Heidelberg is an active and busy place. Expand your interests and make new friends through one of our 70+ student organizations. Whether you want to fight for a cause, join a brotherhood, become a president, try something new, practice, your faith, impact the world, or simply make new friends, there’s a club or organization here for you.
Campus Ministry and Religious Life
Berg UCC is open to all mainline Protestant Christians from many backgrounds and various other religious backgrounds that focus on Progressive values. The group focuses on three main pillars:
- Social Justice Talks
- Bible Studies
- Community Service
The group volunteers in different aspects for the Tiffin community including picking up litter, assisting in a soup kitchen, and volunteering at the Morrison House (a homeless shelter).
As an open and affirming group in the United Church of Christ, Berg UCC aims to include everyone with all sorts of perspectives from all walks of life, especially those from historically underrepresented groups including all spectrums of sexual orientation and gender identities, those of differing ethnic backgrounds, and of differing abilities.
We work for service, social transformation, and spiritual development. As a group, we host an event called Love for All Ball in conjunction with Berg Allies every February. This is a dance celebrating love while focusing on bringing together Christians and the LGBTQ+ community. It is one of our main goals to make everyone feel connected and respected within their religion. Join us to find out more!
CRU is a Christian organization open to everyone who wants to expand on their religion and grow in their faith. Are you curious about God or do you want to continue to know more about religion? CRU is the place for you. It is a loving community open to all types of people in different levels of their religious life.
Every Monday we worship with our student worship band, a speaker discusses topics geared towards college students, and we pray as a community. Bible studies are also offered weekly for both males and females where they gather in small groups and time is given for more in-depth conversations.
Each year students have the ability to attend Winter Conference in Indianapolis over winter break where, for four days, you and members of your school are given the opportunity to listen to famous speakers, jam out to some amazing bands, and most importantly grow stronger in your faith. There is also the opportunity to travel over the summer to spread your love for your faith in various ways. Find us around campus and follow us in developing your faith!
Catholic Newman Club is a student organization affiliated with the Roman Catholic Church. Newman members meet every Tuesday to discuss current and future projects. They also incorporate prayer and discussions of faith in their meetings. A monthly mass is held in Herbster Chapel on Sunday nights.
The Cultural and Spiritual Club is open to students of all faiths as well as those questioning faith. The group plans opportunities for the campus community to gather for exploring, deepening, nurturing, and practicing our spiritual traditions. The Cultural and Spiritual Club sponsors service trips, fellowship activities, and religious speakers.
Fellowship of Christian Athletes or FCA is a Christian support group for students involved in Heidelberg athletics. However, this group is open to all students including current and “retired: athletes. As a group, we connect sports and religion by diving into the bible and posing questions that relate the bible to athletics.
It is an important aspect of ours to devote yourself to your religion while also participating in the things you enjoy. This can sometimes be a tough thing to do in life, that is why we focus on making that connection between the two and emphasizing that it is possible to do both while giving both your all.
The Aurora Yearbook is one of the oldest organizations on campus, started a year after the official founding of the school! Here you can document the school year to help preserve history for years to come. Whether your love is photography, writing, editing, or even simply telling stories the Aurora Yearbook is a home for you. Take your creative abilities to the next step and physically develop a book of stories and memories everyone will want to remember forever.
Heidelberg's student newspaper, The Kilikilik, also known as “The Kil,” reports on campus and area news, sports, and entertainment. Currently, the newspaper is published four times per semester.
Any Heidelberg student may join the Kil staff as a writer, photographer, proofreader, or distributor. Editorial positions may also be available and are filled by the faculty advisor in consultation with the editors in chief.
The unusual name of the paper stems from an official college cheer published the year before the Kil printed its first issue: “Killi-kilick! Rah! Rah! …” However, a more popular explanation for the name is that “Kilikilik” is the sound trains make against the tracks as they pass through Tiffin.
Morpheus Literary Magazine publishes the creative writing of all students regardless of their major. We accept short stories, poetry, creative nonfiction, scripts, literary essays, and even art/photography. By joining the staff students get a chance to edit their peers’ work and plan fun events that celebrate the importance of creative writing. It’s the perfect opportunity to hold a leadership position that looks great on a resume. Whether you love to write, edit, or even read creative work, Morpheus is a place for you! Join us to create published work by you and your own peers.
Heidelberg's online radio station operates as a non-commercial station 24/7. Operating as free form programming, student DJs have the freedom to play whatever kind of music appeals to them and their audiences. That station is also streamed online.
During the academic year, the station broadcasts live coverage of Heidelberg football, basketball, and baseball. All students from a variety of disciplines participate in WHEI. WHEI is a member of the Intercollegiate Broadcasting Association.
The Ohio Collegiate Music Education Association provides opportunities to Heidelberg students majoring in Music Education to attend conferences, lectures, and other events. The goal is to expose them to the greater musical community and help them network with professional music educators.
The purpose of the Psychology Club is to develop awareness about the different fields in psychology and to familiarize and involve students with the psychology department on Heidelberg’s campus. The psychology club works with the Tiffin community through a wide range of events and activities. You don’t have to be a Psychology major/minor to join.
As a chapter of the Ohio Student Education Association, HSEA aims to provide the students interested in work in the field of education with a group that focuses pre-professional development for teachers seeking certification in all age groups. HSEA's purpose is to better the teachers of the future, the Heidelberg community, Ohio, and the nation by providing service to the community and preparing the teachers of the future.
This group is open to all education majors, not just middle grade. The group attends a conference every year in February called OMLA, which stands for Ohio Middle Level Association.
The German Club, or Deutsch Klub, is open to all students. You do not need to be a German major or even speak German to be in the club. The club sponsors movie nights, German food tastings, field trips, and more. Join to learn about a different country and culture.
Interested in a career involving computer science, any form of technology, or just find it overall interesting? The CAT Club is the place for you. Here we are focused on bringing Heidelberg students a more in-depth look into the world of computing.
Our main focus is connecting the tech industry, such as programming, hardware and engineering, and everything in between more accessible to students. We encourage everyone, whether you know nothing or everything about computers, to join because it is a skill that can be used to market yourself to future employers down the road and it is a love of ours to help people learn more about how they can make computers and technology work for their benefit!
Heidelberg is also one of five schools teamed up with Google! Through this students are offered exciting new courses that are changing the way computer science is taught. The focus of these courses is to teach hands-on skills and collaborative projects meant to solve real-life problems similar to those solved at Google.
Join us to increase your knowledge and computer skills. This world is an ever changing one and technology is changing along with it, you won’t want to miss out on these opportunities!
Heidelberg’s Chemistry Club is part of the American Chemical Society Student Affiliate, chartered in 1949. Students of all majors are invited to join this group! This club is centered around providing chemistry and biochemistry students with professional experience but aims to provide a place for all students interested in how chemistry impacts daily life.
Our events include;
- Science Webinars
- Mole Day Scavenger Hunts
- National Chemistry Week celebrations
- Live Chemistry Demonstration Shows
Through a relationship with Ford Research Laboratories, students are able to visit research laboratories, talk with Ford’s research engineers every year, and explore career paths while seeing innovative research. Previous visits include; Oak Ridge National Laboratory, the National Institute of Standards and Technology, Argonne National Laboratory, and the Shepard Color Company.
Each year we attend the National American Chemical Society Conference where students are given the opportunity to present research, network with the scientific community, and participate in undergraduate workshops and panels.
Whether you are a chemistry or biochemistry student or someone who finds chemistry interesting, this club is full of exciting and new opportunities for everyone to enjoy.
Whether you are a Business or Computer Science major or you are solely interested in these fields of study, the Business and Technology Events Council is a place for you!
This council, also known as BATEC, is a group of students who work with the dean to organize and plan events for the school of Business and Technology. These events are aimed at helping students develop professional skills that will help them succeed in the work world following graduation.
Skills we focus on include; interviewing, networking, resume building, and much more!
Join us in a journey to expand your life and work skills and in helping your fellow students gain these skills as well.
Heidelberg University Council of Teachers of Mathematics (HUCTM) is a student affiliate of the Ohio Council of Teachers of Mathematics. HUCTM grants Heidelberg students with top-notch experiences in the classroom, at professional conferences, and taking on leadership roles.
Our vision is to be a distinguished team of inspiring Heidelberg University mentors who lead empowering, engaging, and memorable mathematical learning experiences for communities seeking to create high-energy, positive learning environments. We strive to achieve our vision primarily through hosting Math Camps at local schools in the community. Math Camp is a student-led mathematical journey that is working to break the negative stigma surrounding mathematics and promotes engaging, empowering, and inspiration through mathematics.
Most recently, HUCTM was ranked 5th in the nation with their “The Math Git Up” entry to the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) song contest. Heidelberg students gain confidence, knowledge, and new ideas that can be applied to better their teaching practices. Join HUCTM as they continually work to improve students' educational experiences.
The Health Science Organization focuses on serving others in the community and on campus, providing and sharing health information to the community and campus, and providing leadership opportunities within the health care professional field.
The main program we host is the health fair that all of campus and community members are invited to. This event focuses on educating others about living a healthy lifestyle. This is also an opportunity for members to volunteer, allowing for a chance to build your resume and network with community members.
Join us to increase awareness of the importance of one's health and in continuing to make our community a better place. The group also works on helping individuals with applications to graduate schools and internship opportunities. Students will also have the opportunity to connect with past and future healthcare professionals that are connected to Heidelberg.
Berg Events Council is a student-run organization that focuses on planning events for all of campus to enjoy. There is something for everyone to enjoy planning whether it be our monthly bingo featuring themed prizes and guest callers or events designed to help students discover local businesses or even an event you come up with on your own.
Our four major events throughout the year are:
- Labor Stay Weekend
- Siggy Summer Send-Off
Student Senate represents the student body of Heidelberg and plays a leading role for change and improvement! Senate also assists other student organizations in becoming successful. Any student can run for a senate position.
If you are a student-athlete, a strong leader, and someone who wants to be able to make a change then the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee is where you belong. Here you are able to make a difference on campus and in the community through community service, planning events, and are able to be part of the OAC SAAC who provides insight in NCAA voting in changing rules and regulations that affects student-athletes’ lives on the NCAA member institution campuses. Let your voice be heard in this amazing organization!
All student-athletes are welcomed and encouraged to attend meetings. SAAC meetings involve committees and speakers who concentrate on each of the five pillars of CHAMPS/Life Skills:
- Personal Development and Service
Community Service Involvement:
- Fruit Fridays: Twice a month we hand out free fruit, Gatorade, and water to students on campus to promote a healthy lifestyle and the importance of breakfast
- Christmas Toy Drive: we donate toys to the Tiffin Fire Department for their Toy Drive
- Ronald McDonald House: throughout each school year we collect pop tabs for the Ronald McDonald House
- Volunteered at the Special Olympics
Our biggest event we host is the Siggy Awards: the Siggy’s recognize on-field and off-field excellence of Heidelberg’s student-athletes, teas, coaches, athletic trainers, student athletic trainers, and faculty/staff. In addition to the presentation of the awards, the event will feature pre-recorded segments, on-stage games, and highlight videos.
The Inter-Residence Hall Council is composed of representatives from each residence hall. The council works together to provide educational and social activities, services to improve quality of residence hall living, and actively communicates the ideas, and opinions of the residence hall students to the administration. Overall, we create programs for the university as a whole to try to make the campus a more fun place while also raising money for Residence Life.
Our main mission is to implement fun programming while better the lives of students and campus living. Some of our events are:
- 10K / 5K Race / 2-mile walk & Carnival at Homecoming
- Halloween party for community children in conjunction with Tiffin’s Trick-or-Treat
- Fright Night: our students host a haunted house in the basement of one of our dorms and everyone on campus is invited to attend
- Lil’ Sibs Weekend: student’s little siblings are invited to campus for a weekend to enjoy events such as Battle of the Bands, a carnival, crafts and games, and more
- Finals Survival Kits
- Valentine’s Carnation Sale
IRHC is a fun way to get more involved in campus, provide fun programs for your fellow classmates and the surrounding community, and overall create lasting bonds.
The Greek Life Council or GLC is made up of members from all the Greek groups on campus. Here you can help facilitate and provide support to each group, coordinate joint activities, and represent Greek Life to the campus community. It is an excellent opportunity to develop your leadership skills and foster relationships within the Greek community.
Some of the events that GLC is in charge of are:
- Greek Week: a weeklong festival celebrating Greek UNity through friendly competitions between the 10 Greek Societies on campus.
- Greek Sing: held during Homecoming, an event where all Greek groups perform a choreographed song and dance in competition for different categories of prizes.
- Greek Tailgates hosted at home football games where groups combine to support Heidelberg athletics, band, and fellow Greek members.
- Greeksgiving: a combined event of all groups where they get together to celebrate Thanksgiving with friendship and a shared love of food.
As part of GLC you can help in important decision making and provide input for your group’s best interest. You will also be able to present your ideas for any new events or how events should be run. We are always looking for the next best leader, that could be you!
The Religious Life Council is a group of representatives from each religious life group. The group meets weekly to consider the overall picture and plan for campus ministry and religious life at Heidelberg. As a group we seek to start new opportunities for spiritual life at Heidelberg and are always open to new students with new ideas.
The men of Sigma Tau Nu are an organization that promotes its brotherly bond by keeping honor within its members; by living by the shield of our Fraternity.
Within our shield we show and promote:
- Intellectual Achievement
Colors: Navy Blue and Gold
Motto: Nulli Secundus "second to none"
Community Service: Elmwood Assisted Living Center, the Seneca House, Humane Society, Rock-A-Thon
Known as a very well-rounded group on campus, Delta Sigma Chi prides itself in being a diverse group of girls who have found family within each other. The Delts can be found through many different majors as well as nearly every organization on campus, but we come together to share our core values. Since 1962, Delta Sigma Chi has united together under the ideas of service, scholarship, and sisterhood, we work to create a better future for ourselves, our sisters and our community.
We truly enjoy working together to benefit our community through helping with the Findlay Heart Walk and a 24 hr Dance-a-Thon to benefit the American Heart Association and the student we sponsor in Cuernavaca, Mexico, Roberto. Along with these major events we enjoy making blankets for those in need and doing a wide variety of other community service activities throughout the year. In a scholarly aspect, we always help each other with our class work and participate in study tables all throughout the semester.
Since 1990, Delta Sigma Chi is also be proud to have a corollary to support us in all that we do. The Delt Guys are just as unique and diverse as the Delts, and we are always there to support each other in all of our events and activities throughout campus.
We believe everyone has a home on campus, and Delta Sigma Chis is where we found ours.
Written by Megan Gwirtz
Colors: Navy Blue and White with a touch of Gold
Motto: Dianoias Stephanos Chryseos "the crown of wisdom is golden"
Community Service: 24 hour Dance-A-Thon, Heart Walk
The Euglossian Society, also known as the Eugs, is the first and only mixed-gendered Greek society on Heidelberg’s campus. Founded in 1913, the group has upheld their core values of individuality, integrity, and fellowship while proudly wearing purple and white. In the Spring of 2019 our corollary, the Euglos was brought back, they are also mixed-gendered. It is a high priority of ours to be all-inclusive no matter who you are.
We sponsor many community service events around campus and in the community, such as:
- Red Cross Blood Drive
- Blanket Out Domestic Violence
A fun fact about us is that our letters (Epsilon Upsilon Gamma) were chosen in 1945 because they spell out E-U-G.
Colors: Royal Purple and White
Motto: Astra Castra Numen Lumen "The stars our campground, divinity our light"
Community Service: Blood Drive, Blanket out Domestic Violence
Kappa Psi Omega is the fourth women’s society to join Heidelberg University’s Greek life. The Kappas were founded on January 23, 1968 and have over 800 members throughout the world. Throughout the years, they have stood by their motto of “Sincerity Our Truth and Individuality Our Goal.” Their colors of white and burgundy represent purity and courage, and they strive to embody this during their college years and beyond. They are courageous when standing up for what they believe in and pure with their strong values and traditions. With their individuality comes diversity, strength, unity, passion, acceptance and respect. With sincerity comes integrity, dedication, love and self-growth. Kappa also has a corollary called the Kappa Lil’ Bros, which allows males to join our society. Our Bros, like the women of Kappa, are very involved on and off campus. The Kappas’ philanthropy has changed to reflect the interests of active members at the time. Kappa did a quarter-auction fundraiser and raised over $1,500, with which they donated food, gas and clothing gift cards along with toys to the Toledo Children’s Hospital. For a few years now, Kappa has hand-crafted blankets and donated them to Project Linu, which extends comfort to children who are ill or who have been impacted by a natural disaster. Every semester, they look forward to working with current and new philanthropy events that provide opportunities for our members to demonstrate leadership roles through cooperative work. Through philanthropy events, the members show passion, dedication and love for Kappa Psi Omega. Their society believes that the impact they make on this campus and with each other is not only for four years, but for life.
Written by Christine Galloway
Colors: Burgundy and White
Motto: Sincerity Our Truth, Individuality Our Goal
Community Service: Elmwood Nursing Home, Supporting Women's Empowerment
The Philalethean Society is a sisterhood, family and everything in between. They are noble, loyal and true to the green and gold. On campus, they share the title of the oldest women's society with the Euglossian Society. Along with that legacy, we value our longstanding history and uphold traditions dating back to 1913. For community service, they volunteer at Autumnwood Care Center, participate in the PhEx (Phi and Ex) Leaf Rake as well as put on their annual HeadStart Christmas party for less fortunate families. With close to 1,000 who help them build their professional networks, their alumni sisters also provide lifelong friendships. Our alumni come from near and far to help, support, and cheer us on from something as small as acing a hard exam to as big as landing your dream job.
Written by Sydney Calabro, '19
Colors: Emerald Green and Gold
Motto: Do Ye Beste
Community Service: Head Start Christmas, Community Leaf Rake
Zeta Theta Psi is a society that strives to empower sophisticated women through academics. We do this by lifting each other up, cheering each other on, and sending each other "good vibes" whenever needed. Created in 2019, the Zeta Gents bring some amazing allies in to help with our mission!
We come from all different programs, majors, backgrounds, and we have so many different interests. All these differences bring us together, however, and we're constantly learning from each other. We all have one thing in common, and that's a love for empowering ourselves and others! We invite you to take a good look at all the Greek groups, and we have you find a home in one of them, maybe even a corollary, too! To us, Zeta is our home!
Written by Josie Brun
Colors: Crimson and Silver
Motto: We rise from the depths, immovable, an eternal knot of fire.
Community Service: True Beauty Day
Founded in 1921 as a literary society, Alpha Phi Tau was created with the intention to better those within the group, Heidelberg’s campus and the greater Tiffin community. The fraternity, also known as Aptonalton or the Aps, believes in respect, equality and brotherhood. The ideas and practice of respect and equality can be seen in their corollary, the Alpha Phi Tau Lil’ Sisses, as well as the line in their toast that says, “with every respect for all womankind.” The members of Alpha Phi Tau can frequently be seen coming together in order to pursue the greater good, which to them is how they practice their brotherhood. Finally, they also greatly value acts of service. They participate in many philanthropic events, such as the annual Take Back the Night walk through downtown Tiffin, Walk a Mile in Her Shoes and volunteer work within the Tiffin community.
Written by Brandon Alexander
Colors: Maroon and Gold
Motto: Labor Omnia Vincit "work conquers all"
Community Service: Habitat for Humanity, HIV/AIDS Awareness Banquet, Highway Cleanup
Excelsior Men’s Society was founded in the same calendar year as Heidelberg College and is the oldest greek society that still remains on campus. One of the most sacred aspects of Excelsior is their brotherhood, which is not just a four-year contract but a lifetime commitment and honor. Excelsior is the only Greek group on campus that does not use Greek letters, opting instead for the letters EX. Excelsior members are leaders on campus, not only in Greek life but in athletics, academics and numerous student organizations. This leadership is a great source of pride. Excelsior men frequently volunteer to serve the community, participating in such service programs as Adopt-a-Highway, raking leaves and shoveling snow for senior citizens. Two of the group’s largest events are Magic Jam or Animals Jam, held during Lil’ Sibs Weekend, and the Headstart Christmas party in which gifts are given to less fortunate families. Excelsior is also proud of their alumni base, which provides a large social and career network to benefit the future of the men of our society. Their alumni also return for many events on campus and give back to the university as donors to many initiatives and capital projects, such as the construction of Hoernemann Stadium and many more. They are a reminder of the excellence within the brotherhood and they reinforce the passion to be men of Excelsior.
Written by Zachary Hahn
Colors: Green and Red
Motto: Ever Upward
Community Service: Animal Jam, Highway Cleanup
The Heidelberg Men’s Literary Society was founded on April 15th, 1859. These bright and passionate young men came to be known around Heidelberg's campus as the Heids. Proudly wearing the colors of purple and gray, the Heids pride themselves on the core concepts of unity through diversity for over 160 years. In terms of bonding through brotherhood, few qualify with the unique standards of the Heids when being able to rely on one another to efficiently solve problems. Another Heid core belief is Victory Crowns the Brave. The only way to move forward is with a style of cunning, daring, and suave that speaks to the true nature of this group. The Heids hope to continue to better the community and entertain others for another 160 years to come.
Written by Eli Hare
Colors: Purple and Gray
Motto: Victory Crowns the Brave
Community Service: Caring Makes Cents (for cancer patients at the Cleveland Clinic), Running for the Kids
As the newest fraternity on Heidelberg’s campus, the goal of Rho Eta Delta is to build better men through the classroom, community, and Heidelberg itself. Our virtues are Pride, Honor, and Dignity and our values are Leadership, Integrity, Character, Dedication, and Respect. Which then leads into our motto: Character Connects Us All. Essentially, Rho Eta Delta wants to cultivate a strong, professional, and intelligent group of men who value progress for the sake of bonding with upstanding individuals. Academics and leadership are a major focus of Rho Eta Delta. We, of course, have our corollary, the Rhos' Buds, who are an integral part of our group. We hold the same expectations for the women of the group just as we do the men.
Furthermore, our community service and fundraising events are rather simple. Every semester, we help clean Hedges-Boyer Park and pick up trash to help the environment. Additionally, we raise awareness and donate money each year to Encephalitis Global, a charity dedicated to educating communities about the disease that is Encephalitis. Rho Eta Delta is passionate about this cause because one of our alumni, Matt Karlovec, has this unfortunate and rare disease.
A fun fact about us is that “We don’t take ourselves seriously, but we take what we do seriously.”
Colors: Royal Blue and Orange
Motto: Character Connects Us All
Community Service: Big Brothers Big Sisters, Hedges-Boyer Park Cleanup, and Encephalitis Global
As a theatre honorary, this organization is available to those who perform on and off stage while maintaining a certain GPA. It is an all-inclusive group, as long as you meet the requirements, you do not have to be a theatre major or minor. If you are interested in the theatre and expanding on your love for the arts, this group is for you.
Events, shows, and social activism programs that we hold include:
- HIT Troupe: involves a discussion about sexual assault on campus and how to be aware of warning signs and what to do as a bystander
- A haunted house: every year we host a haunted house in the catacombs of Founders to help fund our New York trip
- New York: this trip allows students to audition and see shows in New York over spring break
This group gives leadership opportunities, social activism, and a creative outlet for the community and those surrounding. We would love to see more people go from the stage to making a social change with us!
Heidelberg's biology honorary Beta Beta Beta inducts new members each year that have completed at least 12 credit hours of biology with at least a 3.0 GPA in that area. The group hosts "sciency" and "non-sciency" events such as Fall Fest and Taco Tuesday. This group will be hosting COVID-friendly professional development workshops throughout the semester to help students both enhance their resumes, hear from alumni in the field, and prepare for graduate school, internships, jobs, etc. Students can get more information on this group and events they are hosting by following their twitter @BetaAtTheBerg.
Order of Omega is a leadership honor society for members of Greek organizations. Order of Omega recognizes juniors and seniors who have exemplified high standards in the areas of scholarship, leadership, involvement within their respective organization and within the campus and local community. Members are selected from the top 3% of students at each institution. To date, over 500 chapters have been chartered throughout North America, each sharing the common goal of recognizing the many outstanding student leaders at their institution.
There are nearly 350 athletic training programs in the country but only 32 of those have been approved for a chapter, we are proud to be one of them! We believe strongly in giving our time and treasures to assist others in need, to educate about the profession of athletic training, and to actively better ourselves as people and professionals.
Some of our events include:
- Pie Your AT
- Decorating at Autumnwood Care Center during Christmas time
Every year as a group we send students to professional conferences.
“ I had the opportunity to attend the annual OATA meeting, which is the Ohio Athletic Trainer’s Association, in 2019. There are various professionals you get to meet and connect with along with many students from schools across the state. It is an engaging conference with different lectures from professionals, and there is a student quiz bowl that is very exciting. The student quiz bowl pins schools against each other as they compete to have the opportunity to participate in the quiz bowl at GLATA, the great Lakes Athletic Trainer’s Association. OATA is a great conference for connections and learning opportunities.” - Ashley Mermolia
Sigma Tau Delta is the International English Honor Society. We recognize those who have reached the highest level of achievement in English Literature or Writing by earning a GPA of 3.5 or higher. It is an honor to be invited into this society and new members are then able to wear the society honor cord at graduation, eligible for a variety of scholarships, internships, publications, and awards.
As a group, we promote interest in literature and writing on the campus community and encourage high academic excellence among our members.
Being in an honorary in your field will be a great addition to your resume. Tau Mu Sigma is the Music Honorary at Heidelberg and the purpose of this organization is to honor musical and scholastic achievement and the support the art of music through artistic performance.
Involvement and activities:
- Mentor new music students: this is a great way to build relationships with new students and to help them through their transition to college
- Karaoke Nights: held annually, where everyone on campus is encouraged to come and have a fun night of music-making
- Decorate Brenneman Music Hall: during the holiday seasons such as Thanksgiving and Christmas we help decorate the building
We are a group of great musicians who want to make a positive impact on others in our department.
Kappa Delta Pi is the international Honor Society for education majors. Heidelberg’s chapter promotes leadership and encourages high academic excellence among its members. Members must have at least sophomore status and 12 credit hours in education with an overall GPA of 3.5.
Are you the first in your family to attend an institution of higher education? Tri-Alpha and the Heidelberg community salutes you for taking that big step!
Students qualify for Tri-Alpha if: neither of their parents, nor step-parents, nor legal guardians, completed a bachelor’s degree; they have completed at least 36 credit hours, and have maintained a GPA of 3.2 or better.
Members are recognized for their academic excellence and work as a campus-wide community to serve the needs and challenges of all first-generation students as Heidelberg. Members will also wear the society honor cord upon graduation.
This honorary exists to bestow the honorific of students and to recognize the best students in political science. An induction ceremony is held in honor of these students and all who meet the requirements should be very proud of reaching this accomplishment.
This honorary exists to bestow the honorific of students and to recognize the best students in this major. An induction ceremony is held in honor of these students and all who meet the requirements should be very proud of reaching this accomplishment. Occasional speakers will be held on campus in accordance with the International Studies Honorary.
Psi Chi is an international honor society whose purpose is to encourage, stimulate, and maintain excellence in scholarship in psychology, and to advance the science of psychology. The group is open to sophomores and above who have completed nine semester hours of psychology courses with a minimum grade point average of 3.0 in those courses, have registered for a major or minor standing in psychology, rank in the top 35% of their class, and have a minimum overall cumulative grade point average of 3.0.
Mission Statement: recognizing and promoting excellence in the science and application of psychology.
Purpose Statement: Psi Chi is an international honor society whose purpose shall be to encourage, stimulate, and maintain excellence in scholarship of the individual members in all fields and to advance the science of psychology
CSI is an international honor society that values academic and professional excellence in counseling. We promote a strong professional identity through members (professional counselors, counselor educators, and students) who contribute to the realization of a healthy society by fostering wellness and human dignity.
Heidelberg's marching band performs at home football games, some basketball games, and select campus events throughout the year. The band is open to all students and no audition is required.
The Symphonic Band is made up of talented musicians selected by audition from the entire Heidelberg population. The band performs regularly scheduled campus concerts, as well as festival, convention, and tour concerts.
The Chamber Singers are selected from the membership of the Concert Choir and specialize in both early and contemporary music.
The Heidelberg University-Community Chorus brings together singers from both Heidelberg and the surrounding community. The ensemble enriches the community through concert performances and choral music education. In addition to their regularly scheduled concerts, members of the chorus perform in the annual Messiah concert.
Jazz Ensemble is open to all students, but does require an audition. You do not need the ability to improvise. The Jazz Ensemble performs at several campus events throughout the year as well as the annual Tiffin Jazz Festival.
Hei-Notes is a performance ensemble designed for students interested in singing popular, jazz, a cappella, and Broadway music with dance in a theatrical setting. Participants are chosen by audition at the end of spring and fall semesters.
Since its inception in 1938, the Heidelberg Concert Choir has achieved the distinction of being one of the premier collegiate choral ensembles. Open to all Heidelberg students, regardless of major, the Concert Choir performs more than fifteen concerts each year, including a domestic tour and a performance of Handel's Messiah.
Every year in May, the Concert Choir goes on tour across the country.
Listen to an excerpt of the Concert Choir performing.
This small ensemble is open by audition to all students. Instrumentation is primarily strings, but selected wind instruments also perform as part of the ensemble. The Chamber Orchestra performs two or more annual concerts and its members form the core of the orchestra for the annual Christmas at Heidelberg presentation.
The purpose of SLAMH (Students Leading Awareness for Mental Health) is to bring awareness of mental health issues to Heidelberg. They hope to enlighten others on how to understand disorders and take away stigmas surrounding mental health.
Make a Scene is Heidelberg's Improv group. They are a group geared toward comedic expression and host two shows a year to showcase their skills.
Heidelberg University has recently become a new campus chapter through Habitat for Humanity international. Through this organization we volunteer regularly to help build homes in Seneca County as well as fund raise and advocate according to Habitat for Humanity International standards. Students are also able to travel for builds over spring break.
Intramurals at Heidelberg provide all students an opportunity to participate in recreational sports and are an integral part of campus life. Participation in intramurals provides friendly competition, exercise and recreation. Winning is not the primary goal but rather, the opportunity to exercise, develop leadership skills and meet new people are the greatest rewards of intramural sports. All Heidelberg students, faculty, and staff may participate in intramural sports.
3 on 3 Basketball Tournament
5 on 5 Basketball League
Bench Press Competition
Flag Football League
Golf 2 Person Scramble
Madden Xbox Tournament
Ping Pong League
Sand Volleyball Tournament
Alpha Phi Omega is a national community service fraternity that is open to all students, both men and women. It is not a Greek organization. The group's main principles are leadership, friendship, and service, and they put them all in action throughout the year with community service projects both on and off campus.
Whether you've been playing for years, or want to learn a new skills, the Heidelberg Disc Golf Club is the place for you. The club promotes the playing of disc golf and fosters the development of disc golf skills in current and new players. While there are several courses in the surrounding area, the closest is in Hedges-Boyer Park located five minutes from campus.
The purpose of the Berg Body Positivity Association is to create a supportive and uplifting environment on campus for people of all body types, particularly those people who have been outcasted, bullied, or rejected because of their body type, skin tone, disability, etc.
Blending global cultures in one mixing pot! The purpose of World Student Union is to promote diversity and global understanding through activities that integrate International Students into the academic and social life of Heidelberg and the broader Tiffin community.
These activities include cultural and educational programs involving Heidelberg's International and domestic students, faculty, staff, and community members. World Student Union members participate in a variety of activities throughout the year, such as the Tiffin Heritage Festival, International Education Week activities, collaborations with other student organizations, Global Conversation programs on topics of interest, hosting receptions for visiting international scholars and performing artists, and presenting international programs in local schools and organizations.
This club is open to all students – international as well as domestic.
Berg Enactus is an on-campus group that promotes entrepreneurial action within the local community. Their goal is to start a chain reaction that will one day translate to a global scale. Enactus students apply what they have studied in the classroom to the real world with companies, organizations, and every day issues.
'Berg STOP is a campus-wide organization, including students, faculty, staff, and community members, which aims to spread awareness about the crime of human trafficking, including sex trafficking and labor trafficking, through an annual Human Trafficking Awareness Week and other activities throughout the year.
Heidelberg's Business Case Competition class, BAE 290, is offered annually every fall semester. Ethicsist Dr. Heleana Theixos is the advisor for the group. Dr. Theixos previously helped coach Ethics Bowl teams at the University of Miami, Florida. With the generous support of the School of Business & Technology, this year's team is excited to have members with diverse majors, backgrounds and interests.
The course and team are open to all Heidelberg students, not just business majors. The skills of analyzing, researching and then arguing for ethics perspectives are useful across all disciplines.
Hundreds of students and teams across the United States and Canada compete in 11 regional Intercollegiate Ethics Bowl competitions each fall. The college teams argue and defend their moral assessment of a wide array of ethical case studies in business and professional ethics, in personal relationships and in social and political affairs. The ethical case studies are developed nationally by faculty, researchers and professionals.
- In 2017, the Heidelberg University Ethics Bowl team was the 5th ranked school out of 17 schools competing regionally, and competed in National competitions.
- In 2019, they were the 3rd ranked school out of 11 schools competing regionally.
Are you looking for a place to let your performance and presentation skills shine? Or, would you like to develop these traits into marketable skills? Heidelberg has a long and impressive history of Speech Team success and may be the perfect place to help make this happen. The team travels across the country to compete at various tournaments in over a dozen events. Whether you’re looking to entertain, persuade or inform an audience, we have a place and event for you! A fun group to be a part of, the Berg Speech team gets to know one another quite well during their time together each year. Students from any major can participate and even earn class credit. For the past 10 years, Heidelberg’s team has placed in the top three schools at the Ohio Forensic Associations Annual State Championship. If interested in learning more about our team or the events in which you can compete, contact Dan Higgins, Director of Forensics, at dhiggins [at] heidelberg.edu.
It's On Us is a student organization that works with the University committee and national movement to promote awareness of sexual assault, empower bystanders to take action, and increase support for students who have experienced sexual assault.
The purpose of the Black Student Union at Heidelberg University is to provide an opportunity for African Americans, as well as other students, to establish a support network on campus. The organization provides social, cultural, and educational programs which are open to the campus community.
Down for Love aims to spread awareness about Down syndrome, along with other disabilities. Down for Love also promotes the inclusion of the disability community into the Heidelberg and Tiffin communities.
The Greenhouse Club aims to uphold and maintain the greenhouse on campus to the fullest of its potential so that it may be appreciated by all, through hands-on learning and involvement. As a group, they work to keep the greenhouse a functioning place for students to enjoy, while growing different plants to benefit Heidelberg. They also work to improve sustainability with the help from the sustainability committee and strive to make Heidelberg a greener university.
Dance team members at Heidelberg perform at athletic games and events, attend competitions, and hold an annual kids dance clinic. As its presence continues to grow through the years, the group is looking for talented dancers to excel this dance team into a more competitive group and having a larger campus presence.
Our purpose is to:
- Provide an organization where people with similar interests can create a bond and have fun
- Increase skills and abilities for dancers at any level
- Provide performance opportunities such as at campus games and sponsored events
- Participate in competitions
“Dance Team has allowed me to gain greater confidence in who I am while making lifelong friendships.” - Olivia ‘20
“Being on the team got me out of my shell and allowed me to experience something new.” - Amanda ‘23
“Being part of the team has allowed me to continue to do something that I love, while making some of my best friends at Heidelberg.” - Katie ‘21
Be a part of building a legacy for the Heidelberg’s dance team in creating an award winning competitive group for years to come. To join the team, students will try out during the summer orientation dates, or at the beginning of each semester.
Contact Email: danceteam [at] heidelberg.edu
The Alternative Break Club members seek to growth in four unique ways: Restorative Justice, Transformative Reflection, Substantive Community, and Conscientious Leadership. By participating in alternative break trips, club members are able to experience these specific pillars of service in intentional ways. The club is a part of several national and international trips that happen during school breaks.
The goals of URGE are to:
- Inform the community about choices regarding healthy decisions about their body, sex, gender, and sexuality.
- Inform the community on sexual and reproductive issues and how they can be involved with the reproductive justice movement.
- Assist to create a safe environment on campus that promotes sexuality and gender expression and exploration.
- Help advocate for the overall sexual well-being, health, and positive sexual image of individuals on and off campus.
- Embrace sexuality as a universal, positive, and healthy component of human development.
As an all-inclusive group, Berg Allies brings together LGBTQ and straight students to support each other, provide a safe place to socialize and create a platform to fight for racial, gender, LGBTQ, and economic justice.
We work as a signal to incoming students of all sexual, affectional, intersex, and gender-expansive identities that they are welcome here on Heidelberg’s campus, in their classrooms, and living spaces. It is an important value of ours that everyone knows they are not just welcomed, but valued and championed.
Some functions we hold are:
- AIDs awareness events
- Drag Shows
- Celebrations of Coming Out Day
- Chosen Family Dinner
- Providing resources at local Pride events
Berg Allies was integral in a student-led movement to help identify and get 21 bathrooms on campus reassigned as inclusive bathrooms, forging ways to ensure an inclusive and safe campus experience for all!
Are you one who enjoys kicking back relaxing for a nice game night? Join Gamer’s Club, make new friends, and lasting memories.
Gamers club is a community that meets weekly to play games together to relieve stress and make friends with varying gaming interests. The club is a friendly environment that encourages friendly competition amongst members. We play all types of games, from card games and board games to video games with intentions of expanding to outdoor games. The club hosts weekly open game nights, gaming tournaments, as well as International Tabletop Day. These events are open to anyone who wants to join just to have fun or who want to actively participate in the club.
This club appreciates and explores the Japanese art of anime, as well as the culture of Japan. The group sponsors movie nights, game days, watching an entire Anime Series together, community service work, and workshops.
If you are looking to expand your possibilities, opportunities, and knowledge within the medical field then you’ve found it! SCRUBS is an organization dedicated to helping members get into medical schools, veterinarian schools, dental school, physician assistant schools, therapy schools, and everything in between.
One of the benefits of joining is that it allows students to find peers that are interested in similar fields. We also frequently visit speakers of different professions related to the healthcare field and how they got there. As a student, you are able to gain invaluable advice considering any career in the healthcare field.
- Free CPR classes every semester
- Trips to graduate schools, medical schools, and conferences
We are here to increase your knowledge within these fields, find and provide unbelievable opportunities, strengthen skills that can be added to applications and resumes, and much more! The possibilities are endless and we are here to find them all.
Berg Latinx Unidos is about support and celebration for Latinx culture. The group strives to create a space for Latinx and other supporting students to talk about issues that are unique to the Latinx community, to promote a presence of our culture on the campus through educational events and trips, and to make connections to one another and alumni for support. Anyone who wants to support the Latinx culture is welcome to join.
The three main goals of the group include:
- Maintaining a place for support of Latinx student experiences
- Celebrating Latinx culture
- Networking with other Latinx communities
Who Are We?
The Student Alumni Association, or SAA, is a student organization that acts as a liaison between current and future students, alumni and donors. This philanthropic group is dedicated to creating networking and professional development opportunities with alumni through our programs, events and meetings. Members are not only encouraged to connect with alumni but they look forward to it through the multitude of events and programs that the organization coordinates and participates in.
SAA consists of students from each undergraduate class with members from all different types of backgrounds, majors and interests who come together for one common goal: to network with alumni while continuing to make Heidelberg feel like home. With the motto, Students Today, Alumni Tomorrow, members strive to build on the Heidelberg experience while making everyone feel welcomed as they hope to feel when they return as alumni. Once a semester, a few members attend an Alumni Council meeting in order to further engage the alumni, offer student insight and develop a greater understanding of what the alumni provide for this university.
The Student Alumni Association hosts and participates in a range of events throughout the school year. Some of the annual and main events are:
This event provides a fun weekend for alumni and students to get connected. There is a range of events in which SAA participates to maintain a smooth-sailing, fun-filled weekend of catching up with friends at reunions and anniversaries, cheering on the Student Princes at the football game, touring the campus and new or renovated buildings and much more. There are also different activities for children, including face painting, themed crafts and a photo booth. The focus of SAA members is to assure that this weekend runs as smoothly as possible for everyone involved so they have the greatest experience possible.
The Patricia Adams Lecture Series celebrated its 10-year anniversary in October 2019. This program invites empowering and innovative women to Heidelberg’s campus to host two sessions and a keynote dinner presentation during which SAA members manage the check-in process and provide golf-cart escorts for both the speaker and those who are attending the dinner. SAA members are also strategically placed at dinner tables to provide opportunities for networking. Students, alumni and community members are all invited to attend and in doing so, are offered an experience of vision, encouraging words from pre-eminent women, and of course, delicious food.
Families and Fellows
This event is held every fall and brings together two key parts of the Heidelberg community: families of current students and members of our Fellows Organization. This is a fun event for SAA members as they are able to connect their own families to campus while also running the event. Members help with registration, provide hosting assistance, and some can even be seen participating in the athletic competitions, band and theatre throughout the weekend. This is another great opportunity for students to expand their networking skills all while catching up with their family.
TAG (Thank A Giver) Day is held every February in honor of National Student Engagement and Philanthropy Day, giving students an opportunity to express our sincerest gratitude to our alumni, donors and those who continue to make this campus a better place for all. SAA “tags” various locations on campus to indicate the many ways donors contributed to making them possible. TAG Day focuses on informing current students about why they have the opportunities they do as well as expressing a great thank-you to donors, friends and alumni. Postcards are also signed by students with their own personal message communicating their gratitude to donors. SAA strives to focus this event on thanking those who have helped this campus grow, develop and thrive.
Model UN is a class offered every spring semester seeking students interested in their government or working for the United Nations.
Each year the group travels to San Francisco for a conference. Every student is then given the opportunity to represent a country and delegation in their presentation. Here you are the physical representative and you have to be able to negotiate with other countries while keeping in mind what your country would do for their own economy. The skills you will learn from these opportunities include; collaborations, leadership skills, public speaking, negotiation, and plenty more.
At these conferences students also have the opportunity to connect with alumni and those who work for the United Nations. Many are able to forge career paths thanks to this experience.
This is all about hands-on experiences and developing skills to grow students in their future endeavors.
Berg Dems was started with the values and policies of the Democratic Party in mind. As an organization, 'Berg Dems seeks to promote the values of the Democratic Party and increase the participation of college students in the Democratic Party, as well as in the democratic process in general.
In doing this, 'Berg Dems wants to encourage students on campus to participate in acts of civic action and engagement through activities like watching political debates, educating students in the values and policies of the democratic party, engaging in voter registration, mobilizing on the behalf of the Democratic Party, and even letting students know about internship and job opportunities in the Democratic Party.
RyRy's Autism Avengers works to raise awareness of Autism and raise money for S.A.L.S.A. (a local autism support group) through events throughout the year.
The College Republicans was created with the values and policies of the Republican Party in mind. As an organization, we seek to widen student interest in the objectives and principles of our government and politics at all levels. More specifically we focus on promoting the values of the Democratic Party and informing others of the republican process in general.
In doing this, College Republicans wants to encourage students on campus to participate in acts of civic action and engagement through activities like watching political debates, educating students on the values and policies of the republican party, engaging in voter registration, mobilizing on the behalf of the Republican Party, and even letting students know about internship and job opportunities in the Republican Party.
This group plans events for the honors program including guest speakers, social events, and networking opportunities. Any honors student can join.
The Outdoor Enthusiasts Club introduces and teaches the students of Heidelberg the fundamentals of outdoor activities. They participate in off-campus leisure outdoor activities, including but not limited to: hunting, fishing, camping, hiking, archery, and sporting clays. HOEC also offers opportunities for volunteering and service projects in conjunction with Seneca County's Pheasants Forever. All individuals are welcome who share an interest in hunting, fishing, and other outdoor activities. HOEC does not require you to be an avid hunter or angler.
This group brings together students interested in Crossfit. Three days a week, members of the club go to Crossfit Tiffin and work out together. The routines range from mobility, gymnastic movements, weight lifting, conditioning, and high intensity workouts.
Want to make a difference in today’s world? Stand up with STAND!
STAND is a student-led movement to end mass atrocities. Our mission is to empower individuals and communities with the tools to prevent and end genocide. From an innovative Leadership Team to a network of thoughtful and change-oriented student activists across the country, we act against genocide and mass atrocities worldwide.
As an organization we are here to build, organize, and empower a grassroots network of students and young people committed to advocating for the prevention and mitigation of genocide and mass atrocities wherever they may occur. We prioritize inclusivity in our youth-led movement.
STAND has advocated for:
- The No-Fly Zone in Libya by making calls to Susan Rice
- Lobbied Congressional offices nationwide to help pass the Darfur Peace and Accountability Act
- Helped pass national divestment legislation -- the Sudan Accountability and Divestment Act (SADA)
So join us and help make this world better and work to end all current genocides because we are better together, stronger together, and we STAND together!