Professional Clubs

chemical society AMERICAN CHEMICAL SOCIETY
The American Chemical Society (ACS) is the world’s largest scientific society and one of the world’s leading sources of authoritative scientific information. A nonprofit organization, chartered by Congress, ACS is at the forefront of the evolving chemical enterprise and its related professions throughout the globe. The vision of ACS is “improving people’s lives through the transforming power of chemistry,” and the mission of ACS is “to advance the broader chemistry enterprise and its practitioners for the benefit of Earth and its people.” The cost of student dues is $25 per year paid directly to ACS. Our FHU student affiliate chapter does not charge dues in addition to this cost. The group meets at least once each month and
is involved in both community service projects (related to science) and science education projects. For more information, please contact Leann Self-Davis at 731-989- 6931 or at ldavis@fhu.edu.
              
Alpha Chi National Honor Society   ALPHA CHI NATIONAL HONOR SCHOLARSHIP SOCIETY
The Iota Chapter of Alpha Chi has existed at Freed-Hardeman since 1976. Following on its purpose to promote academic and character excellence, admittance is by invite-only for Juniors and Seniors with at least 3.8 GPA on 80 hours. The Iota Chapter sponsors academic programs every semester that focus around a particular theme. Additionally, students are encouraged to attend the Alpha Chi convention for networking opportunities and for the chance to present research and writings. For more information, please contact Dr. John McLaughlin at jmclaughlin@fhu.edu or at 731-989-6664.

Art Guild   ART GUILD
The Art Guild is a society of student artists seeking to use their talents to serve the university or community through visual arts. Open to all interested students, the membership dues are $15 for new members and $10 for returning members. In addition to the production of murals and other pieces for community display, the Guild travels to artist shows, gallery displays, and museums. For more information, please contact Brian Bundren at bbundren@fhu.edu or at 731-989-6090 or Laquita Thomson at lthomson@fhu.edu or at 731-989-6940.

Biology Club   BIOLOGY CLUB
The Biology Club is a group for students who are looking to better understand the natural world around them, to explore interests in pre-professional programs, and to surround themselves with faculty and students who share a common interest. Whether its academic activities, trips to locations in West TN or surrounding states, or just meetings in faculty homes, the Biology Club helps to assist students as they prepare for a future or working with the natural world around them. For more information, please contact Paul Fader at pfader@fhu.edu or at 731-989-6033.
 
Clayton Investment Team   CLAYTON INVESTMENT TEAM
The Clayton Investment Team offers an elite and unique market experience for business majors. As a team member, students make decisions on what stocks to buy or sell and position a real $1,000,000 portfolio to take advantage of market movements. Mr. Jim Clayton allows Freed-Hardeman students to manage his money for him and the school receives the earnings from the funds. There are many universities that can discuss investing and markets with a good textbook. At FHU, you receive practical experience in a real life setting to fine tune your knowledge and skills whether investing becomes your profession or if you just want to make sure you know how to handle your personal assets. Spaces are limited and applications are requested towards the end of each semester.

Dactylology Club DACTYLOLOGY CLUB
The Dactylology Club exists to build bridges between differing communities, and to help prepare students who are interested in ministering to the deaf. Meeting nearly once a week over the course of the semester, the club welcomes students who are both advanced in sign language as well as those who have no previous experience but are eager to learn. Members of the club have the opportunity to travel to churches, such as the White Station Church of Christ in Memphis, to work with the deaf congregation there. Additionally, the club assists with interpretation during chapel on campus. Once a year, the club also leads chapel, teaching signs for songs so that everyone can participate. This club provides an excellent opportunity for students to interact with an unfamiliar culture while overcoming a language barrier. For more information, contact Dr. Sam Hester at 731-989- 6625 or at shester@fhu.edu.
 
Math and Computer Science Club   MATH AND COMPUTER SCIENCE CLUB
The Math and Computer Science Club exists to inform students about opportunities and careers available in the mathematics and computer science fields. Participating students are also able to participate in academic activities that engage students beyond the classroom and provide a network for students with similar interests, majors, and goals. Club activities include programming contests, travel to conferences, professional guest speakers, and an integration bee. The club welcomes all students who are interested in math or computer science. For more information, please contact Kenan Casey at 731-989-6084 or at kcasey@fhu.edu or Jamie Holtin at 731-989-6665 or at jholtin@fhu.edu.
 
Makin' Music Showband   MAKIN' MUSIC SHOWBAND
The Makin' Music Showband accompanies the host and hostess performances during Makin' Music. The
band is composed of 8-12 students. The Showband typically consists of two guitars, two keyboards, bass, drums, and a horn section. Auditions are held in late October and are open to students from all majors. Rehearsals begin after the band is selected and are held two evenings per week. The Showband repertoire consists of about a dozen songs in a wide variety of styles. Being a member of the Showband requires hard work and dedication but offers a challenging musical experience through which students can grow as musicians while having fun along the way.

Missions Group   MISSIONS GROUP
Missions’ Group began in 1983 to provide a venue where those interested in foreign and domestic mission work can discuss opportunities for service and learn about current mission trends. The club meets the first and third Thursday of each month at 8:00 P.M. in the homes of the Missions faculty. Some meetings feature guests who speak on their mission works, while other sessions focus on missionary principles and skills. The club helps to formulate mission teams who share the same interests in various locations and missions as a whole. Over the past thirty years, several such teams have formed, going to serve in domestic sites as well as in countries around the world. The club contains students within various majors, as all students are welcome to join. For more information, please contact Mark Blackwelder at 731-989- 6624 or at mblackwelder@fhu.edu.

National Broadcast Society   NATIONAL BROADCASTING SOCIETY
The National Broadcasting Society- Alpha Epsilon Rho Chapter (NBS-AERho) is a national, professional organization for radio and television broadcasters and student Mass Media majors
or those students who are working in radio at FM91 and television operators for FHn TV. NBS is open to any student
who wants to learn and network with other mass media students and professionals on the local, regional, and national levels. Annual membership dues range from $25 to $50 per year. Students participate in the Annual Student Electronic Media Competition each year where FHU has had several national finalist and grand prize winners over the years. Freed-Hardeman’s NBS-AERho chapter meets every other Thursday night in Gardner Center Room 306 during the fall and spring semesters.

Alpha Epsilon Rho is the honor society within NBS. Its membership is restricted to the best of the best, and it serves as both an honorary and professional fraternity. When being considered for Alpha Epsilon Rho, student achievement is marked not only by high achievement in the classroom but also a student’s ability to go above and beyond in practical application. 
 
Social Work   PHI ALPHA HONOR SOCIETY
With the motto of “Through Knowledge- the challenge to serve,” the Phi Alpha Honor Society exists to provide a closer bond among students interested in social work and to promote humanitarian goals and ideals throughout society. Phi Alpha fosters high standards of education for social workers and invites into its membership those who have attained excellence in scholarship and achievement in social work. The Freed-Hardeman University Omicron Psi chapter of Phi Alpha initiated its first members in the spring of 2008, and the program has flourished since then. Membership
into this international honor society is offered to a small yet outstanding group of Social Work juniors and seniors who have obtained an overall GPA above a 3.6 and a GPA within their major of a 3.4 or above. For more information, please contact Nadine McNeal at nmcneal@fhu.edu or at 731-989-6644.

Preachers Club   PREACHERS CLUB
Preachers’ Club seeks to provide a place for students who are ministry focused to improve their abilities in speaking and serving. The club provides fellowship among young men and women interested in leading through ministry as well as interactions with individuals currently involved in ministry. The club endeavors to provide opportunities and resources for students seeking to hone their skills as they look for ways to serve God and His people better. For more information, contact Stan Mitchell at 731-989-6411 or at smitchell@fhu.edu.
 
pre-law society   PRE-LAW SOCIETY
The Pre-Law Society at FHU is a campus organization designed to help undergraduate students who intend to apply to
law school after graduation. Meetings are devoted to LSAT preparation, visits from law school admissions representatives, and pre-law school academic strategy. The group is open; no dues are required. For more information, please contact Dr. Jenny Johnson at 731-989-6378 or at jjohnson@fhu.edu.

 Psi Chi PSI CHI
Psi Chi, the International Honor Society for Psychology, focuses on stimulating and maintaining excellence in scholarship and in advancing the science of psychology. Membership is by invitation to all undergraduate and graduate students who meet the minimum academic qualifications. The Freed-Hardeman chapter is student run and participates in a number of activities within the community, including attending psych conferences and working with at the Carl Perkins Center and the Youth Villages. Psi Chi also provides research opportunities for students who are looking to further their students or prepare for graduate school. For further information, please contact Chris Creecy at ccreecy@fhu.edu or at 731-989- 6647.

Sigma Tau Delta SIGMA TAU DELTA
Sigma Tau Delta is an international English honor society with over 800 chapters at universities around the globe. Membership in Sigma Tau Delta is based on academic achievement. Students have presented original critical or creative writings at regional and international Sigma Tau Delta conferences, and one student has had a critical article published
in the selective Sigma Tau Delta Review. In addition, members organize service projects, study sessions, and chapter parties, and the chapter has taken trips to Sigma Tau Delta conventions in locations such as St. Louis, Pittsburgh, and New Orleans, as well as traveling such to literary sites such as Mark Twain’s home in Hannibal, MO and William Faulkner’s home in Oxford, MS.

future accountants   SOCIETY FOR FUTURE ACCOUNTANTS
The Society for Future Accountants is a dual BBA and MBA program that works to help students achieve their CPA certification. The program ensures that graduates have approximately 153 hours and are eligible for certification. Additionally, the students gather regularly for events and to hear speakers. At the “Meet the Firms” event, students can familiarize themselves with different accounting firms. Students also take tours of firms and gain valuable experience through internship opportunities.
 
Social Work Students in Action   SOCIAL WORK STUDENTS IN ACTION
Social Work Students in Action was created by students majoring in social work to help promote humanitarian ideals and goals throughout the campus and the local community. Members seek to identify needs and to utilize their degrees in a practical manner through projects such as the Food Pantries, assisting at Senior Citizen Centers, Heritage Towers, Soup Kitchens, etc. Ultimately, this group serves to integrate Christian and academic values. For more information, please contact Lisa Beene at 731-989-6385 or at lbeene@fhu.edu.
 
Spanish Club SPANISH CLUB
The FHU Spanish Club is made up of students who are looking for opportunities to listen and to speak Spanish outside of class, as well as to learn more about the cultures of Spanish- speaking peoples. Students do not have to be currently enrolled in Spanish classes to participate, and no dues are required. The club meets once a month for games, a devotional, a movie (in Spanish, of course!), or a guest speaker. Additionally, the students also have created Biblical teaching aids for FHU groups going on mission trips to Latin America. For more information, please contact Rhonda Thompson at 731-989-6783 or at rthompson@fhu.edu.
 
SIFE   STUDENTS IN FREE ENTERPRISE
SIFE is a national organization that promotes student leadership and the creation of self-sustaining projects that are business or service oriented. The group is open to all students regardless of major. All efforts on student-managed projects culminate in a presentation at a regional conference and provide opportunities for sponsorship by corporations such as Wal-Mart, Frito lay, etc. Additionally, students engage with local business and entrepreneurs. For more information, please contact Jason Brashier at jbrashier@fhu.edu or at 731-989- 6571.

Student Teachers Education Association   STUDENT TEACHER EDUCATION ASSOCIATION
STEA exists on college campuses to help future educators move smoothly from being a student on campus to being a first-time teacher in the classroom. STEA provides life lessons about salaries, contracts, competency testing, evaluation, discipline, certification requirements, and more. Membership in STEA also provides liability insurance that covers its members during their practicums and student teaching semesters. Through STEA, FHU’s School of Education is able to better prepare its students for the challenge and expectations of the classroom. Future educators sit at the feet of some of the area’s best teachers who share their experience and knowledge of the field. For more information, please contact Jennifer Creecy at jcreecy@fhu.edu at 731-989- x6075 or Shawna Northrop at snorthrop@fhu.edu or at 731-989-6927.

Taekwondo Club TAEKWONDO CLUB
The Freed-Hardeman Taekwondo Club provides students with training in the martial art of taekwondo in a safe and supportive environment. Students have the opportunity
to earn ranks in taekwondo as well as to improve mental and physical fitness. Training also includes a practical self-defense component. Instruction occurs on Mondays from 5:45-6:45pm in the Crews room. Club dues are $10. For more information, please contact Brian Butterfield at 731-989-6954 or at bbutterfield@fhu.edu.

University Chorale   UNIVERSITY CHORALE
The Freed-Hardeman University Chorale was formed in 2004 and is an ensemble of musicians and students who are both music majors and non-music majors. The University Chorale specializes in sacred unaccompanied selections, but it is not limited to that repertoire. The director, Dr. Gary McKnight, is dedicated to the study and performance of the finest choral literature of all music eras, as well as to developing the talents of each of the group’s members. Auditions for new members are held at the beginning the fall semester. The University Chorale rehearses daily and maintains an active concert and touring schedule. The Chorale makes extended bus tours, and every other summer many of its members, along with members of the University Singers, participate in an overseas campaign, presenting concerts arranged by local congregations and assisting these congregations with mission efforts. For more information, please contact Dr. Gary McKnight at gmcknight@fhu.edu or at 731-989-6952.

University Singers   UNIVERSITY SINGERS
The Freed-Hardeman University Singers specialize in hymns, hymn arrangements, worship and devotional songs. Members are chosen by audition or permission of the instructor. The Singers rehearse twice a week and do not travel but will perform a number of times during the school year, usually on campus or at nearby venues. For more information, please contact Dr. Gary McKnight at gmcknight@fhu.edu or at 731-989-6952.