Southern offers limitless opportunities for getting involved. Thanks to students with good ideas and the drive to get things done, the university hosts approximately 40 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 Development in the student center 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 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 Student Center by KR's. You can also find out more information in the Student Organization Handbook
Adventist Peace Fellowship
The Adventist Peace Fellowship (APF) is an independent non-profit organization founded
in 2001 that seeks to raise consciousness about the centrality of peacemaking and
social justice to the beliefs and heritage of Adventists. We support public service,
activism, advocacy, and scholarship that reflects the radical spirit of many Adventist
pioneers. The APF is not officially affiliated, funded, or controlled by the Seventh-day
Adventist Church in any way and does not speak on the Church's behalf. We welcome
Adventists and friends of Adventists to join our network and to add their voices and
their talents to the work of peace education and advocacy informed by the values of
the Adventist tradition.
President: Isabella Eklund
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.
President(s): Rachel Flerchinger
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
President: Isaac Abraham
1. To be a club that seeks to provide opportunities for students to enjoy road and
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.
President: John Hargy
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.
President: Bryce Peeke
Black Christian Union (BCU)
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.
President: Georges Ambroise
To get students interested and involved in business.
President: Madison Morgan
The purposes of the Chemistry Club organization, established by this constitution
are as follows:
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.
President: Sydney Blackburn
To organize the journalism and communication department, establish a sense of community
among club members, encourage professional growth, and encourage spiritual growth
and community outreach.
President: Sam Oliveira
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.
President: Jonathan Ziesmer
Creature Kind SAU
The purpose for Creature Kind of Southern Adventist University, which is established
by this constitution, is as follows:
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.
President: Osy Garcia
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
Toward the realization of these goals, this organization and its members pledge their time and energy by the ratification of this document.
President: Alicia Wyatt
1. To start a conversation about the importance of mental health.
2. To share the benefits that come with addressing our state of mind as a primary factor of health that influences the activities of every individual.
3. Ensure every member understands the importance of mental health awareness.
4. To be active as an association in public affairs and encourage its members to support and contribute to community activities.
5. To promote an atmosphere of acceptance for all people.
President: Nathan D. Martin
Inspiring innovation to meet the needs of our local and global communities through
President: Ashley Blake
The purpose of the Southern Adventist University English Club is to increase the literary
and cultural awareness of students on our campus and to provide opportunities to attend
cultural activities in our surrounding community.
President: Jamie Henderson
GYC Southeast (GYCSE)
GYC Southeast is a part of a larger grass-roots movement an army of dedicated young
people within the Seventh-day Adventist church who yearn to demonstrate Nehemiah's
leadership, Daniel's integrity, Mary's humility, Paul's passion for evangelism, and
Christ's love for God and humanity. It is the goal of GYCSE and its members to seek
out and galvanize such young people. We aim to mobilize existing youth and young adult
ministries in the Southern United States that are fully committed to the distinctive
message and mission of the Adventist church towards the proclamation of the Three
Angels Messages. GYCSE works specifically in the Southern Union.
President: Kaili Kimbrow
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.
President: Christian Beasley
To put a smile on there's faces, to create a supportive community of friends, and
to be a friend to others just as Jonathan from the Bible was a friend to David.
President: Jonathan Batchelder
To provide an outdoor recreation that builds community in a healthy environment
President: Devin Vaudreuil
Latin American Club
Provide cultural activities to enrich the students bod with Latin American culture.
President: Maria Jose Moran Hernandez
Health Services and Senior Living (Long Term Care)
Involvement in student organizations allows students to develop intellectual, occupational,
and social goals. Participation fosters creativity and promotes service to local and
global communities. Students find that being active in student organizations gives
them a chance to learn about other cultures and practice their language skills in
an informal social setting.
President: Lauren Barboza
For music lovers to have worship, service, and social events together.
President: Cameron Wilcox
Physics and Engineering Club
Promoting and interest in physics and engineering and provide opportunities for people
interested in these fields to learn and socialize together.
President: Anjali Filinovich
The purpose is 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 altruism.
President: Allie Mae Magtanong
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.
President: Joshua Mangunsong
To raise awareness about those interested in veterinary experience. Also, develop
and nurture a community of pre-vet students.
President: Essence Bush
PRSSA (Public Relations)
The purpose of this chapter shall be to encourage the underÂ¬standing 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
President: Katie Scott
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.
President: Irvin Dominguez
School of Nursing
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
President: Kaely Argueta
Social Work Club
The Purpose of the organization established by this Constitution, the Social Work
Club, is 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.
President: Claire Ashcraft
Society of Political Sciences
To connect students with the resources that will encourage civic, legal, and political
engagement in their communities.
President: Xavier Snyder
To get some exercise, and have fun.
President: Jacob Fierro
SCUBA Society: We Dive Deep
We exist to foster a community of divers from all different levels to come together
to make connections, share knowledge and experience, grow skills, help protect natural
waterscapes, and enjoy participating in the sport of scuba diving.
President: Alyson Zapara
Our purpose is to train and amplify our member's abilities in the areas of teamwork,
programming, web design, and cooperation.
President: Dakota Cookenmaster
We, the members of the Southern Smiths, seek to learn the art of blacksmithing. We
wish to pursue the preservation of this trade by introducing the opportunity for Southern
students, alumni, and community members to experience the ringing of steel and the
melding of metal. One of our goals was to have a blacksmithing class taught at Southern.
This became a reality during the 2012-2013 and 2013-2014 school years, and we would
like to bring it back for academic credit. This would enable the art to further enrich
the community. Further, the expansion of forging metal shows us a little of God's
character as He re-forges us daily, softening us and shaping us into the people He
wants us to be. With God as our master smith, He takes us as we are and forges us
into a new creation.
President: Brendan Hayes
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 for runs each day so that conflicts between schoolm, work schedule, etc. does not arise.
3. To provide an option for an extracurricular activity that promotes health to anyone
4. To put God first and foremost in every run4. To put God first and foremost in every run
President: Cesia Trevedan
Student Ministerial Association (SMA)
We, the religion majors, of Southern Adventist University, as the future leaders of
our church and as disciples of our Lord, in order to promote personal growth, mutual
fellowship and spiritual guidance during our college experience, do hereby establish
and organize the following constitution to govern our association.
President: Hormar Barboza
Student Missions (SM) Club
The purpose of the SM Club is to support current student missionaries, empower potential
student missionaries, and recharge returned student missionaries. Furthermore, the
club will abide by all policies set forth in the Southern Adventist University (SAU)
club eligibility criteria.
President: Nathan Moravetz