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2007-2008 Student Handbook 
2007-2008 Student Handbook [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Campus Life

2007-2008 Student Handbook


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.

Under the direction of the Athletics Director, Robert Morgan, the University offers a variety of intramural activities along with twelve intercollegiate athletic teams that compete against other institutions in the northeast region. For more information on intercollegiate athletics and intramural activities, visit website www.usip.edu/athletics.

Intercollegiate Athletics

The Athletics Department offers twelve intercollegiate sports. The teams compete against other college and universities in the northeast region, stretching from Maryland to Massachusetts. Information on the various sports offered at the institution can be found at www.usip.edu/athletics.

Prospective student athletes must meet the minimum academic 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 Initial Eligibility Clearinghouse. The Clearinghouse will certify that the student has met these minimum requirements. Information on the Clearinghouse can be found at www.ncaaclearinghouse.net, or you can contact the Athletic Department’s Compliance Officer, Paul Klimitas (p.klimit@usip.edu).

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 and Connecticut.

The rifle teams hold membership in the Mid-Atlantic Rifle Conference and the National Rifle Association.

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                              Nate Ware

            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                                   TBA

            Tennis, Men’s                                          Julian Snow

            Tennis, Women’s                                    Julian Snow

            Volleyball, Women’s                               Michael Sinesi

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.

Intramural Activities

The Intramural Sports Program at the University welcomes 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







Indoor Soccer






   Tournament Competition

(more than one night)





Table Tennis



    Tournament Competition

(one day or night)


Football Target Toss



Target Frisbee



Foul Shooting



One Mile Relay









Bowling Scratch Match



Chip and Putt Tournament






Home Run Hitting









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 the athletic department staff member in charge. 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 or 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 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 120


The Center for Community Connections acts as a clearinghouse for community service opportunities, supports faculty with service learning courses, 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. The Center has an alternative break program called Help Hope Humanity, assists with transportation to community service activities and maintains a Web-based community service opportunity database at http://www.usip.edu/civicengagement. 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 and the Campus Update.

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.

Rules of Eligibility for Fraternity/Sorority Participation

  • 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.
  • 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 University is an association of equals who, in 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 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.

  • Any brutality of a physical nature, such as whipping, beating, branding, forced calisthenics, or exposure to the elements.
  • 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.
  • 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).
  • Any willful destruction or removal of public property.
  • Placing a member or pledge in a situation of actual or simulated peril or jeopardy.
  • Undignified stunts or methods, either private or public, and/or any ordeal that is in any respect indecent or shocking.
  • Kidnapping and paddling.
  • Verbal abuse.
  • Any form of questioning under pressure or in an uncomfortable position.
  • Requiring new members to perform personal service for brothers/sisters such as carrying books, running errands.
  • 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


The following fraternities/sororities, some national in scope, maintain 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@usip.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 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. Shawn Boyle (215.596.8743, s.boyle@usip.edu), Advisor; Mr. Kevin Wolback (215.895.3129, k.wolbac@usip.edu), Advisor.

Alpha Sigma Ta – National social sorority that prides itself on the individuality and academic achievement of its members, as well as its philanthropic and fundraising events. Their open motto is Active, Self-reliant, and Trustworthy and the ladies strive to always exemplify these and many other admirable qualities. Among the activities the sisters participate in are the AIDS Walk Philly and coordinating and sponsoring Haunted Hallways, a Halloween event held for the children in the West Philadelphia neighborhoods. The sisters have also become very active with Habitat for Humanity the past two years and are now beginning to work with Dress for Success, an organization whose goal is to assist women returning to the work place. The ladies were recently awarded the Presidential Service Award for putting in hundreds upon hundreds of group and personal community service hours. 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. Many of the local sisters have been awarded scholarships for their academic and service achievements from the national foundation. They won the Omega Cup in 2004, here at USP. The group is not all work though. Along with studying and providing services to the campus and community, they have tons of fun as well. They are reining Greek Week Champions the past 2 years. It is safe to say, this is a strong sisterhood in which the members are anchored to for life. - TBA, 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 - Mr. Timothy Rooney (215.596.7478, t.rooney@usip.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 - Ms. Julie Carney, (215.596.7479, j.carney@usip.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 - Ms. Kristina Siarzynski (215.596.7483, k.siarzy@usip.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 utmost compassion, dignity, and fortitude. – TBA, 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, s.rosema@usip.edu), Advisor; Dr. Emily Hajjar (215.596.8759, e.hajjar@usip.edu), Advisor.

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. – TBA, 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@usip.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.– Mr. Marc Caserio (215.596.7432, m.caseri@usip.edu), 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, j.canada@usip.edu), Advisor. House Address: 209 S. 47th Street.

Sigma Phi Zeta – The 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@usip.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. - Mr. Shawn Farrell (215.596.7544, s.farrel@usip.edu), 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; 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 IGC is determined by the rules set forth in the IGC Constitution.  Any group wishing to petition the IGC as a new member should contact the Division of Student Affairs to obtain the guidelines for new memberships. 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 IGC Constitution and in violation of the USP policy. Reference the list of sanctioned fraternities and sororities prior to participating in any group activity.

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 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 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 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, 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.

Gunter Hall, 4440-4448 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 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), Weekend Event Planners, resident advisors, and other student leaders and advisors to provide a balanced schedule of social, cultural, educational, leadership, and civic activities which 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 at www.usip.edu/clubs / .

Student Government Association (SGA)

SGA Office, Wilson Student Center, Room 210
Web: www.usip.edu/SGA
e-mail: SGA@usip.edu

2007-2008 Executive Board Officers



Gary M. Smedley

Executive Vice President


Allen Whisler

VP of Finance


Jack Truschel

VP of Student Affairs


Judy Kong

VP of Safety and Security


Thomas Franko

VP of Academic Affairs


Aali Javid

VP of Multicultural Affairs


Ogan Kumova

VP of Public Relations and Technology


Stephanie Schaffer

VP of Campus Activities


Ashley Marinelli

Speaker of the Senate


Courtney Cavalier



Dr. Walter Perry



Patty O’Hagan

About the Student Government Association

The purpose of the Student Government Association (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 that we are currently representing but for all future students and USP as an institution.

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 70+ organizations currently active at USP. The Student Government Association is responsible for many largeevents 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 Student Government Association. There are ten Executive Board positions, which include the President, eight 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 GPA better than the minimum requirements of one’s major, and may not be on academic, program, or conduct probation upon being elected into office.

The Legislative Division (Senators) shall consist of: (1) each graduating class of a major may be represented by at least 1 Senator; (2) the College of Health Sciences, the Misher College of Arts and Sciences, and the College of Graduate studies also may have up to 4 representative Senators each, and the Philadelphia College of Pharmacy may have up to 6 Senators; (3) all student organizations (including Residence Life, Inter-Greek Council, and Greek organizations) that are eligible for funds from Student Government shall have one Senator; (4) commuters may have up to 4 elected Senators; (5) each residence hall shall appoint one Senator.


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.

2007-2008 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 President may schedule a meeting on a 2nd, 4th, or 5th Thursday.

No meetings for other organizations may be held during normal SGA General Assembly hours and 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 2007-2008 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 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.

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.

SGA Constitution and By-Laws

Copies of the SGA Constitution and By-Laws are available at www.usip.edu/SGA/bylaws.html.

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 University of the Sciences in Philadelphia 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

  • 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.
  • All student organizations must have a constitution and by-laws.
  • All new and potential student organizations are to submit their requests for recognition to the Student Activities Office for evaluation and review.
  • All requests for recognition are to include:
  • a constitution and by-laws (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, and telephone number
  • All requests received by the Student Activities Office will be evaluated and reviewed to ensure that all University requirements are met.
  • After the constitution and by-laws are reviewed and approved, a meeting will be set up with the executive board of Student Government for final approval.
  • 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
  • All materials must adhere to the United States Copyright Act and the related acts that further define the proper use of copyrighted materials
  • 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, including all residence halls:

  • 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:

  • 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/or the Department of Student Life 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 or display case:

  • Student organizations should submit posters to the Student Activities Office.  Greek life organizations should submit posters to the Department of Student Life.
  • The poster will be reviewed and approved by the designated office.
  • The poster must follow all guidelines listed under General and Organization Guidelines.

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 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, Student Government Assemblies, organization meetings, etc.

Financial Support

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

  • The organization and its activities are student oriented.
  • The Financial Request Form is filled out by the Treasurer or other officer planning the organization’s activities.
  • The funds requested are not the only source of funding for the organization.
  • The organization is represented at all General Assemblies, committee, and other required SGA meetings.

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 complete the Student Organization Room Reservation Request form on the USP website at:  www.usip.edu/campuslife/roomrequest.aspx.

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. – 7:30 p.m.
  • Requests received after 5:00 p.m. on Thursdays will 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

Communications and Publications

The Advocate – Dr. Walter Perry, Advisor
w.perry@usip.edu, 215.596.8890
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.

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

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
p.ohagan@usip.edu, 215.596.8844
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.

Honor Societies

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

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
k.wolbac@usip.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@usip.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@usip.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@usip.edu, 215.596.8881

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 – Dr. Guillermo Moyna, Advisor
g.moyna@usip.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 Student Chapter

Dr. Andrew Peterson, Advisor
a.peters@usip.edu, 215.596.8754

Dr. V. Chan, Advisor
v.chan@usip.edu, 215.596.8738

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.

Academy of Student Pharmacists American Pharmacists
–Dr. Angela Vinti, Advisor
a.vinti@usip.edu, 215.596.8882

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 Chapter, American Chemical Society

Dr. Catherine Bentzley, Advisor
c.bentzl@usip.edu, 215.596.8581

Ms. Vanessa Jones, Advisor
v.jones@usip.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

Student Chapter, American Institute of Biological Sciences

Dr. Alison Mostrom, Advisor
a.mostro@usip.edu, 215.895.1137

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.

 ISPOR – International Society of Pharmacoeconomics and
Outcomes Research –Dr. William McGhan, Advisor
w.mcghan@usip.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

Student Chapter of the Mathematical Association of America

Dr. Salar Alsardary, Advisor
s.alsard@usip.edu, 215.596.8761

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.

Student National Pharmaceutical Association (SNPhA)

Dr. Tyan Frazier, Advisor

t.frazie@usip.edu, 215.596.8991

SNPhA is an educational service association of minority students who are concerned about pharmacy and health care 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 for the health, educational, and social environment of the community.

The Student Society of Medical Technology

Ms. Margaret Reinhart, Advisor
m.reinha@usip.edu, 215.596.8797

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
d.hussar@usip.edu, 215.596.8880

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
j.opperm@usip.edu, 215.895.1172

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 Health-System Pharmacists, PCP Student Chapter

Mr. Steven Shaeffer, Advisor
s.shaeff@usip.edu, 215.596.8773

Dr. Jean Scholtz, Advisor
j.scholtz@usip.edu, 215.596.8524

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.

Pharmaceutical Marketing and Management

Dr. Glen Rosenthal, Advisor
g.rosent@usip.edu, 215.596.8879

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. 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

Dr. Anil D’mello, Advisor
a.dmello@usip.edu, 215.596.8941

Mrs. Jackie Otto, Advisor
j.otto@usip.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. Melanie Oates, Advisor

m.oates@usi.edu, 215.895.1182

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

The Student Physical Therapy Association – Dr. Margie Roos, Advisor
m.roos@usip.edu, 215.596.8849

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
j.desipio@usip.edu, 215.596.8675

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—D r. Suzanne K. Murphy, Advisor
s.murphy@usip.edu, 215.596.8921

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. Diane Morel, Advisor
d.morel@usip.edu, 215.895.1123

Mrs. Jackie Otto, Advisor

j.otto@usip.edu, 215.596.8830

The Pharm/Tox Club is a student organization open to all Pharm/Tox majors as a means to foster social interactions with fellow Pharm/Tox 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 to network with industry and academic representatives.

Psychology Student Association (PSA)¾Dr. Phil Gehrman, Advisor
p.gehrma@usip.edu, 215.596.8517

USP Psychology Student Association 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

Religious Organizations

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

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

Hillel—Mrs. Phyllis Blumberg, Advisor
p.blumbe@usip.edu, 215.895.1167

Hillel is 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
d.vadher@usip.edu, 215.596.8578

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.

Muslim Students Association—Dr. Salar Alsardary, Advisor
s.alsard@usip.edu, 215.596.8761

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.

Newman Club—Dr. Bernard Brunner, Advisor
b.brunne@usip.edu, 215.596.8898

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.

Renewal College Fellowship—Dr. Daniel Hussar, Advisor

d.hussar@usip.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

The Alliance—Mr. William Horton, Advisor
w.horton@usip.edu, 215.596.8513

The functions of the Alliance is to increase awareness of Gay, Lesbian, and 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.

Americans for Informed Democracy

Dr. Claudia Parvanta, Advisor

e.parvan@usip.edu, 215.596.8920

Americans for Informed Democracy 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.

Asian Students Association—Ms. Jan Lyons, Advisor
j.lyons@usip.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. This Association plans dances, community experiences, area trips, movies, a volleyball team, a year-end banquet and more.

The Association of Latino American Students

Dr. Miriam Gilbert, Advisor
m.gilber@usip.edu, 215.596.8769
Dr. Joseph Ruane, Advisor
j.ruane@usip.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. 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 Admission 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.

Atheist, Agnostic and Freethinking Students’ Association

Dr. Elisabeth Morlino, Advisor

e.morlin@usip.edu, 215.596.7469

The Atheist, Agnostic and Freethinking Students’ Association 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.

USP Badminton Club—Mr. Marc Caserio, Advisor

m.caseri@usip.edu, 215.596.7432

The USP 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@usip.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.

Black Student Union

Mrs. Patricia Peterson, Advisor
p.peters@usip.edu, 215.596.8735
Dr. Joseph Ruane, Advisor
j.ruane@usip.edu, 215.596.8906

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 and appreciation 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
p.ohagan@usip.edu, 215.596.8844
Dr. Walter Perry, Advisor
w.perry@usip.edu, 215.596.8890
CAB Office, Wilson Student Center, Room 211

The Campus Activities Board 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.

Cricket Club

Dr. Pardeep Gupta, Advisor

p.gupta@usip.edu, 215.895.1141

Mr. Peter Meek, Advisor

p.meek@usip.edu, 215.895.1169

The USP 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 Dhammal—Dr. Kamal Jonnalagadda, Advisor
k.jonnal@usip.edu, 215.596.8942

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.

Encore—Ms. Tamanya Garza, Advisor
t.garza@usip.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, musical acts and the ever-popular benefit production of “The Vagina Monologues” for V-Day.

E.P.I.C. (Expressions of Philadelphia’s Indian Culture)

Mr. Jesse Phillips, Advisor



E.P.I.C. 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.

International Student Association—Dr. Walter Perry, Advisor
w.perry@usip.edu, 215.596.8890

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.

Kingsesessing Players

Prof. Kim Robson, Advisor/Director
k.robson@usip.edu, 215.596.7542
Dr. Grace Earl, Advisor
g.earl@usip.edu, 215.596.8940

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@usip.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—Dr. Deepika Vadher, Advisor
d.vadher@usip.edu, 215.596.8578

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!

PHAT PAC (Peers Helping and Teaching Peers Alcohol Control)

Mrs. Gayle Garrison, Advisor
g.garris@usip.edu, 215.895.1109

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.

Philipino Cultural Association (PCA)¾Ms. Amy Kimchuk, Advisor

a.kimchu@usip.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 Scorchers Team—Mr. Paul Klimitas, Advisor
p.klimit@usip.edu, 215.596.8818

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.

Student Gift Organization—Ms.Gretchen Gilliland, Advisor

g.gillil@usip.edu, 215.596.8777

The Student Gift Organization encourages an atmosphere of philanthropy among students and to provide an opportunity to give back to the University while in attendance and benefit from their efforts.


Mr. William Horton, Advisor
w.horton@usip.edu, 215.596.8513
Mrs. Jacqueline Smith, Advisor
j.smith@usip.edu, 215.596.8994

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.