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Once you're at Ball State, take advantage of the diverse menu of student organizations meeting across campus. There are groups for every students' interests and tastes, from all-campus organizations to special interest groups to organizations focusing on service, the arts, religious or multicultural experiences, sports, careers and Greek life.
Benny Link, Ball State's student involvement system, helps students become involved on campus in over 400 student organizations and explore various campus events. Benny Link serves as the primary calendar for the Office of Student Life and has every registered student organization, residence hall, and living learning community on campus, as well as a variety of university departments, programs and resources.
If you want to know more about some of Ball State's current student organizations, take a peek at this list to get a better idea of what Ball State has to offer.
Note: This is not a complete list of student organizations. To view more, visit Ball State Benny Link.
The Asian American Student Association (AASA) is a group of students whose purpose is to provide cultural and educational programming to strengthen cultural pride and facilitate the development of a campus environment conducive to cultural appreciation. All programs and activities sponsored by the Asian American Student Association are free to Ball State Students, and you do not have to be Asian or of Asian descent to become a member. Programs sponsored by AASA include Asian American Awareness Month, Asian American Fashion Show, Tea Time & Meditation, Midwest Asian American Student Union (MAASU) Conference, Unity Week, Sumo Night and Sushi Making Tutorials.
The Black Student Organization (BSA) strives to aid in the growth and development of Ball State collegiate students through a series of culturally, socially and academically focused discussions and programs from a unique African-American perspective. BSA aims to develop and promote unity within the minority community and intensify the Black voice at the university. All programs and activities sponsored by BSA are free to Ball State students, and you do not have to be Black/African American or of African descent to be a member of BSA. Programs and activities sponsored by BSA include BSA Air Jam Team, Black History Month of Event, Black Issues Conference, the Unity Pageant and cultural dinners.
Ball State University Dance Marathon plans and executes the largest fundraising event on campus for Riley Hospital for Children. This is a year-long movement that culminates in a 12-hour "Dance Marathon" event in February. The organization aims to be the primary source of annual funding for the Magic Castle Cart and the Palliative Care Program at Riley Hospital for Children. Ball State's Dance Marathon provides leadership opportunities for students within its 17 committees, and committee call-out meeting will take place the first week of the fall semester, with interviews the following week.
Excellence in Leadership (EIL) is a developmental emerging leaders program which challenges students to analyze their leadership identity, examine multiple leadership styles, and work effectively in groups while actively engaging the Ball State and Muncie communities. The program lasts four semesters and is divided into two phases. While students are encouraged to participate in all four semesters, it is not required. You can participate in EIL for course credit or as an extracurricular activity. Credits are awarded one per semester, for a total of four elective credits throughout the two-year program.
Greek Life, which houses 33 national organizations, includes fraternities and sororities in the Internfraternity Council (IFC), National Panhellenic Council (NPHC) and the Panhellenic Council (PHC). The Ball State Greek community develops men and women academically, personally and professionally by fostering an environment that expects, encourages and rewards academic success, engaging alumni to provide members with mentor relationships, professional networks and volunteer resources, creating intentional membership, personal and organizational development opportunities in a safe and social environment and developing lifelong relationships with each other, the fraternal organizations, and Ball State.
Through involvement in Housing and Residence Life (HRL) organizations and your hall or complex council, these organizations provide great ways to develop leadership skills, positively impact the Ball State community, and participate in a variety of community service events. Organizations associated with HRL include Accelerate, Hall Council, Residence Hall Association, National Residence Hall Honorary, National Society of Leadership and Success, Student Action Team and Conduct Board.
The Latino Student Union (LSU) promotes the identity and unity of Latino students at Ball State University through intellectual, cultural and social growth. LSU is dedicated to increasing its visibility and involvement in campus activities and in the Muncie community. All programs and activities sponsored by LSU are free to Ball State students. You do not have to be Latino to become a member of LSU. Annual events sponsored by LSU include Fiesta on the Green, Latinopalooza, Citizenship Workshop, Dinner Theater, Unity Week, United States Hispanic Leadership Conference (USHLI) and the We Are Equal Campaign.
Spectrum strives to educate the Ball State and Muncie communities on lesbian, bisexual, gay and transgender issues, cultures and history through various programming efforts. Spectrum's goal is to provide an anonymous, healthy and safe place for Ball State University students and surrounding communities who are discovering their sexual orientation to help find an understanding network of support. All programs and activities sponsored by Spectrum are free to Ball State students. Confidential meetings are held weekly during fall and spring semesters.
The Student Government Association (SGA) represents student interest in the university governance system. SGA is a student-run organization that serves as the voice of Ball State students by advocating student concerns to faculty, administration and the community, as well as to other students. SGA also serves to appoint students to various University Senate committees dealing with almost all aspects of decision-making at Ball State, such as public safety, event programming and scheduling, student rights, ethics, and standards and teaching evaluations.
Student Voluntary Services (SVS) promotes education, leadership and community development through community service, service learning and social awareness. SVS sends more than 2,000 Ball State students into the community to serve others. Some students serve through SVS to complete service-learning requirements for their classes while others sign up with us just for fun. Service activities vary, with some including tutoring children, visiting the elderly in long-term care facilities or donating your time at local food banks or soup kitchens.