The North Arkansas College staff believes that activities outside the classroom enrich, supplement, and provide a testing ground for classroom learning. These activities offer opportunities for social growth and for the development of values, appreciations, and insights. The Coordinator of Student Activities and Organizations works with students and faculty to present activities and programs appropriate to the students’ needs. Assistance and guidance will be provided to groups wishing to organize clubs and organizations appropriate to a community college.
Northark has four intercollegiate athletic teams, which are members of the National Junior College Athletic Association and subject to that association’s rules and regulations. The Pioneers are the men’s basketball and baseball teams. The Lady Pioneers are the women’s basketball and fast pitch softball teams. Admission to Northark games is free to Northark students, faculty, and staff. Students must complete at least twelve hours of North Arkansas College course credit and maintain a 2.0 grade point average in order to compete.
The college provides intramural activities for students who wish to participate in sports other than those organized for intercollegiate competition. Students wishing to take part in intramural sports may do so by contacting the Athletic Department. Competition in flag football, basketball, softball, golf, and other sports is offered when possible.
Throughout the year, the administration and student body offer special events of interest to the public. Concerts, art exhibits, films, lectures, and other social and cultural events in keeping with the community college standards are scheduled.
North Arkansas College has a Student Center located on both the North and South Campus to provide an opportunity for students to socialize. The Weldon Stevenson Student Center on the North Campus is centrally located and has food vending machines and a large area for students. The South Campus Bradley Student Center is located close to Financial Aid, Counseling and Advising Services, the Bookstore, and the College Grill. The College Grill offers sandwiches, soup, and salads. Food vending machines are located in this area and in the main hallways of the South Campus. The Center Campus provides a food vending area on the first floor adjacent to the FedEx Atrium.
Student Clubs and Organizations
Membership in student organizations is open to currently enrolled students at North Arkansas College without regard to race, religion, or national origin. The Dean of Students has the responsibility of ensuring that anti-discrimination policies are observed by all campus organizations. When any student group wishes to engage in a sustained program and/or use College facilities on a regular basis, an annual registration of the group as an official student organization is required. Once officially recognized, an organization is entitled to all rights and privileges afforded other North Arkansas College organizations.
The student leader and treasurer of a student organization must be a current North Arkansas College student. These offices may not be held by the same person simultaneously.
Each student organization must have a campus advisor who is a current full-time staff, faculty or administrative professional at North Arkansas College.
Each student organization’s current operational documents (i.e. constitution/bylaws) and logo must be on file with the Office of Student Activities.
Registration and Renewal
Students are eligible to form new student organizations by following the procedures set forth by the Student Organization Advisors Handbook and the North Arkansas College Student Handbook. Final approval for any new student organization will be determined by the Dean of Students. All existing student organizations must register each academic year with Student Services in order to maintain official recognition.
Organizations recognized by the College must follow all college policies and procedures.
North Arkansas College Student Government provides an official voice for students on issues that affect them. The members foster communication and cooperation among students, faculty, staff, and administration and work to improve all facets of the college. Officers are elected in April and serve from May 1 to April 30 of the following year. Senators are selected in the fall of each year from the organizations that are registered members of Student Government.
Students Supporting Students
Students Supporting Students provides members an environment that fosters friendship and a spirit of understanding among all people for the diverse community in which we live; opportunities for community service; and the development of individual character and leadership skills. Members seek to create positive change in themselves, their organization, and their community.