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
If your organization is in need of a little cash, there are several methods of obtaining funds at Albion College. Typically, groups receive money through fundraising efforts, dues and/or Student Senate allocations.
Student Senate Funding
Jumpin Jellybeans…they really are giving out money. Each semester Student Senate receives funding from the student activity fee assessed to all students, valued at approximately $400,000 per year. This money is then allocated to student organizations, with a large portion of the funds being committed to programs such as Union Board and other campus-wide programming initiatives. The rest of the money is for individual student group activities. If you are interested in receiving a portion of the funds for your organization, requesting money is relatively easy, just follow EACH of the steps below.
- The funding application process takes place at the beginning of each semester before allocations are distributed. (Watch for notifications in your student organization mailbox.)
- Before an organization may apply for funding, a student representative from the organization MUST attend a funding workshop These workshops provide organizations with funding guidelines, new updates on procedures, and important deadlines. There are several workshops offered at the start of each semester. If any group fails to attend workshop it will be ineligible for Senate funding for the current semester.
- The organization’s representative attending the funding workshop will receive all the information necessary for submitting a Senate grant proposal. When writing a grant proposal, S.A.F. Senate guidelines should be followed as to what is fundable and what is not fundable. (Available on Senate website) It is strongly encouraged that the student who will be responsible for overseeing the organization’s money put the proposal together.
- After submitting a complete Senate grant proposal, the group may be asked to attend a short hearing on its proposal. At this time the Senate Appropriations Committee will ask any clarifying questions they have about the group’s budget.
- Once an organization receives funding, it is responsible for keeping track of all expenditures and submitting all receipts for the entire funding amount at the time the request is made, or within one week after the organization receives the money.
- The Student Senate holds all allocated funds until the organization requests the use of those funds. To receive allocated funds, an organization must fill out a short request form and return it to the Student Senate mailbox, which is located outside of the Student Senate office. The Student Appropriations Committee will issue a check for the amount requested.
- Any organization with Student Senate funding allocated for one particular item or event may request to use those monies for another item or event by filling out a line item change form, which is located outside of the Student Senate office. The Appropriations Committee will review the request and either grant or deny the change. Please allow two weeks for the change.
"Show me the money!" There have been many successful fundraising activities on Albion’s campus and the key to their success is always creativity. If interested in organizing an event, here are some fun ideas:
Halloween Pumpkin Sale
Ice Cream Social
Used Book Sale
Finals Care Packages
Fundraising efforts are coordinated through the Office of Institutional Advancement. Any group planning to do a fundraising project must submit a Request of Fundraising Activity Form to Institutional Advancement. For more information and exceptions to this rule please visit the Organizational and Departmental Fundraising Website.
Note on Solicitation:
Limited sales and soliciting by College-recognized organizations for the purpose of fundraising and/or contributing to a group’s community service project is allowed. All sales and solicitation must be sponsored by a recognized student organization or department. In order to obtain the privilege of on-campus sales, the organization should contact Karen Hiatt in the Kellogg Center at . Reservation requests must be submitted at least 5 days before the event. Door to door solicitation is prohibited. Solicitation done at athletic events cannot conflict with College-sponsored vendors and activities and must be approved by the Athletic Director. Food cannot be sold in Baldwin Hall except by Dining Services. Credit Card solicitation is also not permitted on campus. Violation of these policies will result in denial of this privilege for future events.
Dues and Fees
Dues or fees charged to members should be set fairly and must not be used to discriminate against students in any manner that would violate the College’s non-discrimination policy.
Admission charged at events is an excellent way to cover event expenses. However, events designed to raise funds are often financially risky. It is recommended that you discuss plans for such events with your organization’s advisor or a staff member in CPO before you begin planning such an event.
Checking accounts are a good method of accounting for student organization funds because they create records of all transactions. It is recommended that organizations obtain an independent checking account for all monies collected for the organization outside of Student Senate funding. All accounts must be placed in the organizations name, which can be done with a tax identification number, and should require two signatures (officer and advisor) on each check. It is not recommended that an organization get an ATM card because there is no way of knowing who obtained the cash and how it was spent.
Tax Identification Number
All student organizations should obtain a tax identification number (TIN) for banking purposes. If the group is not sure if they have a TIN, call the bank and ask if they have one registered. The only other way to have a bank account opened without a TIN is if the organization is using a member of the organization’s social security number. The last option is not advisable because the member can be taxed for the interest obtained on the account. The form (SS-4) and instructions to fill it out may be picked up at the CPO Office. Once the form is filled out the TIN can be given over the phone. If assistance is needed with the TIN, please contact the CPO Office.
Diversity Awareness Clubs and Organizations
Celebrate multiplicity. For a better world.
African-Caribbean Student Union
Relationships. Understanding. Awareness. We work to unite the sons and daughters of Africa and the Caribbean with those who are concerned and interested in the welfare of these regions. As a member, you’ll participate in constructive activities as you share the richness of these cultures. We also emphasize the major issues affecting Africa and the different islands of the Caribbean.
Asian Awareness Group
Our purpose is to celebrate and educate on Asian and Asian American culture. Join us for dinners in celebration of Diwali—the Indian Festival of Lights—and the Chinese Lunar New Year. Or for other cultural activities, like yoga, martial arts, and Asian films. Visit our website
Black Student Alliance (BSA)
Provide support. Eliminate racism, discrimination, and prejudice. That’s what we do. We’re here for the African American community of Albion College. Not only do we create educational programming to raise awareness and sensitivity, but we also sponsor Kwanzaa and the Taste of Blackness annually. You can find us in the James Welton House.
International Student Union
The International Student Union intendes to "bring the world together in Albion" through programs and meetings designed to show the international flavor of Albion's campus. The group brings together Albion's international students and encourages an appreciation of international relations among Albion's American students.
Enjoy the international flavor of Albion’s campus at dinners, dances, movies, even meetings. We work to bring together Albion's international students and encourage an appreciation of international relations among all Albion students.
LGBriTs work on campus to raise awareness and recognition of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender issues. Yes, we’re political: we sponsor films, speakers, hall programs, panels, and other campaigns. But we’re also social, with outings to concerts, bookstores, speakers, and restaurants.
Organization for Latino/a Awareness (OLA)
Explore, experience, and absorb culture through language, traditions, values, and music. Our educational, cultural, and social programs are focused on building understanding of both local and global Latin American communities. We’re here to preserve Latino/a history and culture, and to share the significance of this heritage along with current issues.
We're here to rally around women and women's issues on campus, both as a support network and a resource. Our main event is The Vagina Monologues, and it’s performed every other February. Other events include, but are not limited to: V-Week, a week of events leading up to The Vagina Monologues; women's shelter visits; self-defense seminars; women's outings; open panel discussions; female speakers; and women's sports attendance.
Secular Humanist Group
If you're nonreligious, we can help you develop ideas and skills for living in a religious society. We're an open forum and a support group for nonreligious students. Make life meaningful by helping others and building long-lasting friendships.
Umbrella is the governing body for all multicultural student organizations. Our purpose is to create a "safe space" where each underrepresented student population is supported. We also provide an environment where students can voice concerns, struggles, and accomplishments, and we educate the Albion community about the diversity of cultures and customs.
Academic Clubs and Organizations
For good times with a smart purpose.
Prepare for a career in accounting, and then network with reps from firms all over Michigan at our annual Spring Banquet. We meet regularly for discussions relevant to our field, so you’ll be ready to make intelligent, meaningful contributions. Learn more
We’re devoted to the visual arts. Actively. We get together regularly to make art and to learn from visiting artists—we often bring them in for lectures. And each semester, you can join us for off-campus trips to art galleries, museums, and more.
Sure, we look at the skies a lot. But it’s not all star parties and dome events (that’s where we use the telescope in the Observatory). You can also join us for movie nights, guest speakers, and trips to planetariums and other observatories. And you don’t have to know anything about stars to sign up.
Athletic Training Club
Our mission is to further the educational experience of members who are interested in the field of Athletic Training. We support members by providing opportunities for out of the classroom experiences that further their education in the discipline of Athletic Training. We also seek to educate the general public on the purpose of a Certified Athletic Trainer and promote possible career opportunities that exist for individuals in the field of study. We also seek to utilize the skills and knowledge of our membership to promote wellness in the Albion College and city communities.
Delta Sigma Pi
Be a part of a professional fraternity known nationwide for how it enhances the college experience. You’ll benefit from scholarship, socializing, and links to the commercial world. We also emphasize research and practice, because we’re always working toward a higher standard of commercial ethics and culture, and the civic and commercial welfare of the community.
Ethnic Studies Scholars
If you’re passionate about ethnic studies, we’d love to have you check us out. We’re an intellectual group, dedicated to the pursuit of knowledge in our field. You’ll enjoy smart conversations with like-minded individuals, along with support for your academic achievement, research, and productivity.
We bring together students who are interested in geology for field trips (we like to learn in the field) and social events (we also like to socialize). You’ll also have a chance to give back to our community and spread the word about geology by visiting local elementary schools for educational outreach.
Learning about stock selection methods can be fun. And profitable. In 2012, we managed around $20,000. All of our profits are "rolled over" to establish a scholarship fund for economics and management majors. Besides meetings, we also take an annual trip to Chicago to visit investment firms and exchanges. All majors are welcome.
We like to take it further. So we practice macroeconomics outside the classroom, participating in things like group research on monetary policy. (Wow.) Academic readings and professional guidance are also part of our program, so if you’re driven and ready to learn, we’re for you.
We’re a chapter of the American Marketing Association—and we’re your link to faculty and business people who can help you prepare for a career in marketing. You’ll build valuable relationships and deepen your understanding of the field.
Model United Nations
We’re open to all students, and we like to travel. (Recently, it’s been to Chicago, Toronto, Montreal, Philadelphia, and Athens.) There is no better way to learn about issues in international affairs than through UN simulations with other colleges and universities. That’s what we’re all about.
The club’s purpose is to provide programs that educate members about the field of dentistry and to allow members to network with each other regarding the dental school application process.
The purpose of the Albion College Pre-Veterinary Club is to provide programs that educate members about the field of veterinary medicine and to allow members to network with each other regarding the school of veterinary medicine application process.