Rogers State University added four more student organizations to a growing list that now exceeds 40.
The organizations, created by and for students, include Active Minds, Spanish Club, Alpha Phi Omega and Kappa Phi.
Active Minds is a local chapter of a national organization focused on mental health.
The goal of the organization is, local Active Minds President Jamie Wallace said, “changing the conversations about mental health through research, advocating for those affected by mental illness, and educating the people within our community. “
“Members of Active Minds are from a variety of different degree programs, but all share a common desire to stop the stigma that surrounds mental health issues,” Wallace said. “This student organization is an important addition to RSU’s campus as it uses a peer-to-peer approach to help bridge the gap between those who are struggling and the resources that are available.”
RSU Spanish Club President Tanner Black said their organization was founded to create a community on campus that treasures sharing cultural experiences.
“I believe it is important to have the Rogers State University Spanish Club on campus because it allows students and faculty an opportunity to learn about and experience a Hispanic culture,” Black said. “As our society evolves from national to international, it is important that we diversify our own beliefs and culture in order to accept and learn about others' so that we can become closer with one another.”
Alpha Phi Omega is a national, co-educational service fraternity and was founded in 1925.
“Since then, over 470,000 students and alumni across 375 chapters have rushed APO and committed our core values of friendship, leadership, and service,” said RSU Alpha Phi Omega President Jake Brillhart. “Alpha Phi Omega at Rogers State University started this fall and serves as the only fraternity on the University's Claremore campus.”
RSU Kappa Phi President Destiny Dailey said, “Kappa Phi is a lifelong supportive Christian sisterhood expressed through service, study, and worship.”
“Kappa Phi allows women to feel a sense of support and love through Christian community,” Dailey said. “It is important to have a group like Kappa Phi at RSU to give women a space to be vulnerable about their struggles and successes as a Christian in college.”
Rogers State University expressed a strong commitment to promoting student organizations.
“Part of the value students receive in college is outside of the classroom,” said Public Relations Director Brandon Irby.