2013-2014 Undergraduate Catalog - Belmont University


Co-Curricular Activities

Co-Curricular Involvement

Co-curricular involvement is a vital part of the overall collegiate student experience. It provides students the opportunity to apply what they are learning inside the classroom to their lives outside of class.  Involvement in student activities prepares students for personal and professional success beyond graduation. 

We affirm the choice of our students to be involved in their campus community, throughout Nashville and the world. Students are encouraged to find involvement opportunities where they can exercise their passion and strengths with other students that share in a common interest. 

The Office of Student Activities is confident that there is a place for every student to get involved in here at Belmont and we are here to help each student make those critical connections.  For more information about co-curricular involvement, go to www.belmont.edu/studentactivities.

Student Organizations

Student Activities affirms the choice of Belmont students to engage in the campus community by choosing to get involved in opportunities outside the classroom. Students are encouraged to find organizations where they can exercise their passion and their strengths with other students that share in a common interest.  With over 130 student organizations students are sure to find ways to connect & get involved!  Below is a sample of organizations by category. For a comprehensive list of organizations go to www.belmont.edu/studentactivities.

Academic/Professional

  • International Business Society
  • Student Nurses Association
  • American Marketing Association

Honor Societies

To recognize and honor students for their academic, scholarly achievements by granting membership based upon GPA.

  • Alpha Chi
  • Beta Chi
  • Psi Chi

Faith Based:

To educate students about and support particular spiritual and/or religious practices, philosophies, and/or beliefs.

  • Nurse’s Christian Fellowship
  • Fellowship of Christian Athletes
  • Reformed University Fellowship

 

Sports Clubs

To promote and develop interest in a particular sport or activity. Sports Clubs must evidence a competitive schedule  in order to be considered as such.

  • Belmont Quidditch
  • Belmont Rockouting Club
  • Belmont Equestrian Club

Multicultural

To support and enhance the education of and experiences of a particular culture

  • Hispanic Student Alliance
  • Black Student Association
  • Chinese Cultural Club

Special Interest

To provide and promote exploration and awareness of specialized interests and activities

  • Bruin Vets
  • Slow Food Belmont
  • B the Word

Social Justice & Service

To encourage service and civic engagement

  • International Justice Mission
  • Bigs at Belmont
  • Our Natural Environment

Departmental

To support and enhance the purpose and functions of University departmental initiatives

  • Bruin Recruiters
  • College of Business Advisory Board
  • Service Corps

Chartered Organizations

Chartered organizations were created by the University to directly support and enhance the mission of Belmont University.  Considered a direct extension of the University, chartered organizations principally exist to serve or represent the campus community. 

Additionally, chartered organizations are a direct extension and reflection of the Office of Student Activities.  A professional staff member from the Office of Student Activities serves as the advisor as a part of his/her official job description.  With this in mind, all chartered organizations are to uphold the mission and values of the University as well as the Office of Student Activities.  Chartered organizations are expected to support the Office of Student Activities’ mission of supporting and promoting campus engagement. The four (4) recognized Chartered Organizations at Belmont University are:

  1. Interfraternity Council (IFC)
  2. Panhellenic Association
  3. Student Activities Programming Board (SAPB)
  4. Student Government Association (SGA)

Interfraternity Council (IFC)

Interfraternity Council at Belmont University serves as the governing body of 3 national member fraternities at the institution. The Interfraternity Council works to assist and strengthen fraternities individually and collectively, develops policy, promotes educational programming, coordinates community service efforts, and furthers intellectual accomplishment and scholarship.

Panhellenic Association

The Belmont Panhellenic Association is Belmont’s “all sorority council” -- a governing board for each of the five national sororities that are members of the National Panhellenic Conference (NPC) and National Pan-Hellenic Council (NPHC). The Panhellenic Association at Belmont exists to develop and maintain sorority life and interfraternal relations. They take part in all-sorority programming efforts; often promote superior scholarship, leadership development and dissemination of information important to women in general. The Panhellenic Council is the coordinating body for all sorority recruiting events.

Student Activities Programming Board

Belmont University Student Activities Programming Board (SAPB) enriches campus life and connects the Belmont community through engaging, student centered programming while upholding the ideals put forth by Belmont University. SAPB is responsible for events like Girl's Night In, Outdoor Movie Night, Throwback Prom and Fall Follies.

Student Government Association

SGA is the student governing body of Belmont University. They write legislation, provide money for student organizations and events, and represent the student body to the administration and faculty.   They also assist with Homecoming and other University initiatives. SGA’s mission is to positively affect Belmont University, to the best of their ability, by collaborating between students and administration, supporting student organizations, fostering character, and abiding by the Christian standards set forth by Belmont University. 

Fraternity & Sorority Life

Belmont University is a student-centered university that focuses on developing the entire person by providing opportunities to grow intellectually, spiritually, and socially. Involvement in Belmont Fraternity and Sorority Life will provide you with the opportunity to grow and develop in a values-based social environment.

Belmont Fraternity and Sorority Life (often referred to as “Greek Life”) is based in four core principles (or pillars): Scholarship, Leadership, Brotherhood/Sisterhood, and Service (Philanthropy). These four pillars inform the ways in which students involved in fraternities and sororities at Belmont interact with one another.

Campus Traditions & Signature Programming

Campus traditions and general campus programming play an important role in supporting campus engagement and ensuring a vibrant campus community. The Office of Student Activities works to ensure that all students are aware and involved in campus traditions such as Homecoming, Fall Follies, First on the Floor, Greek Week, Life Beyond the Tower, etc. Belmont traditions become a part of a student’s overall Bruin experience thus providing them with life-long memories that while initially influenced their time on campus, ultimately provide cherished life-long memories. Additionally, the Office of Student Activities provides substantial campus-wide activities and programming that help build community and creates opportunities for students to connect to one another as well as the overall campus community.