Spring membership Drives have officially kicked off at American Public University System (APUS), inviting American Military University (AMU) and American Public University (APU) students and alumni to join a number of clubs and professional organizations.
Over the past decade, virtual student organizations have surfaced as a mechanism for engaging community members all over the globe, providing a variety of benefits and co-curricular opportunities that support academics, professional development, leadership, and service. Much like you would find on any traditional campus, the university’s 40-plus student organizations work to assemble students and alumni with a common interest and motivation.
Through a set of university expectations for student organizations (The Chapter Standards Program), the university provides a solid foundation and framework to engage members from all over the world in projects, activities, and events that build community at a distance.
Members of a virtual student organization can expect to join a network of peers, academic and professional, as well as gain exclusive access to resources, scholarships, and opportunities related to the mission of the group. With a number of university faculty and staff serving as chapter advisors, students and alumni can work directly with university leadership outside the classroom environment on activities, events, and virtual projects throughout the year.
Campus leadership opportunities in student organizations provide student and alumni officers with unique experiences, working virtually to carry out the mission of the organization. Chapter leaders are provided training and development by the Office of Student Affairs, and in their roles, they have the ability to impact and drive the success of their chapter.
Participation and leadership in campus organizations broadens the scope of the student experience, and allow alumni to remain actively connected to the mission of both the organization and the university. Professionally, members have the ability to share their achievements and accomplishments with other professionals in their field–demonstrating a commitment to academics, leadership, and service.
APUS is proud to kick off its spring membership drives for all clubs and professional organizations, and invites students and alumni to explore the options and benefits associated with membership.
To learn more or to get involved in a student organization, please visit the membership drives page and explore the possibilities.
Words from APUS Student Org Leaders:
“When I made the decision to go back to school and finish up my education through American Military University, becoming involved in a student organization was not even something that had crossed my mind. Based on my academic achievements, it wasn’t long before I started receiving invitations to join various organizations. I found myself involved in Golden Key, the Student Veterans of America, NSCS, and Phi Alpha Delta. After discovering more about these organizations, I decided to accept a position as a VP with NSCS. In 2014, word went out that a new IT-related organization had been formed and leadership positions were available. I decided to accept the role as the organizations first Chapter President, realizing this would more than likely take a much higher than normal commitment level due to the newness of the organization. The knowledge and connections, as well as the leadership experience I have gained so far, have been outstanding. Though I consider our organization still in its infancy, I am convinced that with the assistance and support of the leadership team I have developed, we can accomplish great things throughout 2015. As our student organization slowly transitions from building the necessary core components which will aid future organizational leaders, to a focus on IT-related material, education, and events, we expect our membership numbers to multiply significantly over the next couple of years. I would not trade the knowledge I have learned during my term as AITP President, and I expect to take these skills into the workplace as I begin a new IT career.”
Shannon Letteer, Chapter President, Association of Information Technology Professionals (AITP)
“Even though we are all so very different, we come together as though we are family. It is truly amazing that even in an online setting, we are able to feel so close and connected. This connection has inspired me, and has been one of the most memorable and wonderful experiences I have had as a student.”
Sarah Hogencamp, Chapter President, GLBT Students and Friends (GLBT)
“I have been privileged enough to be able to lead the American Society of Transportation and Logistics at AMU/APU over the last year. As a new leader in a new organization, there were many periods of uncertainty and opportunity that blossomed into rare experiences that I am fortunate enough to have shared with such a great group of people. Oftentimes, our fears and shortcomings keep us from participating in causes that are greater than ourselves and my hope is that I can impart confidence in those around me to take up the mantle of leadership.”
Ax Torres, Chapter President, Association of Transportation and Logistics (ASTL)
About the Authors
Stephanie Matro provides oversight and management to the Student Organizations team, assisting in the execution of membership drives, chapter budget and finance allocation, the Chapter Standards program, and new organization charters. Stephanie obtained a Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies, with a minor in Business Administration from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, and is a recent graduate of American Public University, where she holds a Master’s in Management with a concentration in Organizational Leadership.
Stephanie is a member of Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education (NASPA), Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. and Lambda Pi Eta Communications Honor Society. She previously advised the National Society of Collegiate Scholars, where she obtained the Advisor of the Year Award in 2013 and 2014, and currently serves as a Chapter Advisor to the AMU and APU Chapter of Golden Key.
Amanda Wilson has worked in the field of education for more than 10 years, joining APUS in 2008 to assist in the development and expansion of co-curricular leadership and engagement opportunities at American Military University and American Public University. Amanda specializes in virtual communities, leadership development, mentoring and student organizations. Amanda Wilson holds a Bachelor of Science in English and Political Science from Radford University, and a Master’s in Business Administration with a concentration in Marketing from American Public University.
Amanda Wilson is a member of Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education (NASPA), Golden Key International Honour Society, and the National Society of Collegiate Scholars; she currently serves as a Chapter Advisor for AMU and APU Chapter of Golden Key, and represents Region 2 on Golden Key’s Council of Advisors.