Alpha Kappa Psi

Nu Tau is Roanoke College's chapter of Alpha Kappa Psi, the national business fraternity

American Chemical Society Student Affiliates

The American Chemical Society is available to students of chemistry, biochemistry and related subjects through membership as Student Affiliates. The activities of the chapter consist of regularly scheduled meetings, featuring speakers from industry and other academic institutions, field trips, and social events.

Association of Aspiring Professionals in Communications

The purpose of this organization is to serve students interested in communication related fields such as advertising, public relations, media, marketing, graphic communications, etc. The organization strives to give students an opportunity to learn about the local communication related professions and also aid them in making professional contacts and networks by planning contacts and events centered on area professionals and their experience in the field.

Beta Beta Beta Biological Honor Society

The Eta Eta Chapter of Beta Beta Beta National Biological Society was established at Roanoke College in 1957. Active members are men and women who are making the study of biology one of their major interests. To be eligible for election to active membership, you must have completed at least three courses in biology with an average of B or better. Students ineligible for active membership may join as associate, non-voting members.

Biology Club

The major goals of the Biology Club are to provide a sense of community within the biology department and to offer its members an intellectually stimulating and enjoyable environment outside of the classroom. A liberal arts education from Roanoke College emphasizes the importance of student-faculty and other interdepartmental relationships in a small community setting. The Biology Club hopes to provide its members with opportunities to develop as whole persons by sponsoring activities centered around biology that promote intellectual and social well being, as well as promote interconnectedness within the department.

Females Excelling More in Math, Engineering, & Science

FEMMES is an educational outreach program for young girls in 4th-6th grades. The goal of FEMMES is to give girls hands-on experience in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics fields where women are greatly under-represented. By using female volunteers, we hope to demonstrate that women can and do excel in these fields. Through engaging hands-on activities, girls are able to learn in a supportive environment. We hope to build our participant’s confidence in their academic skills and to empower them to pursue their dreams.

German Club

The German Club is proud to bring authentic and informational feel to Roanoke College's campus. Wehave various activities and events planned throughout the year such as Oktoberfest, Fashingstag, and our annual Easter Egg hunt that is open to the town. We have a bi-weekly Stammtisch and a biweekly meeting where we all collect our ideas and thoughts on how to spread our German enthusiasim throughout campus. You do not need to be enrolled in a German course or even be German for that matter to join our club! We look forward to new members of any background with the common interest in the wonderful country of Deutschland!

Historical Society

Founded in 1875 by the college's first president, David F. Bittle, the Historical Society is the oldest student organization on campus. Membership is open to anyone who wishes to join. The society plans outings to historical sites, hosts films and speakers, and sponsors socials two or three times a year. Contact any History Department faculty member in the Courthouse for further information.

Honors Association

The Honors Association is the "student arm" of the Honors Program curriculum at Roanoke College. The Association's activities include organizing Preliminary Enrichment Program events, a series of cultural and community service activities that are integral to the Honors curriculum. Additionally, the Association plans a week-long annual conference that invites the campus and the local community to consider a timely academic or social topic. The Association sponsors a variety of activities for Honors students and for all Roanoke College students as appropriate opportunities for doing so arise. All members of the Honors Program are considered members of this group and are thus involved in the student governance of Honors at Roanoke College.

Mathematical Association of America

Model U.N.

The primary goal of the organization is to foster greater knowledge of United Nations' activities and international affairs. In addition, members attend simulations at other schools and may also sponsor their own simulations at Roanoke College. Such participation will expand awareness within the college community of international organizations, the United Nations in particular. Membership is open to any student.

National Society of Leadership and Success


The National Society of Leadership and Success, or Sigma Alpha Pi, was founded in 2001 with the sole purpose of creating lasting positive change. Beginning with a handful of chapters, the Society now reaches more than 290 campuses worldwide, including UPenn, Northwestern, UNC, and Boston College, to name a few. The Society encourages community action, volunteerism, personal growth and strong leadership from its chapters and members across the globe. That being said, this is not designed to the type of organization to be someone's main "thing" in college- it caters to students who are already active and involved in various areas on campus and are looking to complement their list of activities with an organization that will help them develop the leadership capability necessary to take their own respective organizations, and themselves, to the next level.

Omicron Delta Kappa


(Adapted from the Omicron Delta Kappa Website) The Purpose of The Omicron Delta Kappa Society is Threefold: First, to recognize those who have attained a high standard of efficiency in collegiate activities and to inspire others to strive for conspicuous attainments along similar lines; Second, to bring together the most representative students in all phases of collegiate life and thus to create an organization which will help to mold the sentiment of the institution on questions of local and intercollegiate interest; Third, to bring together members of the faculty and student body of the institution, as well as other Omicron Delta Kappa members, on a basis of mutual interest, understanding, and helpfulness. Five Major Phases of Campus Life: Omicron Delta Kappa recognizes and encourages achievement in scholarship; athletics; campus or community service, social and religious activities, and campus government; journalism, speech, and the mass media; creative and performing arts. Omicron Delta Kappa places emphasis upon the development of the whole person, both as a present member of his/her college community and as a prospective contributor to a better society. The Society believes that while good scholarship and intellectual development are the chief objectives of college years, the life of the mind is not the only life students will have to cope with as the result of their college experience. It is not enough to be merely a “scholar;” other indispensable qualities have to be cultivated also. Students and faculty members have to understand more clearly that the self is truly a composite of the hand, the heart, and the spirit as well as the mind. Omicron Delta Kappa believes that the real search for the truth, the promotion of good will, the development of consideration and understanding, good taste, and a sense of honor, learning how to get along and cooperate with others, and the assumption of duty and responsibility, are important lessons and personal qualities which one learns and develops through an integrated program of academic and extracurricular education. The Society further believes that progressive and intelligent development in campus citizenship requires the opportunity and freedom to engage in purposeful activities carried on by students with friendly counsel and association of faculty members. Five Indispensable Qualifications for Membership: Exemplary character, responsible leadership and service in campus or community life, superior scholarship, genuine fellowship, and consecration to democratic ideals. Membership in Omicron Delta Kappa is awarded to undergraduate junior and senior students, to students of graduate and professional schools and colleges of the institution, to members of the faculty and administration, and to alumni. Election to membership is on the basis of merit, is irrespective of a person’s affiliation with other organizations, and is without solicitation or propaganda, such as rushing or social pressure, to insure acceptance of the invitation to membership. Membership is as much an obligation and responsibility in citizenship as it is a mark of highest distinction and honor. Diversity Statement: The Omicron Delta Kappa Idea affirms and promotes openness and inclusiveness among all people. Membership selection shall be free of bias so that all qualified will be considered equitably for membership. Five Point Program for Every College Campus: Inculcation of The Omicron Delta Kappa Idea into every field of campus life; provision of intellectual leadership to campus movements; coordination of constructive movements; preservation of worthwhile traditions and customs; and improvement of the general welfare of the student body. Omicron Delta Kappa is to be active in the molding of campus opinion, in rendering genuine service to Alma Mater, and in marshalling the constructive forces in the college or university for the upholding of those social, cultural and moral values in which every institution believes itself to be rich. Even more important than this is the Society’s goal of translating these values and ideals into terms of everyday campus and community living instead of leaving them as so many theoretical platitudes. As a means of achieving this objective, Omicron Delta Kappa provides a clearinghouse for students, faculty and administration officers from all schools, colleges and departments of the institution, and undertakes to assist the college or university in carrying out important work, thus providing a basis for mutual confidence and understanding which is invaluable in the successful conduct of any institution. Faculty Participation: Active participation of faculty and administration members of the Society in the Circle’s activities and their hearty cooperation with student members is a feature of great importance in Omicron Delta Kappa. Their active and continuous affiliation with the Circles increases the stability and effectiveness of the Society. Circles of Omicron Delta Kappa, with the approval of the Board of Directors of the Society, may elect an additional number (up to eight) of Honorary Members when the Circles or their sheltering institutions observe such important occasions as the fiftieth, seventy-fifth, centennial, sesquicentennial, and bicentennial anniversaries.

Public Affairs

The public affairs society brings together students within the department. The society is used to create connections between students and professors along with sponsoring events on campus.

Psychology Association

The purpose of the Roanoke College Psychology Association is to encourage and stimulate interest in the area of psychology and to provide a forum where members can obtain information about the psychological field, serve Roanoke College and surrounding community, and meet others with similar interests. The Psychology Association aims to promote all aspects relating to Psychology and foster the knowledge of its members at all times.

Quiz Bowl

College Bowl is an inter-collegiate competition of the mind! It's a quick response questions and answer format game that is played in teams. Each year, the College Bowl team sponsors a faculty vs. students tournament as well as a campus competition with prizes awarded to the winning teams. A team is selected to compete against other schools in a regional tournament. The RC College Bowl Team was the Region 5 Winner in 2002 and competed for the National Championship!

Society of Physics Students

A group of students (physics/math majors & non-majors) that find the FUN in physics.

Student Affiliates of the America Chemical Society

Student Peace & Justice Association

The Student Peace and Justice Association (SPJA) at Roanoke College seeks to educate and bring awareness to students within the discipline of peace and justice studies. We discuss the use and realistic application of non-violence in modern-day issues like women's rights, child soldiers, and nuclear weapons. We sponsor activities for both the club members and the campus student body, providing opportunities to engage and wrestle with the vices and strengths of working towards peace through non-violent means.

Students Interested in Health Careers

SIHC is a student organization created in Fall 2005. Its purpose is “to work independently and with the Health Professions Advisory Group to sponsor activities and programs related to health, medicine and the health professions and to foster a sense of camaraderie among students interested in the health professions.”


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