An important part of a student's educational process is participation in co-curricular activities and organizations on campus. These range from the Student Government Association to honor societies, fraternities, sororities, and social and academic organizations. These organizations and activities provide unique experiences through which students achieve greater social and intellectual maturity and professional competence. Students are encouraged to engage in several of these campus life activities.
Resident assistants, peer counselors, the pre-alumni club, cheerleaders, and other groups give students the satisfaction of providing an important service while enjoying the service activity.
The Student Government Association is the overall student governing body of campus. The Association operates through a council composed of seven members, each of whom is responsible for administering one of these seven areas of student activities and interests: Athletic Affairs, Academic and Judicial Affairs, Community Affairs, Social and Special Events, Cultural and Religious Affairs, Communications, and Housing.
The LeMoyne-Owen College Poetry Society
Keepers of Oral and Written Traditions. LeMoyne-Owen College Poetry Society is open to all students who are interested in reading, writing and reciting poetry, both classical and modern, written by African Americans. Chartered in 1991, the Poetry Society was established in response to students' passionate desire for poetry reflective of the African American experience. Each year, the Society produces "Black Voices Live" (the oral tradition), and publishes the collected work of students, faculty and other members of the community in the Poetry Society's Collected Works.
The student newspaper, The Magician, is open to all students who are interested in working on its publication. The Magician is the voice of the LeMoyne-Owen student. Written, edited and published by LeMoyne-Owen students, the newspaper contains articles, editorials, cartoons, and photographs about campus life and community activities that impact campus life. Students working on The Magician may earn academic credit.
Concert Choir is open to students who desire to express themselves in song and who have had some previous experience in choral groups. The choir provides music for the chapel services. Admission by permission of the director.
The Gospel Choir is open to all students who desire to express themselves through religious music. Acceptance through audition.
Fraternities and Sororities are an integral part of campus life at LeMoyne-Owen. These organizations promote high standards of scholarship and community service and contribute to the development of student social life on campus.
Fraternities with active chapters are: Alpha Phi Alpha, Inc., Kappa Alpha Psi, Inc., Omega Psi Phi, Inc. and Phi Beta Sigma, Inc.
The sororities are: Alpha Kappa Alpha, Inc., Delta Sigma Theta, Inc., Sigma Gamma Rho, Inc., and Zeta Phi Beta, Inc.
To be eligible for membership intake into a fraternity or sorority, a student must have earned at least 28 credit hours at The LeMoyne-Owen College and have a minimum grade point average of 2.5. Transfer students who wish to join a fraternity or sorority must have been enrolled at the College for at least one semester and must have earned at least 12 credit hours at LeMoyne-Owen with a GPA of 2.5.
The International Students Association
The College's international student population is drawn primarily from three regions of the world: Africa, the Middle East, and the Caribbean. The Association sponsors the International Students Day, an annual event, to promote multiculturalism. It features a variety of programs such as fashion shows, lectures on foreign cultures, and traditional dances. For the occasion, students, faculty and staff dress in traditional attire and prepare a variety of the traditional dishes of their countries for the entire College population.
Students are encouraged to become active members of the Pre-alumni Council. Council members participate in activities supportive of the United Negro College Fund and move to membership in the National Alumni Association of LeMoyne-Owen College after graduation. The National Alumni Association is the parent body of all alumni of the College, including alumni chapters located in major American cities. The Association represents all graduates and former students of the College. The Alumni Affairs Office coordinates alumni activities. The Association encourages alumni to make financial gifts to LeMoyne-Owen and to serve as public relations representatives for the College.
Intercollegiate and Intramural Sports
The LeMoyne-Owen participates in ten intercollegiate sports: tennis, cross-country, basketball and track (all for both men and women), volleyball (women) and baseball (men). The College is a member of the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SIAC) and Division II of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA).
The College's intramural sports program promotes physical fitness and good sportsmanship. The program includes touch football in the fall; volleyball in the winter; and table tennis and basketball in the spring.
In addition, regular periods of time are reserved for any student to work out in the College's Fitness Center or to swim laps in the Bruce Hall Pool.