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Student and Campus Organizations

Student and Campus Organizations

The Service and Leadership Team (SALT) consists of representatives, both elected and
appointed, from the campus community who come together with the goal of developing student leaders and connecting various elements of campus life. The team includes members of the Erskine Activities Board (EAB), student finance, Intersociety, and student ministries, as well as the Judicial Council Chair. The team is led by the Director of Student Engagement and Leadership and the Campus Chaplain.

Erskine Activities Board (EAB) provides programming by students, for students, for the purpose of building community within the student body at Erskine. These opportunities range from smaller activities such as campus-wide tag to larger events like Erskine’s Got Talent. EAB encourages participation and input from all students to help make campus life vibrant, fun, and meaningful.

The Judicial Council is the student judiciary system supervised by the Office of Student Development. The Council is responsible for interpreting and maintaining the code of conduct.

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

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 Epsilon Delta is a national health preprofessional honor society dedicated to the encouragement and recognition of excellence in preprofessional health scholarship in medicine, dentistry, veterinary medicine, and other areas.

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.

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 was founded in 1967.

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.

Ducks Unlimited is a national non-profit, and Erskine College Ducks Unlimited is a nationally recognized and chartered branch of the organization. Erskine College Ducks Unlimited hosts a yearly banquet with proceeds going toward the preservation and conservation of wetlands.

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

Bella Voce, Chamber Singers, Choraleers, Jazz Band, and Sinfonia are sponsored by the Music Department for students from any major. Ensembles participate in performances each semester.

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 As You Like It, A Doll’s House, and She Stoops To Conquer.

The Erskine Society for Psychology exists 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 Nation seeks to inspire, support, and motivate all athletes. Members plan to increase awareness of and attendance at all sporting events and improve the spirit of Erskine College.

For the Kids (FTK) is a nationwide movement, involving college and high school students at more than 150 schools across the country who raise money for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals in their communities through Dance Marathon. FTK at Erskine raises money for the Greenville Children’s Hospital.

Hands for Hope (formerly Habitat for Humanity) was established as an Erskine College Chapter of Habitat for Humanity 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 while also participating in a variety of other service projects in the community.

Literary Societies are literary, social, and service organizations for Erskine students. The 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, administrators, and alumni who have exhibited exceptional leadership and service.

Organization of Athletic Trainers, Iota Tau Alpha, promotes Athletic Training on the Erskine College campus, provides opportunities for expression of thoughts and ideas pertaining to sports medicine as well as for participation in conferences and workshops in the state and district.

Phi Alpha Theta is an international honor society in history. To qualify, students must rank in the top 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 awards. Members may also present papers at regional meetings. The Psi Xi Chapter was installed in 1978.

Rock Climbing Club promotes and encourages the sport of rock climbing at Erskine College. Participants will learn how to belay other climbers as well as other safety techniques for indoor and outdoor climbing. Climbing trips are taken throughout the year, and the club maintains the rock wall.

Rotoract is a service organization providing an opportunity for young people to enhance their personal development, address the needs of their communities, and promote better relations between all people worldwide through a framework of friendships and service.

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

Sigma Tau Delta is a national honor society recognizing excellence in scholarship and creative writing and achievements of local chapters with awards presented at its annual convention. Members must be English majors or minors, rank in the top 35 percent of their 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 given to outstanding physics students who are members of the Society of Physics Students.

South Carolina Student Legislature 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.

Visual Arts Society of Erskine (VASE), open to all students, serves as an avenue for artistic development and discovery, and promotes the visual arts on the campus.

Student Communications

The Erskine Arrow. The college yearbook is published annually by a student staff.

The Mirror. The campus newspaper is published several times every semester by a student staff.

The Pilot. This student handbook is published annually by Student Development. It provides information about Erskine activities, organizations, policies, and traditions.

Student Awards

H.M. Young Ring: Funded by the family of H.M. Young, this highest award given to a senior is based on scholarship, Christian character, and promise of future usefulness to society.

2022 recipient: Mary Roberta Pratt

Algernon Sydney Sullivan Award: The Algernon Sydney Sullivan Foundation presents annually a medallion to a young man of the senior class who manifests qualities of heart, mind, and conduct that show a spirit of love for and helpfulness to others.

2022 recipient: John Ethan Wise

Mary Mildred Sullivan Award: The Algernon Sydney Sullivan Foundation presents annually a medallion to a young woman of the senior class who manifests qualities of heart, mind, and conduct that show a spirit of love for and helpfulness to others.

2022 recipient: Kara Alexis Ridlehuber

Distinguished Service Award: This award recognizes students whose character and leadership have enabled the Erskine community to experience growth and development in all areas of campus life.

Circle of Leaders: Initiated in 2011, this award recognizes graduating seniors whose leadership has made a lasting impression on the Erskine community.

Buddy Ferguson Legacy Award: This award is presented on behalf of Buddy Ferguson and the Office of Student Development to a recipient who exemplifies excellence in service to Erskine.

Daniel Arnold Spirit of Erskine Award: The Spirit of Erskine Award was established in 2014-15. Its name was changed following the death of Daniel Arnold, a student who exemplified school spirit.

Organization of the Year: This award is presented annually to the most outstanding student organization on campus.

Resident Assistant of the Year: This award is presented annually to a current Resident Assistant who lives out the mission, vision, and values of Erskine College and the Office of Student Development.

Ruble Servant Leadership Award: Named for the late President Emeritus Dr. Randall T. Ruble, this award recognizes servant leadership at Erskine College.

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