Catawba College offers a wide range of clubs and organizations for you, and we are always open to organizing a new group in response to student interest. Brief descriptions of many campus organizations are listed below. For additional information on any of these groups, or to talk with someone about getting a new organization started, contact the Office of Campus Activities and Programming at (704) 637-4410 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The ALPHA Program recognizes the new beginning being made by incoming students at Catawba, and it offers the means by which the transition to college life can be made in a smooth and meaningful manner. Upperclass students known as Alphas work with faculty advisors during the Orientation program to assist new students in adjusting to the academic, co-curricular, and social environment of Catawba. These Alphas provide peer assistance with academic and personal needs, help with questions, listen to concerns, and serve to welcome new students into the Catawba community.
A national honorary society, Alpha Chi seeks to recognize junior and senior students who have demonstrated outstanding scholarship and character in pursuit of a liberal arts education. Membership is limited on the basis of academic standing (3.7 grade point average as a junior, 3.5 GPA as a senior and rank in the top 10 percent of the class), and all members must be elected by the faculty. Alpha Chi is the highest recognition of academic excellence on the Catawba campus for students in the B.A., B.F.A., and B.S. degree programs.
Alpha Psi Omega
Alpha Psi Omega is the National Honor Society for theatre students. Election to membership is based on character, leadership, exceptional performance of production responsibilities, and scholarship. The purpose of Alpha Psi Omega is to provide an honor society for those doing a high standard of work in dramatics; and, through the expansion of Alpha Psi Omega among the colleges and universities, provide a wider fellowship for those interested in theatre.
Alpha Sigma Lambda
Alpha Sigma Lambda is the national honor society promoting academic excellence in nontraditional programs and recognizing the academic accomplishments of outstanding students in the Evening and Graduate Studies at Catawba College. Student membership is limited to the top 10 percent of Evening and Graduate Studies students who have earned at least 24 semester hours at Catawba College (and a minimum of 12 semester hours in liberal arts subjects here or at other institutions) and who have attained a minimum GPA of 3.5. Induction into Alpha Sigma Lambda is the highest recognition of academic excellence at Catawba College for students in the B.B.A. and B.A.E. degree programs.
American Chemical Society - Student Affiliates
The American Chemical Society Student Affiliates (SAACS) program supports undergraduate students and faculty in promoting professional development, mentoring, and peer-support mechanisms. SAACS gives students interested in the chemical sciences the professional edge by allowing them to network with top professionals, attend scientific meetings, and directly access research.
The Arrowhead is the literary magazine published by Catawba students. Students, faculty and staff may submit poetry, prose, art or photography for publication. Anyone interested is eligible for membership on the staff. The publication consists of two issues yearly, one each semester. Other activities include an annual poetry and prose reading and an awards reception.
Beta Beta Beta
Beta Beta Beta is a national honor and professional society for biology students, and is dedicated to improving the appreciation of biological study and undergraduate research. The Tau Eta Chapter meets monthly and programs include research reports by faculty and students, field trips,maintenance of collections, community service and social gatherings. Induction proceedings take place in March, and members attend the annual regional meeting in April. Regular membership is for those students who show great interest in biology and demonstrate superior academic achievement.Associate membership is open to all students with an interest in the biological sciences.
The Blue Masque is open to all students of Catawba College who are interested in any phase of theatre production. Experience is not necessary. The purpose of the club is to gather those students who have a common interest in theatre, unify their efforts and thereby promote theatrical interests in the community. The club holds regular meetings and provides a varied program of activities throughout the year, including Blue Masque productions, student-directed experimental projects and various one-act plays. Annual awards are presented at the Blue Masque Awards Banquet.
Campus Crusade for Christ
Campus Crusade for Christ exists to provide regular opportunities to study and discuss the Bible, worship, and pray, all in a group setting, which also provides opportunities for fellowship, encouragement and spiritual development among members. Campus Crusade for Christ has an open-door policy and all members of the campus community are welcome to attend Bible studies and meetings.
Catawba Athletic Training Club (CATS)
The CATS Club is open to all athletic training majors and students who are interested in promoting health and wellness. Members perform community service projects, plan social events to educate the public on health issues, attend educational symposiums and conferences and promote careers in allied health.
Catawba Guides is the student volunteer outreach organization for the Office of Admissions. Responsibilities include leading campus tours for parents, students, guidance counselors and alumnae. Other opportunities include visiting hometown high schools, attending receptions and taking prospective students to class, lunch or housing overnight. Membership is limited to approximately 40 students. The application and interview process takes place in January, and is open to all freshmen, sophomores and juniors with a GPA of at least 2.25.
Catawba PRIDE Band
The Catawba PRIDE Band entertains audiences at all home football and basketball games, as well as select away games. The PRIDE is comprised of student members from all academic disciplines across the college campus (regardless of major/minor). In addition to performance on the football field in the way of entertaining half-time shows, the PRIDE is also responsible for stirring spirit in the stadium and arena bleachers. Membership is determined by audition and interview through the Director of Bands.
The cheerleading squads serve to promote spirit and generate support for Catawba's athletic teams. Football and basketball cheering squads are chosen in the spring of each academic year through a series of tryouts before a panel of judges.
Choral and Instrumental Music Ensembles
Catawba's choral, instrumental and popular music ensembles perform frequently and participate in a variety of campus and community programs. The choral groups include the Catawba Chamber Singers. The instrumental groups include the Wind Ensemble and Community Band as well as the Catawba PRIDE marching band. The popular music ensembles include rock, urban, country and American roots groups in addition to a contemporary Christian band and a gospel choir. Membership for all ensembles is by audition, with non-music majors encouraged to participate.
Auditions for Dance Ensemble are open to any Catawba student regardless of major. Dance Ensemble is a dance company that performs a mixed repertoire on campus once each semester, and occasionally performs for local schools, organizations and arts events.
Dead Athenian Society (D.A.S.)
The Dead Athenian Society is a society of male students providing opportunities for fellowship, service, as well as social and spiritual growth. These goals are accomplished through enrichment sessions, social activities, overnight retreats and participation in service projects such as working at the local homeless shelter or ushering for special events. Membership is by invitation.
The Delphinian Society intends to enrich the lives of the women at Catawba College through creating friendships and fellowships, serving the college community, and extending aid to fellow students. The society intends to provide opportunities for Catawba women to enhance their academic social skills throughout exposure to essential characteristics, which will enable them to grow and lead a meaningful and beneficial life. Membership is by invitation.
The club's goal is to make the Catawba community aware of diversity by encouraging all races, creeds, and religions to be involved together as a unified campus. Membership is open to the entire campus community. The club hosts activities during Black History Month and throughout the year.
Environment Catawba Outreach (ECO)
ECO is the campus environment club. ECO strives to educate and encourage the Catawba community and the local region to be good stewards of our planet by promoting environmentally sound habits and techniques. ECO works closely with the Center for the Environment and other clubs on campus to raise environmental awareness and plan events and community service opportunities. Membership is open to all students.
Fellowship of Christian Athletes
Catawba has an active, student-centered chapter of Fellowship of Christian Athletes. All students are invited as members. Involvement in the athletic program is not necessary for participation. Meetings include speakers, fellowship, activities, planning for statewide involvement with other FCA groups and a spiritual emphasis.
Gamma Sigma Epsilon
Gamma Sigma Epsilon is a national honor society in chemistry. Membership is open to chemistry majors and minors who have successfully completed two years of chemistry courses and labs and have an overall GPA of at least 3.0 and a chemistry GPA of at least 3.0. The purpose of Gamma Sigma Epsilon is to unite those men and women with a high scholastic grade in Chemistry, in Class A colleges, in order to foster a more comprehensive and cooperative study that great branch of science and its immediately allied studies.
Helen Foil Beard Society
The Helen Foil Beard Society, named for the first woman to graduate from Catawba College in 1893, is a women's organization for students, faculty and staff that encourages its members to explore and celebrate the accomplishments of women. The organization promotes scholarship, character, culture and service, hosting forums and presentations on women's issues and encouraging service projects that benefit women.
Iota Tau Alpha
Iota Tau Alpha is the national honor society for athletic training students. Membership is limited to those athletic training students who meet the election criteria (Junior or Senior standing and 3.2 overall GPA). The purpose of Iota Tau Alpha is to recognize and honor those individuals in the field of Athletic Training who have through scholarship, integrity, and outstanding achievement been a credit to their profession.
Kappa Delta Pi
Kappa Delta Pi is an international honor society in teacher education dedicated to scholarship and excellence. Membership is composed of students, faculty and educators from the community. The purpose of the organization is to further the cause of good teacher education and to advance scholarship, leadership, and service. Juniors and seniors majoring or minoring in teacher education who have a 3.2 GPA and are recommended by the Department of Teacher Education faculty are eligible for membership.
Kappa Mu Epsilon
Kappa Mu Epsilon is a national honor society for students and faculty in mathematics, or a closely related field, who have professional merit or who have attained academic distinction. In order to be selected for Kappa Mu Epsilon a student must have:
- Completed at least three semesters at Catawba College
- Rank in the upper thirty-five percent (35%) of their class
- Completed at least three (3) college mathematics courses, including Calculus, and maintain at least a B average in all mathematics courses.
Kappa Mu Epsilon sponsors activities for Catawba students with a mathematical theme: Pi Day, movies with at least some mathematical content, problem contests and etc.
Lambda Pi Eta
Lambda Pi Eta (LPH) is the official communication studies honor society of the National Communication Association (NCA). To be eligible for membership, students must have completed 60 semester hours in undergraduate credit courses; have a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0; have completed the equivalent of 12 semester hours in courses in communication and have a GPA of at least 3.25 in these courses; be in the upper 35% of their graduating class; and currently be enrolled as a full time student in good standing at Catawba.
The Physical Education Student Majors Club is an organization for majors in Physical Education, Sports Management, Recreation, Therapeutic Recreation, Athletic Training, and other students who are interested in the area of Physical Education. Members of the organization will be involved in campus and community wide service projects and attend professional conferences. Members will meet regularly to discuss issues related to the profession and to socialize in an informal setting.
The Math Club exists to support interaction between students and faculty outside the classroom. The club encourages fellowship among students with common interests, and provides information on graduate schools and employment opportunities for mathematics majors.
National Association for Music Educators
The National Association for Music Educators promotes college student involvement in the performance and teaching of music in local schools. The Catawba chapter is very active in serving many facets of music performance and education, both on and off campus. Meetings and service projects are usually combined with a social activity. Membership requirements include: an interest in promoting music and education in the schools; participation in one or more of the Catawba music ensembles; and payment of an annual membership fee.
Order of The Blue and The White
The Order exists to recognize young men who have manifested scholarship, character, culture, and service in their lives. No more than fifteen rising, juniors are initiated each spring. Membership is by invitation only.
Phi Beta Lamba
PBL gives members the opportunity to learn, travel and grow as business professionals. PBL gives members the chance to gain cutting-edge skills and prepares them for the "real world" after college. By taking advantage of the many programs that PBL offers, students acquire the leadership skills, business savvy and technical knowledge that will set them apart from the average graduate.
Phi Epsilon is an honor society with a membership of 30 Junior and Senior students. Election to membership is based upon the character, leadership and service of those students eligible by virtue of their scholarship record. The purpose of the organization is to unite the outstanding members of the student body as members of a single group in order to promote scholarly and cultural activities for the members themselves and for other students of the college community.
Phi Sigma Iota
A national honorary society, Phi Sigma Iota recognizes outstanding achievement in the study of foreign languages. Members are selected from among advanced foreign language students who have maintained an overall average of at least B and an average of B or better in foreign languages.
The Philomathean Society is a society of male students providing opportunities for fellowship, service and social and spiritual growth. These goals are accomplished through enrichment sessions, social activities, overnight retreats and participation in service projects. Membership is by invitation.
The Pioneer is the online student newspaper for the College and is staffed and edited by students under the leadership of a Communication faculty advisor. Staff members include students in CA2249 Applied Journalism (one credit hour) and volunteers. Students cover campus news, local news, lifestyles and sports as well as providing a platform for campus discourse. All interested students are invited join the Pioneer which offers options for writing, reporting, photography and new media.
The Pre-Health Organization assists students who are pursuing a career in the health-care industry. The organization assists students in choosing courses that will benefit them for specialty schools and emphasizes the importance of preparing for graduate admissions exams (i.e., PCAT, MCAT, DCAT, and GRE). Students are informed about the range of health career options in the process.
Psi Chi is an honor association for those students who show exceptional progress and ability in the study of Psychology.
The Psychology Club is composed of psychology majors and other underclassmen that may be interested in majoring in this field. Career people in psychology and related fields are invited to participate in the meetings thus widening the interest in vocational opportunities in this field.
Residence Hall Association
RHA is a group committed to the concept of building community through campus-wide activities and programs. The group includes the Resident Assistants, but is open to students who enjoy programming for the residential and college community. This group sponsors campus wide activities, fundraising for community service and late night intramural activities.
Sigma Tau Delta
Sigma Tau Delta is an honor society for English majors and minors that seeks to promote the study of the English language and it's literature. Membership is open to students of high academic standing.
Student-Athlete Advisory Club
The Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) is a group composed of representatives from each of the varsity sports and athletic trainers as nominated by their coaches. This group allows the student-athletes to have a voice on NCAA legislation and athletic department policy. They are also a service group promoting school and community spirit. The SAAC helps to build the relationships between athletes, faculty, staff, administration and community. Meetings are conducted monthly with representatives and the club officers.
Student North Carolina Association of Educators
Catawba's prospective teachers club, the SNCAE is open to anyone majoring or minoring in education. The regular monthly meetings are devoted to the professional and social enrichment of the member and to the advancement and refinement of the profession. Among other activities, each year the SNCAE sponsors a pinning ceremony in which candidates who have been admitted to a teacher education program are honored.
Student Government Association (SGA)
The Student Government Association seeks to represent a variety of student needs and interests and promotes self government and participation through many types of structures. The SGA Cabinet and its various committees provide the focal point for the legislative functions of the SGA. Executive functions are carried out by the Executive Council, which can recommend legislation to the Cabinet. The Student Conduct Board serves as the “judicial” branch of the student government association. A full text of the SGA Constitution is available online.
Student Honors Advisory Council
An organization for Business majors, SHAC is an honors group which promotes the activities and programs of the Ralph W. Ketner School of Business. The group's objectives are to create a climate which promotes a sense of belonging, a feeling of ownership, a sense of pride, excellence, a tradition of success, desire for service, commitment to leadership, and open communication between students and faculty.
Volunteer Catawba, a Lilly Center program, coordinates the collective volunteer efforts of committed students, faculty and staff. Lilly Center staff and student coordinators work with schools, hospitals, nursing homes, homeless shelters and other nonprofit organizations to provide opportunities for students to serve those in need in the surrounding community and beyond.
Wigwam Productions is the student programming board that selects, promotes and produces campus entertainment and special events for the campus community. Members of Wigwam have the opportunity to experience the many aspects of college programming, from working with agents and artists to learning the nuts and bolts of sound and lighting. Wigwam Productions provides many social, cultural and educational activities on campus including movies, comedians, musicians and other artists. The goal of these programs is to enhance student involvement as well as to develop leadership skills. Students interested in participating in Wigwam Productions should contact the Office of Campus Activities and Programs. Students are eligible to serve on the board after one (1) semester as a full-time Catawba student.