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 Sue Gelsinger at 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: Al Walentis

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

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

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.

Student Activities Board - This board was created to allow members from all clubs and organizations on campus to plan and implement activities on and off campus throughout the school year. The board is comprised of one elected member from each sanctioned club/organization on campus and allows for at-large members (not to exceed the number of club representatives) who must be part of the Student Leadership Program. Activities planned for the 13-14 academic year include lectures, picnics, yoga, roller skating, bingo, Spring Fling, our annual talent show, RACC Idols, and Celebration of the Arts. At this time we are looking at changing guidelines to allow students from the college community at large to join SAB.

Contact: Sue Gelsinger, 610-236-3943

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. 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; and 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: Sue Gelsinger, 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 Z112 or email Sue Gelsinger.

Clubs/Organizations Being Established

Environmental Issues Club

Contact: Kristie Hudzik, 610-607-6242.

Gay Straight Alliance

Contact: Lisa Delong

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