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Student Government

Student Government Association (SGA) membership includes all enrolled students of Erskine College, who are entitled to the privileges and bound by the responsibilities of the SGA Constitution. More information can be found on the SGA web page.

The Student Senate, elected by members of the student body, serves as the legislative branch of the SGA, and a Judicial Council serves as the judicial branch. Erskine College is proud of its Honor System administered through Judicial Council

Judicial Council is the student judiciary system of the Student Government Association. The Council is responsible for interpreting and maintaining the SGA constitution and the Honor Code. Council members are elected annually by their peers.

Student Activities

While campus activities are planned by a variety of different organizations on campus, the Erskine Entertainment Board (EEB) is the Student Organization primarily responsible for bringing high quality, diverse, and most importantly FUN programming to Erskine. EEB is comprised of a leadership board and representatives from each class. For the most up to date information on events being planned by EEB and other Student Organizations visit the Erskine Campus Life Facebook page.

Spiritual Life

Erskine College provides all students a place to learn and grow both academically and spiritually. For more information on Campus Ministry opportunities please contact our Campus Minister, Paul Patrick at (864) 379-6675.

Student Organizations

Erskine College is home to over 40 different student organizations. These groups range from denominational groups to music and recreational activities. A list of the current student organizations is below. If you are an Erskine student and are looking for a certain organization and do not see it listed please contact either your SGA President or the Student Services office for more information about starting your own organization.

Student-led Campus Organizations

Erskine Entertainment Board (EEB) exists to provide students with a varied program of entertainment such as dances, concerts and other performances. The EEB supervises a student club, the Hangar, which often features professional entertainers, and is used for dances, plays, coffeehouse, and other student activities. Composed of students from each class, the EEB encourages the participation of all students and seeks suggestions, advice and help from all in order to function in its fullest capacity.

Intersociety Council is composed of representatives from each of the chartered literary societies on the campus. The purpose of this group is to address the issues related to the literary societies.

The Student Christian Association (SCA) opens its membership to all students, and all are encouraged to be active in its endeavors. The SCA sponsors the annual freshman soiree. At various times the SCA conducts appropriate convocation services and retreats. The SCA annually presents a scholarship enabling a foreign student to attend Erskine. This scholarship honors the late Dr. Janet Alexander, for many years an honored medical missionary to Pakistan.

Student Government Association (SGA) membership includes all enrolled students of Erskine College, who are entitled to the privileges and bound by the responsibilities of the SGA Constitution. The Student Senate, elected by members of the student body, serves as the legislative branch of the SGA, and a Judicial Council serves as the judicial branch. Erskine College is proud of its Honor System administered through Judicial Council.

Student Life Council, comprised of all Student Life Assistants, Resident Directors, Student Deans, SGA President and Vice President, Judicial Vice Chair, Chaplain and Associate Dean for Campus Life and New Student Programs, meets every other week to address the concerns and needs of the campus and improve the campus experience.

Other student organizations include the following:

Alpha Chi is a national honor society established for the promotion and recognition of scholarship and of those elements of character which make scholarship effective for good among students in the academic divisions of colleges and universities in the United States of America and other countries.

Alpha Psi Omega is an honorary fraternity. Membership in the Rho Psi Chapter at Erskine is based upon accumulation of points by acting in productions or by working backstage in the field of dramatics. Admission standards are set by the national organization.

American Chemical Society membership is open to majors in chemistry, pre-medicine and science who are recommended by American Chemical Society members. A student affiliate branch of the American Chemical Society was established at Erskine in 1969.

Association of Multicultural Students provides an outlet for the expression of minority students’ sentiments and suggested improvements of the Erskine College community. The organization is affiliated with the National Association of Black Students and Black Students at Christian Colleges. The group sponsors Black History Month activities.

Beta Beta Beta, the National Biological Honor Society, offers outdoor activities, service projects, and associate membership to any student, regardless of major, who has an interest in the life sciences. Students excelling in biological or biochemical sciences can attain full membership, as well as the opportunity to conduct and present laboratory or field research projects at regional meetings. Erskine’s Sigma Gamma Chapter, founded in 1967, has been active in research, meeting attendance, and regional leadership positions.

Choral and Musical Groups include the Erskine Chamber Singers, Choraleers, and Sinfonia and offer concerts, recitals, and musicals under the auspices of the Erskine Music Department. The Choraleers make an annual tour. Sinfonia, an instrumental ensemble, performs at commencement and sports events and often accompanies choral groups. Musicians specializing in jazz may participate in ìPizzazz,î a smaller group within Sinfonia.

Council for Exceptional Children, sponsored by the education department, is a service organization dedicated to improving and researching special education techniques and methods.

Denominational Groups, sponsored by various denominations represented on the Erskine campus, include the Associate Reformed Presbyterian Student Union and Baptist Campus Ministries. Other denominational groups form as interest dictates.

Epsilon Sigma Tau, standing for ìErskine Student Teachers,î is a chapter of the Student National Educational Association. Membership is open to all classes, and meetings are held monthly.

Enactus (formerly Students in Free Enterprise) provides teaching and assistance to the local and global community to promote understanding of market economics as well as increase success skills, entrepreneurial spirit, financial literacy and ethics.

Erskine Players consists of students with an interest in dramatics. Membership is open to all students who are interested in any phase of the theatre. Under capable direction, this group has produced such outstanding plays as ìAs You Like It,î ìA Doll’s House,î ìShe Stoops To Conquer,î ìThe Man Who Came to Dinner,î and ìAn American Clock.î

The Erskine Society for Psychology is to foster an environment for academic discussion and to create opportunities for delving into psychological topics of contemporary significance for all members of the Erskine community. This purpose shall be partially fulfilled through community service, public seminars, and other projects.

Fellowship of Christian Athletes is open to players, coaches, trainers, and others interested in sports in order to promote Christ on the campus and in the community. Club members enjoy fellowship with one another and being involved in community service projects.

Fleet Fanatics was established in 2008. The purpose of the Fleet Fanatics is to inspire, support and motivate all athletes. The Fleet Fanatics plan to increase awareness of and attendance at all sporting events and as a result, improve the spirit of Erskine College.

Fly Girls (Erskine’s official dance team) provides entertainment at various college and community events, fosters school spirit, and allows for the appreciation of dance shared by each member.

Gospel Choir exists to spread the message of Jesus Christ through music. The choir’s purpose is to lead their audience in sincere praise and worship, and to bring a message of faith, hope and encouragement.

Habitat for Humanity established an Erskine College Chapter in 1988 through cooperation with the Anderson County, S.C., Habitat. The group provides volunteers and raises funds to help this international non-profit Christian housing ministry to assist people in improving their housing conditions and owning their own homes.

Iota Tau Alpha (Athletic Training Honor Society) exists to promote athletic training on the Erskine College campus, provide an arena for the expression of thoughts and ideas pertaining to sports medicine, and provide a means and opportunity for students to participate in conferences and workshops at state, district, and national level.

Literary Societies for men and women are literary, social and service organizations for Erskine students. The Chi Lambda Sigma, Euphemian, and Philomathean Societies are for men and the Athenian, Euphemian Little Sisters, Philomelean, Chi Little Sisters and Chi Lambda Sigma Societies are for women. The Intersociety Council governs all literary societies.

Omicron Delta Kappa is an outstanding national leadership honor society. A circle was organized at Erskine College in 1964. Men and women of the junior and senior classes who excel in scholarship, leadership, and service are selected for membership. The society also consists of faculty, administration and alumni who have exhibited exceptional leadership and service abilities.

Onward and Upward (OAU) is Erskine’s outdoor recreation organization. This group sponsors such activities as rock climbing, hiking, white-water rafting and camping.

Phi Alpha Theta is an international honor society in history. To qualify for membership, students must rank in the top one-third of their class, have a 3.1 grade-point ratio in history courses, and have completed at least 12 hours in history. Phi Alpha Theta honors meritorious scholarly works by its members with a number of prizes and awards. Members are also given the opportunity to present papers at regional meetings. The Psi Xi Chapter of Phi Alpha Theta was installed in 1978.

Rock Climbing Club promotes and encourages the sport of rock climbing to students of Erskine.  The Rock Climbing Club maintains the Erskine College rock wall.

Servant Ministries was established to encourage and oversee the involvement of the Erskine student body in Widows’ Watchmen Ministry.

Sigma Tau Delta is a national honor society in English recognizing excellence in scholarship and creative writing and outstanding achievements of local chapters with prizes and awards presented at its annual national convention. To qualify for membership, a student must be an English major or minor, rank in the top 35 percent of his or her class, have a minimum 3.0 GPR in English courses, and have completed at least six hours of English courses above the freshman level. The Xi Phi Chapter was installed at Erskine College in 1987.

Society of Physics Students is open to students interested in physics, and is a chapter of the National Society for Physics Students. Sigma Pi Sigma membership is a special recognition given to outstanding physics students who are members of the Society of Physics Students. Erskine’s chapter of this national physics honor society was established in 1990. It works within that society to advance scholarship in the field of physics.

Society of Visual Arts (SOVA) The mission of SOVA will be to provide an avenue for artistic development and discovery, and to promote the visual arts on the Erskine College campus.
South Carolina Student Legislature (SCSL) exists to promote student input into public policy-making in South Carolina and to educate students about the functions of democratic government.

Theta Alpha Kappa is a national honor society recognizing success in the field of religious studies.

Student Communications

The Arrow The college yearbook is published annually by a student staff. Each full-time student receives a copy through the Student Activities Fee.

The Mirror The campus newspaper is published by the students. Students automatically subscribe to the newspaper through the Student Activities Fee.

The Pilot This student handbook is published annually by the Student Government Association. The main service of the handbook is to introduce student government and student activities to new students. It also serves as a reference handbook for students throughout the year.