Academic Organizations | Honor Societies | Athletic and Spirit Groups | Campus Involvement
Community Action and Social Justice | Freshman Leadership Initiative
Music and Drama Groups | Political Awareness Groups
Campus Ministries | Recreation and Intramurals | Student Government Association
Huntingdon College Student Life includes organizations centered around common bonds. Some groups are registered with the Student Government Association and receive funding and representation through that source, others are formed as a result of academic, service, or leadership ties.
- The Accounting Club is open to students who are majoring in accounting or considering an accounting major. Its primary purpose is to promote growth and community among students of like interests. Many members of the club volunteer for the annual SaveFirst effort to provide free tax preparation services for eligible individuals and families.
- The Student Affiliate Chapter of the American Chemical Society is an active and award-winning club for chemistry enthusiasts.
- The Business Club is open to students interested in learning about current business issues. The primary purposes are to provide academic support and social interaction. The Business Club also offers a speaker series.
- The EXPERTS Club is open to and strongly encouraged for students enrolled in sport science and physical education programs.
- The Forensics and Debate Team was formed in 2017–2018 and presents at least one campus-wide debate each year.
- The Future Physicians Club was formed in 2014 as a means of gathering Huntingdon students who plan to enter medical professions. The club hosts a speaker series and other activities.
- The Math Club’s purpose is to promote interest in mathematics. The club is open to any student who is interested in math.
- The Political Science Club is open to anyone at Huntingdon enrolled in a political science class or who is interested in political science. Events include special guest speakers, discussions, field trips, and social events. Diverse political views are welcomed.
- The Pre-Health Club gathers students who are interested in entering health professions, such as physical or occupational therapy, medicine, or exercise sciences, to learn from each other as well as about avenues for entering these professions.
- The Pre-Pharmacy Club gathers students who plan for admission to doctor of pharmacy degree programs.
- The Prelude is Huntingdon’s literary magazine, featuring selections of art and creative writing submitted by students and faculty. The magazine is edited by a student editor, selected by the Prelude adviser and the faculty of the English program, according to current standards of literary merit. The Prelude serves the academic community by providing students with an opportunity to express in literary form their feelings and ideas, by offering to the College community as a whole a stimulating and provocative representation of student writing, and by encouraging the free exploration of originality and significance through the celebration of the life of the mind. For more information, see a member of the English program faculty. Creative work may be submitted directly, as an email attachment, to email@example.com.
- The Psychology Club meets periodically to discuss college life and to be informed by special speakers.
- The Women’s Center serves and represents the women of the Huntingdon community. Through awareness, advocacy, and a series of programs and events, including film festivals, dramatic readings, Domestic Violence Awareness Week, and Women’s History Month, the Women’s Center educates and empowers women students, faculty, staff, and the surrounding community. All women and men are invited to participate.
- Alpha Beta is a society honoring upper-class students for excellence in scholarship and encouraging high scholastic attainment among other students.
- Beta Beta Beta, a national honorary biological fraternity, installed the Beta Nu chapter at Huntingdon College in May 1946. The fraternity’s membership consists of juniors and seniors who have an active interest in biology and have completed at least three semester courses in biological sciences. This honor society for biology students encourages undergraduate research.
- Gamma Sigma Alpha National Greek Academic Honor Society was founded at the University of Southern California on November 9, 1989, to promote intellectual interaction between Greek students and the academic community. The purpose of the Society is to promote the advancement of education among Greeks, to instill a greater spirit of cooperation among Greek students and organizations, and to encourage excellence in scholarship.
- Kappa Delta Epsilon is an honorary professional education fraternity dedicated to promoting the cause of education by fostering a spirit of fellowship, high standards of scholastic attainment, and professional ideals among its members. Kappa Delta Epsilon is an active group engaged in preparing members for the teaching profession. On a national level, KDE was organized March 25, 1933, in Washington, D.C.
- Kappa Kappa Psi is considered the “backbone” of the band program and is a band service fraternity. Huntingdon’s Mu Omega Chapter assists with rehearsal set-up and tear-down, moves heavy equipment, and serves as leaders in the band. KKPsi also sponsors a number of service projects and charitable fundraisers, such as a director swap on the last rehearsal of marching season. Membership is open to any band member who wishes to serve the band faithfully.
- Kappa Mu Epsilon is a specialized honor society in mathematics. KME was founded in 1931 to promote the interest of mathematics among undergraduate students. Its chapters are located in colleges and universities of recognized standing that offer a strong mathematics major. The chapters’ members are selected from students of mathematics (majors or minors) and other closely related fields who have maintained standards of scholarship, have professional merit, and have attained academic distinction. Huntingdon’s KME chapter was chartered in April 1965.
- Lambda Pi Eta is the official communication studies honor society of the National Communication Association (NCA). Lambda Pi Eta has more than 400 active chapters at four-year colleges and universities worldwide. LPH was founded in 1985 at the University of Arkansas and became a part of the National Communication Association (NCA) in 1988, and the official honor society of the NCA in July 1995.
- Omicron Delta Kappa, the National Leadership Honor Society, was founded December 3, 1914, at Washington & Lee University in Lexington, Virginia, by 15 student and faculty leaders. The Huntingdon College Circle of Omicron Delta Kappa was formed April 18, 1989. There are more than 300 chapters of Omicron Delta Kappa across the United States. The Society recognizes achievement in scholarship, athletics, campus involvement, community service, religious activities, campus government, student media, and the creative and performing arts.
- The Phi Epsilon chapter of Order of Omega was chartered December 10, 2007, at Huntingdon College. Order of Omega is a national Greek leadership honor society that was founded at the University of Miami on April 14, 1959. The purpose of Order of Omega is to recognize fraternity women and men who have attained a high standard of scholarship and leadership in interfraternal activities; to unite outstanding fraternity women and men in an organization that will mold the sentiment of the institution on questions of local and intercollegiate Greek affairs; to bring together faculty, alumni, and student members of the institution’s fraternities and sororities on a basis of mutual interest, understanding, and cooperation; and to create an atmosphere where ideas and issues can be discussed openly across Greek lines. There are more than 500 Order of Omega chapters throughout the United States.
- Phi Eta Sigma was founded by three distinguished Phi Beta Kappa members, professors, and administrators at the University of Illinois March 22, 1923, to encourage and recognize high scholastic achievement among members of the freshman classes. The Huntingdon College chapter of Phi Eta Sigma was founded April 22, 1986. Those elected to membership include those who have cumulative grade point averages of at least 3.5 on a 4.0 scale at the end of any first year, full-time curricular period, provided they have carried a normal academic load acceptable toward a bachelor’s degree and rank in the upper 20 percent of their class.
- Psi Chi is the National Honor Society in psychology, founded in 1929 for the purposes of encouraging, stimulating, and maintaining excellence in scholarship and advancing the science of psychology. Membership is open to students who are making the study of psychology one of their major interests and who meet the minimum qualifications. Psi Chi is a member of the Association of College Honor Societies and is an affiliate of the American Psychological Association (APA) and the Association for Psychological Science (APS).
- Sigma Beta Delta is an honor society for students in business, management, and administration. Sigma Beta Delta serves institutions that offer baccalaureate and graduate programs in business, management, and administration where the institution hold accreditation from one of the six regional accrediting bodies but not specialized accreditation in business. Membership in Sigma Beta Delta is the highest national recognition a business student can receive at a college or university with a Sigma Beta Delta chapter. To be eligible for membership, a business student must rank in the upper 20 percent of the junior or senior class and be invited to membership by the faculty officers. The Huntingdon chapter was founded in 1994.
- Sigma Sigma Sigma is an honorary society for seniors. Members are elected by the faculty and those members honored during the preceding year. The basis of selection is high attainment in scholarship, spirit, and service.
- Sigma Tau Delta’s central purpose is to confer distinction upon students of the English language and literature in undergraduate, graduate, and professional studies. Sigma Tau Delta also recognizes the accomplishments of professional writers who have contributed to the fields of language and literature. Sigma Tau Delta has more than 600 active chapters, more than 900 faculty sponsors, and inducts approximately 7,000 members annually.
- Theta Alpha Kappa was founded in 1976 at Manhattan College in Riverdale, New York. Theta Alpha Kappa is the only national honor society serving the needs of those involved in the study of religion and/or theology at both the baccalaureate and post-baccalaureate levels of higher education. Honoring excellence in these academic fields is its primary purpose, and it currently hosts more than 200 local chapters throughout the United States at institutions both large and small, public and private.
Athletic and Spirit Groups
In addition to Campus Recreation and Intramural programs and intercollegiate athletics, other groups bring student-athletes or students who have interest in athletics together for fellowship and leadership:
- The Cheerleading Squad has more than two dozen well-trained and seasoned student-athletes who cheer for the Hawks varsity football and basketball teams.
- The Student Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) represents student-athletes from each NCAA intercollegiate team at Huntingdon College. SAAC advocates for student-athletes and designs and implements programs that encourage academic achievement, health awareness, and social responsibility.
College service groups provide service to the Huntingdon campus and community.
- Allies provides opportunities for students to build friendships and encourage an open outlook and diversity within the College community.
- Huntingdon Ambassadors are exemplary Huntingdon students selected to serve as liaisons between the Department of College and Alumni Relations, alumni, the student body, and the community. These students also make contact with the churches of the Alabama-West Florida Conference of the United Methodist Church. A new group of ambassadors is chosen each year, with the term of one year of service.
- The Black Student Union (BSU) hosts the annual BSU Poetry Slam and the Black History Month art show in Seay Twins Gallery, among other programs.
- The Campus Activities Board plans and coordinates student activities, entertainment, and programming for the Huntingdon student body. Members are selected after an application process in the spring coordinated by the Office of Student Development, and serve for the calendar year, January through December.
- The Chess Club is for all students, faculty, and staff who are interested in playing speed games, long games, and tournaments. This club organizes chess teams that will compete in intercollegiate competitions. They recruit novice chess players in order to teach and expand critical thinking skills.
- Campus Ministries Leadership Team consists of four different ministry areas. Worship Team plans and envisions TNW (Tuesday Night Worship), taking into account music, space, and preaching. The Discipleship Team plans Campus Ministries’ multiple weekly bible studies and small groups. The Mission team focuses on creating opportunities for students to do service work out in the local community. The Evangelism Team focuses on outreach to the Huntingdon community and to promote participation in ministry on the campus.
- The Orientation Leadership Team is comprised of sophomores, juniors, and seniors who assist with New Student Orientation. These students are selected and trained to serve as resources and role models supporting first-year students as they transition into the Huntingdon family. Applications become available in the winter and are coordinated through the Office of Student Affairs. OLs serve for the following spring and summer after selection.
- Resident Assistants are part of the Residence Life staff. These are paid positions filled after a careful application process. Comprehensive training prepares RAs to facilitate safe, lively, engaging and family-like living for campus residents. For more information, contact the Office of Student Development—Residence Life.
- The Student Alumni Association was formed in 2012–2013 by two cheerleaders who wanted to cheer for the whole college and not just the athletic teams. Join! See the Office of College and Alumni Relations.
- Huntingdon Student Recruiters promote pride in the College and provide services during College social functions with visitors, students, alumni, and friends. Primarily, this organization conducts campus tours and assists visitors and prospective students and families at Huntingdon, conveying the high standards and congeniality that exist on the campus.
- Hawks Ultimate Frisbee is intended to be an organization where men and women can come together 1-2 times per week and play the sport of ultimate frisbee. Our missions is to provide a tension-free recreational sport for students while competing and having fun.
Community Action and Social Justice
Put your heart, mind, hands, and feet to work for good in the world through these organizations. Some of these organizations are not active every year. The level of activity depends upon student interest.
- Circle K International is the world’s largest student-led collegiate service organization. It provides opportunities to gain resume worthy skills, find lifetime friends, and do community service that will change the lives of others. “Live to serve, Love to serve.”
- Collegiate Exchange Club—Huntingdon was the first post-secondary institution in the country to offer a Collegiate Exchange Club when this club formed in 2011, 100 years after the first Exchange Club was formed. Exchange Club is a service organization with the values of the prevention of child abuse and promotion of patriotism at its core. Collegiate Exchange Club members have a passion for service and a love of fellowship. This group is one of the most active on campus.
- SaveFirst—Like most organizations in this list, SaveFirst is part social action and part community service, but SaveFirst is also academic in nature. Each volunteer must complete training and become certified to prepare income tax returns for families whose earnings meet a certain criteria. During tax season, SaveFirst volunteers prepare hundreds of tax returns for low income individuals and families, saving thousands of dollars in commercial tax preparation fees. To learn more, check with faculty in the Accounting program, although students from any major are welcome to serve.
In addition to these groups and initiatives, nearly every athletic team, fraternity or sorority, or other organization on campus offers service and outreach opportunities that combine the ideals of the organization with the ideals of the College: “Enter to grow in wisdom; go forth to apply wisdom in service.”
Freshman Leadership Initiative
The Huntingdon Freshman Leadership Initiative (FLI) is an interactive leadership experience geared to assist Huntingdon College freshmen in reaching their full potential during their college years and beyond. Whether through attendance at seminars on numerous leadership topics, self-management education, freshmen forums, etiquette sessions, community service projects, luncheons featuring influential guest speakers, or off-campus retreats, the Freshman Leadership Initiative exposes participants to the fundamental skills of leadership at Huntingdon College.
FLI is available to students in their first year at Huntingdon, as well as students who have an interest in participating in Student Government Association (SGA) in their sophomore year. FLI educates students about necessary leadership traits that will assist the student in being successful not only at Huntingdon College but in every aspect of their professional lives.
Freshman Leadership Initiative events are open to the entire freshman class; however, to receive recognition for the completion of the program, one must apply to be a part of the select 30 seat group of Initiative participants.
Applicants who are accepted for membership into the Initiative must meet the following minimum requirements for recognition at the Spring Awards Convocation:
- Attendance at 6 leadership education programs
- Completion of 6 hours of community service
- Attended 2 College-sponsored lectures/convocations
- Attended 2 SGA meetings
- Served in a Leadership Group
- Huntingdon Choirs—The Huntingdon Concert Choir is open to all who love to sing—no matter what your major. Choir scholarships are available for those who qualify after auditioning.
- Huntingdon Bands—Whatever your instrument and whatever your major, you’ll find a place in a Huntingdon instrumental group as long as you love to play. The Marching Scarlet and Grey, founded in 2006, is one of only a few NCAA-Division III marching bands nationwide. The band performs at home football games and travels with the football team to select away games, and includes majorettes, a Color Guard, a dance team, and a collegiate marching squad.
- The Jazz Ensemble is a small group of instrumental musicians who gather to practice and perform in the genre of music they love.
- The BallHawks Pep Band performs at men’s and women’s home basketball games. This group includes traditional and non-traditional band instruments.
- The Huntingdon Winds Concert Band features the most outstanding brass, woodwind, and percussion players at Huntingdon College. The Wind Ensemble explores new literature and performs masterworks of the wind band era, while working with outstanding guest performers and guest conductors.
Huntingdon music ensembles evolve with the interests and talents of student-musicians each year. To find out more about music groups, see information about Music programs of study.
Political Awareness Groups
- College Democrats is affiliated with the College Democrats of America (CDA), which was founded in 1932 to boost the presidential campaign of Franklin Delano Roosevelt. The CDA is the official student outreach arm of the Democratic Party. The organization aims to train and engage new generations of Democratic activists and to shape the Democratic Party with voices from America’s youth. In election years, College Democrats mobilize student voters and recruit volunteers for Democratic campaigns, from town council to president of the United States.
- College Republicans is affiliated with the College Republican National Committee (CRNC), which is the nation’s oldest and largest youth political organization. Founded in 1892, the CRNC has more than 250,000 members on more than 1,800 campuses nationwide. The organization’s purpose is to raise the political awareness of the college community. College Republicans members assume an important role in campus politics, assisting certain candidates with their campaigns and keeping a careful watch on issues pertaining to students. Although the organization is devoted to politics, it offers a number of service projects each year that not only benefit the campus, but also the community. Membership is open to any Huntingdon student who has an interest in supporting the Republican party.