Clubs & Organizations
Emory & Henry College has more than 85 active student clubs and organizations so you can stay connected—even outside of class.
Among the many student groups are active Greek Life organizations of 14 active local social fraternities and sororities, along with 1 national fraternity.
Other opportunities to get involved include club sports, special interest groups, affinity groups, honorary societies, Fraternity & Sorority life, spiritual life organizations, and Outdoor Recreation.
To start a new club/organization, please email Emily Bishop, Director of Student Activities at firstname.lastname@example.org
Explore your options:
Club Sports: Club Sports are organized by students with similar interests in a given sport or activity. Clubs can be competitive, instructional, performance-based, or recreational in nature. Club sports must first meet the requirements of Campus Recreation and Student Affairs and Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, & Belonging in registering as a sports or recreational student organization. Once registered, clubs may request affiliation with Campus Recreation and become a recognized sports club. Contact Tommy Forrester (email@example.com) if you want to bring a new club sport to campus.
eSports Program-You love gaming and so do we! Join us in our eSports Program tournaments and special events throughout the year! We’ve got the fun, equipment, food, music, announcers and broadband to make your experience fantastic! Reach out to eSports Coordinator Nathan Magstadt firstname.lastname@example.org
Rugby Football Club: Rugby is one of the fastest-growing club sports in America with more than 32,000 college players registered with USA Rugby. Emory & Henry rugby club will compete against other college club teams from around the region in the Cardinal Athletic Conference. Coach Tom O’Neil is a certified USA Rugby Coach and played college rugby at Appalachian State.
College Student Media
EHC-TV The television studio operated by the Department of Mass Communications. Programming appears on Comcast Cable, Channel 3, on Wednesdays and Thursdays at 7 p.m., including news and interviews on “Emory & Henry Reports” as well as replays of football and basketball games.
The Sphinx The College yearbook, published since 1907, is a student-operated media. Issued annually in the spring, the yearbook documents college life during the academic year. A variety of staff positions are open to all students, with interest particularly in page layout, writing, photography, business management, sales, and more.
The Whitetopper The College newspaper, first published in 1914 as The Weekly Bulletin and now one of the oldest student-produced newspapers in the South.
WEHC. WEHC 90.7 is the college radio station, known as “Your college and community station.” Since October 2009, the station has been broadcasting at nearly 9,000 watts, reaching a five county area in Virginia and Tennessee with its primary signal. The secondary signal reaches into parts of North Carolina. The station carries local programming in the afternoons and evenings, with a 4-6 p.m. break-in for NPR’s All Things Considered. From midnight until 1:00 p.m., the station carries Radio IQ programming that consists of NPR news and BBC talk. WEHC broadcasts football games and home basketball games. The station signal is streamed 24/7 and can be found at wehcfm.com. Students may apply to provide musical programming, sports coverage, or news by contacting General Manager:
Fraternity & Sorority Life
Fraternity & Sorority Life offers students opportunities for fellowship, service, and social activities. Most Greek organizations are local, meaning that they are unique to the Emory & Henry campus. The college currently has 15 fraternities and sororities with approximately 20% of students take part as members.
Emory & Henry Sororities: Alpha Beta Chi (ABX), Delta Omicron Pi (ΔΟΠ), Delta Rho Delta (ΔΡΔ), Kappa Phi Alpha (ΚΦΑ), Pi Sigma Kappa (ΠΣΚ), Sigma Upsilon Nu (ΣϒΝ), and Zeta Phi (ΖΦ).
Emory & Henry Fraternities: Beta Lambda Zeta (ΒΛΖ), C Phi C (CΦC), Dom-I-Necher (DIN), Kappa Sigma (ΚΣ), Pi Delta Chi (ΠΔΧ), Sigma Alpha Kappa (ΣΑΚ) , Sigma Iota (ΣΙ), and Theta Chi Epsilon (ΘΧΕ).
Alpha Psi Omega. National Honorary Theatre Society for students interested in the Theatre Arts; membership by invitation to students with an active interest in the theatre arts and are familiar with play production in areas such as directing, acting, management, musical theatre and/or design and technology. Advisor, Annalee Tull.
Beta Beta Beta. Promotes excellence and research in biology; to be eligible for full (regular) membership, students must be biology majors who have at least: 1) an overall 3.0 or higher cumulative GPA; 2) a 3.0 GPA in their Biology courses and have completed at least three biology courses beyond BIOL 117. For associate membership, students with an interest in the Natural Sciences, or Biology majors who do not yet fulfill full membership criteria are eligible. Advisor, George Argyros.
Blue Key. Junior and senior students who have been of service to the College through extracurricular and academic achievements; membership by invitation; email for more information. Advisor, Shannon Patterson.
Gamma Theta Upsilon. Geography students exhibiting academic excellence. Promotes interest, research, and leadership in the discipline. Advisor, Dr. Ed Davis.
Pi Delta Phi . French Honor Society. The purpose is to recognize outstanding scholarship in the French language and its literature, to increase the knowledge and appreciation of Americans for the cultural contributions of the French-speaking world, and to stimulate and encourage French and francophone cultural activities.
Pi Sigma Alpha. A national political science honor society founded in 1920 at the University of Texas for upper-level undergraduate students. Advisor, Sarah Fisher.
Psi Chi. An International Honor Society in Psychology, founded in 1929 for the purposes of encouraging, stimulating, and maintaining excellence in scholarship and advancing the science of psychology. Open to all students who meet the national criteria.
Sigma Delta Pi. Spanish National Honor Society. Honors, encourages, and fosters excellence in the study of Spanish. Promotes respect for the culture of Spanish-speaking peoples. Advisor, Amanda Romjue.
Sigma Mu. Senior students ranked academically in the upper one-tenth of their class and junior students ranked in the upper one-fifteenth of their class; membership by invitation.
Blue & Gold Society: A student organization that consists of tour guides who lead prospective student groups around the main campus of Emory & Henry. These “Ambassadors” provide a historical overview of Emory & Henry and explain different buildings, student organizations, academic offerings, etc. They serve the College by being positive and accurate representatives of its students, faculty, staff, and campus community. The Admissions Office entrusts them to build a positive relationship with guests so that each person has a first-class visit to the College. Activities are coordinated by Admissions Guest Coordinator Maureen Buescher.
College Democrats. Promotes interest and involvement in the Democratic party and its candidates in local, state, and national elections. Advisor, Dr. Ed Davis.
E&H Dance Team. The Dance Team (The Golden Stingers) was founded in 2011 by students with a passion for dance who wanted to share that passion with the E&H community. They perform at football and basketball games during halftime and on the sideline. In addition to this, they compete at various competitions throughout the year. Tryouts are held in May each year. All students with a dance background who love to dance and perform are welcome to try out. Previous experience in dance is preferred. Ideal candidates will have experience in Jazz, Hip Hop, and Pom styles. Coach: Makayleigh Smith
Emory Climate Collaborative. Represents a collaborative effort to protect our planet’s health, with a focus on our climate. Student members work as equals with faculty, staff, and area residents to create artistic, scientific, journalistic, and political responses to climate change and environmental racism. Advisor, Dr. Ed Davis.
Emory Activities Board (EAB). The Emory Activities Board (EAB) brings fun and exciting campus-wide events to the community. From concerts, formals, and lyceums to off-campus trips to regional destinations, EAB adds excitement to campus life for everyone. EAB has open membership and all students are able to join. Advisor, Director of Student Activities, Emily Richardson.
Healthcare Professions Club. Advises students planning careers in the health professions, promotes interest through field trips and speakers, and sponsors visits to graduate programs in health care. Advisor, Beth Funkhouser.
Hermesian Literary Society. Founded on the values are virtue, eloquence, and learning, the Hermesian Literary Society is one of the oldest debate societies on campus. The society’s goals are to promote engaged and intellectual discourse on campus on debate issues facing society today. Must be at least a second-semester freshman with a GPA of 3.4 to join.
Pre-Law Society. Provides programming to enrich students’ pre-professional legal skills and studies. These programs include events, such as law forums, that facilitate discussion between students and legal professionals. The Society hosts guest speakers, sponsors visits to law schools, offers LSAT advice, and assists in securing internships. Advisor, Sarah Fisher.
River’s Way. Provides an opportunity for establishing and maintaining dedicated relationships with youth and young adults with disabilities in this region. Activities include: team building programs, gardening programs, fitness programs at the Bristol Family YMCA, summer camps at Sugar Hollow Park and at Camp Ahistadi, adventure programs, and engaging members in developing workforce soft skills. Advisor, Leah Wilson.
Sports Management Club. The purpose of this organization is to provide students majoring in Physical Education, Sports Management, and/or Teacher Preparation with enhanced educational and professional development opportunities. Members will have opportunities to attend in-service meetings and events outside of the school environment and will also be provided with additional leadership opportunities. Professional development activities will include involving members in professional organizations such as the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (AAHPERD) and/or North American Society for Sport Management (NASSM).
Strength & Conditioning Club. The Strength and Conditioning Club is here to provide students with the opportunity to become educated in fields dealing with strength and conditioning and physical fitness. Students in majors such as Exercise Science, Health and Human Performance, Physical Education, or Athletic Training will benefit greatly from the information provided in this club. There will be several opportunities to gain more education on campus and off campus.
Student Affiliate of the American Chemical Society. Provides students interested in the sciences with opportunities to become involved in the scientific community. Sponsors speakers, attends local ACS meetings, performs science-oriented demonstrations and tours graduate schools and local industry.
Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC). SAAC is a committee made up of student-athletes assembled to provide insight on the student-athlete experience. The SAAC also offers input on the rules, regulations, and policies that affect student-athletes’ lives on NCAA member institution campuses.
The purpose of Student-Athlete Advisory Committee is as follows:
- To streamline and promote efficient communication between the athletic department administration and the student-athlete population.
- To provide the student-athlete population with an opportunity to more effectively communicate with the athletic department administration and provide suggestions on programs designed to serve its needs.
- To actively encourage more involvement of student-athletes in campus and community outreach projects.
- To design and implement programs which will encourage academic achievement, health promotion, social responsibility, and general life skills awareness.
Emory & Henry is the College of Connection, and connecting students to our very special place is a big part of the E&H experience: Student Affairs offers trips and programming that are free and available to all students. Outdoor Recreation trips include:
Pony Hikes in the Grayson Highlands: Explore our very own high country and see the ponies that roam free there.
Whitewater Rafting is a fun way to experience the beautiful rivers of the Southeast.
Virginia Creeper Bike Rides offer scenic tours through some of the finest scenery that Southwest Virginia has to offer. The Virginia Creeper is an old rail line turned bike trail, offering 33 miles of total trail (15 miles of easy downhill coasting).
The indoor bouldering crag in the Outdoor Center is available to the entire E&H community at no charge.
Disc Golf Course: The eighteen-hole Emory & Henry Disc Golf Course was built in the summer of 2006 by a coalition of student, faculty and staff volunteers. The course quickly became a popular activity. The course winds through the woods that surround Emory & Henry’s campus including some of the best views of campus. A variety of holes makes this a challenging and fun activity for all skill levels.
Opportunities are available in theatre, voice, and instrumental music. In all areas, provisions are made to accommodate students who have had prior experience and training, as well as those individuals who may be venturing into the performing arts for the first time. All areas, except dance, have options for formal academic training and academic credit related to practice and/or performance.
Choral Ensembles. Emory & Henry College offers choral performance opportunities for all students interested in singing. Ensembles include Concert Choir and Chamber Singers. Concert Choir, which is open to all students, typically has 40-50 singers and performs 2-3 concerts per semester including an annual tour.
Instrumental Ensembles. Brass Quintet, Brass Choir, Marching Band, Trumpet Ensemble, Woodwind Ensemble, and Symphonic Band are available to majors and non-majors who have prior experience on an instrument, depending upon interest and numbers. Rehearsals and performances at campus events.
Marching Band. Students with marching band experience either as musicians or color guard are welcome to join the marching band. The band rehearses two to three times per week as needed to prepare for the next game. The music consists of popular marching band repertoire.
Theatre. The theatre department presents four major theatrical productions plus a number of student-directed showcases every year. Productions offer opportunities for students to gain experience in acting, directing, design, and backstage work. Auditions for all shows are open to all E&H students. Auditions for plays are announced on flyers across campus and in the E&H Scoop newsletter and are normally held at the beginning of each semester.
9:02 Worship (9:02) is a weekly evening worship experience led by the 9:02 Student Praise Band and featuring a variety of speakers from the student body, faculty, and staff. 9:02 worship on Monday evenings at 9:02 PM in Memorial Chapel Sanctuary. Psalm 9:2 “I will be glad and rejoice in you. I will sing the praises of your name, O Most High.”
Campus Christian Fellowship (CCF) offers a time for students to share a meal, followed by a program, which often includes a guest speaker, games, and service projects. CCF meets on Tuesday evenings in the Mason Fellowship Hall in the Chapel. New members are always welcome.
Craft Room and Study Spaces –The basement (1st floor) of Memorial Chapel contains rooms that are open to students anytime of the morning/day/evening. The Craft room is stocked with art supplies. There are rooms available for individuals or groups to meet and study together. The Interfaith Room is also there if you need moments of peace and quiet.
Fellowship of Christian Athletes is open to athletes and non-athletes alike. Participants gather weekly at lunchtime. Group members lead devotions, share concerns, and encourage one another “to meet the challenge and adventure of following Christ.”
Interfaith Student Union (ISU) seeks to inform, educate, and raise awareness of religious diversity through a variety of events and discussions. Any and all religious and spiritual paths are welcome. Weekly meeting times for the upcoming semester are TBA. An Interfaith Room is located in Room 103 in Memorial Chapel and is open to all for prayer and meditation.
Kerygma is a group of students who are intentionally seeking to discern God’s call in their lives. Some feel called to a professional vocation in the church, while others are discerning more generally God’s plan for their lives. Kerygma members sponsor and lead discussion groups and retreats for the campus community in order to help shape Christians into stronger leaders.
Retreats/Conferences that are offered annually include FCA College Advance, E&H Fall Spiritual Life Retreat, Passion Conference, and Feet First Young Adult Retreat.
Spiritual Life Housing is part of the College’s Theme House program. Carter, a co-ed house, provides a Christian atmosphere in which members of the community live according to a covenant that focuses on prayer, Bible study, Christian fellowship, and hospitality to the wider campus community.
Spiritual Life Summer Internships provide students with the opportunity to spend a summer immersing themselves in the collaborative work of churches serving their communities. Rural and urban placements are available where interns learn about the work that congregations are doing to make an impact on issues such as addiction and homelessness. Students are provided with housing, academic internship credit, and a stipend.
Sunday Morning Worship –On-campus opportunities include a 9:30am breakfast and worship service with the congregation of Emory United Methodist Church in Memorial Chapel. The student-led 9:02 Worship Band participates in morning services, along with the church and handbell choirs. We are also glad to assist students with locating off-campus worship opportunities.
Young Women’s Bible Study meets weekly on Wednesday evenings at 8pm in Memorial Chapel. Homemade dessert is served every week!
Student Government Association
Students at Emory & Henry have a long and proud history of involvement in the governance of the College. The Student Government is composed of executive, legislative, and judicial branches. The executive branch is led by the Student Body President. The Executive Branch is charged with administering all of the functions of the Student Government. The President is assisted by a group of cabinet officers charged with administering one of the six principal departments of Student Government. These include the Office on Judicial/Honor Affairs, the Office of the Student Body Treasurer, the Office of the Elections Commissioner, the Office of the Student Government Public Relations, Office of Administrative Affairs, and the Office of Campus Activities. Each of these departments is headed by an officer appointed by the Student Body President.
Advisor: Frederick George