An important part of the “Jewell Experience” is becoming involved within the college community. The Student Activities Office offers students the chance to affiliate with 70 student organizations. Joining a student organization at Jewell gives you opportunities to expand and enhance your overall educational experience, improve your social life, gain self confidence, acquire leadership skills and learn how to function as a member of a group or a team. Check out the various student organizations offered and Get Involved!
Student organizations at Jewell offer a broad spectrum of activities to meet the spiritual, social, and service needs of students. Both nationally and locally affiliated student organizations make up a comprehensive program which provides an opportunity for involvement in religious activities; fine arts; professional, social, and service fraternities and sororities; music ensembles; forensic and drama groups; ethnic organizations; radio station/broadcasting; student publications; athletics and intramurals; student government and departmental clubs.
Alpha Lambda Delta
Alpha Lambda Delta is the national honor society for first-year scholarship. The purpose of the society is to encourage superior scholastic attainment among students in their first year of college, to promote intelligent living, a continued high standard of learning, and to assist women and men in recognizing and developing meaningful goals for their roles in society. Membership is restricted to first-year students who carry twelve or more hours and earn a grade point average of 3.5 or above at the end of their first semester or cumulative at the end of their first year.
Alpha Psi Omega
Alpha Psi Omega is a national honor society for students in dramatics. The purpose of the society is to honor students whose excellence in acting, production skills, and academics is deemed outstanding.
Beta Beta Beta
Beta Beta Beta is the national honor society for students in biology. The purpose of the society is to promote scholarship and to encourage research in the life sciences. Lambda Chapter provides for three classes of student membership, all of which require recommendation by the biology faculty and approval by other members. Provisional membership requires a major interest in biology. An associate member must have a major interest in biology, have completed zoology, be enrolled in another biology course for a total of eight hours of biology, and have at least a 3.0 grade point average in biology. An active member, a second semester sophomore, must have completed twelve hours of biology with at least a 3.0 average and have an overall grade point average of 2.5.
Delta Mu Delta
The purpose of Delta Mu Delta is to promote higher scholarship in training for business and to recognize and reward business administration students who have distinguished themselves scholastically.
Kappa Delta Pi
The purpose of this education honor society is to promote educational research and excellent teaching and to honor outstanding scholastic achievement, leadership, and exemplary teaching positions.
Kappa Mu Epsilon
Kappa Mu Epsilon is the national honor society for students in mathematics. The purpose of the society is to honor outstanding scholastic achievement in mathematics and to encourage further study in the field and its applications. To be eligible for membership, students must have completed at least three semesters of college courses, must rank in the upper 35 percent of their class, must have completed at least three courses in mathematics, including at least one semester of calculus, and must have earned at least a 3.0 average in all mathematics courses. Transfer students must have completed at least one semester at William Jewell College, including at least one mathematics course with a B or above. Selection and initiation into the society is held each spring and is by invitation. A banquet is held in conjunction with the initiation.
Lambda Pi Eta
Lambda Pi Eta is the official communication studies honor society of the National Communication Association. Their mission statement is to recognize and foster outstanding scholastic achievement; to promote and encourage professional development among communication majors; to explore options for graduate study; and to establish and maintain close relationships between faculty and students. To be eligible to apply for membership, students must have completed 60 hours (12 hours in communication) with a grade point average of 3.25 or above.
Mortar Board is a national honor society which recognizes seniors for leadership, scholarship, and service and encourages lifelong contributions to the global community. The Panaegis Chapter of Mortar Board is an active honor society with monthly meetings and requisite service projects. New members are selected in the spring semester. Eligibility is determined by the top 35% grade point average of the class and members are selected from students who have clearly demonstrated the hallmarks of Mortar Board: leadership, scholarship and service. Students should have at least 60 credit hours; members are usually accepted only for the year in which they will actually graduate.
Phi Alpha Theta
Phi Alpha Theta is the national honor society for students in history. The purpose of the society is to stimulate scholarship in the field of history, to promote historical writing, and to enable its members to become better informed about national and international affairs. Membership is limited to those who have 12 hours in history with an average grade of B+, an average of C+ in two-thirds of their credits, and no F in any course. The William Jewell Beta Gamma chapter was installed in 1947.
Phi Sigma Iota
Phi Sigma Iota is the international foreign language honor society. The purpose of Phi Sigma Iota is to promote the study of foreign languages and the knowledge of foreign cultures and to promote relationships with international students at WJC.
Psi Chi is the national honor society for students of psychology. The purpose of this organization is to recognize outstanding students, encourage excellence in scholarship and to further the science of psychology. Membership is restricted to persons who have declared a major in psychology, rank in the upper 35 percent of their class, have a 3.0 average in all psychology courses, have completed a minimum of nine semester hours of psychology credit, and have high standards of personal behavior.
Sigma Pi Sigma
Sigma Pi Sigma is the national honor society for students of physics. Sigma Pi Sigma exists to honor outstanding scholarship in physics; to encourage interest in physics among students at all levels; to promote an attitude of service of its members towards their fellow students, colleagues, and the public; to provide a fellowship of persons who have excelled in physics. Sigma Pi Sigma’s mission is not completed in the induction ceremony with the recognition of academic accomplishment. In the four dimensions of Honor, Encouragement, Service, and Fellowship, the mission of Sigma Pi Sigma takes a longer view. Certain high numerical standards for admittance are established by chapter bylaws and the national constitution. Undergraduate candidates must be in the upper one-third of their class in general scholarship to meet the minimum standard that chapters may use. A higher minimum average is often established for physics courses. Undergraduate candidates must have completed at least three semesters of full-time college work and at least three semester courses in physics that can be credited toward a physics major.
Sigma Tau Delta
Sigma Tau Delta is the national honor society for students in English. Re-chartered at William Jewell College in 2001, this society offers English majors and other lovers of the written word opportunities for stimulating engagement, conferences, and publication in the society’s literary journal.
Theta Alpha Kappa
The purpose of Theta Alpha Kappa is to encourage and recognize excellence in the academic study of religion (and/or theology) in the context of accredited undergraduate institutions of higher learning. The Chapter shall induct only students who meet the minimum academic requirements and who, in the opinion of the faculty of religion, embody the spirit and mission of William Jewell College and its Department of Religion.
American Chemical Society Student Affiliates
The purpose of American Chemical Society Student Affiliates is to encourage, in the broadest sense and most liberal manner, the advancement of the chemical enterprise and its practitioners. Toward that end, the organization advances scholarly knowledge, provides professional series and supports communications with varied audiences and is actively involved in the sciences, education and public policy agendas.
American Medical Students Association
AMSA, with a half-century history of medical student activism, is the oldest and largest independent association of physicians-in-training in the United States.
Association for Supervision and Curriculum
The purpose of Association for Supervision and Curriculum shall be to promote students’ professional development by preparing educators for classroom and school leadership positions by engaging them in professional opportunities that bridge preparation and practice.
Exploring works from the rich string literature of Vivaldi to Vaughan Williams, the Chamber Orchestra rehearses once every week. The group performs several concerts each semester, both on- and off-campus. Outstanding students frequently are featured as soloists. Chosen by audition, the group is open to all qualified string players regardless of major.
The Chamber Singers are an all first year ensemble selected during fall registration by audition. Only members of Chapel Choir are eligible for membership. Membership continues for two semesters. This honors ensemble sings for Hanging of the Green in December, presents a full concert in the spring semester, and other performances on occasion. Literature is selected from a wide variety of styles. Music reading ability is one of the skills considered.
Each year approximately 115 students make up the William Jewell College Chapel Choir. Members are chosen by audition. The choir sings for campus convocation periods and for churches in the Kansas City area. A smaller group from within the choir is chosen to make an annual tour of Midwest cities. Each semester the entire choir presents a major choral work with orchestral accompaniment.
Church Music Conference
Church Music Conference is open to all students interested in church music. Members receive complimentary music and participate in anthem reading sessions. The group also helps sponsor events such as the Fall Choir Kickoff, children’s choir workshops, and music mission activities.
The Jewell Communication Society (JCS) seeks to promote the communication arts and sciences by providing opportunities for its members, the collegiate community and others to engage in meaningful dialogue with various entities in the filed of communication.
The Concert Choir is the College’s most advanced choral ensemble. The 45 to 55 members are selected by annual audition at the close of the spring semester (except for transfer students). The Concert Choir makes annual tours in the U.S. during Christmas or Spring Breaks, and has made five concert tours of England and Scotland (one every three years). Members come from almost all majors, sophomores through seniors, and are selected on the basis of vocal ability, music reading skills, aural skills and general musicianship. Membership satisfies music scholarship requirements and choral ensemble requirements for music majors.
Beginning, intermediate, and advanced Handbell Choirs are available to William Jewell College students. Placement in the intermediate and advanced choirs is determined by experience and musicianship. The beginning choir is open to any student who reads music. Contact the Music Department office for more information.
The Jazz Band offers a creative outlet for students’ musical performance skills. Membership in the 20-piece group is by audition. Literature for the group ranges from swing to modern jazz. The Jazz Band regularly performs on-campus for special events and concerts.
Liberty Symphony Orchestra
The Liberty Symphony Orchestra is open to all students of William Jewell College and residents of greater Kansas City by audition. The group meets on Tuesday evenings from 7:15 to 9:30 and on Thursday afternoons. String players are expected to play in the Chamber Orchestra. One hour of credit is given. The Liberty Symphony performs a regular series of concerts during the academic year.
Nonprofit Leadership Association
This is a student-led campus organization, under the guidance of a faculty advisor, committed to making a significant difference in the lives of community members. The Nonprofit Leadership Association enables significant competency development through the various activities, events, educational sessions and networking opportunities with nonprofit professionals. The competencies align with the William Jewell College Nonprofit Leadership studies as well as the needs of nonprofit organizations in the community.
Pryor Leadership Program
Recognized internationally, the Pryor Leadership Studies Program is an academic program that is experience-based. During the first semester, you complete a Cornerstone Course that teaches leadership theory and helps you learn about the strengths and weaknesses of your own leadership style. You also write a Growth Plan to guide personal leadership development. As a Pryor Fellow, you engage in several significant learning experiences. An Outward Bound trip allows you to practice leadership and team building in the Florida Everglades. A Vocational Internship helps you explore your career interests and a Volunteer internship allows you to practice servant leadership. You have interaction with professional and community leaders. In the last semester, you participate in a comprehensive Capstone Course that asks you to complete a group Leadership Legacy project and assists you in making the transition into the world of work.
Sigma Alpha Iota
Sigma Alpha Iota is the international professional society for women in the field of music. Its purposes are to raise the standards of productive musical work, to further the development of music and to give inspiration and support to its members. Members are chosen from women participants in the campus music program.
Society of Physics Students
The Society of Physics Students, sponsored by the American Institute of Physics, is the student professional society in physics. There are over 300 chapters in colleges and universities in the United States. Membership is available to all students who are interested in physics as a career. Members receive subscriptions to Physics Today or the Physics Teacher, each of which is published by the American Institute of Physics.
Student Nurse Association
This organization exists for the advancement of the study of nursing among William Jewell College students. The organization also provides a social outlet for those majoring in nursing.
The 65-piece Symphonic Band is the largest of the instrumental organizations sponsored by the music department. The band is open to all students by audition. The band plays for a number of convocations, performs numerous concerts, and takes a major tour during the school year. The band meets three times a week for one hour of credit.
Alpha Delta Pi
Alpha Delta Pi Sorority was founded as the Adelphean Society on May 15, 1851 with nineteen charter members. Six women, students at Wesleyan Female College in Macon, Georgia, had decided to form a society focusing on the ideals of sisterhood, loyalty, scholarship, and service to others. In 1904 an expansion policy was adopted, with the group at Wesleyan College becoming Alpha Chapter of the Adelphean Society. In 1905 the name of the group was amended to Alpha Delta Phi. In order to avoid confusion with a men’s organization of the same name, the name was changed in 1913 to Alpha Delta Pi.
Alpha Gamma Delta
Alpha Gamma Delta was founded May 30, 1904 at Syracuse University in Syracuse, New York. Unlike other groups that were founded as local groups or literary societies, Alpha Gamma Delta was founded to become a national women’s fraternity. Since 1904, Alpha Gamma Delta has grown to an international organization with 180 installed collegiate chapters and more than 250 alumnae chapters. Alpha Gamma Delta’s mission is to support lifelong learning as a means to gain understanding and wisdom, promote the value of fraternal membership and commitment to higher education, prepare members to contribute to the world’s work, and advocate lifetime involvement in Alpha Gamma Delta. We support the Alpha Gamma Delta Foundation as well as Juvenile Diabetes Research, and wear our pearls and colors, red, buff and green proudly. Inspire the Woman. Impact the World.
Delta Zeta was founded on October 24, 1902 with the help of Dr. Guy Potter Benton at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. In 1902, Dr. Guy Potter Benton was elected as the new President of Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. One of the first things that Dr. Benton did was to allow young women to enroll in the currently all-male University. That coming fall, six of the newly admitted female students organized the first sorority chapter, an idea that was widely accepted due to the three fraternities that already existed. Today, with over 180,000 alumnae and college members and 160 chapters in the United States and Canada, Delta Zeta is a testament to lifetime sisterhood and cherished ideals and will continue to grow and touch the lives of many through their spirit, service and sisterhood.
The William Jewell College Interfraternity Council is the governing body for the national and international fraternities on campus. It is the responsibility of the Interfraternity Council to oversee formal and informal Rush, encourage academic excellence among its members, foster relations between fraternities, and develop leadership opportunities for Greek affiliates.
Kappa Alpha Order
It happened on December 21, 1865, when today’s student probably would have been skiing in Colorado or lounging around his family home. Instead, four students at Washington College in Lexington, Va., spent their holiday season in the midst of a war-torn community, which had been victimized by raids during the War Between the States. Life was difficult in the turbulent Reconstruction era… These four men, among the first 50 students to return to the College following the war, sought to bind their friendship by “mutual pledge of faith and loyalty.” James Ward Wood, Stanhope McClelland Scott, William Nelson Scott and William Archibald Walsh formed Phi Kappa Chi, adapting a ritual from an extinct fraternity. However, the members of the group soon changed the name to Kappa Alpha, by request of Phi Kappa Psi fraternity that already existed on campus. The Kappa Alphas met at the Ann Smith Academy where the Scott brothers’ father was headmaster. During the first year, KA initiated seven new men — among them was Samuel Zenas Ammen. Ammen, unimpressed with the borrowed ritual, said it was “mere verbal pyrotechnics in florid sophomoric style with nothing to touch the imagination of initiates nor stir their fancy.” He collaborated with Wood and William Nelson Scott to write a new ritual which changed Kappa Alpha from a fraternity into an Order of Christian knights pledged to the highest ideals of character and achievement. Their emulated that college’s president, Robert E. Lee, a great man eminent in character. Lee was not a member of Kappa Alpha, but his influence on the early members shaped the destiny of the young fraternity.
Lambda Chi Alpha
The vision of Lambda Chi Alpha Fraternity is to prepare and encourage collegiate men of good character, high ethics, and noble ideals to contribute positively to the world in which they live. The mission of Lambda Chi Alpha is to offer the best fraternal experience, focusing on personal character development through leadership, scholarship, community service, and positive social experiences. Objective One. Focus the Fraternity on personal character development through leadership, scholarship, community service, and positive social experiences. Objective Two. Support undergraduate and alumni members through improvement and development of programs, standards, and services that focus on personal character development through leadership, scholarship, community service, and positive social experiences. Objective Three. Manage and increase the resources of the Fraternity including undergraduate membership, alumni involvement, assets, revenues, communications, and technology.
The William Jewell College Panhellenic Council is the governing body for the national and international sororities on campus. It is the responsibility of the Panhellenic Council to oversee Recruitment, encourage academic excellence among its members, foster relations between sororities, and develop leadership opportunities for Greek-affiliates.
Phi Gamma Delta
Founded in 1848, Phi Gamma Delta is a men’s social fraternity that has undergraduate chapters throughout the United States and Canada. Membership in Phi Gamma Delta (also known as “Fiji”) is premised on five key VALUES, friendship, knowledge, service, morality, and excellence.
Zeta Tau Alpha
Zeta Tau Alpha was founded October 15, 1898, by nine women at the State Female Normal School in Longwood, Virginia. These young women desired permanence to their friendships and hoped to perpetuate their sisterhood long after college. The mission of Zeta Tau Alpha is to make a difference in the lives of our membership by developing the potential of each individual through visionary programming which emphasizes leadership development, service to others, academic success and continued personal growth for women with a commitment to friendship and the future based on the values and traditions of our past.
Black Student Association
The purpose of the Black Student Association (BSA) is to enlighten the campus and community through educational awareness of Black history, culture, and current issues.
International Relations Club
The IR Club exists to provide opportunities to discuss international issues, encourage international students at WJC, and to explore cross-cultural experiences in the Kansas City Metropolitan Area.
The purpose of the program is to provide students a safe (non-threatening, non-judgmental) place to talk about themselves, their experiences, and their development. The primary goal of the program is to develop allies for students and to positively enhance the campus environment through individual interaction between faculty/administrators and students addressing such issues as hate speech/hate crime, racial/sexual identity issues, sexual violence/sexual harassment issues, and related topics.
Progressive Students of America (PSA)
The purpose of PSA is to develop and maintain an organization that allows students a chance to discover different political and social views, while helping them to form their own opinions.
The Young Democrats advance the philosophies and ideologies of America’s Democratic political party and area actively involved in campaigns with candidates and on issues that advance the party.
SERVING THE COMMUNITY
Cardinal Blazers are student volunteers associated with the Office of Admission who communicate the merits of William Jewell College with prospective students and their families. The purpose of the organization is to support the recruitment efforts through daily tours, special visit events, and other duties as needed. Cardinal Blazers are sometimes the only current students that visitors come in contact with, so they must represent the student body of William Jewell with honesty, integrity, and enthusiasm. Students may enter the program as early as the second semester of their first year on campus.
Cardinal Hosts are selected from the student body to represent the Office of the President to guests and visitors. Chosen through a competitive selection process, Cardinal Hosts serve in a high-profile position to help promote greater understanding of William Jewell College, its current programs and its history. Cardinal Hosts originated during the tenure of First Lady Virginia Field, who served the College with her husband President Thomas Field from 1970 to 1980. Originally assigned to assist in the President’s Home, Cardinal Hosts now function in a variety of roles, including hosting visitors and dignitaries and interpreting the identity of the College to multiple audiences.
College Union Activities (CUA)
College Union Activities is William Jewell College’s official student activities and programming board. The organization’s membership is open to all Jewell students and is responsible for planning, promoting, and executing a wide variety of activities and programs including, but not limited to, concerts, comedians, speakers/lectures, dances, fairs and carnivals, special campus events, events and functions off campus, etc. CUA’s programs and activities are provided for the benefit of all Jewell students.
The Hilltop Monitor is the weekly campus newspaper serving the entire college community. Students may participate in this co-curricular activity earning credit for the communication major, but students studying in any discipline may participate as staff members or contributors. The Hilltop Monitor invites all members of the College community to contribute through feedback and letters to the editor, which should be submitted several days before the regularly scheduled Friday publication.
The Resident Assistant is a full-time student employed as an integral member of the Residence Life staff. The RAs live on a wing or in a house with a group of 10-40 residents and work with them in areas of advising, programming (social, educational, cultural, and athletic), discipline administration, and general operation of the residence halls. The RA position has many other benefits on which tangible value cannot be placed. An RA has opportunities to develop skills in management, organization, time budgeting, and effective techniques of counseling with others in conflict resolution or personal problems. All of these are valuable tools to develop regardless of one’s later role in life. Interviews for RA positions are held in February.
The functioning organization of student government at William Jewell College is the Student Senate. It not only provides a forum for the formulation of student opinion on many diverse issues, but also provides a working link between the students and the faculty, administration, and the Board of Trustees.
Amnesty International is an independent worldwide organization working impartially for the release of all prisoners of conscience, fair and prompt trials for political prisoners, and an end to torture and execution. The local chapter of Amnesty International meets weekly to discuss human rights issues and organize activities to heighten campus consciousness. The chapter also holds fundraisers, has speakers, and shows films throughout the year.
Association of Women in Sciences
The Association of Women in Science is guided by three the foundations of science, service, and support. The organization works towards the advancement of science, the advocacy of women’s issues related to academics and science, and the builds the cooperative scientific community through academic and professional discussion and collaboration and through a shared vision of service to future generations.
Debate is one of the oldest and most successful extracurricular activities on campus. Debate has been part of the Jewell tradition since 1873. Due to the integration of debate with the college experience, students can receive credit for being a part of the squad. Jewell competes in parliamentary debate that models college policy and extemporaneous speaking. As members of NPTE and NPDA, the squad travels to tournaments throughout the country and is consistently ranked in the Top 10 parliamentary debate programs nationwide
The Intramural program serves to meet the need for physical activity outside of the varsity sports program and in addition to the activity courses. Opportunities exist to participate in team sports with improvements for the Jewell Intramural program. Place winners in each category of the Intramural program are recognized in the award system. Overall recognition is given to the organization achieving the largest point total in all sports during that school year.
The purpose of Inscape is to serve as a creative outlet for Jewell students through the production of a collaborative, professional publication that encourages and inspires creative products across all medias. All Jewell students are welcome to submit their creative work to Inscape.Similarly, editorial positions can be filled by all students; however, they may be of particular interest to students majoring in English, Art, Music, Theater or Communication.
Jewell Law Society seeks to become an organization dedicated to the future of students studying and practicing law and provide the students of William Jewell College with an excellent opportunity to explore the legal field, at all times upholding the obligations of a recognized student organization.
Phi Alpha Delta
The pre-law chapter of the Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity, International is a professional law fraternity advancing integrity, compassion and courage through service to the student, the school, the profession and the community.
Rotaract seeks to improve both self and others, be it through local activities or international activity involvement.
Christian Student Ministries
Through a variety of activities and programs, CSM encourages students on their spiritual journey while providing activities and resources for personal growth. Students may also use their gifts to join CSM in its service to the college and community by participating in one of many ministry teams. All students are welcome and encouraged to participate in all CSM activities. For more information on specific programs, see the CSM section in “Religious Life, Events and Groups”.
The purpose of DIAKRINOMENA (doubters; to be of two minds) is to consider and discuss doubt-generalized and specific and personal-as a valid aspect of faith, in all its varieties and permutations. The organization’s aim is not necessarily always to find a way through the challenge to faith, but to understand the nature of doubt in the context of or in opposition to faith.
Fellowship of Christian Athletes
FCA provides small groups and support for teams and athletes. They also host campus-wide sporting events and activities. The group meets weekly for an athletes Bible study.
Village Partners Program (VPP)
This project falls under the mission of Jewell’s Center for Justice and Sustainability. Our goals are to act thoughtfully and responsibly as we address societal, economic, and ecological challenges as we encounter them. Through this project we have broadened and re-defined what it means to “Serve Abroad.” Students step outside of their own cultural experience, and engage in community led projects designed to meet specific needs for the Honduran village. Students and faculty will dialogue and reflect, enhancing the students’ academic and practical grasp of the challenges faced by developing communities. This project is becoming a model for campus-wide initiatives engaging global cultures.
Sigma Epsilon Pi
Students interested in ministry or religious service are invited to participate in Sigma Epsilon Pi, the formal organization of students considering such vocations.
William Jewell College Catholic Fellowship
WJC Catholic Fellowship was created to give support and enrichment of our Catholic students’ faith and to help them in their formation of their Catholic conscience.