Please identify and briefly describe officially recognized student clubs and activities at your institution that…
…foster spiritual development:
There are 15 Households at AMU: A Household is a group of male or female students who mutually support each other by spending time together in prayer and recreation. These Christ-centered groups strive for balanced, healthy, interpersonal relationships while they support and challenge a member to develop spiritually, emotionally, academically, and physically.
Ti Volio Bene Sisterhood: Ti Volio Bene Sisterhood is a club for women to promote personal and spiritual growth.
Apologetics Club: The purpose of this club is to gain a deeper appreciation of reasoning and an understanding of faith.
Communion & Liberation at the University (CLU): A lay ecclesial movement whose aim is to propose the presence of Christ as the most adequate response to the deepest needs of human life in every moment of history.
Mary’s Marines (in cooperation with the Mary and Mercy Center of Ave Maria): This group empowers young adults to win the world for Christ by aiding them in their growth in personal holiness by way of Marian consecration.
President Towey hosts a weekly Bible Study in the mega-dorm during the 1st five weeks of each semester.
Youth Ministry Club: The club’s goal is to minister to the youth in Ave Maria town by being witnesses of Christ and also to help each other grow in our relationship with God through our ministry.
Legion of Mary: The Legion of Mary is a world-renowned organization that seeks to evangelize the name of Mary so that she may lead all souls to her son, Jesus.
Theology on Tap: A -monthly speaker series that explores theological and faith-centered topics in the context of a community building event.
Alpha: Students meet weekly to discuss questions about life, about who Jesus is and why He died for us. This meeting always starts with dinner.
Young Life: Students are reaching out to area middle school and high school students to share the message of Christ and encourage them to attend the church of their upbringing.
…engage in corporal works of mercy:
Breakfast Club: The purpose of The Breakfast Club is to love our impoverished brothers and sisters in Immokalee through two of the Corporal Works of Mercy: feeding the hungry and giving drink to the thirsty.
FIAT (Faith in Action Team): The purpose of FIAT is to repeat Mary’s “yes” in serving the Lord in our brothers and sisters. They travel to a local impoverished town and help with the local parish youth group, helping in any way possible and developing close relationships with the youth.
Gift of Love Club: Working in cooperation with the Mother Teresa Project, Gift of Love exists to enable the students of Ave Maria University to reach out to the lonely, sick, and elderly residents of local nursing homes and “comfort the afflicted,” which was the primary mission of Mother Teresa.
Habitat for Humanity: The Office of Service Learning works with the local chapter in providing students with opportunities to assist in building homes for the less fortunate in a nearby town.
Immokalee Foundation Mentoring Program: The Office of Service Learning partners with the Immokalee Foundation in providing tutors and mentors for the local high school students.
Mission Trips: The President of AMU takes 12 several students yearly to serve the poor with the Missionaries of Charity in Calcutta, India. Students can also travel to many other locations, both national and international, to serve on a mission trip. In addition to Calcutta, students can travel to Uganda, Brazil, Guatemala, Mexico, and Tahiti.
…address sexual issues (including birth control, abortion, homosexuality):
Life Runners: A club whose purpose is to run, raise funds, and raise awareness for the pro-life cause and to offer up every workout for a higher purpose.
Students for Life: A club that works to save lives threatened by induced abortion, euthanasia, and destruction of human embryos for research. In furtherance of these goals, members seek to promote respect for life at AMU and in the surrounding community, to educate on life issues, to help those in need so that life is a promising choice, and to work with others who share common goals.
Life Week: A week-long series of events held every year that seeks to promote pro-life issues on campus and to encourage student involvement in the pro-life movement.
Love Week: An annual week-long event that examines what it means to be created in the image and likeness of God, and the implications of this truth in regards to issues relating to purity, the culture of death, the hookup culture, contraception, self-abuse, pornography, same-sex attraction, and substance and alcohol abuse. During this week, resources are highlighted for those who are struggling with any of the above issues.
…address issues of social concern:
Anscombe Society: This club exists to help equip students with the resources, support, and arguments they need to uphold the institution of marriage, the special role of the family, and sexual integrity on their campus and in their communities, and to promote healthy relationships that lead people to God.
Genuine Feminine Club: This group explores the essence of femininity and the practical implications of being a woman in modern society. The main goal of the club is to unfold the unique richness of womanhood, and through a better understanding of their role in the history of mankind, allow women to pursue their vocation with confidence and joy. The club hosts an annual conference hosted at AMU. The conference explores the role of women in modern society in several different areas such as education, politics, and the family. Many nationally-known speakers are invited to take part in this conference.
Students Against Domestic Violence: Working in cooperation with the Mother Teresa Project, Students Against Domestic Violence exists to enable the students of Ave Maria University to bring awareness and assistance to local shelters for abused women and children.
Turning Point USA: This club exists to educate students on the importance of fiscal responsibility, free markets, and limited government.
Young Women for America: The purpose of this organization is to form young, Christian women by teaching them conservative values taught in Scripture.
…address particular academic interests:
Accounting Club: The Accounting Club is designed to bring together accounting majors to further our knowledge outside of the classroom. Guest speakers join students to help guide them in preparing for their CPA, do taxes for students, faculty, and migrant workers, and join together to study for accounting classes.
AEI Executive Council at AMU: The AEI Executive Council at Ave Maria University exists to foster informed, non-partisan discussion about public policy on campus. In partnership and with support from the American Enterprise Institute (a non-partisan research and educational organization in Washington, DC), the Executive Council aims to create a forum for the competition of ideas on Ave Maria University’s campus. Activities sponsored by the Executive Council may include: policy conferences, discussion groups, debates, and networking dinners.
Biochemistry Club: The Biochemistry Club is dedicated to fostering a fun, academic, and social community where students who have an interest in Biochemistry can obtain rich and meaningful experiences through volunteering, listening to guest speakers, networking, study groups, and much more.
Biology Club: The Ave Maria Biology Club is a student run organization for those interested in life sciences. Throughout the academic year, many activities, events and excursions take place, all related to the science of Biology.
History Club: The History Club is geared towards greater education of history and its impact on the events of modern times. Join the AMU History Club for a range of events including film nights, lectures, paper dissertations, panel discussions, and museum visits pertaining to all areas of history.
Investment Club: AMU’s community of investors that discuss weekly market developments, host events, and compete to build the highest returning investment portfolios through the TD Ameritrade U platform. Students will have access to exclusive resources to increase their acumen and hone their investment prowess.
Nursing Club: The Nursing Club provides mentorship and information to help students who are looking to begin their career after graduation. It gives students the opportunity to serve communities while practicing skills learned in the classroom.
Pre-Dental Club: The Pre-Dental Club of Ave Maria University aims to motivate and inspire students who are or may be interested in the diverse field of dentistry. Throughout the academic year, the Pre-Dental club gains exposure through speakers from current dental students, volunteer work, and dental school visits. In tandem with personal exposure, the AMU Pre-Dental Club also serves as an academic support group for those students who have questions or would like to become more familiar of the admission process for dental school.
Pre-Med: The Pre-Med Club’s purpose is to bring together students interested in pursuing careers as physicians and helping to orient them toward the proper field.
St. Bede History Club: The purpose of this organization is to create a club for history faculty members, majors, minors, and those interested in history. This club provides a place for students to meet, discuss, and share interests in all areas of history.
Wojtyla Society (Psychology Club): Wojtyla Society seeks to help students become “students of the soul and students of the person.” The club seeks to help students gain further knowledge of psychology outside of the classroom. This is done through talks, group discussions, and club events.
…address particular cultural interests:
The Accidentals: This group is a co-ed student directed cappella singing group that performs at various university functions as entertainment and inspiration.
AMU Drama Club: This club exists to support the performing arts, to provide opportunities for all students who desire to preform and share their talents with the university, to foster a sense of artistic community within the student body, and to be the premier center of performing arts activities and events on campus.
AMU Lindy Crew: This group exists to foster a community of swing dancers within the student body and to promote the fine arts by introducing students to the American culture of jazz music and swing dancing.
Classical Music Club: This club educates students on the art of listening to classical music, to provide familiarity with the great composers, to foster a greater love and appreciation for classical music on campus.
Cooking Club: The cooking club teaches both the basic skills of cooking and cooking as a way to build community life by preparing meals and sharing them together.
ImagineArte: This group challenges and guides students to achieve the goals that they have set for their future careers and home life; that what they achieve is a happy virtuous life.
In Vino Sanitas: The purpose of this group is to appreciate wine through education and tastings. The pursuit of this goal will foster community among the students who participate as well as develop a campus culture that respects alcohol as a good to be appreciated rather than merely a stimulant to be used.
Live Music Club: This club exists to organize musicians into multiple bands, to form bonds through music, and to showcase their talents around campus.
Shakespeare in Performance: Each year students perform a work of Shakespeare during the month of April, and this program, under the leadership of Dr. Travis Curtright, is nationally renowned.
…provide opportunities for athletic pursuits:
Adventure Club: This club exists to bring students out to nature so that they will come to a greater understanding of God’s creation.
Archery Club: This club exists to provide students the opportunity to learn about the ancient art of archery and to hone in on their skills.
Beach Volleyball Club: This club exists to teach the game of volleyball, promote athleticism, and provide opportunity for healthy social activity on campus.
Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Club: This club exists to help develop athletic skills, mental awareness, and self-defense.
Cheerleading Club: This club serves the purpose of cheering and dancing at home football and basketball games. They hold regular practices and help support varsity athletic team spirit.
Equestrian Team: The “Eq Team” is a club sport that brings riders of all skill levels together and teaches them teamwork and horsemanship as well as the virtues of courage, fortitude, humility, and patience in an encouraging, competitive environment.
Men’s Lacrosse: The purpose of this club is to provide an opportunity for former lacrosse players and anyone who is interested in playing lacrosse, a chance to learn, play, and enjoy lacrosse.
Rugby Club: The purpose of this club is the introduction, teaching, promotion, encouragement, understanding, and extension of the game of Rugby Union Football in all its aspects, within the university, and within the community.
Ultimate Frisbee: Ultimate Frisbee Club teaches the game of ultimate at a competitive level and competes in tournaments around the Southeast Region. The club consists of student athletes from all different athletic backgrounds, practices three days a week, and competes in multiple tournaments each semester. Your best friends will be those who you play ultimate with. They are constantly pushing each other towards excellence in all aspects of life.
Wrestling Club: The purpose of this club is to provide the foundation of good fundamentals and techniques; so that they can compete at the collegiate level.
If applicable, in which athletic Division and Conference does your institution compete? (Please specify NCAA, NAIA, etc. as well as Division Level.) What athletic teams are offered for men and women?
Ave Maria is a member of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) Sun conference with 15 sports, which includes:
Baseball, Women’s Basketball, Men’s Basketball, Men’s Golf, Women’s Golf, Women’s Volleyball, Women’s Lacrosse, Softball, Men’s Cross Country, Women’s Cross Country, Football, Men’s Soccer, Women’s Soccer, Men’s Tennis, and Women’s Tennis.
The football program (only) is also a member of the Mid-South Conference.
How do you help develop the mind, body, and soul of student-athletes?
Intentional integration of the Catholic faith through coaches implementing a virtue based program with their respected teams and weekly Bible studies, Adoration and Rosary lead by Varsity Catholic.
Please list all student clubs not listed in the above categories:
Coffee Club: The purpose of this club is to provide good quality coffee for various events on campus while educating people on the complexities of the coffee beans and brewing styles. They strive to foster a more coffee-cultured community that seeks to enjoy coffee for its true flavor and delicacies.
Crew Club: The purpose of this club is for students to have an exciting game day experience, offering students a fun experience and a way to promote school spirit.
Do It Yourself Club: The purpose of this club is to experiment and create a variety of crafts using “DIY” techniques.
Fellowship of Fandom: This club exists to bring those together that enjoy comics, books, movies, and video games a place to bond.
Gardening Club: The purpose of this club is to bring students who share in a love of food, manual labor, and gardening together in order to create a sustainable garden. The intent is to utilize the space and organization to work in accordance with our mission to be “stewards of the earth.”
Gyrene Gazette: This organization is dedicated to supporting and developing the literary and journalistic interests and talents of Ave Maria students, and to informing the AMU community through its news publications.
St. Jon Bosco’s Jugglers: This group serves as an opportunity for students to interact with one another in a positive environment that cultivates both a spirit of service as well as the obvious physical and hand-eye coordination development.
St. Thomas More Debate Club: The debate club gives students the opportunity to develop their skills of speech and public debate. The club hosts open debates on campus and competes with other colleges and universities.
Student Activities Board: This group works closely with the Office of Student Life in planning major and large-scale university events for the students, both on and off campus.
Student Government Association: This is a student council comprised of an executive board and class representatives elected by their peers to represent the student body. The role of the Student Government Association is to take upon itself a special responsibility to uphold the proper balance of intellectual, spiritual, social and physical development of the Student Body, always guided and directed by the Magisterium of the Roman Catholic Church.
Tea & Zumba: The purpose of this club is to promote moral excellence of the soul through cultured conversation around tea, and discipline of the body through exercise.
Does your institution require all student clubs and activities, including those listed above, to operate in accord with Catholic teaching?
How does your institution address student clubs and activities that may conflict with Catholic teaching?
The Director of Student Life will meet with the club or student(s) in question, explain why the conflict exists, and seek to remedy the situation, whether it be to remove the current club leadership or mandate that changes be made. The last resort would be to revoke club approval status.
Does your institution require student services like health care, counseling and guidance to conform to Catholic ethical and moral teaching and directives?