Clubs & Organizations

Clubs & Organizations

Penn State Greater Allegheny offers nearly twenty student clubs and organizations. Participation in these activities provides great opportunities for students to gain leadership skills by interacting with other students, holding leadership positions, and participating in community service. Penn State Greater Allegheny students are always welcome to petition for new clubs and organizations by contacting the Office of Student Activities. 

To receive more information about Student Clubs and Organizations please contact Erin O'Malley, Interim Director of Student Affairs at or 412-675-9493.

Below is a listing of current Penn State Greater Allegheny's clubs and organizations:


ABSENCE: The campus literary magazine is published annually during the spring semester. The magazine is edited and produced by a student/faculty editorial staff. Submissions of poetry, short fiction, essays, photography, and graphic art are welcome throughout the academic year. 

Adviser: Dr. Cliff Manlove,            


Black Student Union: An organization that promotes awareness of African-American culture and heritage. BSU advocates for the needs of PSUGA’s black students and actively programs cultural and social events for the entire campus community. BSU organizes field trips, stages an annual Kwanzaa celebration, and observes Martin Luther King Jr. Day and Black History Month in February with a variety of activities. 



Blue & White Society: The Blue & White Society is the student membership of the Penn State Alumni Association. BWS aims to bridge the gap between Alumni and the Student Body. BWS's mission is to bridge connections between Undergraduate Students and Alumni of The Pennsylvania State University through civic leadership, the advancement of Blue & White Pride and community service. BWS also focuses more specifically within our chapter to advance the resources of professional development, student involvement and an active/engaged community.

Adviser: Erin O'Malley,


Drama Club:  The Drama Club is always looking for actors, set and costume designers, technicians, and crew members. A fall children's play is produced for area elementary schools and a spring adult drama is produced and staged here on campus.  


Intramurals & Athletics: The athletic department organizes an array of seasonal intramural sports including touch football, basketball, volleyball, and softball.    

Adviser:  Tyler Care, 


Lion Ambassadors: This student organization has exceptional members who have demonstrated academic success and who have participated in student activities. The Lion Ambassadors serve as tour guides, assist the Admissions Office during campus open houses, and are involved in community service work for charities in the McKeesport area. One lucky lion wears the Nittany Lion mascot suit at sporting events and other PSUGA functions. 

Adviser: Admissions,  


Psychology Club: This club's formal name is the Psychological Association of Penn State Greater Allegheny. It has become an active force in establishing community relationships and serving local agencies with their volunteer efforts. 

Adviser: Dr. Elizabeth Mazur,


Residence Hall Council: Advocates for the residential student's needs and provides a number of social, educational and cultural activities including field trips to area theaters, movie houses, museums, and parks. The Residence Hall Council also organizes group visits to the community. 


Student Government Association (SGA): Your elected body of representatives includes executive officers, freshman representatives, and two appointed representatives from each campus club and organization. SGA meets twice a month during the academic calendar. SGA provides funding for each of the campus groups and supports all Penn State Greater Allegheny student groups, while advocating for all individual students. SGA is active in promoting regional events between all of the Western Pennsylvania Penn State campuses (including trips to Pittsburgh Pirates Baseball games, a Volleyball Marathon, THON, and other events.) SGA is an active member of the statewide Commonwealth Campuses Student Government (CCSG) association.  

Adviser: Erin O'Malley, 


THON: The Penn State IFC/Panhellenic Dance Marathon (THON), is the largest student-run philanthropy in the world.  THON is a year-round fundraising event benefiting The Four Diamonds Fund, Conquering Childhood Cancer, at the Penn State Children's Hospital in Hershey, PA.  The year culminates in a no-sitting, no-sleeping, two-day dance marathon held every February.  Over the past 35 years, the students of THON have raised more than $46 million and have helped thousands of children and families fight pediatric cancer.  The THON committee at PSUGA "cans" around the local area; hosts the annual "Volley for a Cure", "Battle of the Bands", and other fun activities. Please click THON or visit 

Adviser: Erin O'Malley,


WMKP Radio WMKP Radio (“The Roar”) is an independent, non-profit student and community radio station that serves our campus and the surrounding areas of McKeesport and White Oak. The station is operated by students and faculty and is largely staffed by members of the student Radio Club. Programming will resume during the 2014-2015 academic year and both general information and updates about the station can be found on its website:

Adviser: Zack Furness,


Orientation Leaders: Active Student Leaders ready to help new students acclimate to college life at Penn State Greater Allegheny! Must apply through the office of Student Affairs. 

Adviser: Erin O'Malley,