New Student Clubs
This fall at Covenant, students have founded six new clubs, and each one adds something fresh to campus. The six clubs are in climbing, disc golf, fencing, hockey, triathlons, and zumba.
"New clubs are exciting, and I always love to see students taking the initiative to start clubs,” says Susanna Griffith ’13, president of the student body. “Covenant students have so many diverse interests and gifts, and new clubs are a great way for them to use their unique interests to benefit others."
Other recently formed clubs include the rugby team and the tech club, both of which are thriving. The tech club aims to provide "a mutually supportive and positive learning environment" for those interested in technological skills and knowledge, according John Holland ’13, founder and president of the club. Recent activities put on by the club include building a computer and hosting a panel discussion on ethics and social media.
Erik Vitolins ’15 is president of the rugby club. He played soccer in high school, and enjoys the similarly gruff nature of rugby. "The team has a special camaraderie to it and it is a great way to fellowship and have fun," he says. "The club isn't as much of a time commitment as a lot of varsity sports, but we still practice twice a week with games against area foes on Saturdays.” The club currently has about 25 players.
Among the newest clubs is the hockey club, which is now a part of Hockey Chattanooga, a local league that includes teams from other colleges and from the community. “The single biggest excitement is these guys that go to Covenant having the opportunity to play a sport they love, and they didn’t have that opportunity before,” says Dr. Scott Quatro, professor of management, who coaches and plays for the team.
Susanna hopes Covenant's clubs continue to serve both the local community and student body in real ways. “Some clubs even have the potential to develop into official academic and athletic programs," she says. "It is a joy to work with club leaders and see the ways they are using their gifts to better the Covenant community, whether it's by teaching students how to play lacrosse or by hosting a brunch for widows in Chattanooga."
Susanna hopes more students become part of clubs on campus. “They are a great way to build friendships, learn new skills, and develop leadership abilities."