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 like Habitat for Humanity, Catherine’s House, and Open Arms Ministry. 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.

Acrobatics and TumblingAcrobatics and Tumbling

For information on this team, click here.

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 (Kate Weaver):  katherinegweaver@abbey.bac.edu
Advisor Contact (Dr. Munro): RebeccaMunro@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, Ally Daniels:  alexandriabdaniels@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 ClubSwing 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 ).

Student Contact, Michael Needham: michaeltneedham@abbey.bac.edu
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

Beta Beta BetaBeta Beta Beta

The Tau Upsilon Chapter of Beta Beta Beta National Biological Honor Society, established in 1982, encourages scholarly attainment in biology through academic achievement, research, and dissemination of knowledge through public lectures, meetings, publications, and other activities.

Advisor contacts:

Dr. Jennifer Ellington: jenniferellington@bac.edu

Dr. Stephen Bauer: stephenbauer@bac.edu

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: James Hartley, jamesdhartley@abbey.bac.edu; Kristen Pearsall, kristenapearsall@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.

Advisor, Dr. Beeman: juliabeeman@bac.edu

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.

Student Contact (Elizabeth Kenney): elizabethmkenney@abbey.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.

ReadingDelta Epsilon Sigma

The Gamma Iota Chapter of Delta Epsilon Sigma National Honor Society was established in 1959. Membership in this organization is an acknowledgment of scholastic achievement and a stimulus to further intellectual growth.

Advisor, Laura Campbell: lauracampbell@bac.edu

Faithful Daughters HouseholdFaithful Daughters Household

Faithful Daughters Household is an organization of women who have the goal of creating a strong community of friendship centered around faith, fun and enriching activities. A household is a small Christ-centered group of students that realize the difficulty one can face in leaving behind their spiritual foundation and coming to college. It is sometimes difficult leaving your family and coming to school and to maintain your prayer and faith life on campus. Members of the households strive to support each other in growing spiritually, academically and emotionally.

Student Contact, Stephanie Lugo: stephanielugo@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, Seth Sherrin: SethSherrin@bac.edu

Kappa Delta Pi

Kappa Delta Pi

The Upsilon Eta Chapter of Kappa Delta Pi, an international educational honor society, was established in 1994. The society aims to promote excellence in education, maintain a high degree of professional fellowship, encourage professional growth, and honor achievement in educational work. Membership is open to honor students in undergraduate education who espouse worthy educational ideals, and have demonstrated commendable personal qualities and sound scholarship.

Advisor, Amanda Kloo: amandakloo@bac.edu

The Lolek Society

The Lolek Society

A society dedicated to bringing the knowledge of positive single life, healthy dating, and vocational discernment to students at Belmont Abbey College based on traditional Catholic values and the Theology of the Body, resulting in authentic community, romantic, and spiritual relationships.

Student Contact, Joelle Tremblay: joellemtremblay@abbey.bac.edu

Math ClubMath Club

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

Student Contact, Gage Hillmann: gagehillmann@abbey.bac.edu
Advisor, Dr. Brosnan: Stephenbrosnan@bac.edu

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).

President: Mark Trompeter marktrompeter@abbey.bac.edu
Vice President: Max Marck maxmarck@abbey.bac.edu
Social Chair: Anthony Beauregard anthonybeauregard@abbey.bac.edu

Motorsports Club

Motorsports Club

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

Advisor,  Trey Cunningham: treycunningham@bac.edu

Phi Sigma TauPhi Sigma Tau

The Beta of North Carolina Chapter of Phi Sigma Tau, the national honor society in philosophy, was established in 1979. Its aim is to promote debate of intellectual issues through discussion groups, annual lectures, and other activities. Membership is open to all students who have shown both interest and excellence in the study of philosophy.

Pi Mu Epsilon

Pi Mu Epsilon

The North Carolina Xi chapter of Pi Mu Epsilon was established in 2015. Pi Mu Epsilon is dedicated to the promotion of mathematics and recognition of students who successfully pursue mathematical understanding. Membership is open to faculty and students.

Advisor, Lesley O’Connor: lesleyoconnor@bac.edu

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, Alejandro Nodarse: alejandroanodarse@abbey.bac.edu
Advisor, Dr. Sauls: anncalhounsauls@bac.edu

Record of the Week ClubRecord of the Week Club

Record of the week club’s purpose is to broaden the musical horizons and to meet fellow students with an interest in learning the history, format, and culture behind music from the 1970’s onward.

Student Contact, Julia Lubinecky:  juliaalubinecky@abbey.bac.edu

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

Rotary 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.

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 Contacts: Brittany Oehlhof, brittanyaoehlhof@abbey.bac.edu and Blaise Waters, blaisezwaters@abbey.bac.edu
Advisor, Toni Elyea: ToniElyea@bac.edu.