Activities and Clubs

The mission of Campus Activities is to enhance students' educational experience through challenge and support in mentor relationships, active-learning opportunities and purposeful programming. Below is a listing and description of opportunities for involvement on campus.

Student Government

The Student Government Association ( SGA ) exists to formulate and execute a Christian student government whose duties are to stimulate communication and cooperation among students, faculty, and administration. It also helps to coordinate student activities, to participate in the determination of College procedures, to labor in the interest of improving academic standards and to develop a greater spirit of progressive citizenship. SGA holds open meetings and anyone can come and voice concern. Voting membership consists of class presidents and representatives, the residence hall presidents, a commuter representative and the executive council. Non-voting members are the chairs of Committees.

Student Organizations

The following organizations were originated by students and have received the sanction of the College. Additional professional or social organizations may be added to this list by the policy outlined in the College Catalog. All college-sponsored activities must be scheduled and approved through the Campus Activities office. Fund raising projects must be approved by the Vice President for Student Development.

For more information on student organizations at Milligan College, view the relevant listing in the College Catalog.

Alpha Chi is a collegiate national honor society. The association is open to juniors and seniors in the top 10% of their class with a grade point average of at least 3.5.

Alpha Psi Omega , the national theatre honorary society, is active on campus with membership based on a point system whereby points are earned by participating in the many facets of theatre work on campus. Popular current projects include sponsoring the yearly Festival of One Act Plays and a touring production that travels to area public schools.

Arts Council functions as a way to promote and recognize the arts on campus as well as making students aware of art opportunities on and off campus. The council strives to involve more students in artistic activities and sponsors a ‘paint night' each semester.

Buffalo Ramblers is an informal association of those members of the Milligan College family who enjoy exploring on foot the scenic gorges, peaks, caves, and waterfalls surrounding the College.

Buffalo Yearbook is responsible for coordinating and publishing the annual yearbook received by all students, faculty, and staff.

Campus Activities Board (CAB) assists in the planning of various extracurricular and co-curricular activities, including dances, trips, Wonderful Wednesday, film showings, and musical events.

Christians in Business Club offers business majors the chance to discuss how their Christian faith relates to business issues. Members explore business from a Christian perspective in hopes to better understand their faith and how that faith influences their perceptions and actions in business.

Christian Pre-law Association provides a means for students interested in law school or various careers within the legal field to gain an understanding of what will be expected of them after college. In addition, the club explores possible methods of integrating a Christian perspective in the legal field.

Club Ultimate exists to provide a spiritual and healthy experience through physical activity and controlled competition while playing ultimate Frisbee.

College Republicans is an organization made up of students interested in local, state, and national politics.

Commuter Council seeks to unite and involve commuters in campus life.

Fanatics boost school spirit in the areas of athletics and residence life and promotes student and community involvement to achieve unity.

The French Club exists to promote social and educational activities in a French language setting. This club is open to all elementary and intermediate French students.

The German Club provides an outlet for any students of the German language to practice and refine their skills. The club also hopes to offer opportunities for the experience of German culture for any who are interested.

Habitat for Humanity introduces students to the organization and allows them to serve the community as they build a better future.

Milligan Recycling Committee continually seeks to make recycling a permanent and practiced activity on campus. Students strive to influence the college's attitudes toward the environment and Christian responsibility.

Mu Kappa promotes fellowship among children of missionaries as well as international students by providing a loving and supportive environment for those whose families may not be in the U.S.

Multi-Cultural Affairs Committee is a faction of the Campus Activities Board that aims to make Milligan a genuinely multicultural Christian community by affirming the worth of all human beings and affirming the value and significance of the human cultures and communities that have developed over the centuries.

Music Educators National Conference has a student chapter on the campus. Its purpose is to afford students the opportunity for professional musical orientation and development. These students also sponsor receptions after some concerts and serve as ushers for these events.

NAMI, the Nation's Voice on Mental Illness, has a chapter on campus. NAMI exists to educate and increase awareness of mental health issues and to promote early detection, intervention, and resources. These students also strive to combat stigma that surrounds mental illness by breaking silence, shame, secrecy, myths, and ignorance that create barriers when seeking help.

Omicron Psi is a national honor society for non-traditional students. The association is open to juniors and seniors at least 24 years of age, with a grade point average of at least 3.0.

 Phi Alpha Theta is an honorary history society with more than 270,000 members in over 850 chapters in colleges and universities across the United States . Phi Alpha Theta 's mission is to promote the study of history through the encouragement of research, good teaching, publication, and exchange of learning and ideas among historians. Milligan history students established the Alpha Iota Tau chapter of Phi Alpha Theta during the Spring 2001 semester.

Photography Club increases awareness of the Milligan College photography program and incorporates the community through Christian service in the arts.

Psi Chi is the national Honor Society in Psychology for the purpose of encouraging, stimulating, and maintaining excellence in scholarship and advancing the science of psychology.

Rotaract Club provides an opportunity for students to grow in their leadership skills and to promote better relations among all people worldwide through a framework of friendship and service.

The Spanish Club exists to encourage Spanish culture and language appreciation while hosting several social and educational activities.

The Student Nurses Association is an organization that exists to provide fellowship and student support for those in the nursing major.This organization also provides service and health promotion activities to the Milligan community.

The Student Tennessee Education Association seeks to develop interest in education as a lifelong career, to develop among students preparing to be teachers an understanding of the teaching profession through professional associations, to give students preparing to teach practical experience in working with professional associations on the problems of the teaching profession and society, and to provide students preparing to teach with the history, organization, policies, ethics, and programs of the professional associations.

, a part of the Campus Activities Board (CAB), sponsors two coffeehouse style performances each month. Those participating with SUB 7 book the acts, set up the sound equipment, and make the coffee for each performance. All students are invited to attend.

WUMC seeks to provide the college with a quality radio station by giving students and volunteers broadcast experience. 

Campus Ministry Organizations

(FCA) Fellowship of Christian Athletes: Open to all students, this ministry addresses the mutually benefiting opportunities for religion and sports and serves the unique dynamics of student athletes. FCA hosts monthly events qualifying for the spiritual formation program, weekly small groups and bible studies, retreats, and Christian leadership seminars.

Vespers: An informal, contemporary student-led worship service open to all students. Vesper services occur on Sunday evenings at 8:30 pm in Seeger Chapel's Walker Auditorium.

(CCMC) Cross Cultural Missions Committee: This ministry promotes cross cultural mission awareness and engagement through mission trips, monthly forums, national conferences, and other events.

Service Seekers: This ministry encourages students to help people in need by visiting the sick and elderly and serving the homeless.

( LINC ) Linking Individuals to the Needs of the Community: This organization serves as a hub for coordinating individual students with local community service organizations but also providing the college opportunities to partner with national service initiatives.

Habitat for Humanity: This ministry is an official chapter of the nationwide Habitat for Humanity organization and enables Milligan students to participate in constructing homes for those in need.

(CMC) Campus Ministry Committee: This committee coordinates discipleship and spiritual formation activities beyond those of the CMT, Campus Ministry Team. These activities include spiritual retreats, prayer vigils, Christian leadership conferences and seminars, devotional breakfasts, additional discipleship groups, campus ministry publicity, and fellowship events.

Bible Bowl: Former Bible Bowlers who have coordinated the Milligan College Summer Bible Bowl tournament are a part of this ministry.

Fine Arts

The fine arts program at Milligan College enriches campus life through the exhibition of painting, sculpture, and photography. Numerous exhibitions of guest artists as well as student exhibitions displaying recent art and photography work take place each year in the Milligan College Art Gallery on campus. Milligan College drama, which involves a large portion of the student body, has frequently received critical acclaim. The Festival of One Act Plays and Short Films and performances in the SUB 7 coffee house serve as other campus venues for displays and performances of the fine arts. Visit the Fine Arts webpage.


Heritage a small a cappella ensemble, is an auditioned group of six to eight men and women performing on and off-campus for churches and service clubs.

Brass Ensemble is an instrumental ensemble composed of brass instruments devoted to the study and performance of literature written specifically for brass.

Civic Band provides students a performance opportunity with the Johnson City Civic Community Band.

Concert Choir is an auditioned mixed chorus with varied repertoire of classics, spirituals, hymn arrangements and musical theatre. The Choir tours annually and performs on numerous other occasions. 

Pep Band is an instrumental ensemble devoted to performance of music during select Milligan College athletic events.

Orchestra provides students an opportunity to perform with the Johnson City Symphony Orchestra.

Jazz Ensemble is an organization devoted to performance of jazz and pop styles, with emphasis on ensemble playing, solo playing, and improvisation.

Milligan College Orchestra is an auditioned orchestra which performs representative literature for on and off campus performances. This ensemble is open to elective students, as well as music majors and minors.

Milligan Gospel Choir is a mixed chorus singing various styles of gospel music.

String Quartet is a chamber ensemble for string players which perform for on and off campus events.

Visit the Music area webpage to learn more.

Publications and Media

Students interested in journalism or creative writing may find an opportunity for self-expression through the medium of several publications of the College: the College newspaper, The Stampede; the College yearbook, The Buffalo, which presents a pictorial history of the year’s activities; and the College literary magazine, Phoenix, which accepts original work from students and faculty. Students interested in broadcasting may join the staff of WUMC 90.5 FM (campus radio station).

Publications Policy: All Milligan College printed communication with an external audience (off-campus) must be submitted to the Public Relations Office for approval. All printed communication with an internal audience (on-campus) must be submitted to the Publicity Council.

All printed communication (e.g. brochures, flyers) and all uses of the Milligan College logo must follow the guidelines in the “Publication Policy, Identity Standards and Style Guide” document available from the Public Relations Office.

These guidelines also apply for all events held on Milligan’s campus, even if not officially sponsored by the College. It is the responsibility of the Milligan College contact to make the parties aware of these policies.