Student Organizations

Student Senate is proud to support a wide-range of student organizations (see-below) that enrich the student experience on the Valpo campus. Student Organizations that become recognized by Student Senate are eligible for the following benefits:

  • Request funding for your organization
  • Apply for office space
  • Receive an Organization Mailbox in the Harre Union Student Organization Suite
  • Ability to apply for a web page
  • Reserve rooms in most campus locations
  • Advertise in designated campus locations
  • Request certain IT resources for your organization including voicemail, mailing listservs, and shared email addresses
  • Use University Marketing Standards developed for Student Organizations by The Office of Integrated Marketing and Comminucation

Student organizations are expected to adhere to all applicable University regulations. Student organizations are expected to exercise good judgement in planning and promoting their activities.

 

LIST OF RE-RECOGNIZED STUDENT ORGANIZATIONS AND DESCRIPTIONS (AS OF FA2013)


Campus Wide:

 

Alliance 

Alliance is a student organization whose primary concern is to address the interests of the gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, asexual, and queer student population at Valparaiso University.  We have weekly meetings and host several events throughout the year to promote awareness, interest, and activism across campus. Members of the LGBTQA community, as well as all allies are welcome and encouraged to join our efforts! Questions? Contact vualliance@gmail.com 

Asian American Association 

This organization celebrates and spreads awareness about Asian culture and traditions. Our two biggest events are Diwali and the Taste of Asia.   Some activities we have include bollywood dancing, origami, henna, (to name a few) and of course- eating great Asian food! Friend us on Facebook under Asian American Assoc Valpo. 

Bacchus/Gamma 

BACCHUS/GAMMA educates students on ways to reduce the risks of drinking. We also allow students to become certified peer educators and teach their peers about drinking hazards. The best way to reach us to contact Natalie.Muskin-Press@valpo.edu and ask to be a part of BACCHUS/GAMMA. We are special interest. 

Black Student Organization (BSO)

The Black Student Organization promotes pride and cultural awareness of the African American culture through various programs and activities.  BSO also provides avenues for networking and socializing. We are a cultural organization and host several events throughout the school year. We can be reached by email: bsovalpo1@gmail.com or add us on facebook: www.facebook.com/bso.valpo

Engineers Without Borders (EWB)

Partners with developing communities to improve their quality of life through the implementation of environmentally sustainable, equitable, and economical engineering projects. In the process of working to advance developing communities, EWB-USA promotes the development of globally aware and intentionally responsible engineers, students, and professionals.

Honor Council

A student-initiated Honor System. Students hear the cases of the accused students, who have broken the honor code, and then deliberate on whether or not the student will be punished or let go. If a student gets convicted it is the students of the Honor Council to give the correct punishment and take the responsible action needed.

Latinos in Valparaiso for Excellence (LIVE)

Latinos in Valparaiso for Excellence (LIVE) is a student-run organization whose main goals are to work in the interests of and establish a community for Latino students at Valparaiso University.  

SAAFE Advocates

SAAFE (Sexual Assault Awareness and Facilitative Education) – SAAFE is a special interest group that aims to raise awareness about sexual assault on college campuses while also serving as peer mentors, or Advocates, to all those affected by sexual assault.

Safe and Empowerment Board

For more information please speak to a Student Organiation Suite Staff Member

Senior Planning Council

The Senior Planning Council is to be founded as an unincorporated division of Valparaiso University to assist the Valparaiso University Alumni Association (VUAA) and the Office of Alumni Realtions in preparing students for their transition from college seniors to Valparaiso alumni through educational and celebratory activities.

Student Alumni Association

The Student Alumni Association fosters pride and tradition among students and develops lifelong relationships to Valparaiso University. We sponsor campus events and activities, which promote school spirit and tradition, while enhancing interaction between students, alumni, faculty, and staff.

Student Senate

Student Senate is the student governance at Valparaiso University.  Student Senate serves the student body by communicating students' opinions to the university administration, allocating Student Activities Fees to student organizations, and enabling student organizations to succeed through workshops and retreats.  You can contact your student representative by going to valpo.edu/studentsenate or by stopping by the Senate Office in the Student Activities Suite.

The Beacon

The Beacon yearbook is a special interest or media organization.  Students are able to take photos, write copy, or design pages for the book and help distribute it at the end of the year.  

The Lighter

The Lighter is an award-winning journal of literature and art that welcomes submissions from all Valparaiso University students. Published semesterly, we invite you to submit your own creative pieces (in prose, poetry, or art categories) or be on the selection committees to decide what we publish. To get involved: the.lighter@valpo.edu.

The Torch

The Torch is Valparaiso University's award-winning, student-run newspaper. Serving the VU campus and its surrounding community, a paid staff of writers, photographers, designers, and editors work to cover news and special interest stories. The Torch is published Fridays and is online at valpotorch.com. Inquiries should be directed to torch@valpo.edu.  

University Programming Council (UPC)

We are an entertaining organization that is looking to improve student and campus life by providing fun activities for students to participate. Some of our activities include Out and About trips, Do it Your Self Crafts, Late night Programs, Homecoming Week, and the Spring Concert to name a few.

Valparaiso University International Student Association (VISA)

For more information please speak to a Student Organiation Suite Staff Member

VU Ballroom

VU Ballroom teaches free, social dance lessons every Wednesday night! No partner, shoes or experience needed! We also provide opportunities to compete in an intercollegiate setting. If you are interested in making new friends and learning new skills, come join us! For more information, please email us at VU.Ballroom@gmail.com .

VUTV

Valparaiso University Television (VUTV) is a campus wide organization that offers experience in television production and meteorology. Opportunities for involvement range from both off and on camera positions to having your own show.

WVUR

WVUR welcomes students from every major to explore the field of radio. We provide on-air experience, opportunities to cover sports, inform people on what's going on locally and around the world, and listen to new and upcoming music. There are also management opportunities, ranging from General Manager to Program Director to Production Director.



Common Interest I:


Alpha Phi Omega

The purpose of this co-ed fraternity is to assemble college students in a national service fraternity in the fellowship of principles derived from the Scout Oath and Law of the Boy Scouts of America; to develop leadership, promote friendship, provide service to humanity, and further the freedom inherent in our national, educational and intellectual heritage.

Alpha Psi Omega

Alpha Psi Omega is an honorary theatre fraternity dedicated to honoring student involved with the theatre department, both on stage and off stage. Alpha Psi Omega produces events, such as Shakespeare Under the Stars, Masquerade Ball, and Evening of Scenes.

American Choral Directors Association

The American Choral Directors Association (ACDA) is an organization dedicated to the promotion of choral music in the areas of artistry, singing, composition, and teaching.  We focus on bringing speakers to campus to present on topics regarding choral music and also travel to attend conferences and professional performances.

American Meteorological Society/National Weather Association

The Northwest Indiana Student Chapter shall pursue the goals outlined by the American Meteorological Society and National Weather Association through the advancement of the discipline of meteorology in the local area, and shall abide by the policies and provisions set forth in the chapter constitution and by-laws.

American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE)

The objective of this society is to provide engineers with a better understanding of the profession through hands on projects, field trips, service projects, guest speakers, and conferences. The chapter will also strive to encourage effective teamwork skills as well as to provide key interaction with the engineering profession.

American Society of Mechanical Engineers

ASME (American Society of Mechanical Engineers) is an engineering organization that builds cool stuff! We also have great chapter events which include going on trips and conferences such as the Chicago Auto Show and the International Manufacturing Trade Show. We also participate in TED (Tired Engineers Day) activities and are fierce competitors!

Association for Women in Communication

The purpose of Association for Women in Communication (AWC) is to serve its members by enhancing their knowledge of communication by providing access to professional development opportunities.

Biology Club

This is an organization of students interested in learning, appreciating, discussing, and participating in events related to biology. The purpose is to bring together people inspired by the field of biology.

Campus Crusade for Christ

We are a Christian community of students who work together to grow in a deeper relationship with God while serving others. We meet for a weekly bible study as well along with frequent servant projects and fun events.

Chemistry Club

The object of this organization shall be to afford an opportunity for all students interested in chemistry to secure the intellectual stimulation which arises from professional contacts, educational tours, and movies; to secure experience in preparing and presenting technical materials before and audience; and to foster a professional spirit among the members, especially through membership in the American Chemical Society as Student Affiliates.

Chi Epsilon Pi

Chi Epsilon Pi is the Meteorological Honor Society, and is dedicated to recognizing high achievement  in meteorology and promoting the understanding of meteorology as a science.

College Mentors for Kids

College Mentors for Kids is a non-profit organization that pairs elementary school students from the Valparaiso area with Valparaiso University students.  We meet twice a week on Valpo's campus and do activities with the kids in order to promote higher education. This is a unique program because it creates a mentoring relationship between the elementary student and the Valparaiso student. We would fall into the service category.

Colleges Against Cancer

American Cancer Society Colleges Against Cancer is a nationwide collaboration of college students, faculty, and staff dedicated to eliminating cancer by initiating and supporting programs of the American Cancer Society in college communities.


Delta Sigma Pi

Delta Sigma Pi is a professional fraternity organized to foster the study of business in universities.  We are a national fraternity that is comprised of both men and women.  Delta Sigma Pi is a great way to further your professional goals while building a brotherhood that will last a lifetime. Our membership is open to business and economics majors only.  Contact information can be found on our VU website.

VU Handbell Choir

Handbell Choir is simply a group of students who enjoy making music together. The choir has students from many backgrounds and majors, and no experience is necessary to join. We rehearse weekly, and encourage any who are interested to follow us at valpo.edu/student/handbellchoir.  

IEEE

IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers) is an organization for those with an interest in electrical and computer engineering, including those from other disciplines.  We organize a variety of activities each year related to that topic, including field trips, technical speakers, volunteer service activities, and several social events.

Intervarsity Christian Fellowship

Intervarsity Christian Fellowship (IVCF) is a group of Jesus followers whose desire is to serve the campus through ministry and prayer. We also meet for weekly Bible study and fellowship. We would fit into the Spiritual/Religious category

Kappa Delta Pi

The purpose of Kappa Delta Pi shall be to promote excellence in and recognize outstanding contributions to education. Kappa Delta Pi shall endeavor to maintain a degree of professional fellowship among its members, to quicken professional growth and to honor achievement in educational work.  

Karate Club

We provide a safe and instructive environment for people of all skill levels to practice marital arts.  We meet in the Harre Union Mondays and Wednesdays at 7pm, for more information, please go to our valpo.edu page, or search Knights of Tang Soo Do on Facebook. No experience necessary!

Men’s Ultimate Frisbee

Men's Club Ultimate seeks to provide a fun environment for male students who seek to competitively participate in Ultimate Frisbee at Valparaiso University.  Contact us at valpo.ultimate@gmail.com for more information, or follow us on twitter @ValpoUltimate.

MESA

Music enterprise student association or MESA is a special interest organization for students who enjoy music.  As a member of MESA, students will participate in planning concerts, such as battle of the bands, and will have the opportunity to attend the world's biggest music business trade show in Anaheim, California. Our organization is dedicated to promoting student musicians on Valpo's campus and planning concerts for them to play at.

Mock Trial

Mock trial is a group of dedicated students that put forth an effort to have their day in court. These students all play a part in a “mock” court room and case that allow students to get experience in a safe and competitive environment.

National Association for Music Educators (NAfME)

For more information please speak to a Student Organiation Suite Staff Member

Pre-Medical Arts Club/Alpha Epsilon Delta

The Pre-Medical Arts Society is primarily based on providing service and shadowing opportunities to students interested in pursuing a career in the health field. Our group helps students get involved by providing them the opportunity to shadow physicians, participate in a "Glo-Germ" handwashing experiment at the local middle schools with the children, and giving them vital information about medical school. We plan visits to the local Indiana and Illinois medical schools each semester, and are currently involved in a hospice volunteer project in the surrounding Indiana area.

PRSSA

Category: Special interest or Academic. Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA) is a pre-professional organization of more than 10,000 students nationally. We provide the campus and community with public relations services and welcome all majors including graphic design, journalism, communications, and English. We have our own nationally accredited student agency and work on many PR projects throughout the year.  

Society of Automotive Engineers

A group of engineers who have a passion for designing and building cars, from go-karts to  Supermileagae vehicles. We have bi-weekly meetings and lab/build time. This is a great chance to develop or further enhance your engineering skills in a very applicable way as well as enjoy things together like the Chicago Auto show. Facebook: Valparaiso University Society of Automotive Engineers

Society of Women Engineers

The Society of Women Engineers (SWE) is a special interest organization.  SWE has events for members as well as putting on community service events.  Our main goal is get more females involved in engineering.  Females only make up 20% of engineers in college.

Sigma Alpha Iota

Sigma Alpha Iota is a professional and international music fraternity for women. Our membership includes women from all majors who share a common interest in the study and performance of music.

Valparaiso Independent Robotics Team (VIRT)

VIRT is a group of students that designs and builds robots to compete in annual competitions. We build small robots weighing 1 lb. as well as larger robots weighing up to 150 lbs. The team is open to all majors; all you need is an interest in robotics.

VU Men’s Club Soccer

The purpose of Valparaiso University Men’s Club Soccer Organization (VUMCSO) shall be to provide students with an opportunity to compete on a non-varsity intercollegiate soccer team.

Women’s Ultimate Frisbee

The Women’s Ultimate Frisbee club aims to provide a fun, competitive environment for University students who regularly play Frisbee, improve physical health, opportunities to form positive relationships with VU students, and with other universities through Frisbee tournaments.

Common Interest II:

Alpha Lambda Delta

We are a national service organization that recognizes the academic achievements of first year students. To be in Alpha Lambda Delta you have to be a first year student and obtain at least a 3.5 GPA your first semester to be invited in. During your second year you will do a total of 22 service hours around the community which will allow you to get cords at graduation.

Intramural Advisory Council

Sports/Recreational

Various students represent the Advisory Council from diverse campus backgrounds and they serve as student input into the Recreational Sports program.

Chi Alpha

This organization is a Christian campus ministry, and extension of Chi Alpha Campus Ministries. We are a movement of college-age men and women earnestly following the life and teachings of Jesus Christ. We are not a fraternity or sorority. We invite everyone to be a part regardless of background, religious affiliation, or lack thereof.

College Republicans

This organizations purpose consists of aiding in the election of Republican candidates at all levels of government, assisting in the active functioning of the Republican party at all levels of government and to develop the leadership abilities of republican students in preparation for future service in the Party and community.

Earthtones

Earthtones is an organization dedicated toward environmental conservation and preservation. We participate in environmental cleanups and publicity efforts throughout the year; and also take simple nature hikes to enjoy and preserve Valparaiso's beauty. Current detailed information (including meeting and contact information) is available at valpo.edu/student/earthtones .

Federation of Authors

The Federation of Authors is the creative writing group on campus, separate from journals, publications, and academics.  The Federation works to improve each other's creative writing by a process of submission, critique, brainstorming, and rewriting to refine one's creative drive.  

Fellowship of Christian Athletes

Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA) is a student-lead Christian organization, open to all students, that strives to develop men and women who aspire to grow closer to Jesus Christ, through fellowship and serving others, while glorifying God through athletics. Meet McGill Room (ARC) 9p.m. Wednesday nights.

Financial Management Association

Financial Management Association (FMA) is a new financial organization where we learn about and practice analyzing companies, maintaining stock portfolios, and discuss current financial issues within our group and amongst financial professionals.

French Club

The Purpose of Le Cercle Franҫais (LCF) is to promote awareness and appreciation of French Culture in our world and in our society and on campus. Meetings and social events actively promoting the French language and culture will achieve this. LCF will also participate in multi-cultural events and diversity events in some form on the campus along with other organizations and communities.

German Club

German Club celebrates the German culture and language with activities for everyone with all levels of interest in Germany.  Stop by the German department or the German House on-campus to find out about meetings and events!

Greek Intervarsity

Our vision is to build an authentic Jesus-following community on campus for people.  We live out that vision through gathering weekly in the dorms for bible study, fellowship, prayer and outreach.  We also share meals together, do larger outreach on campus and go to retreats and conferences.

Human Protection Society

Valparaiso’s Human Protection Society regularly sponsors games of Humans Vs Zombies. HvZ is a zombie-themed game of tag, where human players defend themselves with foam-dart blasters and zombies tag humans to make more zombies. Check us out at http://www.vuhps.org.

Japanese Club

The primary purpose of th is organization is to contribute to the educational, cultural and social climate of Valparaiso University by promoting and fostering the Japanese culture on campus. As well as providing support for those who wish to study in Japan and support Japanese students studying at Valparaiso University. Opportunities to study the and practice the language as well as build relationships with people of Japanese heritage.

Lux

For more information please speak to a Student Organiation Suite Staff Member

Mortar Board

The purpose of this organization shall be to recognize and celebrate the three ideals of scholarship, leadership, and service among senior-standing undergraduate students at Valparaiso University. Furthermore, this organization shall try and serve the campus and the Valparaiso community through scholarship, leadership, and service-related events.

Nurses Christian Fellowship

The purpose of Nurses Christian Fellowship (NCF) shall be to incorporate Christian faith into the study and practice of nursing. NCF will work toward its goals by coordinating weekly Bible study meetings and discussions, engage the community by volunteering at Sterling House nursing home, as well as fostering mentorship between first year students and graduating student leaders.

Pi Delta Chi

For more information please speak to a Student Organiation Suite Staff Member


Phi Beta Lambda

PBL-FBLA (Future Business Leaders of America) is an exciting business organization that prepares future leaders for the real world. Business is in everyone’s life which is why all majors can join. Our chapter participates in conferences and competitions on both the national and state level and hosts fun events on campus.

Pre-Law Society

The Pre-Law Society attempts to prepare students for a future in a legal field. We do this through LSAT preparation, hearing from lawyers and judges, and visiting courts in the Chicago area. We also have several social mixers throughout the year; past examples have been bowling and attending a Cubs game as a group! If you would like more information please contact Jason Paupore, our faculty advisor, at jason.paupore@valpo.edu.

Psi Chi

Psi Chi is an international honor society whose purpose shall be to encourage, stimulate, and maintain excellence in  scholarship of the individual members in all fields, particularly in psychology, and to advance the science of psychology. At Valparaiso University, we aim to serve our community and promote psychological health and awareness on our campus.

Psychology Club

Psychology Club is open to all undergraduate students, regardless of major, who enjoy exploring the field of psychology. We host psych-related movie nights, stress-reducing yoga classes, and journal article discussions. Members also have the opportunity to volunteer at various mental health facilities like Mental Health America.

Sigma Tau Delta

Sigma Tau Delta is a national English Honor Society. It recognizes high achieving English majors/minors and connects them with the department. The society hosts social events, a literary ball, colloquiums where English professors share their scholarship, career-related symposiums, and other events.

Society of Physics Students

The purpose of this chapter shall be the advancement and diffusion of knowledge in physics throughout the academic and local communities, and the introduction of students to the professional community.

Spanish Club

Valparaiso University Spanish Club is a student organization that seeks opportunities to offer VU Spanish students the chance to practice their Spanish skills through cultural activities. The Spanish Club finds this linguistic approach to culture in very different ways: "The Travellers Club" is a space where we feature students who have studied abroad, and they share their experiences with the club membersin Chile, México or España. Usually, the Club takes advantage of Spanish-speaking students who are doing their studies here at VU to talk about their countries. We offer a few movies per semester with introduction and discussion, lead by a VU professor, trying to cover current topics. At the end of each semester we have an International Dinner to celebrate Christmas, in fall, and Cinco de Mayo and End of the semester, in spring. Some of our members like to collaborate in the Gloria Dei Hispanic Mission in Valparaiso, where our Club members tutor Hispanic kids from the area schools. In all, Spanish Club is a student-run organization that brings to Spanish students more opportunities to strengthen their Spanish skills through various ways, right here on campus.

Tau Beta Pi

The Tau Beta Pi Association distinguishes scholarship and exemplary character as students in engineering or by their attainments as alumni in the field of engineering, and to foster a spirit of liberal culture in engineering colleges.

Valparaiso University Storm Intercept Team (VUSIT)

The Valparaiso University Storm Intercept Team, or VUSIT, is a group of students dedicated to studying the atmosphere and keeping the campus safe when severe weather strikes. When severe weather is in the area, we’ll go storm chasing to take what we’ve learned in the classroom and apply it to real life. The organization is also responsible for keeping the campus Storm Ready certified by the National Weather Service. We are not just for meteorology majors though, anyone interested in the weather is welcome to join!

Valparaiso University Meditation Group

The Purpose of Valparaiso University Meditation Group (VUMG) shall be to provide a setting for practicing Zazen Meditation. VUMG will working towards goals by  holding weekly sittings which are to be followed by a brief discussion pertaining  to the practice of meditation and/or its relationship to various Eastern religions.

VU Club Tennis

Valpo Club Tennis gives students an opportunity to play tennis in college without the stress and time commitment involved with a varsity team. We occasionally travel to other schools to compete in tournaments, and welcome anybody from novice to expert.

VUDU Comedy

Improv Comedy group of the Valparaiso University.

For more information please speak to a Student Organiation Suite Staff Member

Yu-Gi-Oh! Central

The purpose of Yu-Gi-Oh! Central shall be to gather students as a community to build bonds through a common interest.


New Organization:


Chinese Student Association

The purpose of the Chinese Student Association shall be to foster leadership development through the coordination of cultural, educational and awareness projects.

Geography Club

The purpose of the Valparaiso University Geography Club is to educate the Valparaiso University campus and surrounding community about geography and to stimulate interest in geography. The purpose is to also expand the geographic experiences of members and to offer a place for members to share the enjoyment of geography.

IDEAS

Intellectual Decisions on Environment Awareness Solutions (IDEAS) for Valparaiso’s mission is to educate, empower and engage students in environmental sustainability in campus by implementing solutions and experiential learning activities

MSEED

MSEED is a club compromised of students who care about education. Specifically, MSEED focuses on the needs of Secondary STEM Education and works to provide opportunities for students to attend conferences, workshops, and get involved in the community. MSEED also partners with non-profit educational organizations in Valpo to help the community.

SALT

The Social Action Leadership Team (SALT) is the social justice ministry of the Chapel of the Resurrection at Valparaiso University. As a community, students seek to embody the Christian call to be the “salt of the earth” (Matt 5:13). SALTers are equipped to lead lives of social justice and serve as agents for positive change in their communities.

VU Club of Constitutional Law

The purpose of Valparaiso University Club of Constitutional Law (VUCCL) shall be to foster learning in area of Constitutional Law through the coordination of classroom/educational, and /or awareness projects. VUCCL will work toward its goals by coordinating a regular series of roundtable discussions with students interested in Constitutional Law.

VU Table Tennis League-

The purpose of Valparaiso University Table Tennis League (VUTTL) is to make sport of table tennis very significant in VU, prepare VU students for annual ACUI Regional table tennis tournaments, encourage sociability amongst the participants and establish entertaining competition in VU.

VU League of Gaming

Hosts game tournament looking to promote community via, any electronic, board and even sports games.

For more information please speak to a Student Organiation Suite Staff Member

VU Students for Life

The purpose of VU Students for Life is to support and promote reverence for equal protection of the lives of all human beings, especially unborn, the aged, the ill and infirm, and the mentally and physically disabled.

Swim Club

The purpose of Swim Club shall be to encourage every VU affiliate to participate in swimming and to develop a passion for not only swimming but for general health and to promote an environment that both experienced and inexperienced swimmers can join together to practice in a leisurely and fun workout


Non-Budgeted:


Criminology Club

The purpose of the Criminology Club shall be to foster leadership development through the coordination of educational and awareness projects.

Gamma Theta Upsilon

Gamma Theta Upsilon (GTU) is an international honor society in geography. Gamma Theta Upsilon was founded in 1928 and became a national organization in 1931. Members of GTU have met academic requirements and share a background and interest in geography. GTU chapter activities support geography knowledge and awareness.

Pi Sigma Alpha

The purpose is to recognize excellence in academic achievement by college and university students in the fields of political science, government, international and public affairs.; to stimulate scholarship and interest in political science; to promote worthwhile curricular and extracurricular activities related to political science; to promote civil dialog; and to engage in any other activities that further these purposes.