College is about more than academics. Your life and experiences beyond the classroom are just as important. Wilson offers more than 30 student-run clubs and activities, giving you the opportunity to explore your interests outside of the classroom. If you don’t see something that satisfies your interests, you can always take the lead and start a new club. Wilson’s inclusive environment fosters community and encourages students to pursue the opportunities— both new and familiar—that make each student unique.
Here's a sample of some of the clubs and organizations at Wilson.
Allies is a club that supports gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and questioning students. Allies seeks to educate the community about alternative lifestyles. Its activities are aimed toward promoting awareness of diverse attitudes, ideas and beliefs. The club meets every fortnight and accepts any member who is open minded and accepting of differences. Learn more here.
Hunt Seat Equitation is a year-round sport at Wilson, beginning with tryouts in September and continuing until the IHSA National Competition in May. Wilson competes in Region II Zone 3 of the IHSA Circuit. The Penn Hall Equestrian Center of Wilson College includes two indoor arenas, an outdoor arena, three barns and 20 acres of paddocks and pasture. Click here for more information.
Wilson Animal Action Group (WAAG) was created to give students a way to make our corner of the world better for the animals and people that live here. We seek to improve animal welfare hands-on, by volunteering with local organizations; we also work towards improving the way animals are treated on a greater scale, by engaging in the legislative process and educating the public about current welfare issues. Click here for more information.
VMT Club was created to connect students with shared interests, particularly those with a passion for animals. VMT Club allows students to meet fellow classmates, gain volunteer experience, encourage campus involvement with fundraisers, and allows those in the VMT program to put some of their hard earned skills to work during our bi-annual dog wash fundraiser. Learn more here.
The Western Riding Team holds tryouts at the beginning of the fall semester. Members of the team practice weekly with their coach to work on equitation, horsemanship patterns and reining patterns. Riders range in skill level from walk/jog to open horsemanship and reining. The team represents Wilson College in Zone 3 Regions 3 and 4 of the IHSA circuit. Click here for more information.
The Spanish Club works to promote cultural literacy pertaining to Spain and Latin America. The club is open to all Wilson students, regardless of linguistic ability and/or knowledge. Past activities have included poetry readings, Hispanic Heritage Month festivities, film nights, plays, fiestas, trips and community outreach. Click here for more information.
The Psychology Club assists students in exploring psychology-related careers and to work toward ending the negative stigma associated with mental illness. We hold field trips to different psychological organizations to get a feel for the work being done. Examples include Brook Lane and Franklin County’s Therapeutic Riding Center. Click here for more information.
This club is for pre-veterinary students who want to learn more about careers in veterinary medicine and gain valuable experience and support for veterinary medical college. The club focuses on trips to vet schools, lectures and other animal-and medicine-related activities. Learn more here.
Orchesis is a dance ensemble for any student interested and/or skilled in technique and creative interpretation. All students are welcome to participate. Orchesis focuses on perfection of performance and technique, as well as fun. Activities include a concert each semester showing what the students have accomplished. Click here for more information.
This club was created to find individuals passionate about nutrition and to teach that it is an essential part of living, it is important for individuals to have a desire to better their quality of life through their diet. Learn more here.
Muhibbah - a Malaysian word meaning unity among nations - best describes this international, intercultural group that is by no means confined to international students. Diverse populations of students who represent just about every continent in the world come together to create eclectic dinners, cultural evenings and other activities to promote cultural awareness. Muhhibah seeks to build connections with other universities and colleges to co-sponsor activities. Click here for more information.
The Mounted Drill Team consists of eight to 16 horse and riders that put on several musical performances throughout the year for special events. The drill team allows various riders of differing levels of ability to demonstrate their skills acquired through practice with the team. The team also serves as a representation of the Department of Equestrian Studies and Wilson College as a whole. Click here for more information
Learning Campus seeks to provide an equal opportunity for academic success to children of migrant families in the Chambersburg community through after-school tutoring and one-on-one mentoring from student and community volunteers. Learning Campus gives migrant children the opportunity to experience a college campus and unlock the possibility of considering higher education in the future. In addition, Learning Campus provides Wilson students the opportunity to learn the value of community service and gain experience in their field of study. Click here for more information.
The Kittochtinny Players (KP) are the Dramatics Society of Wilson College. Founded in 1930 (though Wilson College had a Dramatics Society before that,) the KP is mostly known for their annual spring production. KP affords students not only the opportunity to act, but also to design costumes, sets and scenery, lighting, and even to direct and write their own plays for production! Click here for more information.
This student group works throughout the year to plan the Alternative Spring Break trip, as well as works with the local Chambersburg Habitat for Humanity Chapter on local projects at least one weekend per semester. Click here for more information.
This a cappella club was created to provide a fun environment for those who enjoy singing. There are two or more performances each semester. This club provides entertainment for those who listen and perform. Click here for more information
Upon entering Wilson, a student becomes ipso-facto a member of the Athletic Association and is welcome to participate in its various sports programs and to attend council meetings. The purpose of the organization is to maintain an interest in athletics, oversee the Outing Club and promote sportsmanship. The Athletic Association encourages each student to take part in the interclass, Odd-Even, intercollegiate, inter-residence hall and faculty-student sports competitions. Awards in the various sports are given on the basis of participation and skill level. The Pentathlon Award is the highest honor that can be achieved. Such an award is given not only for excellence in sports, but also for outstanding attitude and cooperation both while playing sports and in all phases of life. Click here for more information
Published tri-weekly throughout the year, Wilson’s Billboard aims to present and discuss news and information pertinent to the members of the college community and its outside subscribers. For the readers, it is a succinct summary and sounding board of campus events; for its contributors, it is an exercise in creativity and technique. Each edition brings controversial editorials, feature stories, photographs and sports articles designed to keep the readers interested and informed. Click here for more information.
The purpose of this organization is to encourage African-American awareness, enhance the quality of life for members of the Black Student Union, conduct activities involving community outreach, and foster greater understanding of African-American culture and related issues. All students are welcome to attend. Learn more here.
The Bottom Shelf Review is Wilson College’s student literary magazine. Founded in 1979, the BSR celebrates the best in creative work by the Wilson community every year. Edited by the students of Wilson College, the BSR annually publishes poetry, short fiction, creative non-fiction, and artwork by Wilson students, faculty, staff, and alumni. Click here for more information.
Campus Activity Board (CAB) is a student-centered organization that assists the director of campus life to plan organize, implement and evaluate student activities. Activities include the selection of films for the film series, bands and entertainers, as well as trips off campus. CAB also plans the two annual semi-formals, White Dinner and Spring Fling.
All students, staff and faculty are eligible to try out for the choir. Auditions are held at the beginning of every semester. The choir functions as a chapel and concert group performing on and off campus. Whenever possible, the choir sings in joint concerts with various colleges and other organizations.
Past performances include: Campus Chapel Service, Academic Awards Banquet, Christmas Vespers Progam, Convocation, Leadership Weekend and TGIF series in Downtown Chambersburg.
Gamers club was created to allow gamers of all type to share games, play, and relax with one another. Along with being an accepting environment for gamers of any level, beginner or advance. This club allows bonds to be made between students that continue to show even after club events or activities. Learn more here.
Members of the Dressage Team ride weekly to practice flatwork and dressage tests. They represent Wilson College in the interscholastic dressage competitions and intramural dressage shows. Click here for more information
The Environmental Club works to promote an increased awareness and understanding of environmental issues as they relate to the role of the individual. The purpose of the club is to create awareness on environmental issues such as conservation, preservation and restoration, with emphasis on educating the Wilson community. Anyone who is interested is encouraged to join. Click here for more information
The EFT Club (Equine Facilitated Therapeutics Club) was created to educate the students of Wilson College about the benefits of equine therapies, to build and maintain a support system for families with children with special needs, and to get the students involved in making changes to the Penn Hall Equestrian Center that will benefit all riders (therapeutic as well as non-therapeutic). Click here for more information.
The Eventing Club’s main goals are to educate the students of Wilson College about the equine sport of eventing; promote learning and safety while actively pursuing the sport and all it entails; and get students involved in making some changes to the areas at the Penn Hall Equestrian Center that are available for riding. We plan to use resources from the center to build and maintain cross-country fences, which will be open to everyone. Click here for more information
The Wilson College Government Association (WCGA) is a student-run organization that is jointly responsible for the rules that govern the college campus. Comprised of elected student representatives, WCGA acts as a liaison between faculty, staff and students in an effort to initiate policy discussion based on any concerns and/or questions that may arise from students in the course of her or his study at Wilson. Click here for more information.
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