Student Activities, Organizations, and Programs
Frank Phillips College provides a variety of activities, organizations, and programs to foster the social, cultural, physical, and intellectual growth of students. All students are encouraged to participate. Unless otherwise noted, the organizations meet at the Borger campus.
Art Club membership is open to any student or employee of Frank Phillips College seeking to engage in the visual arts. No training or specific talent is required; all we ask is that you have an interest in creating and/or appreciating art in its various mediums. The club meets on the first and third Fridays of each month, beginning at 11:00 a.m. and creating until our pens, paintbrushes, and cameras are tired.
The FPC Cheer Squad is a collection of energetic and enthusiastic individuals that represents Frank Phillips College as Ambassadors on and off the court as well as to surrounding communities. The main objective of the squad is to motivate and energize the crowd at the college athletic events and perform entertaining half time programs. The program is open to individuals that are highly motivated and enjoy collegiate athletics. For more information, contact the Director of Student Central & First Year Experience.
Collegiate FFA is open to any student regardless of major. The only requirement is an interest in agriculture. At the collegiate level FFA allows students to support and interact with high school FFA programs in the region. Activities include working with high school career and leadership development events, assisting with local county shows, community service. Providing leadership and support to area FFA chapters, along with hosting those students on campus. Working with college activities representing the Department of Agriculture on and off campus.
The Cosmetology Club is a social and service organization for students who are preparing for careers in cosmetology. Membership allows students to interact with the professional community and other students with similar interests. Club activities include entering the student competition at the International Beauty Show in Dallas and fund-raising to support local charities. For more information, contact the Cosmetology Department. Borger, Dumas, and Hereford each have a Cosmetology Club.
Global Issues Club
The purpose of the Global Issues Club at Frank Phillips College is to enhance students’ knowledge and understanding of current events, human rights, and social inequalities that affect both our community and our world. Issues of discussion may include a variety of topics such as poverty, human trafficking, health, education inequality, and environmental sustainability. Members will develop leadership skills as they enhance their global understanding and learn how to take action against social injustice. Students who participate in the club will have the unique opportunity to brainstorm social reform strategies and advocacy campaigns, and create awareness about issues through campus events, social media, and peer-focus groups. The club is composed of students representing all majors of Frank Phillips College on the Borger campus. No specific major, talent, or skills are required. Meetings are held twice a month on Fridays in the TRIO Center during the Fall and Spring semester, and consist of a lesson, activity, and guest speaker when available.
Julia Ann Kasch Honors Academy
Frank Phillips College is committed to quality and integrity in the educational experience. The College is dedicated to providing unique and appropriate facilities for learning, and faculty and staff are relentless in their pursuit to improve the students’ experience in and out of the classrooms. Part of the pursuit includes meeting the needs of high-risk learners who best succeed by embracing their pursuit for knowledge independently yet collectively in a setting conducive to the kind of ownership of their education that creates life-long learners and productive contributors to society. The Academy is not a program based on grades alone, but instead a program in which student scholars create a community of like-minded learners in which the environment fosters creative and critical thinking in an application of the knowledge. Students enrolled in the Academy enjoy the flexibility of participating in the creation of the honors courses and take pride in the ownership of their own education. Faculty members who participate in the Academy are partners in learning and mentors to students. Their focus is not on teaching the students but on helping students find the wonderment in their own discoveries. The Academy embraces those learners who learn in non¬traditional ways and who best demonstrate their understanding and mastery of information through projects and applied learning. Students in the program have often struggled in the traditional classroom because they do not feel challenged and because they do not have the opportunity to demonstrate what they really know in ways other than tests.
Livestock Judging Team
Each year the Livestock Judging Team members compete in our country’s biggest livestock judging competitions. They travel to Colorado, Kentucky, Missouri, California, Oklahoma, Arizona, and throughout Texas. The team offers many scholarships each semester. Members need to have a livestock background; however, judging experience is not required. The team competes under the guidelines of the Junior College Livestock Judging Coaches Association.
Phi Theta Kappa Fraternity
Phi Theta Kappa is the national community and junior college honor fraternity. Its purpose is to recognize and encourage scholarship among two-year college students. Working toward this goal, Phi Theta Kappa provides opportunity for the development of leadership for scholars and stimulation of interest in continuing academic excellence. To be eligible for membership, a student must be regularly enrolled in college, carrying a full-time load, and have completed at least one semester. At least 12 hours of this work must be in courses leading to a recognized degree in a fully accredited university or four-year college. In addition to these requirements, a student must also be of good moral character and possess recognized qualities of citizenship as judged by the faculty and be within the upper scholastic ten percent of the regularly enrolled student body. To maintain active membership, a student must have a grade point average of not less than a three-point on a four-point system, which is a “B,” at the end of any given term. For more information, contact the Office of Educational Services or a faculty sponsor. Membership is open to all students, regardless of location.
The Plainsmen Post is FPC’s student newspaper, appearing online only at plainsmenpost.com. Members write an assortment of articles, including FPC event previews and reviews, opinion editorials, interviews, and sports coverage pieces. Students also learn the basic principles of journalism from their organization sponsor.
Pre-Medical Career Club
The FPC PMCC is an organization supporting students on an academic track leading to a medical or allied health career. Membership requirements are simple: Be an FPC student enrolled in a course that could be part of a pre-medical career track, indicate you wish to join, pay your dues and you are officially a member. Members in good standing have the right to run for office, vote on Club matters, attend Club functions and place items on the meeting agenda to be discussed by the group as a whole. This organization is a place for support when you are taking the more arduous courses and feel like you have no social life. You do! The Club will meet your need for socializing while also supporting your efforts to achieve your academic goals through group study sessions that are scheduled throughout each semester. In addition, the Club is committed to community service to the school and the community at large, as this is why students go into a medical career and it’s never too soon to get involved. Finally, it is a group that will participate in activities to expand the members’ understanding of the field of medicine.
Student Senate (SGA)
TThe Student Senate is composed of students representing all areas of Frank Phillips College. The student body elects an Executive Council, which includes the President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer, and Parliamentarian. To serve on the Senate, a student must maintain a 2.0 GPA and be enrolled in at least 12 semester hours. Among the services the Senate provides are: (1) to act as a liaison between the student body and the faculty and administration; (2) to host social activities; (3) to have jurisdiction over all Senate elections; (4) to assist the administration in matters of student relations such as tours, recruiting events etc.; and (5) to develop the art of democratic self-governing. Scholarships are available for active members. For more information, contact the Office of Educational Services or the faculty sponsor.
Student Vocational Nursing Club
The purposes of the Student Vocational Nursing Club are: (1) to promote professional and social unity among students of this association; (2) to aid in the development and growth of the individual student by fostering good citizenship; (3) to provide financial assistance to current and future vocational nursing students; and (4) to provide fun and fellowship for vocational nursing students. For more information, contact the Nursing Department.