Student Clubs Full.jpgFind Your Niche: FHSS Clubs

Christina H. Sanders
9/19/11

Anthropology

If you’d like to learn more about peoples, cultures or field studies, the BYU Anthropology Club is the place for you. The club is open to any major and anyone with an interest in archeology or anthropology is encouraged to join. “We want to encourage anthropological thinking in all wakes of life. Its such a holistic discipline that everyone, no matter what their major, would be a great addition,” said Rebekah Monahan, the former club president.

Each year the club holds a “navigating the major night” where newer students can ask older students about classes, how to put together a field study, and how to collaborate the anthropology major with the honors program. “It personally helped me prepare for my own field study and helped me decide which classes would be best to take together,” said Crys Kevan, the current club president.

The club meets once every two weeks. The “navigating the major night” will be September 28. The club plans on having a scary movie night and a welcome ceremony for new members in October. To sign up for the club go to clubs.byu.edu and pay the $5 fee. “Join,” said Kevan. “You won’t regret it and you will definitely learn a lot while having a great time. There are also plenty of opportunities for leadership positions that will look great on a resume or graduate school application.”

Economics

Parties, food, career prep and networking are some of the many activities offered by the Economics Student Association. The association is open to any BYU student, but economics majors are strongly encouraged to join. The club has three main goals: one, to provide resources to students to enhance their learning through alumni and visiting scholar lectures; two, to provide resources for students to prepare for their careers through career guides explaining the various career options available; three, to build a community in which students can establish relationships with one another, professors and involved alumni beyond the classroom.

The club has several main activities. Cottage dinners allow small groups of students to have dinner at a professor’s home where they can ask questions and get to know their professors and fellow students better. During Summit Discussions, students discuss the world’s most vexing issues. This year the club plans on inviting other clubs to join the discussions, so they will have a broad range of perspectives. The club also provides online access to periodicals such as The Economist, Foreign Policy, The Atlantic and Forbes. The club has also put together a YouTube series that helps Economics 110 students understand the 10 to 15 most vexing concepts taught in the course. To sign up, students can go to the Economics Department office in 103 FOB or the Econ 110 TA lab. The fee to join is $5. “Our goal in shaping the club this year has been to make it the best 5 bucks you've ever spent,” said Spencer Christensen, the club’s co-president.

“Between the job opportunities, magazines provided to members, YouTube video series, career guides, and events, it’s a great investment.”

School of Family Life

School of Family Life Student Association

Are you looking to do something with your major outside of the classroom? The School of Family Life Student Association will help you do just that. “Our main purpose is to allow members of the club or Family Life students to go beyond the classroom and really get involved in their field of study,” said Cameron Brown, the club president. The club held its opening social on September 14 where those interested in the club had an opportunity to meet with other members and sign up for a time to have lunch with a professor where they can learn about research opportunities and start to build a relationship with professors beyond the classroom. The club also holds one service activity per month in the local community and will host a lecture series, where professors will speak on the research they are currently working on and how students can get involved. Students who join the club will have the chance to build relationships with professors who are doing influential research. They also can get a taste of what the family life major or a career in family life would be like. “[The club] required me to step outside the classroom and given me eyes to really see what my field is going to be like,” Brown said.

Members of the club are kept up-to-date on all the club activities, receive a club t-shirt and graduating seniors are invited to a senior luncheon with all the other graduates and faculty members. The majority of members are family life students, but Brown encourages anyone with an interest to join because a lot of the social science fields overlap. “If we dabbled in other fields more we’d be able to be more influential in our career path,” Brown said. To sign up, go to the club’s blog http://sflsa.blogspot.com/, pay dues and then register with the club. For more information either visit the blog or email Brown at cameronbrownbyu@gmail.com.

Family and Consumer Sciences

When you’re part of a small major like family and consumer sciences, it is easy to get lost in the crowd of FHSS students. Cougar FACS is a club exclusively for FACS majors and helps students form a support system of students and professors within the same major. “Our goal was to create a club where people of the same major or interest are able to spend time with each other,” said Allissa Huffaker, the club president. The club holds an opening and closing social, service projects and fundraising activities. One year they cut and sewed mittens for HOPE. Profits from the mittens raised $1,700 for children in Africa.

“We’re planning some fun things,” Huffaker said. “Our goal this year is to get more member involvement and increase knowledge of the club.” At the end of the year a prize is given to a member who has been significantly involved with the club.

Cougar FACS is associated with the American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences, so Cougar FACS members become part of the national organization and are able to continue as a member of the national organization after they graduate. Speaking of her experience Huffaker said, “I love the people. It’s so fun to get to know everyone. It really helped me out in my classes when I knew more people in them.” To join the club, email cougarfacs@gmail.com. Dues are around $10.

Geography

Geography Club

Are you a geography major, wonder what the geography major is, or just interested in other places and cultures? Then the BYU Geography Club was created for you. The geography club goes on field trips to significant landforms, such as Timpanogos Cave, hosts lectures about where a geography degree can take you, and enjoys cultural foods.

Some examples of activities include semester campouts, geocaching, visiting ethnic restaurants and a guided tour of the trees on campus by a tree specialist. Students who join the club discover the various career opportunities available to geographers, such as tourism, data systems and national security. They are also kept up-to-date on all geography department events and geography club activities.

“Some of the things I enjoy most about the club are the lectures from guest speakers on a variety of topics that relate to geography, as well as the personal association with professors on a more up-close and personal basis as they direct club activities in their own personal specialties,” said Alan Taylor, the club president. To join the club, go to the Geography Department office in room 690 of the SWKT and pay the $10 membership fee. To learn more about the club, go to its Facebook page, “BYU Geography Student Association,” or email Alan Taylor at fachento@gmail.com.

Student Urban Planning Association

Members of the Student Urban Planning Association interact with professionals and are introduced to real urban planning projects. The purpose of the association is to link students to the professional world of planning and to provide students with experiences and tools that would make them more competitive when entering the professional world or seeking higher education. This semester the club plans on holding a walking tour of the community of Daybreak, with a nationally recognized designer who helped develop the community. They are also planning a tour of the city center in Salt Lake City and a meeting with those in charge of transportation planning in Utah.

“The State of Utah is a leader in many aspects of planning, and we hope to give students a fresh perspective on the changes Utah is experiencing and give them opportunities to get involved in their local communities,” said Alex Norr, the club president. The club will also hold a lecture series and movie nights that highlight the urban planning field.

All urban planning majors and those interested in urban planning, particularly transportation engineers, international development majors, real estate developers and environmental scientists, are encouraged to join. “I think planning is fascinating and being a part of SUPA gives me opportunities to meet and interact with professionals that in turn give me an entirely new perspective on the urban environment around me,” Norr said. To join the club email supa.byu@gmail.com or visit the geography department on the 6th floor of the Kimball Tower.

History

Would you like to be part of an award-winning honor society that publishes its own scholarly student journal? BYU’s chapter of Phi Alpha Theta, a national history honors society, was first established in 1948. It has been recognized as the “best chapter” by the National Office several times and annually prints the Thetean, which provides students an opportunity to publish their own scholarly work while still an undergrad. Each year the club holds panel discussions, invites guest lecturers to campus and takes trips to local historical sites. There is a one-time fee of $45 to join. For more information contact phialphathetabyu@gmail.com.

Political Science

BYUPAS

In the political arena, connections mean everything. The BYU student chapter of the BYU Political Affairs Society is a non-partisan organization that helps connect students interested in applied politics with alumni, faculty and friends of the university. It is associated with the national BYUPAS alumni organization and Pi Sigma Alpha, the national political science honor society. The chapter sponsors a speaker series, lectures, student mentoring and networking opportunities. Students from any major who are interested in politics are welcome to join at http://byupas.org.

BYU College Democrats

BYU College Democrats seek to further political discourse on campus by providing a forum for people with similar ideas to come together and discuss policy positions of the Democrat Party. Club members are able to participate in community service, discussions of policy and current events, civil debates with other political groups on campus, volunteer for Democratic candidates and promote political awareness at BYU. The club meets at 7 p.m. every Tuesday at 270 SWKT.

To join the club email your name and email address to newsletter@byudemocrats.org. For more information visit the club’s Facebook page, “BYU College Democrats”.

BYU College Republicans

BYU College Republicans seeks to help fellow Republican students develop political knowledge, awareness and leadership abilities, so students will be prepared for future service to the community and the Republican Party. It also encourages its members to become active in the political process. Members of the club watch political movies, hold debates with College Democrats and attend seminars with political speakers. The club’s opening social was Sept 16 at 7 p.m. in Brigham Square. They had music, food, a photo booth, a mock straw poll and a T-shirt give away. “We try to have a diverse mix of activities so we can learn and get to know each other in different settings,” said Danielle Stockton, the club president. To learn more about the club, got to the club’s Facebook page “BYU College Republicans” or contact Danielle Stockton at danielle.stockton@gmail.com or call or text her at 703-408-0442.

Psychology

Psi Chi

Psychology students: are you looking for a leg-up on the competition as you apply for graduate school? The BYU chapter of Psi Chi International Honor Society in Psychology provides activities and resources to support the academic success of its members. One of its key activities is a graduate school preparation seminar in which professors discuss with students the things they can do to prepare for grad school. While activities in the club are open to all psychology majors, membership is restricted to those of a certain academic standing determined by the national organization. “Membership alone is recognized by graduate schools as a reflection of academic achievement— and thus something most students want to include on their curriculum vitae,” said Joshua Ruchty, the chapter president. “For students who really want to distinguish themselves, leadership opportunities within the club are also available to more ambitious members.” To learn more about the club visit the Psi Chi website, psichi.org, or email the BYU chapter at psichibyu@gmail.com. To join the club, go to the psychology department office at 1001 SWKT. Students first apply and then once accepted pay a $45 one-time fee.

Psychology Association

Anyone interested in psychology is welcome to come have fun and learn with the Psych Association. The club meets once a month and hold activities such as Psych Idol or the Evolution Debate. It also hosts professor dinners where small groups of students have dinner at a professor’s home and discuss research opportunities, career goals and graduate school. The club will also hold a lecture once a month about a particular field of psychology. “We will have a professor come in and speak to us about their field and the things that a psychologist in that field would do,” said Dan Bjornn, the club president. “The students will then be able to ask any questions that they may have. This will help the members get to know more about their options for careers in psychology and the requirements of each of those careers.” For more information email byupsychassociation@gmail.com.

School of Social Work

Graduate school can be a completely different landscape for many students, but the Master of Social Work Student Association offers help to any student in the master of social work program. The main goal of MSWSA is to connect students in the program to each other and to the program. It does this through a mentorship program that connects first year graduate students with a second year student to discuss any concerns the first year student may have about classes, workload, professors or the profession. The club also holds several activities for students, including a turkey bowl, service projects, BYU intramurals and dinner parties. “MSWSA serves as an important part of the MSW program at BYU,” said Rosey Bassett, the club president. “MSWSA faculty liaisons and advisory board members sit on community as well as faculty advisory boards to ensure that the voice of the social work students at BYU is being heard.”

Sociology

If you’re a sociology student, then you are also a member of the Student Sociology Association. The SSA is a departmental organization for both undergraduate and graduate students. The club has three main goals: 1) to seek to create a sense of community and camaraderie within the Department of Sociology 2) aim to enhance student awareness concerning post-graduation opportunities such as employment and graduate programs and 3) to enable communication and networking within the department between students, professors, alumni and relevant community members.

“This semester we wanted to focus on the second aim of our mission statement,” said Tyler Roberts, the club president. “Many students are unaware of just how amazing a degree in sociology is. What's worse is that they also don't know what kinds of opportunities there are for undergraduates. Too often undergraduates get in the mindset that their ‘real lives’ start after their bachelors, that somehow everything will be different after graduation. That is something we are trying to change.” This semester the club plans on having alumni guest lecturers. “The sociology alumni are all over the place, in all sorts of exciting and diverse careers,” Roberts said. “We wanted to access that population and help the students start to network and see what they can actually do with their degree.”