Campus student organizations are subject to the authority of the Senate of the SGA and to the University. Charters of student organizations must be approved by the University administration and subsequently by the SGA Senate. The philosophy and purposes of student organizations must be compatible with the University's statement of purpose and philosophy.
No student shall belong to any campus organization which has not been approved by the SGA and the Dean of Students. Membership in any secret or unauthorized organization may constitute sufficient reason for dismissal from the University.
Guidelines for organizations:
The SGA Senate may recommend to the Dean of Students that, for cause, a student organization be placed on probation with appropriate penalties; or, that its charter be suspended or revoked. Similar disciplinary decisions may be invoked by the Dean of Students following disciplinary hearings.
ANTHROPOLOGY CLUB (ANTHROPOS ILK). This is an organization for those interested in people and cultures from around the world, particularly Africa, Middle East, Asia, and Latin America. Meetings are held to discuss different cultures and travel experiences to other parts of the world. Movies from those parts of the world are shown and visits are made to world ethnic communities as well as museums. It is open to majors, minors, and others who are interested in anthropology.
KAPPA PI is a national honorary art fraternity. The Alpha Alpha Beta chapter was established in 1947. Its purpose is to bring together OBU students interested in art and to make a permanent collection of art for the University.
ALPHA GAMMA TAU is an organization for OBU art majors who are interested in pursuing art as a profession.
ASSOCIATION OF INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY PROFESSIONALS
TEMPLETON INVESTMENT SOCIETY (TIS) is a hands-on, educational club for all students, alumni, and faculty that invests real money in the stock market.
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BUSINESS ADVISORY COUNCIL
ALPHA EPSILON RHO/Spectrum is a national society for students interested in broadcasting.
STUDENT EDUCATION ASSOCIATION is an all-inclusive professional association for students preparing to teach. It is affiliated with the Oklahoma Educational Association and the National Education Association.
KAPPA DELTA PI is an international honorary society in education. Membership is open to men and women who have the highest academic and personal qualifications for teaching as a profession.
MUSIC EDUCATORS NATIONAL CONFERENCE is a student group whose purpose is to familiarize music education majors and minors with professional ethics and problems related to the field of music teaching and to acquaint them with music education students and teachers throughout the state.
STUDENT COUNCIL FOR EXCEPTIONAL CHILDREN is an international organization for students interested in working with children with exceptionalities. Membership in SCEC automatically includes membership in the Council for Exceptional Children which provides opportunity for involvement with children with exceptionalities and with teachers in the field of special education at both the state and national level.
SIGMA TAU DELTA is an honor society composed of students of proven ability and achievement in literary study and creative writing. The OBU chapter (Chi Delta) publishes each spring a collection of student creative writings. All undergraduate students are invited to submit copy.
ENGLISH CLUB is a student group open to all OBU students with an interest in the literary arts. The club meets monthly for poetry readings, films, or creative writing sessions, and sponsors a yearly poetry retreat.
POLITICAL SCIENCE CLUB is an organization that seeks to deepen student awareness of trends and current problems in the state and national affairs.
COLLEGE REPUBLICANS seeks to involve students in activities related to party candidates and current political issues.
YOUNG DEMOCRATS seeks to involve students in activities related to party candidates and current political issues.
PHI ALPHA DELTA is a pre-law organization open to all students interested in the study of law after their undergraduate studies.
PHI ALPHA THETA is the History honor society, open to students who have completed twelve hours of history with a GPA of 3.2 or higher.
HISTORY CLUB seeks to encourage student interest in historical events and the historical profession through field trips and other club events which are designed to be fun and educational for all participants.
OMICRON DELTA KAPPA is the national leadership honor society for junior and senior students. Candidates for membership must have a 3.00 GPA and a record of leadership in scholarship, athletics, campus service, journalism/mass media, and creative/performing arts.
MORTAR BOARD is a national honor society for senior students who have attained a 3.00 GPA and have demonstrated fine character and unusual leadership qualities with emphasis on service to the campus community.
PHI ETA SIGMA is the honorary society for freshmen. It admits only those whose grade point average for full-time study puts them in the the top twenty percent of their class.
ALPHA LAMBDA DELTA is the honorary fraternity for freshman women. It admits only those whose quality point average for full-time study is 3.50 or better.
SOCIETY OF PROFESSIONAL JOURNALISTS has as its goals to perpetuate a free press as the cornerstone of our nation and our liberty and to keep the American people well informed in an accurate, comprehensive, timely and understandable manner. The purpose is to promote this flow of information, to encourage a climate in which journalism can be practiced freely and fully, to stimulate high standards and ethical behavior in the practice of journalism, to foster excellence and encourage diversity among journalists, and to inspire successive generations of talented individuals to become dedicated journalists.
PUBLIC RELATIONS STUDENT SOCIETY OF AMERICA has as its objectives to encourage the understanding of current theories and procedures in the practice of public relations, to provide students of public relations with the opportunity to become acquainted not only with their peers but with professional practitioners as well, to encourage students to adhere to the highest ideals and principles of the practice of public relations, and to instill in public relations students a professional attitude.
THE BISON, OBU's student newspaper, is a public forum that promotes the free and responsible exchange of ideas from readers and contributors through informing, entertaining and serving the entire community. As a completely student-run publication, The Bison provides a real-world, working platform for students to experience both the freedoms and the responsibilities of the press under the First Amendment. Participation is open to any interested student. University course credit and some paid positions are available. Applications are to be submitted to the editor-in-chief.
Oklahoma Baptist University recognizes the vital role in the creation of a climate of learning where the student may develop the lifelong habit of critical thinking in the search for truth. The University is committed to protecting the student right of freedom of the press for all student publications in accordance with the attendant rights of the publisher.
THE YAHNSEH STAFF is composed of students who have applied and been accepted to participate in the production of the University yearbook, the Yahnseh. Applications are to be submitted to the editor.
DELTA DELTA PHI (Der Deutsche Verein) is the German club and seeks to stimulate interest in German culture; to foster sympathetic understanding of other peoples and international friendships; and, to spread German culture throughout the community. Students who are enrolled in or who have completed a German course, as well as other students who speak German, are eligible for membership.
LE CERCLE FRANCAIS is the French Club and seeks to stimulate interest in French culture, to foster sympathetic understanding of other peoples and international friendships, and to spread French culture throughout the community. Students who are enrolled in or who have completed a French course, as well as other students who speak French, are eligible for membership.
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MATH CLUB (Delta Sigma Pi) is an organization for all persons interested in mathematics and its applications who wish to stimulate interest in mathematics around the campus.
UNIVERSITY CHORALE is an organization of mixed voices designed to study and perform choral literature from all periods of the history of music. Repertoire is planned to challenge and build stronger musicianship. Membership is open to anyone through auditions.
BISON GLEE CLUB is a musical organization open to all University men through audition.
BISONETTE WOMEN'S GLEE CLUB is a musical organization open to all University women through audition.
THE BISON JAZZ ORCHESTRA is an auditioned 19 piece jazz ensemble that performs a wide variety of music that is chosen to both challenge and educate performers.
NEW CREATION is a BCM vocal ensemble ministry team that raises money for summer missions through singing and drama.
PHI MU ALPHA SINFONIA, founded in 1898 at Boston's New England Conservatory, is a national music fraternity for men, promoting only the highest professional musical standards in over 200 colleges and universities in the United States. Sinfonia strives to encourage high standards of performance, creativity, education, and research in music in America. The fraternity also fosters the welfare and brotherhood of over 4,200 music students nationwide. OBU's chapter, Pi Tau, was chartered in 1967 and membership is by invitation only.
SIGMA ALPHA IOTA is a national professional fraternity for women in music, which selects its members from students of earnest purpose, high personal character, and marked talent. The local chapter sponsors a number of musical activities.
SYMPHONIC BAND- Organized in 1911, the band is the university's longest existing music ensemble and includes the finest instrumentalists on campus. Open, by audition, to all university students the band's repertoire includes a variety of traditional, contemporary, and sacred wind literature. In addition to the two major concerts it performs annually on campus the band performs at the Homecoming Gala, the annual Hanging of the Green, and on chapel programs. Spring tours have taken the band to churches and schools in Oklahoma, Missouri, Texas, Arizona, Louisiana, Kansas, New Mexico, Tennessee, Colorado, and Arkansas.
KAPPA KAPPA PSI is a co-educational fraternity dedicated to the service, promotion, and advancement of college and university bands. Over 4,000 undergraduate members provide leadership, musicianship, and support to over 150 band programs across the United States. The honorary nature of membership is based on the premise that "it is an honor to be selected to serve" this band, its department of music, its sponsoring institution, and the cause of band music in the nation's colleges. The OBU chapter, Epsilon Zeta, was chartered in 1967.
OBU/SHAWNEE COMMUNITY ORCHESTRA, the newest ensemble on campus, is an auditioned group comprised of OBU students, Shawnee community residents and musicians from area cities and towns. Members of the Red River String Quartet, a graduate-level string quartet in joint-residence at the University of Oklahoma and Oklahoma Baptist University, serve as principals in the string section. The orchestra's repertoire includes a variety of traditional standards, contemporary works, and music of film and broadway.
PI KAPPA LAMBDA is a national music honor society. Its goal is to foster excellence in both performance and academic music study. OBU's chapter is comprised of 13 faculty members and the top music majors in the junior and senior classes.
PSI CHI is a national honor society in psychology. Students interested professionally in psychology are encouraged to seek membership in the society. Meetings are open to students interested in the field of psychology.
MINISTERIAL ALLIANCE is the seminar for ministerial students which presents programs related to ministry.
MISSIONARY FELLOWSHIP is composed of students who have committed themselves to foreign or home mission service.
FELLOWSHIP OF CHURCH MUSICIANS (FCM) is OBU's student chapter of a national organization for Ministers of Music: The Church Music Conference. The FCM seeks to connect students interested or called to service as a music/worship minister, build relationships between students and music/worship leaders serving in the field, discuss music and worship issues, and sponsor community ministry and learning events. Membership is open to all students. Participation in FCM is required for church music majors.
RELIGIOUS EDUCATION FELLOWSHIP is the organization for students interested in religious education which seeks to develop interest and understanding of the field through a series of programs concerned with the many aspects and problems of effective religious education.
THETA ALPHA KAPPA: Founded in 1976, Theta Alpha Kappa is the only national honor society serving the needs of those involved in the study of religion and/or theology. Honoring excellence in these academic fields is its primary purpose.
FELLOWSHIP OF CHRISTIAN ATHLETES confronts athletes and coaches, reaching through them to the youth of the nation with the challenge and adventure of following Christ and serving Him through the fellowship of the church and in their vocations. FCA emphasizes the evident truth that it is both possible and practical to be a Christian on and off the playing field/court.
BETA BETA BETA is the national honor society for students of the biological sciences. It seeks to encourage scholarly attainment in this discipline by restricting its membership to those who achieve superior academic records and who indicate special aptitude in the subject of biology. It emphasizes a three-fold program: stimulation of sound scholarship, dissemination of scientific knowledge, and promotion of biological research. The local chapter emphasizes social interaction between students and professors through settings including guest lectures, field trips, and informal events.
STUDENT NURSES' ASSOCIATION is an organization for students who are planning a career in professional nursing. The goal of the organization is to promote the professional socialization of nursing students at OBU. Membership is open to any student who has declared nursing as his/her area of concentration.
SIGMA THETA TAU is an international honor society of nursing. The purposes of Sigma Theta Tau are to recognize superior achievement, recognize the development of leadership qualities; foster high professional standards, encourage creative work, and strengthen commitment to the ideals and purposes of the profession. Junior and senior nursing students who meet the minimal membership requirements are nominated by the nursing faculty for membership in the Beta Delta Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau.
STUDENT AFFILIATE OF THE AMERICAN CHEMICAL SOCIETY (SAACS) is a professional organization for the advancement of chemistry. This group brings outside speakers to campus, performs community service, holds social gatherings, and supports the professional development of chemistry and biochemistry majors.
SOCIETY OF PHYSICS STUDENTS (SPS)
KINESIS CLUB provides unity among students of Health, Physical Education, Recreation, Exercise Science, and related fields of study. The purpose of the organization is to provide members with opportunities for practical experience and career advancement as well as to promote health awareness and the development of lifestyles that lead to physical fitness as an integral part of overall wellness among members of the OBU community.
COLLEGE PLAYERS is open to all students interested in dramatic art. The group produces An annual Evening of Entertainment for which auditions are announced. The College Players is an adjunct of the academic program in theatre.
ALPHA PSI OMEGA is the national theatre honor society composed of students who meet the academic and production requirements. A ceremonial initiation takes place once a year during the Dorland Theatre Awards
ALPHA PHI OMEGA is a coeducational fraternity that seeks to share the educational opportunities of diversity and service-learning with the campus and local communities.
CAMPUS ACTIVITIES BOARD (CAB) - CAB holds three major talent productions per year, sponsors TWIRP Week (The Woman Is Required to Pay), and sponsors Kerr Old-Fashioned Christmas, the Faculty Children's Christmas party, and co-sponsors the CAB/ARAMARK Campus-wide Christmas Banquet. Membership interviews are in late October, and applications will be available at that time.
COUSINS-MU KAPPA is a club whose membership consists of students who are children of foreign and home missionaries. Members provide support for one another as they become reacquainted with the American scene.
FAIR is an organization that works to create educational opportunities concerning matters of gender equality.
INTERNATIONAL STUDENT UNION is comprised of OBU students, faculty, and staff who are interested in meeting people from other nations. It is open to all nationalities, including those who are American-born. The ISU generally has two social activities each month.
NATIVE AMERICAN HERITAGE ASSOCIATION
OUTDOOR ADVENTURE KLUB is a completely open membership organization that brings together people who enjoy outdoor activities including but not limited to: camping, climbing, canoeing, rafting, backpacking, mountain biking, rapelling, caving, horseback riding, etc. The activities change as the membership evolves. Regular trips are planned throughout the year. No membership fees are required, however members are responsible for their own costs during outings/trips.
SIGMA PHI LAMBDA is a sorority that seeks to inspire a deeper sense of spiritual formation and service to the world in young women.
STUDENT FOUNDATION (STUFO) - StuFo's motto is "Students serving students." They host the annual Stampede of the Stars (a campus-wide "athletic" competition). StuFo also distributes care packages during Fall finals weeks, gives scholarships to deserving students, and assists the Alumni and Development Offices with Homecoming and other events. Interviews are in the fall, and applications will be available at that time.
UNIVERSITY CONCERT SERIES (UCS) - UCS is responsible for bringing concert artists to OBU each semester. They serve as campus hosts for the artists and help in setting up and striking the stage. Membership interviews are in October, and applications will be available then. UCS also hosts a monthly coffee shop series which features local Christian musicians, as well as free coffee and desserts.
Social clubs exist to provide opportunities for students to find social expression in small campus groups with persons of similar interests. Students interested in affiliating with one of these clubs may obtain information regarding pledging from the SGA Cabinet member who serves as the liaison for the Social Club Council.
SOCIAL CLUB COUNCIL is a representative group assembled from the membership of social clubs, and is designed to help promote and coordinate inter-club activities. It also serves as a coordinating body for pledging activities.
MEN'S SOCIAL CLUBS: Delta Xi Lambda, Lambda Chi Lambda, Omega Chi Delta, Sigma Beta Mu, Alpha Chi Epsilon, and Zeta Pi Lambda.
WOMEN'S SOCIAL CLUBS: Gamma Phi Delta, Phi Omega Sigma, and Theta Sigma Chi.
VARSITY ATHLETICS achieves this goal, providing opportunities for students to participate in athletic competition with other institutions. OBU men engage in intercollegiate rivalry in basketball, cross country, indoor and outdoor track and field, baseball, tennis and golf. OBU women compete in basketball, softball, indoor and outdoor track and field, cross country, golf and tennis. All varsity teams compete in NAIA Sooner Athletic Conference championship play.
B CLUB is an honorary athletic organization composed of active, associate and honorary members who have earned varsity letters on this campus or who have made a notable contribution to the athletic program of the University. The purpose of the organization is to promote activities beneficial to the athletic program and to develop a greater spirit of sportsmanship in all athletic events.
CHEERLEADING SQUAD may consist of men and women students who are selected in spring tryouts to form a cheerleading squad whose purpose is to lead fans in support of the basketball teams. They are expected to be exemplary representatives of OBU and must be willing to sacrifice time, expenses, and energy. The cheerleading squad is open to both women and men candidates; however, at least two men must tryout in order to be considered.
CAMPUS RECREATION is provided through facilities in and near the Noble Complex. Every student is encouraged to participate in the recreation program designed to accommodate the individual needs and desires of students.
Oklahoma Baptist University is a Christ-centered University dedicated to the spiritual development of students along with their social, academic and physical development. Campus Ministry is committed to supporting the University’s Mission by creating and advancing an atmosphere beneficial for spiritual development through vibrant worship encounters, small group experiences, and through service and mission opportunities in Shawnee, across the U.S. and around the world.
Campus Ministry is the intentional and ongoing development of a Christian worldview fully integrated into life for all OBU students.
Campus Ministry exists at Oklahoma Baptist University as a partner within the university encouraging and facilitating the personal spiritual development of every student on campus.
CHAPEL - Chapel is the central gathering where the OBU family worships and glorifies God while building community, informing and educating.
WORSHIP NIGHTS - Throughout the semester, selected nights are set aside for student led worship. At times, there will be a guest speaker focused on student concerns, at other times, there will be a focus on worship in music, scripture reading, or prayer.
SPECIAL EVENTS - Each year, there are special times set aside to focus on Service, Missions, Relationships, or Spiritual Development in the context of a worship experience.
NEW STUDENT MINISTRY - Each fall, freshmen and transfer students participate in New Student Ministry. Personal spiritual growth is encouraged as these new students meet weekly with their upperclassmen leaders for the purpose of encouragement, community building, character development, and general orientation to Christian living on the college campus. These groups are student-led providing encouragement, assistance, and support through a network of relationships. NSM groups offer freshmen and transfer students:
NETWORK - Personalized attention is available in the dorms and apartments each semester through the care of a Network person. Through relationship, each student is offered an opportunity to discover gifts and passions that will help focus their involvement in personal spiritual development while at OBU.
CHAPLAINS - The professional and social organizations on campus have a chaplain who provides peer care for the group as well as times for spiritual formation around devotions, Bible Studies, and/or prayer teams.
BIBLE STUDIES - Throughout campus, Upperclass Men’s and Women’s Bible studies unfold under the leadership of adept upperclassmen. These studies range from topical to in-depth Bible study groups.
DISCIPLESHIP GROUPS - Each semester, special interest groups are formed around a specific topic including studies on personal spiritual development, basics in the Christian faith, apologetics, evangelism training, and support.
ACCOUNTABILITY GROUPS - Each semester, students choose to walk in committed relationship with others for support and encouragement around personally chosen goals and topics.
Campus Ministry strives to connect students with areas of ministry in Shawnee, the surrounding communities, and around the world.
HOPE HOUSE - Hope House is a temporary youth shelter in Shawnee. OBU students involved in this ministry volunteer one hour a week to play, read, and in other ways support the shelter.
COJC - Central Oklahoma Juvenile Center is a facility in Tecumseh for troubled youth. A ministry team leads weekly chapel services, small group Bible studies, and organized athletic activities.
AGE TO AGE - A ministry to elderly people in local nursing homes. Students visit the nursing homes weekly to minister and sing to senior citizens.
OKC MISSION CENTER - A mission center ministry in inner-city Oklahoma City. They provide Bible study and outreach activities for families in the community.
OAKLAND CHAPEL - Each week, students prepare and implement an assortment of service, outreach and discipleship opportunities for families in the Oakland Chapel vicinity of Shawnee.
VOLUNTEER ACTION COMMITTEE - Short-term service projects are formed from needs discovered in the Shawnee area each semester. The SGA Volunteer Action Committee connects OBU students with these needs.
CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL - A ministry to Children in Oklahoma City’s Children’s Hospital comforting children who may be facing serious illnesses or temporary health problems.
MASTER’S TOUCH - A community ministry providing volunteers to clean houses, do minor repair work, or other small jobs for people who are financially or physically unable.
YOUTH FOCUSED MINISTRIES - Mentoring and Outreach programs are developed each year with the Pott-Lincoln Baptist Association and the Ministerial Alliance and schools of Shawnee.
GLOBAL OUTREACH TRIPS - Short-term Service and Mission projects are developed each year throughout Oklahoma, across the U.S., and around the world and many of these are announced during Missions Emphasis Week.
*Shaping a Christian Worldview, David S. Dockery and Gregory Alan Thornbury, ed., (Broadman and Holman, Nashville.) p. 374.
[For further development of Campus Ministry principles, see “Christian Worldview and Campus Ministry,” by Todd E. Brady, in Shaping a Christian Worldview.]
CHURCH RELATIONS COMMITTEE - The Church Relations Committee is a liaison between churches with ministries needs and students seeking a place to minister. Ministerial Alliance (MA), Mission Fellowship (MF), Religious Education Fellowship (REF) or Christian Music Fellowship (CMF) members and others desiring valuable church vocation experience keep a church relations information form on file in the Campus Ministries office to assist the process. The Church relations committee also assists the Campus Ministries office in connecting students with churches through:
OBU DAY IN THE CHURCHES - Volunteer students, staff and faculty visit churches to share in their ministries through preaching, leading in worship, special music (vocal and instrumental), teaching Sunday School classes and sharing their testimonies. OBU Day in the church is held on two consecutive Sundays in February.
NEW CREATION - A performing troupe incorporates music and drama in their ministry with churches across the state to help raise awareness of Short Term Global Outreach Opportunities.
WORSHIP TEAMS - OBU Students form Worship Teams of vocalists and instrumentalists who are interested in supporting churches and ministry events through Worship Leadership.
DISCIPLENOW TEAMS - Each year, students are sent to churches from across the region to lead out in DiscipleNow events.
Freshman Beanies are furnished for each freshman and/or transfer student.
A period of activities designed to facilitate the adjustment of new students to the OBU campus and college life. Students are encouraged to participate in the planned activities and attend scheduled sessions throughout the orientation period.
The annual Harvest Festival is celebrated in early November in conjunction with Homecoming. The Bison and Lady Bison basketball teams play on Saturday afternoon of Homecoming. Comprising the Harvest Court are the Harvest Queen and Harvest King, Best All-Around Man and Woman, and Most Servant-Like Man and Woman selected by students in an election prior to the festivities.
Christmas is a special time on Bison Hill, as the holiday season highlights the annual Hanging of the Green. The events of this evening of activities include a formal dinner, music, drama, and the beautifully staged Hanging of the Green.