Frequently Asked Questions | Extracurricular
Volunteerism is an important component of Centre's commitment to prepare students for lives of learning, leadership, and service, and Centre offers a number of ways that students can volunteer in Danville and the surrounding areas. CARE (Centre Action Reaches Everyone) is Centre's umbrella volunteer service organization and serves as a liaison between Centre's campus and the Danville/Boyle County area. Members of CARE are responsible for coordinating a number of substantial projects including the fall and spring blood drives, Read Across America Day, the Angel Tree project, and Hunger and Homelessness Week.
Members of CARE are also responsible for recruiting and coordinating the volunteer efforts of individual students at the numerous agencies in the Danville/Boyle County area. Centre students serve the community by volunteering their time at the Humane Society, the Recycling Center, Ephraim McDowell Hospital, local nursing homes, the Salvation Army, Big Brothers/Big Sisters, the Housing Authority, the Rape Crisis Center, the Hope Clinic, Sadie's Animal Rescue, and several afterschool programs.
Centre also has active chapters of Alpha Phi Omega, a co-ed service fraternity, and Habitat for Humanity. Members of campus groups often participate in projects that are important to their organization.
Are there activities available to fill out-of-classroom time?
There are many. Join a service organization, pre-professional society (such as pre-med or pre-law), visual and performing arts group, religious group, publication staff, or political club. Run for office in the Student Government Association. Or join a varsity athletic team or intramural team. Centre offers activities for every interest.
Centre offers five fraternities for men and four sororities for women. The five fraternities are Delta Kappa Epsilon (colony), Phi Delta Theta, Phi Kappa Tau, Sigma Alpha Epsilon, and Sigma Chi. The four sororities are Alpha Delta Pi, Delta Delta Delta, Kappa Alpha Theta, and Kappa Kappa Gamma. Greeks at Centre can be found helping with campus events, volunteering in Danville and the surrounding communities, and hosting great parties that are open to all students.
Centre offers many academic clubs and societies. For instance, the American Chemical Society, Art Society, Chess Club, Cycling Club, Deutschklub, Economic Society, Equestrian Club, French Society, Hispanic Society, Japanese Club, Law Society, NEST, Optimist Club, Politics Society, Pre-Health Professions Society, Pre-Veterinary Society, and Step Team are just a few of the many opportunities on campus.
Centre also offers academic honor societies, one of which, Phi Beta Kappa, is the only chapter at a private school in Kentucky. In addition to Phi Beta Kappa, Centre has a chapter of Omicron Delta Kappa, a leadership fraternity, and academic fraternities delineated by major. These academic fraternities are: Beta Beta Beta (biology), Omicron Delta Epsilon (economics), Phi Alpha Theta (history), Phi Sigma Iota (foreign language), Pi Mu Epsilon (math), Pi Sigma Alpha (government), Psi Chi (psychology), Sigma Delta Pi (Spanish), and Sigma Pi Sigma (physics).
Does Centre have a campus minister or any religious groups for students?
Rick Axtell is Centre's college chaplain as well as an associate professor of religion at the College. He holds a B.A. degree from Mississippi College, and he earned an M.Div. degree and a Ph.D. from the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. He has also completed advanced studies at the University of Notre Dame.
The Religious Life Office works to promote vital religious life and greater religious understanding on campus. This office provides encouragement and coordination of the work of campus religious groups. It strives to strengthen students' links to their own religious traditions by facilitating local congregations' ministries to students as well as enhance the College's mission to educate its students as morally and socially responsible citizens.
The Religious Life Office provides pastoral care and religious counseling for the campus community and advises students considering religious vocations and divinity school programs. In addition to speakers, worship services, dinners, and discussion groups, the Religious Life Office sponsors events such as the Advent Service of Lessons and Carols, Lenten observances, Passover Seder, and Baccalaureate. The College Chaplain offers a Christian contemplative worship service every Sunday night in the sanctuary of the Presbyterian Church adjacent to the campus.
Religious groups on campus include Baptist Campus Ministry, Centre Catholic Community, Centre Christian Fellowship, CentreFaith (interfaith dialogue group), CentrePeace (peace and justice group), Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Habitat for Humanity, Muslim Student Association, Orthodox Christian Fellowship, and Westminster Presbyterian Fellowship.