Handbook at The University of West Georgia

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Center for Student Involvement and Student Organizations

The Center for Student Involvement facilitates student engagement, leadership, and involvement through a variety of programs and services. The CSI Office is where you go to do anything that has to do with getting involved with Student Life. Feel free to stop by to either turn in form or just to hang out - they are located in the Campus Center, room 304.

Student Organizations at West Georgia

In 2011-2012, there were 150 registered student organizations at UWG. This included departmental, honorary, international/cultural, professional, political, recreational, religious, social, social greek, special interest, and student governance organizations. A complete list and additional information is available in the Center for Student Involvement, or at www.westga.edu/csi.

If you are interested in starting a new organization, please visit the website. A number of advantages come with registration as a student organization. For example, groups can reserve University facilities for meetings and special events, have material printed at cost at the print shop, post information on designated bulletin boards, use the University mail service, invite speakers to campus, and sponsor fund raising projects.

Student Government

Any full time undergraduate or graduate student is eligible to participate in Student Government (SGA). SGA promotes the general welfare of the students. It receives student complaints, investigates student problems and participates in decisions affecting students.

SGA is composed of an executive, legislative and judicial branch. The student body elects a president, vice-President, judicial chairman and treasurer and 17 senators each spring semester. There are three freshman senators and one graduate senator chosen in the fall semester.

Student Activity Fee

Every semester each student is required to pay a Student Activity Fee. This fee allows students free admission to student drama and fine arts productions, free copies of the weekly campus newspaper, the West Georgian, and free admission to all Student Activities Council events. Activity money is also used to fund intramural sports, debate, musical and fine arts programs, student organizations and many other university activities. For more information on the student activity fee go to www.westga.edu/safba.

Auxiliary Student Groups

It's important that the leaders and members of all student organizations know that auxiliary groups are not allowed at West Georgia. These include such groups as little sisters, big brothers, favorites, friends of the chapter, rush hostesses, and the like. See Appendix M for the complete policy statement regarding auxiliary groups and contact the Center for Student Involvement if you have questions (678-839-6526).

Student Activities Council

The Student Activities Council (SAC) provides a variety of social, cultural, and educational programs  for the students of West Georgia. In addition to providing several monthly activities, SAC plans major events each semester such as Welcome Back Week, Homecoming, and Spring Fling.

SAC is coordinated by an executive board composed of a president, vice-president recruitment, and eight committee chair people. You are encouraged to offer suggestions and join the various committees which make up the SAC. The committees include live music, comedy, special events, publicity, public relations, diversity, homecoming, university traditions, and issues and ideas.

Religious Groups

There are a wide variety of religious organizations affiliated with West Georgia. Some groups at West Georgia are the Baptist Collegiate Ministries, Campus Outreach, Christian Campus Fellowship, Wesley Foundation and the Canterbury Club.

Black Student Alliance

The Black Student Alliance (BSA) is committed to heightening awareness about the African-American Culture. This organization is open to all West Georgia students and provides a variety of activities ranging from community service projects to lectures and socials.

Student Publications

The West Georgian is the student edited and managed campus newspaper, distributed free at various campus locations on Wednesdays. All students are invited to work on the staff in news, sports, arts, and photography. The office is located on the lower level of the University Community Center and the phone number is 678-839-6527, campus ext. 96527.

The Eclectic is a literary magazine published each spring semester. It contains poetry, prose, art, and photography. Material should be submitted to The Eclectic in care of the university English Department. A brief biographical publication sketch is requested.

Wolf Internet Radio and UTV

The Wolf Internet radio is the University of West Georgia's very own radio station run "For Students By Students." The WOLF also provides hands-on experience for students interested in radio broadcasting. UTV, which airs programs on the local cable TV network, provides similar opportunities for those students interested in television production.

Art Exhibitions

The Department of Art houses three galleries in the Humanities Building. Generally, the First Floor Gallery hosts works by international, national and regional artists. The duration of most exhibitions is one month and includes an opening or closing reception complete with artist lecture when possible. The Second Floor Gallery is reserved for solo exhibitions of graduating B.F.A. candidates/art majors.

The Third Floor Atrium Gallery houses the world's only hand-painted replica of the world famous Bayeux Tapestry. This gallery is also an occasional venue for special exhibitions and lectures. In addition to the department's traditional gallery spaces, the University as a whole displays art from the Department of Art's Permanent Collection comprised of art work purchased from professional artists and promising students. This work is exhibited across campus in lobbies and offices and occasionally in local venues such as banks, restaurants, the public library and Gallery 118, to name a few.

Theatre

Accredited through the National Association of Schools of Theatre, the UWG Theatre Company presents a season of diverse performances geared toward the education and entertainment of the community. Each semester the Theatre Company presents 2-3 productions in the Townsend Center for the Performing Arts. Equipped with state-of-the-art equipment and software in all design areas, the UWG Theatre Company affords students the opportunity to work collaboratively on both seasonal productions and classroom projects. It is the aim of the Theatre Company to produce the best quality work while addressing both the humorous and serious issues vital to society. All events are free to UWG students. Students, faculty, and staff are invited to audition and participate either on stage or in technical positions.

Debate

The West Georgia Debate Team is one of the top programs in the country. In 2009-2010, the debate squad qualified for the National Debate Tournament for the 38th consecutive year, the 5th longest streak in the nation.

Greeks

As many other American colleges and universities, fraternities and sororities play a distinctive role at the University of West Georgia's campus culture. They offer opportunities for students to succeed academically, develop lasting friendships, contribute to the broader community through service and participate in social, cultural, and athletic activities. Twenty-two Greek letter social organizations are represented on the university campus.

A National Pan-Hellenic Greek Council, Interfraternity Council and Panhellenic Council exist to govern the fraternities and sororities. Among other responsibilities, the three councils coordinate membership selection process standards (Recruitment/Intake) and plan various activities such as Greek Week, All Greek Step Show, service projects and educational programs.

Panhellenic and Interfraternity Council formal recruitment is held during the first part of Fall Semester. During the summer, registration forms are sent to all women and men accepted to West Georgia for the Fall Semester. There is a minimal charge to cover the cost of activities for the week. The Panhellenic and Interfraternity Councils also hold "Open" recruitment functions during the Spring Semester. Recruitment for National Pan-Hellenic Greek Council fraternities and sororities takes place at different times throughout the year. Information can be obtained from announcements on bulletin boards, individual fraternity or sorority members, or from the Center for Student Involvement.

UWG Greek social organizations are listed below:

National Pan-Hellenic Council (as of May, 2011)
Fraternities             Sororities
Alpha Phi Alpha     Zeta Phi Beta
Iota Phi Theta        Delta Sigma Theta
Phi Beta Sigma        Sigma Gamma Rho
Omega Psi Phi        Alpha Kappa Alpha

Interfraternity Council-Fraternities
Alpha Tau Omega     Kappa Sigma
Chi Phi                     Sigma Nu
Kappa Alpha Order     Pi Kappa Phi
Pi Kappa Alpha        Tau Kappa Epsilon
Delta Chi                Sigma Chi

Panhellenic Council-Sororities
Alpha Gamma Delta     Delta Delta Delta
Alpha Xi Delta             Kappa Delta
Chi Omega                 Phi Mu
Sigma Kappa

Academic Requirement for Greeks

In order to participate in Recruitment or Intake, a first-time college student must have a 2.0 UWG adjusted GPA from high school, and West Georgia (or transfer) students must have a 2.0 University GPA based on a minimum of 12 hours of non-developmental University work. However, both the Interfraternity and Panhellenic Councils suggest that a student have a minimum of a 2.20 GPA because some fraternities and sororities cannot extend bids to students who have below a 2.20 UWG adjusted GPA. Each chapter has their own guidelines however, and some have requirements as high as 2.9 GPA. The average GPA required by NPHC chapters is a 2.5; however, some also require higher. No one placed in Learning Support Classes is eligible to pledge until they successfully complete all Learning Support Classes and earn a 2.00 based on 12 hours or more in non-learning support classes. A student must maintain full-time student status (minimum of 12 credit hours) during his/her new member period. Transient students are not eligible.

If a Greek organization's semester chapter GPA drops below a 2.4, the chapter will be placed on probation until the semester GPA reaches the requirement. The first semester the chapter GPA falls below the standard, the chapter will be placed on social probation. If this happens a second consecutive semester, the chapter may not participate in any social functions or intramurals. If the chapter continues to fall below the standard, it runs the risk of being removed from campus or receiving other sanctions.

The Center for Student Involvement administers these policies. If you have questions about them or would like to receive a copy of the complete policy governing Greek Organizations, contact the Center for Student Involvement.

Departmental Organizations and Professional Fraternities

There are many departmental organizations and professional groups at UWG. These groups are connected to the various majors on campus and provide networking opportunities for students with the same major or career interest. Stop by your department or the Center for Student Involvement and see what groups have been established in your major area. Check our website at www.westga.edu/csi.

Music

The Department of Music offers numerous opportunities for participation in large and small ensembles open to all UWG students.

The Wind Symphony and Wind Ensemble are the University's superb concert bands. The Jazz Ensemble consists of a big band and combos that perform on campus and on tour, and hosts the annual Sunbelt Jazz Festival featuring world-class artists. The Marching Band and colorguard contribute to the excitement and pageantry of sports and university life at home and away football games, parades, and festivals, and high school marching band exhibitions. The Basketball Band provides entertainment at home games. Small ensembles include brass and woodwind ensembles, as well as keyboard, percussion, and saxophone ensembles. Singers enjoy participating in Concert Choir, Chamber Singers, and Opera Workshop. Chamber Singers is a select ensemble that performs madrigals, choral chamber music, and popular music, and Opera Workshop provides opportunities for soloists, chorus members, and support staff in full-scale opera productions and scenes.