Student Activities works to provide experiences that enhance the learning environment and contribute to a sense of community among students at MECC. Student Activities sponsors campus events, hosts field trips to local points of interest, provides education to improve quality of life, and supports student leadership and civic engagement.
Student Clubs & Organizations
All clubs are open to any current MECC student. Most organizations have membership qualifications; see below for more information. The Student Services office, located in Holton Hall, is responsible for coordinating and implementing the policies and procedures pertaining to the operation of campus organizations and activities.
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
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
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
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.
The FOX (Future of Excellence) Revolution club provides on-campus dual enrollment students with the opportunity to learn about how issue advocacy organizations work, raise awareness in the region about the benefits of dual enrollment, and raise funds to support the club. Faculty Advisor: Kyle Scanlan
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 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
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
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
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 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 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. Scholarship opportunities are available at www.mecc.edu/ptkscholarships. 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
Phi Beta Lambda
Phi Beta Lambda is an organization that inspires and prepares students to become community-minded business leaders. Each year, FBLA-PBL helps over 230,000 members prepare for careers in business. PBL’s program focuses on: Leadership Development, Academic Competitions, Educational Programs, Membership Benefits, Community Service, and Awards & Recognition.”
The advisers are Dr. John Bledsoe and Phil Edwards.
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
Alternative Spring Break
Each Spring Break, Student Activities takes a group of student volunteers to work on a week-long service project. This experience is a one-of-a-kind opportunity! The application cycle begins each fall semester.
For more information about Student Activities, contact Kari Paschetto, Student Activities Coordinator at 523.2400, ext. 422.
Student Activity Suggestion Form
If there’s an activity or trip you’d like to see at MECC, let us know using the form below.