve hosted guest lecturers, including biology professor Jay Hosler, who is a published comic book creator.
Dance Ensemble: Dance Ensemble is a club that allows members to practice different styles of dancing, whether they are beginners or advanced. The club performs at several Juniata events, most notably Mr. Juniata, the male beauty pageant. And they host a recital every spring, which raises funds for charity. All of their dances are student-taught.
Knitting Club: A growing club on campus, Knitting Club meets weekly and provides a place where students can relax and knit for an hour or two each week. Members’ skill ranges vary from beginner to expert, and non-knitters are also welcome to come learn the craft.
Ceramics/Pottery Club (Mudjunkies): Mudjunkies is a club that aims to teach students about clay. The club, which meets at the College’s Ceramics Studio, gives students a place to explore clay, relax and create something new. In the spring of every year, the club assists in throwing bowls for Empty Bowls, a dinner that raises funds for hunger in the communities surrounding Juniata. At the end of each semester, Mudjunkies hosts have a sale of student pottery and ceramics projects.
Archery Club: Archery Club is intended to provide a place where archers of any level of experience can come to shoot. At club meetings, learning and improvement is encouraged and opportunities for participation in tournaments are provided.
Chess Alliance:The mission statement for Chess Alliance is "to provide an environment in which we can learn and play one of the oldest and deepest games in history."
Equestrian Club: Passionate about horses? Juniata’s Equestrian Club offers lessons for students of all abilities and an Intercollegiate Horse Show Association team for anyone interested in competing. The club leaders emphasize that students need not take lessons or be on the team to join club activities. Anyone and everyone can join in and horse around!
Juniata College Cycling Association (JCCA): Juniata College Cycling Association is a club designed for students committed to road and mountain biking, regardless of skill level. The club takes advantage of Allegrippis and other local trails as well as many ride-worthy back roads adjacent to campus. Club president Caleb McMullen '14 says that he most enjoys the camaraderie of the club and "the stress relieving factor of throwing a leg over my bike and just going for a ride to enjoy my surroundings."
Juniata College Disc Golf Association (JCDGA): Intercollegiate: Formed in 2012, this new club is composed of individuals that enjoy playing the sport "Disc Golf." Disc golf is a sport similar to "ball" golf, but instead of trying to get a ball in a hole in the fewest stokes possible, a Frisbee is thrown into a basket. The club meets weekly to play golf around campus and goes to local disc golf courses in the region. The club welcomes players of all skill levels.
Juniata College Divers: The Juniata College Divers Club works with a local instructor so that students can become certified divers at a reasonable price. The club goes on trips to the Bahamas and Florida, where they scuba dive, snorkel and free dive. They host Discover Scuba Diving nights at our pool, where anyone is able to try out scuba diving to see if they want to become certified.
Men's Rugby – Intercollegiate: "The River Rats," as they are affectionately known on campus, have been in existence at Juniata for nearly 40 years. They’ve captured Division III Allegheny Rugby Union titles and typically play schools like the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown, Geneva College, Allegheny College and Grove City College.
Men’s Volleyball Club – Intercollegiate: Men's Volleyball Club is characterized by relaxed practices twice a week in the gym or out on the quad. Practices are really a good excuse to scrimmage against each other, but the club also travels to tournaments if there is enough interest.
Gaming Club (Ministry of Games) – Collegiate: From board games to Rock Band, Golden Eye, and World of Warcraft, this club is designed for gamers. Come to cast spells, learn problem-solving skills and brag that you’re a Level 80 Druid night elf.
Quidditch Club – Collegiate: Quidditch Club is perfect for anyone who likes Harry Potter and wants to stay active, or for people who have played sports in the past. All you’ll need is a broom!
Racquetball Club – Collegiate: Although they don’t play tournaments against other colleges, the members of the Racquetball Club at Juniata are a quiet, but consistent bunch of students. Juniata’s four racquetball courts, located in the Kennedy Sports and Recreation Center, are heavily used by club members, as well as faculty, staff and other members of the Juniata community, where racquetball is a popular pastime.
Social Dancing Club – Collegiate: From the Lindy to the Charleston, the members of Juniata’s Social Dancing Club know how to have a good time! They host dancing events on campus and travel to nearby Penn State University to dance and learn from visiting, more experienced dancers.
Ultimate Frisbee Club – Intercollegiate: Famous for their nearly constant pickup game on the campus quad, The Juniata Ultimate Frisbee Club (or “Irish Elks”) also participates in intercollegiate tournaments. They represent one of the most tight-knit campus organizations.
Women’s Rugby – Intercollegiate: "The Hellbenders" are an intercollegiate team on Juniata’s campus and defeating other women’s rugby teams isn’t the limit of their passion. Every year, they play a rugby game in the ugliest dresses they can find. The slogan for the event is “Keeping Violence on the Field” and proceeds go to a local abuse shelter.
Communication & Programming
Communication and Media Club: Be a part of planning one of Juniata’s oldest traditions, the Bailey Oratorical Contest, a formal speaking competition. Or, help others regale impromptu audiences with personal speeches, poems, stories, dance and music at the Soapbox Speeches, an annual event at Juniata. Juniata’s Communication and Media Club spreads the word about communication to campus through these activities and other social events.
Juniata Activities Board: The Juniata Activities Board works closely with the Office of Student Activities to plan most of Juniata’s major events from traditions like Mountain Day, Lobsterfest and Madrigal to a biannual pop music concert. Each year, they also work to bring in a wide range of entertainment such as comedians, musicians and poets so that students are able to relax and unwind in a fun and interactive atmosphere.
Juniata Star Wars Club: In their weekly meetings, members of the Star Wars club discuss the movies, and watch fan-made films on YouTube. Their most popular events include light saber battles, which sometimes incorporate more than 30 people.
Literary Club (Kvasir): Publishing essays, poetry, short stories and photography, Kvasir (pronounced like “Vassar”) is Juniata’s literary magazine. It is issued once per semester. The club’s newest activity is a weekly poetry-reading hour on WKVR-FM, Juniata’s radio station.
Sigma Tau Delta (English Honor Society): An honor society for students of literature and writing, this campus club, which is part of the national organization, was founded at Juniata in 2006.
Young Entrepreneurs Society: Young Entrepreneurs Society brings together entrepreneurial-minded students to help explore their creative sides and share their ideas. They support feasible business ventures and events such as an annual business plan competition.
African-American Student Alliance: For over a decade, African-American Student Alliance has been hosting campus events focused on educating and informing students about minority cultures, primarily African-Americans. One recent open forum the alliance sponsored focused on minorities in modern media. Their most popular event is an annual Kwanzaa Dinner held in early December.
Burmese Club: Juniata was one of the first colleges in the nation to concentrate on recruiting Burmese students, as noted by Inside Higher Ed. When they arrived on campus, these students proved to be remarkably open to sharing their culture. Burmese Club shares the food and cultural experiences of Myanmar (Burma) to Burmese and non-Burmese students and Huntingdon community members. One recent event included Burmese Movie Night, which focuses on educating attendees about the political situation of Burma. The club also helps present the Asian Food Expo at Juniata.
Chinese Club: Juniata’s Chinese Club offers Juniata’s students and citizens of the surrounding community with opportunities to experience the Chinese culture. They also devote effort to providing a family atmosphere for incoming Chinese students. They welcome all members of the community who are interested in celebrating, learning and sharing the Chinese culture.
French Club: The French Club is a club where students who are interested in French are able to get together and have some fun. The members regularly host Crepe Nights at the French House (one of Juniata’s Global Village housing options) and French movie nights, using language as a common interest.
German Club: German Club organizes and carries out Juniata’s Oktoberfest as well as an Easter egg hunt, excursions to authentic German restaurants, and baking nights that feature German specialties.
Japanese Club: Japanese club participates in Juniata events like Lobsterfest and Springfest to grow their numbers and promote their activities. Those events include a Japanese Dinner, an Asian Food Expo, Japanese Curry Day, Setsubun, an Asian Fashion Show, a movie night, and language lessons.
Otaku Cultural Club: Otaku Culture Club is a club that provides a space for members of the campus community to enjoy and share all aspects of Otaku Culture from anime and manga to visual novels. The club encourages creative acts of Otaku like drawing and cosplay, and provides the opportunity to attend conventions off-campus.
Plexus: Plexus is a social justice advocacy organization that is loosely affiliated with Plexus orientation, one of Juniata’s extended orientation sessions that focuses specifically on helping multicultural students deal with culture shock upon arrival at Juniata. The club works closely with other organizations to support Kwanzaa and Freedom Seder, and they assist with multiculturalism workshops.
Russian Club: Russian Club is a place for students interested in the country to learn about its culture and language through activities such as dinners and movie nights. Many of the members take Russian classes, but it's not required.
Skulldiggers: A club for students interested in history, this group has taken field trips to historic sites and digs, hosted speakers and worked with the archival material in the Juniata College Museum of Art.
Spanish Club: The purpose of the Spanish Club is to provide an environment where aficionados of the Spanish language and Hispanic cultures are able to assemble and pursue common interests. Their activities aim at expanding students’ knowledge of the Spanish-speaking world and provide support for worthy Hispanic causes. They also work to promote study-abroad opportunities in Spanish-speaking countries.
Ski Club (JC Downhill): JC Downhill is a club open to anyone interested in skiing or snowboarding, with skill levels ranging from beginner to advanced. Each year, the club takes a weekend trip over winter break to a ski resort in New England. In the spring semester, Downhill provides discounted skiing and snowboarding passes on a weekly basis to nearby slopes.
Outdoor Club (Laughing Bush): To provide outdoor recreational equipment and activities to the student body at affordable costs.
Wild Hunters of the Juniata: A club inspired by a movie—Jeremiah Johnson—Wild Hunters gives students a basic idea of the "mountain man" and Native American life. Members focus on surviving in the wilderness with only the clothes on their backs, using the resources Mother Nature provides. The club leaders teach basic survival skills, such as identifying edible plants, erecting shelters and building fire.
American Society for Microbiology: The American Society for Microbiology is the largest and oldest life sciences organization in the world and is aimed at advancing and disseminating an understanding of the microbial world. Here at Juniata, the ASM Club is composed of students interested in the microbial and biological sciences, specifically the applications of microbes in business, industry and public infrastructure. Recently, club members traveled to a local vineyard, and they are planning an additional trip to the Huntingdon wastewater treatment plant in order to gain a better understanding of the role of microbes in public clean water and wastewater systems. Throughout the year, they hold two fundraisers that support clean drinking water wells in Africa.
Andrew Lawson Geological Society (Geology Club): Andrew Lawson Geological Society is a geology club that welcomes anyone to become members, not only students with a geology Program of Emphasis. The club’s main focus is to get people together to have a good time while exposing them to geological material. Members have taken groups excursions to different caverns over the past few years including nearby Penn’s Cave, Lincoln Caverns and Indian Caverns. They have also visited a coal mine in Somerset County, hosted overnights at Grove’s Farm (at Juniata’s Raystown Field Station), and traveled to multiple Geological Society of America meetings.
Apiary Club (Bee Team): The apiary club is a group of students and staff who spend time learning about the process of keeping and maintaining a beehive and using the products of that hive. The club has done several trips to bee farms, sometimes extracting honey. Because bees play a very important role in society, club members also seek to keep people educated and aware of their significance.
Chemistry Club: Chemistry Club is an organization where students can connect with professionals in the field of chemistry. The club’s biggest event is Chemistry Camp, where area elementary school students visit Juniata’s campus, participate in lab activities and attend a demo show. It is held annually in February.
Fruit and Wine Club: Three years ago, students and faculty at Juniata planted a vineyard. Now, they’re enjoying the fruits of their labor. The fruit and wine club is an opportunity for exploration of fruit and wine. And, in addition to maintaining the vineyard, students in this club explore the science behind fruit and wine, supplementing discussions that begin in courses like Wine in a Vessel.
Health Occupations Students of America (HOSA): Health Occupations Students of America (HOSA) is a national organization with state chapters at the secondary, post-secondary, and collegiate levels. Juniata initiated their club in 1991, the first collegiate chapter in the commonwealth of Pennsylvania. The club hosts multiple health-related service events and biweekly meetings during which a variety of health professionals speak about their respective careers.
Math Club (Null Set): Null Set is a club that sponsors mathematical activities and encourages studies in mathematics. The club focuses not only on promoting math, but showing that math can be fun. They partner with faculty to sponsor mathematics talks and events. Pi Day, which was tailored to foster children's interest in math, is a popular event for Null Set.
Philosophy Club: In their own words, "Philosophy club is an organization dedicated to succoring curious brains in desperate need of a mental playground". The club hosts biweekly member-driven discussions and thought-provoking events like panels where faculty debate central philosophical questions.
Psychology Club: Every year, Psychology Club hosts a major fundraiser to support a national nonprofit related to mental health. Past recipients have included The Autism Society, a suicide prevention organization and a fund for Alzheimer's research. The club also hosts a grad school information night and a panel, held around spring class registration time, to answer the question, "What classes should you take in psychology next year?"
Society of Physics Students: Society of Physics Students is the Juniata chapter of a national organization designed to offer physics students the chance to expand their educational experience by offering information about internships and job opportunities in physics. Juniata’s SPS chapter focuses on outreach to get the public, especially children, interested in learning more about science. Physics Phun Night, featuring fantastic physics demos, is their most popular event.
Tri Beta: Tri Beta is the Juniata chapter of the National Beta Beta Beta Biology Honors Society. The club meets frequently to learn about research being done by its members. And, they organize Bio Bonanza, a one-day biology camp for young biology enthusiasts and their parents.
Campus Girl Scouts: Campus Girls Scouts is a service and volunteer club for students who served as Girl Scouts in high school. Although they no longer seek badges, these young women support Girl Scout troops in the area by providing programming and helping at events.
Circle K: A service club, Circle K works to promote the kind of service embodied by its parent organization, Kiwanis. At Juniata, the club is famous for their main fundraiser, Mr. Juniata, a male beauty pageant where personality beats looks. Whosoever can best show their fun-loving spirit can win the crown! Proceeds go to a major worldwide organization that differs from year to year. Juniata's Circle K club also assists in hosting events like the Spring Youth Carnival, Special Olympics and blood drives.
Habitat for Humanity: Juniata's chapter of the national organization, Habitat for Humanity works on local building sites in the surrounding community. They also spend a week creating and living in a cardboard village to advocate for housing needs on Juniata’s campus, just one of their initiatives aimed at educating others about the mission and work of Habitat for Humanity International.
Juniata Instructors of the Future (JIF): Juniata Instructors of the Future is a club for students who are interested in working with children and children’s advocacy in the community. Members volunteer in local public schools, at the Huntingdon Community Center, and at various events in the Huntingdon community that serve children.
Juniata College Emergency Management Services (JCEMS): Juniata College Emergency Medical Services is composed of students on campus who have an interest in emergency medicine. JCEMS members have different levels of certification—some members are CPR-certified, some are First Responders, and others are EMT-Basic certified. These members regularly take shifts in responding to emergency medical calls that occur on campus, and they also provide medical stand-by for various campus events.
Nourish International: Part of a larger Nourish International network, Juniata’s chapter works to fulfill Nourish International's mission: “to engage students and empower communities to make a lasting impact on extreme poverty.” Throughout the year, members of the club hold fundraisers to enable them to go abroad and work on sustainable projects during the summer. Nourish International also serves as a platform for students to take action on global poverty and become informed, engaged global citizens.
Omicron Delta Kappa (The National Leadership Honor Society): Students invited to this club, based on GPA and leadership experience, participate in an annual service project and wear an honor cord at graduation. They also have the opportunity to attend an additional alumni networking event at which they can learn about Alumni Council, an organization that they may be encouraged to join after graduation.
Pet and Animal Welfare Society (PAWS): PAWS is an advocacy and service group that spends time volunteering at nearby animal rescues and shelters. They raise funds for and provide education about animal welfare in a national, state and local context.
Power Up Gambia: One of Juniata’s most popular study abroad trips takes place in the West African country of The Gambia. Moved by their trip to this locale, several Juniata students began Juniata’s chapter of Power Up Gambia, a club that informs Juniata’s campus community about Gambian needs. They also work to fund development projects in The Gambia from afar; their current initiative is to provide electricity to hospitals in The Gambia through the installation of solar panels.
Social Work Club: Every year, the club leaders of Juniata’s Social Work Club come up with projects they want to do that vary greatly, but there’s always one constant: social support advocacy. Club members have provided financial support for a substance abuse and healthy family workshop for students at Huntingdon High School as well as for a family who lost their child to suicide. From coat drives to group bonding retreats, they are a busy bunch and often cooperate to help support the efforts of Juniata’s Habitat for Humanity club.
Innovators Club: The members of Juniata’s Innovators Club have created several group projects that delve into the potential uses of unique assemblies of technology hardware components. Engineering, physics and computer science are just some of the fields that are encouraged in this unique club. Students of all learning levels and backgrounds are encouraged to join the club's play with technology.
Tea Club (The Mad Hatters): The Juniata Mad Hatters Club was started by a small group of students who wanted to share their love of tea with others. In a calm, relaxing environment, club members educate each other on the Tea of the Week, while they sample said tea along with other classic flavors, all while enjoying the company of their peers from the Juniata community.
Brethren Student Fellowship: Catholic Council hosts events that revolve around serving the community. From Giving Tree, 30-Hour Famine and Empty Bowls, to forming Relay for Life teams, ringing the Salvation Army bell, and volunteering at the local Catholic Church, this club is an extremely active group. Many members of Catholic Council also volunteer at Mass, which is celebrated on campus every Sunday evening.
Catholic Council: Catholic Council hosts events that revolve around serving the community. From Giving Tree, 30-Hour Famine and Empty Bowls, to forming Relay for Life teams, ringing the Salvation Army bell, and volunteering at the local Catholic Church, this club is an extremely active group. Many members of Catholic Council also volunteer at Mass, which is celebrated on campus every Sunday evening.
Christian Ministry Board: Juniata’s Christian Ministry Board serves as the primary programming board for Christian ministry on campus. They offer a weekly contemporary worship service at Stone Church of the Brethren (which is adjacent to campus), and they annually attend a few retreats on faith, including an annual trip to the Coalition for Christian Outreach’s Jubilee retreat. They also host a Juniata Meal for Crop, weekly Christian fellowship meetings, Christian music concerts and alternative spring breaks where service projects trumps partying. Past trip locations include New Orleans and a sustainable agricultural farm in Florida.
Hillel: Juniata’s club for students seeking to explore or embody Judaism, Hillel provides Passover Dinner and partners with a local synagogue for worship services. This club also participates in alternative spring break trips where service projects trump partying.
Muslim Student Association: Muslim Student Association is a club that works to raise awareness about Islam and Muslims. The club is especially focused on removing anti-Muslim attitudes. Composed of about 30 members (Muslims and non-Muslims), their largest event is an annual Eid Dinner. They also organize a Chai and movie night where they serve tea and screen the movie Divided We Fall.