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Departmental Organizations and Activities


Alpha Beta Alpha is a national fraternity for students in library science. Any student taking courses in library science who has earned an overall C average in classwork is eligible to become a member. Advisor: Anne Zarinnia.

Kappa Delta Pi is a national honorary education fraternity. It limits its membership to juniors and seniors in the College of Education who have demonstrated unusual scholastic proficiency and professional promise. Advisor: Shannon Stuart.

Phi Kappa Phi is a national honor society for the recognition and encouragement of superior scholarship in all academic disciplines. Undergraduate students are eligible for consideration who have senior status and are scholastically in the upper 10% (or less, if the chapter’s constitution so provides) of their class; or who have reached the final period of their junior year and are scholastically in the upper 5% (or, again, less if the chapter’s constitution so stipulates) of their class. President: Charles Cottle, Secretary/Treasurer: Roxanne DePaul.


Best Buddies is a university-sponsored organization that organizes and creates one-to-one relationships with adults with intellectual disabilities in the community. Students participate in activities with their buddy once a month. Advisor:

The Caring and Resourceful Educators is the student branch of the Wisconsin Early Childhood Association and the National Association for the Education of Young Children. Membership is open to any student interested in early childhood education. The group’s primary concern is the welfare and education of children. Advisor: Robin Fox.

The Coaching, Health, Athletics, Recreation, and Physical Education (CHARPE) organization is open to all students enrolled in majors or minors in Health, Physical Education, Recreation or Coaching. This club works to promote understanding of career opportunities and responsibilities, professional development outside of the classroom, and networking with professionals and peers. Guest speakers, attendance at professional meetings, and banquets are some of the various activities of this organization. Advisor: Cristy Jefson.

The Student Council for Exceptional Children is a pre-professional organization for students interested in expanding their knowledge about and experiences with individual with exceptionalities. Its primary purpose is to "present students with opportunities to improve educational professional standards and increase awareness of exceptional children and youth." Opportunities are available for volunteer experiences with various area service agencies/programs and residential facilities. Projects may include: visiting residential facilities, mentoring clients, planning seasonal parties for residents of community resident settings, provide respite care, and attending and participating in state and national professional organization conferences. Advisor: Katy Casey and Jessica Hasaman.

The National Student Speech Language Hearing Association (NSSLHA) is the national organization for Master’s candidates and undergraduate students interested in the study of normal and disordered human communication behavior. NSSLHA is the only official national student association recognized by the American Speech-language-Hearing Association. NSSLHA membership is presently about 13,000 students with chapters in more than 280 colleges and universities. Advisor: Roxanne DePaul.

The Student Wisconsin Education Association is a student organization for improving the quality of education. The purpose of the organization is to guide students who plan to teach and to provide supplemental education programs. This organization is a student chapter of NEA. Advisor: John Zbikowski.

ROTC Cadet Association is composed of students enrolled in the Army or Air Force ROTC program (Leadership, Military Science and Aerospace Studies) at Whitewater. The organization fosters military, social and other extracurricular activities within the ROTC student body. Advisor: Capt. Michael D. Nyenhuis.

The Student Safety Organization represents ASSE (American Society of Safety Engineers). The purpose of the Association is to promote interest in and understanding of the role of safety in industry, government, schools, and wherever loss prevention is a concern. Representatives participate in departmental activities and decision-making and the Organization conducts a variety of programs for professional growth and development. The Organization not only serves its present membership, but seeks to maintain contact with graduates by inviting them to speak at Association meetings. Students interested in the Student Safety Association should contact the Occupational & Environmental Safety & Health Office in Room 3305, Hyland Hall. Advisor: Sang Choi.

Students for an Accessible Society fosters an awareness of the needs of disabled students on campus, joins disabled and non disabled people as an organization to meet these needs, and fosters an atmosphere of mutual understanding and cooperation between the two parties. Advisor: Pam Turner.

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