Clubs and Organizations
Barton College students possess the ability to engage in multiple interests while obtaining a degree. With over 50 different clubs and organizations, students will find many ways to meet new people, improve their leadership skills, build self-esteem, face responsibility, and accomplish goals that will enhance their future endeavors. Getting involved in different organizations in college is a great way to improve your resume and make you stand out when applying for a job after graduation.
The student organizations found on campus enrich the social, cultural, intellectual, and spiritual development of our students and influence the larger campus community to enhance the overall diversity at Barton. Below is a list of a few of our active student organizations. This list is always changing and growing with our student’s interests; so if you can’t find the exact group you are looking for, you can always start your own.
Alpha Chi National Honor Scholarship Society
The North Carolina Gamma Chapter of the Alpha Chi National Honor Scholarship Society was chartered in 1968 to replace the locally organized Golden Knot Honor Society. The local Alpha Chi Chapter is the only organization honoring high scholarship in all academic disciplines on the Barton College campus. Students with academic rankings in the top 10 percent of the junior and senior classes are eligible for membership. An induction dinner is held once each semester.
Alpha Lambda is the College Chapter of Theta Alpha Kappa, the National Honor Society for Religion and Philosophy. Chartered in 1979, Alpha Lambda honors those who have shown excellence of achievement and promise of continued growth in the disciplines of religion and philosophy. The organization encourages intellectual and social exchange among students, teachers, and writers of the disciplines. Students with a 3.5 GPA in religion and philosophical studies and a 3.0 cumulative GPA are chosen for membership at the beginning of each semester.
Alpha Phi Sigma
Alpha Phi Sigma is the National Honor Society for Criminal Justice. Chartered in 2000, the local chapter honors those students who have shown excellence of achievement and promise of continued growth in the discipline of Criminal Justice. Majors and minors in Criminal Justice with a 3.5 GPA in Criminal Justice and a 3.0 cumulative GPA, and who have completed one-third of the total hours required for graduation are eligible for membership.
Alpha Sigma Phi
Alpha Sigma is the tenth oldest national social fraternity. This association was founded at Yale University on December 6, 1845.
The purposes of Alpha Sigma Phi are to foster education, to maintain charity, and to promote patriotism. The objectives of the fraternity, incidental to these purposes, are to encourage culture and high scholarship, to assist in the building of character, to promote college loyalties, to perpetuate friendships, to cement social ties within the fraternity memberships, and to foster the maintenance of college homes by chapters for their undergraduate members.
The Gamma Lambda chapter of Alpha Sigma Phi was founded May 3, 1958, evolving from the local Sigma Alpha Fraternity.
Art Students League
The Art Students League engages students in extracurricular activities including themed exhibitions in Hackney Library’s art gallery, regional art events and competitions, field trips and excursions, community art projects, group critiques, workshops, and art parties.
Barton Christian Ministries
Barton Christian Ministries is sponsored by the Southern Baptist Convention. It is supported by Southern Baptist churches, associations, and state conventions. It is composed of persons who are finding their identity through a relationship with their Creator and the creation. They are finding fulfillment and purpose in life through collaboration with God’s love in action. Their fellowship is expressed on the campus in program and organization; it is expressed in the community and the world through responsible churchmanship and citizenship.
Barton College Association of Nursing Students
Barton College Association of Nursing Students (BCANS) is a student-governed nursing association with affiliation with state and national student associations of nursing students. It provides educational and social events to nursing students. Students are encouraged to join as soon as they declare the major.
Barton College Campus Catholic Ministries
The mission of Catholic Campus Ministry is one of evangelization, as well as providing a source of guidance, spiritual growth, and awareness of our Roman Catholic identity; a challenge to Christian service; and worship of God – Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. CCM will hold weekly small-group Bible studies on the Barton Campus, conduct service in order to give back to the community, and host social events. Catholic Campus Ministry exists for students, faculty, and staff of Barton who are Catholic and those interested in the Catholic faith.
Barton College Sign Choir
The Sign Choir expresses various music through the art of sign language. The choir performs in churches and at community and campus events. Membership is open to all students and signing experience is not necessary.
Campus Activities Board
The Campus Activities Board (CAB) is comprised of energetic volunteer students from across campus who select, plan and coordinate campus wide activities and events. CAB reviews and selects a wide variety of programs that will enhance student’s intellectual, social, and cultural development. CAB hosts most of the traditional events including Family Weekend, Homecoming, Luminary Night, and Pre-Exam Jam. Membership is open to all students. If you are interested in helping decide what happens on campus – join CAB!
Delta Zeta Sorority
Delta Zeta was founded on October 24, 1902, at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. Delta Zeta is the largest national sorority with over 165 chapters and the second largest in membership with over 160,000 sisters. The sorority strives to unite its members in the bonds of sincere and lasting friendships, to pursue knowledge, and to promote moral and social culture in its members. Delta Zeta’s philanthropic program, “Adventures in Friendship,” includes support of Gallaudet University, the only university in the world for the deaf, and the local ENCSD. The Theta Omega Chapter of Delta Zeta was installed at the College in October 1965. Formerly, Delta Zeta was Omega Chi local sorority. The chapter resides on the sixth floor of Wenger Hall.
Disciples on Campus
The Disciples on Campus is associated with the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) but is open to members of any church. Meetings normally provide a meal and time away from everyday college stressors for students. All are welcome to join to form new bonds and Christ-filled relationships.
The purpose of this organization shall be to provide opportunities for the communication of ideas between English majors, minors, and professors, and to improve the quality of the English program at Barton College through sponsoring such programs as lectures, trips, and forums on English related topics, which will be open to all club members and the general college community. Membership is open to all English majors, minors, and other interested persons.
Fellowship of Christian Athletes
The Fellowship of Christian Athletes meets weekly for fellowship and devotion. The meetings are held Monday nights at 8 p.m. in the Bulldog room, located in the gym. The group is committed to campus evangelism and to fulfilling the Great Commission. Athletes and non-athletes are encouraged to attend.
The purpose of the Geek Club is to provide members a place for belonging, socialization, and bonding over shared interests, ensuring Barton College’s geeks have a “place at the table.” Members and guests participate in playing various games and meet on a weekly basis.
This organization works closely with Wilson House Assisted Living and Memory Care to provide residents with supplies needed for living. We also volunteer time at the facility to spend with residents playing bingo, listening to stories, dancing, hosting themed parties, and more. We fundraise throughout both the fall and spring semester to support the facility for all their hard work in taking care of the elder community.
IFC is composed of representatives from each of the three fraternities on campus. The purpose of IFC is to provide a clear channel of communication to all fraternities regarding information pertinent to fraternity life; to provide oversight of recruitment, establish rules thereof, and rule on matters reported as violations; and to mediate and facilitate conflict resolution between and among individuals and chapters.
Kappa Delta Pi Honor Society for Education
Kappa Delta Pi teaches education majors that their words inspire a will to learn; to serve that each day may enhance the growth of exploring minds, and to live that they may guide young and old to know the truth and love the right.
Lambda Alpha Epsilon Criminal Justice Organization
The purpose of Lambda Alpha Epsilon is to improve criminal justice through educational activities; foster professionalism in law enforcement personnel and agencies; promote professional, academic, and public awareness of criminal justice issues; encourage the establishment and expansion of higher education and professional training in criminal justice; provide a unified voice for professionals in, and students of, criminal justice; promote higher standards of ethical conduct, professional training, and higher education within the criminal justice field.
Minority Student Association
The purpose of the Minority Student Association is to provide enlightening cultural and social activities beneficial for the Black ethnic population of the College. The association shall be primarily a social and political awareness organization where its members can voice their opinions on matters pertaining to student life and social issues. The association is open to all students of the College.
The mission of the Barton College Orientation Team is to serve as mentors in this leadership role for our new students in our first-year, transfer, professional studies, and graduate programs as they transition to Barton College.
The National Panhellenic Conference, a self-regulating body composed of delegates from each of the three sororities on campus, affords cooperation and harmonious functioning of the groups as a unit as well as a separate organization. To acquaint interested students with Greek life, the sororities have devised a system of recruiting. This system includes an annual convocation prior to formal recruitment to explain all phases of the Greek system as it exists on the campus.
Phi Beta Lambda Business Organization
Phi Beta Lambda is a fraternity for all students interested in business and/or business related fields. Phi Beta Lambda aids in the development of leadership skills, character, and school loyalty; promotes competent, aggressive business leadership; and provides opportunities for job contracts and a better understanding of the business world. Annual professional conferences and seminars provide opportunities for training, travel, and competition among the chapters.
Pi Kappa Phi Fraternity
Pi Kappa Phi was founded on December 10, 1904, at the College of Charleston in Charleston, South Carolina. This colony was established during spring semester 1989. Pi Kappa Phi has over 124 chapters and colonies nationwide. The Fraternity’s national service is PUSH America and promotes fund-raising efforts for specialized learning equipment for the severely handicapped.
Pi Sigma Alpha Honor Society for Political Science
The Pi Sigma Alpha organization recognizes excellence in the field of political science, promotes dialogue on campus regarding political issues and ideas, provides professional training and leadership development to majors and other students interested in the field political science, and to prepare members for a better understanding of and appreciation of national and international political issues affecting students.
The Barton college Pre-Law Club was created to promote a more thorough understanding of the law among undergraduate students. Any student with a remote interest in the field of law is encouraged to join and further his or her education in the subject.
The Psychology Club was organized to provide leadership and extracurricular educational opportunities in a less formal social setting to majors and other students interested in the field of psychology.
Residence Hall Association
The Residence Hall Association (RHA) of Barton College strives to provide an environment where students are empowered and provide opportunities for leadership. RSA encourages all resident students to unite for the common good and to voice their needs to the college and community at large.
The Science Club provides an opportunity for all students interested in various fields of science to experience a variety of activities. Some of these activities include weekend and day trips to natural areas throughout the state, plant propagation and sales, and speakers dealing with science related topics and job opportunities. The club is very active in community activities, and on-campus beautification projects.
Sigma Beta Delta International Honor Society for Business, Management, and Administration
The mission of Sigma Beta Delta is to encourage and recognize scholarship and accomplishment among students of business, management, and administration, and to encourage and promote aspirations toward personal and professional improvement and a life distinguished by honorable service to humankind. Sigma Beta Delta was established to honor students who have attained superior records in business programs in schools and colleges with regional accreditation.
Sigma Phi Epsilon Fraternity
Sigma Phi Epsilon was founded in 1901 at Richmond College in Virginia on the cardinal principles of Virtue, Diligence, and Brotherly Love. Today, over 240,000 men have joined the fraternity and taken a vow to uphold these values. The North Carolina Iota Chapter was founded on this campus on April 26, 1958. It grew out of a local social fraternity, Sigma Rho Phi, which was founded at the College. The fraternity philanthropy is Project America, which is bettering the community in which you live. The purpose of Sigma Phi epsilon is to develop a fellowship within the fraternity based on high moral standards and to provide an organization that will be a distinct asset to the college and community.
Sigma Sigma Sigma Sorority
Sigma Sigma Sigma was founded in Farmville, Virginia, at Longwood College in 1898. As its philanthropy, Sigma Sigma Sigma established the Robbie Page Memorial Fund to aid in polio research. As the Salk vaccine was successful, the Robbie Page Memorial prepared to enter another state of service for children, a program to provide improved hospital facilities for their care and rehabilitation. Sigma Sigma Sigma chose the North Carolina Memorial Hospital at Chapel Hill and with the sorority’s contributions of over 150,000 to the hospital in the last 10 years, a Children’s Room on the seventh floor has been constructed. The Gamma Xi Chapter of Sigma Sigma Sigma was installed at the College in October 1965. Formerly, Tri-Sigma was Phi Sigma Tau local sorority.
SPECTRUM stands for sexuality, pride, education, community, trust, respect, unity, and multiculturalism. The group’s aim is inclusion and acceptance, not accommodation and tolerance. Members want people to be free to be who they are and to help educate those who are not familiar with various LGBTQ+ identities by offering open discussions about such topics in a space free of judgment.
Student Government Association
The Student Government Association is primarily a political organization for unifying the student body, for clarifying the processes and items of interest to the College for the student body, and for providing its members with a channel through which they can voice their opinions in matters pertaining to student rights and welfare. The Student Government Association also promotes cultural and social activities for the benefit of the student body as a whole.
Students of North Carolina Association of Educators
The SNCAE organization provides professional training and leadership development to education majors.
Young Life College offers a fun, accepting community to be a part of while exploring and deepening your faith. College students can also be great Young Life Leaders for middle and high school students. Although training is not required for membership in the Barton College chapter, you can be trained to be a Young Life leader and a valuable part of a Young Life team.