Student organizations at Trinity Valley Community College vary slightly from year to year in accordance with changes in student needs and interests.
All student organizations are required to operate under constitutions which conform to the educational objectives and administrative regulations of the college. Some organizations are primarily social; others are academic, professional or service in nature.
All students are encouraged to participate in a campus organization.
TVCC's Ag Club is open to all students attending Trinity Valley Community College. Any student that desires to promote agriculture and share fellowship with others of similar interests is invited to join. The club encourages leadership and participation in the activities of the Texas Junior College Agriculture Association. The TVCC Ag Club is also involved in supporting the community through service projects.
The Ark gives students an opportunity to get together in an informal and relaxed atmosphere. Food is served at non-profit prices. The Ark is operated by an informal student council to meet the needs of the students. The Ark is sponsored by the United Campus Ministry, an informal ministry to the students of TVCC, and is provided by the cooperation of the A.M.E., Christian, Episcopal, Methodist and Presbyterian churches in the college area.
Collegiate ministry seeks to promote the spiritual development of students through Christian fellowship, prayer, Bible study, discussion, service projects and social activities. All students are eligible to participate.
The Cardette organization is a precision dance organization which selects young women on the basis of dance ability, character, personality, leadership and integrity. The style of the Cardettes is primarily advanced high kick, jazz, lyrical, high energy pom, clog and prop. The objective of the Cardettes is primarily to add to the school spirit, be ambassadors of Trinity Valley Community College and provide an area for advanced dance training. The Cardettes perform at all home football games, home basketball games, area events, state events and produce an annual spring production.
Membership is obtained by auditions in the late spring for the following fall semester team. Once chosen, each Cardette must maintain full time status with a 2.0 GPA or higher each semester in order to maintain membership and scholarship awards and live on campus. Each Cardette will receive two-three hours of college credit per semester.
Cardette Showgirls is a special group (8-14 dancers) within the Cardette organization who perform in the spring semester . The Cardette Showgirls are the competition team representing TVCC as well as performers for special events. The style for the Cardette Showgirls is high energy advanced pom, hip hop and jazz. Auditions are held at the end of the Fall semester and are based on 2.3 or higher GPA, advanced dance ability, character and integrity. Each Showgirl will receive an elective credit as well as a scholarship award.
The Cardinal Regiment band is open to all students who audition and demonstrate the ability to play an instrument or the ability to perform as a twirler or flag corps member. The Regiment performs at many ball games and presents concerts featuring the traditional, modern and seasonal music. The Regiment also performs for many local events and makes a number of trips each year. In addition, band members may audition to participate in the Texas All-State Junior College Honor Band. Scholarships are available to all who audition. Participation in the Cardinal Regiment is not limited to music majors.
The Cardinal Singers choir is open to any student who enjoys singing. The choir presents several programs each year at the College and for social and service clubs in the area. The choir participates in the Texas All-State Junior College Choir Festival and provides opportunities to participate in a Broadway style musical in conjunction with other departments in the Fine Arts Division. Chamber Singers and Encore choirs require audition for participation. Scholarships are available for those who audition.
Cardinal Cheerleaders are students whose purpose is to promote school spirit, enhance sportsmanship and uphold high ideals of conduct. They cheer for football, basketball and volleyball along with training for their own national competition. In addition, they conduct public relations tours of local high schools and serve as judges for cheerleader tryouts in the area. Cheerleaders must maintain a 2.0 grade average and be full-time students. Squad members are selected by tryouts and/or recruitment by the cheerleader coach. Cheerleading scholarships range from $500-$2,000 per semester and are based on overall skill set for each year’s team. Excellence in the classroom can lead to additional scholarship that covers the entire cost of books.
TVCC's Golf Club is open to all students who enjoy the game of golf and who desire to continue playing the game. TVCC Golf Club is a member of the National College Club Golf Association (NCCGA) and competes in tournaments organized by NCCGA. Eight members earn the privilege of "carrying a TVCC bag" and representing the college in tournaments and at other college functions. All other members participate by attending meetings, representing the college through community involvement, learning the etiquette and rules of golf, and practicing golf. Any member may challenge for a tournament position at various times throughout the year. Tournament positions are selected based on GPA, club participation, character, leadership, community involvement, knowledge of golf etiquette and rules, and qualifying scores.
The International Student Organization endeavors to assist international students in overcoming cultural differences and adjusting to life at Trinity Valley Community College. Various activities are scheduled throughout the year to aid in this adjustment process.
NAFME is a group designed to serve college students in two ways: 1) to introduce the profession of music education and all its facets, and 2) to assist students in making a successful transition from community college to music schools nationwide to professional musicians. Organization activities include, but are not limited to, the following: attendance at the annual TMEA convention in San Antonio, lectures from guest artists, teachers, and/or scholars, etiquette seminars, professional development workshops, masterclasses, resumé/CV editing and trips to public schools to observe teachers in the act of teaching.
Students who are interested in pursuing a music career in teaching (pre-K through collegiate), performance or a hybrid of both are highly encouraged to take part in this organization.
Phi Theta Kappa is a national honorary organization for two-year colleges whose purpose is to promote scholarship, develop leadership and service and cultivate fellowship among students. In order to be eligible for membership in the local chapter, known as Iota Alpha, a student must attain a 3.5 GPA, have completed any required developmental courses and have completed 12 semester hours. In addition, prospective members must be of good character, as determined by the faculty. In order to remain a member, the student must maintain an overall 3.0 GPA.
A student who seeks election into Phi Theta Kappa and who graduated with at least a B average from high school is invited to join the local organizations as an associate member until he or she can qualify for membership in the national organization.
Phi Theta Kappa meets every other week during the academic year. Its activities and programs center around a study theme suggested by the international office, a project designed to meet a need of the college, as well as other student activities. Special emphasis is placed on those activities that promote scholarship. In addition to the many activities on the local campus, representatives of the chapter travel each year to the state and national conventions. The chapter has visited such places as Denver, Orlando, Anaheim, Nashville, Washington, D.C. and Minneapolis in recent years.
The Red Bird Leadership Program's purpose is to influence students thoughts, judgments and behaviors in ways that make them better leaders. Red Bird Student Leaders will not only learn about leadership theory, they will have opportunities to put what they learn into practice and gain experience by serving as student leaders on campus. Through the process, they will increase their involvement on campus and in the community, build networks with influential people and influence others to become better people. Red Bird Leaders are selected through an application and interview process each spring and must maintain a minimum 2.5 GPA.
The Student Government Association (SGA) represents the student body of Trinity Valley Community College. The SGA acts as the governing agency of the student body for the purpose of formulating policy pertaining to the students of the college. It is also the purpose of the SGA to assist and advise in the planning and administration of activity programs and for the purpose of promoting student participation, morale and welfare on the college campus.
The Student Government Association is an organization made up of students. Meetings are open to all students. To be eligible for membership, a student must be enrolled in a minimum of 9 credit hours as a student and must possess and maintain at least a 2.0 GPA on all courses completed in college. The president, vice president, secretary, treasurer and parliamentarian are elected in the spring semester prior to taking office in the fall. The freshman representative is elected during the fall semester. All officers must maintain a minimum 2.5 GPA.
The process for a student to become a member includes an application and interview. Applications can be retrieved in the Office of Student Life and are made available to all students. Meetings are held in the fall and spring semesters on the Athens campus on Tuesdays at 12:15 p.m. in the conference room of the cafeteria.
All acts of the Student Government are subject to the approval of the college administration. Additional information can be obtained by contacting the Student Life Office.
Student Nurses' Association is composed of students who are enrolled in the Associate of Applied Science Degree Nursing (ADN) Program at Trinity Valley Community College. This organization provides information concerning current trends and issues impacting standards of nursing care and is the vehicle that encourages leadership in the professional group.
TVCC's Nursing Christian Fellowship is open to current and past students in nursing and related health occupations programs at TVCC. This Christ-centered professional organization enjoys affiliation with the national Intervarsity Nurses Christian Fellowship and is open to nurses in the community that desire spiritual growth and opportunities to serve and encourage one another through prayer meetings and devotionals.
TVCC's Rodeo Team is open to all students attending Trinity Valley Community College. Any student that desires to promote rodeo activities and share fellowship with others of similar interests is invited to join. Many activities may be scheduled for members, especially for those who choose to compete in college rodeo events.
TVCC's Science Club is open to any student who currently attends TVCC and has an interest in the sciences. The organization promotes the interest and study in a broad range of sciences, including, but not limited to, biology, chemistry, physics and astronomy. Science Club members are introduced to the scientific community and provided connections with various institutions concerned with science; such as, other universities, museums, aquariums, planetariums, etc. The club strives to provide community college students with access to hands-on laboratory activities, an increased understanding of scientific inquiry, and an opportunity to foster a relationship with TVCC and the community.
Students who are interested in becoming a member of the TVCC Science Club are encouraged to visit with any Athens science faculty member.
Whether you plan to go into professional theatre, want to teach theatre, or just love the art and want to learn more while working on your general education courses at Trinity Valley Community College, the two-year theatre degree program at TVCC offers a hands-on training program, in which students gain theoretical and practical experience through both coursework and the running of the award-winning theatre company The Crimson Players.
Come by the Student Life office or contact us for information on how to start an organization.