Student Clubs and Organizations

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2016 Undergraduate Research Symposium – April 8

If you are proud of a research paper you’ve written; completed research work as part of your clinicals, internship, or service learning work; or have done a research-oriented club project, consider submitting it for the symposium.

SUBMISSION DEADLINE: FEBRUARY 12. Papers and/or Posters are accepted. Submissions are not limited to current semester projects. Presenters will be eligible for prizes. All Durham Tech students, regardless of program, are welcome to submit work completed during their time at Durham Tech. Read more information about the symposium.

This event is sponsored by the Honors Program and Phi Theta Kappa.

Student Senate

Student Senate members The Student Senate is the Student Government Association at Durham Tech. The Student Senate is the voice of the community college student on campus.

The Student Senate provides input to the college’s administration on decisions affecting students, makes decisions regarding the allocation of student event funds, and plans student activities and events. The Senate also approves and provides support for student organizations. Student senators represent academic departments and student organizations.

Student interest and leadership are necessary for the Student Senate to function effectively; students are encouraged to become actively involved.

Read more about the Student Senate and and how to join on the Student Senate web page.

Amigos Unidos (Spanish Club)

An organization open to all students desiring to further their knowledge about the Spanish culture, people and language. It is a social group of students, many of whom are taking Spanish, who promote awareness of Hispanic culture on campus through activities. The club also supports activities of a service nature, raising funds for Hispanic and non-Hispanic families.

Spring 2016 meetings are Tuesdays, 3:30–4:30 p.m., Phillips 387.

Advisor: Lance Lee 919-536-7223, ext. 8187

Cambiando Caminos

Cambiando Caminos (Changing Paths) is a student-led, educational advocacy organization dedicated to strengthening the identity and presence of Latino students on Durham Tech’s campus. We highly value inclusiveness and diversity; therefore, we welcome all Durham Tech students. We aim to achieve our mission by advocating and providing opportunities for educational advancement, self-improvement, and community outreach with the primary focus on Latino students.

Co-Advisor: JoAnn Molnar 919-536-7264, ext. 3229
Co-Advisor: Constanza Gómez-Joines 919-536-7264, ext. 4051

Christian Club

The mission of the Christian Club is to provide support and guidance to students based on Christian values, and principles of the Holy Bible and Jesus Christ. The Christian Club promotes community service, outreach, motivates and encourages students, and assists in enhancing students' self-esteem and self-image based on Biblical principles.

Co-Advisor: Andrei George 919-536-7200, ext. 5101
Co-Advisor: Micara Lewis Sessoms 919-536-7200, ext. 4406

Durham Early Childhood Association

An organization open to all persons who are concerned about the emotional, health, intellectual, physical and safety needs of young children.

Advisor: Vanessa Spence 919-536-7230, ext. 8070

Final Draft Club

Final Draft Club Durham Tech on a chalkboard An organization that provides opportunities for members of the Durham Tech community to experience area literary and cultural events. The club is the publisher of The Final Draft Literary Journal, a compilation of poetry, artwork, essays, and short stories written and created by students, staff, and faculty which is published each spring. Beginning writers and artists are especially encouraged to submit material. The staff is comprised of students and instructors who judge the work submitted, edit the works, and publish the final product. In addition, the Final Draft Club encourages group participation in community literacy projects. We offer creative writing workshops which are open to the Durham Tech community.

The 2016 edition of Final Draft, Durham Tech's Literary Magazine, is in need of student editors to read through, edit, and organize the literary magazine so that it is ready for publication by February/March. This is a great way to get involved with the literary magazine, which you can put on your resumes/applications when transferring to senior institutions, and acquire experience in the publication process of print magazines. All students are welcome to help out and be part of our school's literary community. If you're interested, please contact Olivia Simpson at

Co-Advisor: Marina DelVecchio 919-536-7223, ext. 8017
Co-Advisor: Steven Kerrigan 919-536-7223, ext. 8032

Gamers of Durham

gamersThe purpose of the Gamers of Durham is to promote all forms of legal recreational gaming, help broaden information about the gaming business and technology, and serve our college and community. This organization brings a diverse group together with the common interest in gaming to establish a friendly environment. Members who participate in the club will develop multiple career and social skills, while bonding and playing various games.

The club meets Fridays 2:30-5 p.m. in Wynn room 1114

Visit our Facebook page!

Co-Advisor: Paeder Wall 919-536-7200, ext. 6111
Co-Advisor: Heidi White 919-536-7200, ext. 4052
Co-Advisor: Valerie Whitley 919-536-7200, ext. 6107
Co-Advisor: Patrick Hines 919-536-7200, ext. 6101

Gamma Beta Phi Honor Society

2015 inductees

A scholastic honor and educational-service organization for students in colleges and universities. The organization objectives are "to recognize and encourage excellence in education, to promote the development of leadership ability and character in its members, and to foster, disseminate, and improve education through appropriate service projects.

Fall 2015 meetings: Sept. 21, Oct. 5, Oct. 19, Nov. 2, Nov. 16, and Dec. 7 in Newton 412, 3:30–4 p.m.

Advisor: Don Sommerfeldt 919-536-7235, ext. 8169

International Students Club

international students An organization developed to facilitate the exchange of information about different cultures through regular meetings and other activities.
The next meeting is Thursday, February 11 and 25 at 3 p.m. in White 45

Co-Advisor: Karin Abell   919-536-7200, ext. 3226
Co-Advisor: Heidi White   919-536-7200, ext. 4052

Visit the International Students Club web page for meeting times.

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Paralegal Technology Club

The Paralegal Technology Club is an association for paralegal students created to promote scholarship, increase awareness of the paralegal profession, and provide information and opportunities for prospective employment.

Advisor: Susan Sutton 919-536-7230, ext. 8071
Paralegal Program Blog

Phi Beta Lambda

The purpose of Phi Beta Lambda is to provide opportunities for post-secondary students to develop business-related career competencies. Phi Beta Lambda is an integral part of the instructional program and in addition promotes a sense of civic and personal responsibility.

Co-Advisor: Janice Kerber 919-536-7230, ext. 8066
Co-Advisor: Michele Parrish 919-536-7235, ext. 8158
Co-Advisor: LaTonya Steele, 919-536-7200, ext. 8064.

Phi Beta Lamda website for meeting dates and times.

Phi Theta Kappa

PTK students at FallFestAn international honor society recognizing academic achievement among two-year college students. Provides opportunities for individual growth and development through participation in honors, leadership, service and fellowship programming. The organization also provides access to many scholarship opportunities. To be inducted into Phi Theta Kappa, students must be enrolled in a degree program and have a minimum 3.5 GPA with at least 18 hours of credits. Eligible students are emailed an invitation at the beginning of the semester.

Phi Theta Kappa Information Session: Thursday, January 21, 4 p.m., Phillips 303
Phi Theta Kappa Information Session: Tuesday, January 26, 4 p.m., Phillips 303
Phi Theta Kappa Induction Ceremony: Thursday, March 3, 4 p.m. in Phail Wynn Multi-Purpose Room

Co-Advisor: Tracy Mancini 919-536-7200, ext. 8011
Co-Advisor: Kara Battle 919-536-7200, ext. 8002
Co-Advisor: Lyndsay Al-Shibli 919-536-7200, ext. 8073
Co-Advisor: Marisa Sullivan 919-536-7200, ext. 8052
Co-Advisor: Shannon Hahn 919-536-7200, ext. 8019

Practical Nursing Student's Organization

An organization that provides an opportunity for practical nursing students to receive regular communication and to voice their concerns relevant to their profession.

Advisor: Cindy Hardin 919-536-7200, ext. 8114

Respiratory Therapy Students Club

The Respiratory Therapy Students Club is an organization to promote the profession of respiratory therapy through communication, fund-raising, and participation in other activities on campus and in the community.

Advisor: Bob Gingrich 919-536-7200, ext. 8110

Science Club (also known as the Environmmental Science Club)

Science Club kayakingDo you like the outdoors, green craft projects, community service, and sustainability? Do you wish you knew more people on campus? If you said, "Yes!" to either of those questions you should join the Environmental Science Club. Everyone is welcome! No experience necessary! Read more about us.

Fall Semester 2015: We meet every Thursday, 3:40 p.m. – 4:40 in Collins 222.

Advisor: Julie Hoover 919-536-7223, ext. 8021

Sigma Delta Mu

An honor society recognizing outstanding students in the Spanish curriculum. One of the society's goals is to To encourage a greater interest in and a deeper understanding among college students of Hispanic cultures.

Advisor: Lindsey Carpenter, 919-536-7200, ext. 8199


gamers Spectrum is an organization whose mission is to advocate for and support the needs of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Intersex, Queer, Questioning, and Allied people on the Durham Tech campus. Spectrum provides a framework to raise awareness through educational advocacy and community involvement while working to dismantle oppression in all its forms.

Meetings (really just another excuse to meet socialize and snack) will be on Jan. 25; Feb. 15 and 22; Mar. 7, 14, and 28; and Apr. 4, 18, and 25 from 2-3 p.m. in Phillips 381. Everyone is welcome!

Co-Advisor - Michelle Casey 919-536-7200, ext. 8184
Co-Advisor - Christine Dove 919-536-7200, ext. 8034
Co-Advisor - Scott Stauble 919-536-7200, ext. 8132

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Student Nurse's Organization

An organization open to all students in the Nursing curriculum.

Advisor: Lesley Chaffin 919-536-7200, ext. 8101

Student Occupational Therapy Association (SOTA)

SOTA is a non-profit, student-run organization that promotes occupational therapy through community service, public relations, fundraising, and campus activities. SOTA provides fellowship among students and faculty, educational opportunities through community service activities, and leadership opportunities within the organization.

This year SOTA is opening its doors to prospective Durham Tech OTA students! Membership is a great opportunity to meet current OTA students in the program, learn more about OT and get involved in community. The SOTA membership fee is $5 for current OTA students and $2 for prospective OTA students per semester.

Advisor: Carol Marcus 919-536-7233, ext. 8120

Tau Eta Sigma

A professional dental technical fraternity that promotes the highest possible degree of individual excellence in the art and science of dental technology.

Advisor: Erin Popov 919-536-7233, ext. 8100

VISIONS: Leadership Initiative

Visions studentsVisions Leadership Initiative, better known as Visions, encourages participants to excel academically, personally, and professionally; stay in college; graduate; and achieve their goals. Our primary focus is to promote the academic achievement of minority men, but all are welcome. Learn more about VISIONS and how to join.

Advisor: Isaac Thomas 919-536-7261, ext. 1419

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Women's Leadership

The Women's Leadership is an organization open to all female students. This organization is designed to support, encourage, and celebrate the contributions that female students can make to the college. The primary focus will be on skill development in the areas of leadership, mentoring, and networking on campus and in the Triangle community we serve. If you are looking to build a reservoir of self esteem, self worth, elegance, grace, strength and intellect come join us!

Co-Advisor: Karen Mosley 919-536-7207, ext. 1408
Co-Advisor: Clara Hawley 919-536-7207, ext. 1413