Campus Life 

Being a college student is more than just attending classes. It's about engaging in campus life and the broader campus community made up of students, faculty and staff. Donnelly's campus is a safe community located in the heart of Kansas City where students can demonstrate their leadership through student organizations and clubs, participate in the numerous traditions, and become a valued part of Donnelly’s culture. Explore more below. Don't see an organization you like? You can start your own! Contact La Cherish Thompson, program support specialist, at for more information. 

Blue Chips

Additional information coming soon.

Cicely Bledsoe 
Admissions Counselor
(913) 621-8705

Campus Ministry 

Campus Ministry is open to all DC students regardless of religious background and seeks to meet all students’ spiritual needs. Learn more here or contact: 

Father John Melnick, S.S.A.
Vice President for Spirituality and Mission
Room 703
(913) 621-8727

Donnelly College Art Club

The Donnelly Art Club's mission is to provide art-making opportunities for Donnelly College and the surrounding community. No artmaking experience is necessary!  

Kate Horvat 
Art Instructor 

Donnelly College Nightingale Association of Student Nurses 

Additional information coming soon.

Bridget Ryan 
Assistant Professor, Nursing 

Donnelly Library Activities Committee

If you like books and reading, DLAC is the club for you. Focused on promoting literacy and celebrating the joy of reading, DLAC is a service-oriented group. To celebrate Dr. Seuss Day, for example, members read to children at a nearby elementary school. Also, the group attends plays and theater events in the Kansas City area. Contact: 

Jorge Salamanca-Chavez
Admissions Counselor / Heartland CAMP 
(913) 621-8791

Drill Team

So you think you can dance? Join the Donnelly Drill Team. Focused on creating innovative routines and promoting DC spirit, the Drill Team performs at many DC events, including the Multicultural Festival and at soccer games. Contact: 

DeDe Jones
Program Support Specialist
(913) 621-8797

Environmental Club

Donnelly's Environmental Club is brand new this year. We are dedicated to promoting the care and cleanliness of the earth within our school and within the community. We do this through various service projects. Contact: 

Joseph Multhauf
Instructor, Liberal Arts
Room 413
(913) 621-8790

Intramural Sports

The purpose of the Intramural Sports program is to provide an opportunity for Donnelly’s students to compete with their friends, classmates and meet other students, faculty, and staff. Currently, there are three intramural leagues including volleyball, basketball, and soccer. Contact: 

Jaime Fuentes
DC Intramural Sports Program Coordinator
(913) 621-8789

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Multicultural Club

Additional information coming soon. 

Sister Marie Kathleen Daugherty
Professor and Endowed Chair for the Humanities
(913) 621-8773

Phi Theta Kappa

Phi Theta Kappa recognizes and encourages scholarship among two-year college students. To achieve this purpose, Phi Theta Kappa provides opportunity for the development of leadership and service, for an intellectual climate for exchange of ideas and ideals, for lively fellowship for scholars and for stimulation of interest in continuing academic excellence.

Learn more about Phi Theta Kappa. Contact: 

Melissa Lenos
Assistant Professor & Phi Theta Kappa Advisor
(913) 621-8758


Pro-Life Club

This club is comprised of 14 students who fundraise and plan the annual trip to the March for Life in Washington, D.C.

Learn more about the Pro-Life Club. Contact: 

Fr. John Melnick
Vice President of Spirituality & Mission
(913) 621-8727 

Brother Martin Navarro  

Soccer Club

Donnelly College Soccer Club is for veteran players and beginners alike. The club sponsors a men’s team and a co-ed team. Both teams compete at a nearby indoor sports complex. In addition to practices, the club also sponsors social activities for members. Contact: 

Jaime Fuentes
DC Intramural Sports Program Coordinator
(913) 621-8789


The purpose of the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) Club is to encourage students’ interest in STEM fields. The STEM Club sponsors STEM-related educational activities and field trips, provides opportunities for career exploration and creates avenues for professional networking. STEM Club members serve as advocates and leaders on campus, sharing their passion for STEM and motivating their peers to consider a career in STEM or simply to try STEM activities. As STEM leaders they also participate in outreach activities in the local community, sparking curiosity, spreading science excitement and igniting innovation!

Ana Maradiaga
Assistant Professor of Chemistry 
(913) 621-8793

Student Activities Committee

The Student Activities Committee (SAC) is a student-led committee that strives to unite the student body by providing a variety of fun and healthy outlets while offering its members opportunities for campus leadership and involvement. Contact:

DeDe Jones
Program Support Specialist & SAC Advisor
Room 213
(913) 621-8797

Student Senate

Student Senate fosters student leaders, providing organizational structure and promoting involvement to enhance students’ leadership skills and college experience. The Senate represents students’ interests and serves as a liaison between the College’s student body, faculty and staff.

Sister Marie Kathleen Daugherty
Professor and Endowed Chair for the Humanities
(913) 621-8773

Travel Club

Additional information coming soon.

Gretchen Meinhardt 
Assistant Professor
(913) 621-8721

Walking Club

Donnelly's Walking Club has a simple mission: get out and walk 1-2 miles per week. Join us on Wednesdays at 2 p.m. (rain or shine). We meet in the student lounge, room 215. Everyone is welcome to join! Bring your walking shoes and water bottle Contact:

Megan Jordan  
(913) 621-8739

Andrea Ocampo
(913) 621-8707

Convocation Day

Thursday, September 13

As is the custom of Catholic institutions of higher learning to begin and end each academic year with prayer, we begin with a Convocation day. Festivities begin with an academic charge from the president, then a short procession from campus to St. Peter’s Cathedral with faculty and staff in academic regalia. All gather for a Mass of the Holy Spirit and process back to Donnelly for free lunch. 

9:15 – Donnelly College Community meets in the Event Center
9:25 – Address by Donnelly College President Monsignor Stuart Swetland
9:40 – Process to St. Peter's Cathedral
10:00 – Convocation Mass begins 
11:45 – Picnic at Donnelly College in the Event Center

Dime: The Arts and Literary Journal of Donnelly College, Release Party 

Spring 2019 date to be announced.

Each spring, dime (pronounced “DEE-may”): The Arts and Literary Journal of Donnelly College is released. Our students’ submissions make up the journal; additionally, the launch includes presentation of the Sister Mary Faith Schuster Awards for writing and visual arts.

More information and submission guidelines. 

Multicultural Festival 

Friday, October 12
3:30-6 p.m.
Event Center

Come celebrate with us at this free, student-organized festival featuring ethnic food sampling, music, performances and unique booths representing different cultures. Learn more here. 

30 Thursdays 

Thursdays from 10:50 - 11:50 a.m. (during academic year, unless otherwise noted)

Each Thursday morning, all students are invited to 30 Thursdays — a time for ideas, information and inspiration. Some 30 Thursdays will include presentations and others will involve activities, but they will all be engaging and beneficial. These educational programs are designed to best fit our students' needs in and out of the classroom.


Friday, September, 28, 2018, 5:30 p.m.

Donnelly's largest annual fundraiser benefiting the students and mission of Donnelly College.  

Learn more.

Thanks & Giving 

Thursday, November 15 

This event has taken place at Donnelly for more than 30 years, with a focus on faculty and staff giving back to students by preparing food for a community-wide Thanksgiving feast. Festivities typically begin with a short presentation, followed by the meal.

Welcome Week

August 20-24 
See full schedule here. 

Join us as we begin our fall semester with a new class of students. Enjoy lunch with faculty and staff, and hear from our motivational speaker about making the best of your college experience.

Donnelly Buzz 

Donnelly students Mariana Valles Meza and Jesus Valenzuela hosted the first several episodes of the Donnelly Buzz, a new web show launched in February 2018, as a way to capture and share student perspectives on a variety of topics, ranging from what they love most about Donnelly to their March Madness college basketball predicitions. The show is primarily student-driven with limited assistance from Donnelly College staff. Watch previous episodes below.


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