Albion College requires that all recognized student organizations have a faculty or staff advisor. By sharing knowledge about the College and personal experience, the advisor can assist the group in the conduct of its activities.
Obviously, the relationship between an advisor and an organization will vary, not only with each organization, but from time to time within an organization. Nevertheless, the general concerns/responsibilities of the advisor remain constant and encompass the following points:
- Advisor recognizes and supports participation in student organizations for its contribution to the educational and personal development of students.
- Advisor works with student organizations in an advising capacity and should not direct the organization’s programs or activities. However, advisors should be frank in offering suggestions, considerations, or ideas for the group’s discussion.
- Advisor stays well informed about the plans and activities of the group. The expectation is the advisor will attend the majority of meetings and activities of the group and will consult frequently with student officers.
- Advisor is aware of the goals and directions of the organization and helps the group evaluate its progress toward reaching these goals.
- Advisor provides continuity within the group and is familiar with the group’s history. The advisor should also be familiar with the constitution and by-laws of the organization and be prepared to assist with their interpretation.
- Advisor insures the group’s compliance with college policies and procedures. The advisor needs to be aware of the policies and procedures in the Albion College Student Handbook and information in this handbook. The advisor could be held responsible for the actions/behaviors of a student organization that violates established policies.
- Advisors should be aware of the general financial condition of the organization and encourage the keeping of good financial records.
- Advisor should monitor group functioning and encourage members to fully participate, to assume appropriate responsibilities for group activities, and to maintain a balance between academic activities and co-curricular commitments.
- Advisor assists in orienting new officers and assists in developing the leadership skills of members.
- Advisor should be prepared to deal with major problems or emergencies within the organization.
Advisors should consult with the Campus Programs and Organizations Staff about organizational problems, plans, or changes in organizational status when the advisor deems it appropriate.
Negotiating Advisor Role
In order for advisors to effectively fulfill their responsibilities, and for organization officers to maximize the valuable role that advisors can play, a working agreement must be reached between the advisor and officers. The general parameters of this agreement were suggested in the preceding paragraphs. The following five-step process is suggested as one means of negotiating the advisor-organization relationship.
Step 1: Initial Meeting
As soon as possible after election of new organizational officers, the advisor should meet with them to discuss the following:
- The organization’s purpose, goals and objectives.
- College expectations concerning students establishing priorities that emphasize the maintenance of high academic standards while being involved in organizations.
- College rules and policies, particularly with respect to open membership, hazing, sexual harassment, non-discrimination, alcohol, and financial accountability.
- Officer expectations of the advisor.
- The advisor’s past experience with student organizations and advisor style and expectations.
- Leadership strengths and weaknesses of the officers and ways the advisor may enhance and strengthen these skills.
Step 2: Negotiation Session
Within a week after the initial meeting, the advisor and officers should meet again to negotiate the specifics of their working relationship including:
- When and how the advisor will review the goals, initial project plans and annual budget.
- How the advisor will be kept informed of the organization’s activities (alternatives include advisor attending meetings, periodic scheduled meetings between advisor and officers, and written officer reports).
- The role of the advisor in planning, implementation and evaluation of specific projects.
- How the advisor may assist officers in developing leadership skills.
- The process for handling officer and advisor concerns.
- The mechanism for advisor evaluation of organizational effectiveness.
Step 3: Organization Meetings
Even if the advisor will not be attending organization meetings on a regular basis, the advisor should be invited to one of the first meetings so that he or she has an opportunity to meet the members and discuss his or her role.
Step 4: Carry Out Negotiated Roles
The advisor and officers share responsibility for ensuring that the arrangements negotiated in step 2 are carried out. Renegotiation may be necessary as the year progresses.
Step 5: Year End Wrap-Up
Shortly before the election of new officers, the advisor and current officers should meet to discuss:
- Group progress during the year
- The effectiveness of the negotiated relationship.
- Advisor recommendations for the officers' future involvements
- Officer recommendations for the advisor's future advising activities.
Alpha Lambda Delta
Alpha Lambda Delta* encourages superior academic achievement among students in their first year, promotes intelligent living and a continued high standard of learning. It assists women and men in recognizing and developing meaningful goals for their roles in society. Alpha Lambda Delta provides a unique opportunity to take initiative and show leadership among some of the brightest students on campus.
Beta Beta Beta
The purpose of Beta Beta Beta is to function as an honor and professional society for students in the biological sciences. Its activities shall be designed to stimulate interest, scholarly attainment, and investigation in the biological sciences, and to promote the dissemination of information and new interpretations among students of the life sciences.
Gamma Sigma Alpha
Gamma Sigma Alpha is a national academic Greek honor society that recognizes social fraternity and sorority Juniors and Seniors whom have a 3.5 Cumulative Grade Point Average or higher.
Josephy J. Irwin Society
The Joseph J. Irwin Society is an English Department honor society.
Kappa Kappa Psi
Kappa Kappa Psi is a National Band Honorary Fraternity that operates primarily as a student service and leadership recognition society. Its chief aim is to assist the Director of Bands in developing the leadership and enthusiasm that is required of his/her band. The goal of the fraternity is to provide the band not only with organized and concentrated service activities, but to advance the lives of its members socially and academically through the skills they develop. The honorary nature of membership is based on the premise that "it is an honor to be selected to serve" this band, its department of music, its sponsoring institution, and the cause of band music in the nation's colleges and universities. The Kappa Chi Chapter of Kappa Kappa Psi was founded at Albion College in 2002 by ten members of the Albion College Bands.
Kappa Mu Epsilon
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 which offer a strong mathematics major. The chapters' members are selected from students of mathematics and other closely related fields who have maintained standards of scholarship, have professional merit, and have attained academic distinction. Both men and women are eligible for membership.
Mortar Board is a national honor society of college seniors recognized for their superior scholarship, outstanding and continual leadership, and dedicated service to the college community, most specifically, in the area of literacy promotion. Membership promotes and encourages lifelong contributions to the global community. Prospective members identified as exemplifying the motto "Scholars...Chosen for Leadership...United to Serve" are invited to apply during the spring semester of their junior year.
Omicron Delta Epsilon
The purpose of Omicron Delta Epsilon shall be to recognize scholastic attainment, honor outstanding achievements in economics, and to promote scholarly research and interaction among students and faculty working in the field of economics.
Omicron Delta Kappa (ODK)
Omicron Delta Kappa is a national leadership honor society that was established at Albion College in 1942. Its purpose is to bring together student leaders in order to create an atmosphere for fostering mutual interest and understanding between students and faculty members. ODK recognizes the achievements of juniors and seniors in the following five areas: scholarship; athletics; campus/community service, social/religious activities, and campus government; journalism, speech, and the mass media; and creative and performing arts. There is an emphasis placed on helping members develop as members of the college community and as contributors to a better society.
Order of Omega
Order of Omega is a national leadership honorary for sorority and fraternity members who have made significant contributions to the Greek community, Albion College, and to the greater Albion community. It's mission is to unite leaders within the Greek system for a common good. Order of Omega promotes continuing leadership and responsibility for those Greeks involved.
Phi Alpha Delta
Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity, International is a professional law fraternity advancing integrity, compassion and courage through service to the student, the school, the profession and the community.
Phi Alpha Theta
Phi Alpha Theta* is a professional society whose mission is to promote the study of history through the encouragement of research, good teaching, publication and the exchange of learning and ideas among historians. Phi Alpha Theta seeks to bring students, teachers and writers of history together for intellectual and social exchanges, which promote and assist historical research and publication by our members in a variety of ways.
Phi Beta Kappa
Founded in 1776 at the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia, Phi Beta Kappa* is the nation's oldest honor society, with chapters at 249 of the foremost institutions of higher education across the country. One cannot "apply" for membership. Almost all members are elected by the chapters from candidates for degrees in liberal arts and sciences, usually from the top 10% of the graduating class.
Phi Epsilon Kappa
Phi Epsilon Kappa is dedicated to advancing the interests in Physical Education, Health, Recreation and Dance and related fields.
Pi Kappa Lambda
Pi Kappa Lambda* is a national music honor society. Pi Kappa Lambda members have been indicative of superior attainment in music, together with the personal qualifications pertaining to an outstanding exponent of the art.
Pi Sigma Alpha
Pi Sigma Alpha* is the political science honor society that promotes scholarship in political science. The goal of the Albion College chapter is to provide the entire campus community with a framework within which to study government and public policy issues. This goal is achieved by hosting speakers, scholarly interaction between faculty and students, student projects, and community service.
Psi Chi is the National Honor Society in Psychology with the purpose of encouraging, stimulating and maintaining excellence in scholarship, and advancing the science of psychology. Members of Psi Chi must declare a major or minor in psychology, have completed two psychology courses in addition to Research Methods, rank in the top 35% of their class, and maintain at least a 'B' average in psychology. The organization promotes interest in psychology by providing speakers, information about graduate schools, and a forum for students to discuss research projects for directed studies or senior theses.
Sigma Gamma Epsilon
Sigma Gamma Epsilon* is a national geology honor society for geology majors and minors who meet the academic criteria for membership. Activities include field trips, tutoring, initiation, and a banquet.
Sigma Tau Delta
The purpose of Sigma Tau Delta is literary and educational. The chapter strives to confer distinction for high achievement in English language and literature at Albion; provides cultural stimulation on Albion College's campus and promotes interest in literature and the English language; promotes exemplary character and good fellowship among its members; and exhibits high standards of academic excellence.
Sigma Xi, The Scientific Research Society, was founded in 1866 as an honor society for scientists and engineers. The Albion chapter, started in 1959, includes faculty and students who are involved in scientific research. Students who have done research at Albion or in an approved off-campus program who anticipate a career in science are eligible for nomination as associate members.
Theta Alpha Phi
Theta Alpha Phi is the National Theater Honorary. At Albion College, 400 hours of work in the theatre department are required for this honor. Each year, Theta Alpha Phi helps put on Spotlights, a student-run production, with the Albion College Players.
*Denotes Academic Affairs or Academic Department Honorary