Joining a student organization is a great way to network with other students and professionals, build your resume and have fun! Below, you will find a diverse offering of clubs and organizations available for membership.
If you are interested in registering a new student organization, please read the Student Organization Handbook and then fill out this form. If you are reactivating an inactive student organization, contact the Student Life Office in the Activities Center for information on inactive clubs & organizations.
Brain Bowl is a team that competes in academic tournaments around the state in the fall and spring semesters. Tournaments consist of competing against teams from other colleges and universities, answering questions in multi-round matches on topics such as math, current events, history, art and music, geography and science. Tuition scholarships are available to participating students. For more information, contact Dr. Kurt Teets by email, or call (850) 729-5247.
Forensics Team (Speech and Debate)
Is public speaking in your future: lawyer; teacher; minister; theater; movies; politics; radio/TV reporter; talk shows? Maybe you like to debate the issues, or you like to enlighten or to entertain people. Are you looking for scholarship opportunities? If so, consider joining the NWF State College Forensics Team! For more information, contact advisor Cecil Scalf (850) 897-2080 or [email protected].
Phi Theta Kappa
Phi Theta Kappa is the international honor society for two-year colleges. Membership into Northwest Florida State College’s Sigma Mu Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa is by invitation only. It is extended by student email to those students currently enrolled at Northwest Florida State College who have completed a minimum of twelve credit hours at our college and have maintained a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.5 in all college courses. Contact Advisor Mrs. Donna Pierson at (850) 729-6416.
African American Student Association
Membership in AASA will give students an opportunity to interact with other individuals who share common interests and develop leadership skills. AASA follows the PACE Plan, which stands for Political Activism, Academic Excellence, Cultural Awareness, and Economic Empowerment. Contact Advisor Shandra Dejournette for more information at (850) 729-6684 or [email protected].
Early Childhood Student Association
Early Childhood Student Association promotes professional growth and knowledge in childhood development area, provides opportunity for students to meet with each other and professionals, perform service projects, and practices advocacy for children and their families. Contact Beverly Sandlin for more information at (850) 729-5386 or [email protected].
Belle Voci (Women’s Ensemble)
Belle Voci, or Women’s Ensemble, is a select vocal group for women who are chosen through the audition process. Music studied is mostly a cappella and standard choral repertoire. High school students interested in furthering vocal talents are encouraged to apply. Women’s Ensemble members receive intense training under the direction of Ms. Lois Henry. Vocalists interested in may call Ms. Henry at (850) 729-6009 or email [email protected].
Dance Ensemble is open by audition to those students whose dance training has prepared them to meet the demands of stage performance. Students have the opportunity to study with guest artists in master classes, workshops, and residency programs. Performance opportunities range from small events to mainstage productions.
Members of our dance team (DAA1681) comprise Raider Rhythms, a select dance ensemble that appears at Raider basketball games in the college arena. Others selected for Dance Line may be featured with the Northwest Florida Symphony Orchestra or the Soundsations Show Choir performances. Dancers may also join holiday shows and Foundation events where they can gain performance experience.
Madrigal Singers is a mixed choir whose members are selected by audition. The group specializes in combined a cappella music from the Renaissance Madrigal to modern vocal jazz. Madrigal Singers perform throughout the year at various events including campus and community events, holiday performances with the Northwest Florida Symphony Orchestra, and annual choir concerts. Participation in Madrigal Singers (MUN1360) may be supported by Fine and Performing Arts Scholarship funds. Madrigal Singers meets Monday and Wednesday at 11 a.m. in Tyler Recital Hall. Contact Allison Everitt for more information at (850) 729-6071, or [email protected].
Musical Theatre produces one Broadway-style musical each year in summer. Sponsored by the Arts, Humanities, Communications and Design division, the summer musical allows students to participate in every aspect of theater production: musical theater stage performance, set construction, lighting, sound, costume and orchestra.
Participation in the summer musical is open by audition to all students and members of the community. Auditions are usually held in April with rehearsals commencing with the start of the college’s summer semester.
While working in the musical, students can earn theater arts credit in such courses as Rehearsal and Performance (TPP1190) and Musical Theater Dance (DAA1580) depending on their area of participation. Students are also eligible to receive Fine & Performing Arts scholarship support for the summer musical courses.
Musical Theatre Workshop
Musical Theater Workshop is a summer program designed for high school-aged students (ages 13 through college) to introduce them to the world of musical theater. Held each year in June, this intense workshop allows young students to develop skills in the areas of voice, dance, drama while producing a “junior” musical and performing it before a live theater audience. This is a fun and intense summer program that runs approximately four to five weeks and concludes with a performance in the Sprint Theater.
NWF Symphony Chorale
Northwest Florida Symphony Chorale is open by audition to students, staff, and members of the community. The chorus performs major choral compositions during the Fall and Spring Terms of each year and maintains a select membership of auditioned singers. Students can earn college credit for participation in chorale (MUN1390), however, community members are allowed. The chorale performs at local churches and on Mainstage with the NFSO and other ensembles doing works such as Handel’s ‘Messiah’. Solo opportunities are often a feature of the Chorale. For more information, contact Cathy Trolian at (850) 729-5382 or [email protected].
NWF Symphony Orchestra
Northwest Florida Symphony Orchestra is open by audition to musicians who have a demonstrable performance skill with an orchestral instrument. The orchestra draws its membership of more than sixty professional musicians from throughout NW Florida and South Alabama. Auditions are generally held in August for the upcoming season. See the NWFSO web page for audition instructions and repertoire information. For more information, contact (850) 729-6023 or [email protected].
Rock and Jazz Ensemble
Rock and Jazz Ensemble plays jazz, big band, and rock in an ensemble setting. It is open by audition to any student instrumentalist who wants to develop professional performance abilities pertinent to the jazz band style. Students must have some experience in high school bands or be playing consistently in other venues. Jazz Band performs at area events and festivals, competes in local competitions, and performs in concert on Mainstage at the Mattie Kelly Arts Center twice per year.
Students will earn credits in Rock & Jazz Ensemble (MUN1720A) and may apply for Fine & Performing Arts scholarship coverage. An accompanying lesson in Applied Music for a chosen instrument may also be approved. Contact Fred Domulot for more information at [email protected].
Film Club is composed of students (and is also open to the public) who meet to watch and discuss Hollywood hits, foreign, independent, and classic movies. Please contact Advisor Dr. David Simmons at (850) 729-6074, or President Donna Scott at (850) 699-1011.
Gay-Straight Alliance (GSA)
The Gay-Straight Alliance (GSA) club creates a safe space for students to stay and feel accepted, poses solutions to society and the college community on LGBTQ+ issues of today’s world, and demonstrates leadership of the students at NWF State College to make positive changes to today’s world.
Contact Advisor David Simmons for more information at (850) 729-6684 or [email protected]
National Society of Leadership & Success
The NSLS is the nation’s largest collegiate leadership honor society. Students are selected by their college for membership based on either academic standing or leadership potential. Candidacy is a nationally recognized achievement of honorable distinction. In addition to honorable distinction, the NSLS provides a step-by-step program for members to build their leadership skills through participation at their campus or online.
NonTrad2Grad is a group for the diverse population of NWF State College students who did not enter college directly from high school. The group will support these students in a social environment by having monthly meetings and support them academically by acting as a resource for information about services at the college. In response to group member’s requests, we will have speakers, events, and instructional sessions. Please call (850) 729-5310 or (850) 729-6087 for more information.
Pre-Professional Educators Association
The Pre-Professional Educators Association (PEA) was established fall 2009 to enhance Northwest Florida State College (NWFSC) Teacher Education Programs. PEA serves three main purposes: 1) To provide prospective education majors with information on NWFSC Teacher Education Programs 2) To mentor and assist program peers 3) To enhance the Teacher Education Program experience with activities that enrich the lives of and relationships among students, faculty, staff, and members of the community. Please contact Advisor Dr. Lynn Ketter at (850) 729-6440 for more information.
Project Management Institute
The purpose of NWF Project Management Institute, NWF State College Branch of Emerald Coast FL Chapter, is to provide students in the local Okaloosa and Walton County areas greater exposure and accessibility to project management development and education opportunities, other project management professionals, to grow interest in the discipline of project management, and the opportunity to network with other program management professionals. Please contact advisor Dr. Caisson Vickery at (850) 729-6445 for more information.
The Radiography Club is composed of members enrolled at NWF State College in the Radiography program. The club promotes awareness in the radiography field and participation in health care related activities. Contact advisor Grace Stewart at (850) 729-6462.
Raider Rep – Student Ambassadors
Northwest Florida State College Student Ambassadors serve as the official hosts & hostesses of the college. They are well spoken, enthusiastic student leaders who represent the college at special events, campus visits and tours, alumni and foundation activities, commencement, and similar recruitment opportunities. The NWF State College Student Ambassador is a position of high esteem and an opportunity for students to have pride and ownership of their higher learning institution while building leadership skills and qualities.
The Raider Writers is a group focusing on providing a place of fellowship for creative writers and spoken word artists of Northwest Florida State College. Contact advisor Dr. Vickie Hunt at (850) 729-6041 or President Morgan Masek.
Society of Human Resource Managers
NWF SHRM is a student based HR professional organization that exists to build and sustain partnerships with community human resource professionals in order to address people management challenges that influence the effectiveness and sustainability of their organizations and communities; provide a community for HR students to share expertise and create innovative solutions on people management issues; proactively provide leadership and opportunities for HR students at NWF State College. Contact advisor Keith Burns at (850) 729-5231.
Student Nurses Association
This organization is for students accepted into the nursing program. It aids in reaching members of the community though volunteer work and prepares students for their future career as nurses by teaching them leadership skills. Contact advisor Henry Moore at (850) 729-4904.