Clubs & Organizations

Students are encouraged to get involved by participating in one or more of the recognized student organizations on campus. Getting involved is an excellent way to meet new friends, have fun, help others, and gain some important leadership experience. Participation in College-related clubs and organizations provides students with an opportunity for personal development. At Belmont Abbey College, just as much learning happens outside the classroom as inside. Please take a look at the extensive list of clubs and organizations that we have here at the Abbey.

Abbey Chorus

Abbey Chorus

The Abbey Chorus is the campus choral ensemble made of up students, faculty and other interested persons. The ensemble primarily performs sacred works of the past 500 years but also does a variety of secular music from folk songs to musicals. The chorus is under the direction of Abbey organist Karen Hite Jacob, karenjacob@bac.edu.

BandAbbey Instrumental Ensemble

The ensemble is a campus group of diverse band and orchestra instruments made up of students, faculty or other interested persons. Under the direction of Samuel P. Stowe, III, they perform two concerts during the academic year and provide music for other campus events.

Abbey PlayersAbbey Players (Theatre Organization)

The Abbey Players produce six main stage shows during a season, relying on the talents of students, faculty, staff and members of the local community. For more information, visit The Abbey Players page. Advisor, Jill Bloede: jillbloede@bac.edu

Special OlympicsAbbey Volunteers

The College’s community service program is advised by staff but led entirely by passionate, dedicated students. The goal of the service club is to make a positive impact on the community that surrounds and hosts Belmont Abbey College and to help Abbey students cultivate an attitude of charity, generosity, and gratitude. Our efforts are primarily directed toward those most in need—the poor, homeless, disabled, and marginalized—and much of our work is performed in cooperation with local human service providers. Students are encouraged to propose their own creative ideas for addressing the needs of the local community and, working through Abbey Volunteers, to advertise and recruit fellow Abbey students. New opportunities to serve—either once or on an ongoing basis—will become available throughout the year.

AgoraAgora (Literary Magazine and Club)

Agora is the title of Belmont Abbey College’s student literary magazine, published yearly during spring semester. A call for submissions of poetry, short fiction, essays, graphic art, and photography goes out yearly to students and faculty, and a student board of editors decides what works will be published. Prizes are also awarded for the best submission in the categories of written work (poetry, stories, and essays) and art (graphic art, computer art, and photography). Click here to see past editions of Agora and learn more!

Student Contact (Katie McCarthy):  katherinemccarthy@abbey.bac.edu
Advisor Contact (Dr. Hren): joshuahren@bac.edu
For submissions: agora@bac.edu

Art ClubArt Club

The Art Club is a great opportunity to grow in your appreciation of all forms of art. Occasional art classes, meetings, and special events will ensure that your love for art will only deepen with your involvement in this club.

Student Contact,  President: Sarah Biser: sarahkbiser@abbey.bac.edu

Advisor, Cathy Comeau: cathycomeau@bac.edu

Arts at the Abbey Arts at the Abbey

A series of artist concerts performed in the Abbey Basilica, Arts at the Abbey provides free cultural opportunities on the Belmont Abbey College campus for students and the community at large. Performers include locally, nationally and internationally recognized artists and ensembles.

For more information, click here.

Ballroom Dancing ClubBallroom Dancing Club

Have you always wanted to dance, but you don’t know how? Swing by and we’ll teach you. Swing Dancing Club meets every week to teach and practice. Dances taught include: Swing, Waltz, Tango, Cha Cha, Foxtrot, Salsa, and Viennese Waltz. In addition to weekly meetings, the club hosts a dance once a month and tries to do a fun new event each semester (past events include coordinating a flash-mob in the cafeteria ).

Advisor, Kristin Hayes: kristinhayes@bac.edu

Benedictine Volunteer CorpsBenedictine Volunteer Corps

The monks of Belmont Abbey have joined the Benedictine Volunteer Corps program sponsored by St. John’s Abbey, Collegeville. The mission of the Volunteer Corps is to provide opportunities for students and/or alumni with six to eight months volunteer service at a Benedictine monastery while participating in the monastic life of that community and supporting its work. Click here for more information.

Contact Fr. Christopher Kirchgessner, OSB frchristopherosb@icloud.com

Campus Activities BoardCampus Activities Board (CAB)

The Campus Activities Board is a hardworking student organization committed to providing innovative and exciting programs for its students. CAB regularly sponsors social weekends, dances, comedians, musical performers, coffeehouse performances, lectures, and other special events.

Student Contacts: President Patty Kolakowski: patriciakolakowski@abbey.bac.edu

Vice-President: Christopher Silvestri: christopherjsilvestri@abbey.bac.edu
Advisor, Bethany Darnley: bethanydarnley@bac.edu

StudyingChi Alpha Sigma Honor Society

An honor society for student athletes. Must be a junior or senior, varsity athlete and have a cumulative GPA of 3.4 or above.

March For LifeCrusaders for Life

Crusaders for Life is an on-campus Pro-Life club dedicated to promoting a culture of life on campus through educated discussions with fellow students to seek truth and virtue in every aspect of life.

Advisor: Wesley Nelson, Director of Campus Ministry – wesleynelson@bac.edu

The CrusaderCrusader Newspaper

The Crusader is the student newspaper of Belmont Abbey College. The newspaper welcomes all students, faculty, and staff to submit an article for each issue. Click here for more information!

Contact:

Editor, Samantha Day: samanthaday@abbey.bac.edu
Advisor, Dr. Erin Jensen: erinjensen@bac.edu

Dance MarathonDance Marathon

Dance Marathon is a 4 hour long no sit event. Members of The Abbey Community can come to help fund raise for Levine Children’s Hospital Cancer Ward.

A club that welcomes and promotes hispanic/latino culture.

Student Contact, Addy Hodges: adriannamhodges@abbey.bac.edu

Greek LifeGreek Life

We have an active Greek system with three sororities (Tau Kappa Delta, Alpha Sigma Pi, and Epsilon Sigma Alpha) and two fraternities (Sigma Alpha and Kappa Sigma). Greek organizations at the Abbey offer students the opportunity to enhance their college experience in a unique environment. Our Greek organizations plan a number of activities throughout the year, such as the annual Halloween Carnival and Christmas at the Abbey, two events which reach out to local children. Greek Life also hosts the Winter Formal, which is open to all students.  Most importantly, each organization supports a philanthropy through fundraising, community service, and awareness events. Formal recruitment for the sororities fraternities are held in both the fall and spring semester. For more information click here.

Advisor: studentlife@bac.edu

Math ClubMath Club

Promote an interest in mathematics on campus and provide opportunities for students to explore and enjoy mathematical events.

Men’s Household

Men’s Household

Men’s Household Sons of Mary is an entirely student-run organization of young men seeking to lead lives of Chastity and Humility. Although we are a Catholic Household, we welcome and encourage our non-Catholic brothers to join us, as this helps broaden the scopes of our discussions and helps us become familiar with different viewpoints while developing meaningful relationships and friendships. We generally meet once a week on Sunday evenings to discuss various topics that relate to our lives or our beliefs (these topics range from religious and spiritual to political and personal, but we always try to keep the discussion relevant and applicable). Abbot Placid Solari, OSB, joins us in our discussions once a month. We also meet to pray the Rosary together every Monday night in the Grotto. In addition to our weekly schedule, we have a few additional events each semester, which include things like hiking up Crowders Mountain together, helping out with service projects, and having cookouts with Women’s Household. We will also go on a retreat/campout near the end of the Spring semester with Abbot Placid (schedules permitting).

Advisor: Dr. Thomas

Motorsports Club

Motorsports Club

To provide volunteer opportunities in and knowledge about the Motorsports Industry.

Advisor,  Trey Cunningham: treycunningham@bac.edu

Phi Beta Lambda

Phi Beta Lambda

Phi Beta Lambda (PBL) is one of the largest student organizations in the United States and has been dedicated to inspiring and developing the next generation of leaders in business and business-related fields. However, this club is open to all majors. Our conferences offer a breadth of activities that build personal and professional skills, including unique career development programs, business tours, workshops, and so much more.

Psychology Club

Psychology Club

The Psychology club is an academic organization composed of psychology majors and other students interested in the discipline. The purpose of this organization is to provide opportunities for association and interaction with the students, faculty and administration interested in expanding their knowledge and experiences with and through Psychology.

Student Contact: Irelynn Davisson, irelynrdavisson@abbey.bac.edu
Advisor: Dr. Sauls, anncalhounsauls@bac.edu

Rotarian representatives from The Rotary Club of Gastonia and The Belmont Rotary Club with President Landon Isaacs[1]

Rotaract Club

The mission of Rotaract is to provide an opportunity for young men and women to enhance the knowledge and skills that will assist them in personal development, to address the physical and social needs of their communities, and to promote better relations between all people worldwide through a framework of friendship and service.

President: Morgan Castro, morgantcastro@abbey.bac.edu
Daphne Friday, Faculty Advisor: daphnefriday@bac.edu

Student Athletic Advisory Committee (SAAC)

Student Athletic Advisory Committee (SAAC)

The Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) of Belmont Abbey College is comprised of a dynamic group of student-athletes who graciously volunteer their time, effort, and enthusiasm to a number of causes. A few of the SAAC activities include: building a sense of community within the athletics program involving all teams, soliciting student-athlete responses to proposed conference and NCAA legislation, promoting communication between athletic administration and student-athletes, and organizing community involvement efforts. The SAAC committee is an avid supporter of the “Make-A-Wish Foundation” and is near the top of the Conference Carolinas in the fundraising competition. In addition to its traditional activities, this year’s committee has established the energetic “Red Sea Club,” as well as the Student-Athlete of the Month recognition. The SAAC is in a sense, the student-athletes’ unified voice.

Student Contact: Blaise Waters, blaisezwaters@abbey.bac.edu
Advisors: Halie Reed, haliereed@bac.edu & Bethany Darnley Rodriguez, bethanydarnley@bac.edu

Members of Student Government Association

Student Government Association (SGA)

SGA serves as a liaison between students and faculty and serves to assist the College community. Click here for full page

Student Contact: Blaise Waters, blaisezwaters@abbey.bac.edu

Table Top Club Logo

Table Top Club

We at the Table Top Club do form this group with the intent to both learn and teach a multitude of games and activities, in order to grow in fellowship and camaraderie. With goals including but not limited to reaching out to the often introverted and less active members of campus; to increase virtues such as Prudence, Temperance, Faith, and Love; as well as facilitate the growth of the Benedictine Hallmarks such as Community, Conversatio, and Hospitality. The club would benefit Belmont Abbey by engaging a group of students who normally may not participate in clubs.

Student Contact: Joseph Gallaher: josephfgallaher@abbey.bac.edu

Advisor: Dr. Basil

Ultimate Frisbee Club

Ultimate Frisbee Club

The Ultimate Frisbee Club is a great opportunity to engage the community in the fun pastime of ultimate Frisbee.  Embodying the school’s values of virtue and excellence, the Frisbee club sets out to create an atmosphere where everyone can thrive in. The club meets every Friday at 3 p.m. in the Quad!

Faculty Contact, Tim Polnaszek: timothypolnaszek@bac.edu

Women’s Group

Women’s Group

We want to bring Belmont Abbey College women together to know and love Christ and to show that love by serving the community and other students.  We have weekly coffee hours, monthly socials and volunteer opportunities on and off campus.  This group is a great way for current and first time student to build new friendships.

Faculty Advisor: Kristin Hayes kristinhayes@bac.edu

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