Gone Clubbin’ – A Guide to Student-Led Organizations at UVM

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Classes, homework, jobs, internships – there’s no doubt it can all feel a little overwhelming sometimes. As a full-time student at UVM, juggling all these commitments can seem to fill up every hour of your day. So why in the world would you make space in your tight schedule to join a new club or organization? As someone who believes clubs are an important part of the college experience, I’m here to provide a few of the reasons I think clubs are worth the effort, as well as provide some information so you can start finding your place in the UVM community!


5 Reasons YOU Should Join a Club:

1) Meet New People – College is all about connections. Joining a club will introduce you to new people with common interests in pursuit of a common goal. If you ask around, many students make friends for life through the clubs they join.

2) Discover Your Strengths – Almost all of UVM’s clubs are student-led. This gives students the opportunity to discover their ability to run an organization on their own. Join a club and be part of the team, maybe even try a leadership position! You’ll learn a lot about the team-working environment, as well as about yourself.

3) Contribute to Something Greater – UVM Clubs are so important to the greater UVM community. Give back to your school and you’ll find yourself with a much stronger connection to this place as well.

4) Build Your Resumé – Although this shouldn’t be the most important thing, showing that you’re are involved by participating in a club can say a lot about yourself to potential employers.

5) Be Passionate! – Why wouldn’t you want to get involved with the activities you love? Let the time spent at your club be a reward for all the hard work you do in other areas of your life. You deserve it!


So, How Do I Get Started?

Go Club-Shopping. Take the time to pick a club that matches your interests, schedule, and level of commitment as all these vary greatly between clubs. Check out the Lynx or the Club Directory on the SGA website to see what’s available!

Get the Info. Check out the list below for announcements from a variety of clubs to see how you can get connected. The lynx will also provide club contact information. SGA President Jason Malucci will also be sending out bulletins with announcements from clubs every 2 weeks, so watch for his emails!

Get Out There! Go out there, find a new passion, contribute to something greater and make friends that will last a life-time.


Ski & Snowboard Club: First General Meeting September 30th at 7 in the Grand Maple Ballroom: Here’s a link to the event: https://www.facebook.com/events/846098018839430/
The annual trip to Jackson Hole registration is also open!http://trips.skigroup.net/UVMSSCJackson2016
The Vermont Cynic is implementing a new way to structure our online department, which involves heavy reliance on a new position called the Digital Producer. Digital Producers would work all online, work directly under one section editor, and be equivalent to an assistant editor. Their main responsibilities would include, but not be limited, to:
  •  Work directly with section editors and their writers to imagine and create content for the web through stories, interactive graphics, maps and photos
  •  Responsible for all article uploads for their assigned section and for formatting articles for the vtcynic.com website
  • Consistently push to make the website a 24/7 news outlet
If this is something that interests you, please fill out an application at vtcynic.com/apply and specify your interest in this position. Please send an email to [email protected] with any questions!
Outing Club:
So here we are! Fall semester of 2015 and you (being the super outstanding member of the UVM community that you are) want to be involved with the University of Vermont Outing Club! You are in luck! There are no prerequisites for involvement in any OC trips (except advanced climbing) or programs. We are looking for students interested in developing wilderness living skills, leadership skills, exploring the wild areas of New England (and beyond) and having tons of fun!
First Club Council! Monday, September 14th! 7:15 OC House: 8 Colchester Ave.
Come meet the OC for our weekly trip updates! This is a great time to meet some leaders, and check out the house as well! Bring some friends while you’re at it!
First Free Pancake Wednesday! Wednesday, September 16th! 10:00- 2:00 OC House: 8 Colchester Ave.
Contact [email protected] with any questions or check out our website for more information: http://www.uvm.edu/~outside/
Water Polo: The Club Water Polo team will be hosting our conference’s first tournament of the season on September 26 & 27. Bowdoin, Bates, Northeastern and Colby will all be attending for some competitive play. We’d love to see our fellow students at the pool cheering us on!
Roller Hockey: Tryouts will beTuesday, September 15 from 9:00-10:30pm and Thursday, September 17 from 9:00-10:30 on the tennis courts in Patrick Gymnasium!
Field Hockey: Come meet your new best friends on campus! ANYONE with field hockey experience is welcome to come try out for the UVM Field Hockey Club. We’re a competitive and FUN club sports team that plays all over the East Coast. Tryouts are Sunday 9/6 from 4-6 and Monday 9/7 from 10-12 on the Moulton Winder Field.
Ballet Viridis: is holding auditions Sunday, Sept. 13th in Ira Allen Chapel from 6-8. Here is a link to the event! https://www.facebook.com/events/493092160868408/
The UVM Judo Club is holding an on campus demo-session on the Patrick Gym indoor turf at 7pm, Sept 14th.  Our Facebook is at https://www.facebook.com/MidoriYamaUVMJudo
UVM Cheerleading: Tryouts on September 19th & 20th from 9AM – 12PM
Come join a devoted, hard working group of students that supports the men’s and women’s Varsity Basketball teams. We show our school pride and contribute to the fun atmosphere of varsity athletics. We would love for you to join in helping this team become a bigger, more predominant part of the UVM and greater Burlington communities! For any questions contact: Tricia Kinns at [email protected].
Alternative Spring Break: The site leader application for Alternative Spring Break at UVM-a chance for UVMers to travel, build community, and participate in meaningful service work during their spring break-is live now and due September 21st by 11:59 pm. Folks can look to our Facebook page, UVM ASB, for the link to said application.) Participant applications will come out in October.
Celtic Cats: will be having an introductory meeting this Sunday at 2:30 in the dance studio at the gym. The link to their Facebook page is this: https://www.facebook.com/pages/University-of-Vermont-Celtic-Cats/189786001051467?fref=ts
SASS has FREE Beginner Lessons in Salsa on Tuesdays at 10PM in the Campus Recreation Studio, West Coast Swing on Wednesdays (starting 9/16) at 9PM in Ira Allen Chapel, and Ballroom on Fridays at 7PM in the Campus Recreation Studio.
World Club: The UVM World Club is an organization that bring together the over 500 international students studying here with passionate domestic students.  Come to learn about the World Club and sign up for this semester’s events and activities. Firs General Meeting:  9/10 at 8PM in Lafayette L108
 The Cat’s Meow UVM, is UVM’s only all female a cappella group. We hold auditions at the beginning of every semester and would love for people to come try out (preferably underclassman!) We also sing at other schools and many have come to us, we have about ten concerts a year all over campus and at away gigs. We have a blast and would love to hear some new talent.
Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and Mixed Martial Arts Club: will be having an information session on Monday, September 14th at the indoor turf field of the Patrick Gym. We will talk about what Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and Mixed Martial Arts is, exactly, along with a lot of other information about our club.
Vantage Point: the literary and visual arts magazine: We are taking submissions starting now, including poetry, short prose, paintings, photography, drawings, collage, 3-D art, and all other forms of art. All submissions are reviewed anonymously, and you can send them to our email,[email protected]. Also, come visit us at our table at the Activities Fest, where we’ll have a signup sheet and free copies of our latest issues!
WRUV’s DJ training will be Sunday the 13th at 5:30 in the Livak Ballroom.  It will teach people about WRUV and is the first step of the DJ training process for those interested in joining WRUV.
Women’s Club Basketball is having tryouts on Friday (7-9pm) and Saturday (3-530) pm in Patrick Gym. Tryouts are free and we would appreciate people to bring reversible jerseys with a number on it if they have it!
Crew: We are holding practices at 5:00pm, meeting outside the gym, to take a bus to the river. You do not need previous experience but it is preferred. Our email is [email protected] and our Facebook is https://m.facebook.com/UVMROW
Real Food Revolution is a student organization that was created to tackle a number of food systems issues and educate the student body on the values and vision of the Real Food Challenge. However, we do more than focus on UVM campus food sustainability- we plug into food systems campaigns wherever and whenever we are necessary, to advocate for producers and consumers in the food system that need our support. We like to host food documentary screenings, and food is involved in pretty much everything we do! We are a welcoming group of students concerned about the sustainability of our food system and are actively seeking ways to shape one that is ecologically sound, fair, and humane. Join us if you are interested in ending consolidated corporate control of our food, ensuring dignity for food systems laborers, fostering respect for the earth, and/or promoting animal rights!
Our first meeting(s) are Monday, Sept 14 from 7:30-8:30 in Votey 207 and Tuesday Sept 14, 7:30-8:30 in Lafayette 108. They are both general interest meetings so students can attend whichever one is more convenient for them!
Monday the 14th the UVM College Democrats are having our first meeting at 5pm in the Rosa Parks Room in the Davis Center to talk about our plans for the year.
Enactus will be having its first meeting this Monday, September 14, in Kalkin 004. We will be discussing our plans for the year, and the entrepreneurship projects we will be involved in.
The UVM Alpine Ski Racing Club has it’s first general meeting on Monday 9/14 at 8:00PM in the Sugar Maple Ballroom of the Davis Center. We’re considering this a mandatory meeting, because unless students email myself or David Polson, this may be their only opportunity to sign up for the club, so don’t miss out! Here is the link on Facebook for more info:https://www.facebook.com/events/406576419552840/
UVM Women’s Club Ultimate is looking for new players! We hold practice Tuesday-Thursday at 5:30PM on Redstone Green. Open to any and all! No experience necessary.
We are also hosting a tournament next Saturday, Sept. 19th at Allen Brook Elementary School.
If anyone wants to come out and support us, it goes from 9AM to 5PM.
We’ll be hosting really competitive teams like Brown, UNH, Williams, and Middlebury!
Alpha Phi Omega is having rush week for potential new members next week! Here are some events!
Monday 9/14 6-8pm: Pool and Board Games at Davis Center 1st floor
Tuesday 9/15 9:30-11am: Campus Cleanup, Meet outside the Student Government Association in the Davis Center
Wednesday 9/16 2:30-3:30pm: Ben and Jerry’s and talk to brothers at Davis Center
Thursday 9/17 6-7pm: Play Sardines in the Davis Center with Brothers
Friday 9/18 6-8pm: Pool and Board Games at Davis Center 1st Floor
Becca Watson: [email protected]
Ceili Brown: [email protected]
The Water Tower, UVM’s alternative newsmag, is looking for new writers and artists to be a part of our team. We will be holding a general meeting onSeptember 15, 7:15 p.m., 4th floor Davis Center, Jost Family Room
Our meetings are every Tuesday on the 4th floor of the Davis Center. Email[email protected] with any questions.
Please join Volunteers In Action and the 12 clubs within it on September 21st at 7:30 in the Livak Ballroom of the Davis Center for the first General Body Meeting! At this meeting you will be able to learn and meet all the clubs within VIA such as DREAM, Club AFECT, Food Salvage, Alternative Spring Break and many more! You will also be able to sign up for these clubs at this meeting. Hope to see you there!
Catamount Dance Crew’s tryouts are September 19th and 20th from 4-6pm in Patrick Gym’s Dance Studio. We are a student run, co-ed Hip Hop dance group and are looking for choreographers and/or dancers for the new semester! Our Facebook page is https://www.facebook.com/CatamountDanceCrew
UVM Jazbaa: Our first meeting is Tuesday, September 15th, at 9:00pm in PFG M109 (Campus Recreation Studio at the Patrick Gym Complex). At this meeting we will be showing you a little bit of what we do and you will have the chance to try it out yourself! There is no dance experience needed, everyone is welcome to come and see if Bollywood and South East Asian dance is something they are interested in learning and or performing! Check out our Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/pages/UVM-Jazbaa/118253968323113?fref=ts) for photos and videos from some of our performances. We hope to see you there!
Active Minds is having their first meeting on Monday, Sept 14, at 7 pm in the Living Well studio.
Curious about the global health field and/or social justice? UVM’s Partners In Health Engage club is comprised of passionate students advocating, fundraising, and learning about the global health justice movement. We are linked to a larger network of human rights advocates through our umbrella organization Partners In Health.  Come join our club’s “Social for Justice” (first general meeting) on September 14th at 6pm in Lafayette 411 to learn further about how you could be involved in our lifesaving (yes actually lifesaving) work! Or contact Jacqueline Cardoza ([email protected]) about any questions.
We will be introducing the club and officers and discussing opportunities to go on international brigades and volunteer in the local Burlington community!
As UVM’s chapter of MEDLife (www.medlifeweb.org) we send students on trips to developing countries to assist with mobile clinics, infrastructure projects, and education initiatives. We also bring the same core mission of medicine, education, and development for underserved communities to our local community – educating on campus and volunteering throughout Burlington! Come get involved.
Latin Heritage Month: Please help us celebrate at the following events!
9/15: T-Shirt Sale
9/16 G-Board Meeting/Zumba
9/30: G-Board Meeting/ Cultural Bracelets/Necklaces


Special Thanks to SGA President Jason Malucci for organizing the club announcements.