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. 

Jazz Club

The purpose of the Donnelly Jazz Club is to introduce students to Jazz. The members will be one band, one sound by working together. The hope of the members is to create a bond of friendship as they play their music.

Sr. Sharon Hamsa
Adjunct/Professional Tutor

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 students who passionatly share their views of pro-life. They also fundraise and plan the annual trip to the March for Life in Washington, D.C.

Learn more about the Pro-Life Club. Contact: 

Lisa Stoothoff
Vice President of Academic and Student Affairs I Dean of the College
(913) 621-8726

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: 

Diego Payan


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, Chemistry I Project Director of Pathways to Engineering
(913) 621-8793

Joe Multhauf 
Assistant Professor, Biology
(913) 621-8790

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:

LaCherish Thompson
Program Support Specialist
(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. Learn more here. 

LaCherish Thompson
Program Support Specialist
(913) 621-8797

Travel Club

The Travel Club provides students the opportunity to see and experience new places and cultures both near and far. Each year there are two major trips -- the March for Life each January in Washington, D.C. (in conjunction with Campus Ministry & Pro-Life Clubs) as well as a cultural and service learning trip (Memphis in May 2019). Depending on student interest, the Travel Club also takes day trips to places of interest.

Gretchen Meinhardt 
Assistant Professor
(913) 621-8721

All dates and events for 2020-21 should be considered pending due to possible changes due to COVID-19.

Convocation Day

Thursday, September 3, 2020

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 

2 p.m. 

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 


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. 

SHINE ONLINE - SHINE will be held virtually for 2020

Thursday, October 15, 2020, 7:30 p.m.

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

Learn more.

Thanks & Giving 


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


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.

Need more information? Contact: 

LaCherish Thompson

Program Support Specialist