- Austin Raper ’13
- Hometown: Uniontown, Ohio
- Major: Biochemistry
I chose to attend Mount Union because I believed, and still do, that Mount Union would go the furthest in helping me achieve my goals.
Active Student Organizations
The Accounting Club strives to meet the needs of the students who hold an interest in the accounting field and to promote an interest and an awareness of accounting throughout the University community. Membership is open to students who are currently enrolled in or have previously received credit for an accounting course.
Alpha Chi Omega
Alpha Chi Omega is a social Greek-letter organization for women whose purpose is to advance the intellectual, social and moral culture of its members.
Alpha Delta Pi
Alpha Delta Pi is a social Greek-letter organization for women founded on the principles of scholarship, leadership, service to others and sisterhood.
Alpha Lambda Delta
Alpha Lambda Delta is a national scholastic honorary for freshmen to recognize academic excellence among freshmen. To be eligible for membership, students must have a 3.5 grade point average after the first semester or a 3.5 accumulative grade point average at the end of two semesters.
Alpha Phi Omega
Alpha Phi Omega is a national co-ed service fraternity that provides opportunities for campus, community, state and national service projects.
Alpha Psi Omega
Alpha Psi Omega is a national dramatics honorary to promote a high standard of scholarship and work in drama. Students are elected on a basis of active participation in theatre productions.
Alpha Tau Omega
Alpha Tau Omega is a social Greek organization for men whose goal is to bind men together in brotherhood based upon eternal and immutable principles.
Alpha Xi Delta
Alpha Xi Delta is a Greek social organization for women that enriches the lives of women throughout the world with its emphasis on lifelong learning and lasting friendship, encouraging each member to pursue individual excellence.
American Chemical Society
This organization is a student affiliate chapter, open to any student working toward an undergraduate degree in a chemical science or related discipline.
American Marketing Association (AMA)
The purpose of this organization is to enhance the academic and professional development of its members by bringing them in contact with a wide variety of activities through the cooperation of area businesses, professional speakers, the community and other campus organizations. AMA members learn marketing principles through volunteering, fundraisers, networking affairs, workshops, corporate speakers and firm tours. Membership is open to all interested students.
The purpose of Mount Union ASCD is to provide students with the opportunity for professional development in the area of curriculum development, including such things as serving as interns at conferences, attending and/or presenting at local/state/national conferences and planning local conferences.
Association of Pre-Physician Assistant Students (APPAS)
An undergraduate student organization, the purpose of the Association of Pre-Physician Assistant Students is to promote educational experiences and provide a route for students to gain shadowing, volunteering and patient care experience as it relates to the pursuit of the Physician Assistant profession. In addition, the organization seeks to help students prepare for the application and interviewing processes required for entry into a PA program.
Association for International Students (AIS)
AIS is an organization open to all interested students with the purpose of promoting and establishing fellowship and better understanding between international students and other members of the University community.
Association of Women Students (AWS)
Association of Women Students is a student organization that acts as a coordinating and supportive body for all women’s issues, activities and functions both on campus and in the Alliance community. Education on women’s issues is of primary importance. AWS addresses matters of concern for all women students and works for and develops opportunities through which women students can achieve and maintain high standards. AWS offers the opportunity to participate in community service activities and stresses the positive effects that volunteering provides. All students are welcome.
Beta Beta Beta (Tri-Beta)
Beta Beta Beta is a society for students, particularly undergraduates, dedicated to improving the understanding and appreciation of biological study and extending boundaries of human knowledge through scientific research. Members must be biology or environmental biology majors who have completed at least three hours of non-introductory classes in the biological sciences with an average GPA of B in all biology classes at the time of initiation.
Black Student Union (BSU)
The objectives of this organization are to effectively communicate the special programs and needs of black students to the University authorities and student body, promote pride among students and promote and maintain the general welfare of black students at Mount Union through cultural and social programs for the entire University community. Membership is open to all interested students of Mount Union whose primary concern is the promotion of diversity.
Blue Key Honor Society
A national honorary for junior and senior students which recognizes and selects students based upon their accomplishments in the areas of leadership, character, scholarship and service to the university and community.
The Mount Union Bowling Club is a club-sport which exists to provide students with the opportunity to bowl in a competitive environment.
The Calliope is the University’s literary and art magazine with the purpose of encouraging artistic expression in literature and visual arts. Contributions are accepted from all members of the Mount Union community. Selections are chosen by an editorial staff and published in an annual magazine with support from professional judges in each category. The Calliope is an amazing opportunity for any artist or author to shine.
Choosing Healthy Options in Celebration of Educational Success (CHOICES)
CHOICES’ mission is to promote wellness, advocate responsible decision making, raise student awareness regarding healthy lifestyles and collaborate with other student organizations.
The purpose of the College Democrats is to encourage political awareness and activism on campus, promote and further the beliefs of the Democratic party and assist in the election of Democratic candidates.
Open to all students, this group is interested in furthering the principles and ideas of the Republican Party.
Membership is open to students and friends of Mount Union who want to help lead others in worship.
Dance team is open to all interested students, with tryouts held each year. The purpose of this organization is to provide entertainment at home basketball games and various other events and to promote school spirit throughout the year.
Delta Sigma Tau
Delta Sigma Tau is Mount Union’s local, social Greek-letter sorority, founded upon the mission of “Apart many, but together, one.”
The campus newspaper is published weekly during the academic year. Anyone interested in journalism may apply to work on the staff, including writers, photographers, typists, business majors and persons interested in graphic design.
The Edge, a University bible study group, provides opportunities for students to seek and enjoy the presence of God together. In the presence of the Lord there is love, freedom, strength, joy, peace, hope, healing, comfort, purpose, righteousness, power and truth.
The Engineering Club is open to all who are majoring or minoring in civil engineering or mechanical engineering.
The English Society
The English Society promotes an outlet for creativity and curiosity by hosting and attending intellectual and cultural activities pertaining to English, literature and/or writing that would otherwise be unavailable to students. The English Society is dedicated to bringing authors and other interesting speakers to campus, conducting writing workshops, bringing in engaging speakers and gathering students, faculty and staff together for thought-provoking movies and discussions.
Exercise Science Club
The purpose of the Exercise Science Club is to provide its members with practical experiences with the field of exercise science.
Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA)
The purpose of this organization is to present to student 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.
For the Love of Christ the King (FLOCK)
An organization which fosters fellowship and Christian ideals amongst Catholic students and the campus community as a whole. This organization meets to plan campus Masses and other activities, including prayer meetings and special speakers.
Gay Straight Alliance (GSA)
The intentions of this organization are to provide comfort, strength and a safe place to gather for gays, lesbians, bisexuals and allies of such in a social atmosphere. The organization promotes respect, harmony, individuality, community and understanding and discourages discrimination of any kind; educates the campus community and beyond about gay, lesbian and bisexual issues and works to abolish stereotypes of gays, lesbians and bisexuals.
The Mount Union Geology Club is a student organization designed to initiate, cultivate, and conserve a professional and casual interest in geology.
Greeks Advocating the Mature Management of Alcohol (GAMMA)
GAMMA is a national organization providing resources for peer education for fraternity and sorority members. GAMMA offers programming in four major risk-reduction topic areas, including alcohol and impaired driving, drugs, sexual assault and sexual health. Our GAMMA groups works closely with the Office of Alcohol, Drug, and Wellness Education in order to educate the fraternity community with regard to these particular issues. All members of fraternities and sororities are eligible and encouraged to join!
Inspirational Voices of Praise (IVOP)
The overall purpose of IVOP is to initiate spiritual connections to many traditions, to promote spiritual growth through the singing of gospel music from the African American tradition, to praise God through song and to convey a message of unconditional love and peace.
Interfraternity Council (IFC)
IFC is the governing body of the national fraternities on campus which promotes the Greek community by maintaining harmony and cooperative spirit among fraternities. Two representatives from each fraternity make up the Council in addition to six elected officers who also represent the four fraternities on the council.
Iota Tau Alpha
The purpose of Iota Tau Alpha 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 the University of Mount Union athletic training education program.
Kappa Delta Pi
Kappa Delta Pi is an international honor society in education. The purpose of this honor society is to promote excellence in and recognize outstanding contributions to education. Members must be of sophomore standing with no less than 50 hours with at least 12 hours of professional education courses completed with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher for all coursework completed. Students must also exemplify worthy education ideals, express an intention of continuing in the field of education and show evidence of leadership abilities.
Kappa Kappa Psi
Kappa Kappa Psi is a national band honorary with the purpose of promoting the existence and welfare of the University bands and cultivating at large a wholesome respect for their activities and achievements. To be eligible for an invitation for membership, students must be enrolled in one of the bands during the calendar year and have satisfactorily completed 12 hours of college classes.
A national Christian service organization for all interested women students, Kappa Phi’s purpose is to unite Christian collegiate women in a sisterhood whose common purpose is growth through fellowship and service to both the campus and community.
An international art honorary fraternity that recognizes students with artistic interests.
Lambda Pi Eta
An honor society that provides a forum of interaction between students, faculty and professionals interested in the speech/communications discipline. Members must have 60 semester hours with 12 in communication, be currently enrolled full-time in good standing and display commitment to the field of communication. A cumulative GPA of 3.2 with a GPA of 3.25 in communication classes is required.
Model United Nations
The purpose of the Model United Nations Club is to promote a better understanding of the United Nations and provide the grounds for an active simulation of the United Nations. A primary goal of this organization is to actively participate in Model United Nations conferences and tournaments.
Mount Union History Society
This organization is open to history majors, history minors and other interested students. Its purpose is to provide members an opportunity to express and discuss their own views on current events, obtain the opinions of established authorities who speak at meetings and visit historical sites.
Mount Union Student Athletic Training Club
The Mount Union Student Athletic Training Club helps to promote the advancement of Athletic Training to Athletic Training majors, minors, and to any interested student, faculty and alumni outside of the Athletic Training Program.
Mount Union Ultimate Club
The Mount Union Ultimate Club is a club-sport which exists for those interested in the sport of Frisbee.
Mount Union Players
Open to all interested persons, this all-campus drama organization fosters dramatic activities on the campus and gives an opportunity for all students interested in drama to participate in some phase of the Mount Union productions.
Mu Phi Epsilon
A national music fraternity in the professional field with the purpose of recognizing scholarship and musicianship, this organization also strives to promote friendship within the group. Membership is open primarily to music majors or minors or to those students who meet the following qualifications: completed Music 110, have at least a 3.0 GPA in music courses and have at least a 2.0 GPA in non-music courses.
Ohio Collegiate Music Education Association (OCMEA)
Although this organization is open to all interested students, it is of special interest to music education majors. The organization provides students with the benefits of professional association and helps to foster a professional attitude.
Order of Omega
A national leadership honorary recognizing outstanding junior and senior fraternity/sorority members. New members must have a cumulative GPA above the all Greek average and are selected based upon their leadership and academic achievement within the Greek, University and local communities. Chapters may only initiate three percent of the total Greek population or 15 members, whichever is greater.
Panhellenic Council is the governing body of the three national sororities and one local sorority with the purpose of fostering a spirit of cooperation and understanding mutual concerns and interests within the Greek community. Membership consists of three representatives from each sorority.
Phi Kappa Tau
The mission of Phi Kappa Tau, a social Greek-letter organization for men, is to champion a lifelong commitment to brotherhood, learning, ethical leadership and exemplary character.
Philosophy Club’s purpose is to promote intellectual stimulation regarding deeper understanding of human knowledge; raise issues regarding ideas and practices in the subject of philosophy; continue the effort of answering fundamental human questions regarding knowledge, value and meaning; provide a forum for discussion and debate regarding various philosophical views and ideas; promote awareness and greater understanding on campus of these views and ideas and sponsor campus-wide events which entertain and educate the student body on philosophical views.
Pi Mu Epsilon
Pi Mu Epsilon is a national mathematics honorary society promoting scholarly activity in mathematics among students and faculty.
Pi Sigma Alpha
The objectives of Pi Sigma Alpha, the political science honor society, are to stimulate productive scholarship and intelligent interest in the subject of government; seek to promote a better understanding of government among its members; promote worthwhile curricular and extracurricular activities related to political science and to advance and diffuse knowledge and interest in political science.
Pre-Health Professionals Club
The goals of the Pre-Health Professionals Club are to promote awareness and education related to any field of the health profession; provide students with knowledge of the ethics and responsibilities that they will encounter on the path to becoming health professionals; promote group communication that will prepare students for the application process, situations they will encounter in research, practice, health professional school and general hospital settings; provide students with speakers and guests from the medical and allied health fields that will educate about the health care profession; give students various opportunities to take field trips that relate to the health care professions and provide opportunities for individual students to shadow a variety of health care professionals.
Pre-Law Society is an organization open to all students expressing an interest in understanding legal issues. The purpose of the organization is to provide a forum for discussion of matters pertaining to law. The organization is open to all interested students.
Psi Chi and The Psychology Club
Psi Chi is a national honor society in psychology. The purpose is to encourage, stimulate and maintain excellence in scholarship of the individual members in all fields, particularly in psychology, and to advance the science of psychology. Members must have registered for major or minor standing in psychology or for a program psychological in nature which is equivalent to such standings, completed at least three semesters of the college course, completed nine semester hours of psychology, rank in the upper 35 percent of their class in general scholarship and have a minimum 3.0 GPA.
Public Relations Society of America (PRSSA)
PRSSA is established on campus to encourage the understanding of current theories and procedures in the practice of public relations; provide students of public relations with the opportunity to become acquainted not only with their peers but with professional practitioners as well; encourage students to adhere to the highest ideals and principles of the practice of public relations, and instill in them a professional attitude.
Raider Programming Board (RPB)
The mission of Raider Programming Board will be to provide the University community with an interesting, diverse and entertaining array of social, cultural, recreational and educational entertainment in order to promote campus unity, out-of-classroom learning, leadership experience and a safe and fun atmosphere for all students.
Residence Hall Association (RHA)
RHA serves as a link to the administration by representing the interests of residential students and informing the students of administrative policies and decisions. RHA provides and organizes educational, cultural, social and community service programming in order to foster community development within the residence halls. Membership is open to Mount Union students who reside in the residence halls or campus houses.
See the Ability, Not the Disability (STAND)
This student organization celebrates its members and provides support to those with a disability. All are welcome to join, regardless of ability!
Sigma Alpha Epsilon
The mission of Sigma Alpha Epsilon, a social Greek-letter organization for men, is to promote the highest standards of friendship, scholarship and service for its members based upon the ideals set forth by the founders.
Sigma Iota Rho
The purpose of Sigma Iota Rho is to promote and reward scholarship and service among students and practitioners of international studies, international affairs, and global studies and to foster integrity and creative performance in the conduct of world affairs.
The men of Sigma Nu, a social Greek-letter organization, strive to believe in the life of love, to walk in the way of honor and to serve in the light of truth.
Sigma Pi Sigma and The Society of Physics Students
Sigma Pi Sigma is a national physics honor society recognizing scholarly achievement in the study of physics. Membership is limited to students who are scholastically in the upper one-third of their class, have completed General Physics I and II and have taken at least one upper division physics course. A national society open to all individuals interested in physics, the purpose of the organization is to promote the advancement and diffusion of knowledge of the science of physics and the encouragement of students interested in physics throughout the academic and local communities.
Sigma Tau Delta
Sigma Tau Delta is a national English honor society with the purpose of rewarding and encouraging those who have realized accomplishments in the linguistics and the literature of the English language. Membership is open to English majors or minors who have completed at least three semesters with a minimum 3.0 GPA in English courses and who rank in the upper 35% of their class in general scholarship.
Society for Computing Students
The purpose of the Society of Computing Students shall be to promote the dissemination of information related to advances in computer science and hardware; offer opportunities to use and become familiar with a wide variety of computer software; learn about current use of computers at Mount Union by students, faculty and staff; learn about computing from business professionals, alumni and other outside speakers and provide members a chance to interact with others in the department of Computer Science and Information Systems.
Sociology and Criminal Justice Club
The purpose the Sociology and Criminal Justice Club shall be to encourage and promote the study of Sociology and Criminal Justice. This is accomplished by activities such as community service projects, sponsoring speakers, discussion among students and faculty and the visiting of institutions.
Sophomore Service Honorary
Sophomore Service is a local honorary with goals including serving the community through local service projects, assisting fellow students and faculty members and promoting leadership and scholarship in the freshman class. Membership is open to the 5-7% of the first year class who meets the following criteria and is elected to membership: dependability, integrity, service to others and a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0.
Spiritual Life Leadership (SLL)
The council is the programming association of student religious organizations on campus. SLL sponsors the annual Christian music concert, coordinates activities for entering and returning students in the fall and encourages mutual support for all student religious groups on campus.
Sport Business Association
Open to all interested students, the purpose of this organization is to give the students managerial experience in sports settings in order to prepare them for their professional lives.
Student Alumni Association (SAA)
The University of Mount Union Student Alumni Association exists as a student-based extension of the University of Mount Union Office of Alumni & University Activities. The Student Alumni Association aims to provide programs and services for current Mount Union students that will foster a connection to the University and promote the interests of and understanding between Mount Union and Mount Union students – past, present and future.
Student Academy of American Academy Physician Assistants (SAAPA)
The Mount Union Physician Assistant Program established this student organization to benefit ourselves, our program, and our community. It is for this reason that we establish the Mount Union Student Society of the Student Academy of the American Academy of Physician Assistants (SAAPA). In all aspects of its function, this society will pursue integrity, equality, dignity and competence for the physician assistant as a health care practitioner. This student organization is open to those who are graduate students in the Mount Union Physician Assistant Program.
Student Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC)
This organization helps to promote the athletic community through community service and athletic recognition and aims to educate people about athletics in general and the various athletic events held at Mount Union throughout the year.
Students of Health and Physical Education (SHAPE)
The purpose of SHAPE is to provide pre-professional health and physical education students with development opportunities to enhance skills, knowledge and professional growth; uphold and promote the ideals of well-being that is stimulated through physical education and health; provide a means for members to meet for the purpose of promoting communication, growth, enjoyment and community; positively promote the organization through contributing needed services related to physical education and health in the University and surrounding community and stimulate professional growth in members through professional memberships, conference attendance and active involvement in club functions.
Student National Education Association (SNEA)
This organization is open to all interested students but is of special interest to any elementary or secondary education certification candidates, including music, art and physical education majors.
The purpose of Studio M-Mount Union Television is to provide the opportunity for students to learn how to use studio equipment and produce their own television shows. The studio is also used for advertising and marketing for the University.
Tau Pi Phi
Tau Pi Phi is an honorary society for those in the fields of business administration. Membership is through invitation based upon grades and courses completed in business-related fields.
The University of Mount Union TOMS Campus Club seeks to educate the campus about worldwide children’s poverty as well as make a change in this social problem. TOMS Campus Club is supported by TOMS: Shoes for Tomorrow, a California-based company, and is a part of the One for One movement. For every pair of shoes that a person purchases, a sister pair is given to a child in need around the world.
The College yearbook has staff openings for students with special interest in photography, journalism and design.
WRMU-FM Radio Station
The Mount Union radio station provides an opportunity for students to gain practical experience in radio production, programming and management. Interested students do not need to be media studies majors.