Clubs & Organizations

Participating in Converse’s many clubs and organizations is a great way to make new friends, learn new skills, even effect positive change on our campus and in the community. Not to mention they’re fun. And with such a wide variety, you’ll find things you know you like, and have the opportunity to try things you never thought of before. Whether that’s debating on our Model Arab League team, performing with the Palmetto Players, trying out a brand new sport through the Active Student Association, working to end global violence or learning about sign language – there is a club for you.


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Advocacy and Activism

Ally

Ally is dedicated to providing a focus for discussion and education relating to a variety of issues surrounding social perception concerning heterosexual, bisexual, and homosexual students.

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Colleges Against Cancer - Converse Chapter

Colleges Against Cancer is a national collaboration of college students, faculty, and staff dedicated to fighting cancer, volunteering for the American Cancer Society, and improving college communities by instating and supporting programs of the American Cancer Society. The main goal of Colleges Against Cancer is to fight cancer by supporting, instating, and volunteering for programs of the American Cancer Society. Further goals include, but are not limited to: establishing advocacy programs on campus, bringing cancer control programs to campus and promoting cancer awareness and prevention, raising money through American Cancer Society-approved fundraisers on campus, promoting Society-approved fundraisers on campus, making Colleges Against Cancer a collaborative effort among all students and student organizations on campus (as well as with members of this chapter, the local American Cancer Society office and staff, nearby chapters, and the National Leadership Council) and establishing Colleges Against Cancer chapters at surrounding colleges and universities.

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STAND / Peace Studies

The Converse College STAND chapter is a branch of the student-led division of the Genocide Intervention Network, and works with an international community to protect civilians from genocidal violence.

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Women Involved in Saving the Environment (WISE)

The students of WISE are committed to promoting environmental awareness throughout the student body and surrounding community. WISE encourages a fuller understanding of the environmental issues in our area and the rest of the world. Membership is open to anyone interested in preserving the environment and environmental reaction.

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Arts and Expression

Art Club

Our mission as The Art Club is to represent the art department at Converse College as well as maintain a support system for our art majors and all Converse students interested in art. We seek to promote the work of our club members and Converse College, support local art activities and artists, and serve in our community.

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Dance Ensemble

Any student at Converse with an interest in dance is encouraged to participate in the annual auditions for the Dance Ensemble. The Ensemble produces two public concerts each year that showcase the work of student dancers as well as faculty, student, and guest choreographers. The Ensemble also performs and does workshops in local schools, and participates in special campus events such as the annual Martin Luther King celebration, Women’s History Month, and the Spartanburg Humanities Festival.

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Palmetto Players

One of the oldest collegiate theatre groups in the state, the Players organization welcomes anyone on campus with an interest in theatre. Members provide support to Theatre/Converse through participation in the various aspects of productions, annual fund-raising events, and occasional student-generated productions—such as the improv-based Vegetable Soup Troupe—which are included in the Theatre/Converse season.

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Culture and Heritage

Association of African American Students (AAAS)

The purpose of the Association of African American Students is to promote a spirit of cooperation and provide a forum in which issues, problems, and concerns, common to minority students can be addressed, and to promote diversity on campus through any and all students.

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Hispanic Awareness Association (HAA)

HAA provides support and guidance for Hispanic students while attending Converse College. This organization also educates and shares the many facts of Hispanic culture with members of the Converse College community who are not Hispanic. HAA is open to all students.

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International Students Organization

ISO promotes cultural awareness and engages the campus community in celebrating diversity. ISO helps international students voice their opinions and concerns to the administration. Additionally, ISO assists the Assistant Dean of Students in planning International Student Orientation. An important feature of ISO is that it is for everyone, international and American students alike, who believe in creating cultural awareness. Some of ISO's social events include the International Dance Party, International Festival and hosting the Ten Thousand Villages among many others.

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Sign Seekers + Council for Exceptional Children (CEC)

Sign Seekers/CEC is the American Sign Language and special education organization at Converse College. The purpose of this organization is to involve all persons interested in sign language and the welfare of the Deaf and/or exceptional children. Sign Seekers is designed to enhance the awareness of students regarding the culture and education of Deaf and exceptional children through social settings. Activities include Deaf drum club, silent meals, volunteering and hosting parties at the School for the Deaf and Blind, tutoring children with special needs, practicing American Sign Language, watching movies, and playing ASL games. All students and friends are welcome to participate in any and all of the activities regardless of major or previous experience with sign language.

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Faith and Spirituality

Baptist Collegiate Ministry

The Baptist Collegiate Ministry serves students from the Spartanburg area: USC Upstate, Wofford, Spartanburg Community College, and Spartanburg Methodist. For more information, please visit our website:

www.spartanburgbcm.org

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Newman Club

The Newman Club is the Catholic organization on campus. It provides resources to all Catholics on campus. Its activities include: monthly socials, weekly Bible studies, and weekly rosary.

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New Age Exploration

The New Age Exploration group welcomes students who want to learn about New Age religions, practices and beliefs as well as promoting an educational and open-minded approach to a changing society.

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Presbyterian Student Association (PSA)

The Presbyterian Student Association is a group of college students from Converse, Wofford, USC Upstate, and SMC. PSA strives to create an environment to build the community by developing a stronger faith among its members. This group includes Bible study and discussions, as well as group excursions. For further information, please visit our website:

www.spartanburgpsa.org

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Student Christian Association (SCA)

This is an ecumenical group of Christians that meet regularly for worship, service to others, small group Bible studies and fellowship.

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Voices of Virtue

The purpose of this organization is to provide gospel music at events on the campus of Converse College as well as in the Spartanburg community. This organization is open to all members of the student body. Please contact the president for further information.

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Honor Organizations

Alpha Lambda Delta (Freshman honors society)

Alpha Lambda Delta is a national honor society for the recognition of high academic achievements in the freshman year. To be eligible for Alpha Lambda Delta, the student must have a cumulative average of not less than 3.5 and carry a full class load through the January Term of the freshman year.

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Alpha Psi Omega (Theatre)

Alpha Psi Omega is a National Theatre Honors Society that serves to recognize those students who have earned distinction in a variety of the areas of theatre art. New members are inducted annually based on an accumulation of points earned through participating in campus productions.

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Beta Beta Beta (Biology)

Beta, Beta, Beta, better known as TriBeta, is a Biological Honor Society for students of the biological sciences focusing on sharing and furthering knowledge through research in the area of biological sciences. There are different classes of membership for TriBeta, regular members, associate members and graduate members. Regular members must be majoring in Biology and have a certain number of credit hours in the discipline as well as have at least a B average in these courses. Associate members are non-biology majors who have a strong interest in the biological sciences and have a certain number of Biology credit hours as well as a certain average in those classes. Graduate members are those who have already graduated and have majored in an area of the biological sciences.

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Delta Omicron (Music)

This professional music fraternity, open to all music students of outstanding scholarship and musicianship, fosters service and fellowship through music, develops character and leadership, and gives material aid to worthy music students.

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The Gamma Sigma Society (Arts and Sciences)

The Gamma Sigma Society is the honorary scholarship society of the College of Arts and Sciences of Converse College. The purpose of the Society is to encourage scholarship among the students of Converse College and to honor by election to membership in the Society those seniors, not to exceed ten percent of the graduating class, who have demonstrated superior scholastic attainment throughout their entire college course. To be eligible for election, students must be candidates for a bachelor’s degree in the liberal arts and sciences. Criteria for selection to Gamma Sigma are based on the Phi Beta Kappa standards.

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Kappa Delta Epsilon (Education)

Kappa Delta Epsilon is a national honorary organization in education. Its purpose is to promote the cause of education by fostering: 1) a spirit of fellowship; 2) high standards of scholastic attainment; and 3) professional ideals among members. Membership in the Gamma Chi Chapter of Converse College is by invitation to undergraduate applicants who have a major or minor in education; at least 45 semester hours; and a GPA of 3.5 or better.

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Mortar Board – Gavel Chapter (Senior Honor Society)

Mortar Board is a national honor society of college seniors whose purpose, in part, is “to support the ideals of the university, to advance a spirit of scholarship, to recognize and encourage leadership, and to provide the opportunity for a meaningful exchange of ideas as individuals and as a group.” Qualifications for membership in Mortar Board include outstanding leadership, scholarship, and service. All juniors with a cumulative scholastic average of 3.0 or above are considered for membership. Selection and tapping of new members occurs in the spring of their junior year.

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Phi Sigma Iota (Foreign Languages)

PHI SIGMA IOTA is an international honor society whose members are elected from among outstanding advanced undergraduate and graduate students of foreign languages and literatures. Its primary objectives are the recognition of ability and attainments in languages and literatures, the stimulation of advanced work and individual research in this field and the promotion of friendship, communication, and understanding among the United States and the nations using these languages.

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Pi Gamma Mu (Social Sciences)

Pi Gamma Mu is an organization is available for juniors and senior who are in the upper 35th percentile and at least twenty semester hours in social science with a “B” average or better. Freshman and sophomores are allowed to join if they have declared the appropriate majors.

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Pi Kappa Lambda (Music)

“Strive always for the beautiful” is the motto of this national music honor society. Membership is by invitation to those upperclassmen and graduate students in the field of music who show outstanding scholarship and musicianship.

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Theta Alpha Kappa (Religious Studies/Theology)

Theta Alpha Kappa is the national honor society for Religious Studies and Theology. It promotes excellence in the study and teaching of these fields and seeks to bring students, teachers, and writers of Religious Studies and Theology together both intellectually and socially. Membership is open to students who have completed 12 hours in religion or related courses, who have a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.0, who have a grade point average of at least 3.5 in religion courses, and who are in the upper thirty-five percent of their class.

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Politics

Voter's Registration

The Division of Student Life collaborates with student political organizations to provide voter registration information and materials to students enrolled at Converse College. The History and Politics Department faculty supports this effort.
 

College Democrats

In order to promote a better America, with equality, opportunity, and freedom within a just and strong society, we dedicate ourselves to organizing the participation of Democratic college students at Converse. As citizens of today and leaders of the future, we shall strive to shape our Party, community, state and nation. In this mission we call for full participation of Converse students without regard to sex, race, ethnic origin, religion, physical handicap, socioeconomic status or sexual orientation.

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College Republicans

The goal of College Republicans is to promote political awareness and involvement on campus. We do not restrict membership to those who identify themselves as Republicans, but instead to anyone who may be interested. The College Republicans also attend many local, state, and national party events.

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Model Programs (Arab League, NATO, UN)

Model Programs consists of several component simulations for students interested in international affairs and debate. Selection to the delegation comes through a tryout process that assesses each student's potential to develop research, writing, public speaking, and diplomatic skills to compete at the national and international level. All undergraduate students are eligible to tryout, and students receive academic credit for participation. Presently Model Programs participates in Model UN, Model NATO, and the Regional and National Model Arab League competitions. The delegation serves as the permanent Secretariat for Model NATO responsible for running that event, and annually the Southeast Regional Model Arab League convenes at Converse.

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South Carolina Student Legislature

South Carolina Student Legislature is a mock legislature comprised of students from schools around the state. We write legislature and meet biannually to present and debate our ideas with our peers. This organization provides a forum where students may experience the full range of legislature activity. SCSL not only promotes interest in government, but also gives the members an opportunity to interact with students from many other schools who share similar interests.

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Professional

American Society of Interior Design (ASID)

ASID is a student charter of the professional organization for the interior designers. The organization is open to all interior design majors. Membership in ASID provides interactions with professional interior designers through regional ASID conferences, continuing education seminars, off site learning experiences, and community service. Dues are required for this organization.

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American String Teachers Association- student chapter (ASTA)

The American String Teachers Association promotes excellence in string orchestra teaching and playing. ASTA pursues its mission through sharing ideas, benefits for members, development of strong state leadership and chapters, enhancement of the image and visibility of string teaching and studying, advocacy for string education, and an inclusive community of string teachers and players. Student members are an essential asset to the ASTA community. By having an ASTA Student Chapter at Converse College, Converse women are able to expand their networking opportunities with other students and teachers across the United States. The ASTA Student Chapter is able to gain valuable knowledge from other masters in the string profession. Women from Converse are able to participate in the National Conference held annually by ASTA, which includes master classes with well known artists, lectures on performance practice, lectures on famous artists, and many other wonderful opportunities. The ASTA Organization serves to expand the knowledge and growth of the string department on campus and within the Spartanburg Community.

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Collegiate Music Educators National Conference (CMENC)

Collegiate MENC (CMENC) is a pre-professional organization for future music educators and others interested in music education. Converse CMENC members participate in chapter activities as well as conferences of the SC Music Educators Association and the national MENC. Membership is geared toward music education majors, but open to all music majors.

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Music Teachers National Association (MTNA)

America's oldest professional music association, the Music Teachers National Association (MTNA), exists to support music teaching and the art of music. Today, MTNA is a nonprofit organization of 24,000 independent and collegiate music teachers committed to furthering the art of music through programs that encourage and support teaching, performance, composition and scholarly research. The chapter at Converse College is one of the few student chapters in the Southeast.

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Publications

Concept (literary journal)

Concept is Converse College’s student-edited literary journal, publishing original poetry, fiction, non-fiction, and art. All students, faculty, and staff are welcome to submit creative works for consideration. In keeping with the college’s liberal arts mission, it is the goal of Concept and of Converse’s English department to provide students with an opportunity to write and publish in a professional environment.

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The Conversationalist (campus newspaper)

This is Converse’s campus newspaper. Distributed monthly, the Conversationalist provides students with campus, state, national and International news. The paper is open to all who would like to submit ideas, stories, and pictures.

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Y’s and other Y’s (yearbook)

Y’s and other Y’s is the Converse College yearbook. It is produced entirely through student efforts and is issued in the spring. It gives students experience in the areas of photography, layouts, publishing, and teamwork. The team is composed of five executive positions and a staff of volunteers.

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Service

Crescent (sophomore service organization)

Crescent is a community service and leadership organization for sophomores. Every month, the group organizes a project to better their surroundings and the lives of others. They live by the motto, "What we keep we lose; only what we give remains our own."

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Musicians Helping Others (MHO)

Musicians Helping Others (MHO) is an organization devoted to helping people through music. MHO wants to raise awareness about Music Therapy around the campus and community. Membership is geared toward music therapy majors but anyone who enjoys helping others and music is encouraged to join.

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Project Serve

Project Serve is a student service imitative established to create a culture of service on campus through effective communication between organizations involved in service, advertising volunteer opportunities to the student body, and communicating with agencies in the surrounding area.

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Rotaract

The purpose of Rotaract is to provide young women and men with the opportunity to enhance their knowledge and skills which will assist them in personal development, to address the physical and social needs of their communities, and to promote better relations between all people worldwide through a framework of friendship and service. The goals of Rotaract are to develop professional leaders and leadership skills, to emphasize respect for the rights of others, and to promote ethical standards and dignity of all useful occupations; to provide opportunities for young people to address the needs and concerns of the community and our world.

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Special Interests

Valkyries Club

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The purpose of the Valkyries Club is to promote a spirited & engaged atmosphere as we support the Converse College Valkyries athletes, while also providing exciting athletic Intramural activities for the entire student body.

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Day Student Association

The Day Student Association promotes the involvement of commuting students in the campus community and serves as a link between commuting students and the Student Government Association. Every commuter is a member upon enrollment and must pay a $10 fee per semester to be considered an active member.

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Fencing Club

The Converse Fencing Club offers weekly instructional and practice sessions for Converse students and community members alike, at both beginning as well as advanced levels. Instruction is primarily in Olympic sabre fencing, and all equipment is provided with membership. The Converse Fencing Club is a fun and exciting way to exercise, unwind, meet friends, and get involved with one of the fastest growing and most popular sports around!

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Garden Variety

Garden Variety is a club that hopes to aid, support, and inform on the subject of vegetarian and vegan lifestyles. All forms of healthy living are included in this goal and involvement is not limited to vegetarians. Garden Variety's mission is to actively advocate socially aware choices in the Spartanburg and Converse communities. Community service and campus involvement is the core of this mission. Recipes, cooking nights, herbal remedies and essential oils are only a few of the exciting events hosted by Garden Variety. You need not be vegetarian or vegan to attend. Those of all walks of life are invited and encouraged to be involved.

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Granddaughters’ Club

The Granddaughter's Club is an organization committed to serving as ambassadors for Converse College alumnae events and assisting the Alumnae Office with the organization of campus alumnae events (such as Reunion Weekend and Golden Club Luncheon). The membership of Granddaughter’s Club consists of undergraduate students who have a mother, grandmother, great grandmother, stepmother, step-grandmother, or step-great-grandmother who attended Converse for at least one year.

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Philosophy Club

The Converse Philosophy Club is an informal organization designed to celebrate and promote philosophy at Converse College. Open to anyone interested in philosophical issues, the club is a forum for building community around a shared enthusiasm for all things philosophical as well as a way to keep up-to-date with current trends in academic philosophy and up-coming course offerings. The club meets for movie showings to discuss the philosophical implications raised by such movies. The club also met privately with YouTube co-developer (and philosophy enthusiast!) Brent Hurley to discuss the benefits of a philosophical life.

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Science Forum

Science Forum is a student organization for Converse students interested in learning more about the sciences. We encourage participation from students in all areas of study as this group is not intended to be just for science majors. The science forum sponsors a wide variety of speakers and activities, both for members, the Converse community, and Spartanburg at large. Science Forum also collaborates with campus organizations such as WISE and off campus groups such as USC’s and Wofford’s science clubs.

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Tarpon Sharks Synchronized Swimming Club

The club presents an opportunity for students who love to swim to use their skills in a different setting. Membership is open to all students, even if they have had no prior experience. During the fall semester, students are involved in perfecting their already learned skills and in learning new and different skills and stunts in preparation for the college show, presented annually each spring. During Jan term and early spring term, students practice and prepare for the show in March. They are encouraged to think outside the box and use their creative abilities to write, choreograph and direct their own routines for the show.

Swimmers are encouraged to audition in the fall for the Tarpon Sharks. The following is a list of figures and other requirements that prospective members should be able to perform. For the novice synchronized swimmer, workshops are held before tryouts so that they can learn these stunts.

  • Front Dive
  • Underwater swimming
  • Freestyle
  • Backstroke
  • Foot first scull
  • Head first scull
  • Ballet leg
  • Kip
  • Porpoise
  • Back Dolphin
  • Swim to music (freestyle)

Students who are interested in trying out for the club may contact Margaret Moore  at 864.577.2057 or a current Tarpon Sharks member.

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Student Governance

Converse Activities Board (CAB)

The purpose of the Converse Activities Board is to provide a diverse calendar of social and educational events in order to unify and entertain Converse and surrounding communities. A chair and co-chair are elected in the spring. Within the committee there are five sub-committees. Six students are also elected from each class to serve are representatives. CAB meets weekly and welcomes students to attend.

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Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC)

A Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) is a committee made up of student-athletes assembled to provide insight on the student-athlete experience. The SAAC officers input on the rules, regulations, and policies that affect student-athletes' lives on NCAA member institution campuses.

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Student Government Association

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The purpose of SGA is to represent the many interests of the Converse community and to serve as a link between the Student Body and Administration. The Executive members and Representatives are elected in the spring and the freshmen are elected in the fall. Within the association there is a student senate which meets bi-monthly on Thursday at 11:30 in the Bain room and is composed of umbrella organizations and class officers. The President’s Council of Organizations (PCO) meets every other Tuesday in the Barnett room at 5:25. Every organization on campus is represented in this body and students are encouraged to attend. Every student is a member of SGA and is invited to participate.

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One of the oldest collegiate theatre groups in the state, the Players organization welcomes anyone on campus with an interest in theatre. Members provide support to Theatre/Converse through participation in the various aspects of productions, annual fund-raising events, and occasional student-generated productions—such as the improv-based Vegetable Soup Troupe—which are included in the Theatre/Converse season.

Council for Exceptional Children

CEC promotes programs designed to enhance the professional development of its members in serving exceptional children and youth and disseminates information to inform the public of the needs of exceptional persons at the local level. It is open to anyone concerned with the welfare of exceptional children and youth.

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