Clubs & Organizations

Clubs and Organizations

Involvement in student organizations is a great way to get connected to the campus, build leadership skills, enhance or broaden academic skills, meet people and have fun! With over 40 registered student organizations at Mars Hill University, we have a little bit of something for everyone. Our organizations are broken down into four broad areas: Department affiliated; honor societies; social organizations; and fraternities and sororities.

Learn more about our clubs and organizations by logging on to the Mars Hill Presence portal here. Not seeing the club or organization you are looking for? Contact Kelsey Taylor at kelsey_taylor@mhu.edu for information on how to start a club or organization!

The Office of Student Life helps to create, support and maintain student interest groups across campus, also known as clubs and organizations. Every student club and organization is led and initiated, under the guidance and direction of a faculty or staff advisor and the Office of Campus Engagement and Leadership. Each organization is comprised of a group of officers: President, Vice-President, Treasurer, and Secretary. These clubs and organizations work in close collaboration with the Student Government Association in order to best answer the needs of the student body as a whole.

The Campus Activities Board (CAB) is a student-run organization that strives to enhance the MHU student experience through community development, quality entertainment, and creative programming that enhances both the Office of Student Life’s mission and the MHU mission. CAB provides a variety of social, recreational, cultural and educational programs as well as allows opportunities for involvement. Looking to join CAB? Contact Kelsey Taylor, Director of Campus Engagement and Leadership at kelsey_taylor@mhu.edu.

Other opportunities to get involved at Mars Hill University include:  

Student organizations are categorized into four broad areas. 

  1. Departmentally Affiliated – Organizations that promote the attainment of academic and professional excellence and establish a liaison between a particular department and the university community.
  2. Honor Societies – Organizations intended for students who are pursuing a particular field of study or who demonstrate a high level of academic achievement.
  3. Social Organizations – Organizations whose stated purpose or goal is oriented toward some common interest, view, philosophy, or position of its membership who join together for the purpose of pursuing their common interest.
  4. Fraternities and Sororities – Organizations whose purpose or goal is to produce or aid in the process of making a student’s collegiate career rewarding by becoming a selected member in these Greek organizations which serve the community and strive for academic excellence.

Honor Societies

Organizations intended for students who are pursuing a particular field of study or who demonstrate a high level of academic achievement.

Alpha Chi

Faculty Sponsor: Laura Steil

Beta Beta Beta

This is the National Biological Honor Society. Membership in TriBeta at the Associate level is open to anyone with an interest in biology, and in that respect we function as a biology club. Those who are Biology or Zoology majors and meet the GPA and course requirements can be promoted to Regular membership. Regular members are eligible to hold a chapter office and graduate with honor cords. We currently have 28 members in our chapter, and usually plan 3-4 major activities each year. These might include hikes, a visit to a medical school, a trip to a zoo or farm, and/or a day spent working with kids at a nearby elementary school or judging science fair projects.

Faculty Sponsor: Nicole Soper Gorden
Student Contact: Kameron Reynolds

Pi Sigma Alpha

Faculty Sponsor: Heather Hawn
Student Contact: Carolina Fabian

Psi Chi

Faculty Sponsor: Ann Peiffer

Sigma Tau Delta

Faculty Sponsor: Kim Reigle

Departmentally Affiliated Organizations

Mars Hill University defines departmentally affiliated organizations as organized groups that promote the attainment of academic and professional excellence and establish a liaison between a particular department and the university community.

Advocates of Criminal Justice Club

Faculty Sponsor: Kweilin Lucas
Student Contacts: Kaylee McMurray and Tymothy Jones

Cadenza

Faculty Sponsor: Felice Lopez Bell
Student Contact: A’mera Bellamy

Environmental Action Club (EAC)

The mission of the Environmental Action Club (EAC) is to make the Mars Hill community a greener and more sustainable place. We encourage all MHU students to take part in outdoor trips and service projects alongside citizens of Madison County to ensure a sustainable future for our town and campus. The club is open to any MHU student that is interested in increasing awareness of environmental issues or to anyone who enjoys being outdoors and wants to work towards building an eco-friendly community. The club will organize 1-2 trips or service projects each semester. Members will be encouraged to participate, as well as create new ideas and contacts to facilitate future projects. There are opportunities for leadership within the club: team leaders organize monthly meetings and lead projects suggested by the organization. Team leaders also alternate responsibility of taking minutes from each meeting. If you care about the planet, join the EAC!

Faculty Sponsor: Laura Boggess
Student Contacts: Claire Jones and Rachel Lowry

Ethics Bowl

Faculty Sponsor: Ryan Bell

National Association for Music Education (NAfME)

National Association for Music Education (NAfME), among the world’s largest arts education organizations, is the only association that addresses all aspects of music education. NAfME advocates at the local, state, and national levels; provides resources for teachers, parents, and administrators; hosts professional development events; and offers a variety of opportunities for students and teachers. The Association orchestrates success for millions of students nationwide and has supported music educators at all teaching levels for more than a century.

Mars Hill University’s chapter of NAfME focuses on further educating our members through discussions of real world scenarios. The goal of the chapter is for every music education major to feel comfortable entering the profession upon graduation. Monthly meetings are held to discuss important topics in education as well as to plan upcoming events.

Faculty Sponsor:  Jim Sparrow
Student Contact: Corinthia Friday

Psychology and Art Therapy Club

Faculty Sponsor: Kelly Spencer

SO (Special Olympics) College

Faculty Sponsor: Susan Stigall

Social Work Club

Faculty Sponsor: Beth Vogler

Student North Carolina Association of Educators

Faculty Sponsor: Susan Stigall

Student Nurses Association

Faculty Sponsor: Carolyn Gerber
Student Contacts: Taylor Medlin and Hope Cody

Visual Arts Club

Faculty Sponsor: Shane Mickey
Student Contact: Kendell Bines

Social Organizations

Organizations whose stated purpose or goal is oriented toward some common interest, view, philosophy, or position of its membership who join together for the purpose of pursuing their common interest.

Black Student Association

Faculty Advisor: Jonathan McCoy
Student Contact: A’mera Bellamy

Chess Club

Faculty Sponsor: Dave Rozeboom
Student Contact: Josh Hager

College Democrats

Faculty Sponsor: Heather Hawn
Student Contact: Cameron (Noah) Worley

Follow the College Democrats Facebook page for up-to-date information.

College Republicans

Faculty Sponsor: Heather Hawn
Student Contact: Austin Ponder

Follow the College Republicans Facebook page for up-to-date information.

Esports

Faculty Sponsor: Ted Bruner
Student Contact: Nick Thorpe

Fellowship of Christian Athletes

Faculty Sponsor: Hunter Bryant

Gospel Choir

Advisor: Stephanie McLeskey
Website

Hill Raisers

Faculty Sponsor: Danielle Plimpton

LatinX Student Association

Faculty Advisor: Maria Moreno
Student Contact: Keila Mendoza Baez

Marksmanship Society

Faculty Advisor: Kevin West
Student Contact: Jon Waals

MHU Spirit / Dance Team

Faculty Sponsor: Danielle Plimpton

National Organization of Women (NOW)

Faculty Sponsor: Deb Myers
Student Contact: Isabel Pena

Native American Student Association

Faculty Advisor: Heather Hawn

Prism

Advisor: Ann Peiffer
Website | Facebook page

Phi Mu Alpha

Advisor: Al Theisen
Student Contact: Luke Millsaps

Sigma Alpha Iota

Sigma Alpha Iota is an organization which promotes interaction among those who share a commitment to music. Members of SAI are active in all areas of music and campus life, working closely with faculty, administration, and campus groups. Alumnae members are teachers, performers, professionals, and patrons of local and national arts organizations. In addition to personal encouragement and support, members may receive scholarships, grants, and awards in many areas of music-related study. Sigma Alpha Iota has long been recognized as a leader in the field of music.

Advisor: Teresa Sumpter

Rotaract Club

Advisor: Greg Clemons
Student Contact: Cassie Shumate

Student Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC)

Advisor: Monica Polizzi
Student Contact: Jayson Moorman

Ultimate Frisbee Club

We practice at least once a week, travel to 3-5 tournaments a semester, host our own tournament in the early spring, and compete in USAUltimate’s DIII College Series, representing the NC Conference.  We are coed and no experience is necessary to come play!

Faculty Contact: Ryan Bell
Student Contact: Dylan Thrift