Get Involved – Totally
Seriously, with more than 40 clubs and organizations, you’ll find something that interests you whether your interests are academic in nature or lean toward cultural or recreational pursuits, or social activism, or center around religion or service activities. Most organizations are open to all students, although in a few, like honor organizations, membership is based on certain standards of achievement.
If you plan to live on campus, membership in two organizations is automatically included. You’ll be part of your residence hall and one of Cottey’s four societies-Alphan (purple), Delphian (yellow), Emerson (red), or Magnoperian (green). Visit the traditions page for a full rundown on what these societies mean. The societies organize activities such as sponsoring dances and competing with each other in sports events.
Interested in an area we haven’t mentioned? Here’s an open invitation to start an organization. They do have to be approved by the Vice President for Student Life of course.
Be part of something existing or bring something new to the community. Either way you’re able to participate in shaping your own experiences here. Here’s a short description of some of the clubs and organizations that already exist at Cottey:
Alpha Mu Gamma
is a national honorary fraternity for lower-division students of foreign languages, including international students for whom English is a foreign language. Requirements for membership are excellence in the study of foreign languages at Cottey and overall excellence in college classes.
is a worldwide human rights organization aimed at research and action to prevent human rights abuses and promote all human rights.
Angels for Pets
members volunteer and also educate those wanting to work in animal shelters.
members share the Japanese culture using the form of animation. Members seek to educate, entertain, and increase awareness of animation as an art form.
Associated Cottey College Artists (ACCA)
members explore and apply creativity to campus projects. Student art sales by ACCA members support art scholarships, supplies for club activities and field trips. The club sponsors off-campus art workshops and trips. ACCA, Greek for “she who creates,” welcomes all artistic students as well as those who merely appreciate art.
BACCHUS (Boosting Alcohol Consciousness Concerning the Health of University Students)
is an organization that educates peers on health issues such as rape prevention, drugs, and STDs, with emphasis on situations which occur involving alcohol. It is open to all interested students.
members promote engagement/ experience in human movement activities such as (but not limited to) dance, martial arts, and fitness, on the Cottey College campus. Activities emphasize the appreciation of movement of various cultures, time periods, and personal preferences. The organization would like to expand the community’s concept of what is considered dance and explore areas in dance that are not as well known.
The Senior Class (CSC) is composed of all second-year students. An Executive Board represents the Senior Class and helps organize traditions. The Freshman Class (fcc) is composed of all first-year students and is also represented by an Executive Board.
Cottey Diversity Corps (CDC)
was formed in the fall of 2005. They provide educational activities for the Cottey community, specifically dealing with racism, civil rights, and other issues of ethnic diversity in the U.S. Their activities include trips to see plays, films, and forums, and trips to museums such as the American Jazz Museum and Negro Leagues Baseball Museum. All students are welcome.
Delta Psi Omega
The national honorary dramatics fraternity for junior colleges, was created to honor its members for their work in college theater. Members are selected through a points system based solely on work done in Cottey’s theater productions. Members promote the performing arts as well as serve as technical crews for special campus events.
participates in such activities as camping, cookouts, skiing, canoeing, rock climbing, rappelling, white water rafting and floating, caving, hiking and ice-skating.
Feminist Majority Foundation (FMF)
was created to develop bold new strategies and programs to advance women’s equality, non-violence, economic development, and most importantly, empowerment of women and girls in all sectors of society.
promotes equal rights, global understanding, social responsibility and leadership development through civic engagement and community volunteering.
is Cottey’s honorary ambassador organization. Approximately 40 students are selected to represent Cottey. Membership is based on application, grade point average, an interview, leadership ability, and involvement in campus activities. Members conduct campus tours for visitors, host prospective students for overnight visits, and serve as hosts for official College functions.
International Friendship Circle (IFC)
helps form bonds of understanding among Cottey’s international students as well as with interested U.S. students. Students share ideas and cultures at bimonthly meetings. IFC works with Food Service to share their favorite international foods and cultural activities on special nights throughout the academic year. IFC also sponsors opportunities to discuss customs and ideas about the countries represented on campus.
InterVarsity Christian Fellowship
members meet for prayer and weekly Bible studies and large group fellowship. They occasionally travel to Christian concerts and other gatherings. This is a nondenominational group affiliated with the National InterVarsity Christian Fellowship Organization and Campus Crusade for Christ.
is an organization dedicated to providing a fun and relaxed atmosphere in which to learn more about the Japanese culture. The club studies the language and culture of historical and modern day Japan through art, music, film, and literature. Japanese club is open to anyone who wants to have fun while learning more about a fascinating culture.
Mu Sigma Epsilon
a campus honorary music society, bases membership on performance activities and academic standing. The society promotes musical performances on campus and sponsors trips to concerts.
Phi Beta Lambda
is a collegiate level association of student members preparing for a career in business. The local chapter is affiliated with Future Business Leaders of America/Phi Beta Lambda and pursues activities to further its mission of bringing business and education together in a positive working relationship through innovative leadership development programs.
Phi Theta Kappa
(Epsilon Chapter) is the national scholastic honorary society for two-year colleges. The society’s objectives are to promote scholarship, leadership, service, and fellowship among students. Cottey’s chapter was one of the charter members of this organization and has the distinction of being the oldest continually active chapter in the nation. To be eligible for this honorary organization, a student must have completed at least one semester at Cottey and have earned a GPA of 3.5 or better for that semester while enrolled in at least 15 semester hours.
is the national honor society in psychology and sociology for community and junior colleges. Membership is based on a 3.0 grade point average in one or more psychology, sociology, or anthropology courses, as well as cumulatively. Cottey College’s Psi Beta chapter is a charter member of the national organization.
Cottey’s annual yearbook, welcomes all interested students. Because of the small staff, students can work in several areas. Students gain experience and develop skills in areas of writing, layout, photography, and advertising. They explore new ideas and realize the responsibility of meeting deadlines.
is a local chapter of an international network of 5000 Rotaract clubs, many of which are based on college campuses. All Rotaract clubs are affiliated with local Rotary clubs. The purpose of Rotaract is to provide an opportunity for young men and women (just women at Cottey) to enhance the knowledge and skills that will assist them in 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. One of Rotaract’s projects is Quad-C Week (Cottey College Community Chest), a week of entertaining fund-raisers by the entire campus for local, national, and international philanthropic projects.
Sigma Kappa Delta
is the national honor society for English for two-year colleges. This society recognizes excellence in English and overall scholarship, giving students the opportunity to celebrate and promote English language and literature at Cottey. Cottey’s chapter, the first in the nation, publishes the literary magazine “The Image Tree” annually. It is a compilation of art and literature from students and sometimes staff. It is a chance for students to have their works published and gain experience in publication procedures and processes.
Specialized Pond Investigation (SPI)
The purpose of this organization is to help students understand the value and importance of safety. The Specialized Pond Investigation organization will provide police awareness to Cottey women. The organization’s open member policy will allow the mixing of individuals in the hope that new friendships are formed outside their conventional groups. Knowing how to prevent, report, and practice self-defense is part of the Specialized Pond Investigation organization.
Student Activities Committee (SAC)
This advisory committee plans, promotes, and produces performances by popular musicians, comedians, folk singers, jugglers, hypnotists, etc.; and sponsors movies as well as other novelty and variety performances. Other events may include study breaks, dances, picnics, and various types of free programming. SAC is made up of students, including selected officers, and all students are encouraged to join. The coordinator of campus activities serves as its sponsor.
Students Against a Vanishing Environment (S.A.V.E.)
brings students together who share a passion for environmental concerns. S.A.V.E. often initiates campus and community awareness and action programs to help preserve and protect our environment. This organization also operates the campus recycling program.
the governing body of the Cottey College student population.