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Student Organizations

Southern offers limitless opportunities for getting involved. Thanks to students with good ideas and the drive to get things done, the university hosts over 30 student organizations, societies, associations, and ministries — all open to new members with similar interests, skills, or just plain curiosity. If you would like to join any of these student organizations, either stop by the  booths at the Organization Showcase each fall or contact Student Life and Activities in the Bietz Center for Student Life to be put in touch with an officer. If you have an idea for a new organization, visit Kari Shultz in the Student Life and Activities office.

Starting a Student Organization

Serving as an officer
Serving as an officer of a student organization not only adds to a student’s leadership experience, but also makes a contribution to the university’s overall social atmosphere. Some of the responsibilities of running a organization include collecting dues, raising funds, organizing social events, submitting forms, and planning community service opportunities.

Running a student organization
Students interested in starting a new organization must complete and submit a registration form along with the organization’s constitution and by-laws by the semester deadline. You can fill out and submit the application online and if you have questions, feel free to stop by the Student Life and Activities office located in the Bietz Center for Student Life. You can also find out more information in the
Student Organization Handbook

Student Led Organizations

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Allied Health

President

Jack Wheeler

1. To provide students with opportunities for growth in the areas of professional development, social activities, and community service.
2. To share the love of Christ in numerous and various ways and thereby initiate opportunities of spiritual growth.
3. To motivate and encourage each other as brothers and sisters in Christ and fellow Allied Health professionals.
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Asian Club

President

Kirsten Antolin

The Asian Club exists as an organization of students whose main objective is to foster an increasing awareness of the diverse Asian heritage represented at Southern Adventist University.  The Asian Club hopes to add to the total collegiate experience by encouraging academic achievement, social/cultural activities, and free exchange of ideas with people of all ethnicities, and most importantly spiritual growth.
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Biking Club

President

John Hargy

1. To be a club that seeks to provide opportunities for students to enjoy road and mountain biking.
2. To provide an option for an extracurricular activity that promotes health to anyone.
3. To educate members on the maintenance and care of bikes.
4. To provide a social support for one another's physical, mental and spiritual well-being.
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Biology Club

President

Grant Milano

To allow students with an interest in biology to become better acquainted with each other, to promote better relationships and increased interaction between the biology faculty and the students, to foster a spiritual atmosphere, and increase the visibility of the biological sciences on the campus of SAU and the community around us.
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Black Christian Union (BCU)

President

Railyn Duarte

1. To have an organization led by the students of the university that fosters community and welcomes and encourages individuals of all cultures to become members.
2. To share the love of Christ in numerous and various ways.
3. To motivate and encourage each other as brothers and sisters in Christ.
4. To serve Southern's community through music, drama, social activities and educational opportunities.
5. To appreciate and express black cultural backgrounds.
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Business Society

President

Colin Glenn

To create a club where business students can learn outside of the classroom.
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Chemistry Club

President

Jared Freeman

1. To allow students with an interest in chemistry to become better acquainted with each other.
2. To promote better relationships and increased interaction between the chemistry faculty and the students.
3. To foster a spiritual atmosphere among members.
4. To increase the visibility of the chemical sciences on the campus of SAU.
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Communication Club

President

Amelia Zimmerman

To organize the journalism and communication department, establish a sense of community among club members, encourage professional growth, spiritual growth, and community outreach.
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Computer Club

President

Jacob Bahn

The computer club is organized and shall be operated under the general goals of computer science education and advancement. We provide opportunities for students interested in computers to learn and socialize together.
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Creature Kind

President

Alyssa Stojkic

1. To raise awareness and support for compassion to animals.
2. To help students discover the joy of service projects and advocacy work through participating in Creature Kind for Southern Adventist University projects.
3. To support and educate others about the benefits of a vegan lifestyle for the animals, the environment, human health and food poverty. 
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Education Club

President

Katelyn Webster

1. To nurture the development of caring persons who emulate the Christ-centered principles of discipleship and service through social activities and community service.
2. To provide opportunities to become informed facilitators through providing professional development opportunities.
3. To motivate and encourage education majors to become Christian reflective decision makers.
4. To foster the dispositions of committed professionals who strive towards excellence.
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Enactus

President

Roman Johnson

Inspiring innovation to meet the needs of our local and global communities through Christ-centered service.
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GYC Southeast (GYCSE)

President

Ilcias Vargas

The GYCSE is a fast-growing movement within the Seventh-day Adventist Church of youth from the southeastern geographical region of the United States of America who learn to demonstrate Nehemiah's leadership, Daniel's integrity, Mary's humility, Paul's passion for evangelism, and Christ's love for God and humanity on the campus of Southern Adventist University. All of the events, programs, activities, and opportunities provided by the GYCSE aim to mobilize and train young adults who are fully committed to the distinctive message and mission of the Seventh-day Adventist church and who desire to take it to the world.
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History Club

President

Ted Rogers

The purpose of the History Club will be to create an environment of historical interest that facilitates learning and creative thinking. This will be done through:
1. Coordinating regular meetings to discuss things happening in the surrounding area pertaining to history/modern world events.
2. Scheduling trips, if possible, to local historical areas of interest.
3. Taking part in campus wide activities to not only promote the club, but also Southern Adventist University as a whole.
4. Upholding the Seventh-day Adventist doctrine and applying it to the way we look at and understand history.
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Latin American Club (LAC)

President

Esteban Grajales

The purpose of LAC is to provide cultural activities by enriching the student body with Latin American culture, whether it is through social activities, religious programs, or club events.
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Middle Eastern Club

President

Marlyn Antwan

The purpose of the organization established by this constitution, for the Middle Eastern Club of Southern Adventist University is to spread knowledge on Middle Eastern countries and their cultures to Southern students, allow Southern students to experience the different cultures of the Middle East and invoke curiosity, and to give Southern students the opportunity to participate in outreach programs that help people from the Middle East.
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Music Club

President

Beatrice Pang

To offer activities and events that promote camaraderie and networking among those that are interested in the art of music. To offer presentations that will inform students on graduate programs, musician health, and musical growth. To serve Christ in our community by facilitating service programs for members. To promote the School of Music at Southern Adventist University by assisting in the various festivals and tours of the School of Music. To help assist in concerts, recitals, and other programs sponsored by the School of Music.
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Physics Club

President

Arian Dovald

The purpose of the Chapter shall be the advancement and diffusion of knowledge of physics, the encouragement of interest in physics throughout the academic and local communities, and the introduction of students to the professional community.
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Pre-Dent Club

President

Eugene Choi

To provide Pre-Dental students with information on Dentistry and to aid in their preparation for dental school, applications, testing, education, and maintaining a Christian professional lifestyle. It is also to inform the members about upcoming events in the field of Dentistry. The society shall use the field of Dentistry to serve God by ministry in the community, promoting oral health, and inspiring them.
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Pre-Med Club

President

Jonathan Yoon

The Pre-Med Club is an organization that aims to help students interested in pursuing a medical career. Along with mentoring students, the organization will provide extracurricular social, mental, and spiritual opportunities and activities to aid the members during their education at SAU.
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Psychology

President

Keanne Fisher

The Purpose of the organization established by this Constitution, the Psychology Club, is to promote a spirit of community among members of the School of Education and Psychology as well as branch out to other departments seeing as how it is not a requirement to be a Psychology major or minor.  This club will administer activities that will promote spiritual, social, and intellectual development among the members and those that they come in contact with.  The Psychology Club hopes to give students a chance to get to know their fellow peers in a positive setting.
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School of Nursing (SON)

President

Muang Gualnam

To have an organization led by nursing majors with the goal of uniting both nursing majors and non-nursing majors at SAU through social events. To become active members on campus and in the surrounding Chattanooga community through outreach focused both on helping those in need and displaying the life of Christ through service opportunities.
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Scuba Club

President

Zachariah Reich

1.Foster a positive community of divers from all different skill levels.
2. Make connections with fellow individuals who have a passion for diving.
3. Share knowledge and experience with others.
4. Grow our dive skills by activity practicing in pools and on actual logged dives.
5. Help ensure that natural waterscapes are free from litter and debris so that many more to come can enjoy its immense beauty.
6. Enjoy participating in the sport of scuba diving!
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Social Work Club

President

Alyssa Wolf

To promote a spirit of community among members of the School of Social Work and to encourage activities that will promote spiritual, social, and intellectual development among the members and those that they come in contact with.
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Society of Pre-Law

President

Naomi Daniels

The objectives of the club shall be to operate and function as a resource center, providing members the relevant experiences and act as a liaison for students interested in the politics and government service.
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Southern Smiths

President

Emily Freeman

A club that provides opportunities to students who seek to learn the art of blacksmithing. We wish to pursue the preservations of this trade by introducing the opportunity for southern to experience the ring of steel and the melding of metal. 
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Southern Striders

President

Sara Klingbeil

1.To be a club that seeks to provide opportunities for students to compete and have fun and doing it while portraying a christian example for others outside of the club. 
2. To provide flexibility to students by having three different times to meet.
3. To promotes health.
4. To put God first and foremost in every run.
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Student Ministerial Association (SMA)

President

Jorge Alvarado

To promote personal growth, mutual fellowship and spiritual guidance among religion majors who will be future leaders of the church, during their college experience. 
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Student Missions Club

President

Brittany Sturgis

To create an environment for returned Student Missionaries to be a part of a community

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Activate Southern

President

Jack Wheeler

To encourage and promote health to the student body at Southern Adventist University.
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American Red Cross

President

Benjamin Juarez Mendez

Guided by the fundamental principles of the American Red Cross and its mission to prevent and alleviate human suffering in the face of emergencies by mobilizing the power of volunteers and the generosity of donors, the Southern Adventist University Red Cross Club will learn, practice, and exemplify humanitarian values through mission-related service projects.
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Art Club

President

Henry Raranta

To provide an outlet for the creative minds and talents of our fellow students. Acknowledging a variety of artistic practices, our goal is for everyone to be able to express themselves and tell their story through the arts, bringing glory to God with our creations and practices and setting a positive Christian example to our fellow students. We create because we ourselves are made in the image of the creator.
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Engineering Club

President

Daniel Marquez

The engineering club shall promote an interest in engineering, its branches, and associated studies. Its specific objective is to provide opportunities for students who are interested in engineering to learn, expand their skill sets, and socialize together. It is a space for creativity, team-building, and fun.
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Golf Club

President

Marcus Tryg Stokes

1. To allow new and returning students with an interest in golf to become acquainted with one another.
2. To help the students become more acquainted with faculty members.
3. To give students and faculty a way to relax from the stresses of academic and work life.
4. To surround students with a spiritual atmosphere while playing a sport with one another.
5. To grow and learn together as a group.
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Kayak Club

President

Tyler Vaudreuil

To introduce people to whitewater kayaking and develop skills to be safe on the river.
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Korean Club

President

Tony Dennis

The Korean club is committed to providing a safe environment for social connection between Korean and non-Korean students. We hope to expose as many as possible to the positive values of Korean culture while growing spiritually together through service and education.
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Lifestyle Medicine Group

President

Michael Scribner

The purpose of the SAU Lifestyle Medicine Club shall be to provide information about the specialty of Lifestyle Medicine, and to educate members about evidence-based practice of helping individuals and families adopt and sustain healthy behaviors that affect health and quality of life.
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Math Club

President

Collin Kilmer

1. To encourage and promote the study of higher mathematics on the SAU campus.
2. To encourage interest ad awareness of mathematics on the SAU campus.
3. To provide opportunities for people interest in mathematics to share ideas.
4. To provide opportunities for members to participate in activities of common interest relating to mathematics.
5. To encourage members to make presentations on mathematical concepts and ideas.
6. To encourage social events with members of the club and friends.
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Oceania Islander Club

President

Sokopeti Paongo

Focusing on creating community, embracing culture, ad sharing the love of Christ.
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Prayer Club

President

Matthew Kimbley

To encourage campus wide prayer by:
1. providing opportunities for existing small prayer groups to connect with other prayer groups.
2. assisting in the creation of new small prayer groups and supporting their continued growth.
3. Planning social and community activities for club members (and non-members)
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PRSSA Club

President

Genesis Ventura

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 them a professional attitude.
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Southern Scholars

President

Caitlin Cordero

                                         
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Women in STEM Club

President

Meg Ermer

To provide a space for female students studying or interested in STEM-related fields to support each other through vespers, game nights, and other events.