Dec 05, 2019  
2009-2010 Student Handbook 
    
2009-2010 Student Handbook [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Campus Life


2009-10 Student Handbook

ATHLETICS

Intercollegiate Athletics
Intramural Activities
McNeil Athletic Field 

CENTER FOR COMMUNITY CONNECTIONS

GREEK LIFE

Rules of Eligibility for Fraternity/Sorority Participation
Anti-Hazing Policy
Fraternities/Sororities
Inter-Greek Council 

LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT

OFF CAMPUS HOUSING

RESIDENCE LIFE

STUDENT ACTIVITIES

STUDENT GOVERNMENT ASSOCIATION (SGA)

2009-10 Executive Board Officers
About the Student Government Association
Becoming a Member of the SGA
Elections
2009-10 SGA General Assembly Meetings
Funding of Eligible Organizations
Student Government Association Funding Guidelines
SGA Constitution and By-Laws 

STUDENT ORGANIZATIONS — GENERAL INFORMATION

Policy on Student Groups
Rules of Eligibility for Student Organizations
Organization Expectations
Signage/Display Policy for University of the Sciences in Philadelphia Campus
Participation Rules for Cocurricular Activities
Free Hours
Fund Raising Activities
Room Reservations 

STUDENT ORGANIZATIONS

Communications and Publications
Honor Societies
Professional Associations
Religious Organizations
Other Groups


  Athletics

The University encourages all students to participate in its recreation, intramural, and intercollegiate athletic programs. The Athletic/Recreation Center (ARC) provides participants with a first-class environment for fitness conditioning, strength training, indoor jogging, multipurpose courts, aerobics studio, and a three-lane 25-yard pool and Jacuzzi with an outside deck area. The University also offers a variety of intramural activities through the Department of Campus Recreation.

Intercollegiate Athletics

Under the direction of the Athletics Director, Robert Morgan, the University offers 12 intercollegiate varsity sports that compete against other institutions in the northeast region stretching from Maryland to Massachusetts. Information on the various sports offered at the institution can be found at www.usp.edu/uspathletics.

The University is a Division II member of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA). Our teams currently compete within the 12-member Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC), which has members in Delaware, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York, Connecticut, and the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC).

The rifle teams hold membership in the Mid-Atlantic Intercollegiate Rifle Conference (MAC) and the National Rifle Association (NRA).

Prospective student athletes must meet the minimum academic and amateurism requirements as mandated by the NCAA in order to compete on an intercollegiate athletic team. Students who are in their first semester of attendance at the institution must register with the NCAA Eligibility Center. The Eligibility Center will certify that the student has met these minimum requirements. Information on the Eligibility Center can be found at https://web1.ncaa.org/eligibilitycenter/common, or you can contact the Athletic Department’s Compliance Officer, Paul Klimitas (p.klimit@usp.edu).

A student-athlete will be declared ineligible to participate in intercollegiate athletics while he or she is on academic or disciplinary probation or if he or she fails to abide by NCAA rules and regulations.

Students interested in participating in intercollegiate athletics should contact the Athletic Department or one of the coaches named below:
 

Baseball, Men’s

Frank Angeloni

Basketball, Men’s

David Pauley

Basketball, Women’s

Paul Stadelberger

Cross Country, Men’s

Bob Heller

Cross Country, Women’s

Bob Heller

Golf, Mixed

Gayle Garrison

Rifle, Mixed

Paul Klimitas

Rifle, Women’s

Paul Klimitas

Softball, Women’s

Cindy Rabideau

Tennis, Men’s

Julian Snow

Tennis, Women’s

Larney Baylis

Volleyball, Women’s

Jessa D’Achille

Intramural Activities

Studying is hard work; you’re going to need to take breaks. Thanks to the ARC and a comprehensive intramural program that provides just enough competition to blow off steam, you’ll be relaxed enough to hit the books again in no time. USP’s Department of Campus Recreation welcomes all students, faculty, and staff regardless of their athletic abilities. Our intramural program is structured to provide the entire USP community with the opportunity to participate in a variety of competitive and recreational sports activities. Intramurals feature short-term, on-campus competition in traditional, and some not-so-traditional, sports. All intramural sports include divisions for men, women, and co-rec (men and women playing on the same team).

League Competition

 

Semester Operated

Basketball

 

Fall/Spring

Flag Football

 

Fall

Floor Hockey

 

Spring

Indoor Soccer

 

Fall

Volleyball

 

Spring

Tournament Competition

   

Hoops for Humanity

 

Fall

Billiards

 

Fall/Spring

Table Tennis

 

Fall/Spring

Badminton

 

Fall/Spring

Madden Mania

 

Fall/Spring

ARC Classic

 

Spring

Femi Memorial 3 on 3

 

Spring

Water Polo

 

Fall/Spring

Water Volleyball

 

Fall/Spring

**We have also added a Club Sports program to the Department of Campus Recreation. Club Sports provides many opportunities for students to develop leadership and social skills here at USP through various programming in academic affairs and student affairs. Club Sports complements these present offerings significantly. Club Sports provides an opportunity for students to get involved and harvest lifelong memories, friendships, and learning experiences while at USP. For more information, contact Jesse Phillips, Assistant Director of Campus Recreation, at 215.596.7597 or j.philli@usp.edu.

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 and is reserved for daytime use by USP personnel only. Public use is not permitted.

Use of the McNeil Softball Field is limited by the Athletics Department Field Use Policy:

  • Persons or groups requesting use of the softball field for a special event must obtain prior approval for use from the Director of Athletics
  • Security must be notified when approval is granted for a special event
  • An approved USP advisor/staff member must be in attendance to supervise any special event
  • Only softball may be played on the field; soccer, cricket, rollerblading, football, street hockey, and other similar activities are prohibited

Tennis courts may be used at any time unless occupied by USP Varsity teams. No prior approval or supervision is required.

Unauthorized use of the USP Athletic Complex is strictly prohibited and may subject unauthorized users to disciplinary action and/or prosecution under law.

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 Avenue Building, Room 105.

Center for Community Connections

Whitecar Hall – Room 12
215.596.8734

The Center for Community Connections acts as a clearinghouse for community service opportunities and coordinates the community service work-study program. Through these programs, students are challenged to examine their values and belief systems of themselves and their community. The Center offers opportunities for students to use their talents and skills learned inside and outside of the classroom and apply them to real-world issues.

The Center offers one-time and ongoing scheduled community service activities for individuals and student groups. A Web-based community service opportunity calendar (http://www.usp.edu/civicengagement) is also maintained by the Center. USP has ongoing partnerships with community-based organizations in Southwest Philadelphia, as well as the five-county area. Please check for updates on the bulletin board in Whitecar Hall, fliers, Campus Update, and Facebook.

Greek Life

USP has 13 Greek organizations that include Academic, Social, Service, Multicultural, and Professional groups. These organizations offer friendship and camaraderie through brotherhood and sisterhood, leadership opportunities, philanthropic work, scholastic support, and encouragement.

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 USP. 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, program, or conduct probation. 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) carried 12 or more credits, (c) no failing grades or Incompletes, and (d) a cumulative grade point average greater than or equal to the cumulative grade point average required by their major to progress in that program.

Anti-Hazing Policy

The University is an association of equals who, by working together, comprise a scholarly community. Hazing is inconsistent with the goals and values of the University and is explicitly forbidden.

Hazing is a crime. Hazing is deemed criminal misconduct and is made a third degree misdemeanor, punishable by a year’s imprisonment (24 P.S. 5353). Universities are authorized to suspend, expel, or fine students who engage in hazing, and to withhold grades and diplomas to compel payment of fines (24 P.S. 5354[3]).

Pennsylvania “Anti-Hazing Law” Act 175 of 1986

Hazing is defined in the law as any action or situation that (1) intentionally or negligently 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.

New-member recruitment 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 new recruits 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 that could adversely affect the physical health and safety of the individual.
     
  3. Any activity that would subject the individual to extreme mental stress, such as sleep deprivation, forced exclusion from social contact, forced conduct that could result in humiliation or embarrassment, or any other forced activity that could adversely affect the mental health or dignity of the individual (e.g., 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 or 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 www.stophazing.org/definition.html.

Fraternities/Sororities

The following fraternities/sororities, some national in scope, maintain recognized chapters at USP:

Alpha Delta Theta – Professional fraternity that promotes women in the field of science. – Ms. Margaret A. Reinhart (215.596.8797, m.reinha@usp.edu), 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 (APO) 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 United States and be treated with friendship and acceptance as a member in APO. 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. – Mr. Kevin Wolback (215.895.3129, k.wolbac@usp.edu), Advisor.

Alpha Sigma Tau – National social sorority that prides itself on the individuality and academic achievement of its members, as well as its philanthropic and fund-raising events. Their open motto is Active, Self-reliant, and Trustworthy, and the ladies strive to always exemplify these and many other admirable qualities. The sisters, also known as the Ladybugs, are a diverse group of women from different backgrounds and majors. The national sorority was founded in 1899 in Ypsilanti, Michigan, and on campus they were founded as the Delta Sigma chapter in April 2000. Along with studying and providing services to the campus and community, they have tons of fun as well. It is safe to say, this is a strong sisterhood in which the members are anchored to for life. – Ms. Gladys Garcia (215.596.8687, g.garcia@usp.edu), Advisor.

Delta Chi – Social fraternity that believes that great advantages are to be derived from the brotherhood of college and university men, appreciating that close association may promote friendship, develop character, advance justice, and assist in the acquisition of a sound education. – Mr. Joe Canaday (215.596.7524, j.canada@usp.edu), 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, they aim to ensure continuous development and achievement for women by embracing their founding principles of Justice, Sisterhood, and Love. – Mr. Roy Robson (215.596.8525, r.robson@usp.edu), 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 the utmost compassion, dignity, and fortitude. This is a city-wide chapter with women at USP and Drexel University. – Dr. Michelle Ramirez (215.596.8548, m.ramirez@usp.edu), 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. – Dr. George Downs (215.596.8868, g.downs@usp.edu), Advisor.

Omega Chi Psi – USP’s first and only co-ed academic service fraternity. It prides itself on the principles of knowledge, integrity, unity, and understanding. – Dr. Robert Boughner (215.596.8504, r.boughn@usp.edu), 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. – Advisor: TBA.

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. Scott Green, (215.596.8874, s.green@usp.edu), Advisor.

Sigma Beta Rho – A social, national, and multicultural fraternity based upon the motto “Brotherhood Beyond All Barriers.” The fraternity works hard in making a difference in society with different philanthropies each year. Sigma Beta Rho brothers exhibit honesty, discipline, and character. Not only humble with the amount of community service they have done, they also continue to make a difference by searching for new avenues in expanding themselves in life. Instilled with the virtues and principles necessary to succeed in the future, they aim to be leaders in America and will continue to pursue their principles throughout life. – Ms. Stephanie Combs (215.596.7478, s.combs@usp.edu), Advisor.

Sigma Phi Zeta – This sorority’s aspiration is to enhance the quality of life within the community. Service to others, education of youths, leadership development, and empowerment are the hallmark of the organization’s activities, programs, and outreach. Sigma Phi Zeta focuses on issues that impact society on a small and large scale as it pertains to education, civic issues, and the economy. As a nonprofit service organization, we seek to make life better for all of humankind. – Ms. Roxanne Evans (215.596.8522, r.evans@usp.edu), 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. Gerald Hoefling (215.596.8758, g.hoefli@usp.edu), Advisor.

Inter-Greek Council

Whitecar Hall – Room 123
267.295.3174

Representatives of the 13 Greek organizations form a council to coordinate fraternity activities on campus; to 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.

Membership in the Inter-Greek Council (IGC) is determined by the rules set forth in the IGC Constitution. Any group wishing to petition the IGC as a new organization should first contact the Assistant Director of Student Life to request approval to present the petition. After receiving approval, the group must then meet with the Assistant Director of Student Life to obtain the guidelines for obtaining membership in IGC. Only those fraternities or sororities that have qualified and been elected to membership in IGC are permitted to recruit or advertise on behalf of a sorority or fraternity at USP. Students who choose to participate in activities by an unauthorized sorority or fraternity will be considered in violation of the USP policy and will face conduct procedures.

Leadership Development

Whitecar Hall – Room 121
215.895.1192

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:

  • Fall Leadership Retreat
  • Leadership Workshop Series
  • Leadership Awards Ceremony
  • 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
215.596.8756
www.usp.edu/offcampushousing

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 judgment 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 Workshop Series

Residence Life

Whitecar Hall – 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 have 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 five residence halls, Alexandria, Goodman, Gunter, Osol, and Wilson have been designed and furnished to meet these goals.

Alexandria Hall, 516-524 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 choose 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.

Gunter Hall, 4040A-4040B Baltimore Avenue
Gunter Hall, located at 41st and Baltimore Avenues, is an apartment building. These one-, two-, or three-person apartments are fully furnished with bedroom, living room, and common room furniture. Residents each have their own bedroom, but share living, kitchen, and dining areas. Residents who reside in Gunter Hall are permitted to either prepare meals on their own or purchase a University meal plan.

Osol Hall, 510 S. 42nd Street, Front Desk, 215.895.1125
Osol Hall, located on 42nd Street, one block away from the library, 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 upper-class students who are serious about maximizing their college experience and desire an atmosphere conducive to learning and their personal growth and development.

Student Activities

Whitecar Hall – Room 118
215.596.8844

The Student Activities Administrator works closely with members of the Student Life Staff, student organizations, the Student Government Association Campus Activities Board, weekend event planners, resident advisors, and other student leaders and advisors to provide a balanced schedule of social, cultural, educational, leadership, and civic activities that contribute to, and enrich, student life and the campus community.

Students are made aware of all University events, organizational meetings, and special off-campus events through the Campus Update (electronic weekly calendar of events), campus bulletin boards, campus e-mails, USP official website calendar, and Channel 53 (campus information channel).

Including fraternities/sororities, over 70 student organizations are recognized by the Student Activities Office. For a complete listing, visit the USP Campus Life website.

Student Government Association (SGA)

SGA Office, Wilson Student Center — Room 218
215.895.1151
E-mail: SGA@usp.edu

2009-2010 Executive Board Officers

President

 

Allen Whisler 

Executive Vice President

 

Amanda Schartel

VP of Finance

 

Evan Huzinec

VP of Student Affairs

 

Hany Karara

VP of Academic Affairs

 

Steven Tambon

VP of Campus Activities

 

Nick Hurrey

Speaker of the Senate

 

Jesse Goldberg

Advisors

 

Dr. Walter Perry

   

Patty O’Hagan

About the SGA

The purpose of the SGA is to voice student opinions and issues in the areas of academics, campus activities, and operations, for the campus as whole, in order to provide the best college experience for the students. Our concern is not only for students who we are currently representing but for all future students and USP as an institution.

The SGA 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 70+ organizations currently active at USP. The SGA is involved with many large events on campus, including Welcome Week, the Student Organization Fair, Fall Fest, Spirit Days, 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 General Assemblies, committee meetings, and activities, only elected or appointed members are eligible to vote.

There are many opportunities to become a member of the SGA. There are seven Executive Board positions, which include the President, five Vice Presidents, and the Speaker of the Senate. To be eligible to run for the Executive Board, one must have been a Senator for at least two semesters, have a cumulative scholastic grade point average better than the minimum requirements of one’s major, and may not be on academic, program, or conduct probation.

The Legislative Division (Senators) shall consist of the following: (1) each graduating class of a major may be represented by at least one Senator; (2) the Samson College of Health Sciences, the Misher College of Arts and Sciences, Mayes College of Healthcare Business and Policy, and the College of Graduate Studies also may have up to four representative Senators each, and the Philadelphia College of Pharmacy may have up to six Senators; (3) all student organizations (including Residence Life, Inter-Greek Council, and Greek organizations) that are eligible for funds from the SGA shall have one Senator; (4) commuters may have up to four elected Senators; and (5) each residence hall shall appoint one Senator.

Elections

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 second and third 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.

2009-2010 SGA General Assembly Meetings

The time for regular SGA General Assembly meetings is from 1:00 p.m. until 2:00 p.m. on the first and third Thursdays of every month during the academic year. In the case of a school closing or other event, the SGA President may schedule a meeting on a second, fourth, or fifth Thursday.

No meetings for other organizations may be held during normal SGA General Assembly hours. Consequences of violating this rule will be determined by the Executive Board, and may include, but are not limited to, loss of SGA funding eligibility or recognition as a campus organization by SGA.

Funding of Eligible Organizations

All organizations interested in receiving funding from the SGA for the 2008-2009 academic year must have a representative present at the First-Year Welcome Orientation in August and also at regular SGA General Assemblies beginning in September. Organizations that do not show representation at the First-Year Welcome Program, or organizations that have had more than one unexcused absence or two excused absences during the academic year, may be penalized an amount equal to 50% of their approved funding.

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

Student Government Association Funding Guidelines

  1. SGA will only fund activities that are determined to be for the betterment of all students, as determined by the Vice President of Finance, the Executive Board, and the SGA advisors.
     
  2. SGA will not fund any activities that involve alcohol.
     
  3. SGA must be recognized as co-sponsor in any literature or announcements made regarding a program/event that is funded by SGA monies.
     
  4. A list of all organizational members and officers must be submitted to SGA by no later than November 1 in the fall semester and April 1 in the spring semester.
     
  5. An SGA Fund Request Form, located on the SGA website, must be filled out two weeks prior to the event, program, or purchase and dropped off in the Vice President of Finance’s mailbox in the Student Government Office in Wilson Student Center, Room 218.
     
  6. Each organization may have up to ONE guest speaker each semester for which SGA will consider partially sponsoring. These funds may be used as an honorarium or gift certificate for the speaker or may be used toward refreshments in honor of the speaker.
     
  7. For all end of semester/year parties, requests may be made and determined by the SGA Finance Committee.
     
  8. Nonconsumable equipment funded by SGA costing more than $100 becomes the property of SGA, not the student organization. The organization is responsible for the security and maintenance of the equipment.
     
  9. All SGA funds not spent by two weeks prior to the last day of classes will be returned to the SGA budget.
     
  10. An organization must be represented at all SGA meetings according to the SGA Constitution and By-Laws (Article II, Section 5). If this regulation is not followed, the organization will be less likely to receive funding, unless a valid excuse is given to SGA.
     
  11. Organizations must submit an evaluation form, at most, two weeks after every event. This form is located on the reverse side of the SGA Fund Request Form.
     
  12. Receipts must be submitted to the Vice President of Finance NO LATER THAN two weeks after an event, program, or purchase before any funds will be issued. Original receipts, request forms, and a copy of the advertisement with Student Affairs’ approval on it must be placed in the Vice President of Finance’s mailbox in the Student Government Office. Please do not stop members of SGA in the hall, dining center, etc., to request monies or to give them receipts.
     
  13. Once the original bill, receipt, check, or cash request is received by the Vice President of Finance, it will take at least TWO WEEKS for the check to be processed. Please consider this when planning your activity or event.
     
  14. Please utilize the mailboxes in the Student Government Office as the optimum exchange location for related paperwork and updates.
     
  15. Organizations may request money for student event fundraisers (but not bake sales). The SGA name must be attached to all of the advertising materials and proof of the donation must be attached to the materials submitted to the Vice President of Finance. All approval of event fundraisers will be determined by the SGA Finance Committee.
     
  16. SGA will not fund rushes or any similar Greek Life events.
     
  17. Each organization will be allocated an additional $100 the following semester for completion of their scheduling program (minimum three events not including group parties) during the previous semester approved by the SGA Finance Committee. If an organization fails to follow through with their approved scheduling program, that organization will incur a 20% penalty on the approved monies by the SGA Finance Committee for the following semester.

SGA Constitution and By-Laws

Copies of the SGA Constitution and By-Laws are available in the Student Government Office in Wilson Student Center, Room 218.

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

Student Organizations — General Information

Policy on Student Groups

Student groups seeking to conduct activities on the campus or in a virtual community under the name of USP must be approved through the appropriate mechanisms, i.e., Student Government elections or Inter-Greek Council elections and processes.

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. Organization should not duplicate the purposes, goals, and activities of currently recognized organizations on campus.
     
  3. Organization should not be for profit or for personal gain of any individual or group.
     
  4. All student organizations must have a constitution.
     
  5. All new and potential student organizations are to submit their requests for recognition to the Student Activities Office for evaluation and review.
     
  6. All requests for recognition are to include:
    • A constitution (a sample guideline is available from the Student Activities Administrator)
    • The name of the student contact person submitting the proposal
    • The name of the advisor
    • 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, e-mail address, and telephone number
       
  7. All requests received by the Student Activities Office will be evaluated and reviewed to ensure that all University requirements are met.
     
  8. After the constitution is reviewed and approved, a meeting will be set up with the executive board of Student Government for final approval. The executive board of Student Government reviews new student organizations once per semester.
     
  9. The Student Activities Office will periodically review student organization constitutions to ensure that all University requirements are met.

Organization Expectations

To continue to be recognized as a USP official organization, student organizations must:

  1. Register each semester with the Office of Student Activities via a USP Organizational Census Form.
     
  2. Have a committed and active membership of at least 10 members who are in good standing with the University (academics and student conduct) and submit the names of each member with year and major every semester on the USP Organizational Census Form.
     
  3. Admit students to the organization without regard to race, age, religion, color, gender, disability, sexual orientation, or national or ethnic origins.
     
  4. Prohibit its members, both individually and collectively, from committing any acts of hazing as defined herein: “Hazing” means any action or situation that recklessly or intentionally endangers the mental or physical health or safety of a student for the purpose of initiation or admission into or affiliation with this organization. Such term shall include, but not be limited to, any brutality of a physical nature, such as whipping, beating, branding, forced calisthenics, exposure to the elements, forced consumption of any food, liquor, drug, or other forced activity that adversely affects the mental health or dignity of the individual; causing extreme mental stress, such as sleep deprivation, forced exclusion from social contact, forced conduct that could result in extreme embarrassment, or any other forced activity that could adversely affect the mental health or dignity of the individual.
     
  5. Require the executive officers (president, vice presidents, secretary, treasurer, editor, co-editors, and SGA Senator) to maintain grade point averages required by their major and to be in good standing in all areas within the University.
     
  6. Attend (president or his/her representative) all organizational presidents’ meetings throughout the academic year as hosted by SGA and the Student Affairs Office.
     
  7. Have an active SGA Senator who performs all the responsibilities set forth by SGA. This person shall inform the organization of all events and concerns discussed in the Student Government meetings. He/she shall be required to attend and assist with Welcome Weekend Orientation as described in the SGA Constitution and By-Laws.
     
  8. Have an active advisor who is a faculty member or administrator at USP.
     
  9. Maintain a current (not more than three years old) constitution in the Student Affairs Office.

Signage/Display Policy for USP Campus

The rules and regulations governing advertising on the USP campus are designed to encourage the promotion of sanctioned events and activities on campus in a fair manner. In addition, posters and other forms of advertising should not disrupt academic classes, programs, or activities and should not damage the property of the University. Failure to follow the following guidelines may result in removal of posters, fines, and/or disciplinary measures.

  1. Tape, staples, and tacks should not be adhered to painted, finished, or glass surfaces; lamp posts; or other fixtures.
     
  2. Flyers, posters, and notices may be hung on COMMON AREA BULLETIN BOARDS ONLY.
     
  3. Flyers or posters should be 8.5” x 11” and not affixed over another flyer. Requests for exceptions for larger flyers, posters, or banners must be forwarded to the Office of Student Activities in Whitecar Hall.
     
  4. Only one copy of the flyer or poster may be placed per designated area or bulletin board. Anything posted in other locations will be removed and the group involved will be reported to the Student Activities Office for sanctioning and may have all posting privileges suspended for a designated period of time.
     
  5. Flyers may be placed in the table holders in Wilson Dining Hall, in accordance with the general regulations for all bulletin boards and display cases.
     
  6. Flyers or posters advertising expired events or not meeting this policy’s criteria may be removed.
     
  7. Chalking is allowed to promote events on concrete and brick surfaces. Please do not chalk on any painted surfaces. Contact the Office of Student Activities in Whitecar Hall for the scheduling, approval, and necessary arrangements for chalking on campus.
     
  8. Banners may be hung on approved campus structures. Contact the Office of Student Activities in Whitecar Hall for the scheduling, approval, and necessary arrangements for hanging banners on campus.
     
  9. All banners or flyers using the USP logo must be approved by the Marketing and E-Marketing Department.
     
  10. Commercial advertising is prohibited.
  11. Materials will be posted for a maximum of 10 days.

Organizations are reminded to refer to the Logo Policy, p. 23, and the Printed Materials Policy, p. 27, when preparing any printed materials (e.g., banners, T-shirts, websites, posters, etc.)

General Regulations for Content of All Approved Posted Materials:

  1. All materials must be representative of the University mission, values, and nondiscriminatory/affirmative action policies.
     
  2. All materials must adhere to the United States Copyright Act and the related acts that further define the proper use of copyrighted materials.
     
  3. Appropriate language and artwork is expected on all postings. Posters must not contain material that is pornographic; harasses any individual or group on the basis of race, gender, national origin, religion, or sexual orientation; contains a message of hate or a threat of violence; or otherwise violates University policy.
     
  4. As an institution committed to maintaining a drug-free environment and because of our responsibility as educators in the health sciences, no reference or implied 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. Groups must not advertise events that are held in establishments that are primarily bars (defined as more than 50% profit resulting from the sale of alcohol).
     
  5. All advertising requires the student organization to be registered and in good standing and to identify itself on the poster, along with a contact person’s name, contact information, and specific information concerning the event or program (e.g., time, location, charge/donation, etc.).
     
  6. All materials must be approved and must be dated and stamped with the appropriate insignia.

To Obtain Permission to Use a Common Bulletin Board or Display Case:

  1. Student organizations and individual students should submit flyers or posters to the Student Activities Office.
     
  2. Greek Life organizations should submit flyers or posters to the Assistant Director of Student Life.
     
  3. Student organizations, individual students, and Greek Life organizations wishing to post in the residence halls must have the approval of Residence Life.
     
  4. Flyers or posters will be reviewed and approved by the designated office. Please allow at least two business days for review and approval.
     
  5. Flyers or posters must follow all guidelines listed under General and Organization Guidelines.

Any questions regarding the Signage/Display Policy for USP Campus may be directed to the Office of Student Activities in Whitecar Hall.

Participation Rules for Cocurricular Activities

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

  • All students
  • All student groups/organizations
  • All officers of any recognized student groups/organizations

Free Hours

With rare exceptions, no courses are scheduled during the hours between 1:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. on Thursdays. This time may be utilized for student assemblies, SGA General Assembly meetings, organization meetings, etc.

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. All donations given to charities must be recorded in the Student Activities Office.

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 complete the Student Organization Room Reservation Request form on the USP website.

The Student Organization Room Reservation Request form is only to be utilized by Student Organizations.

Please note the following:

  • An e-mail response will be sent only to the contact person requesting the facility; follow-up information may be required before a facility is approved for usage
  • All room requests take at least three working days to process since they must be submitted to the proper campus official or facility for approval
  • Requests will only be processed during regular Student Activities office hours, which are Monday through Thursday, 9:30 a.m. – 6:30 p.m.
  • Requests received after 5:00 p.m. on Thursdays may not receive a response via e-mail to the contact person until Tuesday afternoon of the following week
  • Completion of this form does not guarantee the room or facility requested
  • In some cases, advisors are required to be in attendance (e.g., Wilson Dining Hall, ARC, STC, and or Alumni/Rosenberger Auditorium)

Student Organizations

Please note: Organizations with the designation “*inactive” after their name currently do not have sufficient membership to qualify as a USP-recognized student organization. If you are interested in joining this organization, please contact the advisor for further information. We encourage all students to get involved!

Communications and Publications

The USP Prescription
Dr. Miriam Gilbert, Advisor, m.gilber@usp.edu, 215.596.8769

The USP Prescription 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 student newspaper staff is looking for students with a desire to be creative. If you can write, draw, or edit, or if you have a few good ideas, the newspaper is for you.

The Elixir
Prof. Christine Flanagan, Advisor, c.flanag@usp.edu, 215.596.7543

The Elixir is the 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, p.ohagan@usp.edu, 215.596.8844

The yearbook of the graduating class has been issued each year since 1899. The Graduate is a student publication, edited by a student staff. Interested student members from all classes and majors are invited and encouraged to be on the staff.

Honor Societies

Alpha Chi
Dr. Alison Mostrom, Advisor, a.mostro@usp.edu, 215.895.1137

Alpha Chi is a national general scholarship society that 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, k.wolbac@usp.edu, 215.895.3129

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, g.moyna@usp.edu, 215.596.8526

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 Society
Dr. Stephen Moelter, Advisor, s.moelte@usp.edu, 215.596.7534

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, c.ofner@usp.edu, 215.596.8881

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

Sigma Xi
Dr. Guillermo Moyna, Advisor, g.moyna@usp.edu, 215.596.8526

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 (AMCP), Student Chapter – *inactive
Dr. Vincent Willey, Advisor, v.willey@usp.edu, 215.596.8933

AMCP is a professional association that is 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.

American Pharmacists Association/Academy of Student Pharmacists (APhA/ASP)
Dr. Andrew Peterson, Advisor, a.peters@usp.edu, 215.596.8877
Dr. Craig Whitman, Advisor, c.whitma@usp.edu, 215.596.8882
Dr. Henry Schwartz, Advisor, h.schwartz@usp.edu, 215.596.8688
Dr. George Downs, Advisor, g.downs@usp.edu, 215.596.8868

APhA/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.

American Chemical Society (ACS), Student Affiliate Chapter
Dr. Catherine Bentzley, Advisor, c.bentzl@usp.edu, 215.596.8581
Ms. Vanessa Jones, Advisor, v.jones@usp.edu, 215.596.8839

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.

American Institute of Biological Sciences (AIBS), Student Chapter
Dr. Alison Mostrom, Advisor, a.mostro@usp.edu, 215.895.1137

AIBS 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, and 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 Medical Student Association (AMSA), Premedical Chapter
Dr. Suzanne Murphy, Advisor, s.murphy@usp.edu, 215.596.8921
Dr. Stephen Metraux, Advisor, s.metrau@usp.edu, 215.596.7612

AMSA provides an environment that supports the creative ideas of physicians-in-training. The organization serves as a forum for discussion of health issues. Through the organization, students hope to affect change in the medical education process in order to make it more responsive to the needs of students and society.

International Society of Pharmacoeconomics and Outcomes Research (ISPOR)
Dr. William McGhan, Advisor, w.mcghan@usp.edu, 215.596.8852

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 opportunities for professional advancement and leadership development.

Mathematical Association of America (MAA), Student Chapter
Dr. Salar Alsardary, Advisor, s.alsard@usp.edu, 215.596.8761

The goal of MAA 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.

Student National Pharmaceutical Association (SNPhA) – *inactive
Dr. Tyan Frazier, Advisor, t.frazie@usp.edu, 215.596.8991

SNPhA is an educational service association of minority students who are concerned about pharmacy and healthcare-related issues, as well as poor minority representation in pharmacy and other health-related professions. The purpose of SNPhA is to plan, organize, coordinate, and execute programs geared toward the improvement of the health, educational, and social environment of the community.

Student Society of Medical Technology (SSMT) – *inactive
Ms. Margaret Reinhart, Advisor, m.reinha@usp.edu, 215.596.8797

SSMT 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.

USP Microbiology Club
Dr. Jennifer R. Anthony, Advisor, j.anthon@usp.edu, 215.596.7437

The Club promotes student interest and further improves the quality of the microbiology program at the University. It provides information on academic curriculum as well as research and employment opportunities for all students interested in the various fields of microbiology.

National Community Pharmacists Association (NCPA), Student Chapter
Dr. Daniel Hussar, Advisor, d.hussar@usp.edu, 215.596.8880

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

Student Occupational Therapy Association (SOTA)
Dr. Carlos Moreno, Advisor, c.moreno@usp.edu, 215.895.1172

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

Pennsylvania Society of Health-System Pharmacists (PSHP), Philadelphia College of Pharmacy Student Chapter
Mr. Steve Sheaffer, Advisor, s.sheaff@usp.edu, 215.596.8773
Dr. Jean Scholtz, Advisor, j.scholtz@usp.edu, 215.596.8524

The PSHP-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 healthcare 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.

Pharmaceutical Marketing and Management (PM&M)
Dr. Melanie Oates, Advisor, m.oates@usp.edu, 215.895.1182

PM&M 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. PM&M provides 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 Club – *inactive
Dr. Anil D’mello, Advisor, a.dmello@usp.edu, 215.596.8941
Mrs. Jackie Otto, Advisor, j.otto@usp.edu, 215.596.8830

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.

Phi Lambda Sigma - Gamma Eta
Dr. Lauren McCluggage, Advisor, l.mccluggage@usp.edu, 215.596.8745
Dr. Lindsay Palkovic, Advisor, l.palkovic@usp.edu, 215.596.8759

The purpose of this organization is the encouragement, recognition, and promotion of leadership in pharmacy. Special attention is given to the development of leadership qualities.

Student Physical Therapy Association (PT Club)
Ms. Amy van Kluenen, Advisor, a.vanklenen@usp.edu, 215.596.8723

The purpose of the PT Club 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 (PA Club)
Ms. Janet DeSipio, Advisor, j.desipio@usp.edu, 215.596.8675
Ms. Deborah Zayon, Advisor, d.zayon@usp.edu, 215.596.8592

The PA Club is an organization for PA majors that gives them an opportunity to get to know each other better, as well as learn more about their profession and schooling. The PA 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 five-year program. Each semester, the PA Club has fund-raising activities and performs community service projects on and off campus.

Physics Club
Dr. Paul Halpern, Advisor, p.halper@usp.edu, 215.596.8913

The Physics Club provides insight into the various subfields of physics in ways not addressed in academic courses. Students who have an interest in understanding physics principles are encouraged to become a member.

Pre-Medical Society
Dr. Suzanne K. Murphy, Advisor, s.murphy@usp.edu, 215.596.8921

The 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 Society takes part in many philanthropic activities in the community.

Psychology Student Association (PSA) – *inactive
Dr. Phil Gehrman, Advisor, p.gehrma@usp.edu, 215.596.8517

PSA increases the awareness of the psychology program on campus and fosters a sense of community among the Psychology Department’s majors and minors. The members of PSA engage in educational, social, and community service activities.

Tox Club
Dr. Diane Morel, Advisor, d.morel@usp.edu, 215.895.1123
Mrs. Jackie Otto, Advisor, j.otto@usp.edu, 215.596.8830

The Club is a student organization open to all Pharmacology and Toxicology majors as a means to foster social interactions with fellow majors and program faculty and staff. It is also a means to learn about opportunities available in the disciplines of Pharmacology and Toxicology. Club meetings and activities, including invited speakers or guests, are held several times during the academic year as selected by active students. These events provide a fun and informative
way to understand issues, explore career options, and network with industry and academic representatives.

Religious Organizations

USP Christian Fellowship
Dr. Daniel Hussar, Advisor, d.hussar@usp.edu, 215.596.8880

The USP Christian Fellowship is a student Christian group from all denominations that meets each week for fellowship, prayer, worship, and Bible study.

Hillel – *inactive
Mrs. Phyllis Blumberg, Advisor, p.blumbe@usp.edu, 215.895.1167

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

Hindu Student Council (HSC)
Dr. Kamal Jonnalagadda, Advisor, k.jonnal@usp.edu, 215.596.8942

HSC 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.

Muslim Students Association (MSA)
Dr. Salar Alsardary, Advisor, s.alsard@usp.edu, 215.596.8761

MSA serves the interests of Islamic and 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.

Newman Club – *inactive
Dr. Bernard Brunner, Advisor, b.brunne@usp.edu, 215.596.8898

The Newman Club is a Catholic student organization affiliated with St. Agatha - St. James Church at 38th and Chestnut Streets.

Renewal College Fellowship
Dr. Daniel Hussar, Advisor, d.hussar@usp.edu, 215.596.8880

Renewal College Fellowship is a student Christian group that meets each week for fellowship, prayer, worship, and Bible study.

Other Groups

Alliance
Mr. William Horton, Advisor, w.horton@usp.edu, 215.596.8513

The function of the Alliance is to increase awareness of gay, lesbian, and bisexual (GLB) student issues; to provide support for GLB students; and 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 that prepares students both culturally and socially for their professional and personal lives.

Americans for Informed Democracy (AID)
Dr. Claudia Parvanta, Advisor, c.parvan@usp.edu, 215.596.8920

AID is a non-partisan, non-profit organization that seeks to raise awareness about global public health issues. We engage in projects that raise awareness about malaria, HIV/AIDS, and the Millennium Development goals. We provide numerous opportunities to attend national and international health conferences.

Art Club
Ms. Mary Kate McGinty, Advisor, m.mcgint@usp.edu, 215.596.8719

The Art Club provides an opportunity for students to liberate their creative and artistic selves in a relaxing environment, through an assortment of workshops and site visits. Through this organization, we also aim to broaden student’s understanding of art and art history.

Asian Students Association (ASA)
Ms. Jan Lyons, Advisor, j.lyons@usp.edu, 215.596.7482

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. The ASA plans dances, community experiences, area trips, movies, a volleyball team, a year-end banquet, and more.

Association of Latino American Students – *inactive
Dr. Miriam Gilbert, Advisor, m.gilber@usp.edu, 215.596.8769
Dr. Joseph Ruane, Advisor, j.ruane@usp.edu, 215.596.8906

The Association of Latino American Students is committed to advancing awareness of the Latino culture and history on the USP campus. You don’t have to be Latino to join. All are welcome.

Atheist, Agnostic, and Freethinking Students’ Association (AAFSA) – *inactive
Dr. Elisabeth Morlino, Advisor, e.morlin@usp.edu, 215.596.7469

AAFSA promotes and practices the open, rational, and scientific examination of the universe and our place in it and that ethics and morality can be meaningfully based on rational and humanistic ideals and values.

Badminton Club – *inactive
Mr. Marc Caserio, Advisor, m.caseri@usp.edu, 215.596.7432

The Badminton Club enhances the student’s knowledge and appreciation of the sport of badminton. It provides a forum for students to engage in sportsmanship and teamwork.

BAPS Student Group
Dr. Kamal Jonnalagadda, Advisor, k.jonnal@usp.edu, 215.596.8942

BAPS Student Group allows students to discuss topics that affect everyday college life and how to overcome obstacles. It introduces the spirit of service to the rest of the USP community.

USP B.E.A.T.S. (Bringing Entertainment All Through Sound)
Ms. Tia Brown, Advisor, t.brown@usp.edu, 215.895.1162

USP B.E.AT.S provides a different social atmosphere that gears its attention toward positively promoting team-building and working as a unified group. Through USP B.E.A.T.S diversity and awareness are held in high regard. All efforts of the organization are oriented around enriching the lives of its members by encouraging self-expression through entertainment. In an artistic format, USP B.E.A.T.S enhances morale at school events such as athletic games and campus events. Above all, both hard work and fun are understood as being able to coexist at a balanced level.

Black Student Union (BSU)
Dr. Joseph Ruane, Advisor, j.ruane@usp.edu, 215.596.8906

BSU 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 BSU is to support and encourage members throughout their USP experience and to promote campus-wide awareness and appreciation of the African-American culture. Meetings are held throughout the year, and membership is open to all.

Campus Activities Board (CAB)
Ms. Patty O’Hagan, Advisor, p.ohagan@usp.edu, 215.596.8844
Dr. Walter Perry, Advisor, w.perry@usp.edu, 215.596.8890

CAB provides an effective mechanism for 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.

Circle K
Dr. Charalampos Papachristou, Advisor, c.papachristou@usp.edu, 215.596.7615

Circle K provides the opportunity for leadership training in service; to serve on the campus and in the community; to promote good fellowship and high scholarship; to develop aggressive citizenship and the spirit of service for improvement of all human relationships; and to afford useful training in the social graces and personality development.

Cricket Club – *inactive
Dr. Pardeep Gupta, Advisor, p.gupta@usp.edu, 215.895.1141

The Cricket Club promotes interest and understanding of the game. It allows people of different backgrounds to socialize, compete, and personally develop in the sport of cricket.

USP Cycling Club – *inactive
Dr. Donald Zimmerman, Advisor, d.zimmer@usp.edu, 215.596.7631

The USP Cycling Club shares a common bond between students pursuing healthy lifestyles. It brings bicycle safety awareness to USP, as well as promotes alternative green ways for transportation. Furthermore, the USP Cycling Club gives opportunities to establish networking relationships with corporate cycling teams within the Philadelphia region.

DhamaaL – *inactive
Dr. Kamal Jonnalagadda, Advisor, k.jonnal@usp.edu, 215.596.8942

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

Divine Youth Associates (DYA)
Mr. Everett Herman, Advisor, e.herman@usp.edu, 215.895.3120

DYA promotes an environment focusing on positive outlook and self-study, with the goal to develop ethical and principled characteristics through the study of history, philosophy, and character.

USP EMS (approval pending)
Dr. Marc Campolo, Advisor, m.campol@usp.edu, 215.596.8681

USP EMS students bring awareness of emergency medical services on USP’s campus and educate students about other opportunities that the health care field can offer.

Encore
Ms. Christine Flanagan, Advisor, c.flanag@usp.edu, 215.596.7543

Encore is USP’s performing arts club. Encore presents a variety of performances each year, including full-length plays, student-written plays, and musical acts.

Expressions of Philadelphia’s Indian Culture (EPIC)
Mr. Jesse Phillips, Advisor, j.philli@usp.edu, 215.596.7597
Mr. Marc Caserio, Advisor, m.caseri@usp.edu, 215.596.7432

EPIC 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.

Graduate Student Organization (GSO)
Dr. Shanaz Tejani-Butt, Advisor, s.tejani@usp.edu, 215.596.8594

GSO creates a sense of community and a collaborative environment among graduate students at the University. The organization strives to increase communication channels on a social as well as professional level among graduate students, University officials, and the external environment through community events, research networking efforts, and social activities on campus.

International Student Association (ISA) – *inactive
Dr. Walter Perry, Advisor, w.perry@usp.edu, 215.596.8890

ISA is an organization intended to bring together all international students at USP. It meets once a month for various activities and provides a base for friendship between the different cultures.

Hope for Humanity
Ms. Jan Lyons, Advisor, j.lyons@usp.edu, 215.596.7482

Hope for Humanity provides an opportunity for students to participate in quality alternative break trips that include the eight components: strong, direct service; prohibition of drugs and alcohol; diversity; orientation; education; training; reflection; and reorientation. All students are encouraged and invited to participate.

Kingsessing Players
Prof. Kim Robson, Advisor/Director, k.robson@usp.edu, 215.596.7542

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, k.robson@usp.edu, 215.596.7542

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.

Maya Dance Team – *inactive
Dr. Jomy Joseph, Advisor, j.joseph@usp.edu, 215.596.8867

The ability to show expression and movement through the art of dance is highly valued in Indian culture. The Maya Dance Team allows students to portray their talents to the community, and at the same time, show the pride they have in their beautiful culture. The Maya Dance Team performs at various school events, as well as collegiate level Indian dance competitions in the region.

Middle Eastern Society (MES)
Dr. Salar Alsardary, Advisor, s.alsard@usp.edu, 215.596.8761

The purpose of this organization is to bring people together who share a common interest in the diversity and richness of the Arab world. MES tries to break the false stereotypes by offering unique cultural experiences to the campus community.

Philipino Cultural Association (PCA)
Ms. Amy Kimchuk, Advisor, a.kimchu@usp.edu, 215.596.8705

PCA 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.

USP Political Connection
Ms. Mary Kate McGinty, Advisor, m.mcgint@usp.edu, 215.596.8719

The USP Political Connection aims to engage students in local politics, national politics, and the political process. The organization raises awareness of political candidates and issues important to students and encourages students from all political affiliations (Democrats, Republicans, Independents, etc.) to voice their opinions and interact with students with similar and different points of view.

Residence Hall Council – *inactive
Mr. Everett Herman, Advisor, e.herman@usp.edu, 215.895.3120

The purpose of the Residence Hall Council is to voice opinions and issues about the residence halls, dining facilities, and campus activities in order to provide the best college experience to all current and future campus residents.

Scorchers Team – *inactive
Mr. Paul Klimitas, Advisor, p.klimit@usp.edu, 215.596.8818

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

Students for the Lives of Children in Conflict
Dr. Laura Pontiggia, Advisor, l.pontig@usp.edu, 215.596.8914
Dr. Carl Walasek, Advisor, c.walase@usp.edu, 215.596.8796

This organization raises awareness of the conflict occurring in various areas of the world dealing with the abduction of children for their use as soldiers in various rebel armies and also raises awareness about all of the current needs of these children. The organization raises monies, collects various sorts of donations, comes up with ideas to eventually create educational programs, and above all, works together to come up with solutions to truly help these children. The members of this organization benefit first and foremost by being given a place in which they can actually make a significant difference in the world and in the lives of these children.

Student Recreational Committee (SRC)
Mr. Marc Caserio, Advisor, m.caseri@usp.edu, 215.596.7432

The term recreation encompasses many facets, including fitness (e.g., aerobics, cardiovascular, and strength training), intramural sports, and club sports. The SRC consists of USP students who provide recreational events for the USP community to promote a healthier and more active lifestyle. Furthermore, this organization develops a sense of school pride by hosting activities to increase attendance and fan support for all USP collegiate athletic teams. SRC gives back to the local community by organizing various charitable tournaments and activities. More importantly, SRC provides a valuable and fun learning experience for the USP community.

USP TV – *inactive
Mr. William Horton, Advisor, w.horton@usp.edu, 215.596.8513

Do you like working with new technology? Do you have fun with creative writing? Do you like being 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, and storyboard creation, and to have just plain fun, as well as serious acting out in front of the camera.