Student Organizations and Honor Societies

Friends University offers a variety of activities and honor societies for student involvement. The clubs, organizations and societies listed below represent many of the opportunities that can help you make the most of your college experience.

Falcon Student Organizations
As of April 2015

Acts of Faith
Sponsor: Kurt Priebe 316-295-5601
Acts of Faith is an evangelical, interdenominational ministry outreach of the University Theatre department. The group is made up of students who share a love for the Lord Jesus Christ and a desire to serve in performing arts ministry. Auditions are held in the fall semester for the current school year. Students prepare dramatic, comic, pantomime, touring one-acts or musical performance materials for presentation throughout the academic year. The group presents an annual drama ministry showcase as a part of the theatre season and has regularly performed at Faith and Learning, the annual Tree Lighting Ceremony, and local and regional churches and Christian drama conferences.

Arabesque Society
Sponsor: Sharon Rogers
Arabesque Society is designed to increase the awareness of ballet as an art form throughout Friends University and the community.

Art and Design Society/Kappa Pi
Sponsor: Ted Krone 316-295-5657
The mission of Art and Design Society is to provide art and design students with a scholastic and career-development-oriented networking group.

Collegiate National Association for Music Education (CNAfME)
Sponsor: Dr. John Taylor 316-295-5535
CNAfME is comprised mostly of Music Education majors. CNAfME hosts clinics for our membership, participates in campus activities, and attends the KMEA and K-COMTEP state conventions each year.

Concert Choir
Sponsor: Rolaine Hetherington 316-295-5533
The concert choir, approximately 60 members, presents two major programs on campus: Christmas concert and spring concert. The choir performs for various civic and church organizations throughout Wichita and surrounding areas, and tours in the spring.

Drama Club/Theta Phi
Sponsor: Dr. Charles Parker 316-295-5577
Theta Phi was formed in the fall of 1998 by Friends students with the goal of creating more interest in the theatre arts on campus. The group is open to Friends students regardless of sex, gender, age, nationality, race, creed, disability, or way of life. Members actively participate in theatre on campus and throughout the community.

English Club
Sponsor: Vicki Ronn 316-295-5563
The English Club is open to all students who are interested in promoting literacy, participating in public service in this area and meeting socially with other students interested in creative writing and the life of the mind. The English Club is also the feeder club for admission into the International English Honors Society, Sigma Tau Delta. To be eligible for initiation into Sigma Tau Delta, students must have a 3.5 GPA in their English major and meet the service requirement. The English Club provides an opportunity to meet that service requirement.

Falcon Activities and Campus Events (FACE)
Sponsor: Gary Rapp 316-295-5838 and Jennifer Randolph 316-295-5830
FACE is the main student programming board at Friends University. FACE is a branch of the Student Government Association and is comprised of six committees: Arts and Entertainment, Classics (Homecoming and Cherry Carnival), Cultural and Social Issues, Falcon Fanatics, Friends Connections, and Special Events.

Friends Community Symphony Orchestra
Sponsor: Dr. John Taylor 316-295-5535
This orchestra is open to Friends University students, as well as Wichita community musicians. Rehearsals are held on Tuesday evenings.

Health Science Club
Sponsor: Dr. Karyn Turla 316-295-5545
The Health Science Club exists to encourage and support Friends University Students who plan to become a medical professional by providing a social framework of like-minded individuals, increasing awareness of current medical issues, publicizing health career opportunities, assisting students with the application process for advanced educational programs, and promoting active involvement in the health and well-being of our community.

History/Political Science Club
Sponsor: Dr. Russell Fox 316-295-5827
The Friends University History/Political Science Club is an inclusive body, open to all students within the University. It serves the University by combating voter apathy among students and promoting political literacy within the University and community. The club provides a deep understanding of political systems (local, federal and global) through student involvement in local politics and frequent participation in the Model United Nations Program.

Psychology Club
Sponsor: Bill Allan 316-295-5891
The organization is designed to bring Psychology majors together for professional development and enrichment. This club provides social gatherings, off-campus trips to graduate schools, professional meetings and applied learning situations. Our retreats, dinners and parties also allow for faculty-student interaction outside of the classroom.

Spanish Club
Sponsor: Dr. Jerry Smartt 316-295-5564
Membership in the Spanish Club is open to all students who are interested in community projects related to Spanish-speaking communities. The Spanish Club also supports and participates in all of the campus activities chosen by the Honor Society, Sigma Delta Pi.

Singing Quakers 
Sponsor: Dr. Mark Bartel 316-295-5553
The Singing Quakers have gained an enviable reputation as one of the most distinguished choral organizations in the country. They are an auditioned choir consisting of music majors and non-majors who have had significant choral experience. The purpose of the Singing Quakers is to present the finest choral music in a variety of styles to audiences in Wichita and throughout the United States and internationally.

Student Government Association (SGA) 
Sponsor: Dr. Carole Obermeyer 316-295-5779
The Friends University Student Government Association exists to uphold the mission of Friends University by serving the student body with passion and commitment.  Student Government offers all students the opportunity to bring positive change to the University community.  It also enables members of the CBASE student community to have their opinions heard regarding campus policies, developing trends or new ideas. SGA is comprised of an Executive Council and three branches: Senate, Falcon Student Organizations (FSO), and Falcon Activities and Campus Events (FACE).

The Gallery 
Sponsor: Vicki Ronn 316-295-5563
For one to three credit hours (or on a volunteer basis) students create a literary/art magazine from start to finish, including judging and editing submissions, designing and producing layout, and preparing printer-ready copy.

University Band
Sponsor: Dr. John Taylor 316-295-5535
The band meets three times a week. Non-majors are welcome, and scholarship opportunities are available.

Veterans United
Sponsor: Dr. Dick Teter 316-295-5899 and Dr. Ed Pearson 316-295-5856
Veterans United brings veterans and active duty military members and their allies together to provide support and a united voice at Friends University.

Zoo Science Club 
Sponsor: Dr. Patrick Mathews 316-295-5608
This club is primarily comprised of Zoo Science and Biology-related majors but is open to anyone interested in the future of the natural world. The purpose of the club is to have fun while gaining hands-on experience and professional skills outside the school curriculum.

Academic Honor Societies
As of June 2014

Alpha Chi College Honor Society
Sponsor: Dr. Sarah Evans  316-295-5405
The Alpha Chi National Honor Society promotes academic excellence and exemplary character in students of all majors in the College of Business, Arts, Sciences and Education. Students are eligible for membership if they have completed at least 62 credit hours and rank in the top 5% of the junior and senior classes. Members are encouraged to participate in regional and national academic conferences and engage in community-based service learning. They are recognized at graduation and wear blue and green honor cords.

Alpha Sigma Lambda
Sponsors: Michelle Brock 316-295-5761 and Dr. Connie Corbett-Whittier 785-272-9595
Alpha Sigma Lambda's aim is to recognize the special achievements of adults who accomplish academic excellence while facing the competing interests of home and work. The top 20 percent of students in the College of Adult and Professional Studies (with a minimum GPA of 3.5) who have completed a minimum of 24 credit hours at Friends are eligible. At least twelve credit hours of students’ total credits should be earned in courses in Liberal Arts/Sciences.

Delta Kappa Honor Society
Sponsor: Dr. Michelle Robertson 316-295-5609
Delta Kappa exists to mentor individuals into leadership positions in the marriage and family therapy profession, to organize scholarly opportunities for marriage and family therapy professionals to engage and apply cutting-edge research and theory to their practice, and to recognize and promote the achievements of marriage and family therapy professionals.

Mu Phi Epsilon Music Fraternity
Sponsor: Rolaine Hetherington 316-295-5533
Mu Phi Epsilon believes in the advancement and promotion of musicianship, scholarship and friendship.

Psi Chi National Honor Society in Psychology
Sponsor: Dr. Donna Stuber 316-295-5663
The mission of Psi Chi is to encourage, stimulate and maintain excellence in scholarship and to advance the science of psychology. Membership is limited and is by invitation only.

Sigma Delta Pi National Collegiate Spanish Honor Society
Sponsor: Dr. Jerry Smartt   316-295-5564
Sigma Delta Pi is the National Collegiate Hispanic Honor Society. Its purpose is to provide students opportunities to practice speaking in Spanish and interact with other students of Spanish through community learning service projects. The Sigma Delta Pi Chapter at Friends University has received the outstanding national chapter award twelve times for exemplary participation in activities on campus and in the community.

Sigma Tau Delta International English Honor Society
Sponsor: Vicki Ronn  316-295-5563
Sigma Tau Delta is the International English Honor Society that promotes literacy through service, encourages interest in literature on campus, and honors high achievement in English language and literature. Eligibility for Sigma Tau Delta requires a 3.5 GPA in an English major, membership in the English Club and completion of the service learning requirement. All students, regardless of major, may join the English Club if they love literature or creative writing.