Leadership Opportunities

Food collected for abused women

More than 35 clubs and organizations at Cottey represent our students interests in academics, culture, recreation, social concerns, religion, and volunteerism. With all these groups, there are plenty of leadership positions that need to be filled each year. Cottey is a veritable "leadership lab" where young women like you can gain valuable leadership experiences that will help shape your future, your education, and your career path. You'll also be a part of helping to shape student life at Cottey, while developing leadership skills and self-confidence in new areas.

Many students also become involved in the programs at Cottey's Helen and George Washburn Center for Women's Leadership, which was established to build girl's and women's lives through enrichment, education, and leadership development. The CWL not only brings in special guest lecturers and notable speakers, but Cottey students can get leadership certification through the LEO (Leadership, Experiences, Opportunity) program which provides student leaders with an opportunity to document and receive recognition for their experiences inside and outside the classroom and further develop leadership skills. The LEO program offers four levels of certification.

"I came to Cottey College for a fresh start academically, but what I took away were the leadership skills to use in my further education, career, and extra-curricular organizations. Cottey is a place to learn to be a leader by doing--whether that means organizing an event or heading up a committee. The reason Cottey develops leaders is simple: it gives young women room to grow. They are the kind of experiences that are not available at larger educational institutions, so take advantage of them! Leadership is less about talking and more about doing." - Melissa Chee, Class of 2003, Oregon

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Campus Clubs and Organizations

  • AIDS Activists Coming Together (AACT)
  • Alpha Mu Gamma
  • Amnesty International
  • Anime
  • Associated Cottey College Artists (ACCA)
  • BACCHUS (Boosting Alcohol Consciousness Concerning the Health of University Students)
  • Cheerleading
  • Class Organizations: Senior Class and Freshman Class
  • Cottey Big Sisters
  • Cottey College Handbell Choir
  • Cottey Computer Club (CCC)
  • Cottey Diversity Corps
  • Cottey Intramural Association (C.I.A.)
  • Cottey Running Club
  • Delta Psi Omega (national honorary dramatics fraternity)
  • Explorer's Club (participates in such activities as camping, cookouts, skiing, canoeing, rock climbing, etc.)
  • Feminist Majority Foundation
  • Food Freaks Anonymous (F.F.A.) (members join together to share the joys of cooking)
  • Golden Key (Cottey's honorary service organization)
  • International Friendship Circle (IFC)
  • Intersociety
  • InterVarsity Christian Fellowship
  • Japanese Club
  • Mu Sigma Epsilon (campus honorary music society)
  • Phi Beta Lambda (collegiate level association of student members preparing for a career in business)
  • Phi Theta Kappa (Epsilon Chapter) (national scholastic honorary society for two-year colleges)
  • Prayer Shawl Ministry
  • Pride Alliance (GLBTS)
  • Psi Beta (national honor society in psychology and sociology)
  • Residence Hall Organizations: P.E.O. Hall, Reeves Hall, and Robertson Hall
  • Retrospect (Cottey's annual yearbook)
  • Rotaract (affiliated with Rotary International)
  • Sigma Kappa Delta (the national honor society for English)
  • Societies: Alphan, Delphian, Emerson, and Magnoperian. Each student holds a membership in one of the four socities. Originally begun as literary societies, these organizations became socially oriented and now focus on fun activities such as sponsoring dances and competing with each other in sports events.
  • The Spectrum (Cottey's student newspaper)
  • Student Activities Committee (SAC)
  • Students Against a Vanishing Environment (S.A.V.E.)
  • Student Government Association
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