The National Survey on Student Engagement reports that students who make the effort to get involved with their college outside of the classroom have a higher rate of success and participating in student clubs and organizations is a great way to put action behind your desire to get involved.

Clubs and Organizations

Student Government Association (SGA)

Sponsors: Alejandra Muñoz, Student Advising Coach/Student Activities Specialist ( & Dean Inman, Dean of Enrollment Services

President: Richard Dunlap

Description/Group Purpose: This group of representatives from all college programs serves as an official and representative student organization and the official voice through which student opinion may be expressed. It investigates student issues and takes appropriate action, encourages the development of responsible student participation in the overall policy and decision-making process at SouthArk, fosters an awareness of the student’s role in the learning community, enhances the quality and scope of education at the college, and provides a means for responsible and effective participation in the organization of student life.

Members of the SGA also participate in leadership development workshops, attend conferences, and plan the Fall Fest & Spring Fling events. 

National Society of Leadership and Success (NSLS)

Sponsors: Alejandra Muñoz, Student Advising Coach/Student Activities Specialist ( & Dean Inman, Dean of Enrollment Services

President: Teresa Hampton (

Description/Group Purpose: This Society is the nation's largest leadership honor society. Students are selected by their college for membership based on either academic standing or leadership potential. Candidacy is a nationally recognized achievement of honorable distinction. In addition to honorable distinction, the Society provides a step-by-step program for members to build their leadership skills through participation at their campus or online. Upon completion of the program, members receive their leadership certificate and take their place among the top student leaders at their campus and across the country. Members are able to list their affiliation on all statements of personal accomplishment, including their resume.

Association of Radiography Students

Sponsor: Leslie Appling, Radiologic Technology Program Director (

Description/Group Purpose: Open to students currently enrolled in the Rad Tech program at SouthArk. Its purpose is to promote the program and to promote ethical conduct while serving as role models/mentors for future students.

Arkansas Zeta chapter of Lambda Nu

Sponsor: Leslie Appling, Radiologic Technology Program Director (

Description/Group Purpose: Lambda Nu (LN) is a national honor society for the radiologic and imaging sciences. 

Its objectives are to:

- Foster academic scholarship at the highest academic levels 
- Promote research and investigation in the radiologic and imaging sciences 
- Recognize exemplary scholarship 

Campus Ministries One (CM1)

Sponsor: Sterling Claypoole, Instructor (

Competitive Shooting Club

Sponsor: James Virden, Director of Public Safety ( & Danny Farley, Public Safety Officer (

Criminal Justice Club

Sponsor: Michael Champion, Criminal Justice & Law Enforcement Director (

President: Latesha Carter []

Omega Theta Alpha (OTA)

Sponsors:  Cindy Meyer, OTA Program Director ( & Lauren Johnson, Academic Fieldwork Coordinator (

President: Sydney Donahue

Description/Group Purpose: This group was established to support the Occupational Therapy Assistant (OTA) program and its students within SouthArk, to promote the program in college and community activities, to provide curricular and extra-curricular learning experiences, and to serve as role models/mentors for future students.

Phi Beta Lambda (PBL)

Sponsor: Donna Hendricks, Instructor (

Description/Group Purpose: PBL is designed particularly for those students who are preparing for careers in business or business education but is open to all students. Membership in PBL provides students with a variety of activities designed to encourage interest, stimulate motivation, develop business skills, and increase knowledge of the business world. In fall and in spring, PBL will have the opportunity to participate in state leadership conferences. Most of all, PBL offers many opportunities for students to enhance their resumes and network with business people in the community and surrounding areas.

Phi Theta Kappa (PTK)

Sponsor: Scott Larkin, Instructor (

President: Teresa Hampton

Description/Group Purpose: Our organization fosters leadership, scholarship, fellowship, and service.

Pi Theta Alpha (PTA)

Sponsor: Jennifer Parks, PTA Program Director/Professor (

Description/Group Purpose: Pi Theta Alpha was established to support and promote the Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA) program at SouthArk and in the community. The organization provides extracurricular learning experiences in the field of physical therapy, and develops its members as role models/mentors for future PTA students at SouthArk. Membership is open to current and former SouthArk PTA students.

Skills USA

Sponsor: Ray Winiecki, Dean of Career and Technical Education (

Description/Group Purpose: Membership in SkillsUSA is open to secondary and postsecondary students enrolled in the various vocational-technical career fields. SkillsUSA’s purpose is to help students develop social and leadership skills. Activities that enhance the development of these skills are conducted by the club’s members and advisors. Each technical group elects officers from its membership. Members are eligible to represent the college in statewide and national competitive events. Active SkillsUSA groups include students enrolled in Automotive Technology, Criminal Justice, Cosmetology, Welding, and various other program areas.

SouthArk Nursing Students (SANS)

Sponsor: Keitha Davidson, Director of Nursing (

Description/Group Purpose: This group’s activities are an integral part of the development of instructional and leadership skills for practical nursing students. SANS members are involved in community-oriented, career related, and leadership development activities.

How To Start An Organization

How to Start an Organization

  • Students who would like to establish an organization or club at SouthArk should submit the following to the Vice President for Student Services for consideration and approval.
  • To apply, download and submit the completed application to the Vice President for Student Services office, ECC 262 or email Adrienne Lawrence at

Include the following information:

  • Name of organization or club
  • A declaration of the purpose, goals, activities, membership requirements, constitution, and bylaws
  • SouthArk employee sponsor
  • At least five signatures of potential members (must be students at SouthArk)
  • The VPSS will take the completed applications to the Student Services Committee for action and approval.

How To Join An Organization

How to Join a Club or Organization

  • Students enrolled at SouthArk are encouraged to participate in extracurricular activities.
  • Most organizations have open membership available to all students.
  • However, some have selective membership based upon local, state, or national criteria.
  • Students interested in joining a club/organization should contact the appropriate club sponsor.
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