Student Clubs and Organizations

Student Organizations are an essential part of student life at OSU-Cascades and a great way to get involved. They provide opportunities for the development of educational, cultural, social, and recreational aspects of our student community through the organization of activities and events.

We are currently home to over 17 student organizations, including 5 competitive sports clubs. Find a list of all our clubs below and if you cannot find a club that covers your interests you can even start your own club!

Art Club

OSU-Cascades Art Club’s mission is to promote creativity and design-centered thinking for students of all backgrounds, majors, and class standings. This goal will be achieved through on campus events, local events, and by attending regional conferences. We want to inspire students to be creative and think about design, especially if they don’t consider themselves artists or art majors.

Student Contact: Jeff Henry
Advisor: Andrew Lorish

Association of Energy Engineers Cascades Chapter (AEE)

Our mission is to help those with an interest in engineering learn about the different disciplines of engineering, provide information and resources for AEE engineering certifications, establish student connections with local employers through networking opportunities such as guest presentations and facilities tours, and to increase community awareness of OSU Cascades’ Energy Systems Engineering program.

Student Contact: Alex Ackerman
Advisor: Rebecca Webb

At Your PACE

The mission of At Your PACE, an acronym for Peer Assistance with Continuing Education, is to create a
support system that connects undergraduate peer mentors with high school students, who may
not believe college is attainable. Our peer mentors build connections, offer a picture of campus
life, and encourage teens to explore all academic avenues. PACE plans campus events aimed to
increase college readiness. We also host campus events aimed at increasing career and college
readiness while giving teens exposure to the college environment.

Student Contact: Cazanda Aporbo

Advisor: Elizabeth Marino

Bioscience Journal Club

The purpose of the Biosciences Journal Club is to foster knowledge of, and exposure to, scientific literature in areas of bioscience study at OSU-Cascades. Our goal is to introduce students to primary scientific publications through regular group discussions of a preselected science journal, and to encourage critical thinking and analysis of such literature. Working together to broaden our understanding, we hope to aid in producing impactful members of the scientific community.

Student Contact: Alanis Thornton

Advisor: Jeff Gautschi

Business Club

The values of the club are to extend throughout the business community of Bend and its surrounding counterparts. The services offered support the students in the aspect of networking locally and providing a unique perspective of the industrial complexities found in real world experience.

Student Contact: Benjamin Hutchins
Advisor: Kim Vierra

Cascades Cycling & Sport Club 

The purpose of the OSU-Cascades Cycling club is to provide students a means with which to participate, train and/or compete in road biking, mountain biking, and cyclocross within the growing sport of collegiate cycling. Furthermore, we wish to stimulate interest in collegiate cycling among our community by creating and participating in community events and service opportunities.

Student Contact: Alastair Fowler
Advisor: Kyle Webb
  Best Club Event of 2018-2019 for "Fat Tire Bike Ride"

Cascades Gaming Club

The purpose of the Cascades Gaming Club is to form a gaming community that will be inclusive and respectful to all students that wish to join. We provide games/consoles that students may not have access to, along with the ability to play with other students in a friendly and/or competitive manner. We also have added Virtual Reality to our list of services for new experiences at our events.

Student Contact: Ethan Weikel
Advisor: Yong Bakos

Cascades Trail Running Club (Competitive)

The mission of the Cascades Trail Running Club and Team is to provide students with a welcoming environment to enjoy trail running, and all of the personal growth and fun that the activity has to offer. Additionally, the Bend Beavs Trail Team seeks to empower runners to train to their fullest potential, and provide exciting and safe outlets for competition in the disciplines of mountain and trail running.

Student Contact: Danny Fischer
Advisor: Bridget Rhine

Read a profile of the Trail Running Club.

E-Sports

The mission of OSU-Cascades E-Sports is to offer an environment in which students can develop their skills through tough competition. We support players of all skill levels by providing opportunities for anyone who has a passion for gaming.

Student Contact: Ryan Earl

Advisor: Ryan Scheirer

Hacker Refactor

The mission of Hacker Refactor is to advocate for more diverse minds at OSU/local community to be part of the Tech Industry and to provide a safe environment where women are encouraged to think out of the box. Additionally, foster diversity within the OSU-Cascades/Bend tech community by providing opportunities for students to explore the field of computer science and develop professional skills. Hacker Refactor is a great place for those who are curious about what the field of computer science has to offer as well as young professionals seeking to develop new skills and connections. Club events include professional development workshops, teaching at local K-12 schools,
fundraising, and more. We want to create an environment where everyone who wants to be involved with
technology feels safe and supported.

Student Contact: Marji Symonds

Advisor: Jill Hubbard

Natural Sciences Club

The purpose of the OSU-Cascades Natural Sciences Club is to foster student communication and encourage connectivity with the surrounding community. The club’s goals include  enhancing the OSU-Cascades student experience through service learning, hosting professional speakers, and encouraging natural area stewardships and collaboration.

Student Contact: Nicholas Sergienko

Advisor: Ron Reuter

  Best Club of 2017-2018

Paddle Club

The Cascades Paddle Club is to provide students a means with which to participate in different paddle sports. The aim is to also provide a sense of community at Cascades for students who share a passion or an interest for paddle sports.

Student Contact: Kelsey Abbott
Advisor: Julia Conrad

Psych Club

Compelling psychology, HDFS, and social science majors, minors, and all interests in between to engage further into the processes of the mind and implement positive mental health on campus. We aim to connect undergraduates with opportunities for community involvement, volunteering, networking, socializing, and building their professional curriculum vitae.

Student Contact: Anna Mallery

Advisor: Peter Sparks

Rock Climbing Club 

The mission of OSU-Cascades Rock Climbing Club is to provide a safe, fun, learning environment for our members. We offer accessibility to the Bend Rock Gym and teach about rock climbing techniques and skills. Members can expect to learn how to belay, top-rope, boulder, and more. The club offers both indoor and outdoor group climbs. OSU-Cascades Rock Climbing Club is a great way for new students to get involved and meet new people. Everyone is welcome to join regardless of climbing experience.

Student Contact: George Tanasse
Advisor: Andrew Hawley

  Best Club 2018-2019


"Student Climbers Ascend New Heights," by The Source Weekly
Started by students, the OSU-Cascades climbing club has exploded in size, taking many podium spots in competitions.

Rock Climbing Sports Club (Competitive)

Our purpose is to create a team that helps students take their rock climbing skills to the next level and provide them with competition experience. The mission of OSU-Cascades Rock Climbing Club Sport is to teach others
how to train properly, push team members to improve their climbing ability, and represent OSU-Cascades at rock climbing competitions.

Student Contact: Gabe Mcfarlane
Advisor: Andrew Hawley

  Best Sports Club 2018-2019

Ski, Snowboard, Nordic and Alpine Club

The purpose of the OSU-SSNAC is to provide students with an accessible means to participate, train and/or compete in Nordic skiing, Alpine skiing, and Snowboarding within the growing community and at the collegiate level in Bend. Furthermore, we wish to increase interest in collegiate snow sports among our community by creating and participating in community events and service opportunities at a more available level for students. We participate mainly in local competitions although we also take part in Northwest competitions which mainly take place during winter and spring.

Student contact: Carrington Fastelin

Advisor: Kristen Martin

Tech Club of Cascades

The Tech Club is designed to unite members of the OSU-Cascades community with an interest in technology and innovation. We want to create a space for students to help their community, connect with employers and build solutions for real-world problems.

Beyond campus, the Cascades Tech Club of OSU-Cascades also seeks to establish a positive and lasting relationship with community stakeholders. We will strive for this relationship by speaking to local high school students about the university on behalf of OSU-Cascades, providing community service, and establishing partnerships with local technology companies for student networking and internship opportunities.

Student Contact: Kira Corbett
Advisor: Jesse Chaney

Please note, there may be a general membership fee for select Sport Clubs. Fees may range anywhere from $0-$2500.