Clubs And Orgs - Garrett College

Garrett College McHenry campus offices are open Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Offices will be closed for service from 12- 1 p.m. for lunch.

Visitors are strongly encouraged to schedule appointments (either virtual or in-person). When on campus, all visitors must follow the College’s health-and-safety measures. Please note the outreach centers (NOC, SOC, CTTC) will have variable hours - please call ahead prior to visiting these locations.

The most up-to-date information on Garrett College's response to COVID-19, can be found online at novel coronavirus/COVID-19 resource page.

Note: the Daily Health Self-Assessment form is located here.

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Clubs & Organizations

Clubs & Organizations - COVID-19 Notice

For meetings and events occurring on or after September 9, 2020, please place your request by emailing Brandon Jackson, Community Outreach Coordinator at He will work with you to determine whether face-to-face meetings can be held. College-wide room capacity restrictions will reduce the number of members permitted in a physical space for face-to-face meetings.

Virtual meetings are strongly encouraged at this time!

Events will be scheduled based on College operations and capacity guidelines on the event request date.

PLEASE NOTE: Currently, all on-campus events and activities may be scheduled through Monday, November 23, 2020 (the last day of class of the Fall 2020 semester).

This date is subject to change if the College would need to transition to a virtual learning environment for the remainder of the semester.

The hosting student organization is responsible for following and enforcing all applicable COVID-19 guidelines (listed below). Meetings or events found in violation may result in a loss of reservation privileges for the remainder of the semester and/or referral to the Department of Student Life.

COVID-19 Guidelines for Activities

The College has implemented several guidelines based on best practices to reduce the spread of COVID-19. These guidelines apply to student clubs and organizations as well.

While groups are strongly encouraged to host meetings and/or activities, we ask that you comply with the following measures:

  • Face masks or coverings are required for any approved in-person meeting
  • Observe social distancing guidelines (maintain a 6-foot distance) and avoid congregating in groups for in-person meetings
  • Bring and use sanitation wipes/spray for attendees to disinfect surfaces. High touch areas are to be cleaned before, after, and periodically throughout in-person meetings. Advisors are responsible for identifying high-touch areas prior to the start of the event with the assistance of the Community Outreach Coordinator
  • Offer a virtual participation option for members who may not comfortable attending a face-to-face meeting
  • For meetings where attendance is required, a virtual participation option must also be setup
  • Members are to refrain from participating in any in-person meeting if he or she is sick
  • Groups are to provide information to all members regarding appropriate action steps if a member reports being ill/sick and/or may have been exposed to COVID-19.

GC’s Laker Strong: Fall 2020 Return to Campus plan

Get Involved in Campus Life

Opportunities await for you to make the most out of your college experience by gaining leadership skills, forming lifelong friendships, and making a real impact on our campus and the surrounding community.

Choose to run for office in student government and become involved in making decisions that affect student life at Garrett College. Represent the college during different activities and events throughout the year by becoming a student ambassador. Join the wildlife club and discover our area’s natural wonders and environment. The possibilities are endless for you to make a difference!

Interested in joining a club or organization, or want to start your own? Contact Brandon Jackson, Student Activities Manager at Garrett College, for more information.

Advisor: Jenny Meslener
Advisor: Qing Yuan

About Project Kraken

Students with an interest in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) and STEM-related activities are encouraged to consider joining Project Kraken, Garrett College’s robotics team. Project Kraken consistently places among the leaders in MATE ROV competitions against both two- and four-year colleges and universities from across the globe.

Phil Malone is the team mentor and Dr. Qing Yuan is the team advisor.

Project Kraken Robot

Pictured is the team’s ROV, for winning the Design Excellence Award, and the most-efficient ROV at the competition.

The Garrett College Student Government Association acts as a source of communication between the student body and the administration. SGA executive board members serve as advocates for all Garrett College students, working to ensure that the student voice is heard in all areas of college life including student life and academic affairs.

Student Government also provides resources for student clubs and organizations on campus. This includes assisting with the formation of new groups and allocating funds.

Meeting Times

Executive Council Meetings - Sundays, 5 p.m.
Open Meetings are held once a month in LC-620A
All students are encouraged to attend SGA Open Meetings

Office Hours

The SGA Office is located in room LC-620B and is open M-F, 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM

Current SGA Officers

President: Madison Embleton
Vice President: Shanice Moore
Secretary: Tenisha Thomas
Activities Chair: Lettie Welch
Sophomore Rep: Emma Helton
Freshmen Rep: Jeffery Geddie

SGA Advisor

Brandon Jackson, Student Activities Manager
Phone: 301-387-3129

Advisor: Kevin Dodge

Engage in our Community

Many opportunities are available for students who participate in service learning, civic engagement, or community service projects in the Garrett County and the surrounding area. Students who complete a combination of these hours are honored and recognized at commencement, as part of the Service-Learning and Community Engagement Program.

Through their service experiences, students develop new perspectives, build their skill set, and learn to give back to the community that supports them.