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How to Get Involved at Roanoke


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Article Written By Lydia Bates

As Roanoke College students, we are extremely privileged to be offered extensive opportunities that prepare us for the real world. we have “With more than 100 clubs and organizations, 27 varsity and club teams, 9 fraternities and sororities, 5 religious groups, there’s something for everyone at Roanoke College” according to Roanoke College’s website.

There are many opportunities to broaden your academic horizons by joining one of the many academic organizations or honor societies at Roanoke College. With organiza- tions such as Alpha Kappa Psi (the Nu Tau chapter of Roanoke College’s business fraternity), model U.N, Beta Beta Beta Biological Honor Society, or the Honors Association to name a few.

The Greek Community pro- vides many social and service oppor- tunities for both men and women on campus, where there are ve nation- ally recognized fraternities and three nationally recognized sororities. Greek life is stronger than it has ever been, continually improving as a great way to get involved.

By joining leadership and gov- ernance societies, you’ll nd many opportunities to develop the rele- vant and valuable skills these clubs offer, such as: the Inter-Fraternity Council, Panhellenic Council, and the Student Government Association.

Roanoke College has many clubs that support academic and personal needs of students from different backgrounds. By joining a multicultural club, such as Asian Students United, Black Student Alliance, Delta Sigma Theta, His- panic Organization for Leadership & Achievement, International Club, Lambda Alliance, or RC Hillel, students can help promote cultural enrichment and growth.

With men and women’s vo- cal ensembles, including Roanoke College Choir, Jazz Ensemble, Wind Ensemble, Pep Band, Mainstreet, and Looking for an Echo, students interested in exercising their vocal talents are welcomed to try out and participate in events.

If you’re interested in media, join one of Roanoke’s many communications clubs to get involved in print or on air. Work for the student newspaper The Brackety-Ack, literary magazine On Concepts Edge, and radio show WRKE, at 100.3 FM.

Roanoke College offers op- portunities for many students of different faiths to explore their beliefs and help students grow in their faith. Such organizations include: RC Lutherans, Catholic Campus Ministry, Hillel, InterVar- sity Christian Fellowship, Pagan Fellowship, Interfaith Council, and YoungLife.

To serve the Roanoke Valley community, become a member of Alpha Phi Omega, Best Buddies, Earthbound, or Habitat for Hu- manity. By joining one of these organizations, students can vol- unteer for one or many important causes.

Finally, Roanoke College en- courages students to join special interest clubs that cater to various interests across campus. Some of these include: Anime Club, Beekeeping Society, Quiz Bowl, Colleges Against Cancer, College Democrats, College Republicans, Equestrian Club, Garden Club, Order of the Phoenix Club, Public Affairs Society, and Tech Crew. Additionally, if no group fits a personal interests, students are encouraged to explore starting a new club, an option that the info desk can help them pursue.