Hardin-Simmons strives to provide student involvement opportunities within a healthy and vibrant campus experience. This is accomplished by developing community-minded leaders and creating diverse and inclusive programming while helping students establish life-long relationships.
Our Student Activities personnel work each day with student leaders to plan consistent programming on campus that draws our entire student body together as often as possible! From traditional HSU events like Gilbert’s Birthday or HSU Cowboy Christmas to spontaneous programs like our Labor Day Dessert Bar or Campus Golf Tournaments, our Student Activities teams lead the way!
Student Activities Board
SABers is the longest-running student activities board on the Hardin-Simmons campus. Established in 2008, SABers became the face of Student Activities, spearheading many of HSU’s traditional and social events. Some noteworthy events that SABers plan are: HSU Day at the Zoo, Crazy-Lympics, Pumpkinpalooza, Gilbert’s Birthday Bash, Blacklight Breakdown, and many Homecoming events. Through their involvement in SABers, students learn how to plan, advertise, and implement events for their fellow students. To become a SABer, you must have prior leadership experience through a student activities leadership group, and participate in our membership application and interview process.
Spontaneously Planned Activities
SPARK is another activities board that serves the students of HSU. SPARK aims at providing students with spontaneously planned events that pop up around campus nearly once a week. SPARK serves as host to one of our most popular student activities events called Thirsty Thursday, which is pizza and drinks the first Thursday of every month and usually served on the Deck of the Moody Center. SPARK also does a great job celebrating interesting holidays with various events and providing students with fun activities on the fly. In order to be part of SPARK, you must go through our interview process to be selected, and no prior leadership experience is required.
Freshman Leadership Council
FreshCo is a partnership between Student Activities and the BSM to help new students, not just freshman, get an involvement foothold on campus. Students have the opportunity to go through a weekly bible study and devotional time but also, help with the planning of BSM and Student Activity’s events. This year FreshCo will be hosting four fall main events, Paint Your Pride, the Neighborhood Fall Festival, Cowboys for Kids Christmas Party, and our largest fall event the Campus-wide Christmas Party. To be involved with FreshCo you must attend our weekly meetings, be an active participant in event planning, and provide us with your application at the beginning of the year.
The Student Government Association at Hardin-Simmons University is a group of elected officers and attending members that work to create a space for students to share ideas and concerns about life at Hardin-Simmons. Student Government helps open communication between students, organizations, and the administration to form a more unified and proactive university experience.
Student Government Association Executive Council
The Student Government Executive Council consists of an elected and highly talented group of students organizing student groups, speaking on behalf of the student body, and leading the way for change on campus. Their roles and services are influential to the student experience and the vibrancy of campus life.
Each year we have a select group of students plan, organize, and implement our Stampede orientation that takes place on campus during The Fall Semester. These students have Stampede Leadership experience from their early years on campus and now have the opportunity to lead the rest of the Stampede staff as we make our new students’ first experiences on campus the best they can be!
We have several students volunteer to help with the behind-the-scenes pieces of our Stampede Orientation. There are so many events that go on during Stampede that we need students that are constantly focused on setting up what is coming next! These students are sold out for Stampede and love being a part of the week!
Every Stampede team has two, upper-class student leaders that we call “Wranglers.” These students spend every moment of Stampede with the first-year students in their team, and are the best connection resource for our new students! Wranglers serve as year-round mentors for our new students and love meeting and becoming friends with new people!
The Greek Council consists of a group of student representatives from each social club who collaborate together for the unity of social clubs, provide a voice for each social club, and improve the overall student experience within a social club.