Campus Activities

Emory & Henry sanctions many organizations and activities for students. The governing/supervisory body to all such groups is the Student Government. Campus groups include performing groups, Greek organizations, honorary societies, and many others. Students interested in any of these groups may contact the President or Advisor listed in each section, or you may contact the Student Government for further information. Guidelines for creating a new organization can be found on page 99.

Any college organization engaged in a money-making project on campus must clear the project with the Dean of Students. College organizations soliciting funds or advertisements from persons and/or businesses off campus may do so only with the written approval of the Dean of Students, in conjunction with the Office of Institutional Advancement.

Please note that activities must benefit the college community in a way that is consistent with the College’s educational mission. In addition, if a fundraiser activity is being conducted to benefit an outside agency, the organization must submit a letter of approval from that agency prior to the activity being approved and scheduled. Request forms should be submitted for approval to the Dean of Students Office at least seven working days prior to the desired event.

For more information and forms concerning forming a new organization, planning fundraising events, and planning general events, please contact Christina Davis at

The Emory & Henry Student Government

Students at Emory & Henry have a long history of involvement in the governance of the College. The Student Government is composed of executive, legislative, and judicial branches. The executive branch is led by the Student Body President. The Executive Branch is charged with administering all of the functions of the Student Government. The President is assisted by a group of cabinet officers, charged with administering one of the six principal departments of Student Government. These include the Office on Judicial/Honor Affairs, the Office of the Student Body Treasurer, the Office of the Elections Commissioner, the Office of the Student Government Public Relations, Office of Administrative Affairs, and the Office of Campus Activities. Each of these departments is headed by an officer appointed by the Student Body President.

2019-2020 Student Government Leadership

President: Jarod Bracero

Vice President: TBD

Advisor: Dean Ryan Bowyer

The College Senate is composed of 22 members of the College community: 16 students, 3 faculty, and 3 administrators. The Senate is responsible for passing all legislation necessary for the operation of the Student Government. The Senate meets once a month. All meetings are open to the public. In addition, Student Government hosts Student Forums each semester to give students an opportunity to share ideas and concerns.

The Student Government administers an annual budget for use by campus groups. This budget funds services provided to the student body by the Student Government, including organizations and interest groups, in addition to all types of special activities and programs.

All students have access to the decision-making process through the election of representatives to the Senate and in the Presidential election, which elects both the Student Body President and Vice President. Students are also represented by Student Government on most faculty committees and on the Board of Trustees.

The Student Government Constitution and other important documents can be found elsewhere in this handbook. They are the official statements of the Student Government and, if consulted, will serve to give the student a detailed understanding of Student Government and point out opportunities for involvement. Persons desiring to serve as senators or in other elected offices or wanting consideration for appointed positions should contact the Student Government Office, located on the second floor in Martin-Brock Student Center. 276-944-6927;

College Media

Ampersand. The student literary and art journal. Originally started as Era in 1897, re-organized as Prism in 1957, and renamed Ampersand in 1979. Published once a year. Editors: Alexa Shockley and Tiffany Collins. Advisor: Dr. Scott Boltwood..

We are Emory & Henry College's student-run television station. We broadcast on the station's YouTube and Facebook account and present all of our shows on our website

The purpose of EHC-TV is to serve as a television station run for and by Emory & Henry students. Feature programming includes topics of interest to the E&H community, such as news, sports, entertainment, local events, and more.

The goal of EHC-TV is to provide students with the opportunity to learn all aspects of production and management related to the field of television and broadcast media.

The Sphinx. The College yearbook, published since 1907, is a student-operated media. Issued annually in the spring, the yearbook documents college life during the academic year. A variety of staff positions are open to all students, with interest particularly in page layout, writing, photography, business management, sales, and more.

Advisor: Alex Veatch; Editor: Sarah Foster.

The Whitetopper. The College newspaper, first published in 1914 as The Weekly Bulletin and now one of the oldest student-produced newspapers in the South. It is a student-run media product, published weekly during the school year. Advisor:  Dr. Mark Finney; 2019-2020 Editor: Bethany Lockhart, Business Manager: Ellen Hicks.

WEHC. WEHC 90.7 is the college radio station, known as “Your college and community station.” Since October 2009, the station has been broadcasting at nearly 9,000 watts, reaching a five county area in Virginia and Tennessee with its primary signal. The secondary signal reaches into parts of North Carolina. The station carries local programming in the afternoons and evenings, with a 4-6 p.m. break-in for NPR’s All Things Considered. From midnight until 1:00 p.m., the station carries Radio IQ programming that consists of NPR news and BBC talk. WEHC broadcasts football games and home basketball games. The station signal is streamed 24/7 and can be found at Students may apply to provide musical programming, sports coverage, or news by contacting Station Manager Jeffrey Cowart or WEHC General Manager Richard Graves.

Interest Groups

American Advertising Federation (AAF). A nationally recognized organization composed of advertisers and graphic designers across the country. The Emory & Henry chapter was established in Fall 2015. The club provides advertising and design opportunities to students in conjunction with local AAF chapters in the region and aims to compete annually in the National Student Advertising Competition. Student contact: Sierra Howell.

Alpha Phi Omega. Assembles men and women in the fellowship of the Scout’s Oath to develop leadership, promote friendship, and provide a service to the community. Advisor: TBD.

Blue & Gold Society​: A student organization that consists of tour guides who lead prospective student groups around the main campus of Emory & Henry. These "Ambassadors" provide an historical overview of Emory & Henry and explain different buildings, student organizations, academic offerings, etc. They serve the College through being positive and accurate representatives of its students, faculty, staff, and campus community. The Admissions Office entrusts them to build a positive relationship with guests so that each person has a first-class visit to the College. Activities are coordinated by Admissions Guest Coordinator Maureen Buescher. The President of the Blue & Gold Society will be elected in the fall.

College Democrats. Promotes interest and involvement in the Democratic party and its candidates in local, state, and national elections. Advisor: Dr. Thomas J. Little; Student Contact: TBD.

Emory & Henry College Republicans. Promotes interest and involvement in the Republican party and its candidates. Advisor:  TBD; President: Michael Bosset.

E&H Dance Team. The Dance Team was founded in 2011 by students with a passion for dance who wanted to share that passion with the E&H community. They perform at football and basketball games during halftime and on the sideline. In addition to this, they compete at various competitions throughout the year. Tryouts are held in April each year. All students with a dance background who love to dance and perform are welcome to try-out. Previous experience in dance is preferred. Coach Sara Hansen.

Emory Climate Collaborative. Leads the college community toward a sustainable human habitat through conservation, fun earth-friendly events, and the promotion of simple living. Students lead trips, bring in speakers and performers, and organize for change. Advisors: Dr. Ed Davis and Dr. Jamie Ferguson. President: Clare Carter

Emory Activities Board (EAB). The Emory Activities Board (EAB) brings fun and exciting campus-wide events to the community. From concerts and lyceums to Quidditch and midnight premieres at the Abingdon Cinemall, EAB adds excitement, free of charge, to campus life for everyone. EAB has open membership, and all students are able to join. Advisor: Christina Davis; President: Parker Kitts.

Emory Golf Association (EGA). The purpose of the EGA is to offer the Emory & Henry College community with an organization that provides support for those students who wish to learn golf or hone their skills. Emory Golf Association also works to create events for the surrounding community that raise funds for charities and bring notoriety to the sport of golf on the Emory & Henry campus. Members of the EGA will have the opportunity to play on campus and on courses in the region. Advisor: TBD; President: Ryan Owens.

Habitat for Humanity. Habitat for Humanity works with our local affiliate, Washington County Habitat for Humanity to help eliminate homelessness by building houses and hope so that everyone can have a healthy, affordable place to call home. Advisor: Ryan Bowyer;  President: Sam Caudill.

Pre-Health Club. Advises students planning careers in the health professions, promotes interest through field trips and speakers, and sponsors visits to graduate programs in health care. Advisor: Dr. J.P. Barfield President: Rachel Sanya.

Hermesian Literary Society. Founded on the values are virtue, eloquence, and learning, the Hermesian Literary Society is one of the oldest debate societies on campus. The society’s goals are to promote engaged and intellectual discourse on campus on debate issues facing society today. Must be at least a second-semester freshman with a GPA of 3.4 to join. Advisor: Kathleen Chamberlain; President: Nicholas Bishop.

Math Club.  The Emory and Henry Math Club has as its objective increasing the opportunities to learn, enjoy and communicate mathematics throughout the campus community and beyond.  It does this by hosting evenings of mathematical games, movies and speakers.  The club travels to mathematical conferences throughout the region.  It more generally supports students of mathematics in whatever ways it can.  All are welcome to join.

Peer Education Program. A college- and community-based network affiliated with the National Bacchus Network focusing on comprehensive health and safety initiatives. Promotes student campus and community-wide leadership on healthy and safe lifestyle decisions. Offers members a national certification. Plans and promotes programs on campus such as the Sexual Assault   Education and Prevention, Red Flag Campaign, Spring Break Awareness, Depression and wellness screenings and Stress Management Fairs. Provides Bystander training and other harm reduction training. Certified peer educators lead workshops on campus. Open to all interested students. Advisor: Emily Myers.

Pre-Law Society. Provides programming to enrich students’ pre-professional legal skills and studies. These programs include events, such as law forums, that facilitate discussion between students and legal professionals. The Society hosts guest speakers, sponsors visits to law schools, offers LSAT advice, and assists in securing internships.  Advisor:  Dr. Shumaker; President: Neha Rai

Raices. Raices is a student organization serving to bring awareness, foster a sense of community for the Hispanic-Latinx students of Emory & Henry College, and promote networking among individuals of Hispanic-Latino cultural backgrounds. The name raices, meaning roots, was inspired by a Freda Kahlo painting of the same name. Advisor: TBD; President: Stacy Escobar.

Residence Hall Association (RHA). The Residence Hall Association is a student-run organization that caters to the students living in the residence halls on campus. The goals of RHA are to promote community among the residents and to be an active voice and representation of all students residing in the residence halls. The organization aims to provide channels for the opinions and concerns of residential students, to get students engaged and involved in campus-wide programming that RHA provides, as well as, to perform all other duties necessary to improve the campus environment for residential students. Advisor:  Christina Davis & Josh von Castle.

River’s Way. Provides an opportunity for establishing and maintaining dedicated relationships with youth and young adults with disabilities in this region. Activities include: team building programs, activities with student groups/athletics, theatre outings, fitness programs at the Bristol Family YMCA, overnights on campus, adventure programs, and engaging participants in developing workforce soft skills. Advisor: Maggie Obermann; Coordinator: Kiara Barbour.

Sports Management Club. The purpose of this organization is to provide students majoring in Physical Education, Sports Management, and/or Teacher Preparation with enhanced educational and professional development opportunities. Members will have opportunities to attend in-service meetings and events outside of the school environment and will also be provided with additional leadership opportunities. Professional development activities will include involving members in professional organizations such as the American Alliance for Health,  Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (AAHPERD) and/or North American Society for Sport Management (NASSM).  Advisor: Dr. Rebecca Buchanan; President: TBA.

Strength & Conditioning Club. The Purpose of the Emory & Henry Strength & Conditioning Club is to provide students interested in strength & conditioning and physical fitness the opportunity to seek further education outside of the curriculum provided at Emory & Henry College.

As a member, there will be several opportunities dependent upon one’s desired level of involvement. Club membership utilizes a tier system which includes a general membership, strength & conditioning internship, and certified professional examination preparation.

All members will have the ability to attend student or teacher lead discussion meetings on campus. Tier II and Tier III allows for involvement in academic opportunities outside campus through sponsored National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) events. After completing an internship with the Head Strength & Conditioning Coach, members will be able to attend national or state conferences through the NSCA.

Advisor: Mike Caro. President: Landon Biddix.

Student Affiliate of the American Chemical Society. Provides students interested in the sciences with opportunities to become involved in the scientific community. Sponsors speakers, provides networking opportunities with career chemists (e.g. at local ACS meetings and conferences), performs science-oriented demonstrations and tours graduate schools, government labs, and local industry. Advisor: Dr. Jamie Ferguson; President: Ian Graham.

Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC). SAAC  is a committee made up of student-athletes assembled to provide insight on the student-athlete experience. The SAAC also offers input on the rules, regulations, and policies that affect student-athletes’ lives on NCAA member institution campuses.

The purpose of Student-Athlete Advisory Committee is as follows:

  • To streamline and promote efficient communication between the athletic department administration and the student-athlete population.
  • To provide the student-athlete population with an opportunity to more effectively communicate with the athletic department administration and provide suggestions on programs designed to serve its needs.
  • To actively encourage more involvement of student-athletes in campus and community outreach projects.
  • To design and implement programs which will encourage academic achievement, health promotion, social responsibility, and general life skills awareness.

Advisor - Christine Johnston         

President - Allyson Steadman Vice President - TBA

Club Sports

Club Sports are organized by students with similar interests in a given sport or activity. Clubs can be competitive, instructional, performance-based or recreational in nature.  Club sports must first meet the requirements of Campus Recreation and Student Life in registering as a sports or recreational student organization. Once registered, clubs may request affiliation with Campus Recreation and become a recognized sports club.

Emory and Henry Rugby Football Club. Rugby is one of the fastest growing club sports in America with more than 32,000 college players registered with USA Rugby. Since 2016 the Emory & Henry Rugby men’s club has grown and become competitive in the Cardinal Athletic Conference. In 2019 Emory and Henry started a women’s team and is also looking to grow. Players from both teams report two weeks prior to the start of class for camp. When classes start, practice is on Tuesday and Thursday with games on Saturdays.  The fall season concentrates on 15 vs 15 and is our conference season.  There is also a spring season, in which we play some 15 vs 15 and attend 7 vs 7 tournaments.  The teams are made up of players who played in highschool as well as players with no experience.  All players can receive a scholarship to join the team.  The team is led by coach Tom (Doc) O’Neill who is a level 200 USA Rugby Certified Coach and 2018 Cardinal Collegiate Rugby Union coach of year.

Performing Groups

Opportunities are available in theatre, voice, and instrumental music. In all areas, provisions are made to accommodate students who have had prior experience and training, as well as those individuals who may be venturing into the performing arts for the first time. All areas, except dance, have options for formal academic training and academic credit related to practice and/or performance.

Choral Ensembles. Emory & Henry College offers choral performance opportunities for all students interested in singing. Ensembles include Concert Choir and Chamber Singers. Concert Choir, which is open to all students, typically has 40-50 singers and performs 2-3 concerts per semester including an annual tour. Concert Choir rehearses on TTh from 3:00-4:20pm. Chamber Choir is a highly select ensemble open to all students through audition. Chamber Choir is comprised of 16-20 singers and performs 3-4 concerts per semester including an annual tour. Chamber Choir rehearses on MW from 3:30-4:20pm. Both choirs participate in an international tour every four years. All choirs are taken for 0.5 credit hours and fulfill the Artistic Expression Mode of Inquiry. For information on auditions, rehearsals, and expectations, please contact Joshua Boggs at

Instrumental Ensembles. Brass Quintet, Brass Choir, Trumpet Ensemble, Woodwind Ensemble, and Symphonic Band are available to majors and non-majors who have prior experience on an instrument, depending upon interest and numbers. Rehearsals and performances at campus events. 0.5 credit hours per ensemble. Director: Dr. Matt Frederick.

Marching Band.  Students with marching band experience either as musicians or color guard are welcome to join the marching band.  The band rehearses two to three times per week as needed to prepare for the next game. The music consists of popular marching band repertoire. .5 credit hours for Marching Band. Director: Dr. Matt Frederick.

Theatre. The theatre department presents four major theatrical productions plus a number of student-directed showcases every year. Productions offer opportunities for students to gain experience in acting, directing, design, and backstage work. Auditions for all shows are open to all E&H students. Students participating in any of the four major productions are required to enroll for at least one hour of Theatre Practicum (THRE 402) after receiving the instructor’s permission. For more information, contact Professor Dr. Kelly Bremner @

Honorary Groups

Alpha Psi Omega. National Honorary Theatre Society for students interested in the Theatre Arts; membership by invitation to students with an active interest in the theatre arts and are familiar with play production in areas such as directing, acting, management, musical theatre and/or design and technology.

Beta Beta Beta. Promotes excellence and research in biology; to be eligible for full (regular) membership, students must be biology majors who have at least: 1) an overall 3.0 or higher cumulative GPA; 2) a 3.0 GPA in their Biology courses and have completed at least three biology courses beyond BIOL 117. For associate membership, students with an interest in the Natural Sciences, or Biology majors who do not yet fulfill full membership criteria are eligible. Advisor: Dr. George C. Argyros; (2020-2021) President: Jake Strurgill, Vice President: CJ Poulsen, Secretary: Emily Hill, Treasurer: Alexandra Barbee, Historian: Caroline French.

Blue Key Honor Society. Junior and senior students who have been of service to the College through extracurricular and academic achievements; membership by invitation; email for more information. Advisor: Jolie Lewis. President: Lauren Salyer.

Gamma Theta Upsilon. Geography students exhibiting academic excellence. Promotes interest, research, and leadership in the discipline. Advisor: Dr. Ed Davis; President: Isabella McCall.

Phi Eta Sigma. National honor society for first-year students. Membership is by invitation to students who have exhibited academic excellence during their first year. With more than 350 chapters nationally, Phi Eta Sigma’s purpose is to recognize superior academic achievement and provide scholarship opportunities to talented students.

Pi Delta Phi. French Honor Society. The purpose is to recognize outstanding scholarship in the French language and its literature, to increase the knowledge and appreciation of Americans for the cultural contributions of the French-speaking world, and to stimulate and encourage French and francophone cultural activities. Advisor:  Dr. Xiangyun Zhang

Pi Gamma Mu. Social science students who have maintained a high scholastic average and meet membership requirements. Sponsors service projects and speakers from social science fields. Advisor: Dr. Matthew Shannon 

Pi Sigma Alpha. A national political science honor society founded in 1920 at the University of Texas for upper-level undergraduate students. Advisor: Dr. Krystin Krause; President: TBA.

Psi Chi.  An International Honor Society in Psychology, founded in 1929 for the purpose of encouraging, stimulating, and maintaining excellence in scholarship and advancing the science of psychology. Open to all students who meet the international criteria. Advisor: Dr. Celeste Gaia.

Sigma Beta Delta.  “Membership in Sigma Beta Delta is the highest national recognition a business student can receive at a college or university with a Sigma Beta Delta chapter. To be eligible for membership, a business student must rank in the top 20 percent of the junior, senior or graduate class and be invited to membership by the faculty officers.”  Sigma Beta Delta.  Advisor:  Dr. Denise Stanley.  President:  Elizabeth Quillen.

Sigma Delta Pi. Spanish National Honor Society. Honors, encourages, and fosters excellence in the study of Spanish. Promotes respect for the culture of Spanish-speaking peoples. Advisor: Dr. Alma P. Ramirez-Trujillo; President:  Max Palmer.

Sigma Mu. Senior students ranked academically in the upper one-tenth of their class and junior students ranked in the upper one-fifteenth of their class; membership by invitation. Advisor: Dr. Ben Letson.

Sigma Tau Delta. The International English Honor Society. It seeks to confer distinction for high achievement in English language and literature. The organization seeks to promote cultural stimulation on college campuses and serve society by fostering literacy. It is open to all English majors and minors meeting the national requirements. Advisor: Professor Mary Ellis Rice; President: Claire Hogg.

Spiritual Life

Emory & Henry’s Office of Spiritual Life is part of the Division of Place and Civil Society, with collaborative partners that include the Appalachian Center for Civic Life, International Education, and the Ampersand Center.   While E&H traces its historical roots to the Methodist tradition, Spiritual Life at E&H seeks to provide spiritual support to students from every denomination and faith tradition. The college years are rich with new experiences, and Spiritual Life offers the following:

 A place to deepen and discover new aspects of faith,
Acommunity that shares the highs and lows of life, classes, family, etc….
A welcoming and safe space to ask hard questions and grapple with difficult issues 
Friendships that will last a lifetime.
We value relationships with students, faculty, and staff of all faiths. We are also glad to assist students with locating off-campus worship opportunities.

Spiritual Life offers weekly on-campus opportunities for shared meals, worship, and conversation.

Campus Christian Fellowship (CCF) offers a time for students to share a home-cooked meal, followed by a devotion or Bible study and discussion led by a student or a guest speaker.  CCF meets on Tuesday evenings at 6:00pm in the Mason Fellowship Hall in Memorial Chapel.

Chapel Worship meets weekly on Thursday afternoon in Memorial Chapel from 5:00pm-5:30pm for a service of prayer, song, Scripture, and reflection.

Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA) is open to athletes and non-athletes alike. Participants gather weekly on Monday evenings at 8:45 in MS 102.  Group members and guest speakers lead devotions, share concerns, and encourage one another “to meet the challenge and adventure of following Christ.”  FCA small group Bible studies for men and women are held weekly, as well as an annual spring College Advance Retreat.

Kerygma is a Greek word used in the Christian New Testament to mean “proclamation”. Kerygma is the chosen name for  a group of students who intentionally seek to discern God’s call in their lives, and to discuss what that means for their vocational life.  Kerygma meets at 5:30pm after the Chapel Worship service on Thursday afternoon.

Interfaith Student Union (ISU)  seeks to inform, educate, and raise awareness of religious diversity through a variety of events and discussions.  Any and all religious and spiritual paths are welcome. Meetings are held in the Inclusion and Dialogue (ID) Center on Monday evenings at 7:00pm.  Regular activities include Sacred Sparks campfires at the Weaver or MaWa firepit where participants discuss spiritual questions and experiences in a safe and relaxed environment. ISU leads an annual service project in the spring semester as part of Interfaith Youth Core’s “Better Together Days”.  ISU also sponsors an annual Passover Seder in the spring semester.   An Interfaith Prayer Room is located in Room 103 in Memorial Chapel and is open to all for prayer and meditation. 

Spiritual Life Housing is part of the College’s Theme House program. Carter House in The Village, is a co-ed residence providing  an atmosphere that is focused on the spiritual qualities of community and hospitality.

Greek Life

Governed by the Greek Council, the nine fraternities for men and seven sororities for women offer students opportunities for fellowship, service, and social activities. All Greek organizations are local, meaning that they are unique to the Emory & Henry campus. The Dean of Students, Ryan Bowyer, serves as the official College liaison with the fraternities and sororities. Greek organizations, like all other student organizations, are governed by the College through the Student Government. According to policy established by the Student Government, membership in approved social organizations is open to students, sophomore level and above, who have earned at least 12 credit hours at Emory & Henry, maintained a cumulative GPA of 2.0, and are free of academic or social probation. First-year and transfer students are also eligible for membership after earning 12 credit hours at the College, maintaining a GPA of 2.75, and remaining free of academic or social probation. Individual organizations may establish standards for membership which are higher than these minimums.

Fraternity and sorority members have an opportunity to gain leadership experience by representing their organizations on the Greek Council. Each fraternity and sorority has two representatives on the governing body. From fraternity and sorority representatives, a president, a vice president, a secretary, a treasurer, and a sergeant-at-arms are elected. Council responsibilities include: coordinating rush and induction periods, leadership development, council-wide service projects, and campus events.  Greek Council President: Elizabeth Bowman

Emory & Henry Sororities: Alpha Beta Chi (ABX), Delta Omicron Pi (ΔΟΠ), Delta Rho Delta (ΔΡΔ), Kappa Phi Alpha (ΚΦΑ), Pi Sigma Kappa (ΠΣΚ), Sigma Upsilon Nu (ΣϒΝ), and Zeta Phi (ΖΦ).

Emory & Henry Fraternities: Beta Lambda Zeta (ΒΛΖ), C Phi C (CΦC), Dom-I-Necher (DIN), Phi Gamma Phi (ΦΓΦ), Phi Pi Alpha (ΦΠΑ), Pi Delta Chi (ΠΔΧ), Sigma Alpha Kappa (ΣΑΚ) , Sigma Iota (ΣΙ), and Theta Chi Epsilon (ΘΧΕ).