Student Life

Academic Interest

  • Alma Choir

    The Alma Choir is the primary touring choir in the Alma choral program. The Choir’s reputation for excellence, its many traditions, and its ambitious performing, touring and recording schedule attract a group of talented students for whom choral singing is an important part of their lives. Alma Choir members are drawn primarily from the junior and senior classes. The singers have all earned their way into the Alma Choir through membership in the College Chorale and/or the Women’s Glee Club. To schedule an audition contact Will Nichols

  • Alma College ACM Chapter

    The purpose of this organization is to increase knowledge of and greater interest in the science, design and development of modern computing.

  • Alma College Percussion Studio

    The Alma College Percussion Studio, founded in 1989 by David Zerbe, is a multi-faceted performance ensemble. The group performs traditional chamber music as well as world music, jazz and steel drum music. Members of the ensemble are in demand throughout the state as private instructors and percussion ensemble and marching percussion coaches. In addition, the percussion ensemble co-hosts the Alma College/Hohner Institute of Percussion Summer Percussion Workshop in affiliation with Yamaha Corporation of America’s “Sounds of Summer Camps,” a comprehensive two-week hands-on workshop providing participants with a broad experience in instrumental percussion performance.

  • Alma College Theatre

    The Theatre program is committed to the liberal arts philosophy. We strive to provide all Alma students with a carefully structured production experience in acting, directing and design along with a solid academic background in the theory, history and literature of the theatre. Our academic and production programs serve as excellent preparation for advanced training and study at the graduate level for careers in all areas of theatre arts. At Alma, theatre is a living process. Theory in class is combined with extensive experience in production. The small college environment makes it possible for students to be intimately and directly involved in theatre from freshman through senior years. The liberal arts are emphasized while the fine art of theatre is practiced—a meaningful cooperation. 

  • Barrister Society

    Barrister Society focuses on preparing pre-law students for their future careers in the law field. The barrister society sponsors panels, visiting speakers, workshops, visits to law schools, community service projects and social events. In addition, the Barrister Society involves itself in philanthropic events to help promote the organization as well as better our community. Although the Barrister Society is a pre-law organization, all Alma College students are welcome to join and can benefit from being members. The Barrister Society is a great way for Alma College students to prepare for law school and have a good time in the process. Visit the Barrister Society Facebook page for more information, or contact the faculty advisor, Elizabeth Cameron, (989) 463-7226.

  • Biology Club

    The Alma College Biology Club is a student organization created in order to promote an active interest in the field of biology through field trips, demonstrations, scientific shows and other activities. Any student, regardless of major, can participate in Biology Club events and attend meetings.

  • Chemistry Club

    Chemistry Club is open to any student on campus who is interested in chemistry. Our main goal is to educate elementary and middle school kids about how much fun chemistry can be through demonstrations and shows. We participate in two demonstrations each year: Science Blowout in the fall and Little Sibs weekend in the winter. We also travel to area elementary and middle schools to demonstrate the fun of chemistry! Contact our advisor, Jeff Turk, for more information!

  • Chinese Club

    The Alma College Chinese Club is a student-run organization established in 2009. Elected officials and enthusiastic Chinese students help organize extra-curricular activities and other cultural activities. The Club meets regularly and works very closely with the Chinese Program faculty.

  • Chorale

    The College Chorale is the largest choir on campus and is open to all Alma students based on live auditions. Membership is drawn primarily from the freshman, sophomore and junior classes. Chorale focuses on developing the musical skills and singing abilities of each member, providing singers the chance to rehearse and perform great choral music from the United States and around the world and fostering the physical, intellectual and spiritual enjoyment of singing.

  • Education Club

    If you are passionate about education and interested in volunteering with kids, check out the Alma College Education Club!

    The Education Club is a service-based student organization open to students from all programs. Our service projects typically include facilitating educational activities during Fall Festival, childcare for PTO meetings, literacy activities in our communities, and organizing fundraisers to support local schools. The Education Club also hosts events on campus for the college community during first-year orientation week. Club meetings occur regularly throughout the year, during which we invite guest speakers to share ways to thrive in the beginning years of a teaching career, provide career development ideas, and learn how to best support students’ diverse needs. As an Education Club member, you will enjoy watching TED talks with popcorn and pizza and even decorating cookies for the holidays. The Education Club has also sent members to conferences and presentations.

    Do you think the Education Club sounds awesome? We sure do! The Education Club is a great way to boost your resume, become connected on campus, build friendships with fellow education students, and further develop your passion for education. Plus, members get a t-shirt!

    For more information contact our club advisor, Dr. Brian Hancock, a

  • Entrepreneurs in Action

    Entrepreneurs In Action was started in 1998, then known as Students In Free Enterprise (SIFE). This student organization (which is similar to BPA and DECA) is also an accredited Alma College course, and students that choose to participate earn 1 credit by signing up for BUS-150. As a member of this group, students work together to exercise free enterprise by managing and operating the campus café Highland Java. Students also meet once a week in class to work on projects that align with their mission, which is to improve the standard of living by promoting the principles of the market system through various educational outreach programs. Students take these projects to the regional Enactus competition to present on the work they’ve attributed to over the past year. Entrepreneurs In Action has a long history of success at this competition due to students’ interest in bettering the world around them through entrepreneurial and service driven practices.

    If you’d like to learn more about this organization, contact President Ben Thelen or Faculty Advisor Dr. Di Huang. You may find Entrepreneurs In Action on Facebook or Twitter and Highland Java on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.

  • French Club

    French Club plans campus events that promote French language and culture. Our events can include French foods, modern music, slideshows, cultural books, movies and much more. Anyone is welcome to join by simply attending meetings. French Club offers opportunities to see and learn more about the French culture and language. We meet every Thursday at 7 p.m. in SAC 106.

  • German Club

    The purpose of German Club is to spread knowledge to those interested in German culture through fun events such as plays, films, Christmas events, Karneval and many others. We try to hold different events every year to show more aspects of German culture and to keep things interesting. All are welcome to join! The German teaching assistant attends every meeting and helps with all of the events. The TA is usually someone from a German-speaking country, so he or she is very helpful in the creativity and ideas for events. Contact advisor Dr Holly Liu or the club president for more information.

  • Glee Club

    The Women’s Glee Club is the first ensemble in the Alma College choral program and it draws many of its 40+ members from the freshman class. However, the joys of singing treble music and the easy camaraderie of the group lead many women to sing with the Glee Club throughout their years at Alma College. All of the women in the Alma Choir and the College Chorale have sung in the Women’s Glee Club and many continue to do so as their schedules permit. The talented membership of the Women’s Glee Club makes it a very special choir. The addition each year of 30-40 freshmen singers to a core of “seasoned veterans” has helped make the Alma College Women’s Glee Club an outstanding choir. The Glee Club performs in all the major concerts, including Homecoming, the Festival of Carols, and the masterworks concert each April.

  • Healthcare Administration Professional Development Organizations

    HAPDO is designed to help students explore different health care opportunities, meet other students interested in the field and develop effective leadership skills to prepare them for a career in healthcare administration. This student-run organization creates opportunities to become acquainted with faculty and students who share an interest in the health professions. We bring health professionals to campus so students can talk directly to someone working in a career they are considering or get advice about graduate schools. For more information please contact advisor Dale Sanders or visit our Facebook page.

  • Hispanic Coalition (HisCo)

    We in the Hispanic Coalition (commonly known as HisCo) make it our mission to increase cultural awareness on campus and in our communities. Throughout the year we hold fundraisers and other drives in order to help the migrant workers in our area as well as other causes the group feels passionate about in addition to hosting events during Hispanic Heritage Month. We aim to break out of the Alma Bubble in order to learn more about the cultures that surround us. Visit us on FacebookEmail Hisco or contact advisor Stephany Slaughter  for more information.

  • Integrative Physiology and Health Science Club

    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 IPHS 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.

  • Kiltie Marching Band

    The Kiltie Marching Band performs at all home football games and parades. The band also has performed at Disney’s Epcot Center, The Detroit Thanksgiving Parade, three NCAA Division III play-off games, in exhibition for the Hastings Marching Invitational and for public school programs in Michigan. Also, the band hosts the annual Alma College/Hohner Institute of Percussion High School Marching Band Invitational. This event, now in its seventh year, brings over 1,000 young musicians to campus to perform and be critiqued. Membership in this ensemble is open to all Alma College students by audition.

  • Kiltie Wind Ensemble

    Under the leadership of David Zerbe, the Kiltie Wind Ensemble performs the finest college-level wind band repertoire from Grainger to Ives. The Kiltie Wind Ensemble has performed throughout mid-Michigan and collaborated with guest artists and clinicians such as Donald Hunsberger and Vincent Persichetti.

  • Math Club

    Along with the mathematics faculty here at Alma College, Math Club strives to make the learning and exploration of mathematics fun. In addition to the annual Pi Day celebration, Math Club is actively seeking more ways to be involved on-campus. If you have any ideas on how we can do this we would like to hear them. Contact advisor Tim Sipka for more information.

  • Model UN

    Model UN is a winter semester political science course open without prerequisite to all students, regardless of major. Model UN students often enroll as first year students and continue as team members throughout their four years at Alma (Model UN can be taken every year for credit.) Students represent both countries and non-governmental organizations researching current policies and developing ways to improve at the Midwest competition in St. Louis and the national competition in New York City. They also spend two days in the United Nations headquarters itself, interacting with leading UN officials and experts during committee sessions and attend a briefing by senior foreign service officers at the US State Department’s Mission to the UN. Contact Dr. Sandy Hulme.

  • Physics Club

    The purpose of this organization is the advancement and diffusion of knowledge of physics, the encouragement of interest in physics throughout the academic and local communities, introduction of students to the Society of Physics Students and the introduction of students to the professional physics community. For more information, contact faculty advisor Steuard Jensen.

  • Pine River Anthology

    Pine River Anthology is a yearly award-winning juried magazine. The publication is a collaboration of both the English and Art departments. The departments work together to find a theme for the issue. The English department puts out flyers to let students know when submissions are due. They organize all the submissions, and then meet to decide which ones go into the issue. 

  • Political Science Club

    Political Science Club has an association with Pi Sigma Alpha, the political science honorary on campus. Many of the members of Political Science Club are members of Pi Sigma Alpha; however, you do not have to be a political science major/minor to join either the club or the honorary. The group is interested in promoting learning beyond the classroom and it tries to host a variety of events each semester to do just that. The Club is looking to expand the variety of events each semester—such as movie nights, career days with LSAT and GRE prep, tutoring sessions, etc. For more information, see the Political Science Club’s Facebook Page.

  • Pre-Therapy Club

    The Pre-Therapy club is a student-led group focused on providing relevant information to Alma College students interested in pursuing a career in physical therapy or occupational therapy. This includes information on what is means to be a physical or occupational therapist, what prerequisite courses must be taken, obtaining observation hours and the application process. For more information contact the faculty advisor, Dr. Brianna Harfmann.

  • Psychology Club

    The Psychology Club exists to encourage, stimulate and maintain excellence in scholarship, and to advance the science of psychology. We provide a place for those interested in psychology to congregate and find creative inspiration. Psi Chi and the Psychology Club support the Dr. Sonya Sheffert Memorial College Scholarship Fund at Alma College. For more information, contact faculty advisor Mark Mills.

  • Sigma Alpha Iota

    SAI is the Theta Eta chapter of the national women’s music fraternity. The group is a sisterhood whose focus it is to promote the cause of music in our community and around the country. They have an invested interest in music, and to become a sister, one must have enrolled in a music class or be currently taking a music class. SAI sisters put on annual musical performances such as the Holiday Musicale and A Celebration of Women in the Arts. They do fundraisers for music education programs and support national philanthropies oriented at music support. To get involved, students can go to the monthly events, or come visit the SAI room in Bruske.

  • Student Athletic Training Association

    The mission of the Alma College Student Athletic Trainers Association (ACSATA) is to promote and advance the profession of Athletic Training, encourage education and the exchange of ideas, develop and maintain professional relationships and improve the profession of Athletic Training at Alma College, the community and beyond. For more information, contact faculty advisor Phillip Andre.

  • United Health Professionals at Alma College

    The United Health Professionals at Alma College (UHPAC) is a group focused on helping students who are interested in the health field after they have completed their undergraduate studies. This is a group that was created for students by students and focuses on four main areas: Mentoring/Networking, Symposium, Volunteer/Clinical and Resources. If you are interested in learning more please contact the group’s advisor, Dr. Dale Sanders.