Student Clubs & Organizations
Make the most of your Trocaire experience.
The unique size of our college allows students to participate in different clubs and organizations and take on leadership roles if they wish to do so. The benefits of becoming a student leader are tremendous – skills that will last a lifetime. Here are some reasons to get involved:
- Learn new skills and use the skills you have
- Receive awards and recognition
- Have a sense of accomplishment
- Build your self-esteem
- Have a voice!
- Meet new people
- Leave a legacy (leave Trocaire better than you found it)
- Transfer schools (four-year schools will ask what you were involved in)
- Build your references and make contacts
Trocaire College offers a wide array of student activities focused on social, cultural, academic, and leadership development. These are great opportunities to be involved in the campus community and to prepare for a successful career. Some events include:
- Welcome Week
- Family Day
- Cultural Heritage Celebrations (ie. Coming Out Day, Latinx Heritage Month, Black History Month)
- International Food Fest*
- Winter Welcome
- Stress Less Week
To stay up to date with everything happening on campus:
- Read the weekly newsletter sent by the Director of Student Engagement, “This Week at Trocaire”
- Join the Trocaire College Student Life Facebook group
- Follow Trocaire College Student Life (@TrocaireStudentLife) on Instagram
- Read the Stall Street Journal at your next restroom stop on campus
- Keep an eye out for the digital screens around campus
- Visit Trocaire’s calendar.
The Student Association (SA) represents the study body and acts as a liaison with the college administration. The SA will oversee all Trocaire clubs and organizations and offer opportunities to be involved on campus. The SA encourages student involvement and empowers students to pursue their own interests.
Any current Trocaire College student with a 2.0-grade point average (GPA), in good academic standing for their program is eligible to become an Executive Officer (President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer) or Representatives At-Large.
President: Emily Busch
Secretary: Krystle Cannon
Representatives At Large: , Emily Ehlers, Kristin Fisher, Brandon Funderburk, Emily O’Sullivan, Kelsey Piatek, Crystal Pereira-Finley, Shacara Perry, Brittany Whalen
What is Student Association (SGA)?
The Student Association (SGA) represents the study body and acts as a liaison with the college administration. The SGA oversees all Trocaire clubs and organizations and offer opportunities to be involved on campus. The SGA encourages student involvement and empowers students to pursue their own interests.
Who can be an elected officer or representative for SGA?
Any current Trocaire College student who is in good academic standing in their program, or with a 2.0-grade point average (GPA) is eligible to become an Executive Officer (President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer) or Representative At-Large.
What is the time commitment?
- A minimum of 3-5 hours per month. It is mostly digital communication with one hybrid monthly meeting.
- We make sure getting involved can fit in your schedule and lifestyle!
How will this benefit my student experience?
- Provides an opportunity to expand professional skills for your resume
- Builds connections with current students, faculty, staff, and administration
- Be a change agent and voice for the student body of Trocaire College
- Build and leave your own legacy at Trocaire College
- Participate in various professional development opportunities both on and off-campus
What do the roles entail?
- It shall be the duty of the President to execute and enforce the provisions of the Constitution. The President shall call and preside over all the meetings of SA. They shall appoint all necessary representatives, committee members, and new Officers in case of a vacancy. They shall receive reports from Officers and Representatives prior to SA meetings. They shall be the official representation of SA to the duly constituted authorities of the College and community. They shall perform other duties as required.
- It shall be the duty of the Vice President to perform all the duties of the President in their absence. The Vice President shall develop a monthly calendar of activities, approved fundraisers, and other programs for SA and recognized student organizations. They shall oversee all Trocaire College clubs and maintain communication with them for SA and other student updates. They shall collect, process, and store forms from the organizations. They shall perform other duties as required.
- It shall be the duty of the Secretary to record all the meeting minutes and is responsible for minutes to be posted 72 hours after meetings are held. They shall be responsible for all correspondence of Student Association to the College and community. They shall perform other duties as required.
- It shall be the duty of the Treasurer to maintain financial records of the SA. The Treasurer shall receive and disburse funds as directed by SA. They shall submit written financial reports to the SA Advisor and SA Officers prior to all meetings. They shall review fundraiser requests and check/card request forms with the Vice President and SA Advisor. They shall prepare a budget with SA and the SA Advisor for the upcoming academic semester and year. They shall prepare and maintain a budget for items they plan to purchase for SA to utilize throughout the academic semester. They shall perform other duties as required.
- It shall be the duty of the Representatives At-Large to share viewpoints from all members of the student body. They shall be responsible to contribute student feedback and perspectives to the Executive Members and SA Advisor. They shall perform other duties as required.
All members of Student Association must sit on one college-wide committee.
Student Clubs and Organizations
The unique size of our college allows students to participate in different clubs and organizations and take on leadership roles if they wish to do so. The benefits of becoming a student leader are tremendous – skills that will last a lifetime. Get Involved!
Promoting awareness amongst members and nonmembers on issues affecting students of color on campus and in the community. These efforts seek to be accomplished through education and cultural programming. We also seek to enhance Trocaire’s ability to support the entirety of needs faced by students of color by advocating, celebrating, preserving, and supporting the diversity of cultural norms.
Advisor: Derrick Gunter
Advisor Email: GunterD@trocaire.edu
Massage Therapy Club
The Massage Therapy Club is for our students in the Massage Therapy programs at Trocaire College. These students have a clinic at the Seneca location where students, faculty, staff, and members of the public can receive a massage. They host chair massage fundraisers to help support local community causes.
Advisor: Susan Sullivan
Advisor Email: SullivanS@trocaire.edu
Radiologic Technology Club
Students who are part of the Radiologic Technology program or are interested in radiologic technology are welcome to join the Radiologic Technology, or Rad Tech, Club!
Advisor: Rachel McCormick
Advisor Email: McCormickR@trocaire.edu
President: Kristen Schmitz
President Email: SchmitzK@trocaire.edu
Student Nursing Association (SNA)
Students interested in and/or enrolled in the Trocaire College nursing program are invited to join the Student Nursing Association (SNA).
Advisor: Monica Wilson, Roselle Atzrott,
Advisor Email: WilsonMo@trocaire.edu, AtzrottR@trocaire.edu
President: Ashanti Scott
President Email: ScottA@trocaire.edu
Students interested in joining can email StudentNursesAssoc@trocaire.edu.
Student Parent Club
The Student Parent Club provides a connection and a support network among our students who are parents or have families. We invite these students to join this club to get to know other student parents on campus, learn more about resources available to them within the community, and participate in family-friendly events offered at Trocaire.
Advisor: Dr. Amy Breski
Advisor Emai: BreskiA@trocaire.edu
Surgical Technology Club
The Surgical Technology club is open to all students in the Surgical Technology program or who are interested in surgical technology.
Advisors: Dr. Linda Kerwin & Jacky Bianchi
Advisor Emails: KerwinL@trocaire.edu, firstname.lastname@example.org
Trocaire Green Team
Environmental and sustainability club promoted by students for students! This club promotes helping ensure we take sustainable actions on campus and beyond to make our environment a little more healthy.
Advisor: Dr. Mitch Tucker, TuckerM@trocaire.edu
President: Emily O’Sullivan, OSullivanE@trocaire.edu
The Trocaire Veterans Support Club serves as a source of knowledge, support, representation, and camaraderie to all military veterans students. Students who currently serve or formerly served in the armed forces are welcome to join this club. More information on Veterans Engagement and Resources can be found on the Veteran Engagement webpage.
Advisor: Ms. Tina Hatchett, Army
Alpha Pi Eta, the Trocaire chapter of Phi Theta Kappa, an international honor society for two-year colleges, accepts new members every semester. Phi Theta Kappa challenges students to intellectual pursuit and community service.
Students who meet the following criteria are eligible to be invited into the Alpha Pi Eta Chapter:
- Associate’s Degree Student: 12 Credits Taken with a Cumulative GPA of 3.5 out of 4.0
- Certificate Student: 6 Credits taken with a Cumulative GPA of 3.5 out of 4.0
- Bachelor’s Degree Student: 12 Credits Taken with Cumulative GPA of 3.5 out of 4.0
Students must maintain a semesterly GPA of 3.1 out of 4.0 to be in good standing for membership in the Alpha Pi Eta chapter.
Membership invitations that are extended to students do expire. For students eligible from Fall final grades, they must accept membership by May 31. For students eligible from Spring final grades, they must accept membership by December 31. In order to be recognized at Commencement, expected graduates are recommended to accept their membership before the Graduation Application Deadline.
Transfer students who were inducted into their former institution’s Phi Theta Kappa chapter may transfer their membership to the Trocaire chapter. Students who are current members of the Trocaire chapter of Phi Theta Kappa must maintain a 3.1 cumulative GPA to remain in good standing.
Phi Theta Kappa members in good standing are recognized at the commencement ceremony.
Students with questions regarding membership in Phi Theta Kappa may reach out to Lauren Reczek at ReczekL@trocaire.edu.
Please review the Student Engagement Space Policy prior to making your reservation. By reserving a Student Engagement Space, you agree to the following policy of the space:
- Reservations to reserve SES must be made by online form
- SES are available for use during the building hours of the Choate campus
- Due to COVID protocol , Student Engagement Spaces (Rooms 131 and 133) have a maximum of four (4) persons per room. All SES Room Reservations must account for the accurate number of persons using the room.
- When exiting ensure the window is closed, area is clean, door is closed and locked, computers are shut down, and the lights are turned off
- The room must be left in the same condition as when you entered. All paper and food waste must be disposed of in trash bins. If something spills, please let Security know immediately
- Shade must remain up unless campus goes into lockdown protocol
- The room may be reserved for up to 3 hours a day and twice during one week. If no one else is waiting to use the room, individuals may stay on an hourly basis until the room is requested again.
- The Student Life Office and Palisano Learning Center reserves the right to reassign or refuse a reservation
- There is a 15 minute grace period in the event you cannot arrive on time. After 15 minutes, it will be available to others to use.
- The room is available on a first-come, first-served basis. Priority of room reservation is as follows: student organization meetings, Palisano Learning Center appointments, student reservations.
- SES may only be reserved by Trocaire students or employees
- SES must be reserved a minimum of 24 hours in advance, no day of reservations will be honored.
- Doors to SES must remain locked when not in use
- Rooms should not be left unattended for more than 5 minutes. Any items, including books, personal effects, and the like, should not be left in the room unattended. The risk of damage to or loss of unattended items is assumed by the owner. The Student Life Office is not responsible for any items left unattended
- If an SES is unoccupied, a reservation must be made and approved before use
- The individual booking the room is responsible for the cost of repair for any damage to the room that occurs during the period of use
- The student booking the room is responsible for the cost of replacing any missing equipment or items from the SES that occurs during the period of use
- Please alert the Student Life staff or the Palisano Learning Center staff if you have a concern with the room
- Anyone failing to follow the guidelines will be asked to leave the room and may be denied future use of the room
- All code of conduct policies found in the student handbook are applicable when using the room. Any person violating college policies will be asked to leave
- For your own safety, sleeping in an SES is prohibited
- Student Engagement Spaces must be sanitized between uses.
Welcome to the Student Engagement Space Reservation Form!
Due to current protocol, we require your room reservation be made 24 hours in advance. There is a maximum of 4 persons per room. Once the form is completed, a confirmation email letting you know Student Life received your request will be sent to your Trocaire email. Student Life will respond with the availability and an Outlook calendar invitation if the room/space is available during the requested time/date. Rooms may be reserved three times a week for up to three (3) hours by a student for study.
Student Engagement Space Reservation
Fill out this Form to request a reservation for the Back Foyer, Commons, or Student Engagement Rooms (131, 133, 135). Please allow 24-48 hours for an email to confirm or deny your reservation request.
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Creating a club at Trocaire is very simple. All you need is:
- A purpose for the club
- A club president
- A club treasurer
- A club advisor who is a Trocaire College faculty or staff member
- 3 members
Complete the application by clicking the link below. Please allow for up to 5 business days for Student Association to respond to your application.
This form must be completed by Club Leaders before the start of each academic year.
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Clubs may request funding for events and opportunities through their club budget line. Clubs funds exceeding the total amount of funds raised in a given semester may not be requested. Cash/Check Requests must be received prior to the expected event with full details on purchases. These requests take 72 hours to process and must be approved by the Club Advisor. Upon approval, clubs will be provided the necessary documentation to make purchases.
Receipts of ALL purchased items must be brought to Student Life within 48-72 hours of purchase. Excess funds must be brought back to Student Life to be deposited into the club’s budget.
In addition to submitting the Check Request Form, Student Clubs must complete the Student Organization Purchase Request Form. This form must be requested by emailing Lauren Reczek prior to completing the Check Request Form.
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Purchasing items for your club or organization? Complete the form below along with the Check Request Form.
If ordering via Amazon share the links to the products and how many you would like to purchase. If purchasing custom gear, please consult with your club advisor and the bookstore.
Questions? Contact Lauren Reczek, Director of Student Engagement, at ReczekL@trocaire.edu
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Clubs who wish to host a fundraiser or donation drive must complete the Fundraiser Request Form at least three (3) weeks prior to their fundraiser/donation drive.
All Fundraiser Request Forms are reviewed and provided a decision by the Student Association and Director of Student Engagement. Please allow 72 hours after submission for your form to be reviewed and a response to be sent from the Director of Student Engagement.
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Upon the completion of your club’s fundraiser, your club must submit the Fundraiser Completion Form. Following each fundraiser where funds are collected, the club leaders (President or Treasurer) must meet with the Director of Student Engagement to complete a final count of the funds collected from the fundraiser for a deposit to be made. This form is to be completed within 24 hours of the fundraiser date.
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All student clubs are required to submit a monthly update to Student Association on specific Thursdays during the academic semester. This update is submitted through the form below.
Upcoming Monthly Update Deadlines:
- August 19 (For Welcome Week)
- September 2 (For First of September)
- September 23
- October 21
- November 18
- December 9
- December 23 (For Spring 2021)
- January 13 (for Welcome Week Spring)
- January 27 (For First of February)
- February 24
- March 24
- April 28
- May 5 (End of Semester)
- May 19 (For Summer)
Student Representation on College Committees
Wellness Committee promotes health and wellness within the college community through education and initiatives that inspire and empower individuals to take responsibility for their own health.
The Student Success Committee (SSC) at Trocaire is designated as a standing committee within the structure of the college. The committee’s purpose is to provide a dedicated platform for discussing and reviewing barriers to student success, bringing awareness of such barriers, and most importantly strategizing solutions.
Chair/Contact: Kathleen Saunders, SaundersK@trocaire.edu
The AAC is the primary mid-level shared governance structure at Trocaire, and considers issues affecting the entire college and, after consideration of the issues, forwards recommendations to the college President. The AAC includes representation from students, staff, faculty and administration.
Meetings: Every three weeks. Schedule based on student rep availability.
Chair/Contact: Dr. Richard Linn, LinnR@trocaire.edu
The Security Advisory Committee is seeking two (2) student representatives. It is very important that students have input on safety and security concerns, policy, and procedure.
Meetings: Two-three times per semester
Contact: Kathleen Saunders, SaundersK@trocaire.edu
IDEA promotes, protects, and celebrate the interests and concerns of all members of the College community. To uphold our commitment to maintain a fully inclusive College community in keeping with our Mercy values, and to promote a culture accountable for challenging unconscious bias at all levels of the organization.
Chair/Contact: Cheryl Swain, SwainC@trocaire.edu
For more information about Student Clubs & Organizations
Director of Student Engagement