Active Minds is a student organization focused on educating students about mental health issues and resources available to help. It is a national student organization that is on more than 200 campuses. Alma participates in programs that promote resources for depression, bipolar disorder, eating disorders, suicide prevention and many other mental health issues that college students face. The group was in new in 2009 and is always welcoming new members.
Alma College Alternative Break
To engage students in meaningful service AC Alternative Break Facebook Page
Contact: Lauren Steinhurst or Responsible Leadership Institute Assistant Director Sallie Scheide
Amnesty International is an international human rights group. Here at Alma, our goals are to educate ourselves and the campus about human rights abuses at all levels as well as voice our concerns to the United States government through letters and conferences. We strive to make differences at the local level to affect the world globally.
Alpha Phi Omega
A national co-ed service fraternity, our mission is to serve the campus and community in any way that is needed. We are affiliated with the Boy Scouts of America, but we also work with the Girl Scouts of America, Relay for Life, local Alma schools, the Red Cross, and recently just fundraised for two hospitals in Africa. We always hold the first blood drive of the school year and help at Community Café during service week. This past October, we partnered with CMU and held a conference for all Alpha Phi Omega chapters from Michigan, Indiana and Illinois. Over 200 people attended the workshops and banquet.
Contacts: Lindsay Prenkert, Dr. Kate Blanchard, Anne Ritz
Colleges against Cancer (CAC)
Colleges Against Cancer is a small, student-run organization that works closely with the American Cancer Society. On campus, students form committees to plan awareness programs for the campus. All of these programs are cancer related. Students have planned events such as GASO, or the Great American Smoke Out, to increase awareness on college campuses of the dangers of smoking. We also plan Relay For Life, which takes place each spring. Students may join CAC at anytime during the year by contacting a committee member. As someone new to the group they can serve on a committee or take charge of planning an event. Many people who join CAC their first year take an officer position the following year.
Entrepreneurs in Action (formerly Students in Free Enterprise or SIFE)
Entrepreneurs in Action (formerly known as Students in Free Enterprise or SIFE) is the Alma College chapter of ENACTUS, an international organization that strives to bring together university students, academic professionals and industry leaders in order to create change in the world through the positive power of business. ENACTUS is active on more than 1,300 campuses in 41 countries worldwide. Alma’s Entrepreneurs in Action is first and foremost a community service organization. The students who are selected for membership use the lessons they learn in class to impact their campus and community in the most fundamental and relevant ways. The group’s mission is to increase the standard of living in Mid-Michigan by promoting the principles of the market system through various educational outreach programs developed and implemented by dedicated Alma College students. The group has won 11 consecutive Regional Championships!
Contact: President Benjamin King or
Faculty Advisor Tina Rolling
Food Advisory Board
The Food Advisory Board (FAB) is simply a forum that is open to any and all students, faculty or staff to discuss all things food on campus. The group meets with the General Manager of Campus Dining for input or to offer suggestions to assist in better tailoring the menus and services to meet the needs of the entire campus community. FAB meets twice each month in the Faculty Dining Room at 5:30 p.m.
Forgotten Children of Eastern Europe (FCEE)
FCEE is a student-run organization that creates and implements fundraisers to raise money for children’s orphanages or shelters in Ukraine. Students wishing to join can simply come to weekly meetings. Each meeting is less than an hour long and consists of planning fundraisers and making other important decisions within the group. Each year P-Global sponsors two students who demonstrate great involvement and passion for the group to be chosen to go to Ukraine for up to 4 weeks in the summer and visit the orphanage FCEE sponsors. FCEE Website
The IPHS club typically meets on Tuesdays, at the same time as the IPHS Honorary. These two organizations work together to organize and host the annual Scot Trot 5K Run which benefits the Matt Reinke Scholarship Fund. The club participates in campus-sponsored events such as the Science Blowout and Wellbration. The EHS Club has hosted opportunities for hydrostatic weighing/body fat analysis available to the campus and Alma community. Any IPHS student may join IPHS club and later apply for membership into the honorary.
Literacy Beyond Borders
LBB works to raise awareness and combat illiteracy and education issues in the Alma community as well as aid developing countries in their endeavors to improve education within their own borders. Literacy Beyond Borders Website
Contact: Alaina Dague or Kelsey Allen or
Faculty Advisor Dr. Sandy Hulme
Little Siblings Weekend Planning Committee (LSWPC)
Little Siblings Weekend is an event that happens each spring during Winter Term. It typically takes place during the last weekend in March. A Hall Director is in charge of Little Sibs Weekend and recruits students dedicated to planning the event. The event is designed by this committee to give Alma students a chance to bring their siblings to campus to experience Alma College life. They plan all the weekend activities, design the T-shirts and help during the event. Students can contact the Student Life Office to see which Hall Director is in charge of the committee and then contact that Hall Director. Meetings usually start at the beginning of November.
MacCurdy House Women’s Resource Center
The MacCurdy House is Alma College’s Women’s Resource Center. The house has a library collection of resources relevant to women’s resources, women’s studies, gender studies and equal rights. The MacCurdy House is an organization of individuals passionate about equal rights for all people and for the prevention of violence against others. The members of the house plan and host several events each semester promoting these ideas and supporting the Women’s Aid Shelter of Gratiot County. The most popular events are in the winter semester, with “The Vagina Monologues” and a host of Women’s Month events in March, including: Slutwalk, The Clothesline Project, Relay for Life, films, panel discussions, and prominent speakers. To live in the house in the fall, students must first apply in the winter and interview with the house advisor and a member of the Women’s Issues Advisory Board (WIAB).
Students Promoting Alumni Relations and Konnections (SPARK)
SPARK focuses on bridging the gap between students and alumni. The main activity of SPARK is to coordinate Homecoming weekend each year. Other activities include the senior leadership awards, ice cream socials and delivering cakes and balloons bought by parents on birthdays and on Valentine’s Day as a fund raiser. Meetings are held at the Alumni House. Every year during Orientation SPARK holds an ice cream social with information on how students can get involved in SPARK. Students also can attend meetings, which are held weekly, to learn more about SPARK.
Student Judicial Conduct Board
The Student Conduct Board is a group of eight students whose purpose is to determine guilty/not guilty verdicts for students who are identified and documented by a college official for a possible violation of the student code of conduct. In addition to determining guilty/not guilty verdicts the board also assigns sanctions for students found in violation. Through sanctioning the board makes an attempt to educate students about why a particular behavior is not acceptable. The primary goal is to educate students about the code of conduct and to help them make better choices in the future.