Students are encouraged to participate in those extracurricular activities which afford opportunities for the development of individual initiative or group leadership and cooperation. For the purpose of eligibility for participation in institutionally sponsored extracurricular activities, all students are considered to be in good academic standing as long as they achieve sufficient qualitative and quantitative academic progress to allow them to remain enrolled in the institution. (For additional information, see the Academic Retention Table .) Individual organizations or activities within the institution may have additional requirements for participation.
The Student Government Association (SGA). SGA is composed of all full-time undergraduate and graduate students enrolled at Tennessee Tech. Student Government is composed of executive, legislative, and judicial branches. The purposes of the SGA as stated in the constitution are: to promote student participation in the affairs of the University; to serve as a channel for the expression of student opinion; to support student activities on this campus; and to encourage the development of student responsibility, character, leadership, and citizenship.
Campus Recreation. The office of Campus Recreation is designed to offer students an opportunity for wholesome and enjoyable recreation, for physical fitness, and for developing skills that have carryover values. The office of Campus Recreation is located in the Fitness Center facility across from the Hooper Eblen Center. The Fitness Center provides students the opportunity to meet their personal health and fitness needs. Health Promotions Programs provides free fitness evaluations and assistance with meeting fitness goals. Outdoor Adventure Programs coordinates outings for camping, hiking, rafting and more as well as offering rental of camping equipment. Intramurals offers a variety of sports for both men and women. For information on any of these programs, call 372-6212.
Campus Religious Life. The student religious organizations serve students through organized activities and events such as Bible study, worship services, coffee house discussions, dramatic productions, folk masses, choir concerts, evening devotionals, student retreats, social issue symposiums, and social activities. Some of these groups have student centers near the campus and invite all students to participate in the programs and events planned and carried out by the students.
Eagle. The student yearbook is edited by students. It is a CD summarizing the highlights of student activities each year.
Fraternities. Thirteen social fraternities are presently active on campus: Alpha Gamma Sigma, Alpha Phi Alpha, Kappa Alpha, Kappa Sigma, Omega Psi Phi, Phi Beta Sigma, Phi Delta Theta, Phi Gamma Delta, Pi Kappa Alpha, Sigma Alpha Epsilon, Sigma Chi and Sigma Phi Epsilon, Tau Kappa Epsilon.
Homespun. Published annually by the English Department, Homespun, contains poetry, fiction, drama, essays, photography, and art by students and faculty. Staff members also gain practical experience in magazine layout and design.
Music Organizations. Students are encouraged to participate in the University music organizations. Credit is offered for participation in groups which are organized as classes (see course descriptions). Some of the major organizations are the Bryan Symphony Orchestra, University Orchestra, Concert Choir, Tech Chorale, Mastersingers, University Wind Ensemble, Symphony Band, Concert Band, Tech Troubadours and Trouveres, Tennessee Tech Golden Eagle Marching Band, Varsity Pep Band, and Golden Eagle Brass.
The Oracle. The Oracle is a weekly newspaper edited by students. This paper contains news items and articles pertaining to the activities of students, faculty, and alumni.
Residence Halls Association. The Tech Residence Halls Association, known as RHA, is the governing body for all students living in residence halls at Tennessee Tech. The purposes of the RHA are to work primarily for the welfare of all residence hall students, coordinate the activities, serve as a channel of student opinion, insure that students are aware of their responsibilities and constitutional rights, encourage the development of responsibility, character, leadership, scholarship, citizenship, and create a new spirit of unity and service.
Sororities. There are seven social sororities active on campus, including Alpha Delta Pi, Alpha Kappa Alpha, Delta Gamma, Kappa Delta, Phi Mu, Delta Sigma Theta, and Zeta Phi Beta..
Tech Village Resident Association. The Tech Village Resident Association, known as the TVRA, is the governing body for all students living in the Tech Village apartments at Tennessee Tech. The purposes of the TVRA are: to be a medium of communication between the residents of Tech Village and the administration of Tennessee Tech, to be an instrument for the purpose of initiating action and for the recommendation of actions toward the improvement and enhancement of resident life, to create, develop and implement social activities for the benefit of the residents, and to be a collective agent in advocacy of the interests of the residents.
WTTU-FM. WTTU-FM, an educational broadcasting service of the University, began broadcasting in May 1972. Students are trained by WTTU staff members and serve in staff positions in news, music, sports, and other programming areas. The WTTU-FM management determines general operating policy in keeping with rules and regulations of the Federal Communications Commission. WTTU has an AP wire service. The 1850 watt station is operated solely by Tech students from 7 a.m. until 1 p.m. at 88.5 Mhz FM and 105 FM on the FNI Cable System. Located on the third floor of the University Center, the station consists of offices and studios.
Student Organizations. The University recognizes the role and scope of student organizations in order to make classroom learning relevant to the many interests of its students. Student organizations support the academic program by (1) providing opportunities for developing and using leadership skills, (2) furthering scholastic awareness, and (3) developing professional, social, and individual interests. There are approximately 220 student groups registered on campus, each with a distinctive and unique purpose and program of activities. The Office of Student Activities, Roaden University Center 122, may be contacted with questions about current organizations or starting new organizations.