Clubs and Organizations
Student clubs and organizations exist to further the ideas and spirit of Tunxis Community College. They are designed to attend to particular student interests and present opportunities for individual growth and development. The Director of Student Activities will assist you with organizing or joining a club. Below is a description of current student clubs and organizations, as well as the name and telephone extension of the club’s advisor.
List of Clubs and Organizations
Considered the official voice of the student body, the SGA helps to plan activities and provide a means of communication within the College structure. The SGA uses student activity fees to pay for all its College activities. The Executive Board of the SGA consists of four officers: president, vice-president, treasurer, secretary; two voting members from each of the recognized student organizations; and members at large from the College community. All students are members of the SGA. Meetings are held the 2nd and 4th Thursday of every month at 3pm on MS Teams. Links are available at the Virtual Student Lounge on BlackBoard.
Advisor: Chris LaPorte, 860.773.1362
The Tunxis Art Club is a place to connect with fellow students through collaborative projects, museum field trips, student art shows, campus art action, community outreach and creative discussion. One of the club’s best events is the club’s ambitious 24-hr. drawing marathon each spring. The club is open to any student – you don’t need to be an artist or even consider yourself creative to join. Come on, carpe diem!
Advisor: Carianne Garside, 860.773.1647
The club will provide development activities for its members to gain experience and knowledge in business, promote communication and networking among students, faculty, alumni, and local business leaders, improve the community, and educate the College community on business topics.
The Civic Engagement Institute (CEI) consists of a vibrant intellectual space where ideas are discussed and debated for facilitating knowledge and civility and fostering solutions to community problems. The Institute is the engine by which Tunxis Community College becomes the hub of community life.
Check out the Civic Engagement Institute site
The Tunxis Community Outreach Club organizes all types of outreach activities to benefit the Tunxis and local community. Past projects have included several Faces of Homelessness Speakers event, a sock drive for local homeless residents, a Connect 2.0 survey on diversity and Tunxis student sense of belonging, a Bring It to the Table event on political conversations, a mental health forum re the community college shooting in Oregon, several bake or coffee beverage sales and drives to benefit Tunxis students and St. Vincent de Paul homeless shelter. Please join us in making a difference to the lives of others one project at a time – All welcome!
“Make a difference. Live a life that matters” – Frank McKinney
Our newly created Instagram account is Tunxis.community_outreach
Advisor: Marie Clucas, Ph.D., 860.773.1632
The CJ Club is a gathering of Tunxis students who have an interest in criminal justice. This club offers many opportunities to learn about the criminal justice field through trips and guest lecturers. Students are expected to represent not only the club, but Tunxis Community College as respectful and upstanding citizens.
Advisor: contact Chris LaPorte to restart this club [email protected]
Facebook: CJ Club Facebook Page
Shares information about and promotes interest in the Spanish language and Latino cultures. This is accomplished through social and cultural activities surrounding Spanish food and culture, including field trips to area Spanish and Latino restaurants, bus trips each semester to NYC, Hartford or New Haven to see Spanish language theater productions or Latin music concerts, as well as on campus Salsa and Flamenco dance lessons as part of Tunxis’ International Week celebration each Spring. All levels of Spanish speakers welcome to attend our free bi-weekly Mesa Española Spanish luncheons in the cafeteria and any Club event.
Advisor: Lisa Celona, 860.773.1604
The Tunxis Got Pride club welcomes all students of the transgender community and all sexual orientations, including straight allies. At our meetings we hope to create a safe place to offer support. By raising awareness of different sexual and gender identities, linking homophobia with other oppressions, and advocating for equal treatment for youth of all sexual orientations, the goal of the Tunxis GSA is to create a school environment free of homophobia, sexual, verbal and physical harassment.
Facebook: Tunxis Got Pride Club
Advisor: Chuck Cleary, 860.773.1302
Students who are interested in mental health awareness and reducing the stigma associated with psychological disorders are encouraged to become a Healthy Minds Club member or students can come to weekly discussions sponsored by the club. The Club meets Wednesdays from 2:20-3:20pm in room 6-179.
Instagram: Tunxis Healthy Minds Club
Provides a support system and promotes student awareness of issues on and off campus; encourages student volunteerism and community work.
Advisor: Colleen Richard, 860.773.1637
Facebook: Human Services Facebook Group
Website: Human Services / Colleen Richard Web Site
The Kappa Beta Delta was established to recognize outstanding students who are enrolled in institutions accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP). The Society promotes scholarship and accomplishments in the pursuit and completion of associates’ degree studies in business, management and administration. Invitation to lifetime membership in Kappa Beta Delta is based on high academic achievement of students. Students, business school faculty members and distinguished honorary business community members are the only ones eligible for membership in the Society. The Delta Beta chapter serves the business programs through member services on the campus of Tunxis Community College.
Advisor: contact Chris LaPorte to restart this club [email protected]
Light of the World Bible Club is a Christian based association whose sole purpose is to promote love, unity and fellowship through the means of relying on Christian knowledge. The club draws its inspiration from Matthew 5:16, “Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father which is in heaven.” Our goal is to enlighten students and increase spiritual awareness while increasing maturity in Christ through the means of biblical truths as well as the sharing of life experiences. We hope that by doing so, not only will we increase motivation amongst students, but also lead students to a more positive outlook in life, and lead them to be more successful. We hope to accomplish these goals and purpose of this association by the studying of biblical scripture, motivational and other guest speakers, entertainment as well as other activities open to everyone.
An internationally-acclaimed honor society for two-year colleges which promotes scholarship, leadership and service, and stimulates continued interest in academic excellence. Membership is by invitation only, and these are posted to eligible students each semester. To be eligible for an invitation to join, a student must be currently taking courses at Tunxis, program-enrolled, have accumulated 12 semester hours at Tunxis, and have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.5.
Advisor: Helen Lozada 860.773.1516
Co-Advisor: Marc Zimmerman, 860.773.1624
National Web site: PTK.org
Facebook: Tunxis Alpha Iota Alpha Chapter
Advisor: Jesse Abbot, 860.773.1603
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The club is devoted to hosting and supporting political discussions that provide multiple points of view and to bring civility to our nation’s political discourse. It falls under the supervision, guidance, and tutelage of the Civic Engagement Institute.
Advisor: Rafaele Fierro, 860.773.1642
Cultivates, promotes, and sustains the art and science of dental hygiene. The club represents the common interests of the dental hygiene profession and contributes toward the improvement of the health of the public.
Advisor: Rachel Green, 860.773.1621
American Dental Hygienists Asociation Web site: ADHA.org
Connecticut Dental Hygienists’ Association, Inc. Web site: cdha-rdh.com
Establishes a voice for students, utilizing their skills in the areas of writing and marketing. The club promotes student involvement in college issues—academic, social and political.
Advisors: Rafaele Fierro, 860.773.1642