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Academic Groups

By joining a club or organization specific to your major, you'll expand your personal and professional networks and earn distinction in your field of study.

Academic Groups

American Association of University Women – AAUW Student Organization

AAUW is a national organization with the mission of advancing equity for women and girls through advocacy, education, philanthropy, and research. AAUW student organizations give students the resources and support to engage their community. Students gain leadership skills, create change on their campus, address equity issues, and connect with a national community.

Advisor: Julie Makuta

American Institute of Graphic Arts (AIGA) Student Group

The AIGA Student Group provides its members with an opportunity to come together and grow as graphic designers. This is fulfilled by building relationships between fellow students, faculty, alumni and professional graphic designers. The mission of the group is to elevate the level of design by the La Roche University graphic design students and provide a network of support and collaboration among students, faculty, and professionals in the field.

Advisor: Andrew Schwanbeck

American Society of Interior Design (ASID)

This organization provides professional connections to interior design students and offers programs that will familiarize students with the design market while keeping in contact with interior design professionals and broadening its members design knowledge through the professionals.

Advisor: Lisa Kamphaus

Association for Women in Communication (AWC)

This is a professional organization open to both women and men that champions the advancement of women across all communications disciplines by recognizing excellence, promoting leadership and positioning its members at the forefront of the evolving communications era. Requirements are: Maintain an above average GPA. Demonstrate a commitment to pursue an area of communications as a career.

If interested, contact the Center for Student Development at 412-536-1044 or email at

Association for Computing Machinery (ACM): La Roche Chapter

All students are welcomed to join this association which is designed to provide its members with a better understanding of this nature and functions of information technology and foster among students a better understanding of the vital business roll of technology.

Advisor: Dr. Christina Bahm

Biology Club

The Biology Club of La Roche University aims to provide members with meaningful opportunities that will prepare them for post-graduate studies. Members are offered the chance to participate in student research, shadowing and job opportunities, and MCAT Prep. Several club-oriented committees are responsible for making these opportunities available to members. All students are welcome to join the Biology Club, regardless of their academic standing, major or GPA.

Advisor: Fred Sproull

Criminal Justice Club

The purpose of this group is to foster professionalism in law enforcement personnel and to encourage the establishment and expansion of higher education and professional training in criminal justice. The organization is open to all criminal justice majors.

Advisor: William Crowley

Delta Mu Delta

The national honor society in the field of Business Administration has two-fold mission: to promote higher scholarship in training for business and to recognize and reward business administration students who have distinguished themselves scholastically. Open to business majors with a GPA of 3.2 or better or who have completed at least half of their credits required for the degree.

Advisor: Dr. Michaela Noakes

Finance and Investment Group

Provides students with the opportunities to explore various areas of finance with a special emphasis on investing. The organization will make available activities to expose students to both institutional and personal investing strategies through guest speakers, CFA society of Pittsburgh sponsored events and programs, and other industry resources.

Advisor: Dina Muth

Kappa Delta Epsilon

This is an active group in which members of serious purpose undertake projects of service to the campus and community. Regular meetings acquaint members with the history and ethics of teaching professions, imbue them with a sense of professional responsibility, and keep them in touch with the current problems of education and as a way of living.

Advisor: Dr. Kathy Silvis

La Roche Marketing Club

This group is designed to give members an avenue to actively participate and develop experience in the marketing realm of Pittsburgh and beyond. The organization provides the prestige and recognition allowing out members to increase their own market potential, maximizing their career opportunities.

Advisor: Dr. Rishi Bahl

Psychology Club

These organizations foster interest and research in psychology and also support the academic program by sponsoring guest presentations, programs on internships and careers, and providing networking opportunities. Psi Chi and the Psychology Club support the mission of the college by adopting at least one community service project a year. Requirements: Psi Chi is by invitation, based on cumulative QPA (3.5 or better), earning a major or minor in psychology (or the psychology track of human services) and completing at least 3 courses in psychology. Psychology Club is open to any interested students.

Advisor: Dr. Lee Markawitz

Sigma Tau Delta: International English Honor Society

This English Honor Society is organized to confer distinction for high achievement in English language and literature. This group assists the English department in publishing their annual literary magazine, Nuances. Requirements: Maintain an above average GPA. Demonstrate a commitment to pursue an area of English/Literature as a career.

Advisor: Dr. Janine Bayer

Sociology Club

The Sociology Club of La Roche University provides a useful background for those planning to enter professional fields dealing with groups of people. Activities include opportunities for community service, workshops, speakers, networking, movie nights and more. The Sociology Club is open to not only Sociology majors and minors, but anyone interested in the field in general. This is an excellent opportunity to gain experience and add to your resume.

If interested, contact the Center for Student Development at 412-536-1044 or email at

Student Accounting Association

This club is open to all students with an interest in Accounting, or Accounting majors. The club will provide members with resources, information and leadership skills to enable them to succeed in the world of business

Advisor: Mark Dawson

Student Affiliates of the American Chemical Society & The Science Club

Open to all students with an interest in science. The American Chemical Society is for chemistry majors to provide students with an appreciation for science and to enrich their academic studies. The American Chemical Society provides an opportunity to foster professional spirit and to become better acquainted with the field of chemistry.

Advisor: Don Fujito

Zeta Alpha Pit (ZAP)

Promotes the education of science among the women of La Roche University and develops the sorority's members as individuals and leaders with the support of fellow members

Advisor: Rebecca Bozym