Clubs & Organizations

Academic/Pre-Professional

American Chemical Society

The purpose of the American Chemical Society is to help students become better acquainted with chemistry, to instill a professional pride in the chemical sciences, and to foster an awareness of the responsibilities and challenges facing the modern chemist.
Anticipated Events:

  • Element Auction (students get to put their pictures on their choice of the elements)
  • Guest speakers from Graduate & Medical schools
  • Alumni visits-Alums of Hanover return to campus to lead informal discussions about life after Hanover, the business world, and the opportunities for people with interests in chemistry through medicine, business, communications, and more.

Association for Computer Machinery

ACM - Association for Computer Machinery is an organization stemmed out of the Computer Science department, but one does not have to be a computer science major or minor to join. Examples of activities held by the organization in the past include a volunteering trip to help at science camps in Indianapolis in the fall, and traveling to the annual ACM conference on Computer Science Education over winter break. Last year ACM also organized a number of movie and gaming nights, a linux workshop, and a computer science camp for children. ACM has been known to hold fall and spring gatherings/social events to get to know the students and faculty of the math and computer science departments, and also help out in the computer science lab. Advisor: Michael Bradshaw, Assistant Professor of Computer Science, bradshaw@hanover.edu.
Winner of Student Organization Excellence Award: 2005 - Outstanding Student Leader

Beta Beta Beta: The Biology Club

Founded in 1922, Tri-Beta is dedicated to improving the understanding and appreciation of biological study and extending boundaries of human knowledge through scientific research for undergraduates. Chapters across the country plan academic and recreational activities that complement what is done in the classroom. Tri-Beta also supports student research by organizing regional and national meetings, funding a grants program, and publishing results of undergraduate biology research in its journal, BIOS.  Hanover’s own Mu Xi chapter is active on campus in planning retreats, campus events, and bringing in speakers, for both members and the rest of the campus community to enjoy.

Geology Club

The Geology Club is open to all students and endeavors to promote understanding of geological topics through activities such as hiking, camping, and backpacking in unique and interesting areas. The club is closely associated with the Geology Department, and its professors as well as majors provide ample reference for club excursions. Last year, the club held our annual cookout, explored New York and Pennsylvania canyons and collected fossils, and spent Spring Break in Death Valley National Park day hiking through millions of years of geological history and experiencing the natural beauty of the area. If you are interested in joining the Geology Club contact professor Ken Bevis at bevis@hanover.edu.

Hanover Economic Society

The purpose of the Economic Society is to increase students’ understanding of the practical application of economic theory, and to expose students to contemporary issues concerning economics.  Membership in the Economic Society is open to those who have completed or are in enrolled in any economics course; however, many events are open to the whole student body.  In the past the Economic Society has had picnics, pizza parties, and movie nights.  Meetings are monthly.  The days and time will be determined during the first week of classes. 

History Club

The History Club invites all who have a desire to learn about historical events, to participate in activities such as visits to local museums, going to the movies, meeting to discuss incidents of interest, and arranging appearances of historical guest speakers.

Indiana Student Education Association

The Indiana Student Education Association (ISEA) offers great opportunities to expand one’s experience as a pre-service teacher.  The group has monthly meetings that allow time outside of class to gain useful skills and knowledge about the education field.  ISEA is also a good way to volunteer in the community, to network with other teacher candidates, and to expand leadership skills.

Math Club (Delta Theta = Pi)

The Math Club is an organization that acts as a gathering place for students interested in mathematics. Anyone with an interest in mathematics, regardless of major or minor is encouraged to join. Past activities of the Math Club have included a showing of the movie "The Pi vs E debate" as well as a talk on mathematics courses in Australia. Future plans for the club include organizing gatherings/cookouts as well as talks related to mathematics.

Pre-Law Club

(Sigma Iota Lambda) Pre Law Club is an organization that helps students to learn more about the field of law and the possible career opportunities that are available. We have speakers come in such as judges, lawyers, and law students. We also take trips to law schools.  We have panel discussions involving several Hanover alums that work in the legal field, and they discuss their experiences.  The club is to aid students who think they might want to pursue a law career, students who just have a special interest in law or students who know they want to go into law and seek to learn more about how to get into law school and what field(s) to go into.

Psychology Club

The purpose of this organization is to promote interest, investigation, and achievement in psychology both on the campus of Hanover College and in its surrounding communities.  Furthermore, this organization seeks to provide quality programming dedicated to sincere exploration of psychological issues for all students at Hanover College. The club is open to anyone with an interest in what makes humans tick! Events include movie nights, social outings, annual t-shirt, and much more.

Sociology/Anthropology Club

The purpose of the Sociology and Anthropology Club is to take a closer look at society and culture-- the way it operates and changes-- and the people that make up society. We desire to bring more cultural awareness to Hanover's campus through a variety of ways.  We sponsor and co-sponsor many exciting events such as hookah nights, the International Student Reception, the German dinner, movie nights, activities during Wake Up And Live, and meditation hours.  We host events that not only encourage cultural awareness, but we also address many important sociological issues at events.  This is an event-based club, so we do not have regular meetings.  Instead, please watch for posters and flyers around campus announcing fun and exciting events!  There are no regular meetings, membership fees, or other restrictions!

Student Broadcast Association

(SBA) The Student Broadcast Association creates programs to run on the campus channel. SBA projects range from covering campus events to producing short films. Membership in SBA provides students with access to campus television facilities and equipment, as well as opportunities for hands-on learning, as students take on the roles of videographers, directors, producers, and talent. This organization was established for students, regardless of major, who are interested in learning about the process of video production and gaining experience in the field. Our first meeting will be sometime during the first month of school and the events we have planned this year will be a wide variety of tapings including sport events, musical events, and faculty forums. Advisor: Elizabeth Winters, General Manager of the HC Channel, winters@hanover.edu.

Foreign Language

German Club

This club embraces German culture, but membership is open to all Hanover students; no experience with the language is required. The club sponsors events such as a free dinner on campus that includes typical German foods like bratwurst and German potato salad. There is also an annual trip to the Hofbräuhaus of Newport, KY-- a restaurant that serves genuine German cuisine and features live folk music. Those who are students of German may seek experienced club members, who provide tutoring services through Hanover's Learning Center. Join us today for assistance, food, fun, and culture!

Spanish Club

The Spanish club is for those students who have an interest in the Spanish language and Hispanic culture. The club allows students a time to speak and practice the Spanish language outside of the classroom, while providing the opportunity to get together and have fun practicing with and learning from one another. Trips, parties, and other activities also permit the club to incorporate what the students learn in the classroom to actual events that we experience as a group. Cultural events such as traditional cooking, dancing, and student sharing of information from trips abroad are also part of the activities which the club puts on. Overall the club is structured to meet the desires and needs of the students. All club activities and discussions are student driven, with input and help from professors as needed.

Governance

Interfraternal Council

(IFC) IFC is the governing body for fraternities on Hanover's campus.  It is composed of a seven member executive board, and advisor and two representatives from each Greek house.  We are in charge of recruitment and all Greek activities, (for enjoyment and judicial purposes), planned to form a closer union between Greek fraternal organizations, to form a closer union with Hanover College administration, and to promote those goals common to the Greek fraternities.

Panhellenic Council (Panhel)

The Panhellenic Council is the governing body of the women’s Greek Chapters at Hanover College. It consists of 8 executive council members and 2 delegates from each chapter. Panhel is in charge of implementing programming that is educational both for the Greek and non-Greek community. The council hosts such events as Greek Week, Formal Recruitment, speakers, and recruitment events. The Panhellenic Council also coordinates the recruitment process and activities for the four Chapters. Its primary purpose is to help unite the women’s Chapters, to work with the men’s Chapters, and improve relations within the Greek Community and with the campus of Hanover College.

Student Senate

Student Senate, unlike any other organization on campus, has a great responsibility to listen, represent, and address the needs of its constituents while acting as the central liaison between the student body and Hanover's faculty, administration, and staff. With dedicated members representing all facets of our student culture, Senate "partners with faculty members, administrators, Student Life staff, and Campus Security staff to solve problems of student culture, to integrate academic and living environments, to create a student civil society, and to build a principle-based community" (as stated in the Academic Vision Plan).  Through open lines of communication, a shared vision, and an action plan that seeks to build bridges within our college community, Student Senate will apply our school's Vision and Principles, and our goal is to fully represent students’ views and to make Hanover College a better place to learn and live.  Student Senate is comprised of students who are committed to serving as student leaders, involved with collaborative top-level decision-making, and seeking positive change for our campus community.  Additionally, we invite all students to attend our meetings on Wednesday evenings in Science Center Room 137.  Please look out for announcements on any modifications!
Winner of Student Organization Excellence Awards:
2008: Collaborative Program of the Year - Pizza & Politics (HC Conservatives, HC Democrats, HC Libertarians, HC Republicans, People for Peace, Student Senate)
2006: Outstanding Student Leader

Honor Societies

Alpha Lambda Delta

The purpose of Alpha Lambda Delta is to encourage superior academic achievement among students during their first year in institutions of higher education, to promote intelligent living, to stress the need for service within a community, to continue a high standard of learning, and to assist women and men in recognizing and developing meaningful goals for their roles in society. Students must achieve a grade point average of 3.5 or higher at the end of the first semester of their first year at Hanover in order to be qualified for membership.  Inductions are held annually in March.

Mortar Board

Mortar Board is a National Senior Honor Society dedicated to scholarship, leadership, and service. Each year, 15-50 new members are selected by the vote of outgoing members of the society. Eligible students must be in the top 35% of their junior class or have a 3.0 (whichever is higher), and submit an application during the winter term of junior year. Membership in this honor society implies a high level of member activity toward achieving the organization’s stated ideals of scholarship, leadership and service. Other activities include service-oriented projects such as local "clean-ups,” book drives for local shelters, and blood drives for campus and community members. Other examples include writing letters to first-year and sophomore Dean's List students, and organization of the Last Lecture Series each term, in which a professor (chosen by current members) is given the opportunity to present a lecture to students and the community as if it were his or her last.

Phi Sigma Iota International Foreign Language Honor Society

Phi Sigma Iota is a national honor society aimed at sharing and enjoying foreign languages. Students are invited to join PSI by our advisor. Events we normally have include the International Students' Reception and a yearly picnic. Advisor: Ann Kirkland, Professor of French, kirkland@hanover.edu.

Pi Sigma Alpha

To recognize students who have demonstrated outstanding scholarship in the discipline of Political Science and in the sum total of their academic work. To encourage discussion of issues related to Political Science among students and faculty at Hanover College. To promote the expansion of Pi Sigma Alpha as a national honorary society. Advisor: Ron Smith, Associate Professor of Political Science, smithr@hanover.edu.

Leadership

Leadership for Life

Hanover College Leadership Development Programs under the name Leadership for Life is a comprehensive leadership development program that includes leadership programming for the college years. Each year is dedicated to exploring different interests or topics of discussion essential for development from beginning of the college experience to graduation. Beginning with Emerging Leaders for first year students and culminating with the Real Life 101 series specifically developed for our juniors and seniors, the three separate programs work to engage student leaders on topics pertinent to where you are and where you are going.

Emerging Leaders is a program to provide new students with an opportunity to develop and/or strengthen leadership skills while learning more about the many leadership opportunities and various organizations at Hanover. The program consists of a day-long workshop that explores leadership types and how effective leaders build strength within groups and communities. Real hands on learning for leaders who want to get things done and make a difference.

Peer Advisor

(PA) The Peer advisor program is an essential component for the successful transition of new students each fall. The goal of the program is to connect each new student with a contact person from whom they can seek assistance.  Peer advisors play an important role in helping first year students make a successful transition to Hanover College. A peer advisor leads a group of 10 -12 new students throughout the fall term. Peer Advisors are selected through an application and interview process during winter term. If you are interested in applying here are a couple tips: get to know your faculty members – you’ll need a faculty recommendation, as well as a student recommendation, and be sure to keep your grades up, the application process has a minimum GPA requirement of 2.75.

Resident Assistant

(RA) The Resident Assistant is a para-professional staff position offered by the Office of Student Housing. The RA assists the Housing Director in creating and maintaining an environment conducive to the educational, social, cultural, and personal development of each student. 

Publications

The Hanover Historical Society

Get published in The Hanover Historical Review. Papers written for courses outside of history are welcome. Advisor, Jeff Brautigam, Associate Professor of History, brautgm@hanover.edu.

Kennings - Artistic and Literary Magazine

Kennings is an uncensored magazine which prints works by students, faculty, staff, and campus community members in general. The magazine, which is free of charge, is published annually and is distributed during Spring Term.  During the year, the Editorial Board meets as needed to read and review all submissions and to vote for their inclusion in the magazine.  All students are welcome and encouraged to submit their work and to join the Editorial Board.  Kennings accepts written works (poetry and short prose) as well as two-dimensional art (photography, painting, prints, etc.).  Each school year, we also sponsor at least two poetry readings, each of which is open to the entire campus.

Revonah

The Revonah (Hanover spelled backwards) is the College yearbook. The yearbook staff is the group that edits and publishes the Revonah each year. Each staff member volunteers as much time as he or she is willing to commit. There are several jobs associated with the yearbook. The editor-in-chief oversees the publication details. The editor is in charge of scheduling, budget management, bill paying, final editing, final page proofing, and other management activities. Section editors are responsible for the content of individual sections of the yearbook. They typically do layout and design of the section of the book for which they are responsible. The photography editor is responsible for taking photographs for the yearbook and for overseeing a staff of photographers. Other staff members may include various photographers, page layout specialists, caption writers, and ad sales people. No prior yearbook experience is required but it is helpful. Anyone interested in helping in any way to produce a quality yearbook for Hanover College is encouraged to be a member of the Revonah staff.

Triangle

The Triangle is the student newspaper of Hanover College. Come gain knowledge and experience of the journalism industry through reporting, photography, page design, editing and advertising.

Recreational Clubs

Cricket Club

Cricket club is the second famous game in the world after soccer and it has been implicated that the bounds of number cricket fans are increasing astonishingly. Cricket club introduces this game at Hanover College. We meet once a week to practice cricket. Meeting time is scheduled as per members’ convenience.

Hanover College Ballroom Dance Association

The Hanover College Ballroom Dance Association (HCBDA) is an organization designed to teach different styles of ballroom dance.  Some of the dances include the waltz, tango, cha-cha, swing, foxtrot, and rumba.  HCBDA also makes occasional excursions to outside dance studios in order to mingle with other dancers and learn additional steps.  The Association also hosts occasional dance parties throughout the year.  Meeting times will be announced at the beginning of each term.

Hanover College Table Top Club

(TTC) The Table Top Club provides an arena where gamers can meet and do battle.  Whether you are into war games, role playing games, collectable card games, or even good old-fashioned board games, the TTC can help you find others ready for a friendly game or brutal competition.  In addition to providing a network of gamers on the campus, the TTC also holds events where anyone can come and learn about games they haven't played before, or can gather for a long night of a favorite game against an old rival.  Finally, the Table Top Club strives to provide you with whatever you'll need for whatever table-top game you'd like to play.  We've got dice, boards, cards, terrain, and most importantly, a sociable gaming environment. 

Hanover College Ultimate Frisbee

Ultimate Frisbee has long been a traditional activity at Hanover College. HC Ultimate was formed in 2006 as an organization making Ultimate Frisbee a traveling club sport. The team went to Evansville, Bloomington, and West Lafayette to compete against teams from the whole Midwest region in 2005-2006. During HC Ultimate’s second year, the team traveled to Ohio State, Miami (OH), and Evansville.  To cap off the year they received an invitation to play in the DIII Nationals Tournament.  In the fall, HC Ultimate will be playing pick-up games open to anyone on the Quad and also helping in the intramural sports. In the spring, HC Ultimate will form a traveling team to represent the college on a national level. The organization also hopes to host a tournament at Hanover College in the spring. 

Martial Arts Club

The purpose of this club is to foster a wide student interest and participation in the Martial Arts by providing instruction and leadership. We assist students in developing their mental, physical, and spiritual well being, as well as basic self-defense skills. Our class starts with stretching and warm up then breaking up into groups to work on your levels material. We work from many different areas; tak-won-do, tai chi, basic self defense, and some weapons work. Everyone is welcome, including people who have never tried martial arts. Advisor: John Ahrens, Professor of Philosophy, ahrens@hanover.edu.

Rugby Club

The Rugby Club promotes awareness of and teaches the sport of Rugby. Members meet weekly or bi-weekly to view films, interact, and play Rugby. The Rugby Team is a branch of the Club. The team travels to compete against other Club teams. Practice for the team is held on campus. Check the Events Planner for major events. Standard meetings will be scheduled over the course of the academic school year. No prior experience necessary.
Winner of Student Organization Excellence Award: 2008-09: Outstanding New Student Organization

Table Tennis

Purpose: To provide a fun and relaxing environment in which table tennis is easily accessible and instruction in the rules and regulations of the sport is offered.

Service Organizations

Best Buddies

Best Buddies was created to enhance the lives of people with intellectual disabilities by providing opportunities for one-to-one friendships. Each month, matches meet at least once on their own and once with the group. People with intellectual disabilities are often excluded from society because of their differences. Best Buddies is determined to end social isolation for people with intellectual disabilities by establishing meaningful, lasting one-to-one friendships with their non-disabled peers. These friendships help increase self-esteem, confidence and the abilities of people with and without intellectual disabilities. Some activities include: cooking, crafts, sports, games, painting ceramics, dances, and various learning experiences.
Award, 2007: Named as one of 16 Outstanding Chapters at Best Buddies International Annual Student Leadership Conference

College Mentors For Kids

The purpose of College Mentors For Kids is to mentor and guide at risk children to the advantages of going to college. College buddies work with little buddies (grades 1-4) from a local elementary school in weekly 2-hour activities designed to give the kids valuable knowledge, expose them to the college atmosphere, and have fun! Activities are every Tuesday from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Colleges Against Cancer

Colleges Against Cancer is a nationwide organization dedicated to raising awareness and donations for the fight against cancer.  We work closely with the American Cancer Society and annually raise thousands of dollars through fun events for the campus and community. Anticipated Events:

  • Pink Day and guest speakers
  • Valentine's Crush sales and deliveries
  • Mr. Hanoverian competition
  • Hanover College Relay for Life

Community Stewardship Initiative (CSI)

CSI Hanover seeks to educate and energize the students, faculty, and staff of Hanover College to foster a sense of community and service. Specifically, we wish to focus on developing a stronger, mutually beneficial relationship between the college and our neighbors, both local and global, through community stewardship and service-learning. This club focuses on informed service, taking time to understand the needs of the community and the importance of our service to the community. Through campus-wide service events and social justice education opportunities, CSI will help build a culture of mutual service and neighborliness between the campus and Hanover-Madison communities and beyond.

Curbing Poverty with Tools for Learning

Three collaborative programs between neighboring Southwestern Schools and Hanover College provide exceptional and varied opportunities for students to volunteer in the community. Each program serves a different need on the path to curbing the cycle of poverty from addressing immediate needs of providing food to elementary students to helping with educational programs, the programs make a difference in many ways.

PantherPack Club with provide 100 Southwestern Elementary School students with healthy snacks each weekend of the school year (36 weeks). The mission is to alleviate hunger among at-risk children in SW Elementary School. Hanover students can help with fundraising and planning efforts. We are also looking to sign student groups up for Stuffing Sessions. Each Stuffing Session includes  stuffing 400 bags, transporting bags to Southwestern school and an organized reflection discussion of the experience. To participate in any way in the PantherPack program email PantherPackClub@hanover.edu.

Panther Academic Mentors is a tutoring initiative where Hanover College students will volunteer to tutor students in the classroom for one(1) hour/week for a semester. If you want to be a tutor you’ll need to submit your schedule of availability by September 17th. MANDATORY Academic Mentor Training will be held September 18th.  Academic Mentors will begin in class tutoring the week of September 20th. Start date contingent on background checks.

7th Grade Mentor Program pairs Southwestern 7th grade students with HC students for a 1:1 mentor relationship throughout the school year. The 7th graders will be brought to campus on Wednesday afternoons for 1.5 hour activity/interaction. Each semester there will be an open event for all SW 7th grade students to participate in, logistics have not been determined. HC students will need to complete an application for this program, and proceed through an interview and selection process.

Earthwide Outreach by Students

(EOS) The purpose of EOS is to promote local, regional, and international service learning.  Each member of EOS strives to connect Hanover College organizations, academic departments, and all volunteers to service opportunities by partnering with local, regional, and international organizations.  In the coming year, Earthwide Outreach by Students is anticipating several service opportunities on campus, in the local Hanover/Madison community, in Indiana, and in other countries.  For example, EOS organizes the annual Jamaica Medical Mission Trip, where individuals are selected to travel abroad during Winter Break to share medical treatment and education with the citizens of Jamaica. The Earthwide Outreach by Students strives to serve other needs as best as possible in other areas as well. Advisor: David Yeager, Dean of Students, yeagerd@hanover.edu.

Habitat for Humanity

Habitat for Humanity International Inc., a non-profit organization, is an ecumenical Christian housing group that works in partnership with those in need to improve their living conditions.  Since 1994, the campus chapter has helped the Heart of Madison Habitat for Humanity Affiliate create eight new homes for families in need. We will also be building weekly, holding bake sales to raise money for our local chapter, helping with the Silent Auction dinner, which is held annually. In the past the Madison chapter raised over $20,000 through this event. 

Hanover College Feminists

The Hanover College Feminist’s purpose is to bring women into full participation and equality in the mainstream of society, exercising all privileges and responsibilities thereof in truly equal partnership with men.  This purpose includes, but is not limited to, equal rights and responsibilities in all aspects of citizenship, public service, employment, education, and family life, and it includes freedom from discrimination because of race, ethnicity or nationality, age, marital status, gender identity, sexual orientation, or parenthood. Advisor: Kate Johnson, Professor of Philosophy, johnsonk@hanover.edu.

Love Is Needed by Kids (LINK)

LINK is an organization similar to Big Brothers/Big Sisters.  It works with children in the surrounding communities that may be less fortunate and in need of more attention. We work with the local elementary schools and match up Hanover students with elementary students, grades K-5. We have a monthly themed party, generally corresponding with the major holiday that falls within that month. Besides these parties, the Hanover students meet with their kids once a month to do an individual outside activity.

Sororities and Fraternities

Alpha Delta Pi

Alpha Delta Pi was established May 15, 1851 at Wesleyan a Female College in Macon, GA. Alpha Delta Pi holds the distinction of being the first secret society in the world for college women. Since its founding, Alpha Delta Pi has offered collegiate members a wealth of opportunities for leadership, philanthropic work, close friendships, and academic enhancement. Today, there are over 170,000 initiated members of the sorority worldwide and 133 chapters throughout the United States and Canada.

Chi Omega

Within the past 20 years, Chi Omegas have become key members within the Hanover College student body. These women pride themselves on their valuable contributions to all aspects of student life, and can be seen around campus as Resident Assistants, Peer Advisors, varsity athletes, Gamma Chis, Panhellenic Council officers, Student Senators, Members of LINK, Members of the Student Programming Board, Members of Christian Life and BASIC, Student Ambassadors, Writing Center tutors, Members of the Senior Committee, Teaching Assistants, as well as Mortar Board and other prestigious honor societies. However, Chi Omegas are not only active on campus, but also within the surrounding area. Chi Omega considers community service to be one of the most crucial aspects of Greek Life, and as a Chapter its members volunteered nearly 1,500 hours of their time during the last academic year. Not only do Chi Omegas fundraise for their national philanthropy, the Make-A-Wish Foundation, they can also be seen contributing to a wide range of service activities, including the local Headstart preschool, Habitat for Humanity, and Girls Inc. and the Hanover Nursing Home. The women of Chi Omega also enjoy the social aspect of their sorority within the past year Chi Omega has participated in the Lambda Chi Alpha Watermelon Bust, FIJI Island, and Sigma Chi Derby Days and also sponsored campus wide functions, such as the annual Back-to-School Luau, Chi Oahu.  For its members, Chi Omega also holds both a semiformal and a formal dance. Finally, though Chi Omegas are involved in a wide breadth of campus wide activities, they are still dedicated to academics, and have remained as one of the top GPA ranking Greek organization on campus. In essence, these women have an outstanding reputation and a great rapport with both the students and the faculty of Hanover College.

Kappa Alpha Theta

Kappa Alpha Theta was the first Greek letter fraternity for women. In 1882 Nu Chapter was founded at Hanover College. Since Theta’s beginning at Hanover, the chapter has grown and is well respected on campus. Theta serves to promote social, moral, and intellectual growth in its members, and Thetas grow in many ways at Hanover. The women of Kappa Alpha Theta pride themselves in being involved in many campus activities. Kappa Alpha Theta takes pride in making our fraternity a campus and community organization. The international members of Kappa Alpha Theta support CASA as their philanthropy. CASA is a group of Court Appointed Special Advocates who work for the benefit and welfare of children around the nation. Throughout the school year, Thetas engage in fund-raising activities for this group. In addition to our philanthropy, Theta members contribute their time and efforts to the local community. Thetas also place importance on the academic performance of their members. We continually strive for high scholarship and have implemented new programs to help us achieve our goals. There is another side to Theta, which is the social aspect.  Traditionally, Kappa Alpha Theta hosts a Rock the CASA dance at the beginning of the school year for the whole campus to enjoy. For our members, we also have dinner dates, a winter semi-formal, and a spring formal.

Phi Mu

On the Hanover campus, these two words are synonymous with excitement, leadership, sisterhood, and a whole slew of other positive adjectives that prove too numerous to list in such a short space. The Phi Mu sorority is comprised of 64 talented and diverse women who utilize their numerous gifts, and zest for fun to better the Hanover community. Phi Mu’s are routinely seen in the surrounding communities of Madison and Hanover performing service activities, as well as participating in on-campus activities, in clubs such as Student Senate, Choir, Community Standards Board, and Peer Advisors, and there is almost always a Phi Mu on each women's athletic team. Annually the Phi Mu’s sponsor their Pink Cadillac dance that raises money for Riley Children’s Hospital, which provides food, fun, and music for the entire campus. Phi Mu’s also host their own semi-formal and formal dances in the fall and winter terms along with three grab-a-dates throughout the year. Phi Mu’s combine wonderful, fun-loving women with a mission of service and philanthropy, which results in the most dynamic and energetic group of women on the Hanover campus.

Lambda Chi Alpha

Lambda Chi Alpha International Fraternity is one of the largest men’s general fraternities in North America. Founded in 1909 at Boston University, it has more than 227,000 initiated members and has held subsidiaries at more than 300 universities. Designed to prepare its members to be leaders for the world in which they live, Lambda Chi Alpha has a mission to inspire the highest level of character, values, scholarship and service in each of its members. Lambda Chi Alpha serves to compliment higher education by providing opportunities for academic achievement, leadership development, and lifelong friendship. On Hanover’s campus, the members of Lambda Chi Alpha participate in a variety of activities from Student Senate, SPB, varsity athletics, Peer Advisors, Ambassadors, and music and choral groups. Every year, Lambda Chi Alpha participates in the fraternity’s North American food Drive that raises hundreds of thousands of pounds of food for the needy. Also, Hanover’s chapter hosts a wiffleball tournament during spring term that raises money for the Salvation Army as well as provides entertainment for the entire campus.

Phi Delta Theta

Today, Phi Delta Theta is an international fraternity with more than 180 chapters. Among its most notable alumni are senators, governors, business leaders, astronauts, authors, athletes, college presidents, Supreme Court justices, and personalities in television, print, and the movie industry. The men of Phi Delta Theta include James Baker, Lou Gehrig, Neil Armstrong, Frank Lloyd Wright, Benjamin Harrison, Sam Nunn, Burt Reynolds, Tim Conway, Detlef Schrempf, and Hank Ketchum. Phi Delta Theta teaches men that the commitments outlined in the Fraternity’s Bond are not merely remote ideals, but areas of discipline for daily life. Phi Delts support, and in turn have the support of, their brothers in living these principles. Through The Bond of Phi Delta Theta, men with different backgrounds but similar ideals unite with a common purpose: to foster excellence in scholarship, leadership, individual growth, and involvement in community service. Indiana Epsilon is the Hanover College chapter of Phi Delta Theta and includes brothers from numerous cities in the tri-state area as well as around the nation. Brothers are ingrained in activities such as studies, varsity and intramural sports, and campus student organizations. Fifty-six brothers live in the biggest house on campus, which is being upgraded every day. Proud alum from Indiana Epsilon include Edward Whipple former President of the General Council of Phi Delta Theta.

Phi Gamma Delta

The International Fraternity of Phi Gamma Delta (also known as FIJI) is headquartered in Lexington, Kentucky and was founded in 1848 at Jefferson College in Canonsburg, Pennsylvania.

Sigma Chi

Since its founding in 1855, the Sigma Chi Fraternity has stood for the growth and development of personal abilities while never forgetting the spirit of true brotherhood. Since that time, Sigma Chi has striven to cultivate and maintain the high ideals of friendship, justice, and learning upon which it was founded. The Sigma Chi Fraternity has over 200 undergraduate chapters, which help alumni stay active in Sigma Chi's life-long brotherhood. These undergraduate chapters raise nearly $150,000 each year for various charities. In addition, each year Sigma Chi awards over $100,000 in scholarship grants to deserving brothers in order to preserve the high ideal of learning.  Sigma Chi's are active campus leaders; they are members of the PA staff, Student Senate, college choir, band, campus honorary societies, theatre, tennis, and soccer.  Chi chapter alumni include such public figures as J. Graham Brown, Woody Harrelson, and Jim Near (CEO for Wendy’s).

Gamma Chi

A Gamma Chi is a person who is involved in one of Hanover's four sororities but is independent from her Chapter through the completion of formal recruitment. Throughout the semester and during formal recruitment, Gamma Chi’s provide support and answer questions for the females who are thinking of participating in formal recruitment. Gamma Chi groups get together to do fun activities such as sorority house tours and a progressive dinner.

Special Interest Groups

Anime Club

Konnichiwa! We are an organization dedicated to learning and experiencing Japanese culture through animation. We meet every Wednesday from 8pm to 11pm in Classic Hall room 102 to view various anime series, such as Cowboy Bebop, Gravitation, and Excel Saga. In the Winter Term we host the Geek-a-Thon with other geeky clubs on campus, which is a day-long geek-out with video games, anime, karaoke and more in Classic Hall. During May term we attend an anime convention.

Campus Activities Board

(CAB) The Campus Activities Board is a student organization working to provide the campus community with quality entertainment.  CAB is made up of an executive board to find, plan, and work events around campus.  CAB works to serve Hanover in accordance with our mission: “…to enrich the lives of the campus community through the creation and delivery of fun, exciting, and diverse programs.” CAB offers entertainment from comedians, hypnotists, bands, and solo musicians throughout the school year.  Traditional seasonal activities include Homecoming, Late-Night Breakfast before Finals, and the spring term Drive-In Movie on the Quad.  If you have ideas for events and want to see YOUR favorite act come to Hanover, join us as a member of CAB..  If you have ideas for events and want to see YOUR favorite act come to Hanover, join us as a member of a CAB committee. Questions or need more information?  Email cab@hanover.edu

Hanover China Student Club

The purpose of the club shall be to promote cultural diversity and encourage cultural communication in Hanover College. To enrich students’ school life by organizing learning activities, varied recreational activities, and social practice. As an active link and platform between Hanover College and students, and between faculty and students. To widen eyes by reinforcing connection with cooperated colleges and society. Concerned for members and devote ourselves to serve members in the Hanover community.

Democrats, Hanover College

According to our Constitution, we, the Hanover College Democrats, "support the policies, platforms, and candidates important to the Democratic Party."  This year, we are planning to become involved in individual political campaigns, encourage voter participation in the November elections through voter drives, and communicate our messages through print and other forms of media.  A weekly meeting day and time has yet to be determined.
Winner of Student Organization Excellence Award:
2008: Collaborative Program of the Year - Pizza & Politics (HC Conservatives, HC Democrats, HC Libertarians, HC Republicans, People for Peace, Student Senate)

Hall Councils

Each residence hall has its own Hall Council.  Hall Council is comprised of students who are elected or volunteer as representatives for their floor. Hall Councils meets approximately twice a month with the residence hall leadership (Ad or Senior RA) to discuss and plan upcoming programs or activities which the hall would enjoy doing in the future. The Hall Council also discusses any suggestions for items to be purchased that may improve the residence hall community, such as renovations or additional items that need to be purchased for the Hall. See your RA for details about your hall council.

Hall Council for Greenwood & Ogle

The purpose of the Greenwood & Ogle Hall Councils are to promote a safe and secure environment that emphasizes individual responsibility, allowing for personal growth of residents. This shall be completed through daily involvement with residents and programming.  Additionally, the GHC will act as the voice for the Greenwood & Ogle communities in regards to campus issues and self governance. Each suite/pod has a hall council representative that is to take meeting minutes and area issues to their suite/pod. 

Hawaii Club

Aloha! The Hawaii Club is an organization open to all students. The main focuses of the Hawaii Club are to aid incoming freshmen from Hawaii adjust to living in Indiana, to educate those interested in the unique culture of the islands, and to spread the aloha spirit through various events. The highlight of the year is the Hawaii Club's annual luau where guests are treated to authentic Hawaiian food and entertained by hula dancing. Other club activities include trips to ethnic food restaurants and movie get-togethers.

International Club

For years, International Club (also known as I-Club) has been a forum for giving Hanover College an international flavor. It is an organization that helps forward cultures from all over the world and is open to all Hanover students, faculty, and staff, not only the international students. The chief objective of the club is to encourage interaction between students of all nationalities, promoting internationalism and diversity on campus, giving them an opportunity to learn about and live with cultures that are new and different and encouraging personal growth and having a good time. Throughout the school year, I-club adds to the diversity of campus life by organizing educational and entertaining events. Events anticipated for the coming year are Taste of the World, World Food and Hunger Lecture Series and the Annual International Banquet that features a great evening, including a variety of international food cooked by the club members, entertainment from all around the world and a wonderful experience.
Winner of Student Organization Excellence Award:
2008: Advisor of the Year- Nasrin Shahinpoor
2005: Programming Excellence

Kaleidoscope

Kaleidoscope is a student organization that promotes cultural diversity by educating fellow students about current minority issues and provides a support group for anyone who is concerned with or open to learning more about the cultures that are present on our campus. As a club, we explore other cultures through interesting campus events such as our Martin Luther King Jr. Day celebrations and culture of the month celebrations. Over the past years, we have brought in an African Dance and Drum Ensemble from Canada, award-winning poet, and well-known comedian.  Despite the serious nature of Kaleidoscope, we always try to educate as well as entertain. For instance, in the past the club sponsored a hip-hop dance party. We have also made several trips to ethnic restaurants and local theme parks. We'd love to continue bringing such vibrant and diverse events to campus -- come join us!  Our organization is open to all. Advisor: Taran McZee, Director of Multicultural Affairs, mczee@hanover.edu.
Winner of Student Organization Excellence Awards:
2008-09: Outstanding Student Organization
2007, 2006: Outstanding Student Organization
2007, 2006: Programming Excellence 

Love Out Loud

Love Out Loud is more than your local, friendly Gay-Straight Alliance (GSA).  We are an advocacy group and resource for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered (LGBT) individuals and their allies on Hanover College’s campus. Love Out Loud regularly celebrates and observes National Coming Out Day, AIDS Awareness Day, National Freedom to Marry Day, National Day of Silence. We host an annual Pride Week, with activities ranging from hosting campus speakers and discussions on LGBT topics to showings of cult classics, such as The Rocky Horror Picture Show, to a drag show with performances by students, faculty and alumni.  Love Out Loud has connections with many regional and national resources, including the Fairness Campaign, Human Rights Campaign, Indiana Equality, and the National Center for Lesbian Rights.  Absolutely everyone is welcome to participate in our events.

Winner of Student Organization Excellence Awards:
2008: Programming Excellence - Safe Zone Training
2007: Co-Programming Excellence - Pizza and Politics
2007, 2006, 2005: Advisor of the Year
2005: Outstanding Student Organization

Nature and Outdoor Club

The purpose of this club is to offer students, faculty and staff the opportunity to enjoy outdoor recreation, educational opportunities, and community service. They also work to educate college and Hanover communities on important environmental issues.  Activities range from hiking, camping, and canoeing to trail maintenance, volunteering at the animal shelter, and trash pick-ups. In the spring, NOC sponsors a Green Week promoting sustainability on campus.
Winner of Student Organization Excellence Awards:
2008: Volunteer of the Year - Liz Otte

OmniBus

Omnibus is a fully student-run organization offering students the opportunity to experience cultural, artistic, recreational, and educational events off campus. The group searches for activities via internet, mail, personal contacts, and previous events attended to develop a ballot that will be available to students for voting. Omnibus will then offer a final roster of events that students will have the opportunity to attend. Look for the ballot and roster to be published within the first few weeks of school. Events offered in the past have included whitewater rafting, Lion King, ski trip, Rocky Horror Picture Show, Cincinnati Reds, Sleeping Beauty Ballet, and much more.

People for Peace

Our organization is dedicated to providing the student body, faculty, and staff of Hanover College with a means to discuss issues of non-violence. Our intent is to raise awareness of current events, to expose alternatives to violence at home and abroad, to educate individuals on the value of non-violence, and to inspire individuals to consider and incorporate these alternatives in their own lives when facing a situation in which conflict may arise. We meet Wednesday nights at 9pm. In Spring term, the club coordinates a weekend long festival that intends to mimic an intentional community called Wake Up and Live. Advisor: Laura Arico, Chaplain, arico@hanover.edu
Winner of Student Organization Excellence Awards:
2008: Outstanding Student Organization & Outstanding Student Leader &
Collaborative Program of the Year - Pizza & Politics (HC Conservatives, HC Democrats, HC Libertarians, HC Republicans, People for Peace, Student Senate)

Republicans, Hanover College

The Hanover College Republicans are an active group of politically minded students who seek to engage the Hanover College campus in lively political discussion, encourage political awareness on campus and in the community, and try to make students and the community aware of the policies and actions of the Republican Party. We meet Tuesday nights and hold events such as political debates, current events discussions, tailgating parties, pizza parties, conferences, and conventions. CRs are also given many opportunities to meet and work for local, state, and national political figures, especially in election years. Advisor: Bill Kubik, Professor of Political Science, kubik@hanover.edu.
Winner of Student Organization Excellence Awards:
2008: Collaborative Program of the Year - Pizza & Politics (HC Conservatives, HC Democrats, HC Libertarians, HC Republicans, People for Peace, Student Senate)
2006: Outstanding New Student Organization

Science Fiction Club

The purpose of the Science Fiction Club is to bring together those Hanover students, faculty, and staff who enjoy science fiction, and wish to share it with other people. As a genre, science fiction has existed for over a century and a half and, in one way or another, has touched the lives of everyone on this planet. From our cell phones to our latest advances in medicine, none of the technology that permeates our daily lives would exist if it had not been dreamed of in the realm of science fiction first.

Shoebox Board

Our purpose is to provide an atmosphere at the Shoebox that is enjoyable for the students, alumni, faculty, and staff of Hanover College. In doing so, the Shoebox Board will uphold the principles of Hanover College and strive to maintain the Shoebox as a usable place for students, student organizations, and the Hanover College community.

Theme Houses

The purpose of theme housing is to create a community of students with a common interest or concern, and to allow each community to use its theme to educate, entertain, and further unify the larger Hanover College community. Theme houses are allocated funds to achieve their social and thematic programming for the year. 

Spiritual Life

Baptist Collegiate Ministries (BCM) & Brothers and Sisters in Christ

(BASIC) Our purpose is to encourage students to commit to a deeper personal relationship with Jesus Christ through weekly Bible studies, community service projects, and social activities. Each year we have two off-campus retreats that promote service, fellowship, spiritual growth, and fun.  The weekly gatherings are a time for Christian encouragement and discussion centered on the Bible. 

Campus Crusade for Christ (CRU)

CRU is a movement that seeks to glorify God through being an open and inviting spiritual resource for students, Christian and non-Christian alike, who wish to learn more about and deepen their relationship with God as well as their relationships within the campus community. CRU meets every Tuesday night in Donner Lecture Hall from 9:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m., and this meeting is a setting for Christian fellowship in an environment that includes prayer, worship, and teaching. During the year CRU also puts on many fellowship events and service opportunities including service/mission trips, movie nights, concerts, retreats, and more. Come and join us for Christian fellowship and worship!

Catholic Student Organization (CSO)

The focus of the Catholic Student Organization (CSO) is for students to share their Catholic faith through spiritual events, service to the community, and fellowship.  It is important that young Catholics have an opportunity to meet after mass each week to socialize and grow spiritually.  Our organization reaches out the community every year through different events such as serving at a homeless shelter, baking cookies for bake sales, or having a fish fry.  We also like to combine our spiritual and social beings to go on ‘spiritual hikes’ and retreats.  Although C.S.O. partakes in specifically Catholic events, this group also interacts and sponsors other charitable organizations and welcomes everyone from all denominations.

Visual & Performing Arts

Art Club

Our projects in the past have been a black and white photo sale, trips to museums and galleries, and the annual making of bowls for the ice cream Sundae Bowl. New additions to the club will be silk screening t-shirts and movie nights. But you have a say too – we’re always open to fresh suggestions and new things to try. Advisor: Leticia Bajuyo, Associate Professor of Art, bajuyo@hanover.edu.

Art Committee

The purpose of this organization is to bring student and professional artwork to the mass student population of Hanover College. The committee will meet, review art, and, taking advantage of unused or uncared for wall space, display the chosen artwork for the campus population to see and interact with. Advisor: Leticia Bajuyo, Associate Professor of Art, bajuyo@hanover.edu.

Chamber Singers

For the dedicated vocalists, Chamber Choir helps to further develop their musicianship. Entrance is by audition only and participation in Concert Choir is mandatory. Most students in this select group of 12-16 singers study voice privately.  Chamber Choir rehearses twice a week for an hour and a half. Early music is an integral part of the repertoire, as well as madrigals and mass settings, and contemporary selections. This ensemble performs 2-3 concerts per term and tours regionally, nationally, and internationally.  Come share in the excitement of making music together!  (1/4 credit; also available as non-credit option).

Hanover College-Community Orchestra

The College-Community Orchestra is devoted to the preparation and performance of traditional and recent orchestral repertoire. All woodwind, brass, string, and percussion players are welcome to join this ensemble; adjustments will be made to the instrumentation as needed. Seating auditions are held at the beginning of the Fall Semester. The College-Community Orchestra meets on Tuesday evenings from 7:00 to 8:50, and on Thursday afternoons from 3:00 to 3:50. Community members join us for the rehearsals on Tuesday evenings.  Email Dr. Mruzek at mruzek@hanover.edu  for more information.

Concert Choir

The Concert Choir provides an energetic, enjoyable atmosphere for all who love to sing.  They rehearse three times a week for an hour while allowing students to express themselves through the arts.  Concert Choir performs a wide range of music, from 20th century secular to large choral masterworks.  They perform 1-2 concerts per term and tour regionally, nationally, and internationally.  Take advantage of this great opportunity to get involved!  (1/4 credit; also available as non-credit option).

Dance Team

The Dance Team consists of 10-15 enthusiastic ladies who provide entertainment for Hanover sports fans! The team performs at almost every home basketball game, as well as several other events throughout the year.  Tryouts are held at the beginning of the fall semester for all interested in joining. Members must be able to execute dance technique, as well as demonstrate the ability to learn and perform choreography. The Dance Team performs to a variety of music styles, from hip-hop to pop to country. No matter where they are performing, the dance team is spirited, energetic, and loves to shake it!

Evil Petting Zoo

EPZ is a quick thinking, high-energy group that works to create well structured and entertaining improv of all sorts. Through audition and rehearsal, we compose a top-notch team that works together towards the greater improv good. EPZ has only grown in popularity over the past few years and is usually a sought after group for events sponsored by a variety of organizations such as Best Buddies, Class Committees, and Relay for Life. But we also organize our own shows throughout the year with a wonderful audience response. So join us for auditions or as an audience member this year at Hanover! Faculty contact is Mark Fearnow fearnow@hanover.edu. He would be glad to get you in touch with the current president to address any questions you might have. 

Hanover College Concert Band

The Hanover College Concert Band is the core wind and percussion ensemble at Hanover College.  This group is devoted to the preparation and performance of traditional and contemporary concert band literature.  All woodwind, brass, and percussion players are welcome to join this ensemble.  A student does not have to major in music in order to participate.  The Concert Band meets on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from 4:00- 5:50 p.m.  Students receive .25 credit for participation, and a non-credit option is available.  Email Dr. Mruzek at mruzek@hanover.edu for more information.  All instrumental ensemble rehearsals are scheduled so that they do not conflict with vocal ensemble rehearsals.

Hanover College Jazz Band

The Hanover College Jazz Band is a full "big band" consisting of eighteen players.  This ensemble plays music in a wide variety of styles including funk, rock, jazz, swing, and Latin.  All saxophone, trombone, trumpet, and rhythm instruments are welcome to be considered for this group.  Auditions are held at the beginning of Fall Semester.  Students receive .25 credit for participation, and a non-credit option is available.  The Jazz Band meets on Tuesdays from 12:00-12:50 p.m. and Thursdays from 11:00-11:50 a.m.  Email Dr. Mruzek at mruzek@hanover.edu for more information.

Hanover College Pep Band

Hanover College Pep Band performs at Varsity Football and Basketball games. If you can play an instrument we want you. HC Pep Band is out to increase school pride at athletic events and give another musical opportunity to students. Winner of Student Organization Excellence Award:  2008 - Outstanding New Student Organization.

United States Institute of Theatre Technology (USITT), Hanover College chapter

USITT is a newly forming organization and strives to give students the opportunity to learn and improve in many different aspects of technical theatre. In addition to working on current Theatre Department shows and sets, members may also have the chance to work on some professional visiting shows. There is a high emphasis on learning new techniques and using our skills to give back to the community.

Student Athlete Advisory Board (SAAB)

The Student-Athlete Advisory Board (SAAB) is an organization that represents student-athletes on campus. Our mission is to be:

  1. A liaison between athletic teams, administration, campus boards, committees, faculty and staff.
  2. The voices of student-athletes and teams to relay concerns and issues for athletic teams to all of those mentioned above.
  3. The voice to help recognize outstanding academic and athletic performances by student-athletes.
  4. Marketing agents for athletic teams and all programs within the college and community.
  5. Involved in service projects.
  6. An example of leadership by being a positive influence to others on campus, in the community and during athletic contests.
  7. Principal leaders in promoting unity among all athletic teams.

Admission Student Ambassador

The purpose of a Hanover College Student Ambassador is to assist the Office of Admission and Financial Aid with informing prospective students and their families about Hanover College.  In addition to assisting with on-campus program events, Ambassadors also give daily campus tours, host overnight guests, phone admitted and prospective students, and assist in the daily operation of the Admission Office. 

Senior Committee

The senior committee is a group of 10 seniors chosen by their classmates.  The most important and visual job of the senior committee is the organization and fund raising for the senior class gift. The other responsibilities include the organization of regular senior outings such as senior nights and a large senior get together towards the end of the year.  Also, the committee is responsible for selecting a senior speaker for graduation and planning the alumni senior banquet. We also participate in the quarterly alumni association board of directors meetings. We meet weekly for 1-1.5 hours and discuss budget, fund raising, public relations, programming, and social service.

Starting your own organization

In accordance with our student handbook, new organizations are welcome to apply for recognition and funding anytime in the academic year. All such organizations will be subject to review and approval from our Student Senate, the Student Life Office, and the President of the College.

Any student wishing to form a new student organization must obtain a Student Organization Registration Packet from the Associate Director of Leadership and Outreach (the office is located in Lynn Hall, room 202). After completion of this form, the student must submit to the Associate Director the following information:

  1. Constitution
  2. List of Current Members
  3. List of Current Officers
  4. Student Organization Registration Form, including an advisor's signature
  5. Other information as requested by the Associate Director (i.e., meeting times)

Conditions for Annual Registration

Registration of your organization on an annual basis grants you the privilege of using Hanover College facilities in compliance with Hanover College policies. It also grants you the ability to apply for Student Activities Budgeting Committee (SABC) funds both in the form of an annual budget and swept funds.

In turn the expectation exists that all groups registered as Student Organizations at Hanover College are operating for a purpose and with actions that are consistent with civil law, Hanover College regulations and the Principles of Hanover College. All students acting as part of or on behalf of student organizations will adhere to the Student Handbook, scheduling guidelines and all other college policies.