CPLA Clubs and Organizations
The College of Psychology and Liberal Arts has many clubs and organizations you can join that will enrich your student experience.
SOP Clubs and Organizations
Psi Chi is the largest international honor society for psychology majors. Its purpose is to recognize and promote excellence in the science and application of psychology. Members have opportunities for scholarship and research, professional development, and civic engagement.
South Brevard Society for Human Resource Management Student Chapter
The student chapter of the Society for Human Resource Management holds regularly scheduled meetings to help members learn more about business and the human resources field and provide professional development and networking opportunities. The chapter organizes a variety of activities such as resume development and interviewing skills programs, guest speakers, company tours, internship programs, conferences and case study competitions. The chapter helps students build relationships with local professionals and other students, while learning about human resource management and positioning themselves for success upon graduation.
- Faculty Advisor: Dr. Katrina Merlini
SAC Clubs and Organizations
College Players is a student-run club that provides extracurricular music and acting opportunities to interested students in forms of musicals and plays. They welcome involvement by all students, seeking a high level of craft and excellence in their projects, but working to maintain a supportive community that has fun.
- Faculty advisor: Dr. Angela Tenga
FITlosophy provides students with an informal and friendly environment for student-led discussion of a wide range of philosophical questions. All Florida Tech students are welcome to attend the club's weekly meetings in the Evans Library.
FITV is Florida Tech’s student-run media production club. It produces student projects, short and feature films, and promos for the FIT community. FITV provides Florida Tech students access to streaming new, popular movies from the comfort of their homes and maintains the TV station 98-2.
- Faculty advisor: Dr. Lisa Perdigao
The Florida Tech Crimson
For students interested in journalism, becoming a staff member of the Crimson, the official student-run newspaper of Florida Tech, can be a great way to gain experience. Students have the opportunity to gain experience conducting interviews, scoping out stories, taking pictures, editing articles, publishing web content, and seeing their name in print. Visit the Crimson website to check out the latest edition.
- Faculty advisor: Dr. Ted Petersen for more information on how to get involved.
Aside from news publication, the Crimson is also the active voice on campus encouraging students to consider the value of the First Amendment with the annual Free Speech Day in February. Free Speech Day encompasses a “Free Speech” wall, where students, faculty, and staff have free reign to write anything on a specific wall on campus.
The Crimson has won a Society of Professional Journalists Regional Mark of Excellence Award in 2014 for In-depth Reporting (Small).
The Writing for Media and Journalism courses are the perfect complement to writing for the Crimson. These classes offer students a chance to learn and practice reporting, AP style writing, and develop good journalism habits. The courses are not required to write for the paper.
This Florida Tech Life Podcast
This Florida Tech life podcast chronicles the unique campus aspects that create the Florida Tech culture. This Florida Tech Life developed from Dr. Ted Petersen’s "Publishing and the Internet" course in the fall 2012 semester. Students develop a story, line up some sources, use digital audio recorders to record the interviews and any natural sounds, take photos, write a script, edit the audio, write a print story, and finally publish their podcast in an HMTL online document.
Students, staff, and faculty members participate in creating the podcast. Listen to the podcasts at This Florida Tech Life.
- Faculty advisor: Dr. Ted Petersen for more information on how to get involved.
Florida Tech Public Relations Club (FTPR)
The Florida Tech Public Relations Club (FTPR) allows members to gain professional experience in the field of public relations through collaborations with on-campus organizations, the Space Coast chapter of Florida Public Relations Association (FPRA) and the surrounding community.
The club works with groups on campus and in the community to support public relations initiatives. Recently, members have helped plan, promote and facilitate special speaker events and fundraising. In addition to special event support, the student chapter offers services such as website development and updating, publicity and awareness generation, news release writing and social media management. FTPR student membership is open to all students pursuing studies in strategic communication, multiplatform journalism and business, or who have an interest in public relations.
- Faculty Advisor: Ingrid Bradley
Florida Tech students have the opportunity to publish their short stories, poetry, photography, and artwork in the literary magazine Kaleidoscope. Published at the end of the spring semester, the literary magazine features work from Florida Tech undergraduates, graduates, faculty, and staff.
Students get behind the scenes experience in publishing, with opportunities to serve as editors, graphic artists, and layout and design specialists.
- Faculty advisors Dr. John Lavelle and Dr. Debbie Lelekis. To reach out to Kaleidoscope members directly, e-mail them.
Lambda Pi Eta
Lambda Pi Eta, the official honor society for the National Communication Association, is an invitation only organization based on credit hours and grade point average. It is open to communication majors and minors at both the graduate and undergraduate level. Here at FIT, the Upsilon Xi chapter sends invitations to those eligible to join once or twice a year. Dues are a one-time $40 fee which includes lifetime membership and access to networking nationwide, as well as a pin and membership certificate. Active members who participate in society meetings and initiatives are eligible for graduation cords. Meetings are held once or twice per term, for new member initiation, officer elections, and planning and conducting a community service project. Alumni remain involved, sharing thoughts and ideas about the job search and career planning. National conference attendance is also possible.
The Prelaw Society is committed to promoting student success and preparing students for achievement in a global workforce by expanding students' legal knowledge directly related to their major or chosen career path.
Students will learn from and network with other students, alumni, legal professionals, and other guest speakers of interest. Students will also engage in activities to develop law skills and have the opportunity to participate in career shadowing and internship opportunities.
The Prelaw Society provides students with resources for pursuing master's and juris doctor degrees in their fields of interest including LSAT prep, introductions to law schools and their admissions processes, meet-and-greets with current law school students, and law school visits.
Network with students who have gone on study law at Harvard, University of Virginia, William and Mary, and more!
- Faculty advisor: Dr. Jacob Ivey
SBA Clubs and Organizations
The Behavior Analysis Student Association consists of a group of M.S. and Ph.D. students in Behavior Analysis at Florida Tech. The group meets regularly and holds an annual conference each spring on various topics within the field of Behavior Analysis. The conference is often well-attended by community BCBAs and BCaBAs, teachers, parents, students, and faculty.
The purpose of the Behavior Analysis Student Association is to provide opportunities for students to generate, discuss, and exchange ideas on the practice and research of issue in Behavior Analysis.
BASA is an organization designed to provide a forum for discussion of Behavior Analysis in experimental and applied settings. We focus on
- Florida Tech class topics
- Real world issues
- Conceptual questions
- Effective community dissemination
- Experiencing the science of behavior analysis in community, conferences, and practicum settings
Membership includes robust activities, room for development of professional passions, and financial support for the next generation of young professionals.
- PUBLIC calendar: BASA lab schedules
- PUBLIC calendar: Official BASA events
- BASA@fit.edu is the formal email address for communication. This Gmail account is only for scheduling. Emails sent to this email account will be put on extinction.
- Submit Official membership applications
This membership requirement is a non-negotiable stipulation for all student clubs and organizations.
Professional credibility is based on the ethical guidelines and professional codes of conduct of the Behavior Analyst Certification Board, the International Association for Behavior Analysts and the American Psychological Association.