Student Life

Service and Volunteering

  • Active Minds

    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. For more information, contact:

  • Alpha Phi Omega

    A national co-ed service fraternity, the mission of Alpha Phi Omega 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. Recently, 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.

  • Alternative Break

    The goal of Alternative Breaks is to engage students in meaningful service. For more information see the AC Alternative Break Facebook Page or contact Carla Jensen.

  • Amnesty International

    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.

  • Colleges Against Cancer

    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

    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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Little Sibs Weekend Planning Committee

    Little Siblings Weekend is an event that happens 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).