Clubs & Activities
At Paul Smith’s, we believe that making lifelong friendships is just as valuable as earning course credit. Part of being a Smittie is learning from one another, laughing with each another and sharing unforgettable experiences together. That’s why we support a diverse selection of student-run clubs and campus activities.
Campus Events & Activities
Every semester, the Office of Student Activities sponsors a slew of fun events to bring Paul Smith’s students together: open mic nights, comedians, DJs, inter-residence hall competitions, movies, game nights and off-campus trips. All events are free and are a great way to meet more Smitties.
Student Clubs & Organizations
Choose from our roster of active student clubs or start one of your own!
Adirondack Mycology Club- The Adirondack Mycology Club’s mission is to explore, inform, educate, investigate and celebrate the diverse fungi of the Adirondacks. Club activities will include classification and naming of fungi, mushroom forays and other field trips near Paul Smith’s College and the surrounding area, as well as exploring the cultivation, culinary and artistic aspects of mushrooms.
Aquatic Sciences Club: Members of the Paul Smith's Aquatic Sciences Club will have the opportunity to develop and actively participate in aquatic studies. The club also focuses on professional development and the building of members' professional network.
Art Club: Are you interested in Art? This is the group for you! This club hosts art shows and other activities on and off-campus. All are welcome!!!
B-GLAD (Bisexual, Gay, Lesbian Advocates for Diversity): This group provides support, information, and the opportunity to raise awareness for students with alternative lifestyles and those who wish to support them.
Baking and Pastry Arts: Our club is to provide out of class, fun, learning for the Baking and Pastry Art Major, allowing members to become more involved in our Paul Smiths College community, while bringing a new perspective to it. We test recipes, go on trips, and learn new skills or build on old ones. The club often participates in catering of events on campus which allows us to fund raise for our club to experience off campus field trips. If you can’t bake no problem you can learn, all are welcome.
Birding Club: Learn about the amazing and diverse world of birds with the Paul Smith's College Birding Club! Trips to local, in-state, and out-of-state birding hotspots will develop your bird identification skills and expand your knowledge of field ornithology. Natural history seminars, Identification workshops, and on-campus activities led by our club members aim to raise student awareness of the life and diversity of birds.
Culinary Club : This club is for students who are interested in the culinary field and cooking! They do many events including fundraisers throughout the year and are able to eat lots of food!
Cycling Club: New this year!!! Do you like to ride? Keep an eye out for meetings and activities!!!
Draft Horse Club: PSC’s Draft Horse Club is dedicated to educating club members and the community about draft horses and their uses. The club holds both logging and agricultural events at the annual Homesteading Festival and for various classes offered by the college. Members go on trips to regional draft animal demonstrations to learn and collaborate with other teamsters. The club keeps an active presence in the community by giving wagon and sleigh rides for the public, as well as making a float for the Winter Carnival Parade. Weekly meetings at the barn provide a chance to interact with the horses and maintain the barn. No previous horse experience is necessary!
Fish and Game Club: The goal of the PSC’s Fish and Game Club is to promote the importance of sportsmanlike conduct within a learning environment. Hunting safety and ethical fishing practices will be held with the highest regard. Likewise the club will strive to bring in members with little to no experience in the field in the effort to educate them to the sports. As that Paul Smith’s College is a center of the environmental education the club will also augment environmental awareness and responsibility to the community. Members with all levels of experience in hunting or fishing are welcome!
Forestry Club: This club attracts students from all academic disciplines. It sponsors a wide range of social activities, and is involved in many projects around campus and many are involved in the woodsmen’s team.
Gaming Club: The Gaming club seeks to explore and enjoy the Gaming and Anime cultures. This club participates in video, table top, card, and board gaming, setting up numerous tournaments around campus and holding open events to all participants. They also have multiple Anime and Movie marathons that are open to the campus, and seeks to boost campus interest in such activities. Please sign up for our club's email and attend our club meetings where we will hold demonstrations of games and be screening anime for any who are interested, while sharing the upcoming events that will be held on campus! This club is all fun and games!
Hospitality Sales and Marketing Association International (HSMAI): We’re a student chapter of this national organization or hospitality sales and marketing professionals. We were established in spring 2005 to provide sales and marketing experience to Paul Smith’s hospitality students through a variety of club activities including guest speakers, seminars, hotel site visits, planning and running special events and fundraisers, volunteering for community service and participation in the NYC Hotel Show and PSC's semi-annual Boomerang alumni event.
Intervarsity Christian Fellowship- is an inter-denominational Christian fellowship that offers weekly Bible studies, church outings and opportunities to serve not only the Paul Smith’s College campus, but also the surrounding community.
Medical Emergency Response Team (MERT): The Medical Emergency Response Team is a club on campus made up of EMTs and other medically certified students. We respond, along with Campus Safety, to medical incidents and treat the patient before the ambulance gets there. Due to the isolation of the campus, MERT is able to provide a better sense of security for students.
The Outing Club: The Outing Club covers a wide variety of outdoor recreation pursuits: hiking, canoeing, kayaking, skiing, backpacking, bobsledding, biking, snowshoeing, kayaking, rock and ice climbing, the ropes course, safety certifications & training.
Rugby (Men’s)- Teamwork, integrity and loyalty are the foundations of this club. Our students get together to play, have a good time and promote sportsmanship and athletics at Paul Smith’s.
Students for Environmental Action(SEA): SEA operates through unity and active leadership; we empower students to take action for tomorrow’s environment. In response to a changing world we strive to increase awareness of environmental issues and peruse an alternative future on a local and global scale. Our club was started by a Paul Smith’s Student, Mark Keller. Originally the club was conceived as a Hands-on Green Club in 1993 and would later change its name to Students for Environmental Action. The club has participated in many events such as the highway cleanup, the Earth Day campus cleanup, incorporating composting within culinary and dining hall kitchens and the upcycling fashion show. Some of the other events that the club has done in the past include a VIC cleanup and a trip to the Bio-Dome in Canada. SEA is a great club that promotes environmental consciousness and having fun in the process. We always accept new members so join today!
Ski and Snowboard: If you are a skier or snowboarder, this is the club for you! Our club is made up of students, faculty, and staff who like to have fun on and off the slopes. We go on skiing and riding day trips throughout the season to places such as Whiteface Mountain, Titus Mountain and Mt. Pisgah; we also pick one destination for a long weekend or alternative spring break. Keep your eyes and ears open for club events, trips and fundraisers. To contact us, please email us @ email@example.com.
Society of American Foresters (SAF): SAF is the national scientific and educational organization representing the forestry profession in the United States. We bring in speakers to benefit the entire campus and attend conferences.
Society for Ecological Restoration: To practice ecological restoration on and off campus to sustain biodiversity and create a more ecologically sound relationship between nature and culture and to advance student careers in our respective fields through attending conferences, workshops, and networking with relevant professionals.
Student Activities Council: Want to be involved in the events on campus? Then join this club!! This group is responsible for the planning and implementation of events on campus such as bands, comedians, special events and movies. This organization works in conjunction with the Student Activities Office. All are welcome to join!
Surveying and Mapping Club: This is a new club that provides activities for students interested in surveying or mapping
Veteran’s Club– This club provides support to the Veteran’s at PSC. They also do many community service projects for the local community as well as for our military oversees.
Wildlife Society: The Wildlife Society is a student branch of the National Wildlife Society. The Wildlife Society has planned several events and activities which include providing members with peer and professional networking opportunities.