The College is in the center of a rapidly developing outdoor recreation area which offers numerous diversions for students during their leisure hours. Opportunities to travel with fellow students to go horseback riding, caving, hiking, camping, skiing/snowboarding, white water rafting, and other activities are available at a nominal cost. We encourage you to participate in intramurals and sports and use the campus trails available for hiking and cross-country running. In addition, we are located minutes away from a rails-to-trail paved walking/biking path and a skateboard park. Be sure to check out the Robbins-Madden Fitness Center and George A. Myles Pool located in Myles Center for the Arts and the tennis courts on the front campus.
The purpose of Student Assembly is to listen to the student body, to create and maintain relations between the student body and the greater Davis & Elkins College community, and to advocate for student needs.
Every student is a member of Student Assembly, which is responsible for taking up campus issues and responding to student concerns. Student Assembly also acts as a liaison for students and organizations to the college’s administration and the board of trustees and allocates money to organizations and students for activities.
Student Assembly consists of the Student Assembly Cabinet and four separate branch bodies: General Assembly, Student Leaders Across Campus, Senator Entertainment, and Interfraternity Council.
- General Assembly: Meetings are hosted once a month in the Madden Student Center, with elected Senators (see attached list). The general student body is highly encouraged to attend to work through problems/student concerns, etc.
- Student Leaders Across Campus: Oversees clubs/organizations on campus, hosts regular meetings for club/organization representatives, helps clubs/organizations function and works with Senator Entertainment for campus activities/events. Again, the general student body is encouraged to attend.
- Senator Entertainment: Seeks to enrich the educational experience of students at D&E through the support of the College’s overall mission. This is achieved by offering a wide range of co-curricular experiences for students, faculty, and staff. Senator Entertainment also provides leadership and engagement opportunities for students in the planning, proposal, promotion, and presentation of activities designed to serve the cultural, educational, and social interests of the college community.
- Interfraternity Council: The governing body for the social fraternities and sororities at D&E. The executive board is comprised of affiliated members of these fraternities/sororities to represent interests to the campus and surrounding community. The IFC works to develop programs that will foster positive change and growth through the qualities of leadership, devotion to scholarship, and commitment to community outreach.
student clubs and organizations
An organization with the purpose of preparing accounting students for success when entering the workforce.
Alpha Psi Omega
Alpha Psi Omega is a National Theatre Honor Society for participants in collegiate theatre. It began in the early 20th century as result of the growing interest in dramatic arts among colleges and universities throughout America, with the aim of encouraging dramatic production at every step in a person’s academic career.
Alpha Sigma Phi
America’s 10th oldest collegiate fraternity. Founded at Yale University on December 6, 1845, Alpha Sigma Phi continues to be the organization of choice for collegiate men founded on the values of Silence, Charity, Purity, Honor, and Patriotism.
Appalachian Music & Dance Club
A student-run organization hosting events for campus and community. AMAD promotes Appalachian music, dance, foodways, crafts and folklore while also exploring other contemporary arts in the mountains. They are affiliated with Augusta and the Appalachian Ensemble.
*Special note, currently on hiatus, to return in the fall semester of 2020.
Explore your creative side in the Art Club. At Art Club students come together to engage in discussion, hands-on visual arts activities, movie nights, and field trips. We bring guest artists to campus, organize art shows, operate a gallery store, and adds a splash of color to the community with Color Runs and other downtown projects.
The literary and creative journal of Davis & Elkins College, Aurora is a student-edited publication. First published in 1962 under the name Adum, the journal features poems, artwork, short stories and critical literary essays submitted by students, faculty and staff at the College. In addition to its annual publication, Aurora frequently hosts open mic nights for anyone who would like to share his or her writing, whether it’s a short story, essay, poem or song.
Black Student Union
BSU is an active student-led group that sponsors social and cultural events, community outreach opportunities, and networking among minorities, students, staff, faculty of color and their allies.
Chi Beta Phi
Chi Beta Phi National Science Honorary is an honorary scientific society for undergraduates. The object of the organization is to promote interest in science and to give recognition to scholarly attainment in science. Members participate together in events of scientific interest and wholesome fellowship.
The Criminology Association prepares members for a future career in the field of Criminology by uniting students and community for volunteer projects, networking, and group collaboration.
Debate Club (started only a few years ago) has found great success on campus and representing D&E at other colleges/universities. We invite other schools to have public debates on our campus that are open to the general public as well as compete at other schools in tournaments and public debates. We also invite a national team (such as the British and Rwandan teams) to our campus once a year for a debate.
Delta Alpha Pi
An academic honor society founded to recognize high-achieving students with disabilities who are attending colleges and universities as undergraduate or graduate students. We seek to empower students with disabilities and educate the campus about disabilities.
Davis & Elkins College Student Nurses' Association
The Davis & Elkins College Student Nurses’ Association (DESNA) is a pre-professional organization for nursing and pre-nursing students. Membership in this organization is required for all students in the nursing program at Davis & Elkins College. The faculty feels that involvement and participation in the student organization will groom students for involvement in professional organizations as a graduate. It prepares them to be responsible, accountable members of the profession of nursing. As a member of DESNA, the student can also become a member of the National Student Nurses’ Association (NSNA).
The Esports Club at Davis & Elkins College provides a competitive, yet friendly online gaming environment. When people think about gaming, they might imagine it as a solitary activity. But, as members of the D&E Esports Club are quick to point out, gaming can be a very social activity that emphasizes teamwork and establishes close bonds between players.
Fellowship of Christian Athletes
The mission of FCA is to present to athletes and coaches, and all whom they influence, the challenge and adventure of receiving Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord, serving Him in their relationships and in the fellowship of the church.
A group of future-minded students inspired to make positive changes to the campus and community. GreenWorks! organizes environmental projects such as recycling, film viewings, community gardening, and solar power installations. Come learn new skills and play an active role in sustainable practices.
Hospitality Management Club
Hospitality Club fosters a social spirit among its members, promotes training and educational opportunities through fundraising, and community events, sponsors workshops, seminars, and other Hospitality and Recreation Management activities.
International Student Organization
The International Student Organization (ISO) strives to ensure that students of all nationalities get the most out of their time at Davis & Elkins College. Every Wednesday afternoon, ISO hosts ‘The Perfect Blend” in Liberal Arts Hall at which there are snacks, coffee and tea from different countries. We also host other events including country quizzes, parties, and trips during the holidays.
Kappa Delta Pi
Kappa Delta Pi, International Honor Society in Education, was founded in 1911 and was one of the first discipline-specific honor societies. Its membership is limited to the top 20 percent of those entering the field of education.
The National Society of Leadership and Success (NSLS) at Davis & Elkins College
The NSLS is the largest leadership honor society in the United States. Our NSLS chapter at Davis & Elkins College was started in 2011. Our local chapter is part of the national organization with 700+ chapters and over 1.4 million members.
Students are selected based on exemplary academic achievement. As of 2021 we have 425 members who have access to:
- More than $400,000 in scholarships.
- An exclusive NSLS job board.
- A personalized letter of recommendation.
The NSLS leadership program teaches the interpersonal skills that employers seek to give you an edge in the job market. Hear directly from current members as they share how their experience has changed their life.
If you become a member, some of the other benefits are:
- Learn from exceptional leaders like former President Barack Obama during exclusive Speaker Broadcasts.
- Meet new friends and make lifelong connections (on-campus and virtually).
- Overcome challenges with success coaches shortcutting your way to success.
- Access to private networking events.
Outdoor Adventure Club
*Special note, currently on hiatus, to return in the fall semester of 2020.
Providing adventure and exploring all the beauty that West Virginia has to offer. Think hiking, biking, rafting, skiing and more.
Phi Omega Mu
We are a driven group of educated women developing lifelong friendships through community service. Our diverse sisterhood strives to promote educational and personal growth along with bettering our surrounding communities.
Polis means “political community,” which is what we try to create on campus. We are not affiliated with in any political party; however, we are a base where productive discussion about politics can take place.
The Psychology Club focuses on strengthening the relationships among Psychology majors and those interested in human behavior. This club engages in prevention and advocacy activities to bring awareness to concerns that impact the campus and local community. Social events are held such as: movie nights, coffee breaks, and holiday celebrations.
Mission: To provide an opportunity to engage with the community through service projects working with the local Rotary chapter. Rotaract meets twice a month to exchange ideas, plan activities and projects, and socialize.
Student-Athlete Advisory Committee
SAAC’s mission is to enable student-athletes to develop leadership skills both on and off the field, to protect student-athlete well-being, and to provide a vehicle through which athletics department administrators discuss with students issues regarding the management, operation, and rules that govern the athletics department and its sports’ teams.
Student Education Association
Student Education Association (SEA) is for education students who want to get a head start in the education field. This club offers opportunities for students to get to know professors, other education students, and education professionals in the community. We participate in many events, often in partnership with local schools, to show our appreciation of area teachers.
Sigma Phi Epsilon
Through Sigma Phi Epsilon, men strengthen their character, build leadership and interpersonal skills, and learn to develop healthy, lifelong relationships that are essential to a successful and fulfilling life. Our mission is to “build balanced men” and live every day with virtue, diligence, and brotherly love.
Sigma Tau Delta
Sigma Tau Delta is an international excelled English honor society for students of English at four-year colleges and universities who are within the top 30% of their class and have a 3.5 GPA or higher. It presently has over 850 chapters in the United States and abroad.
Student Veterans Association
The SVA is run by student veterans and their dependents in hopes that the presence and legacy of all veterans will become more commonplace in their local community. We hope to give back to our community by becoming involved through volunteering at local events, educating the public about veterans’ issues, and supporting other veterans and their pursuits.
Zeta Kappa Xi
Zeta Kappa Xi strives for excellence through philanthropies. As a group, we are guided by pillars of empowerment, leadership, diversity, and passion to promote greatness in leadership and service by creating relationships for young women to enhance everlasting bonds through sisterhood.