Co-Curricular Programs

Art Exhibitions: Western’s art faculty, advanced art students and visiting artists provide a steady rotation of shows and exhibits in the Quigley Hall Gallery and community galleries.

University Media: Students manage and operate the University newspaper (Top o’ the World), radio station (KWSB-FM), an annual magazine (Western Pathfinder Magazine) and a film/video production unit (Mountaineer Media).

Enrichment Convocations and Lectures: Each semester, Western arranges for special on-campus presentations by distinguished professionals, government officials, visiting faculty and other guests from the world beyond the campus.

Headwaters Conference: Each fall, Western invites an interdisciplinary gathering of scholars, writers, poets, storytellers, public officials and others involved in the cultural development of the Southwest to discuss issues and problems of common concern to Southwesterners.

Honorary Organizations and Departmental Clubs: Western has student chapters of several national honorary organizations and departmental clubs which allow students to pursue their disciplinary studies outside the classroom. These groups include: Alpha Kappa Delta (Sociology), Alpha Zeta (Spanish), Gamma Chapter of Tri Beta (Biology), Phi Alpha Theta (History), Psi Chi (Psychology), Sigma Tau Delta (English), Art League, Association for Students of Exercise and Sport Science (ASESS), Chemistry Club, English Club (Wordhorde), NAfME, Pre-Health Club, Politics Club, Psychology Club, Sociology Club and Sustainability Coalition (Environmental Sustainability).

LEAD Office: The Leadership, Engagement, and Development (LEAD) Office creates and provides leadership development opportunities and actively engages students into the Western and local community. This office also maintains support for annual programs such as Orientation, Senior Reception, Family Weekend, and Community Clean-up as well as promoting service opportunities. The LEAD Office is located in University Center 118.

Living/Learning Communities: Living/Learning Communities are places within the traditional residence halls where students are assigned to live based upon their area of academic interest, where academic engagement is emphasized, and where the students' social experience is integrated into their academic experience creating a unique residential environment.

Mountain Rescue Team: The team is a fully certified university-based search and rescue team. They are a highly trained and dedicated group which has gained national attention a number of times for search and rescue work in the surrounding mountains.​

Multicultural Center: This Center exists to offer educational, social, psychological and emotional support for students from culturally or racially diverse backgrounds, however, the office is open to anyone. Activities help students from diverse backgrounds develop their special talents, aid in the retention of these students and broaden the cross-cultural understanding of all students, staff, faculty and the administration. The Multicultural Center is located in the University Center. Housed in the Multicultural Center are four clubs: Amigos, the Asian/Pacific Islander Club (APIC), Black Student Alliance (BSA) and the Native American Student Council (NASC).

Music Programs: Each semester, programs by the orchestra, chorus, jazz band and other groups are featured, as well as individual recitals by music faculty members, advanced music students, and guests.

Peace Corps Prep: Western’s Peace Corps Prep program empowers undergraduates to successfully compete for Peace Corps placements anywhere in the world. Participants who complete the program receive certification that they have completed volunteer hours, leadership and academic preparation in five core competencies required for Peace Corps intercultural fieldwork. Contact the Peace Corps Prep Coordinator in the LEAD office (University Center 118) for more information.

Peak Productions: Each year students work in conjunction with communication arts faculty to present five or six full-length theatre productions, including some which are written and directed by students.

Program Council: Each year the Program Council, a student-run organization, sponsors bands, speakers, performers and other entertainers for concerts and presentations.

Residence Life Focus Programs: Throughout the year, speakers and other presenters focus on issues of gender, race and ethnicity, health, and other concerns relevant to life in and beyond the residence halls.

Religious Organizations: Western has several student religious organizations: Christian Challenge, Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA), Ignite, and Young Life. In addition, churches of all denominations in the community welcome participation from students.

Student Government Association (SGA): The SGA is Western's student government comprised of representatives from the academic disciplines and from all other student organizations. SGA meets weekly to make decisions on most aspects of student participation in the life and operation of the University, including expenditures of student fees. All students are welcome to attend meetings.