Student Activities is a fundamental part of the mission of the division of student affairs and the overall University mission. The student activities office is responsible for creating a positive campus environment that enhances campus life, by providing opportunities for involvement, recreation, and personal growth and development.  Students are encouraged to become involved with one or more of our registered student organizations and variety of events sponsored by the University Programming Board and Student Government Association. Involvement in these organizations allows students to develop and learn professional skills while exposing them to networking opportunities.  The skills and relationships developed within student organizations can be beneficial for students, both during and following their time at Francis Marion University is completed.

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Student Organizations

FMU Diplomats

FMU Cheerleaders

Multicultural Advisory Board

University Programming Board

South Carolina Student Legislature

Student Government Association

Alpha Psi Omega (Theatre)

Beta Beta Beta (Biology)

Beta Gamma Sigma (Business)

Honors Student Organization

Omicron Delta Kappa (Leadership)

Phi Kappa Phi

Psi Chi (Psychology)

Sigma Tau Delta (English and Literature)

Sigma Theta Tau International (Nursing)

Phi Alpha Theta (History)

American Chemical Society

Math Club

Physician Assistant Program, FMU

Psychology Graduate Student Association

Sociology Club

Student Nurses Association

Alive in Christ Student Ministries

Association for Computing Machinery at FMU

Arts Anonymous

Baptist Collegiate Ministry

Biology Club, FMU

Catholic Campus Ministry

Challenging All Norms and Expectations (C.A.N.E)

College Democrats, FMU

College Republicans, FMU

Commuter’s Connected

Dimensions of Diversity Dancers

Finance Club, FMU

Gay-Straight Alliance, FMU

Habitat for Humanity Campus Chapter, FMU

Health Occupation Students of America

Institute of Industrial and System Engineers

International-Domestic Student Ambassadors Organization (IDA)

InterVarsity Christian Fellowship, FMU

Kinks, Waves, and Curls

National Association for the Advancement for Colored People (NAACP)

The Patriot Players

Physician Assistant Program, FMU

Praise In Motion Dance Ministry

Pre-Veterinary Club, FMU

Project Dance

Psychology Club, FMU

The Riot

The Society for Physics Students

Sociology Club

Student Media Association

Student Nursing Association

T.A.O.C.A.T.N.A.

Young, Gifted and Blessed Gospel Choir

Fraternities and Sororities

National Panhellenic Council (NPC)

Alpha Delta Pi
Nickname: ADPi
Founded Nationally: May 15, 1851
at Wesleyan Female College in Macon, GA
Founded at FMU: May 11, 1980
National Philanthropy: The Ronald McDonald House

Kappa Delta
Nickname: KD
Founded Nationally: October 23, 1897
at Longwood College in Farmville, VA
Founded at FMU: April 20, 1985
National Philanthropy: National Committee to
Prevent Child Abuse

Zeta Tau Alpha
Nickname: Zeta
Founded Nationally: October 15, 1898
at Longwood College in Farmville, VA
Founded at FMU: November 9, 1974
National Philanthropy: Breast Cancer Education
and Awareness

Interfraternity Council (IFC)

Kappa Alpha Order
Nickname: KA
Founded Nationally: December 21, 1865
at Washington College in Lexington, VA
Founded at FMU: February 13, 1974
National Philanthropy: Muscular Dystrophy Association

Tau Kappa Epsilon
Nickname: TKE
Founded Nationally: January 10, 1899
at Illinois Wesleyan University in Bloomington, IL
Founded at FMU: May 1, 1995
National Philanthropies: Alzheimer’s Association, St. Jude, and the Boys Scouts of America

National Pan-Hellenic Council (NPHC)

Alpha Phi Alpha
Nickname: Alpha
Founded Nationally: December 4, 1906
at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York
Founded at FMU: December 20, 1975
National Philanthropy: A. Charles Haston Brother’s Keeper; A Voteless People is a Hopeless People;
Go-to-High-School, Go-to-College; Project Alpha

Alpha Kappa Alpha
Nickname: AKA
Founded Nationally: 1908 at Howard University
in Washington, D.C.
National Philanthropy: ASCEND Youth Enrichment Program; One Million Backpacks; Think HBCU; Alzheimer’s Disease,
Stroke and Mental Illness awareness; Family Seasonal Wraps; AKA 1908 Playground Project

Kappa Alpha Psi
Founded Nationally: January 5, 1911 at Indiana University
Founded at FMU: September 7, 1985
National Philanthropy: Guide Right; Diamonds in the Rough; Kappa 100; Healthy Kappas, Healthy Communities;
Kappa League; Undergraduate Leadership Institute; Kappa Kamp; Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Incorporated Achievement Academy

Omega Psi Phi
Nickname: Omega
Founded Nationally: November 17, 1911
at Howard University in Washington, D.C.

Zeta Phi Beta
Nickname: Zeta
Founded Nationally: January 16, 1920
at Howard University in Washington, D.C.
National Philanthropy: Elder Care Initiative; Stork’s Nest; Zeta Prematurity Awareness Program (ZPAP);
Adopt-a-School; World Elder Abuse Awareness Day; International Women of Color; Triple Negative Breast Cancer

Sigma Gamma Rho
Founded Nationally: November 12, 1922
at Butler University in Indianapolis, Indiana
National Philanthropy: National Education Fund (NEF); Sigma Public Education
and Research Foundation (SPEAR); Seven Pearls Foundation

Iota Phi Theta
Nickname: Iota
Founded Nationally: September 19, 1963
at Morgan State College
National Philanthropy: The NAACP; The United Negro College Fund; Southern Christian
Leadership Conference; Project IMAGE; The National Federation of the Blind; The National Sickle Cell Foundation

University Programming Board (UPB)

What is UPB?

The University Programming Board serves the student body by providing a variety of quality programs and out-of-the-classroom experiences designed to enhance campus life.  The students who make up the board are students who have an investment in contributing to campus community. The UPB collaborates with other student organizations and departments at the University.  Regular campus-wide activities include: Welcome Week, Fall Fest, Homecoming Week activities, Spring Fest, and educational events.

Join UPB

Recruitment for members of the board are conducted each Fall semester for the upcoming academic year.  Positions remain open for incoming first year students.

Student Government Association

Student Government Association (SGA) represents the student body at Francis Marion University by working to continually ensure that the FMU experience is the best it can be. SGA serves the students in areas such as campus safety, transparency and sustainability, student organization funding and overall student success.

The Spirit of the Students.

The Face of FMU.

FMU is home to an award winning student newspaper, The Patriot. As a member of The Patriot newspaper staff, students have the opportunity to write articles, columns, photograph university events and work on layout. Hands on experience while working with talented professors. 

The Patriot is published twelve times during the academic year for the students, faculty and staff of Francis Marion University. The Patriot office is located in the Smith University Center, Room 201. To learn more, call (843) 661-1350.

Read the latest edition of The Patriot

Leadership Opportunities

Leadership, volunteerism and citizenship education are essential elements for success on campus and within our communities.  Students at FMU have an opportunity to explore a variety of leadership opportunities.

Leadership FMU

Leadership FMU is offered as a co-curricular hybrid (classroom and online) leadership program.  Each student in the program agrees to meet with other students in a classroom setting to learn the basic concepts of leadership through case studies and engaging with other students, faculty, staff and community leaders.  Graduates from the program have used their experiences in student government, honor societies and various student organizations on campus.  The program was featured in the University’s Patriot Viewbook and described as a “movers and shakers” program. Graduates reported that their experiences have been beneficial as they pursue graduate school, embark on the job market or apply for other leadership opportunities on campus.

Student Leadership Conference and Case Study Competition

The Student Leadership Conference is an annual conference for students who have a commitment to taking advantage of the resources available at FMU.  Student participants will attend sessions designed to assist in acquiring the essential skills necessary to become an outstanding leader. The Case Study Competition takes place annually at the Student Leadership Conference.  Teams compete against other teams through case studies developed to test student leadership skills, presentation, teamwork and critical thinking.

Student Affairs Advisory Committee

The Student Affairs Advisory Committee is advised by the Vice President for Student Affairs and is composed of a diverse group of students, faculty and staff committed to making positive change on campus.

Freshman Focus Program

Upon completing the program, students will have acquired skills that will enhance their student success and assist in their acclimation to the campus community. The program will also help students identify individual and interpersonal challenges they may face during their first year of college and incorporate effective strategies for personal and professional growth. Each program participant will be paired with a Freshman Focus mentor based on academic major and/or special interests.

Application Process

– Freshman Focus program sessions will be held on Wednesdays from 4 pm to 6 pm from February 1 through March 29, 2017. Session dates: Feb 1, Feb 8, Feb 15, Feb 22, Mar 1, Mar 8, Mar 22, and Mar 29.

– Complete and submit application by Friday, January 27, 2017 by 5:00 pm. All forms should be submitted online. To check the status of your application, please call 843.661.1188 or send an email to: rcarter@fmarion.edu

– Applications will be reviewed to determine which candidates will be extended an invitation to participate in the program. The class maximum is 50. Applicants will be notified, via the University email address provided on the application, once applications are processed. Applicants must be first-time freshmen students who are enrolled full-time and in good standing with the University.

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the Freshman Focus program, student participants will be able to:

  • Participate in lectures and dialogues that promote personal growth and development
  • Engage in conversations that focus on diverse ideas, perspectives, and experiences (through sessions and mentorship experience)
  • Recognize and acknowledge the value and importance of civic engagement within the FMU Campus Community

The Ms. FMU pageant began in 1971 and is held each year during the Spring semester. The pageant recognizes and highlights female students who demonstrate a commitment to academics and campus involvement. Ms. FMU is sponsored and coordinated by the Division of Student Affairs.


Guidelines:
  1. Candidates must be full-time female students at Francis Marion (enrolled in at least 12 credit hours).
  2. She must enroll as a full-time student at Francis Marion for the academic year following the pageant to complete her reign.
  3. She must have attended Francis Marion as a full-time student for at least one semester prior to the one in which she is competing.
  4. She must have a cummulative grade point average of 2.5 of higher.
  5. She must agree to represent Francis Marion at various functions throughout her reign (for example: assist with local high school recruitment, attend community events, as needed, help with community service projects sponsored by Francis Marion) and must particpate in all pageant activities.
  6. She must assist with New Student Orientation.
  7. She must choose a community or campus service project that she will be involved with throughout her reign (for example: volunteer at Manna House, Habitat for Humanity, etc.). This project must be approved by the coordinator of the pageant.

    Ms. FMU 2017 will be held on Thursday, April 6, 2017, at 6 pm in Chapman Auditorium.
    Applications must be completed and submitted before 5 pm on Friday, March 3, 2017.
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Campus Recreation Services

The Campus Recreation Services Program has a variety of programming options and open to all students, faculty, and staff. The Intramural Program provides an extensive competitive sports program designed to offer activities to meet the needs and desires of the majority of the students. Competitive sports range from basketball and flag football to table tennis and billiards.
The Smith University Center (UC), in partnership with Campus Recreation Services, offers recreational and fitness activities for students, faculty, and staff as well as meeting space for groups and organizations. The UC houses the University’s indoor pool. The outdoor recreational pool, located near The Grille, is open during late spring, summer, and early fall when weather permits.

Intramural Sports

The Campus Recreation Services Program at Francis Marion University is committed to promoting healthy lifestyles within the campus community.  By offering various programs and services, the Campus Recreation Services Program is dedicated to providing safe, enjoyable, and educational activities for faculty, staff, and students.  Involvement in Intramural Sports does not require a high degree of skill, knowledge, or physical fitness.  Only a sincere desire to participate and have fun is necessary.  Our goal is to provide every individual with the opportunity to participate and develop skills and interests in a friendly, competitive environment.  The program offers all participants the chance to improve their health, relax from work and study, and the opportunity to meet new people and socialize with others.

The objectives of the Francis Marion University Campus Recreation Services Program are to provide:

  • The opportunity to better health through satisfactory physical exercise.
  • The opportunity for each participant to develop skills and interests which can serve them throughout their lifetime and enable them to live healthier and longer lives
  • The opportunity to develop sportsmanship and honesty in regards to rules, officials, and opponents.
  • Assistance in the fulfillment of the mission and goals of the Office of Student Affairs.
  • A wide-range of activities and services for the diverse campus community.

All members of the FMU community are encourage to get involved and play safely!