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2005-2006 Student Handbook 
2005-2006 Student Handbook [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Campus Life

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The University encourages all students to participate in its recreation and athletic programs. The gymnasium provides facilities for exercise, intercollegiate, intramural, and recreational activities.

Under the direction of Professor Robert C. Morgan, Athletic Director, the University offers activities to all students regardless of their athletic skill level. For more information on intramural and varsity sports, visit website

Rules of Eligibility for Sports

Any student may participate in intramural sports or recreational activities regardless of his/her academic standing.

A student will be declared ineligible to participate in intercollegiate varsity sports while she or he is on academic or disciplinary probation.

Intercollegiate Varsity Sports

The Athletic Department offers eleven intercollegiate varsity sports. The teams compete against most local colleges in the Philadelphia area. Students interested in the following activities should contact the Athletic Department or the coaches named below:

Baseball, Mens  

Frank Angeloni

Basketball, Mens  

G. David Pauley

Basketball, Womens  

Nate Ware

Cross Country, Mens  

Bob Heller

Cross Country, Womens  

Bob Heller

Golf, Co-ed  

Gayle Garrison

Rifle, Co-ed  

Paul E. Klimitas

Softball, Womens  


Tennis, Mens  

Julian Snow

Tennis, Womens  


Volleyball, Womens  

Michael Sinesi

The University is a Division II member of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA). Our teams currently compete within the Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC).

The Rifle Team holds membership in the Mid-Atlantic Intercollegiate Rifle Conference and National Rifle Association.

Intramural Activities

The Intramural Sports and Activities Programs at the University welcome all students, faculty, and staff regardless of their athletic abilities. Through active and healthy competition, participants acquire skills that provide for wholesome leisure pursuits throughout life. Listed are the activities offered this year. All activities are open to all students, faculty, and staff.

League Competition


Semester Operated







Tournament Competition

(more than one night)








Table Tennis  


Tournament Competition

(one day or night)




Foul Shooting  


One Mile Relay  






Bowling Scratch Match  




Chip and Putt Tournament  








Trivial Pursuit  


Further information concerning these events can be obtained through the Athletic Department.

In most cases the Intramural Program is at no cost to the student. A deposit fee is usually required but returned when the person and/or team fulfills its contract. There is a concerted effort made by the Intramural Department to place all interested students on a team if they cannot organize one on their own.

Please note:
All intramural injuries, no matter how minor, must be reported as soon as possible to a member of the physical education faculty or staff. In the event that an intramural injury requires medical attention beyond that provided by the University’s Student Health Office, the student must first file a claim with his/her own insurance company. After payment has been made by the student’s insurance company, then the student may submit any unpaid charges to the Director of Athletics for review and possible submission to the University’s insurance carrier.

McNeil Athletic Field

The McNeil Athletic Field, located at 42nd and Woodland Avenue, was made possible by the generosity of Robert McNeil, P ‘38 and his wife, Nancy.

The facility, consisting of three tennis courts and a softball field, makes outdoor recreational space available for students, faculty, and staff.

Students will not be permitted to bring vehicles into the main cemetery entrance. They must enter via the walkway. If the facility is not open when scheduled, please contact Security, 4500 Woodland Ave., Room 105.

Greek Life


USP has 14 Greek organizations that include Academic, Social, Service, and Professional groups. These organizations offer friendship and camaraderie through brotherhood and sisterhood, leadership opportunities, philanthropic work, scholastic support, and encouragement.

The recruitment process for Greek organizations, referred to as “new member recruitment,” is open to all students. USP has a deferred new member recruitment policy, which means that first-year students are eligible to join these organizations in the Spring semester only. Dates for activities related to new member recruitment are posted by the individual organizations.

Rules of Eligibility for Fraternity/Sorority Participation

  1. Students are not permitted to join a fraternity or sorority until the completion of one full academic semester at University of the Sciences in Philadelphia.Transfer students are required to show proof of one semester equivalent (12 credits) at their former institution.
  2. Students wishing to join a fraternity or sorority must not be on academic or conduct probation. Students must have a cumulative grade point average greater than or equal to the cumulative grade point average required by their major. Students must also have, for the semester prior to the beginning of the member education period: (a) a semester grade point average of 2.00 or greater, (b) have carried 12 or more credits, and (c) have no failing grades or Incompletes.

Anti-Hazing Policy

The following regulations apply to all University students and student groups. The University is an association of equals who, in working together, comprise a scholarly community. Hazing is inconsistent with the goals and purposes of the University and is explicitly forbidden.

Hazing is defined as any action or situation that (1) intentionally endangers the emotional, mental, or physical health or safety of a student or (2) willfully destroys or removes public or private property for the purpose of admission or maintaining membership in any organization or group associated with the University.

Pennsylvania “Anti-Hazing Law” Act 175 of 1986

Pledge-education or new-member programs and activities must not interfere with the rights and activities of others and should always reflect the best interests of the members of the organization it represents and the University community as a whole. New-member orientation activities should not interfere with or be detrimental to organization members’ or prospective members’ academic performance. New-member orientation activities, therefore, shall not be referred to as “hell week.”

For the purpose of this code, any activity as described above upon which the admission into or affiliation with a university organization is directly or indirectly conditioned shall be presumed to be a forced activity, regardless of the willingness of an individual to participate in the activity. Any person suffering or witnessing a hazing activity is encouraged to report the incident to appropriate university officials in the Division of Student Affairs. The principal officer of each university organization shall be responsible for informing pledges and initiated members of the University Anti-Hazing Policy.

Examples of hazing follow. These examples are merely illustrative of specific forbidden practices and are not intended to be all-inclusive.

  1. Any brutality of a physical nature, such as whipping, beating, branding, forced calisthenics, or exposure to the elements.
  2. Forced consumption of any food, liquor, drug or other substance, or any other forced physical activity which could adversely affect the physical health and safety of the individual.
  3. Any activity which would subject the individual to extreme mental stress, such as sleep deprivation, forced exclusion from social contact, forced conduct which could result in humiliation or embarrassment, or any other forced activity which could adversely affect the mental health or dignity of the individual, i.e. wearing of conspicuous clothing/costumes.
  4. Any willful destruction or removal of public property.
  5. Placing a member or pledge in a situation of actual or simulated peril or jeopardy.
  6. Undignified stunts or methods, either private or public, and/or any ordeal that is in any respect indecent or shocking.
  7. Kidnapping and paddling.
  8. Verbal abuse.
  9. Any form of questioning under pressure or in an uncomfortable position.
  10. Requiring new members to perform personal service for brothers/sisters such as carrying books, running errands.
  11. Treasure hunts.

Penalties for engaging in hazing activities include University sanctions against individuals and organizations, and criminal sanctions under state law acknowledgement to stop hazing organization.

For additional information on discouraging hazing activities, see


The following fraternities/sororities, some national in scope, maintain chapters at the University of the Sciences in Philadelphia:

Alpha Delta Chi - Academic Honor Fraternity whose function is to encourage scientific evaluation, stress academic achievement, and provide members with a code of ethics that will permeate all parts of his/her social, academic, and professional life. - Mrs. Jackie Otto (215-596-8830,, Advisor.

Alpha Delta Theta - Professional Fraternity that promotes women in the field of science - Ms. Margaret A. Reinhart (215-596-8797,, Advisor.

Alpha Phi Omega - Co-ed National Service Fraternity, deeply rooted in the teachings of the Boy Scouts of America, that allows people to help others while making friendships that will last well beyond college. Alpha Phi Omega looks to unite people in the principles found in the Scout Oath. The primary goal of APO is to provide service to four main fields: chapter, campus, community, and nation. It is possible to go almost anywhere in the US and be treated with friendship and acceptance as a member in Alpha Phi Omega. To many, APO forms the basis for valuable friendships that last long after the members have left school. Anyone is welcome to join APO. As a service fraternity, APO welcomes all students who believe in the spirit of service-regardless of sex, color, religion, course of study, or other fraternal affiliations - Dr. Catherine Bentzley, (215-596-8581,; Advisor; Dr. Shawn Boyle (215-596-8743,; Dr. Diane Morel (215-895-1123,; Mr. Kevin Wolback (215-895-3129,

Alpha Sigma Tau - National Social Sorority that prides itself on individuality and academic achievement of its members, as well as its philanthropic and fundraising events. Among the activities the sisters participate in are the AIDS Walk Philly and sponsoring Haunted Hallways, a Halloween event held for the children in the West Philadelphia neighborhoods. The sisters, also known as the Ladybugs, are a diverse group of women from different backgrounds and majors. The sorority was founded in 1899 in Ypsilanti, Michigan, and on campus they were founded as the Delta Sigma chapter in April 2000. They won the Omega Cup for best Greek organization on campus in 2004 and hope to continue that tradition in the years to come. - Mrs. Suzanne Trump (215-596-8758,, Advisor.

Alpha Zeta Omega - Professional Fraternity that aims to aid, in all ways possible, the public, the profession of pharmacy, the colleges of pharmacy, and needy and gifted students, both graduate and undergraduate - Dr. Julian Snow (215-596-8837,, Advisor.

Delta Phi Epsilon - Social Sorority that believes in Dedication, Pride, and Excellence. Their aim is to develop a social consciousness and a commitment to think and act for the greater good. Also, to ensure continuous development and achievement for women by embracing their founding principles of Justice, Sisterhood, and Love - Ms. Susan Wainwright (215-895-8849,, Advisor.

Delta Phi Omega - Social Sorority whose purpose is to foster unity among South Asian women, build community awareness, and gain a greater understanding of oneself and others. The sorority aspires to instill leadership traits; to excel in all academic endeavors; to encourage an active relationship between the sorority and its respective university; and shall do so with utmost compassion, dignity, and fortitude. - Dr. Jeegisha Patel (215-596-8749,, Advisor.

Kappa Epsilon - Professional Fraternity whose purpose is to unite women students of pharmacy; to cooperate with the faculties of the college where chapters are established; to stimulate in its members a desire for high scholarship; to foster a professional consciousness; and to provide a bond of lasting loyalty, interest, and friendship - Ms. Stacy Rosemarin (215-895-1106,, Advisor; Dr. Emily Hajjar (215-596-8759,

Kappa Psi - Professional Pharmacy Fraternity that is the world’s oldest and largest. There are currently 71 collegiate and 43 graduate chapters in the US and Canada. - Dr. Anthony Sorrentino (215-596-8523,, Advisor. House Address: 4224 Spruce Street.

Lambda Kappa Sigma - Professional Fraternity that promotes the profession of pharmacy among women by developing them as leaders through the support of members, professionalism, and academia. Membership is based upon character, scholarship, and sisterhood. The organization offers both social and professional development and an opportunity to become more involved on campus and in the community. Scholarships are available through the international headquarters as well as by Eta Chapter. The chapter is open to females for membership. - Dr. Alicia Reese, (215-596-8867,, Advisor.

Phi Kappa Psi - Social Fraternity of educated men who endeavor to live honorably and humanely. Its Brotherhood is open to men of talent and character, but to those in particular who, as gentlemen, feel an affinity with one another in the common ways of college life and, moreover, in the pursuit of excellence.- Dr. Roy Robson (215-596- 8525,, Advisor.

Pi Lambda Phi - Social fraternity that was the first nonsectarian fraternity in the United States, accepting men of good character without regard to race or religion. Today, Pi Lambda Phi chapters at colleges and universities in the United States and Canada cultivate communities that promote academics, leadership, social skills, and lifelong fraternal bonds. Pi Lambda Phi men build skills that will help them succeed in their postgraduate endeavors in an environment free of hazing and drug and alcohol abuse. - Mr. Joe Canaday (215-596-7524,, Advisor. House Address: 209 S. 47th Street.

Rho Pi Phi - Professional Co-ed Pharmacy Fraternity founded in 1952. Rho Pi Phi’s main goal is to promote friendship, pharmacy, and fraternalism - Ms. Fran Northcutt (215-596-7521,, Advisor.

Upsilon Sigma Phi - Professional Fraternity whose goals are to promote social and educational advantages among its members; to improve the science and art of pharmacy and its related sciences; to uphold the standards in the practice of pharmacy and its allied professions; and to maintain a standard of professional honesty, with a view to the highest good to humanity. - Dr. Peter Harvison (215-596-8979,, Advisor. House Address: 422 S. 42nd Street.

Inter-Greek Council


Representatives of the 14 Greek organizations form a council to coordinate fraternity activities on campus; foster cooperation and good will among the fraternities and sororities, the University, and area neighborhoods; and to enforce the IGC constitution and by-laws governing all Greek organizations.

Leadership Development

Whitecar Hall, Room 121


The Department of Student Life is committed to our student leaders and their development. We have many programs and services to enhance our leaders’ and students’ abilities throughout the college experience.

Leadership Services Include:

  • The Collegiate Leadership Conference
  • Emerging Leader Workshop Series
  • USP Leadership Institute
  • Individual and Group Consultation:

This service is available to all groups and student leaders needing guidance and direction on specific leadership issues.

  • The USP Leadership Library:

This is a collection of materials designed to assist students and organizations with specific issues and topics. The materials include activities, books, and guides on topics such as ethics, multiculturalism, leadership, and time management. Please stop by and see what the Leadership Library has to offer!

Off-Campus Housing

Whitecar Hall, Student Affairs


For students seeking off-campus housing, the Department of Student Life has specifically designed resources to help members of the USP community successfully transition into becoming part of the Greater West Philadelphia Community. It is our expectation that students moving off campus into the local community exercise civic responsibility and sound judgement as members of a neighborhood. Additionally, we strive to ensure students living off campus are still connected and able to be active members of the USP campus community.

Off-campus housing resources include:

  • Moving Off Campus Community Guide
  • Individual consultations
  • Website with a searchable database of local property listings
  • Off-Campus Housing Fair held annually in March
  • Off-Campus Workshop Series

Residence Life

Student Affairs
(215) 596-8756


An important aspect of University life is learning to live with others. Residents have the opportunity to meet/live with students from other ethnic and cultural backgrounds. Professional staff members, along with resident advisors, live in the residence halls and play a vital role in creating an atmosphere that is warm and welcoming to all. The staff plays a major part in developing this atmosphere by providing activities and services that create a sense of community and acceptance among its residents. Our four residence halls, Alexandria, Goodman, Osol, and Wilson have been designed and furnished to meet these goals.

Alexandria Hall, 520-524 S. 42nd Street
Alexandria Hall, located next to Osol Hall, is an apartment building. These three bedroom apartments are fully furnished with bedroom, living room, and dining room furniture. Residents each have their own bedroom but share the living, kitchen, and dining areas. Residents who reside in Alexandria are permitted to either prepare meals on their own or chose from one of the University meal plans.

Goodman Hall, 710 S. 42nd Street, Front Desk, 215-596-8510 Goodman Hall, located next to Wilson Student Center, houses 377 students. The rooms are equipped with smoke detectors and have their own separate air conditioning and heating units. There are also triple rooms available at a reduced cost and single rooms for resident advisors, students with disabilities, and a limited number for upper class students.

Osol Hall, 510 S. 42nd Street, Front Desk, 215-895-1125
Osol Hall, located on 42nd Street, one block north of the University, has separate suites for 197 students. Nine students can be accommodated in each suite comprised of four bedrooms, a study /living room, complete bath, and cooking facilities. Provided also are a TV lounge, two study rooms, a recreation area, laundry facilities, vending machines, and a parking lot.

Wilson Hall, 708 S. 42nd Street, Front Desk, 215-895-1144
Wilson Hall, located on the top floors of Wilson Student Center, houses 86 students. It is an Honors Hall and is designed for upperclass students who are serious about maximizing their college experience and wish an atmosphere conducive to learning and their personal growth and development.

Student Activities

Whitecar Hall, Room 118


The Student Activities Administrator works closely with members of the Student Life Staff, student organizations, the Student Government Association (SGA), Campus Activities Board (CAB), Student Community Involvement Program (SCIP), resident advisors, and other student leaders to provide social, cultural, and educational activities that promote interaction and development among the USP student body. Programs and services that are provided include:

  • Major student activities: New Student Orientation, Welcome Week, Student Appreciation Day, Multicultural Week, Women’s Week
  • Weekly SGA-sponsored activities
  • Weekend activities
  • Bus trips
  • Information on campus events through the Campus Update (electronic weekly calendar of events), campus bulletin boards, and Channel 53 (campus information channel)

Over 60 Student Organizations are recognized by the Office of Student Life. See below for a complete listing.

Student Government Association (SGA)

SGA Office, Wilson Student Center, Room 210



2005-2006 Executive Board Officers
President   Robert Trachman
Executive Vice President   Ezra Mell
VP of Finance   Ezra Mell
VP of Finance   George Strock
VP of Student Affairs   Julie Roeder
VP of Safety and Security   Brian Lowe
VP of Academic Affairs and Discipline   Samira Merali
VP of Multicultural Affairs   Laura Unger
VP of Public Relations & Technology   Richard McCloskey
Director of Campus Activities Board (CAB)   Elise Autenrieth
Director of Student Community    
Involvement Program (SCIP)   Aditi Bhatia
Speaker of the Senate   Lauren McKibbin
Advisor   Tim Rupe
Advisor   Patty O’Hagan

About the Student Government Association

The Student Government Association continually strives to improve the quality of student life here at the University. Our goal is to provide an environment of academic, social, emotional, spiritual, and physical well being for the students of this institution. We accomplish this in many ways, some of which include providing activities for the student body, working with the administration to meet student needs, and providing supplemental funding to the 60+ organizations currently active at USP. The Student Government Association is responsible for many large events on campus, including Freshman Orientation, Student Appreciation Day, and Multicultural Week.

Becoming a Member of the SGA

Becoming an SGA Senator or Executive Board Member is an excellent way to get involved at USP. SGA members vote on important decisions that impact the student body and are often made aware of news and changes regarding the University before their peers. Although anyone is welcome to attend and take part in SGA meetings and activities, only elected or appointed members are eligible to vote.

There are many opportunities to become a member of the Student Government Association. There are ten Executive Board positions, which include the President, eight Vice-Presidents, and Speaker of the Senate. One must serve as a Senator for not less than two semesters before running for a position on the Executive Board. The Legislative Branch is made up of the Student Government Senate. All pharmacy classes, any other class within a major having over 100 students, and the commuter population shall each have two representatives in the senate, while all other majors shall have one representative. In addition each organization receiving funding from the SGA must appoint a senator. Organizations that are officially recognized by the University but are not receiving funding from the SGA are also welcome to appoint a senator. Organizations hold internal elections to determine their representative.


Separate elections are held for the Executive Board, First-Year Senators, and Upper-class Senators. First-Year Elections are typically held the third week of October, while elections for the Executive Board and Upper-Class Senators (including the two Commuter Senators) are typically held the 2nd and 3rd weeks following spring break, respectively. Students interested in running for an SGA position may nominate themselves or be nominated by a fellow student. Nomination forms will be made publicly available in the weeks prior to elections. Please consult the SGA Constitution and By-Laws for full details regarding eligibility requirements needed to run for SGA positions.

2005-2006 SGA Meetings

Student Government holds meetings on the 1st and 3rd Thursdays of each month except during final examinations. Meetings will be held in room PTC 140 at 1:00 PM unless notification is given otherwise. Additionally, the President of the Student Government may call a special meeting at any time. A minimum of 24 hours notice is given for special meetings. Any member of the University community is welcome to attend Student Government Meetings.

Funding of Eligible Organizations

All organizations interested in receiving funding from the SGA for the 2004-2005 academic year must have a representative present at the First-Year Welcome Orientation in August and also at regular SGA meetings beginning in September. Organizations that do not show representation at the First-Year Welcome Orientation may be penalized an amount equal to 50% of their approved funding. Also, if during the academic year an organization has had more than one unexcused absence or two excused absences, the 50% penalty may be levied.

The financial officer of each organization is required to attend the initial financial workshop sponsored by the SGA Vice President for Finance held in early September.

SGA Constitution and By-Laws

Copies of the SGA Constitution and By-Laws are available at

The information in this Handbook regarding SGA is intended for quick reference only. Always consult an official copy of the SGA Constitution & By-Laws or the SGA funding guidelines if you are uncertain of any rules pertaining to Student Government.

Student Organizations-General Information


Rules of Eligibility for Student Organizations

  1. All student organizations must have an advisor. This advisor must be a full-time (unless approved by the Division of Student Affairs) faculty or staff member affiliated with the University and must be readily accessible to the students. Individuals serving as advisors should refrain from advising more than two organizations at a time.
  2. All student organizations must have a constitution and by-laws.
  3. All new and potential student organizations are to submit their requests for recognition to the Student Activities Office for evaluation and review.
  4. All requests for recognition are to include:
    a. a constitution and by-laws (a sample form is available from the Student Activities Administrator)
    b. the name of the student contact person submitting the proposal
    c. the name of the advisor
    d. a signature list of at least 10 potential student members. This list should include the potential member’s name, signature, class year or faculty/staff status, and telephone number.
  5. All requests received by the Student Activities Office will be evaluated and reviewed.
  6. The Student Activities Office will periodically review student organization constitutions and by-laws to assure that all University requirements are met.

Signage/Display Policy

The Division of Student Affairs oversees the administration of display areas in and around campus. The following guidelines have been set as a means for establishing proper use of our existing display cases and bulletin boards.

General regulations for all bulletin boards and display cases:

  • Appropriate language and artwork is expected on all postings
  • As an institution committed to maintaining a drug-free environment and because of our special responsibility as educators in the health sciences, no reference to, or pictures of alcohol, alcohol containers, or drugs may be on any display items or postings. The only exception would be for the purposes of educational value, as determined by the Dean of Students Office.
  • All materials must be representative of the University mission, values, and nondiscriminatory/affirmative action policies
  • Failure to meet any of the guidelines may result in the loss of posting privileges and/or may be directed to the Student Conduct Board.

For current bulletin boards and display cases associated with a particular University Department:

  • Each area must be labeled with the identity of the Department
  • Each Department is responsible for updating and maintaining the materials in the case or on the bulletin board
  • Any cost involving the maintenance of the existing area is the responsibility of that Department
  • Materials posted in the area should reflect the purpose and scope of that particular Department
  • Individuals from outside that particular Department who wish to post items must obtain permission from that Department
  • Any inquiries to information posted or questions regarding the area should be directed to that particular Department

For current bulletin boards and display cases associated with a particular organization:

  • Each area must be labeled with the identity of that organization
  • Each organization is responsible for updating and maintaining the materials in the case or on the bulletin board
  • Any cost involving the maintenance of the existing area is the responsibility of that organization
  • Materials posted in the area must be approved by the organization’s advisor
  • Materials posted in the area should reflect the mission, purpose, goals, objectives, and activities of that particular organization
  • Individuals from outside that particular organization who wish to post items must obtain permission from the organization’s advisor.
  • Any inquiries to information posted or questions with respect to the area should be directed to the organization’s advisor

For bulletin boards and display cases labeled for informational purposes:

  • Each area must be labeled as an Informational Bulletin Board or Informational Display
  • The Student Activities Office is responsible for updating and maintaining the materials in the case or on the bulletin board
  • Any cost involving the maintenance of the area is the responsibility of the Student Activities Office
  • All materials must be approved through the Student Activities Office and must be dated and stamped with the appropriate insignia
  • Individuals from outside the University who wish to post items must drop off items at the Student Activities Office. The Student Activities Office will be responsible the posting approved material.
  • Materials will be posted for a maximum of 10 days.
  • The materials must be marked with the name and contact # of the organization.
  • Any inquiries to information posted or questions with respect to the area should be directed to the Student Activities Office.

To obtain permission to use an open bulletin board, display case, or window

  1. Submit an application in the Student Activities Office
  2. The application should contain specific information concerning the scope and size of the display
  3. The application will be reviewed and approved by the Student Activities Office
  4. The display must follow all guidelines listed under General and Organization Guidelines
  5. Displays rotate on a weekly or monthly basis, depending upon location
  6. Applications are submitted the month prior to the requested month of use

Participation Rules for Cocurricular Activities

A student will be declared ineligible to participate in specific cocurricular activities while she or he is on academic or disciplinary probation. Infractions of this rule may be referred to the Dean of Students or the Conduct Officer.

This rule shall apply to:

  1. All students who engage in the activities of the following groups or organizations: Graduate, Panacea, Elixir, Encore, Kingsessing Singers, Kingsessing Players, and any other Musical/Dramatic Organization
  2. All officers of any recognized student group

Free Hours

With rare exceptions, no courses are scheduled during the hours between 1:00 pm and 3:00 pm on Thursdays. This time may be utilized for student assemblies, Student Government meetings, organization meetings, etc

Financial Support

The Student Government Budget Committee will consider requests for funds from recognized student groups provided that:

  1. The organization and its activities are student oriented
  2. The Financial Request Form is filled out by the Treasurer or other officer planning the organization’s activities
  3. The funds requested are not the only source of funding for the organization
  4. The organization is represented at all Student Government meetings according to the Student Government Constitution

The SGA Finance Committee will review submitted budget requests and allocate funds according to the SGA funding guidelines.

Fund-Raising Activities

Promotional and fund-raising activities by individuals, fraternities, and organizations must be registered with and have the approval of the Student Activities Administrator.

On completion of any event of chance, a list of the winners should be submitted to the Student Activities Administrator, Division of Student Affairs. This list may be posted.

Room Reservations

Student organizations wishing to reserve a room should contact the Student Activities Administrator and refer to their student organization manual.

An advisor must be in attendance at all times for events held in any venue, either on or off campus.

Student Organizations



Communications and

The Elixir
Prof. Christine Flanagan, Advisor

The Elixir is this University’s literary magazine. The magazine includes various forms of art, all submitted by students, alumni and faculty. These submissions consist of poems, short stories, black and white photography, as well as various drawings and doodles. It is then edited and published by a student staff and distributed throughout the campus.

The Graduate
Ms. Patricia O’Hagan, Advisor
Graduate Office
Wilson Student Center, Room 207

This is the yearbook of the graduating class and has been issued each year since 1899. Interested student members from all classes and majors are encouraged to be on the staff.


The Advocate
Mr. Tim Rupe, Advisor
The Advocate Office
Wilson Student Center, Room 207

This is the student newspaper, edited by a student staff, and published periodically. The paper provides an outlet for the University community to voice concerns and find information about campus and community events. The Advocate staff is looking for students with a desire to be creative. If you can write, draw, edit, or if you have a few good ideas, the Advocate is for you.


Honorary Societies

Alpha Chi
Dr. Alison Mostrom, Advisor

Alpha Chi is a national general scholarship society which recognizes academically outstanding students in the top 10% of their class. The Pennsylvania Kappa Chapter at the University is open to majors in Biology, Medical Technology, Microbiology, Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, and Pharmacology and Toxicology.

Alpha Lambda Delta
Mr. Kevin Wolbach, Advisor

Alpha Lambda Delta is a national freshman honor society open to all freshmen who meet the scholastic qualifications.

Phi Lambda Upsilon
Dr. Guillermo Moyna, Advisor

The Beta Epsilon Chapter of the national honorary society for chemistry students is a co-chapter with Drexel University. Membership is limited to juniors and seniors having high academic abilities.


Psi Chi National Honor

Dr. Stephen Moelter, Advisor

Psi Chi is a national honor society whose purpose is to encourage, stimulate and maintain excellence in scholarship of the individual members in all fields, particularly in psychology, and to advance the science of psychology.

Rho Chi
Dr. Clyde Ofner, Advisor

The Alpha Tau Chapter of the national honor society of Pharmacy is active at this University. Students with a GPA in the top 20% of their class are eligible for membership in their fourth year.

Sigma Xi
Mr. Kevin Wolbach, Advisor

Sigma Xi is an active club of the national honorary society which promotes scientific research through lectures, research grants and national activities.


Professional Associations

Academy of Managed
Care Pharmacy
Student Chapter

Dr. Andrew Peterson, Advisor

Dr. V. Chan, Advisor

AMCP is a professional association open to all pharmacy students with an interest in managed health care. Its mission is to promote and develop the application of pharmaceutical care in order to ensure appropriate health outcomes for all individuals. AMCP acts to foster programs advancing the practice of pharmacy in managed care and to represent, advance, and educate those interested in managed care pharmacy. Members of AMCP are offered the opportunity to make numerous professional contacts by attending both student chapter and national meetings.

Academy of Student

American Pharmacists

Dr. Liza Takiya, Advisor

ASP is a collective voice of pharmacy students stimulating professional growth and leadership. The organization’s mission is to increase awareness of the profession of pharmacy by involving pharmacy students in a variety of professional activities. The organization encourages student participation in community and university service projects, legislative discussions on both local and national levels, and networking at the regional and national meetings of the American Pharmacists Association.

Student Affiliate
American Chemical
Dr. Catherine Bentzley, Advisor

Ms. Vanessa Jones, Advisor

ACS gives all students an organization that provides information concerning the Chemistry and Biochemistry departments. In addition, ACS encourages student interaction within chemistry majors. Also, it provides students interested in the departments a rich source of knowledge and experience concerning the multiple areas of chemistry and biochemistry

Student Chapter,
American Institute of
Biological Sciences
Dr. Alison Mostrom, Advisor

The Institute is dedicated to advancing biological research and education of the welfare of society. The Institute seeks to facilitate communication and interaction among biologists, professional biological societies, biological and other specific disciplines, as well as to serve and advance the interests of biology in the broader scientific community and in other components of society.

American Pharmacists
Academy of Students of

Dr. Liza Takiya, Advisor

ASP is a collective voice of pharmacy students stimulating professional growth and leadership. The organization’s mission is to increase awareness of the profession of pharmacy by involving pharmacy students in a variety of professional activities. The organization encourages student participation in community and university service projects, legislative discussions on both local and national levels, and networking at the regional and national meetings of the American Pharmaceutical Association.

ISPOR - International
Society of
Pharmacoeconomics and
Outcomes Research

Dr. William McGhan, Advisor

ISPOR provides students an environment where they can share knowledge in pharmacoeconomics and health outcomes research by offering forums for presentation of innovative ideas, latest advances, and discoveries in
pharmacoeconomics. The organization offers students in the pharmacoeconomics and outcomes research field with opportunities for professional advancement and leadership development

Student Chapter of the
Association of America

Dr. Salar Alsardary, Advisor

The goal of this organization is to stimulate interest in mathematics among members of the University community and provide an opportunity to belong to a professional organization for mathematicians and scientists.

The Student Society of
Medical Technology

Ms. Margaret Reinhart, Advisor

The Student Society of Medical Technology is a group of young professional men and women who work together on a common interest in clinical laboratory science. This organization allows fellow students to support each other to achieve their academic goals. The advisory staff has proven to be extraordinary in helping students accomplish their career ambitions.

National Community
Pharmacists Association

(Student Chapter)
Dr. Daniel Hussar, Advisor

The National Community Pharmacists Association goal is to increase the awareness of pharmacy students regarding the opportunities for professional practice and ownership in independent community pharmacies.


Student Occupational
Therapy Association

Ms. Joanne Oppermann, Advisor

The organization heightens awareness and educates individuals on the profession of occupational therapy and the maintenance of quality healthcare. It engages members in educational, social and fund-raising events that contribute to the profession’s identity and development.

PA. Society of
PCP Student Chapter

Mr. Steven Shaeffer, Advisor

Dr. Jean Scholtz, Advisor

The PSHSP-PCP student chapter is nationally affiliated with the American Society of Health System Pharmacists. The student chapter supports professional growth through educational programs and provides a network to the practice of pharmacy in evolving health care systems. The chapter’s mission is to foster the development of professional leadership skills that will drive the implementation of pharmaceutical care in future practice settings.

Marketing and

Dr. Melanie Oates, Advisor

Dr. Glen Rosenthal, Advisor

The Pharmaceutical Marketing and Management club is open to all students in the PM&M MAJOR. It is organized to provide an opportunity for PM&M students to get to know each other and their instructors on a more personal, less formal basis. Set up by the students, it is a great forum to meet and interact with professionals in the industry, take part in extracurricular, educational and recreational activities to enhance life skills, make lasting relationships, and network with industry executives interested in helping students.

Pharmaceutical Sciences

Dr. Pardeep Gupta, Advisor

Mrs. Jackie Otto, Advisor

The purpose of the club is to foster interest in the field of pharmaceutical sciences by bringing together students with a mutual interest in the field in both academic and social settings. The Club sponsors scientific events such as seminars on subjects in pharmaceutical sciences and related fields and promotes discussion of issues related to career opportunities, internships, graduate study and others for the common good of its members.

The Student Physical
Therapy Association

Dr. Annette Iglarsh, Advisor

The purpose of this association is to heighten the interest, awareness, and participation of all physical therapy students by encouraging the positive aspects of the career and other related areas.

Physician Assistant Club
Ms. Janet DeSipio, Advisor

The USP Physician Assistant Club is a club for PA majors that gives them an opportunity to get to know each other better, as well as learning more about their profession and schooling. The club gives students an opportunity to meet working PAs and PA students that are helpful in decisions they will make in the future. While in the PA club, one learns more about the USP/PCOM 5-year program. Each semester, the PA club has fundraising activities and performs community service projects on and off campus.

Pre-Medical Society
Dr. Suzanne K. Murphy, Advisor

The Pre-Medical Society is a body of students with a common interest in the field of medicine and other health-related careers. It introduces students to the requirements and the application process of professional schools and forms a connection between undergraduate studies and professional schooling. In addition, the Pre-Medical Society takes part in many philanthropic activities in the community.

The Pharm/Tox Club

Dr. Adeboye Adejare, Advisor

Dr. Diane Morel, Advisor

The club fosters interest in the field of pharmacology/toxicology by bringing together students and faculty with a mutual interest in pharmacology/toxicology.


Religious Organizations

Agape Christian

Dr. Daniel Hussar, Advisor

Agape is a student Christian group from all denominations who meet each week for fellowship, prayer, worship, and Bible study.

Emmanuel College

Dr. Daniel Hussar, Advisor

Emmanuel College Fellowship is a student Christian group who meet each week for fellowship, prayer, worship and Bible study.

Harvest Christian

Dr. Daniel Hussar, Advisor

Harvest Christian Fellowship is a student Christian group who meet on a regular basis for fellowship, prayers and worship.

Mrs. Phyllis Blumberg, Advisor

An organization of University students that sponsors Jewish cultural and religious events on campus. Hillel is part of citywide project that brings together Jewish students throughout the Philadelphia area.


Hindu Student Council
Dr. Deepika Vadher, Advisor

The Hindu Student Council is a nonsectarian international forum for the education and promotion of the Hindu cultural and spiritual heritage. The organization provides an opportunity for the individual to live a better life according to Hindu Dharma and provide Hindu culture and values.

Islamic Awareness

Dr. Salar Alsardary, Advisor

The organization serves the interests of Islam and of Muslim students. It provides unity among Muslims; conducts social, cultural, religious, and other such activities in the tradition of Islam; and arranges congregational prayers and Islamic religious festivals. The organization also promotes hospitable relations between Muslims and non-Muslims and works toward making Islamic teachings known to interested non-Muslims.

Dr. Daniel Hussar, Advisor

The purpose of this organization is to develop fellowship among its members through Bible studies, retreats, trips and other activities.

Newman Club
Dr. Bernard Brunner, Advisor

The Newman Club is a Catholic student organization affiliated with St. Agatha St. James Church at 38th and Chestnut Streets. The organization arranges for Mass on Holy Days of Obligation on campus and meets for prayer, study, and discussion of topics of interest and concern to students.


Other Groups

The Alliance
Mr. William Horton, Advisor
Mr. Josh Wilkin, Advisor

The functions of the Alliance is to increase awareness of Gay, Lesbian & Bisexual (GLB) student issues, to provide support for GLB students, to create a safe and comfortable environment for GLB students, faculty, administration and staff. It also serves as a resource for academic enterprise, and to sculpt a foundation which prepares students both culturally and socially for their professional and personal lives.

Asian Students
Ms. Kathie Palin, Advisor
Dr. Mei Ling Wang, Advisor

Want to make new friends? Interested in meeting other Asian students on campus and throughout the Delaware Valley? Willing to have fun while learning about Asian heritage, culture, and Asian-American identity. Join us! Everyone is welcome. This Association plans dances, community experiences, area trips, movies, a volleyball team, a year-end banquet and more.

The Association of
Latino American

Dr. Miriam Gilbert, Advisor
Dr. Joseph Ruane, Advisor

The Association of Latino American Students, is committed to advancing awareness of the Latino culture and history on the USP campus. ALAS collaborates with the local community through mentoring and tutoring programs with Latino high school students and stresses the importance of pursuing a higher education. ALAS works with the staff of the Admissions office in trying to recruit Latino students to attend USP, hosts college fairs, has fundraising dinners, and works very hard to spread Latino culture on the USP campus during Hispanic Heritage month. ALAS is one of the recipients of the 2005 prestigious Dean’s Award. ALAS is doing big things!!! You don’t have to be Latino to join. All are welcome.

USP Bhangra
Dr. Shanaz Tejani-Butt, Advisor

The Punjabi culture is now being witnessed at USP through USP Bhangra. The most breathtaking dance of India is hitting stages at various school events and collegiate competitions around the nation. Any student interested in spreading their passion for bhangra, come and see if you have what it takes to be on USP Bhangra!

Prof. Barbara Bendl, Advisor

Bharat members educate interested students, staff and faculty about the different cultures of which India is comprised. The organization helps students identify with their backgrounds and provides a feeling of pride toward their homeland.

Black Student Union
Mrs. Patricia Peterson, Advisor
Dr. Joseph Ruane, Advisor

The Black Student Union was founded as the Black Academic Achievement Society by minority students in 1971 to provide mutual support and friendship and to give minority students a representative voice on campus. The goal of the Black Student Union is to support and encourage members throughout their USP experience and promote campus-wide awareness andappreciation of the African-American culture. Meetings are held throughout the year, and membership is open to all.

Campus Activities Board
Ms. Patty O’Hagan, Advisor
Mr. Tim Rupe, Advisor
CAB Office, Wilson Student Center,
Room 211

The Campus Activities Board provides an effective mechanism of planning and scheduling events for students residing both on and off campus. It invites all students to bring their creative ideas and suggestions for planning and scheduling events on campus and the surrounding Philadelphia area.

USP Dhammal
Dr. Kamal Jonnalagadda, Advisor

Dhammal is a team of dancers who work together to elaborate Indian cultural dances as they were in the past and will be in the future. Any student interested in learning these dances and performing them in the community are encouraged to join.

Prof. Christine Flanagan, Advisor

Encore is USP’s performing arts club. Encore presents a variety of performances each year, including fulllength plays, student-written plays, musical acts and the ever-popular benefit production of “The Vagina Monologues” for V-Day.

Hindu Student Council
Dr. Deepika Vadher, Advisor

The Hindu Student Council is a nonsectarian international forum for the education and promotion of the Hindu cultural and spiritual heritage. The organization provides an opportunity for the individual to live a better life according to Hindu Dharma and provide Hindu culture and values.

International Student

Mr. Tim Rupe, Advisor

The International Student Association is an organization intended to bring together all international University of the Sciences in Philadelphia students. It meets once a month for various activities, and provides a base for friendship between the different cultures.

Islamic Awareness

Dr. Salar Alsardary, Advisor

The organization serves the interest of Islam and of Muslim students. It provides unity among Muslims; conducts social, cultural, religious and other such activities in the tradition of Islam; and arranges congregational prayers and Islamic religious festivals. The organization also promotes hospitable relations between Muslims and non-Muslims and works towards making Islamic teachings known to interested non-Muslims.

Kapisanan ng Pilipino

Ms. Amy Kimchuk, Advisor

Kapisanan ng Pilipino Istudiante promotes Filipino awareness in the USP community. It allows students to get involved with other cultural organizations and other schools to help strengthen ties. It offers support for Filipinos in and out of the USP community on a cultural, social and political level.

Kingsesessing Players
Prof. Kim Robson, Advisor/Director
Dr. Grace Earl, Advisor

The Kingsessing Players include the Wind Ensemble, String Ensemble, Brass Ensemble and Jazz Ensemble. Membership in one of these groups is great for the student who wants to continue playing an instrument, to collaborate with others and to perform. There is one rehearsal a week for each group, and everyone who rehearses with the group has the opportunity to perform at the end of the semester. Students may also register for an ensemble as a class and receive one credit per semester.


Kingsessing Singers
Prof. Kim Robson, Advisor/Director
Dr. Robert Boughner, Advisor

The Kingsessing Singers is the choral group on campus. We welcome students and faculty to share their musical talents with us. We have two concerts on campus and also perform in the community. This is a chance to get involved, relieve stress, and meet new people. Students may also register for the choir as a class and receive one credit per semester.

Korean Student

Mr. Michael Dockray

The Korean Student Association aids students in preparing them intellectually, culturally and ethically for their professional and personal lives by making them more aware of Korean culture. It provides an outlet for appreciating and respecting individuals of another cultural background and a link between the University and other colleges and universities.

The Latino Student

Dr. Joseph Ruane

The Latino Student Associations fosters a closer relationship among the Latino students on campus and it helps to familiarize the non-Latino university community with the diverse aspects of the Latino culture, language and people.

Maya Dance Team
Dr. Liza Takiya
Dr. Deepika Vadher, Advisor

The ability to show expression and movement through the art of dance is highly valued in Indian culture. Maya allows students to portray their talents to the community, and at the same time, show the pride they have in their beautiful culture. Maya performs at various school events, as well as collegiate level Indian Dance Competitions in the region. Come and see if you have what it takes to be a Maya!

Students Association

Mr. Tim Rupe, Advisor

The Nontraditional Students Association serves the needs of returning adult students. It provides a support system for students who find it necessary to balance the challenges of academic work with substantial family and/or financial responsibilities.

Peers Helping and Teaching
Peers Alcohol Control
Mrs. Gayle Garrison, Advisor

The PHAT PAC is a student run organization dedicated to educating students, faculty and staff about the responsible use of alcohol and other drugs. We provide educational programs, community outreach activities, and recreational activities that promote healthy as well as responsible attitudes toward alcohol and other drugs.

Photography Club
Dr. Ara DerMarderosian, Advisor

The purpose of the Photography Club is to bring together students, faculty and staff who are interested in the various facets of photography. The Club sponsors workshops, photo exhibits and lectures on various photographic topics.

South Asian Youth Association
Prof. Barbara Bendl, Advisor

SAYA members educate interested students, staff, and faculty about the different cultures of which India is comprised. The organization helps students identify with their backgrounds and provides a feeling of pride toward their homeland.

Student Community
Involvement Program

Ms. Elizabeth Gable, Advisor
Ms. Mary Kate McGinty, Advisor
SCIP Office, Wilson Student Center,
Room 211

SCIP cultivates a commitment to service. Volunteers contribute their time, energy, ideas and ideals to worthwhile groups or causes. Volunteers have participated in activities such as our Reading with Wilson Elementary School, Philadelphia Cares projects and various short-term activities offered through SCIP and/or fraternities and professional organizations.

Prof. Suzanne M. Trump, Advisor

TRC promotes an appreciation for the Russian culture. It helps fellow students for whom Russian and/or Ukrainian is the native language. It brings together students interested in learning about Russian culture.

USP Scorchers Team
Mr. Paul Klimitas, Advisor

The USP Scorchers Team provides a forum which students can express themselves artistically via the medium of dance and entertain fellow students at school events.

Table Tennis Club
Dr. Julian Snow

The Table Tennis Club brings together students interested in participating in table tennis matches on campus and off campus.

TRC (The Russian Club)
Prof. Suzanne M. Trump, Advisor

TRC promotes an appreciation for the Russian culture. It helps fellow students for whom Russian and/or Ukrainian is the native language. It brings together students interested in learning about Russian culture.

Mr. William Horton, Advisor
Mrs. Jacqueline Smith

Do you like working with new technology? Do you have fun with creative writing? Do you like being talent in front of the camera? If so, USP TV is looking for you. USP TV Club members create digital video productions around campus and at our USP TV studio. Most productions are just lots of fun; others record special campus events for USP faculty and staff. Channel 51 plays USP TV productions throughout our campus cable TV network. USP TV is a great place to learn digital video editing, sound mixing, studio lighting, storyboard creation, and just plain fun, as well as serious, acting out in front of the camera.

Vietnamese Student

Dr. Anil D’mello, Advisor

The Vietnamese Student Association promotes an appreciation for Vietnamese culture; to further the utilization of the Vietnamese language; to act as a vehicle for interaction between Vietnamese students at USP and other institutions and enhances the knowledge and comprehension of Vietnam’s illustrious history.