2018-2019 Undergraduate Academic Catalog

Academic Catalog

Student Engagement

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Student Activities

The student activities offered at Bridgewater College enrich the students’ overall college experience. Students are able to engage in activities that are of interest to them, gain valuable leadership experience and learn important skills related to working with groups and individuals.

Eagle Productions

Eagle Productions is the programming board that plans and implements night and weekend activities for students. The group seeks to provide a diverse and comprehensive program of activities for the whole campus such as comedians, musicians, game shows and so much more. Eagle Productions also provides leadership development for its members. This group works with an advisor to plan and implement a creative program of night and weekend events on campus.

Spirit Team

The Spirit Team is a group that encourages school spirit. This team is focused on Ernie the Eagle and consists of mascots and mascot handlers. Mascots and handlers have monthly practices and attend various Bridgewater community activities. This group is run through the Student Activities office.

Student Clubs and Organizations

The College has approximately 80 social, cultural, religious and academic clubs and organizations. For a complete listing of clubs and organizations, please see the College's website.

Intramurals

The intramural office provides a program of recreational activities for students, faculty and staff that encourages participation and provides challenging competition, healthy exercise and good sportsmanship. A complete list of intramural programs is available on MyBC under Student Life/Intramurals.

Also, check out the Funkhouser Center on MyBC for fitness class information and hours of operation.

Outdoor Programs

Bridgewater College is committed to providing fun-filled, educational and challenging adventures to all members of the BC community regardless of skill level. The Outdoor Program sponsors trips for BC students, which include indoor and outdoor rock climbing, hiking, skeet shooting, white water rafting, caving, paintball and camping.

Student Publications

Through BC Voice, the student media organization, students write, edit and publish Veritas, the campus newspaper, and produce podcasts and other forms of media.

The Philomathean is a journal of student papers, essays, short stories, poems and visual art published each year by Bridgewater College. “Philomathean” means love of, or devotion to, learning; the Philomatheanreflects this ideal by recognizing and honoring student creativity and scholarship. A student may submit on his or her own initiative work produced for a course, or faculty members may recommend a student’s work to a faculty editorial board that selects the contributions to be included in the publication.

Music

Bridgewater College recognizes the importance of music, not only as a part of the curriculum of a liberal arts college, but also as a vital part of campus life. The following ensembles and opportunities are active participants in the musical life of Bridgewater College.

Chorale Ensembles: The Concert Choir, Bridgewater’s largest choral ensemble, is open to all students without audition. Concert Choir participates in several concerts every semester and serves as Bridgewater’s ceremonial chorus, singing for several important campus events each year. Concert Choir often collaborates with other ensembles to perform major choral works representing many musical eras. The Chorale, Bridgewater’s auditioned chamber choir, maintains an active performance schedule both on and off campus. Together with Bridgewater’s Jazz Ensemble, Chorale tours regionally during spring semester. We also offer several extracurricular choral ensembles, including the Gospel Choir and two a cappella groups, Chordially Yours and the A Cappella Fellas.

Instrumental Ensembles: The Symphonic Band is open to all students without audition and performs several concerts every semester. The Exploratory Band gives you the opportunity to learn a new instrument or to revisit an instrument that you have not played in a few years. The Jazz Ensemble is an auditioned ensemble and maintains an active performance schedule both on and off campus. The Screamin’ Eagles Pep Band brings spirit to athletic events including football games in the fall and basketball games in the spring. Small chamber ensembles are offered every semester, including Chamber StringsPercussion EnsembleGuitar EnsembleJazz ComboHandbells and other small woodwind and brass ensembles.

Applied lessons for credit are available in piano, organ, voice, guitar, woodwind, brass, string, and percussion instruments.

For more details, contact Dr. Christine Carrillo, associate professor of music.

Theatre

Theatre at Bridgewater College produces two major works each year. These productions are chosen to enhance the academic experience of direct course work, as well as to respond to and reflect upon social, cultural and political issues. Theatrical production develops student talent while offering the College community the opportunity to experience a wide array of theatre genres. Additionally, theatrical production suggests to students the opportunities offered in the field of theatre.

The student-run theatre organization, the Pinion Players, provides students with co-curricular opportunities to participate in all aspects of theatrical production, from directing and acting to designing and playwriting. Activities vary yearly, are driven by student interest, and may include full length plays, touring children’s theatre productions, staged readings of student written work, and a student directed one-act festival.

Student Government

Student Government represents the student body by presenting student opinions and ideas to the faculty and administration. The Student Senator Executive Board, comprised of a president, vice president, secretary, treasurer and Eagle Productions president, leads the Student Senate. Senators represent all campus constituent groups, including class officers. Through its own structure, as well as the appointment of students to serve on College committees, the Student Government involves students in many aspects of the operation of the College. Student Senate, the largest organization within the Student Government, is comprised of students elected to represent their respective residence hall or areas; three from each hall/area and four commuters elected by nonresident students, elected in the fall. Responsibilities and powers of Student Senate include allocating funds to campus organizations, approving new campus organizations and making recommendations to the administration concerning student life. All students, undergraduate and graduate, are able to participate in Student Senate.  

Honor Council

The Honor Council investigates and determines sanctions for violations of the Honor Code, which prohibits cheating, plagiarism and academic-related lying. Honor Council members are appointed by the student body president and serve, barring impeachment or resignation, from the time of their appointment until the end of their college career. Investigators, appointed by the Honor Council chairperson, assist in the investigation of cases but do not determine guilt or innocence. Refer to The Eagle handbook for additional guidelines.

The Eagle

The Eagle, the student handbook, is a resource which outlines College policies, support services, important student information and a detailed description of all student organizations.