Clubs and Organizations

Meeting with students and faculty outside of the classroom is part of what makes a college experience well rounded. With over 60 clubs and organizations from which to choose, you’re sure to find a place where you belong. So if it’s academics or theater, community-based service or LGBTQ issues, student government or club sports, figure skating or surfing,  whatever your interest, you’re sure to find like-minded students and faculty on the Biddeford Campus eager to share in your passion. Check out the listing of clubs below.

Academic

Applied Exercise Science:  For students interested in Applied Exercise Science and all that it entails.

Aquarium Club (Get Tanked):  Promotes and organizes various activities dealing with marine life on earth. Promotes activities that educate the UNE community about marine life, habitat and collaboration of marine species. Members maintain the aquariums on the second floor of Decary Hall, travel to regional events and sponsor guest speakers.

Athletic Training Club:  Provides for an improved educational experience in the field of athletic training. Helps to prepare members for the NATA certification examination, provides an environment in which to establish a good rapport with fellow athletic trainers and the community, and provides funding for specific needs of the club and its members (e.g., scholarship funding, sponsorship to national, district, regional and state meetings, etc.).

Chemistry Club:  Provides outreach to the Biddeford community and explores career options in the chemistry and pharmaceutical fields. Prepares "fun chemistry" to introduce students in grades K-2 to the science. Explores career options by taking day-trips to nearby symposiums and biotech or pharmaceutical companies.

Earth’s E.C.O. (Environmentally Conscious Organization):  Dedicated to making UNE an environmentally-sound University through educational endeavors, recycling programs and guest speakers. Comprised of students from various majors. In April, coordinates UNE's Earth Day activities.

Education Club:  For students interested in educational professions. Organizes the annual event Breakfast for Santa.

English Club:  For English majors or students interested in English. Aims to promote the English Department and represent English majors on campus.

History Club:  For those interested in history as a major or as a hobby.

Imm(UNE):  For those interested in working to bring health care education to low income families in impoverished countries. Has participated in medical missions to Peru, Ecuador and Guatemala. 

MARC Edu (Marine Animal Research Center/Marine Science Center):  For students interested in marine animal research and the Marine Science Center.

Neuroscience Club (Neurons):  For those interested in learning more about neuroscience as well as making connections with those in the field.

Ocean Club:  Students teach themselves and others about marine animals through hands-on experience of rescuing and rehabilitating marine mammals as well as hosting informational speakers. All UNE students are invited to join.

People of Politics:  For students interested in politics. Has no political affiliation and is open to all students. Programs include political debates and voter awareness.

Philosophy Club:  For students interested in philosophy.  Offers programs such as the Socrates Cafe where philosophy is discussed between students, faculty and staff.

Pre-Dental Club:  For students interested in pursuing dental school or interested in dentistry in general.

Pre-Occupational Therapy Club:  Seeks to develop a greater awareness of the potential benefits of occupational therapy among those at UNE and in the local community. Helps to keep communication open between students and faculty.

Pre-Med Club:  For students interested in pursuing medical school.

Pre-Optometry Club:  For students interested in pursuing optometry.

Pre-Physician’s Assistant Club:  For students in the Pre-PA track or those interested in the profession.

Pre-Pharmacy Club:  For students in the Pre-Pharmacy program, or those interested in the profession.

Pre-Vet Club:  For students interested in the veterinary field.

Psi Chi:  UNE's chapter of the Psi Chi Honors Society for students majoring or minoring in psychology.

Psychology Club:  Purpose is to enhance the educational opportunities of students interested in psychology and its related areas of profession.

Student Nursing Association:  For those majoring in or interested in nursing.

Arts

Nor’easter News: The UNE student newspaper is printed twice per month and is produced by students with the assistance of a staff and faculty advisor.

Nor’easter Yearbook:  Student staff members work to produce a quality yearbook. The end product is not just a book, but something in which the entire UNE community can take pride as they remember events and activities. The yearbook is published in the summer following the academic year and all students who have paid the fee receive a copy.

Photography Club:  Works collaboratively with several groups on campus taking photos and promoting the art of photography.

Radio UNE:  Works on organizing and showing interest in learning about radio and setting up a radio station at UNE.

Storm Surge:  Students, faculty and staff of UNE play orchestral music periodically throughout the year.

UNE Players:  Introduces the art of drama and musical theater to campus. Interested students can get involved with the traditional theater arts of acting, costume, set design, lighting and sound, and stage management, as well with as publicity and house management. Past productions have included Grease, The Complete Works of Shakespeare, Abridged, And Then There Were None, and Once on this Island.

UNE TABS:  Provides performing opportunities for UNE students, faculty and staff.

Zephyr:  UNE’s journal of creative expression to which students, faculty and staff from both campuses may submit original works of prose, poetry, drawing, or black and white photography. Members of Zephyr constitute the magazine’s Editorial Board, which makes decisions about which works will be published in each issue. Zephyr is published once a year and comes out in May.

Community Service Based

Alpha Phi Omega:  A service-based club dedicated to three main principles of leadership training, fellowship and providing service to the community. Our motto is be a leader, be a friend, be of service!

College Community Mentoring Program:  Works to place mentors in schools throughout the area working to promote connections and learning opportunities for UNE students.

Habitat for Humanity:  Coordinates community-building activities and other volunteer efforts to help those individuals less fortunate.  When possible, efforts are coordinated with other state and national Habitat Chapters.  Members must be dedicated and willing to complete and/or assist in facilitating the Collegiate Challenge as an Alternative Spring Break.

Relay for Life Committee:  Dedicated to planning and organizing all aspects of UNE's Relay for Life, taking place in the spring semester.  Working alongside the American Cancer Society, the club fundraises, plans and promotes all aspects for the Relay for Life.

Rotaract:  Mission is "service within and beyond the community."  Goals include reaching out to the UNE community and nearby communities through community service or donations. Past activities include a Halloween party for children from the York-Cumberland Housing Project;  a winterizing project for an elderly couple on Hills Beach Road; caroling at a nursing home; and money donations to send a group of at-risk teens to the Rock Gym in Portland. Works with the Biddeford and Saco Bay Rotary Club on several projects.

Cultural

The Alliance:  With a tagline of "Welcoming All People Gay, Straight, and in Between", the Alliance helps make UNE a safer, more welcoming living, learning community.  Achieves this goal by educating and building relationships between the LGBTQ community and the community of the Allies and Advocates on our campus.  Works directly with the Office of Multicultural Affairs and Diversity Programs.

Edge:  Provides a chance for UNE students, both non-Christians and Christians, to get together to talk about life on campus, and what Jesus Christ has to do with it. Edge is not a church, although weekly group meetings may look a little like church with prayer, reading the Bible, singing and discussions of relevance to the college campus. Other opportunities exist, including concerts, camp fires, weekend retreats, bible discussion groups and just being with one another. Works directly with Office of Multicultural Affairs and Diversity Programs.

Franciscan Faithful:  A support network for Catholic students at UNE.  Promotes the Catholic faith and its values while helping members to strengthen and learn more about their faith while actively participating in it.

UNitEd:  Works directly with the Office of Multicultural Affairs and Diversity Programs. Promotes multiculturalism and cultural awareness through a variety of social and educational programs including the annual Children's Festival, Multicultural Heritage Show, Martin Luther King Celebration and more.

Councils & Committees

Class Officers:  Each class elects officers who advocate for the needs of the entire class. Primary focus of class officers is to create and maintain a sense of unity through social events planned throughout their tenure at UNE. Major effort is also invested in raising funds that are directed toward Senior Week celebrations.  Class officers are elected each year and each class is represented on the Undergraduate Student Government.

Club Sports Council:  Serves as an organized group of student leaders from each of the active Club Sports who assist the Recreational Sports Coordinator in overseeing the Club Sports program.

Commuter Council:  A student group whose mission is to identify and advocate for issues affecting commuters of all ages and to develop programs related to commuter students' interests and needs. All commuter students are encouraged to attend the monthly meetings and to become involved in the various activities and programs which the Council sponsors.

Resident Student Life Association (RSLA):  Serves as the representative body for the residence halls.  Main purpose is to act in an advisory capacity to the Residential Education & Housing Department for all matters concerning Residence Life, and to make recommendations about residence hall improvements, policies, damage billings and events.  Also a programming group which sponsors community building programs. Members include a representative elected from each floor and representatives from the Residential Education Staff.  Council has two representatives for USG to represent residential students.

Student Athletic Advisory Committee (SAAC):  An organization comprised of two representatives from each athletic team, chosen by each team. Advocates for student athletes on all issues as well as organizing several programs such as Special Olympics events.

Student Health Advisory Committee (SHAC):  Group of students that works to promote healthy lifestyles.

Recreation & Outdoor

4 Square Club:  For students interested in participating in the exhilarating game of four square.

Cardio Club:  Group exercise classes to empower students to live healthier lifestyles and meet other students.  Students who participate are able to exercise in a fun and social environment led by their knowledgeable, peer instructors.  All students are welcomed to participate and it's free.

Figure Skating Club:  Works to promote figure skating at UNE. Students can be at all levels to participate.

Outing Club:   Provides extracurricular activities for students interested in learning more about the outdoors and participating in outdoor activities. Activities include canoeing, biking, hiking, cross-country skiing, rafting, snowshoeing and camping.  Also sponsors SOLO (Stonehearth Outdoor Learning Opportunity) training, skill development workshops, lectures and slide shows.

Sidewalk Surfers:  For those interested in skateboarding or longboarding.

Surf Addiction:  A club for all Surfing enthusiasts, whether first timers or experienced wave riders.  We watch movies, share surfing tips, boards, stories and spots. We plan outings to teach the beginners, and community service projects. We have a group’s page to communicate on; it is so much more enjoyable and safe to surf in a group rather than alone. We do not discriminate--everyone is welcome, long boarders and short boarders alike.

Under Pressure (SCUBA Club):   Sponsors a number of exciting activities for students who have an interest in the underwater world.  Lectures, a film series, beach cleanup events, and other educational opportunities are open to all interested students.  Participation in local and regional club-sponsored dive trips does require SCUBA certification.  The SCUBA Club sponsors a certification course once a year for non-certified divers.

UNE Ride 24/7:  UNE’s skiing and snowboarding club.

UNE Cheer Club:  Goal is to increase school spirit and awareness while improving the cheering skills of its members.  This is a non-competitive organization.

Governance

Undergraduate Student Government (USG):  “By the students, for the students." Provides experience for its members in principles and practice of governance and acts as a medium for expressing the opinion of the students.  The official organization for the allocation of funds to organizations, clubs, and activities. Executive Board consists of president, vice-president, secretary and financial manager. There are student affairs, public relations, and student services senators as well as commuter (two), non-traditional, class (one per class), academic departments (nine) and residence hall (two) representatives.

Special Interest

Activities Programming Board (APB):  Plans social activities for the entire campus.  Annual events include the Dance of the Damned, Lock-In, Big, Big Event, Spring Semi-formal and Spring Concert (an outdoor concert and activities).  Sponsors many popular events including Comedians, Hypnotists, musical groups, Casino Night, Bingo and novelty events.  Also plays an important part of Family and Friends Weekend. New ideas and creativity are always welcome.

KnitWits:  Provides an opportunity for members to connect over the common activity of knitting and other yarn and needle work. 

Spanish Conversation Club:  New organization in collaboration with the Office of Global Education provides an opportunity for people to speak Spanish in a relaxed environment. A great opportunity for people to also learn about the study abroad opportunities.

TedXUNE:  A club that seeks to inspire the UNE and surrounding New England community through the sharing of knowledge.

UNE Gamers:  Provides opportunities for all who are interested in various games including board games, card games and video games.

UNE EMS (Emergency Medical Support):  A group of licensed EMTs and other interested individuals who want to further their education in the field of emergency medical response. Selected EMTs have the opportunity to respond to emergency medical calls on campus.  Anyone who is interested in volunteering is welcome to join. Training is provided.

UNE North Atlantic Chapter of Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry (NACSETAC):  New club working to raise awareness of environmental toxins, the science of them, and what can be done.