literary and media organizations
Serves as the Corporate Communication and Media Production facility for Avila. Provides public relations, advertising, and media services for events.
Sound & Fury (literary magazine)
Avila’s literary magazine, the Sound & Fury, publishes poetry, short stories, short plays, and essays. The magazine is edited by students under the supervision of Avila’s Artist in Residence, Stanley Banks.
Avila University’s student media network which includes the Talon News Magazine, The Talon Online, Talon TV, Talon Ureport, Talon podcasts, web streaming and other interactive publications.
special interest organizations
The ambassadors promote Avila University and its values as representatives of the Admissions Office. Ambassadors provide tours for prospective students and participate in special University events.
Black Student Union (BSU)
The Black Student Union (BSU) is a collegian support group created to provide Avila University’s community with educational and social programming that promotes cultural diversity. BSU promotes cultural pluralism through the selection and presentation of lecturers, speakers, discussion groups, and artistic programming in an intellectually stimulating format.
Colleges Against Cancer at Avila University
National site: http://campus.relayforlife.org/
Colleges Against Cancer (CAC) is a nationwide collaboration of college students, faculty, and staff dedicated to eliminating cancer by working to implement the programs and mission of the American Cancer Society.
International Association of Business Communicators (IABC)
The International Association of Business Communicators (IABC) enables a global network of communicators working in diverse industries and disciplines to identify, share and apply the world’s most effective communication practices.
International Student Organization (ISO)
The International Student Organization (ISO) is committed to:
- Fostering awareness, appreciation, and understanding of different cultures
- Advancing the needs of different cultural groups on campus
- And Providing programs and events for social, cultural, and educational exchange
We lead, inspire, and mentor ladies to embrace their power, purpose, and value. To create long lasting relationships and empower women to live the lives they love. We will ignite their passion and come together to build a strong fellowship in our community.
Residence Hall Association
The Residence Hall Association integrates the ideals of the residence halls to promote leadership in those residence halls.
Saudi Arabian Students Association (SASA)
To share Saudi Arabian tradition, culture, and perception within the Avila and Kansas City communities and promote cross-cultural communication and understanding through various activities under the Avila University umbrella.
The purposes of the SASA are:
- Represent Saudi Arabia in education, society and sport activities.
- Educate Kansas City community about Saudi Arabian culture.
- Participate in Avila University and Kansas City activities.
- Promote communication between Saudi Arabian, American students and international students.
- Help new Saudi Arabian students and their families.
- Help SASA members and students learn and develop different skills.
Sexual Orientation Diversity Alliance (SODA)
Established by for students, faculty, and staff, to encourage understanding of the complexities, dangers, pervasiveness of homophobia heterosexism.
Society of Latinos (SOL)
The Society of Latinos serves the Kansas City community by providing support to elementary and secondary school students. In working with local students, SOL aims to instill the tools, leadership and motivation to help them achieve their academic and professional goals. SOL provides the Avila University community with educational and recreational events to share the culture and traditions of diverse Hispanic/Latino nationalities.
United Nations Association-USA (UNA-USA) Avila Chapter
UNA-USA campus chapters are ambassadors for the UN in their local communities. They educate themselves and others in the vital work of the UN and advocate to their elected leaders about the importance of a strong US-UN relationship. This organization will inspire Avila students to identify and advocate for global issues (i.e., energy, climate, women’s issues, health, peace, security). Students will build leadership skills that will help them make a difference in the world. They will learn how to meet with elected officials to talk about the issues that matter as well as advocate for issues of social justice through direct community engagement.
Alpha Epsilon Delta (AED)
AED is an organization of pre-health professions and science majors. Most students in these programs actively participate in the club. AED was formed to allow students interested in the health professions to explore career opportunities by sponsoring speakers, going on field trips and holding social events on and off campus.
Avila Education Association (AEA)
Avila Education Association is open to all undergraduate and graduate teacher education and international advocacy students, as well as those interested in these fields. The purpose of this organization is to provide opportunities for professional growth, professional and social networking, and community service.
Advisor Angel Yanez
ASNO members contribute to nursing education in order to provide the highest quality health care. The program is representative of fundamental and current professional interest and concerns and aims to involve freshman and sophomore nursing students and foster added interest of junior and senior students through:
- Community volunteer services
- Lectures and demonstrations to supplement academic and clinical experiences.
- A medium in which information and assistance can be obtained through peers and faculty.
- Unifying, activating, and developing relationships between nursing students so as to strengthen their professional and personal endeavors.
- An organization in which members can keep well informed as to trends in nursing, government legislation, and the community.
Through membership in ASNO students will develop peer relations, communication skills, civic involvement, knowledge and applied skills.
Computer Science Club
Advisor Patrick Kopp
The Computer Science (CS) club is an opportunity for Avila computer science majors to come together to discuss and review new ideas and concepts. The club will educate the Kansas City community about Computer Science and help computer science majors learn and develop skills. It will also help new CS students get acclimated to Avila and the department.
Advisor Amy Milakovic
This club promotes a mastery of written expression, encourages worthwhile reading, and fosters a spirit of good fellowship among students of the English language and literature.
Graduate Psychology Association
The Graduate Psychology Club is designed to provide support, information, and networking opportunities for students involved in a Master’s level study of Psychology.
The Kinesiology Club works to make a positive difference on campus and within the community. They work with other groups to facilitate recreational and fitness activities on campus (ie: i-Fit Club & AU “Biggest Losers” programs). Our activities are designed to promote development and networking opportunities related to Kinesiology.
The Pre-Law Organization at Avila is a student run group with the sole purpose of preparing students to be successful in law school and legal careers. We visit law schools, host guest speakers, and even set up internships. We focus all of our time on professional development and building our resumes for law school and beyond. Every member in the organization has a voice in deciding what our next course of action will be.
Student Social Work Association (SSWA)
SSWA is a student organization for Avila social work majors and anyone else interested in the field of Social Work. The club elects officers, is run by students, with input from the advisors. The purpose of the club is to promote awareness of social work, provide service to the community and to organize social activities for members. The club offers a connecting point for students interested in the social work field. The club sponsors service projects and other activities throughout the academic year.
health & wellness organizations
American Red Cross Club
The Avila University American Red Cross Club is a student organization that focuses directly with the University’s mission of serving the dear neighbor. Students contribute to the American Red Cross blood drives in order to serve a constant need for blood donation in the Kansas City region. The club also provides community service opportunities that help students involved consider the potential of a future career in health and science.
Peers Educating Avila About Counseling and Health (PEACH)
Peers Educating Avila about Counseling and Health (PEACH) is a student driven group that develops and presents a variety of educational programs and activities intended to promote physical and emotional well-being. Examples of PEACH program topics are: spring break safety awareness, breast cancer awareness, stress relief events. In addition PEACH participates in existing campus activities (i.e. Orientation, Student Organization Fair, Stress Relief Week, Spring Fling, and Wellness Day). The PEACH members meet regularly with the co-advisors to plan events/activities.
Proud2Bme is partners with the National Eating Disorder Association (NEDA). Its purpose is to promote body positivity and bring awareness to eating disorders. It will also educate Avila’s students on the importance of a positive self-image and prevention, warning signs, and resources related to eating disorders.
The focus of wellness programming is directed to the student population, although activities are open and available to all students, faculty, and staff. Programming is designed to promote wellness, enhance health awareness, and encourage development of healthy choices that affect both physical and mental health.
Programs offered each semester can include wellness forums, classes, activities, and events. Wellness also collaborates with other clubs, organizations, departments, and schools to provide activities during special focus weeks on campus. Wellness works in conjunction with Peers Educating Avila About Counseling and Health (PEACH) to provide a more comprehensive plan for the campus community.