Clubs & Organizations
Emory & Henry College has approximately 70 active student clubs and organizations so you can stay connected—even outside of class.
Among the many student groups are active Greek Life organizations comprised of 16 active local social fraternities and sororities.
Explore your options:
Outdoor Adventure Team: Members of the Emory & Henry Adventure Team have the opportunity to receive scholarships for backpacking, climbing, paddling, and outdoor leadership. Participants will engage the Outdoor Program’s full spectrum of adventure, and they will be able to choose a specific sport in which to receive individual instruction and mentorship. Adventure Team members also have the opportunity to represent the College at conferences, regional events, and at competitions in whitewater paddling and bouldering/climbing.
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 club is open to men and women and 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.
Women’s Rugby Football Club: In 2019, Emory & Henry gained its first women’s rugby team playing non-NCAA intercollegiate rugby in the Cardinal Athletic Conference. The team is a member of USA Rugby and is a group of powerful women devoted to teamwork and dedication both on and off the field.
College Student Media
Ampersand The student media literary and art magazine. Organized in 1957 as the “Prism” and renamed “Ampersand” in 1979. Published once a year.
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. It is a student media published weekly during the school year.
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:
Greek Life offers students opportunities for fellowship, service, and social activities. All Greek organizations are local, meaning that they are unique to the Emory & Henry campus. The college currently has 16 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), Phi Gamma Phi (ΦΓΦ), Phi Pi Alpha (ΦΠΑ), 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.
Beta Beta Beta. Promotes excellence and research in biology; to be eligible for full membership, students must be biology students who have at least a 3.0 GPA in their Biology courses and have completed at least three biology courses beyond BIOL117.
Blue Key. Junior and senior male and female students who have been of service to the College through extracurricular and academic achievements; membership by invitation.
Gamma Theta Upsilon. Geography students exhibiting academic excellence. Promotes interest, research, and leadership in the discipline.
Phi Beta Lambda. A national business fraternity open to all students interested in accounting, business, management, economics, business law and finance.
Phi Eta Sigma. National honor society for first-year students. Membership is by invitation to students who have exhibited academic excellence during their first year. With more than 350 chapters nationally, Phi Eta Sigma’s purpose is to recognize superior academic achievement and provide scholarship opportunities to talented students.
Pi Delta Phi. French Honor Society. The purpose is to recognize outstanding scholarship in the French language and its literatures, 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 Gamma Mu. Social science students who have maintained a high scholastic average and meet membership requirements. Sponsors service projects and speakers from social science fields.
Pi Sigma Alpha. A national political science honor society founded in 1920 at the University of Texas for upper-level undergraduate students.
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.
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.
Sigma Tau Delta. The International English Honor Society. It seeks to confer distinction for high achievement in English language and literature. The organization seeks to promote cultural stimulation on college campuses and serve society by fostering literacy. It is open to all English majors and minors meeting the national requirements.
Alpha Phi Omega. Assembles men and women in the fellowship of the Scout’s Oath to develop leadership, promote friendship, and provide service to the community.
Athletic Training Student Organization. The Athletic Training Student Organization is open to students who are planning to apply to and/or have been accepted into the Athletic Training Program. The purpose of the club is to provide athletic training students with support for the academic and clinical development. Providing opportunities for interaction with other healthcare professionals and support attendance at academic and professional workshops and meetings. The club strives to enhance the learning experiences for all students in the Athletic Training Program.
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 an historical overview of Emory & Henry and explain different buildings, student organizations, academic offerings, etc. They serve the College through 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 staff.
CiviCORPS (Change Organizers of Reflective Participatory Service). Each semester, CiviCORPS coordinates and facilitates multiple on-campus educational, service, and reflection events focused on current social issues (campus, local, national, global) about which E&H students care. The group’s mission is to learn, educate, reflect, and act, encouraging participatory service that addresses such issues. Members develop skills in event planning, community organizing, volunteer recruitment, and communication while bonding and having fun. The group is always looking for new members.
College Democrats. Promotes interest and involvement in the Democratic party and its candidates in local, state, and national elections.
Emory & Henry College Republicans. Promotes interest and involvement in the Republican party and its candidates.
Emory & Henry Genders and Sexualities Alliance. A social and support organization for persons of all orientations, including gay, lesbian, transgender, and bisexual, of the campus community and for their friends and allies. Membership will remain confidential.
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. Faculty sponsors: Jamie Ferguson, Ed Davis, and Shelley Koch.
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.
Habitat for Humanity. Habitat for Humanity works with our local affiliate, Washington County Habitat for Humanity to help eliminate homelessness by helping build homes so that everyone can have a healthy, affordable place to call home.
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.
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.
Math Club. The Emory & Henry Math Club places great emphasis on networking and provides opportunities to students by traveling to various conferences, bringing in guest speakers, and connecting with other regional schools. It is the hope of the club to create an ecosystem of innovation and diversity and to foster curiosity and facilitate new ideas and innovations in the mathematical community.
Peer Education Program. A college- and community-based network affiliated with the National Bacchus Network focusing on comprehensive health and safety initiatives. Promotes student campus and community-wide leadership on healthy and safe lifestyle decisions. Offers members a national certification. Plans and promotes programs on campus such as the Sexual Assault Education and Prevention, Red Flag Campaign, Spring Break Awareness, Depression and wellness screenings and Stress Management Fairs. Provides Bystander training and other harm reduction training. Certified peer educators lead workshops on campus. Open to all interested students.
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, and assists in securing internships.
Psychology Club. Provides support and information to students who are interested in psychology-related professions through the sponsorship of events such as guest lectures and workshops on careers in psychology and how to get into graduate school. Open to all interested students.
Raices. Raices is a student organization serving to bring awareness, foster a sense of community for the Hispanic-Latinx students of Emory & Henry College, and promote networking among individuals of Hispanic-Latino cultural backgrounds. The name raices, meaning roots, was inspired by a Freda Kahlo painting of the same name.
Residence Hall Association (RHA). The Residence Hall Association is a student-run organization that caters to the students living in the residence halls on campus. The goals of RHA are to promote community among the residents and to be an active voice and representation of all students residing in the residence halls. The organization aims to provide channels for the opinions and concerns of residential students, to get students engaged and involved in campus-wide programming that RHA provides, as well as, to perform all other duties necessary to improve the campus environment for residential students.
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.
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. Advisor: Dr. Jamie Ferguson; President: TBD.
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.
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.
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.
Encounter is a student-led worship gathering on Monday evening. A praise band comprised of students leads music weekly. The informal setting also includes prayer, Scripture, and witness. Participants are invited to encounter the love of God as they seek to live out their faith on campus and beyond.
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.”
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.
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.
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. Constitutional information can be found in the Student Handbook.