Student organizations are a great way to get involved on campus. Belonging to a group that shares your interests can enrich your college experience. WVSU has more than 50 recognized student organizations. These organizations provide opportunities for students and other members of the university community to explore their academic, professional, political, social, recreational, artistic, cultural, spiritual, and community service interests. In addition, student organizations provide a laboratory for the development of interpersonal, organizational, and leadership skills in the members and officers. Such organizations exist to promote the educational mission of the university.
Student Activities holds a Campus Organization’s Showcase during the first week of the fall and spring semesters. This showcase allows students to gather information regarding many of the student organizations on campus, as well as other campus services available to students.
For more information on these organizations, please contact the Office of Student Activities. This office has the most current information about student organizations, including up-to-date contact information. Information on how to start an organization and other resources is also available.
Special Interests Organizations
Alpha Kappa Psi
Ms. Sharon Smith Banks
Alpha Kappa Psi was founded on the principles of educating its members and the public to appreciate and demand higher ideals in business and to further the individual welfare of members during college and beyond.
College men and women everywhere are discovering that Alpha Kappa Psi is much more than just another organization or club—it is a unique, prestigious association of students, professors, graduates and professionals with common interests and goals. They join Alpha Kappa Psi to take advantage of valuable educational, friendship and networking opportunities.
American Chemical Society
Dr. Micheal Fultz
The Student Members is a diverse group of students who want to advance science and science education in the area. Any student who is interested in science can participate in community outreach and career development. Outreach activities include trips to local schools and civic groups and career development involves seminars, professional meetings, and industrial visits.
American Criminal Justice Association – Lambda Alpha Epsilon
Mr. Mark Addesa
Membership in the Association is composed of individuals employed in the criminal justice system or taking a course of study in criminal justice at an accredited college or university at the time the application is submitted. The club is open to students with other majors besides Criminal Justice as well.
C.R. Byrd Chapter – Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA)
Dr. Trevellya (Tee) Ford-Ahmed
A pre-professional organization chartered in 1991 by the New York Office of the Public Relations Society of America to cultivate a mutually advantageous relationship between students and professional public relations practitioners. It further aims to foster students' understanding of modern theories and procedures, to instill in them a professional attitude and to encourage them to adhere to the highest ideals of the practice of public relations. Benefits include networking opportunities w/ professionals in the field, practical experience, monthly newspaper of the trade, national/regional conferences, workshops, internships and employment opportunities around the nation.
Charles E. Jones Historical Society
Dr. Lois Lucas
The C. E. Jones Historical Society is dedicated to History awareness and preservation. We maintain close ties with the community by working together to preserve the past. With their help we are able to keep History alive. The C. E. Historical Society is a nonprofit organization and supported by donations and fundraisers. Our organization is student governed, and is located on the West Virginia State University Campus.
CHOICES Peer Educators
Ms. Robin Tabor
Includes an educational component and a series of activities that provide alternatives to alcohol abuse by college students.
Promotes responsible social norms that recognize the appropriateness of choices, including the choice not to drink. Emphasizes safe, responsible and legal drinking practices for those who choose to drink.
Incorporates the use of peer educators to bring alcohol education to students.
Incorporates the use of numerous media -- print, lecture and theatrical -- to send the message of awareness and prevention.
Daniel L. Ferguson Sociological Society
Ms. Gail Mosby
The Daniel L. Ferguson Sociological Society is a student based social organization open to anyone with an interest in sociology. The Society is committed to promoting social tolerance, equality, and cultural understanding on all levels from the local to the international. The Society is constantly engaged in a number of community service and fun social activities.
Delta Nu Alpha (DNA)
Dr. Tim Ruhnke
This is a social organization for lovers of the outdoors (animals, plants, environment, and nature.) Members have opportunities to participate in varied activities, such as spelunking and canoeing. This group performs community service on and off campus. Membership is open to all students.
Dr. Anne McConnell
The English Club is organized to discuss and spread enjoyment of literature, film and other pertinent subjects both within the group and within the WVSU community. The group meets colleagues in a non-classroom setting and interrelates with professors at a high level of mutual respect.
Ms. Sharon Smith Banks
This club is established to ensure a safe environment for all people regardless of race, gender, and/or sexual orientation, and functions to educate the student body as well as its members of the lesbian, gay, bi-sexual, and transgendered, in order to bridge the gap between cultures.
Ms. Patricia King
This is an organization for those interested in Health, Human Performance, and Leisure Studies.
International Student Association
Dr. Ali Ziyati
The International Student Association is open to all students who are interested in international activities.
Minorities in Agriculture and Natural Resources Association (MANRA)
Ms. Lisa Williamson
The purpose of this society shall be to provide a framework for the academic, professional and social development of minority students within the fields of Agriculture and related areas. The national society for Minorities in Agriculture, Natural Resources and Related Sciences (MANRRS) is the governing body.
National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP)
Mr. Oree Banks
This organization strives to improve the political, educational, social, and economic status of minority groups; eliminate racial prejudice; and keep the public aware of the adverse effects of discrimination. Membership is open to all students.
Mr. Simuel Bowles
NYANSA (pronounced n-yon-sah) is the Ghanaian word for wisdom and knowledge. Members of the organization believe that wisdom encompasses four areas: Life choices (for progress), knowledge (for education), association or affiliation (positively begets positively), and individual growth (goal orientation and commitment). The NYANSA organization stresses all phases of productivity, responsibility and independence. With the conception of NYANSA have come numerous activities that contribute to the betterment of WVSU and the surrounding communities.
Ms. Daisy Squirts
Tutoring for most subjects is available free of charge to any WVSU student. The TAP Room, in 117 Wallace Hall, is open for walk-in math tutoring, and the Writing Center, in 304 Ferrell Hall, has writing tutors available throughout the week.
Dr. Tayoba Ngenge
The purposes of the is organization are: to search for wisdom through rational and other means; to enhance our academic performance; to hone our critical, conceptual, and expressive skills; and to further develop our effectiveness.
Ms. Belinda Fuller
This organization, open to all students, attempts to establish loyalty for WVSU, encourages participation in community service projects, encourages student retention, bridges the gap between student and alumni, and encourages high academic standards.
Ms. Gail Mosby
The Sociology Club is open to all sociology majors, minors and others interested in sociological theory, thought and social issues. Sociology Club promotes empathy with the human condition locally and globally as well as community services for the well-being of all without discrimination.
Student National Education Association (SNEA)
Ms. Patricia Wilson
The SNEA encourages members to be focused on public school student achievement and success, be role models for public school students, and have the potential to be a member of the teaching profession.
Students Organized for Disability Awareness (SODA)
Ms. Tiffany Clark
The purpose of this group shall be to organize a group of students on campus in order to build relationships among the members and promote disability awareness across campus.
Student Social Work Organization
Dr. Raphael Mutepa
The SSWO's purpose is to stimulate interest in the field of social work within the University and community.
Student Veterans of America
Mr. Coston Davis
The Student Veterans of America is a group of college-based military veterans and supporters dedicated to supporting military veterans, their families, and their communities.
Tobacco Free Yellow Jackets
Ms. Patricia King
Tobacco Free Yellow Jackets focus on promoting a smoke-free campus and educating the WVSU community about the harmful effects of tobacco use and second hand smoke.
Women in Communications
Dr. Robin Broughton
The Association for Women in Communications is a professional organization that champions the advancement of women across all communications disciplines by recognizing excellence, promoting leadership and positioning its members at the forefront of the evolving communications era.
Student Leadership Organizations
WVSU Student Government Association
Student Government Office
212 University Union
This is a central organization through which students promote the interest and welfare of the University community; promote cooperation with faculty and staff in regulation and promotion of student activities; assist with programs to further the development of a wholesome relationship between the administration and the student body. All University students are automatically members of the organization.
The Leadership Institute
Mr. Coston Davis
The purpose of The Leadership Institute Program is to place heavy emphasis on building tomorrow’s leaders today. By establishing the value of Leadership and its place in everyday life through education. Each member will go through levels of training, with the purpose being that each individual will gain understanding of the aspects and responsibility of an effective leader. We have a diverse group of participants that define the diversity of West Virginia State University. We have guest speakers, topic discussions, public speaking, community activities as well as campus activities. The first Friday of May is our annual Leadership Awards Luncheon.
Omicron Delta Kappa
Mr. Coston Davis
The Purpose of The Omicron Delta Kappa Society is to recognize those who have attained a high standard of efficiency in collegiate activities and to inspire others to strive for conspicuous attainments along similar lines; to bring together the most representative students in all phases of collegiate life and thus to create an organization which will help to mold the sentiment of the institution on questions of local and intercollegiate interest; and to bring together members of the faculty and student body of the institution, as well as other Omicron Delta Kappa members, on a basis of mutual interest, understanding and helpfulness.
Student Activities Council
Mr. Chris Jackson
Plans, promotes and evaluates recreational, educational and social activities for students. We are the team behind the planning. Volunteers are encouraged to join.
Student Organizations Council
Student Government Office
212 University Union
As the governing body for all organizations, the council consists of a representative from each organization and helps promote good relations amongst themselves.
Art, Music & Theater Organizations
Collegiate Music Educators National Conference (C-MENC)
Mr. Scott Woodard
Music allows us to celebrate and preserve our cultural heritages, and also to explore the realms of expression, imagination, and creation resulting in new knowledge. Therefore, every individual should be guaranteed the opportunity to learn music and to share in musical experiences.
The National Association for Music Education is to advance music education by encouraging the study and making of music by all.
Marching and Symphonic Band
Mr. Scott Woodard
This group performs at all home football games as well as several concerts during the year. The group is comprised of both music majors and non-music majors. Students receive one credit hour for participating in this activity. Scholarships are available for complete tuition waiver.
Motivational Organization of New Artists (MONA)
Ms. Molly Erlandson
The sole purpose of M.O.N.A. is to create accessibility to art for students from all majors who are interested. We're focused on traveling during the semester, raising funds for small trips throughout the semester, and one major trip at the end of the school year. In the past, we have visited New York City, Chicago, and Asheville. The purpose of our travels is to venture out in to other art communities and to return inspired. We feel that art should be available to everyone and we're here to help make that happen.
Faith Based Organizations
Fellowship of Christian Athletes
FCA focuses on serving local communities by equipping, empowering and encouraging people to make a difference for Christ.
Dr. Robert Harrison, Jr.
Our mission at Campus Awakening is to empower students to bring prayer and power to university and high school campuses to see transformation in all areas of society. We are building a network of students and leaders who burn for revival and regional transformation on their campuses and around the world.
Catholic Campus Ministries
Dr. Robert Harrison, Jr.
Welcome all students, faculty, staff, administrators, and alumni of West Virginia State University Catholic Campus Ministry! We meet weekly for lunch, prayer, and social time. We celebrate Mass on campus monthly and on Holy Days. We participate in social service projects, retreats, and social activities.
National Pan-Hellenic Council
Mr. Eric Jackson
The NPHC Undergraduate Councils promotes academic excellence; demonstrates values of NPHC, member organizations, and host institutions; develop leadership skills; develop positive relationships; and develop citizenship through community service and outreach.
Alpha Kappa Alpha
Mrs. Patricia Wilson
Alpha Kappa Alpha seeks women who will promote and extend its policies and programs. In return, the Sorority is a conduit through which individuals can grow and develop, personally and professionally, while simultaneously providing "Service to All Mankind."
Alpha Phi Alpha
Dr. T. Ramon Stuart
The first African-American inter-collegiate fraternity in the world, Alpha Phi Alpha strives to develop leadership through academic excellence, personal growth, and socialization.
Delta Sigma Theta
Ms. Andrea Robinson
This organization is designed to form a closer union among college women for the fostering of high ideals and moral, social, and intellectual life.
Kappa Alpha Psi
Mr. Timothy Wilburn, Jr.
An organization that promotes Achievement in Every Field of Human Endeavor; spiritual, scholastic, professional, athletics, etc. A bond of brothers tighter knit than a family. A world-wide network that reaches throughout the United States, the U.K., Germany, Japan, South Africa, the Virginia Islands, Korea, the Bahamas, Bermuda, and etc. A once in a lifetime opportunity!
Omega Psi Phi
Mr. Chris Jackson
This fraternity aims to bring about a union of college men of similar high ideas of scholarship and manhood in order to stimulate the attainment of ideals and ambitions of its members.
Phi Beta Sigma
Ms. Krystal Smith
Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity was founded at Howard University in Washington, D.C., January 9, 1914, by three young African-American male students. The Founders, Honorable A. Langston Taylor, Honorable Leonard F. Morse, and Honorable Charles I. Brown, wanted to organize a Greek letter fraternity that would truly exemplify the ideals of brotherhood, scholarship, and service.
The Founders deeply wished to create an organization that viewed itself as “a part of” the general community rather than “apart from” the general community. They believed that each potential member should be judged by his own merits, rather than his family background or affluence…without regard to race, nationality, skin tone or texture of hair. They desired for their fraternity to exist as part of an even greater brotherhood which would be devoted to the “inclusive we” rather than the “exclusive we”.
Zeta Phi Beta
Dr. Sonya Armstrong
This sorority is designed to promote the cause of education by encouraging high standards of scholarship, uplifting worthwhile projects, and fostering the spirit of sisterly love.
Homecoming Parade Application
Dear Parade Participant:
The West Virginia State University (WVSU) 2014 Homecoming Parade Committee would like to invite your organization to participate in this year’s parade on Saturday, October 11, 2014, beginning promptly at 10:30 a.m.
Since 2001, the Homecoming Parade has averaged 42 unit participants. The Parade begins at Shawnee Park, travels through the middle of WVSU’s beautiful campus, and ends at the Erickson Alumni Center at Athletic Drive (near parking lot G). Participants are asked to arrive at Shawnee Park by 9:00 a.m. to be checked in and begin line up.
If you have interest in being a participant in the WVSU Homecoming Parade, please take some time to review the enclosed documents. The application/harmless agreement must be returned by September 30, 2014. If accepted as a participant, you will be notified and will receive further information such as unit number, parking information, and other pertinent information.
Thank you in advance for considering becoming a participant in our 2014 Homecoming Parade. We will do our best to make your experience an enjoyable one. If you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact me at (304) 204-4300.
Lisa Williamson, Committee member
WVSU Homecoming Parade
Guidelines for Parade Participants
Parade Rules & Regulations
Alpha Delta Mu
Ms. Rita Brown
The Alpha Delta Mu Nation Social Work Honor Society was chartered in April 1977. Its purpose is to advance excellence in social work practice and to encourage, stimulate and maintain scholarship of the individual members in all fields, particularly in Social Work. To be eligible for membership, a student must be a Social Work or Social Welfare major in a program that is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education.
Alpha Kappa Delta
Dr. Gail Mosby
Membership in the national honor society in sociology is open to students who have completed sixty hours, 15 of which must be in Sociology. Students must have attained an overall 3.0 GPA with a 3.5 GPA in the Sociology classes.
Alpha Kappa Mu
Dr. Sonya Armstrong
Membership in the national honor society is open to students in any field of study who have completed sixty hours. Students must have attained an overall 3.30 GPA.
Alpha Mu Gamma
Dr. Miguel Zapta
Alpha MU Gamma is the National Foreign Language Honor Society. Members must adhere to the ideals of Alpha Mu Gamma, which are to encourage interest in the study of foreign languages, literature and civilizations; to strive for linguistic attainment, and to foster sympathetic understanding of other peoples.
Members should contribute to the strength of the local chapter at West Virginia State University by helping with ideas, and by planning, carrying out and attending Alpha Mu Gamma-sponsored events and activities.
Members must also volunteer a specified number of hours per semester in activities of AMG.
Alpha Phi Sigma
Dr. Kerri Steele
Membership in the national honor society in criminal justice is open to students who have completed 12 hours in Criminal Justice. Students must have attained an overall 3.0 GPA with a 3.2 GPA in the Criminal Justice classes. Graduate Students can belong. Graduate students must have a 3.4 GPA.
Alpha Psi Omega
Professor Susan Marrash-Minnerly
Alpha Psi Omega is a national theatre honor society. It is open to students who have a minimum GPA of 2.5, who have participated in theatre for at least two semesters, and who have earned a total of 75 points based on the national organization's point system. Points are accumulated in the areas of performance, production, dramaturgy, and /or playwriting.
Beta Kappa Chi
Dr. Timothy Ruhnke
This is the scientific honor society. Undergraduate students are eligible for membership if they rank in the upper fifth of their class; have completed at least 64 semester hours of course work (with at least seventeen (17) semester hours in one of the sciences recognized by BKX ); a GPA of at least B in the science area; and, a general college average of at least "B". Graduate students are eligible if they have completed at least fifteen (15) semester hours in one of the sciences recognized by the Society with a GPA of "A" in at least 1/3 of the hours and at least a "B" in the remaining 2/3 semester hours.
Delta Mu Delta
Mr. John Hodges
Membership in the international honor society in business administration is open to students who have completed sixty-five hours, 15 of which must be in Business Administration. Students must have attained a 3.25 GPA and be recommended by a BA faculty member.
Dr. Ginta Palubinskas
The Honors program at WVSU offers enriched academic opportunities for students with high academic achievements. This program shall identify, recruit, and offer students’ academic challenges that enhance their skills and creativity.
Kappa Delta Pi
Professor Barbara Korn
Kappa Delta Pi is an international honor society in education. Our members sponsor professional development programs for education students, as well as community service projects. Examples of some of these projects include our annual Mitten Tree when we collect hats, scarves and gloves for students of low socioeconomic backgrounds, Parent's Night Out when we provide childcare for children with special needs for an evening and Literacy Alive when we use funds collected from our annual Scholastic Book fair to purchase books for a school serving students from low socioeconomic standings. "So to TEACH that our words inspire a will to learn. So to SERVE that each day may enhance the growth of exploring minds. So to LIVE that we may guide young and old to know the truth and love the right."
Omicron Delta Epsilon
Dr. Suvayan De
Membership in the international economics honor society is open to students who have completed 12 hours in economics and have attained a 3.0 GPA.
Phi Alpha Theta
Dr. Tae Jin Park
Phi Alpha Theta is a national honors society for students in history to promote the study of history through publications, conferences, and the exchanges of opinions. It has many chapters throughout the nation and we have a local chapter here at WVSU.
Phi Eta Sigma
Dr. Charles Perdue
Membership in the national college scholastic honor society is open to freshmen with a 3.5 GPA who enrolled in a four-year program.
Pi Sigma Alpha
Dr. Ginta Palubinskas
Pi Sigma Alpha is the national Political Science honor society which recognizes outstanding Political Science students and works to promote interest in the study of Political Science. Membership is open to Junior and Senior undergraduate students who have earned at least a 3.0 GPA.
Ms. Kellie Toledo
The Pinnacle is an academic honor society for non-traditional students. Membership allows students 25 years of age or older, the opportunity to participate in campus life by attending social events geared for older students and their families, participation in beneficial community projects, as well as recognition from a national honorary. There is two levels of membership; Level One is general membership for those students seeking only a club supporting social events, whereas Level Two is the honorary requiring a grade point average of at least 3.00.
Dr. Paula McCoy
Membership in the national honor society in psychology is open to students who have completed at least three psychology classes and have earned a 3.0 GPA.
Sigma Tau Delta
Dr. Anne McConnell
ΣΤΔ is an international English honor society reflecting high achievement in language and literature, including writing. To join, you must have: Completed three semesters, with a minimum of two courses in English language or literature (beyond freshman composition); Maintained a B average; and Rank in the top 35% of your class.
Dr. Sherri Shafer
The National Broadcasting Society – Alpha Epsilon Rho
The honor society component of the National Broadcasting Society. Undergraduate candidates (a) shall have completed at least the equivalent of three semesters of full-time college work, (b) shall not rank lower than the upper one third of their college class in overall scholarship, and (c) shall have completed at least three semester courses in communication, each of at least three credit hours or the equivalent, which may be credited toward a program emphasizing electronic media (including web/internet technologies and new media), broadcasting, mass communication, radio, television, cable, film or electronic media; communication major. Graduate student candidates shall either (a) meet the requirements for undergraduate candidates, based upon their undergraduate records, or (b) have completed at least one year of graduate work, meeting departmental standards for satisfactory progress toward an advanced degree.
Who’s Who Among College Students In American Colleges & Universities
Mr. Joseph Oden, Jr.
Office of Student Affairs
130 Ferrell Hall
Through our years of serving higher education, Who's Who Among Students exists as one of the most highly regarded and long-standing honors programs in the nation, having earned the over-whelming respect of college faculties and administrations. For the students - the outstanding campus leaders of the year - national recognition by the Who's Who program marks a pinnacle of scholastic achievement.
Media & Publications Organizations
Dr. Rob Wallace
The Kanawha Review is an annual publication of the WVSU Office of Student Affairs. Contributors to the magazine are students and former students of the University. Selections are made by the student editors and by a faculty editor (who is from the English Department) and do not necessarily reflect the attitudes of the University. The editors believe that a variety of styles, voices and views should be represented in the magazine.
Students are encouraged to submit their poems, fiction, essays, scripts, drawings and photographs to be considered for future issues. Materials to be considered for publication should be brought or mailed to Dr. Rob Wallace, 207 Hill Hall.
The Yellow Jacket
Ms. Jessica Barnes-Pietruszynski
The student newspaper is published by and for students of WVSU.
Mr. Frank Vaughan
A national organization for college and university students who support the Republican Party of the United States. The organization is known as an active recruiting tool for the Republican Party and has produced many prominent Republican and conservative activists and introduced more party members to the Republican party than any other organization in the nation.
Dr. Gerald Beller
The all encompassing purpose of the “State Democrats” shall be to practice and promote the ideas of Justice, Liberty, Equality, and Freedom that America was founded on. Furthermore, that the observance of these customs is not to be dependent on concern of personal race, sex, religion, disability, age, sexual orientation, or national origin. We shall pursue and preserve these ideas through support of the Democratic Party
Registration Process & Forms
To be considered an active organization at West Virginia State University, you must have all the information bulleted below on file in the Office of Student Activities:
- A completed Student Organization Registration Form. This is an online form that can be completed by following the link in the right hand column of this page.
- Three enrolled members, each with a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or better. Each organization must have a President, Secretary, Treasurer, and a Student Organizations Council Representative. The Office of Student Activities, using the Request for Accumulative Average Form, will verify this information. The form is available for download to the right.
- An updated Constitution on file in the Office of Student Activities. As organizations make changes to their constitutions, it needs to be submitted to the Office of Student Activites. A sample constitution is available to the right.
A FEIN is not required. However, it is necessary to open bank accounts and apply for Student Government funding. FEINs are placed in the organization’s permanent file. Step by step directions are available to the right. Organizations are NOT permitted to use WVSU’s FEIN for any reason.
The deadline to register as an active organization is 30 days prior to the start of the Fall semester. Organizations not registered before that date will forfeit all privileges afforded to them by the Office of Student Activities.
Student Organization Registration Form
Request for Accumulative GPA
FEIN Application Directions
Student Organizations Handbook
Event Registration Form
Vehicle Request Form