Clubs and Organizations


Active Student Clubs

Park University has a wide selection of clubs and organizations that provide you with opportunities to meet interesting people, get involved in things you are passionate about, make important contacts in your field of study, and extend your learning beyond the classroom. If you are interested in joining a club or finding out more about their activities and meeting schedules, contact one of the full-time faculty/staff sponsors listed under the description of the club.


Honor Societies

ALPHA CHI (CHAPTER: MISSOURI THETA)
Alpha Chi is a national scholastic honorary society. Juniors and seniors in the top 10% of their classes are selected by the faculty each year on the basis of leadership, character, and service. Members have opportunities for special research, presentations, and travel, in addition to community service projects and other activities of the organization. A formal induction ceremony for Alpha Chi is held each spring.

Dr. Gregory Claycomb, (816) 584-6338

ALPHA KAPPA DELTA
Alpha Kappa Delta (AKD), the International Sociology Honor Society, was founded in 1920 to provide a forum for student and faculty interchange and is dedicated to promoting, facilitating, and recognizing academic scholarship. Since its inception, over 80,000 scholars have been initiated into the Society and over 490 chapters have been chartered internationally.

Dr. Kevin Payne, (816) 584-6556
Dr. John Noren, (816) 584-6241

ALPHA LAMBDA SIGMA
The purpose of Alpha Lambda Sigma is to honor outstanding Adult Senior Students at all of Park University campuses including online students. Club Requirements for Membership are: 1) Minimum of 24 graded term hours or equivalent at Park University. 2) Matriculated student in undergraduate degree. 3) Highest 10% of the Senior Class for all of Park University. 4) GPA of a 3.75 or better on a 4.0 scale. 5) At least 12 of the students’ total hours must be in Liberal Arts/ Sciences.

Dr. Paula Shipper

BETA BETA BETA
Beta Beta Beta (TriBeta) is a society for students, particularly undergraduates, dedicated to improving the understanding and appreciation of biological study and extending boundaries of human knowledge through scientific research. Since its founding in 1922, more than 175,000 persons have been accepted into lifetime membership, and more than 430 chapters have been established throughout the United States and Puerto Rico.

Dr. Brian Hoffman, (816) 584-6477

LAMBDA ALPHA EPSILON-CRIMINAL JUSTICE CLUB
The Lambda Alpha Epsilon-Criminal Justice Club promotes awareness of issues in law enforcement and corrections, by offering prison tours, police agency visits, and community service projects. Meetings held every other Friday 11:00-12:00pm.

Dr. Carol Getty, (816) 584-6336
Dr. John Hamilton, (816) 584-6302

PHI ALPHA THETA/ZETA OMICRON
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 students and historians. We seek 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. Meetings held monthly on Mondays at 2:00pm in the Herr House Lounge

Dr. Tim Westcott, (816) 584-6364

PI LAMBDA THETA
Founded in 1920, Pi Lambda Theta is the most selective national honor society of educators; a forum for exchanging and developing ideas, fostering individual leadership, and promoting professionalism. PLT works on an international and regional basis, as well as hosts both regional and international conferences. It promotes service teaching and learning offering networking opportunities among members across the world. PLT extends membership only to students and professionals who satisfy academic eligibility requirements.

Dr. Dong Ha Choi

PI SIGMA ALPHA (ALPHA DELTA UPSILON CHAPTER)
Pi Sigma Alpha, the National Political Science Honor Society, is the only honor society for college students of political science and government in the United States. Pi Sigma Alpha was founded in 1920 for the purpose of bringing together students and faculty interested in the study of government and politics. Membership in Pi Sigma Alpha is open to juniors, seniors, and graduate students who are enrolled at Park University.

Dr. James F. Pasley, (816) 584-6593

PSI CHI
Psi Chi is a national honor society in Psychology, founded in 1929 for the purposes of encouraging, stimulating, and maintaining excellence in scholarship, and advancing the science of psychology.

Dr. Brian Cowley, (816) 584-6501
Dr. Andrew Johnson, (816) 584-6722

SIGMA ALPHA PI
The purpose of Sigma Alpha Pi , The National Society of Leadership and Success, is to help individuals create the lives they desire by helping them discover what they truly want to do, and giving them the support, motivation, and skills to achieve their goals.

Andrew Davis, (816) 584-6411

SIGMA TAU DELTA - THE ENGLISH CLUB
All students interested in writing and literature are invited to join an organization that sponsors charity events, holds poetry and other creative writing contests, and engages in fundraising efforts to send students to the annual Sigma Tau Delta convention. While all members have associate membership in Sigma Tau Delta, the premier international English honor society, English majors and minors may apply for active membership in Sigma Tau Delta if they meet the honor society's qualifications. Meetings held the first and third Tuesday of the month at 12:00pm.

Dr. Jane Wood, (816) 584-6313
Dr. Emily Donnelli, (584-6779

Social/Service/Leadership Organizations

AMERICAN ASSOCIATION FOR UNIVERSITY WOMEN (AAUW)
The purpose of AAUW is to unite undergraduates and graduates of regionally accredited educational institutions in order to promote equity, education, intellectual growth, individual worth, and development of opportunities to women and girls. www.parkaauw.webs.com

Linda Vestal, (816) 584-6296
Betty Dusing, (816) 584-6281
Jackie Keck, (816)-584-6428

COLLEGIANS FOR SUCCESS
Collegians for Success is a Leadership Organization that offers professional development, incentives to keep talented students on honor roll status, and opportunities for highly proficient students to learn leadership strategies for all education professions. Students who are interested in learning leadership etiquette for University and Professional Organizations are encouraged to join.

Denise Lowe, (816) 584-6789

SPECTRUM
Spectrum is a student run organization dedicated to fostering connections at Park University and beyond within and outside of the LGBTQI community. Spectrum provides safe spaces for students; works to educate all students, faculty and staff about LGBTQI issues; promotes equality; and ultimately works at unifying all students regardless of sexual preference/orientation or gender identity.

Kim Kasperbauer, (816) 584-6594
Deborah Osborne, (816) 584-6517

FLYING DISC CLUB
The golf disc organization sponsors intramurals for disc golf, Ultimate Frisbee, and other flying disc functions while promoting low impact physical activity. The organization's goal is to create community between students, faculty, and staff on the Parkville campus.

James Tucker, (816) 584-6340

PARK STUDENT ACTIVITIES BOARD (PSAB)
PSAB is dedicated to expanding both the quality and the quantity of student activities, and strives to find new and unique ways to make Park University fun for you, the student. Events sponsored during the year include a variety of social, educational, multicultural, and cultural arts activities, such as ice-skating, dances, bowling nights, Harvest Fest, concerts, lectures, and movies.

Ben Zibers
, (816) 584-6472
Andrew Davis, (816) 584-6411

PARK STUDENT GOVERNMENT ASSOCIATION (PSGA) www.park.edu/senate
All full-time Park students are members of the Student Senate. PSGA helps explore campus issues of importance to Park University. PSGA oversees the Student Life fee and provides funding and assistance to student organizations. PSGA nominates and selects students to various administrative committees at Park, to ensure students' voices are heard when decisions are made about the future of the institution. Meetings are held at 12:15 pm Fridays in the Louise Morden Board Room of the Academic Underground. Find the current meeting location at www.park.edu/senate. First year students are able to run for Senator positions in August and returning students and officers run in the Spring. Make a difference, let your Pirate voice be heard and become a senator or executive officer on the Park Student Government Association.

Dr. Jayme Uden, (816) 584-6595

THE PEACE EDUCATION CLUB
The purpose of the Peace Education Club is to educate persons on campus on peaceful alternatives to conflict.

Dr. Ronald Brecke

PIRATE RADIO CLUB (KGSP 90.3 FM)
Pirate Radio Club is an organized group of students who serve to support the campus radio station and its activities. The radio station itself is a Licensed Class D non-commercial FM station.

Steven Youngblood, (816) 584-6321

RESIDENCE HALL COUNCIL (RHC)
RHC is an elected body of residence hall students. The group's primary responsibility is to enhance the lives of the residents by organizing residence hall programming, initiating residence hall improvements, and suggesting changes to residence hall policy. Meetings are held every other Sunday at 8:00pm in the Copley Quad conference room.

Karie Schaefer, (816) 584-7401

ROTARACT
Rotaract provides a framework of opportunities for young men and women to develop their professional leadership skills. The club also helps to enhance the knowledge and skills that will assist its members' personal development, to address the physical and social needs of their communities, and to promote better relations between all people worldwide through a framework of friendship and service.

Dr. Diana Boyd McElroy, (816) 584-6465

STUDENT AMBASSADORS
The Student Ambassador Program provides an opportunity for Park students to represent and promote Park University while gaining valuable skills and training. Members may lead and direct various activities, including campus tours, orientations, and enrollment assistance to prospective and new students. Meetings are held on the first and third Wednesday of the month at 11:30am.

Katherine Springston, (816) 584-2135

STUDENT VETERANS OF AMERICA
The purpose of Student Veterans of America is to support and provide opportunities to enhance academic goals for veterans, as well as providing a network of veteran students locally and nationally.

Stephen Terry, (816) 584-6538

Religious/Spiritual Organizations

CHI ALPHA CHRISTIAN FELLOWSHIP
Affiliated with the National Chi Alpha Campus Ministries, Chi Alpha seeks to accommodate the Christian and the non-Christian development in understanding the Christian worldview. Meetings are held on Tuesdays at 7:00pm.

Robert Kao

MUSLIM STUDENT ASSOCIATION
MSA is a non-political, faith-based organization dedicated to uniting the Muslim community at Park University through a variety of religious and social events. The organization sponsors lectures, forums, workshops, and social events to promote community, awareness, and education among Muslims and non-Muslims of the University community.

PAX CHRISTI
Pax Christi works to bring together members of the campus community to foster a more mature spirituality, to promote community service and to provide an opportunity to socialize. Meetings are held the second and fourth Wednesday of the month at 11:00am.

Kimberly Connelly, (816) 584-6516
Deborah Garza

REVIVE
REVIVE, associated with Campus Crusade for Christ, exists to help students to learn about and know God, grow in their relationship with Christ, help develop mature spiritual leaders and to connect with other Christians and non-Christians on campus. Meetings are held every Thursday at 7:00pm in the McCoy Meetin House.

Katy Goodwin

diana.mcelroy@park.edu

Program/Subject Area Organizations

ASSOCIATION FOR COMPUTING MACHINERY (ACM)
ACM is an educational and professional computing student chapter belonging to the National Organization of ACM. By providing a professional and informative structure, ACM members gain added specialized experience not found in the classroom. Additionally, students socialize with professionals in the community, giving them an opportunity to promote their career. The organization encourages participation, volunteering, social networking, and communication skills. Meetings are held every Wednesday from 11:00-12:00pm in Science Hall 016.

Wen Hsin, (816) 584-6447

ASSOCIATION FOR SUPERVISION AND CURRICULUM DEVELOPMENT (ASCD)
ASCD is a nonprofit membership organization created by, and for, educators of all kinds. Active members can go online for hundreds of searchable publications, periodicals, and archives of information. The group plans several events during the year of interest to education majors, and participates in local and regional conferences.

LaDonna Ebright, (816) 584-6342

BIOLOGY CLUB
The Biology Club is a student-run organization for undergraduates interested in biology. The club organizes a number of activities each year, including education, social, community service, and fund-raising events. Meetings are held every other Wednesday at 11:00am in Science Hall 314.

Dr. Brian Hoffman, (816) 584-6477
Dr. Patricia Ryberg, (816) 584-6882

C.H.E.M. CLUB
The CHEM Club (Chemists Have Explosive Minds) promotes chemistry awareness in the community. CHEM Club members also help in mentoring freshmen and guiding each other to find internships and employment. Other activities include inviting speakers on campus, attending regional and national meetings, food drives, and picnics. Meetings are held every other Wednesday at 11:00am in Science Hall 314.

Dr. Donna Howell, (816) 584-6416
Dr. Gregory Claycomb, (816) 584-6338

COMMUNICATION CONNECTION
The purpose of the organization is to provide students with an opportunity to enhance their knowledge, awareness, and understanding of the many aspects of communication. Meetings are held the first and third Wednesday of the month at 3:30pm in Copley Hall, 1N.

Dr. Lora Cohn, (816) 584-6311

GAIA EARTH CLUB
The GAIA EARTH Club exists primarily to stir discourse in our campus community about environmental concerns. Inherent in that discourse shall be the exploration of practical ways to promote global environmental citizenship and sustainability.

David Fox
Scott Hageman

MATH CLUB
The purpose of The Math Club shall be to support all students interested in the discipline of mathematics, and to provide social, research, and service opportunities for its members. Specific objectives are listed as follows.

Charlie Smith

MODERN LANGUAGES CLUB
The Modern Languages Club provides an opportunity for students to come together to learn and/or practice the modern languages as well as celebrate the various cultures.

Judith Richards, (816) 584-6289

PARK UNIVERSITY STUDENT ATHLETIC TRAINERS' ASSOCIATION (PUSATA)
This group provides an opportunity for social interaction and learning opportunities among the students in this major. Members of the association are involved with the Missouri Athletic Trainer's Association, Mid-American Athletic Trainers' Association and the National Athletic Trainer's Association. Meetings are held once a month on Wednesday in Science Hall 310.

Tom Bertoncino, (816) 584-6864

PARK UNIVERSITY MARTIAL ARTS CLUB
Purpose of the Park University Martial Arts Club is to learn about, and educate others, of martial artist The club hold events based on the assumption that anyone, from anywhere, can learn and make use of the educational and practical implication of martial arts training.

Brian Ciolek
Sue Dunwoody

PHILOSOPHY CLUB
The philosophy club is meant to inspire student discussions of philosophy, and to reveal the depths with which philosophy pervades each person's life. Also, to establish a toleration and understanding of the diversity of philosophies each person believes, while also exploring the boundaries of the student s individual philosophies in relation their peers philosophies.

Dr. Adam Potthast

POLITICAL SCIENCE CLUB
The Political Science Club is a non-partisan forum for students and it seeks to further the understanding of the political environment. Meetings are held every Fridat at 11:00am in MC 23.

Dr. Ronald Brecke, (816) 584-6346
Dr. James F. Pasley, (816) 584-6593

PRE-MED CLUB
The Pre-Med Club is a student-run organization for students interested in pursuing a professional degree in medicine or other health care professions. The club is dedicated to the continuation of undergraduate success as well as preparation for post-graduate program admission. The club will occasionally have speakers come in to share their knowledge on various topics such as the application process or specialty areas of medicine. The club will hold events such as field trips to medical schools or research institutions and participate in volunteer activities in the local community. Meetings are held on alternate Fridays at 12:00 in room 110.

Brenda Royals, (816) 584-6592
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PSYCHOLOGY/SOCIOLOGY CLUB
The Psychology Club is an organized group of students who have common interests in the field and general study of clinical, behavioral, social, industrial/organizational and counseling areas of psychology. Meetings are held the 1st and 3rd Tuesday of every month at 3:50 on the first floor of Thompson.

Dr. Andrew Johnson, (816) 584-6722
Dr. Brian Cowley, (816) 584-6501

SOCIAL WORK CLUB
The purpose of the Social Work Club is to encourage a network of support, growth and friendship for all students; to increase awareness and promote the social work major within the University and community; to promote positive image of social work as a profession; and to provide the opportunity for students to address matters of public service, human diversity, and social justice in a global society. Meetings are held every other Thursday at 10:15am.

Gary Bachman, (816) 584-6348

STUDENT NATIONAL EDUCATION ASSOCIATION (SNEA)
The NEA is the pre-eminent professional teacher organization in the country. Run by teachers, they are the leading advocates for students, teachers and public schools, encompassing a nation-wide network.

LaDonna Ebright, (816)842-6182

STUDENT NURSES' ASSOCIATION (SNA)
The SNA is a pre-professional association that is a branch of the National Student Nurses' Association (NSNA). The SNA involves itself in many health related community activities, such as health screenings and education, and consults with the Director of the Nursing Program on potential program changes. The Student Nurses Association is currently open to participants who are members of the nursing program and LPN's who would like to apply to the program and are current Park University students. Meetings are held on Wednesdays at 12:00pm.

Bonnie Alsbury

STUDENTS IN INTERIOR DESIGN
Students in Interior Design (formally IIDA) is a networking and educational professional organization representing interior designers worldwide, with the goal of "enhancing the quality of life through excellence in interior design and advancing interior design through knowledge." Park University is supported by the Mid-America chapter of IIDA, and Park's student chapter provides membership in IIDA, a professional liaison, and admission to IIDA's monthly educational and networking events.

Kay Boehr, (816) 584-6705

THEATRE CLUB
The Theatre Club promotes the University Theatre Department and provides an environment for sharing ideas and common interests relating to theatre and the performing arts.

Andrea Southard

Organizations with an International Focus

GLOBAL FUTURE
Global Future, in partnership with the Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce's World Trade Center, brings together international business leaders from major companies in the Kansas City area, local university professors, Park international and American students, and students from area universities with the goal of providing a greater understanding of the many facets of international business through interaction and instruction. Past and current participating universities include Park University, Johnson County Community College, University of Missouri Kansas City, Kansas University, University of St. Mary, William Jewell College, Baker University, Rockhurst University and Emporia University. Meetings are held on the first Monday of every month.

Angela Peterson, (816) 584-6510

MILELE KENYAN CLUB
Open to any Park University Student; meant to advance international friendship and understanding and promote the concepts of a global community. Meetings are held the second Wednesday of every month at 12:00pm in the Herr House Lounge

Kimberly Connelly, (816) 584-6834

MODEL ORGANIZATION OF THE AMERICAN STATES CLUB (MOAS)
The MOAS club raises awareness of the mission and work of the Organization of American States and increases student knowledge of the political, economic and social issues affecting the Americas. It also provides students with the opportunity to engage in problem solving, conflict resolution, research and debate. Meetings are Tuesdays 6 – 7 p.m. in the Copley Conference Room.

Angela Peterson, (816) 584-6510
Patricia Marsh

MODEL UN
The Model UN group promotes student and faculty interest in international relations and related subjects. Students also have an opportunity to increase their abilities in problem solving, conflict resolution, consensus building, compromise and cooperation, research, and communication skills. http://captain.park.edu/globaleducation/un.htm

Angela Peterson, (816) 584-6510
Dr. Steven Youngblood, (816) 584-6321

PEOPLE TO PEOPLE INTERNATIONAL
The purpose of People to People International (PTPI) is to enhance international understanding and friendship through educational, cultural, and humanitarian activities involving the exchange of ideas and experiences directly among peoples of different countries and diverse cultures.

Angela Peterson, (816) 584-6510

WORLD STUDENT UNION (WSU)
WSU promotes international friendship and understanding through many cultural awareness programs and a home away from home for all our international students. Some of the annual events sponsored by WSU include International Week, featuring the International Student Dinner, Table Displays, and related events, Ski trip to Snow Creek and other field trips to educational, interesting and fun places in the region such as St. Louis and Branson. American and International students are welcome to join. Meetings are held the second Wednesday of the month at 12:00pm in the Cafeteria Alcove.