MECC provides a number of opportunities for students to enhance their academic experience by getting involved in campus activities. All clubs and organizations, with the exception of Phi Theta Kappa, are open to all full- and part-time MECC students. The Student Service office, located in Holton Hall, is responsible for coordinating and implementing the policies and procedures pertaining to the operation of campus organizations and activities.

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Creative Writing Club

The Creative Writing Club enables MECC students who participate in the creative writing process (either fiction, nonfiction, poetry or drama) to discuss the art and practical aspects of creative writing and assist each other in writing proficiency through feedback and exercises.  The Club meets every other Friday from 1-2 p.m. in a location to be determined by the Faculty Advisor. Members are expected to arrive on time, sign in for roll call, and begin our planned activity (to be announced on a monthly calendar). Faculty Advisor: Jan Richards

Criminal Justice Club

The Criminal Justice Club is the main sponsor for the Haunted Forest Scholarship Fundraiser. The Criminal Justice Club provides funding to the Allen Gibson Memorial Scholarship in memory of a student killed in the line of duty, as well as scholarships for students that participate in the Haunted Forest and meet work hour requirements. The project is open to all MECC students for participation and scholarship consideration. Faculty Advisors: Cindy Ringley and Robert England

Diplomats

The student diplomat program is a group of talented student leaders who represent MECC in a variety of ways. Student Diplomats provide support within student services and are granted many leadership opportunities on campus. Students are also engaged in diverse activities and community service projects that encourage teamwork, cooperation, integrity and professional behavior. Eligibility Requirements:

  • Minimum Grade Point Average of 3.0 (may be waived for 1st time students)
  • Candidate must be registered for at least 6 semester credit hours
  • Be willing to commit to an agreed-upon schedule for at least one semester
  • Be willing to adhere to the Diplomat Dress Code and present a well-groomed and professional appearance and attitude

Applications are accepted May 1- July 1. Faculty Advisor: Dale Lee

Engineering Technology Club

The Engineering Technology Club provides students with the chance to learn more about engineering technology outside of the classroom. The organization holds meetings, plan field trips, social events, participate in community service, hold fundraisers, and work on projects. Faculty Advisor: Jake Gilly

Environmental Science

Serves to promote awareness of local environmental issues within our communities and give students the opportunity to work in the field during club projects. Club members gather to visit local streams/rivers to clean up trash and debris. We will also do work on the Powell River Project such as planting seedlings. The Environmental Science club meets in the Environmental Science Lab at 12:15 on the 2nd Tuesday of each month. Faculty Advisor: Chuks Ogbonnaya

Explorations

Current and former Mountain Empire Community College students are invited to participate in the annual Explorations Arts competition recognizing excellence in writing, drawing, painting, and photography.  The contest features first, second, and third place awards in the categories of short story, poetry, personal essay, drawing, painting, black and white photography, and color photography. First place winners receive $50, with second place winners awarded $30, and third place receiving $20. Students may enter up to five poems, one short story, one nonfiction entry, and up to three photos or drawings in each category. Students may enter more than one category. The nonfiction category can be an essay, journal article, a research paper, a memoir, or a poem; it can be personal or not. To view past issues of Explorations,click here. For more information on contest entry, click here.

Gay Straight Alliance

The Gay Straight Alliance strives to foster a more accepting campus for all students, regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity, through education, support, social action, and advocacy. Schools can be truly safe only when every student is assured of access to an education without fear of harassment, violence, or ridicule. Ultimately, we strive to bring together people of all sexual orientation, be they straight, homosexual, bisexual or transsexual, with the belief that we are all created equal. Faculty Advisor: Brandi Martinez

Healing Hands

Healing Hands is a student organization incorporated into the Practical Nursing program. The mission of Healing Hands is to enhance the delivery of compassionate, quality health care by providing students with opportunities to obtain knowledge, technical skills, and leadership development. The goal of Healing Hands is to also promote the awareness of self and each other’s role in the community. Faculty Advisor: Lena Whisenhunt

Intramurals

MECC offers flag football in the fall from September to the first week of November. The flag football season ends with the Battle of the Borders Flag Football Tournament at UVA-Wise, where MECC competes nearly twenty other schools. MECC also has basketball in the spring, which culminates with the MECC Intramural Tournament. MECC also participates in various basketball tournaments in the service region. Faculty Advisor: Dale Lee

LIFE Campus Ministry

LIFE Campus Ministries is a Bible study that brings light to God’s availability to our every need and His willingness to be our Father and closest companion. Advisors: Ashley Mabe and Brandi Cooke

MECC Student Veterans

MECC Student Veterans Organization works to engage the administration, faculty, staff and local veterans support services to improve the educational experience for all MECC student veterans and their families. Membership is open to all registered veterans, service members, faculty, and staff of MECC that are veterans. Members that graduate will be granted alumni membership status. Student veterans will be greeted with friendship, support, and access to resources that will not only enhance their educational experience but will provide social and cultural awareness opportunities that will last a lifetime. Faculty Advisor: Lena Grace

MEGA

The MEGA club is for individuals that are interested in widening their horizons by visiting art supply stores, art museums and galleries, are willing get along with a diverse group of people and to work fund raisers in order to support our trips. The club hosts day trips to Knoxville, TN, Abingdon, VA, or Asheville, NC and has hosted overnight trips to Cincinnati, OH, Asheville, NC and Washington, D.C. MEGA also participates in the Christmas Angel Tree and in recycling cans and plastic. Faculty Advisor: James Veenstra

MERiTs

MERiTs is a club for students accepted within the Respiratory Care Program. MERiTs participates in fundraising activities and community service activities to raise awareness of health promotion within our school community and the regional community as a whole. MERiTs is the organizing and sponsoring student club for the four annual blood drives at MECC and raises money for other community projects as the need arises. Requirements for membership: Accepted students currently enrolled within the Respiratory Therapy Program. Faculty Advisors: Roger Thompson and Wes Mullins

Phi Beta Lambda

Phi Beta Lambda is an international non-profit organization that brings together student, academic, and business leaders who are committed to using the power of entrepreneurial action to improve the quality of life and standard of living for people in need. MECC’s Phi Beta Lambda assists with:

  • Angel Tree – working with a local head start class and providing Christmas gifts to underprivileged children
  • Emergency Preparedness Containers – working with MEOC and providing essential emergency items to impoverished senior citizens

Faculty Advisors: Beth Snodgrass and Jane Jones

Phi Theta Kappa

Phi Theta Kappa is the International Honor Society of the two-year college. Honor society membership is by invitation only. To receive an invitation, students must meet the following requirements:

  • Be enrolled in an Associate’s Program
  • Complete 12 credit hours with a 3.5 or higher GPA
  • Complete a membership application and pay the one-time membership fee to the International Headquarters
  • Maintain a 3.0 or higher GPA after becoming a member of Phi Theta Kappa

Phi Theta Kappa participates in numerous activities revolving around its four hallmarks: leadership, fellowship, scholarship, and service. Previous activities have included recycling and “green” initiatives, graduation completion projects, breast cancer awareness events, Relay for Life, literacy promotion to elementary school children, and purchasing Christmas gifts for needy children in the area. Trips include regional Phi Theta Kappa conferences and the International Phi Theta Kappa Conference. Major scholarship initiatives include the All Virginia and all USA Academic Teams. Phi Theta Kappa advisors can also assist students in locating scholarships to transfer institutions. Many colleges offer academic scholarships to honor society members. Graduating Phi Theta Kappa members may purchase the honors regalia to wear at graduation and also receive the Phi Theta Kappa seal on their diplomas. Faculty Advisor: Sarah Gilliam

Rho Nu

The Rho Nu Nursing Club primarily focuses on raising money for nursing scholarships and participating in occasional community service activities. Students must be admitted to the Virginia Appalachian Tricollege Nursing Program to be members of the group. Faculty Advisor: Deb Wright

Student Government Association

The Student Government Association (SGA) provides ways and means for the betterment for MECC and its students through the advancement of leadership and scholarship.  Student Government Association is open to every student who is enrolled in a class at MECC. Faculty Advisor: Wes Mullins

Tutoring Club

The purpose of the Tutor Club is to engage the tutors in campus activities and to serve the community. The Tutor Club is a club exclusively for tutors; you must be a tutor to be a member. Faculty Advisor: Tina Cupp