HSU Offers Opportunities to Get Involved

January 15, 2020 Macee Hall, Staff Writer

(ABILENE, Texas)–Hardin Simmons University boasts a thriving student body that participates in a variety of clubs and organizations. Between social clubs, service groups, and honors societies, HSU offers an organization for everyone. With HSU’s social clubs preparing for pledging, early spring is the perfect time to get involved on campus.

The men of Lambda Alpha Tau play cornhole, a favorite among HSU's Greek clubs.
The men of Lambda Alpha Tau play cornhole, a favorite among HSU’s Greek clubs.

Currently active on campus are five women’s social clubs and four men’s social clubs, as well as a variety of other clubs and organizations. Listed below are brief descriptions of all nine active social clubs, as well as some of the more active national and international groups on campus.

In addition to the national and international fraternities, several campus departments induct members into various nationally recognized honors societies throughout the academic year.

Active Women’s Social Clubs

Alpha Iota Omega

Alpha Iota Omega (AIO) is a women’s social club dedicated to promoting and developing Christian sisterhood, all while encouraging and supporting HSU. Since the club’s founding in 1980, the women of AIO have striven to be a community that pushes its members towards Jesus throughout their years at on campus.

Greek club members participate in a four-way tug-o-war during the 2018 Greek Games.
Greek club members participate in a four-way tug-o-war during the 2018 Greek Games.

Delta

Delta was founded in 1960 to create an awareness of the need for finesse and refinement in social situations. As one of the oldest clubs on campus, Delta works to promote and support HSU through school spirit, loyalty, and friendship. The women of Delta work to develop their leadership skills and to radiate love, respect, and admiration for those around them through Christ-centered sisterhood.

Epsilon Pi Alpha

Epsilon Pi Alpha (EPiA) was founded in 1976 as the HSU sister club to the national organization, Alpha Phi Omega, before the organization became coed. EPiA now acts as a women’s social club that focuses on “serving God by serving others” through several philanthropic events each semester. Each academic year, the club votes on a new charitable organization to support.

Phi Phi Phi

Members of Alpha Iota Omega show off their club sign at a homecoming event.
Members of Alpha Iota Omega show off their club sign at a homecoming event.

Phi Phi Phi (TriPhi) is one of the oldest clubs on campus. Since the organization’s founding in 1960, the women of TriPhi have remained dedicated to strengthening all areas of member’s lives through a close-knit sisterhood. TriPhi emphasizes the importance of life-long bonds between members and alumnae through events like “phamily supper,” where different alumna sisters host a monthly dinner for the current members.

Sigma Alpha

Sigma Alpha promotes Christian fellowship and fosters a close sisterhood while upholding high moral standards. Since 1988, Sigma Alpha has supported campus activities at HSU and has shown its loyalty and love for the Forty Acres. Though the women of Sigma Alpha are diverse, their love and service to Christ and those around them unite these sisters.

Active Men’s Social Clubs

Kappa Phi Omega

Kappa Phi Omega (Kappa) has encouraged individuality and diversity while striving to love and serve each other and the community in humility since its founding in 1964. The men of Kappa provide brotherhood for HSU men from all walks of life. They aspire to help one another grow into the men God created them to be while bonding with their brothers in Christ through fellowship and growth.

Epsilon Pi Alpha's 2016 recharter class poses with EPiA alumnae at their 2018 homecoming brunch.
Epsilon Pi Alpha’s 2016 re-charter class poses with EPiA alumnae at their 2018 homecoming brunch.

Lambda Alpha Tau

Lambda Alpha Tau (Lambda) promotes the lifelong pursuit of Christ and the truth among the men of HSU. The men of Lambda work to achieve excellence in all they do. Founded in 2013, members of Lambda continue to show respect to all they encounter, while remaining loyal and supportive of HSU’s purple and gold.

Theta Alpha Zeta

Theta Alpha Zeta (Theta) is the longest active men’s social club at HSU. Since 1988, the men of Theta have acted as “a Brotherhood of God for Life,” and are committed to helping each other achieve success through faith, wisdom, honor, and brotherhood. Theta also works to improve member’s leadership skills and participate in service projects.

Zeta Omega Phi

Zeta Omega Phi (Zoo) is the newest men’s club on campus. Founded in 2018, Zoo aims to help each member grow in all areas of life through a brotherhood bound by faith. The members of Zoo take pride in providing an accepting and safe community for the men of HSU to become who they aspire to be.

National Co-ed Fraternities

Students enjoy a Kappa Pi art show in the Ira M. Taylor Gallery in the Frost Building.
Students enjoy a Kappa Pi art show in the Ira M. Taylor Gallery in the Frost Building.

Alpha Phi Omega

Alpha Phi Omega’s (APO) Eta Chi chapter was chartered in 1949. APO is a national service fraternity that prepares campus and community leaders for lives of success and service. APO is the single most represented coed fraternity in the United States, with nearly 500,000 members nationwide.

Alpha Psi Omega

Alpha Psi Omega came to HSU when the organization’s Zeta Theta chapter was chartered in 1936. The organization is a national theatre honors society dedicated to encouraging dramatic production throughout students’ academic careers. With over 600 casts, Alpha Psi Omega is the largest national honor society in America. Membership is open to those who participate in stage productions through HSU.

International Fraternities

Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia

Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia’s Theta Lambda chapter began in 1959, as the international organization paired with HSU’s local fraternity, Phi Beta Mu. Phi Mu Alpha is the world’s oldest and largest secret national music fraternity, and it inspires collegiate men to advance the cause of music in the United States.

Members of Theta Alpha Zeta participate in an intramural softball game.
Members of Theta Alpha Zeta participate in an intramural softball game.

Sigma Alpha Iota

Sigma Alpha Iota (SAI) empowers women through sisterhood and music throughout the world. HSU’s Gamma Phi chapter of SAI was founded in 1961 to promote music on campus, in the community, and around the globe.

Kappa Pi

Chartered in 1955, the Beta Chi chapter of Kappi Pi provides a community for art majors and minors on campus. Art students in their second year are eligible to apply for membership in Kappa Pi. Members encourage one another through academic coursework and participate in club retreats and art shows each year.

 

For more information on student organizations, visit the Student Organizations page of the HSU website.

For a complete list of HSU’s honor fraternities and sororities, visit the Honor Fraternities and Sororities page of the HSU website.

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