Organizations and Activities
Involvement in the University community is central for many students to getting the most from a college experience. The co-curricular aspect of a university-level education provides opportunities for growth and development that complement and enhance a student's in-class learning. UTC provides many opportunities to become involved in campus life through over 120 active student clubs and organizations. All of the student organizations listed on the following pages have specific purposes, goals and/or functions. Also, each organization sponsors many programs, activities and social functions every year. Many of these activities have become a traditional part of the activities calendar including the Greek Show, Homecoming, Student Government Association events, ACE movies, lectures, art shows, and recitals. Even with the many in existence, new and experimental programs are also scheduled yearly, particularly under the auspices of the Association for Campus Entertainment. Through a highly diversified program, the individual student has many choices of interests and activities.
Student Government Association
The Student Government Association (SGA) at UTC is an active and vital campus organization. SGA provides funding to student organizations, gives initial approval to new student organizations, serves as a link between the student body and the administration, enacts legislation concerning current campus issues, and provides other valuable functions and services for the students at UTC. In addition, the SGA recommends students to serve on faculty committees including, but not limited to, parking, curriculum, scholarship, and admissions. Student members have both a voice and a vote on these committees. Student Government may sometimes act as a complaint board or as an information referral for students. SGA also provides a major portion of the entertainment on campus including concerts, dances, and movies. Every student is a member of SGA and is represented on the Student Senate by 27 senators who are elected by academic schools or colleges. There are three executive officers: President, Vice President, and Treasurer. Each is elected from the student body at large. The SGA Secretary is appointed. Fourteen senators are elected during the fall semester and 13 during the spring elections. To be eligible to run for an SGA senate seat a student must have and maintain a 2.00 cumulative GPA, be currently enrolled and taking 12 semester hours (undergraduate) or nine semester hours (graduate classes), have completed at least 12 hours of class work at UTC and not be on disciplinary probation. To be eligible to serve as an officer of the SGA, one must meet this requirement plus additional conditions specified in the SGA constitution.
All interested students are welcome to attend the weekly SGA meetings. Students who wish to become involved in SGA are advised to go to the Office of the Vice Chancellor of Student Development, 306 University Center, or the SGA offices, University Center.
Fraternities and Sororities
The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga has nine national fraternity and nine national sorority chapters presently active campus. Specific rules and regulations concerning these organizations are available in The Student Handbook.
Sororities—National sororities having chapters at UTC are Alpha Delta Pi, Alpha Kappa Alpha, Chi Omega, Delta Sigma Theta, Kappa Delta, Sigma Gamma Rho, Sigma Kappa, Zeta Phi Beta, and the national service sorority, Omega Phi Alpha. The Panhellenic Council is the governing body for all sororities on campus. It fosters cooperation, goodwill, and friendliness among sororities and non-sorority groups, plans recruitment activities, and administers regulations governing sororities. The National Panhellenic Council provides action strategies on matters of mutual concern.
Fraternities—National fraternities with active chapters on campus are Alpha Phi Alpha, Kappa Alpha Psi, Kappa Sigma, Lambda Chi Alpha, Phi Beta Sigma, Phi Delta Theta, Phi Mu Alpha, Pi Kappa Alpha, Sigma Chi, and Tau Kappa Epsilon. The Interfraternity Council (IFC) regulates affairs for the fraternities on campus. It establishes and administers rules governing rushing, pledging, and initiations of fraternities and encourages cooperation and harmony among its members.
Academic and Interest Clubs
Academic and interest clubs are numerous and varied on the UTC campus. They range from the Art Club and Fellowship of Christian Athletes, to the Rowing Club. Many varied fields of study, professions, and interests are represented. Each year several new organizations are added to adequately reflect student interests and needs. If you do not find the one you are looking for, you can begin a new club yourself. Students are advised to con-