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Student Activities: Current Student-Run Clubs
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Student Organizations Affiliated with Academic Departments
Accounting Association - this organization is devoted to providing increased knowledge, interest, and networking possibilities for accounting majors to interact with professionals within the Portland market.
ACT UP- creates a base of student support for University of Portland drama department events, thereby increasing the number and scope of the events.
American Chemical Society- ACS is UP's own connection to the 125 year-old American Chemical Society, a foundational element in modern world of chemistry. The club focuses on bringing like-minded individuals together from all majors to bring chemistry to the public, as well as learn about potential careers and graduate school.
American Society of Civil Engineers- ASCE promotes and expands the field of civil engineering in academic, social, and professional settings.
Association for Computing Machinery- ACM is the student chapter of a national organization devoted to promoting all forms of computer technology and science.
Baja Club- Designs and builds a custom off-road vehicle using safe and effective engineering practices. The University of Portland Baja Team follows the guidelines outlined by the Society of Automotive Engineers, and also complies with all on and off campus driving regulations, including the wearing of extensive safety gear.
Bluffoons- creates humor and entertainment as a means of strengthening the University community in camaraderie through regular performances that showcase their improvisational acting skills.
Christian Business Student Association- The Christian Business Students Association connects Christian students interested in business. The Christian Business Students Association creates a forum where students can discuss ethical and religious issues related to business.
Economics Club- The Economics Club seeks to foster the advancement of the social sciences by informing the community of events related to economic issues, organizing events of interest to the membership, and assisting in the academic and professional development of members.
Engineering World Health- EWH is a non-profit organization that mobilizes the biomedical engineering community to improve the quality of health care in hospitals that serve resource-poor communities of the developing world.
Institute of Electrical & Electronics Engineers(IEEE)- affiliated with the national organization.
UP Marketing Group- allows students interested in marketing the opportunity to learn from professionals, to network in the marketing community, to develop themselves as leaders, and to access industry knowledge and insight.
Math Club- Provides an opportunity for those people who enjoy the wonders of math to enhance that enjoyment, and meet other people with similar interests. The Math Club also offers the opportunities to explore math topics and activities.
Mechanical Engineers Club- exists to promote social and academic endeavors among the mechanical engineering students and those with related interests.
Neuroscience Club- Brings current research in the neurosciences field to students on the University of Portland Campus. This club intends to cultivate and inspire scientific inquiry into the neurosciences field by maintaining a multidisciplinary stance.
Operations Management Association- networks with industry leaders to foster relationships and integrate students of multidisciplinary backgrounds into field of operations and project management.
Philosophy Club- provides activities and events for those at UP who are interested in the discussion of philosophy and in the philosophical examination of social and cultural issues.
Phi Beta Lambda- A chapter of the Future Business Leaders of America, Phi Beta Lambda provides opportunities for UP students to develop business-related career competencies and strives to promote a sense of civic and personal responsibility in addition to instill a “go beyond” mindset in each member by building individual determination and competitiveness through community service, group activities, and state/national competitions.
Physical and Occupational Therapy Club- Brings together students interested in pursuing a career in PT or OT. It is an opportunity to get to know one another, as well as explore dimensions of this medical field.
Pre-Dental Student Association- PDSA helps to fulfill your interest in dentistry through service to the University and Portland community. The Pre-Dental Student Association will offer preventative dental health care education and post-undergraduate dental education information. Visit their Facebook page here.
Robotics Club- Fosters interest in robotics, providing tools and resources that enable research and design through the development of a robot that will compete in NASA's Lunabotics Mining Competition. Affiliated with the School of Engineering.
Social Science Club- Provides activities and events for those at the University of Portland who are interested in the discussion and examination of social issues. The club also serves as the student organization which coordinates campus chapters of Psi Chi, the National Psychology Honor Society, and Alpha Kappa Delta, the National Sociology Honor Society.
Society of Women Engineers- promotes and encourages women in the field of engineering.
Speech and Debate Union- Provides students with an opportunity to develop their public speaking and argumentation skills, as well as build a strong team spirit and bolster self confidence.
Student Association of Social Workers- creates and promotes community among students, faculty, and staff interested in social work and its principles.
Student Nurses Association- UPSNA provides lectures, services, academic support, peer mentoring, and social activities that enhance the curriculum and experience of the UP School of Nursing.
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Black Student Union- BSU promotes friendship, respect, and cooperation among black students at the University of Portland. BSU welcomes and orients new black students and promotes cultural awareness and diversity through the participation in and organization of cultural, social, and educational events.
French Club- allows students of the University of Portland the opportunity to experience and learn about French culture.
German Culture Club- promotes an understanding of the German language and culture in the world community.
Guam Club (Mane'lun Guahan)- seeks to promote Guamanian hospitality with local food, island music, and good times.
Hawai'i Club- promotes the culture and heritage of Hawaii; open to all students.
International Club- open to all students with the purpose of promoting international understanding, justice, unity, and peace among persons from various cultural backgrounds through participation in cultural, social, and educational activities.
Latin Dance Club- provides University students with a valuable learning experience in the art of Latin Dance.
Movimiento Estudiantil de Chicanos de Astlan (M.E.Ch.A.)- Nationally recognized chapter dedicated to fighting for equality and exhibit community service skills.
Minnesota Club- promotes the culture and heritage of the state of Minnesota. Works to share "Minnesota nice" with the University community.
Native American Club- serves to discuss, celebrate, and preserve Native American traditions and culture of tribes from North America, focusing on understanding native customs and beliefs regarding the environment and spirituality as well as examining the peoples' histories.
Alpha Kappa Psi
a professional co-ed fraternity open to all students interested in
business administration, specifically interested in accounting, commerce, and
Beta Beta Beta - an honor society for students in the field of biology; designed to stimulate interest, scholarly attainment, and investigation in the biological sciences.
Kappa Delta Pi- a national honor society for students in the field of education.
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Colleges against Cancer - a college chapter of the American Cancer Society. Organizes the annual Relay for Life event and promotes cancer education and awareness on campus.
College Democrats- supports the philosophy and candidates of the Democratic Party.
College Ecology Club- builds awareness on the environmental issues of our campus; works with the UP community by planning activities that benefit the environment; and promotes individual responsibility with recycling, reducing and reusing.
College Republicans- supports the philosophy and candidates of the Republican Party; seeks to promote voter and current-event awareness.
Dance Club- The Pilots Dance Team/Dance Club is a student-led, audition-based performance group open to all UP students. Choreographed routines and sideline dances are performed at UP basketball games and other University and community events.
Engineers Without Borders- cross disciplinary club that promotes socially aware engineering through regional and international service projects.
English Society- seeks to promote a fun and open atmosphere where literature and art can be enjoyed socially with movies, plays, novels, and lectures.
Entrepreneurship Club- serves as a nexus to students, faculty, staff, alumni, and the public to facilitate the development of and support for an entrepreneurial community at the University.
Fair Trade Club- The purpose of the Fair Trade Club is to raise awareness around the issue of fair trade and to advocate for a better representation of fairly traded goods and services on the University of Portland campus.
Feminist Discussion Group- creates a space for women and men to discuss and to educate one another on feminism and related issues in an open, respectful, and supportive atmosphere, and extends that discussion and education to the greater University community through speakers, activities, and other events.
Gay Straight Partnership- The mission of the GSP is to build a community that is open and welcoming to students of all sexual orientations. The GSP represents and models the University goals of inclusiveness and community, bringing together gay and straight students.
Habitat for Humanity (UP Chapter)- investigates and promotes awareness of issues around low-income housing through three aspects: volunteering, fundraising, and advocacy & education. Affiliated with the Portland chapters of Habitat for Humanity and Habitat International.
Investment Association- UPIA assists in the professional, educational and social development of students interested in the fields of finance, banking and investments.
Mock Trial- members prepare and argue fictional legal cases before practicing attorneys and judges at local, regional, and national level competitions in roles as either attorneys or witnesses.
Music Club- brings together students interested in music to better represent themselves and the department of music, as well as striving for musical excellence in all genres available.
Oregonians Against Trafficking Humans (OATH)- joins in the fight against human trafficking by working toward two main goals: raising awareness and taking action. Affiliated with the Oregon Human Trafficking Task Force.
Pilot Snow Club - The University of Portland Ski and Snowboard Club (Pilot Snow Club) provides an opportunity for all those interested in skiing and snowboarding to explore that interest and to foster new friendships and hobbies among the UP community and in the Pacific Northwest.
Roosevelt Institution Undergraduate Student Think Tank- a national network of student think-tanks that provides a stage for political discourse at the University of Portland. An organization of students, for students, and by students, working to develop the means to define and implement the policies they believe in. Dedicated to working hard to deliver sound policy research to policymakers at all levels of government, and work to organize, train, and empower the next generation of progressive leaders.
Schools for Schools- works to increase awareness of events occurring in war-ravaged regions around the globe. The club offers opportunities for students to become informed, assist in educating others, and help assist schools in suffering regions, particularly northern Uganda.
Spielfriek Society- Connects people with an interest in board games (broadly defined as those games played face to face) and provide an environment in which they can be enjoyed.
Student Alumni Association- fosters tradition and school spirit, builds pride and loyalty, creates future alumni leaders, and encourages interaction between current students and alumni.
Student Led Unity Garden (SLUG)- maintains the growth and continual development of the University of Portland community garden. The garden serves to unite the local North Portland community with the University of Portland for a common purpose: to learn about and practice sustainable organic gardening.
Tengoku no Anime Club- aims to broaden an understanding of cultures through the experience of animation.
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Arnold Air Society- a professional, honorary, service organization for AFROTC cadets that advances the purpose and traditions of the Air Force.
Mitchell's Rifles- provides AFROTC cadets the opportunity to honor America and Armed Forces veterans through precision drill team activities.
Men's Lacrosse- provides males an opportunity to play on an organized club team, travel, and help expand the growing interest in men’s lacrosse.
Men's Soccer- creates a chance for male students to compete with club teams of other colleges and universities.
Men's Water Polo- provides an opportunity for UP students to participate in collegiate water polo.
Men's Ultimate Frisbee- develops frisbee skills, improves physical fitness, and competes in high level competitions.
Portland Track Club (P.T.C.)- A group of motivated students interested in track and field training and competing to the best of their abilities. P.T.C. is a place where self-improvement is the primary goal. P.T.C. also is a place where students from the community can compete at a collegiate level.
Tennis Club- offers undergraduate students numerous opportunites for play at all levels and for greater involvement in the tennis community. This includes the formation and maintenance of a traveling team, maintaining relations with local clubs/community, and participation with the USTA.
Volleyball Club- seeks to increase interest in volleyball on the University of Portland campus, providing a competitive, healthy environment for a diverse group of people. This club sport is co-ed.
Women's Lacrosse- provides women with an opportunity to play on an organized club team, travel, and help expand the growing interest in women’s lacrosse.
Women's Soccer- provides an opportunity for women to participate in competitive soccer at the club level.
Women's Ultimate Frisbee- gives female students the opportunity to practice and compete in the sport of ultimate frisbee. This club will provide an opportunity for structured competition and practice aimed at further enjoyment of the sport and improvement in frisbee skills.
Women’s Water Polo- provides an educational and competitive opportunity for all University of Portland women to participate in water polo at the collegiate level.
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Student Organizations Affiliated with Academic Departments
Clubs which are denoted by an asterisk (*) are also recognized by the Office of Student Activities on behalf of the University as student-run organizations and therefore are described on the main Clubs and Organizations webpage.
Air Force ROTC
Arnold Air Society*
College of Arts and Sciences
Beta Beta Beta Biological Honor Society (TriBeta)*
Pre-Dental Student Association*
Chemistry and Physics:
American Chemical Society (ACS)*
Lamda Pi Eta — a national communication honor society
Speech and Debate Union
Teaching our Leaders Civil Discourse and Service Club (TOLCS)
International Languages and Culture — Spanish:
Sigma Delta Pi—a national collegiate Hispanic honor society
Phi Alpha Theta- History honor society
Alpha Lambda Delta
Phi Sigma Tau — national philosophy honor society
Performing and Fine Arts:
Social and Behavioral Sciences:
Alpha Kappa Delta — an international sociology honor society
Phi Alpha — a national social work honor society
Psi Chi — a national psychology honor society
Social Sciences Club*
Social Work Club*
Pamplin School of Business
Alpha Kappa Psi*
UP Marketing Group*
Beta Gamma Sigma
Christian Business Student Association*
Phi Beta Lambda*
School of Engineering
American Chemical Society (ACS)*
American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE)*
Association of Computing Machinery (ACM)*
Engineers without Borders (EWB)*
Engineering World Health
Institute of Electrical & Electronic Engineers (IEEE)*
Mechanical Engineers Club (ME)*
Society of Women Engineers (SWE)*