Academic Clubs and Honor Societies

Academic Clubs

The Anthropology Club

The Anthropology Club is open to all students interested in anthropology. The Anthropology Club hosts an annual Stone Age Fair for local school kids, has movie nights, organizes field trips, and promotes other projects of interest to students in the field.

Advisor: David Hyde

Art League

The Art League acts as an Art student advisory panel providing events and resources that support and enrich Western’s arts environment. All Art students are encouraged to participate and enjoy experiential art activities. The Art League promotes convocations, gallery exhibits, Art workshops, culture field trips and creative experiences for the students and the community.

Advisor: Thaddeus Smith

Association for Students of Exercise and Sports Science - ASESS

To further enhance student opportunities for networking and learning about the professional fields encompassed by Exercise & Sport Science, ASESS members will be involved in field trips, professional conference attendance, campus activities, mentoring new students, and exploring the diverse opportunities within the ESS major.

  • Advisor: Pete Kadushin
  • Website: ASESS

Chemistry Club

Advisor: Jarral Ryter
Website: Chemistry Club

English Club (WordHorde)

WordHorde brings together students, faculty, and community members who all share a passion for both the spoken and written word.  Coordinated by students in the English program, WordHorde offers open-mic events where a featured performer -- a local, regional, or sometimes nationally recognized author -- headlines an evening of poetry, stories, music and theatrics.

Advisor: Dr. Elizabyth Hiscox
Advisor: Mark Todd
Website: WordHorde

Geology Club

Students in Western’s Geology Club are active in the student chapter of AAPG, American Association of Petroleum Geologists, and many are also student members of the Geological Society of America. Along with becoming associated with professional organizations,  student members of the geology club are involved in field trips, campus activities, mentoring new students and exploring the diverse opportunities within the Geology major.

Advisor: Holly Brunkal
Advisor: Liz Petrie
President: Kit Croop

History Club

The History Club is open to any students, staff and faculty who are interested in the past and who have a passion for History.  We are dedicated to historical inquiry and exploring the relationship people have to the past and its many manifestations around us.  Club activities include field trips to historical areas, visits to museums, and other special events and activities that develop an awareness of history and its importance in our lives. 

Advisor: Dr. Heather Thiessen-Reily
Website: History

KWSB Radio

KWSB 91.1 FM provides experiential learning for Western students with an up-to-date production facility.  LISTEN LIVE TO KWSB 91.1 FM at

Faculty Director: Terry Schliesman
Website: KWSB

Mountaineer Media

Mountaineer Media is a student-run media production company funded by student government association funds generated by student fees.  This group of talented filmmakers and media enthusiasts exists to educate students from all majors and provide opportunities to create film and media productions. These productions may vary from film, to broadcasts, and pod-casts.

Faculty Director: Jack Lucido
Website: Mountaineer Media

Pathfinder Magazine

The Pathfinder is a student-run year in review magazine highlighting fine art and creative writing. It offers two online editions and a four-color hard copy each spring. The Pathfinder also offers scholarships to those students demonstrating outstanding skill in visual arts and creative writing.

Faculty Director: Terri Murphy
Website: Pathfinder 
Magazine: Pathfinder

Peak Productions

Students have a unique chance to be employed by Peak Productions, an artistic and producing board.  Students participate in every aspect needed to mount full-scale theatrical productions.  Due to the interdisciplinary nature of the program, many theatre students also participate in film, radio, and journalism.  In addition, theatre students participate in regional conferences and in the greater Gunnison community doing such exciting projects as devising original theatre for education and working in two local community theatres.

Website: Peak Productions


The Politics Club is a student led group and members are from various majors. The faculty advisors are from the Politics and Government department. We are a non-partisan club that aims to have dialogue and discussion about relevant political topics. We plan to sponsor a film series, bring in speakers and have roundtable discussions on campus. Everyone is welcome!

Advisor: Maria Struble
Website: Politics Club


The Psychology Club at Western State College was created so that students of psychology and interested others can participate in discourse and activities that are psychological in nature. Psychology club serves both social and educational functions, and our activities are designed to accomplish both functions.

Advisor: Suzy Coykendall
Website: Psychology

NAfME: National Association for Music Education Collegiate, formerly CCMENC (Music Club)

National Association for Music Education, among the world’s largest arts education organizations, is the only association that addresses all aspects of music education. NAfME advocates at the local, state, and national levels; provides resources for teachers, parents, and administrators; hosts professional development events; and offers a variety of opportunities for students and teachers. The Association orchestrates success for millions of students nationwide and has supported music educators at all teaching levels for more than a century.

President: Jessica Fultz
Vice President: Kevin McCall
Secretary: Kelsey Hollenbaugh
Treasurer: Danielle Austin​
SGA Representative: Scott Bird
Advisor/Music: Dr. Heather Roberson


Members of the club organize events for campus, plan trips for Thanksgiving and Spring Break, and attend conferences with faculty.
Website: Sociology

Top O' the World

Top O’ the World , a weekly student-run newspaper is funded by the Student Government Association and independent advertising. Published each Wednesday, it is the independent student voice for Western and the Gunnison community.

Editor: Kevin Noreen
Advisor: Toni Todd
Website: Top O' the World

Honor Societies

Alpha Kappa Delta- Sociology

Members of the club organize events for campus, plan trips for Thanksgiving and Spring Break, and attend conferences with faculty.

Website: Sociology

Gamma Chapter of Tri Beta- Biology

TriBeta is an honorary and professional society for students of the biological sciences. Its activities are designed to stimulate interest, scholarly attainment and investigation in the biological sciences. It is a national society affiliated with the American Association for the Advancement of the Sciences. The Gamma Chapter at Western State College was founded in 1925 and is one of three hundred chapters in the nation.

Advisor: Shan Hays
Website: Tri Beta

Lambda Alpha 

Lambda Alpha is the international honors society for students of anthropology, and Western’s chapter is Epsilon of Colorado. The society encourages scholarship and research in anthropology, and provides funding for approved student activities, such as travel and professional conferences and seminars. It also offers an opportunity for students to publish in its journal. Western students who qualify may apply for membership.

Advisor: Lynn Sikkink

Phi Alpha Theta - History

Western's Iota Nu chapter of Phi Alpha Theta is the fourth oldest chapter in Colorado dating back to July 10, 1964.  Phi Alpha Theta is a professional society whose mission is to promote the study of history through the encouragement of historical research, good teaching, publications and the exchange of learning and ideas among historians. We seek to bring students and faculty together for intellectual and social exchange to promote the study of History. Iota-Nu encourages students to submit and present papers at the regional Phi Alpha Theta conference each year. Any students who have completed a minimum of 12 hours in history with a GPA of 3.3 or better and who have a general GPA of at least 3.2 are eligible for membership.

Advisor: Dr. Heather Thiessen-Reily
Website: History

Psi Chi - Psychology

Western’s chapter of PSI CHI, the International Honor Society in Psychology, was founded in 1998.  Psychology majors who have strong academic records, leadership potential, research interests and a desire to further the interests of the discipline are encouraged to apply for membership. Chapter activities include participation in faculty sponsored research, attendance at professional conferences, and service activities.

Advisor: Dr. Suzy Coykendall
Website: Psychology

Sigma Tau Delta - English 

Sigma Tau Delta's central purpose is to confer distinction upon students of the English language and literature in undergraduate, graduate, and professional studies. Sigma Tau Delta also recognizes the accomplishments of professional writers who have contributed to the fields of language and literature.
One of the largest members of the Association of College Honor Societies, Sigma Tau Delta has over 600 active chapters, more than 900 faculty sponsors, and inducts approximately 7,000 members annually. Our members have the opportunity to be recognized for their outstanding achievements, enrich their education, help them make career choices, and advance their careers.

Advisor: Dr. Alina Luna
Website: Sigma Tau Delta