Student Organizations

Office of Student Life

Become a part of the student experience! With over 30 organizations on campus, find your niche, and explore the list below. 


Alpha Phi Omega
Alpha Phi Omega is a national co-ed service fraternity founded on the cardinal principles of leadership, friendship, and service. It provides its members the opportunity to develop leadership skills as they provide service to their campus, to youth and the community, to the nation, and to the members of the Fraternity. For more information, contact advisor Jeremy Taylor at or 419-783-2305.

Alpha Xi Delta
National sorority involved in programming social activities and offers services to various philanthropies. Requirements for membership: 2.25 GPA and selection by the group. If interested, contact any member of the Alpha Xi Delta sorority or the Office of Student Activities & Leadership at 419-783-2388.

This select group of students links the student body of Defiance College with its alumni, faculty, and staff as well as the community of Defiance. Their purpose is to promote and represent the College in an enthusiastic and positive manner to the community and prospective students and families. Applications for new Ambassadors are available in early October for the Spring semester and early February for the Fall semester. Selection process is completed by late November for the Spring and late March for the Fall. The group meets twice monthly and is advised by a member of the Admissions staff. For more information, please contact the Office of Admissions, 419-783-2359.

Anime-Manga Club
Social and cultural activities related to Anime and Manga art form. Contact Todd Comer, advisor, at 419-783-2348 for more information.

Athletic Bands 
This organization provides an environment for like-minded participants to develop a true love and understanding for the arts; to facilitate growth through the development of skills, such as leadership, responsibility, and creative thinking to introduce members and audiences to a wide variety of music from all stylistic periods; to provide students with performance opportunities that will encourage community involvement. For more information on Athletic Bands, contact Music Programs at

Black Action Student Association
The Black Action Student Association (BASA) provides several avenues for students to interact positively with the heritage of African-Americans and other cultures. BASA serves as a "family unit" with respect to personal, social, and intellectual growth for its members and others who participate in the campus community. BASA host annual parties, poetry slams, and other programming. All students are eligible for membership in BASA. Students interested in the events or activities sponsored by BASA are encouraged to contact the Office of Intercultural relations at 419-783-2362.

Carolyn M. Small Honors Program
The Carolyn M. Small Honors Program provides opportunities for all Defiance College students regardless of their major, to participate in an honors curriculum. Students who meet the requirements of the program will be designated as Carolyn M. Small Honor Scholars. For more information, contact advisor Mary Ann Studer at or 419-783-2555.

Campus Activities Board
The purpose of the Campus Activities Board (CAB) is to provide a wide range of programs and activities for the college community. CAB's programs are fun, diverse, and are almost all free! CAB strives to collaborate with other campus organizations in its planning of activities. All students interested in planning, coordinating, and creating campus activities are encouraged to volunteer for membership on the board. Contact the Office of Student Activities & Leadership at 419-783-2388 for more information.

Catholics on Campus
Opportunities for fellowship, service, and retreats are provided. Catholics on Campus often coordinates on-campus services for various holy days and feast days for the convenience of Roman Catholic students, faculty and staff, and other interested parties. All students and membership are welcome. For more information, contact advisor Brenda Averesch at or 419-783-2352.

Chamber Singers
Chamber Singers is an auditioned SATB choral ensemble, open to all students at Defiance College. Repertoire contains music from all stylistic periods, including contemporary music, and consists of small-form choral music performed a cappella and/or with chamber instruments. Frequent performances on and off-campus, including tours, are expected of this ensemble. For more information, contact Music Programs at

Cheer for the Jackets! For more information, please contact Carol Botek at or 419-783-2342.

Criminal Justice Society
The Criminal Justice Society is focused around the CJ major and provides opportunities to give student out of the classroom exposure to criminal justice in the real world. The Criminal Justice Society sponsors annual trips to metropolitan areas such as Chicago, Washington D.C., and Detroit to visit a variety of criminal justice agencies. For more information, contact advisor Steve Sondergaard at or 419-783-2443.

DC Choral Union 
A large choral ensemble open to students, college personnel and the surrounding community. Repertoire consists of larger oratorios often performed with instrumental accompaniment. The group performs three times during the academic year including a fall community choral concert, Handel's Messiah in December, and a spring oratorio. An audition is required for participation. For more information, contact Music Programs at

DC Cosplay Club
The Defiance Cosplay Club (DC³) will be aiming toward several goals, listed in order of most to least importance. Most vital is to express ourselves in a productive and positive environment. Additionally, we hope to further the hobby of cosplay (costume play), to introduce and educate on the concept of cosplay for Defiance College students, to assist students who are new to the craft with creating their own unique costumes, and to attend conventions as a club. For more information regarding DC³, please contact advisor Kristi Jo Leaders at or 419-783-2545.

DC Investing and Portfolio Management
The organization’s purpose is to provide opportunities to DC students to identify investing strategies at multiple levels, including personal, large portfolios, and hedge funds through lectures of executive speakers, study trips, and discussion forums. Additionally, the organization will incorporate investing strategies for different age groups, with the overall goal to identify quality and efficient investment opportunities. Contact the Office of Student Activities & Leadership at 419-783-2388 for more information.

DC Pride
This student organization provides programming for the campus intended to broaden and deepen our understanding of the issues and concerns of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer persons. DC Pride has sponsored a "Day of Silence" program, and has collaborated with the Intercultural Community Task Force (ICCTF) and the Office of Spiritual Life in offering discussion groups on the topic of Sexual Identity and Religion. Students interested in DC Pride and its programs and events are encouraged to contact their advisors: Lynn Braun, 419-783-2548 and Mercedes Clay, 419-783-2362.

The Defender
Campus newspaper with opportunities to gain experience with reporting, feature articles, photography, editorials, and more. Viewable online at Contact Todd Comer at 419-783-2348 for more information.

Defiance College Community Band
The Defiance College Community Band (DCCB) is organized to serve the musical needs of Defiance College, provide artistic performance opportunities for the Defiance community, and provide a performance outlet for college and area musicians. The band is comprised of not only college students, but includes adult musicians of all vocations as well as area music instructors. The ensemble performs four major concerts per season as well as appropriate music for special occasions. There are no auditions required; however, musicians should be moderately proficient on their instrument. Participation in the band may be taken for credit if so desired. A complete syllabus is issued at the first rehearsal for the band on the first Tuesday after Labor Day. The band rehearses on Tuesday evenings from 7 to 9 pm in Schauffler Hall. For more information, contact Music Programs at

DC Players
The DC Players are an informal group of students who assist in the development and production of the College's twice-annual dramatic productions. Students interested in performing in these shows may contact Music Programs at

Ecology Club
This organization was established to promote ecological restoration, develop/restore small ecosystems, and increase environmental awareness by connecting with nature through positive learning experiences which will benefit ourselves, our environment, and wildlife in our community. Ecology Club is responsible for the campus-wide recycling program and road-side pickup. Open to any student with an interest in environmental issues and the outdoors. For more information, contact advisor Doug Kane 419-783-2593.

Fellowship of Christian Athletes
The Defiance College chapter of FCA seeks to affirm the mission of the National FCA and statement of faith, as well as to enrich campus by coming alongside other organizations in service, providing an atmosphere that fosters both Christian and non-Christian comradery, and garnering genuine study and conversation regarding faith-based issues, which this chapter holds to include all things. For more information, contact the Office of Student Activities & Leadership at 419-783-2388.

Forensic Science Club
The objectives and purposes of this club are to: develop the understanding of the organization in prospective members, provide a voice in the matters that affect members, influence the conditions under which prospective members are being prepared for their professional role in society, advance the interests and welfare of prospective members, and increase the retention of Forensic Science majors by providing assistance in areas where needed. For more information, contact advisor Nathan Griggs at 419-783-2592.

Free the Slaves
The purpose of this organization is to empower Defiance College students and the community to effectively combat human trafficking. In recognizing the need for a holistic approach in addressing modern slavery, our objectives are to: raise a general awareness about modern day slavery, with a particular emphasis on domestic and international human trafficking; identify and respond to the questions and issues that arise when addressing trafficking in persons, collaborate to increase awareness, identify victims and high risk populations, and facilitate multi-sectoral involvement between the DC community and local organizations such as Children’s Lantern and Legal Aid of Western Ohio Human Trafficking Protection Project. Free the Slaves also strives to stimulate greater academic research by students, faculty, and alumni at DC about human trafficking locally, nationally, and internationally. For more information, contact advisor Tim Wedge at 419-783-2415.

Habitat for Humanity
This organization helps to build and renovate housing in partnership with people in need and builds awareness of poverty housing issues. Contact Judy Lymanstall at 419-783-2300 for more information.

High Technology Crime Investigation Association (HTCIA)
The DC Chapter of HTCIA is designed to encourage, promote, aid, and affect the voluntary interchange of data, information, experience, ideas, and knowledge about methods, processes, and techniques relating to investigations and security in advanced technologies among its membership. For more information, contact advisor Tim Wedge at 419-783-2415 or

Inter-Greek Council
The Inter-Greek Council (IGC) coordinates fraternity and sorority activities, and meets regularly to increase communication among the three member chapters. Members include each Greek chapter's chief executive, along with another member from each chapter. Executive officers are chosen from within the group to help organize and plan Greek activities throughout the year. For more information about IGC, please contact the Office of Student Activities & Leadership at 419-783-2388.

Intramurals offer a wide variety of sports and recreational activities throughout the academic year for all students, faculty, and staff. Follow them on Twitter or Facebook. You can also contact the Office of Student Activities & Leadership at 419-783-2388 for more information.

Iota Tau Alpha
The purpose of Iota Tau Alpha (ITA) Athletic Training Education Honor Society is the promotion and encouragement of scholarly activity in athletic training and the recognition of outstanding achievement among students enrolled in athletic training education programs. Activities shall be designed to stimulate interest, scholarly attainment, and investigation in Athletic Training Education, and to promote the dissemination of information among students of Athletic Training Education. Students interested in this organization should contact advisor Matt Lundin at 419-783-2423.

Pep Band
The Defiance College Pep Band was formed in the winter of 2008-2009 in order to provide a musical outlet for DC students centered on school spirit and support of the athletics teams. All students, regardless of musical ability or experience, are encouraged to participate with the group. Rehearsals are established to coincide with preparation for playing opportunities. Students interested in joining the Pep Band should contact Music Programs at

Phi Alpha Theta
Honor society for history majors. Must have a 3.1 GPA or higher and courses in history, and a 3.0 GPA or higher in all other courses. Those interested should contact advisor Jeremy Taylor at 419-783-2305.

Phi Sigma Chi
Social fraternity involved in campus activities and offers service to various philanthropies. Must have a 2.2 GPA and selection by group. For more information, contact any member of the Phi Sigma Chi fraternity or the Office of Student Activities & Leadership at 419-783-2388.

Progeny Literary Magazine
Progeny is Defiance College's semi-annual literary and photography magazine. The magazine provides opportunities for publication of poetry, short stories, and personal essays. Progeny members also coordinate several literary activities both on and off campus. For more information, contact MC Harper at 419-783-2461.

Project 701
Student-run non-profit involved in various service projects. For more information, contact advisor Brad Harsha at or 419-783-2553.

Social Work Organization
The Social Work Organization was created for the benefit of Defiance College social work students, those with allied majors, or those with an interest in exploring social work as a career. The Organization annually co-sponsors a fundraiser for the local homeless shelter, an urban trip to a major metropolitan city, various speakers and workshops on relevant social issues, as well as other social and professional activities. Those interested should contact advisor Tess Sullivan at 419-783-2556.

Sports Business Administration
The Defiance College Sports Business Administration (SBA) is an student-run organization comprised of individuals who aspire to enrich their educational experience with applied sport management, business, and wellness opportunities outside the classroom. SBA seeks to provide opportunities for professional networking, working with guest speakers, group outings, and becoming more involved in local communities. SBA is open to any student at DC with an interest in advancing their career in the sports industry. For more information, contact advisor Isabell Rhenwrick at 419-783-2336.

Student Athlete Advisory Council
The mission of the Student Athlete Advisory Council (SAAC) is to enhance the total student-athlete experience by promoting opportunities, supporting fellow student-athletes, and fostering a positive student-athlete image to the campus and community. SAAC supports and upholds the core values of Defiance College excellence, integrity, community, and respect. For more information, contact the Office of Student Activities & Leadership at 419-783-2388.

Student Senate
The Student Senate serves as the voice of the students in the leadership and governance of the College. Representatives from various campus organizations form the general body of the Student Senate. Senate representatives choose executive board officers from among the general body of the Senate. Class representatives are chosen through elections from among the student body. Class presidents and the Senate Executive Board also serve as student panelists in the College’s judicial system. The Student Senate Chairperson serves as an ex-officio member of the Defiance College Board of Trustees. Students interested in participating in Student Senate may contact the Office of Student Life at 419-783-2437 for more information.

Student Veterans Association
The purpose of the Student Veterans Association (SVA) is to support and guide Veterans, current military members, dependents, and advocates (VMDA) throughout their academic career. Contact SVA advisor Jack Lawson for more information at 419-783-2313 or

Tau Mu
Tau Mu is a social work honor society and a member of the Phi Alpha National Social Work Honor Society. Requirements: 3.0 overall GPA and 3.25 GPA within the social work major. Those interested should contact Alesia Yakos-Brown at 419-783-2425.