UC Clubs & Organizations
Don’t let the small size of our campus fool you—there are enough activities going on each day on campus to keep you busy. Whether your interest lies in athletics, creative expression, student government, academic enrichment, community service, spiritual development—or in any combination of these areas—you’ll find an outlet here for your energy.
Many academic departments sponsor clubs and academic honor societies for students with a particular interest in the discipline, so be sure to visit the departments that interest you or contact a faculty member in that department for more information.
New clubs spring up every year according to student interest. Who knows? Maybe you’ll be the inspiration for the next organization that others can’t wait to join.
National Honor Societies
Alpha Lamda Delta (Freshmen)
Alpha Lambda Delta is UC’s local chapter of the national freshman honor society. Membership is open to full-time first-year students with a minimum GPA of 3.5 for their first semester as a UC student.
Alpha Psi Omega (Theater)
ALPHA PSI OMEGA was organized as a theatre honor society for the purpose of providing acknowledgement to those demonstrating a high standard of accomplishment in theatre and, through the expansion of ALPHA PSI OMEGA among colleges and universities, providing a wider fellowship for those interested in theatre. For more information visit http://www.alphapsiomega.org/index.php/constitution
Beta Beta Beta (Biology)
Beta Beta Beta- The Purpose of Beta Beta Beta Biological Honor Society shall be to function as an honor and professional society for students of 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. http://www.tribeta.org
Chi Sigma Iota (Counseling)
Chi Sigma Iota is an international honor society that values academic and professional excellence in counseling. It's mission is to promote scholarship, research, professionalism, leadership, advocacy, and excellence in counseling, and to recognize high attainment in the pursuit of academic and clinical excellence in the profession of counseling.
Eta Beta Rho (Hebrew)
Eta Beta Rho was founded in 1960 by the National Association of Professors of Hebrew in American Institutions of Higher Learning in order to encourage high achievement in Hebrew studies. The Association continues to act as sponsor for the Society and appoints a national Coordinator of Eta Beta Rho. For more information visit http://www.naphhebrew.org/eta-beta-rho
Gamma Sigma Epsilon
Gamma Sigma Epsilon is a national chemistry honor society founded in 1919 at Davidson College. The original fraternity was created to promote academic excellence and undergraduate research scholarship in chemistry. In 1931 the fraternity went co-ed and became an honor society. Today there are over seventy active Gamma Sigma Epsilon chapters throughout the United States. The Society is governed by a National Executive Council of elected officers and meets in biennial conventions for the purpose of governance, fellowship, and scientific exchange.
Kappa Delta Pi (Education)
Kappa Delta Pi (KDP), International Honor Society in Education, was founded in 1911 to foster excellence in education and promote fellowship among those dedicated to teaching. For over a century, the Society has consistently grown, starting with a local chapter to become the international organization it is today, with an initiated membership that exceeds 1.2 million!
Using a variety of programs, services, and resources, KDP supports and advances educators throughout the phases and levels of their teaching careers.
The chapter on campus is: Kappa Delta Pi Upsilon, and as a member of Kappa Delta Pi Upsilon, education students have the opportunity to be a part of the Education Club on campus.
Kappa Mu Epsilon (Mathematics)
Kappa Mu Epsilon is a specialized honor society in Mathematics. KME was founded in 1931 to promote the interest of mathematics among undergraduate students. For more information visit http://www.kappamuepsilon.org/pages/a/index.php
Pi Delta Phi (French)
The purpose of this society shall be to recognize outstanding scholarship in the French language and Francophone literatures, to increase the knowledge and appreciation of Americans for the cultural contributions of the French-speaking world and to stimulate and to encourage French and francophone cultural activities. For more information visit http://www.pideltaphi.org/#!constitution/co6b
Phi Alpha Theta (History)
We are 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. We seek to bring students and teachers together for intellectual and social exchanges, which promote and assist historical research and publication by our members in a variety of ways. - See more at: http://phialphatheta.org/missionstatement#sthash.sJXnQz6C.
Pi Kappa Delta (Debate)
Pi Kappa Delta is a national forensics honorary that is dedicated to promoting excellence in speech and debate. For more than 100 years, its 80,000 members have pursued “The Art of Persuasion, Beautiful and Just.” In addition to its civic engagement and advocacy activities, Pi Kappa Delta hosts a comprehensive national tournament each year, sponsors a professional development conference and publishes a scholarly journal (The Forensic), as well as a quarterly newsletter (The Key). Although originally founded to serve smaller four-year Baccalaureate institutions, Pi Kappa Delta now welcomes undergraduate chapters from any degree-granting institution. Lifetime individual memberships are also available, whether or not the institution currently has an active chapter.
At University of the Cumberlands, membership is provided to all students that compete for the UC speech and debate team. The general requirement to be a part of PKD is to compete for the school at the Pi Kappa Delta National Tournament. The PKD national tournament is one of three national tournaments the team elects to compete at each season.
For more information, contact Mr. Justin Durbin at firstname.lastname@example.org
Psi Chi (Psychology)
Psi Chi is an international honor society whose purpose shall be to encourage, stimulate, and maintain excellence in scholarship of the individual members in all fields, particularly in psychology, and to advance the science of psychology. For more information visit http://www.psichi.org/?page=purpose#.VdNG-LeFMdU
Sigma Beta Delta (Business)
The mission of Sigma Beta Delta is to encourage and recognize scholarship and accomplishment among students of business, management and administration, and to encourage and promote aspirations toward personal and professional improvement and a life distinguished by honorable service to humankind. Sigma Beta Delta was established to honor students who have attained superior records in business programs in schools and colleges with regional accreditation. For more information visit http://sigmabetadelta.org/about-us/
Sigma Delta Pi (Spanish)
The purposes of this society are:
- To honor those who attain excellence in the study of the Spanish language and in the study of the literature and culture of the Spanish-speaking peoples;
- To honor those who have made the Hispanic contributions to modern culture better known in the English-speaking world;
- To encourage college and university students to acquire a greater interest in and a deeper understanding of Hispanic culture;
- To foster friendly relations and mutual respect between the nations of Hispanic speech and those of English speech;
- To serve its membership in ways which will contribute to the attainment of the goals and ideals of the society.
Sigma Pi Sigma (Physics)
Sigma Pi Sigma exists to honor outstanding scholarship in physics, to encourage interest in physics among students at all levels, to promote an attitude of service, and to provide a fellowship of persons who have excelled in physics. Election is a lifelong membership and includes a once-year complimentary membership in the Society of Physics Students (SPS).
Tau Upsilon Alpha (Human Services)
The mission of Tau Upsilon Alpha National Organization for Human Services Honor Society is to honor academic excellence; to foster lifelong learning, leadership and development; and to promote excellence in service to humanity.
Theta Alpha Kappa (Religion)
This organization is the national honor society for academic studies in Religion and Theology, and it exists to encourage, recognize, and maintain excellence in such studies within baccalaureate and post-baccalaureate degree programs, but also within the academic profession more broadly understood. http://www.thetaalphakappa.net/
Student Government Association
The Student Government Association is the voice between the student body and the faculty. The organization strives to make a meaningful difference on campus through hosting student activities, providing financial support for campus organizations and general support for all students.
Make sure to follow SGA on Instagram and Twitter for all the latest updates.
Existing student organizations can access our funding proposal form here for consideration.
For more information, contact:
Campus Activity Board (CAB)
Student Athletic Advisory Committee
Allows students to test their knowledge against other college students through competition. Provides opportunity for students to bond through their learning experiences.
Diversity Leadership Council
A student-led organization developed as part of the Department of Diversity and Inclusion to progress our students beyond prejudice and bias so that our vision in not limited nor inhibits our opportunities to grow personally, professionally, and spiritually in to further equitability and inclusivity at the University of the Cumberlands.
For more information, contact:
Director of Diversity and Inclusion
The Pre-Health club is for undergraduate students interested in applying to a professional graduate program in the areas of Physician Assistant, Medicine, Osteopathic Medicine, Physical Therapy, Pharmacy, Dentistry, or Veterinary medicine.
Students in the club can network with other students with similar career goals. We also bring in outside speakers and admissions recruiters from area professional schools, and give advice on how to study for entrance exams and to apply to a graduate program.
The club is open to any interested student. Email email@example.com for more information.
Relay for Life
Patriot Student Newspaper
Creates an opportunity for students to express themselves through writing and photography while socializing in various events throughout the university. www.issuu.com/the_patriot
For more information, contact:
Assistant Professor in Communications, Faculty Advisor for The Patriot
Supports 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.
For more information, contact:
Resident Events Committee (REC)
REC is an organization that works to provide residential students with events/activities that help build a strong community within the individual halls and collectively as whole residential life community. REC is organized to plan/execute relevant & fun events for residential students throughout the school year.
For more information, contact:
A collegiate chapter of the National Association for Music Education which exists to provide students, school music programs and music advocates of all levels and backgrounds with support and events both on and off campus.
UCOR (Outdoor Club)
UCPA Backpack Club
The University of the Cumberlands Physician Assistant program (UCPA) sponsors the UCPA backpack club. This club provides food to elementary aged children in the community by sending them home with backpacks full of food for the weekends. Serving the rural areas of Appalachia is one of the missions of this program. Any donations of food or money to purchase food are welcomed by the UCPA program.
Creates an environment of growth by providing tools to those who pursue the field of psychology, to promote Mental Health Awareness to those on campus and in the community.
Math & Physics Club
This club provides opportunity for science, technology, engineering, and math skills while providing ideas and activities.
Motivating young people to be better leaders and citizens, while making the best military officers in the world. The Army Reserve Officers' Training Corps (ROTC), as it exists today, began with President Wilson signing the National Defense Act of 1916. University of the Cumberlands had a long-standing ROTC program, which was recently re-introduced to campus. ROTC cadets can earn a special scholarship while in college to participate explore military service without a commitment to enlistment.
Speech and Debate
The University of the Cumberland Speech and Debate program is one that has maintained a tradition of success for more than the last 20 years. The program competes at a local, regional, and national level against schools of all sizes. The team has had over twenty individual national champions across various formats of debate and speech events.
The UC Speech and Debate team competes in both the fall and spring semesters. Each semester the team competes in 3-5 tournaments (both virtual and in-person). These tournaments occur across the region and nation. Past tournament locations include Lexington, Knoxville, Nashville, New York City, Orlando, San Diego, Los Angeles, as well as locations in Middle Tennessee, Northern Kentucky, and the Southeastern United States.
Additionally, the UC Speech and Debate team hosts forums and live debates on campus. These events cover a wide range of topics that cover both current events, as well as academic topics. Often, the team will attempt to partner with other departments and organizations when hosting these events.
The team is always seeking new members, no experience required. Students of all levels of experience prior to joining the debate team have had tournament success. For more information about the UC Debate Team, please contact Mr. Justin Durbin at firstname.lastname@example.org
Ministries & Outreach
Appalachian Ministries (AM)
Appalachian Ministries began in the 70s when a group of UC students went out into the communities surrounding the university and saw the great needs all around them. Motivated to share the love, hope, and message of Jesus, AM was formed out of the scriptural basis of 1 John 3:18.
Baptist Campus Ministries (BCM)
BCM focuses on building excellent Christian leadership in students, on the inward spiritual journey to find Christ and on the outward spiritual journey of service in His power. Weekly campus services called Celebration include praise and worship led by the BCM praise band. Upperclassmen lead small groups for discipleship with a variety of weekly activities.
Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA)
The Cumberland chapter of this international organization is open to all students and meets weekly to discover ways it can fulfill the International FCA’s mission to “present athletes and coaches, and all whom they influence, the challenge and adventure of receiving Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord and of serving Him in the fellowship of the Church.”
Mountain Outreach is a non-profit service organization operated by the University of the Cumberlands. Since its inception in 1982, students and volunteers have completed 147 home building projects and completed renovations to hundreds more. The program’s outreach includes numerous service projects that help provide children, the elderly, and financially struggling families with critical and urgent needs.