Student Handbook

Student Involvement


To help you make the most of your college experience, HBU offers a vast array of opportunities beyond the classroom, such as academic contests, performing arts, concerts, art exhibitions, participation in intramurals, and supporting the championship intercollegiate athletic teams. You may also pursue leadership positions in Student Government, Student Programming, Ministry Leadership, clubs, organizations, and multiple other arenas.

Athletics

With the announcement of the addition of football, Houston Baptist University now sponsors 16 NCAA Division I athletic programs. The women’s sports are soccer, volleyball, cross country, basketball, indoor track and field, outdoor track and field, golf and softball, while the men compete in football, soccer, cross country, basketball, indoor track and field, outdoor track and field, golf and baseball. This year, for the first time, all of the Husky athletic teams will play in the Southland Conference, with the exception of men's soccer, which the Southland does not sponsor. Soccer will compete in the Western Athletic Conference. Football will play this season as a developmental team with seven contests, four of them within Houston. Its first season in the Southland Conference is 2014.
 
Admission to all of the Huskies’ home athletic events is free to currently enrolled HBU students with a valid student ID. Students are encouraged to attend and continue to support the great tradition of HBU athletics. For more information, including team posters and schedules, visit the Athletics Offices located in Sharp Gym or the HBU Bradshaw Fitness Center or call 281.649.3205. Follow the Huskies online or on mobile devices by logging onto the official website – HBUHuskies.com, on Facebook by searching for “HBU Athletics,” and on Twitter by following @hbuhuskies and using the hashtag #DawgsUp. Text message athletics news updates are available by signing up for the Husky Crew on HBUHuskies.com.
 

Campus Recreation

Purpose

Campus Recreation strives to enhance the mind, body and spirit of students, faculty and staff by providing programs, services, and facilities that are responsive to the physical, social, recreational, and lifelong educational needs of the campus as they relate to health, fitness, and learning.

Campus Rec Committee

This committee, with representatives from participating teams, in conjunction with the Director of Campus Recreation, shall have direction over all aspects of the campus program.

Opportunities

  • Bradshaw Fitness Center
  • Dragon Boat Regatta
  • Group Fitness Classes
  • Intramural Sports
  • Club Sports
  • Epic Adventures
  • Pars Course
  • Just for Fun!

Eligibility

The following persons are eligible to participate in Campus Rec programs: (1) students currently enrolled at HBU and in good standing, (2) alumni (HBU graduates), and (3) HBU faculty and staff.

  • Any athlete who has participated in an intercollegiate contest for Houston Baptist University is ineligible to participate in an intramural contest (in same sport) for at least 12 months, or one full season.
  • Rules for all sports may be obtained from the Director of Campus Recreation.

Health and Injuries

Since participation in the Campus Rec program is on a voluntary basis, neither the University nor any Campus Rec staff member will accept responsibility for injuries sustained while participating in scheduled activities. All participating students are encouraged to have health insurance.

Awards

The Men's Intramural Sweepstakes Trophy and the Women's Intramural Sweepstakes Trophy are awarded each year at Honors Convocation to the team amassing the most points during the season.

Student Organizations

Student Organizations are a vital part of college life and offer HBU students a myriad of opportunities to connect and become involved in campus life. Participation in these groups will provide additional opportunities to enrich your college experience. For more details about organizations, contact the Student Involvement Office, second floor of the M.D. Anderson Student Center, 281-649-3154, or go to Student Organizations.

Greek Life

The Greek community at HBU is made up of three fraternities and five sororities. Fraterni­ties and sororities encourage academic achievement and leadership development with their members. Fraternities and sororities encourage their members to give back to HBU and the greater Houston community through a myriad of philanthropic projects and opportunities.

Recruitment/Membership Intake

Each group may have different recruitment dates and formats. For more information about these groups and their recruitment/intake schedules please contact the Director of Student Involvement or go to Greek Life. Not all chapters will accept first-time freshmen.


Special Events

Art Exhibitions - The Visual Arts Department presents various professional and student art exhibitions throughout the academic year, including faculty, alumni, and visiting artists from the professional community. The Masters of Fine Arts holds an annual qualifying Thesis exhibition for all MFA candidates that are graduating, along with MFA thesis lectures, open to the public. Senior art majors are highlighted each semester through the exhibition of their senior projects. The Annual Student Art Exhibition, held each spring, features the work of all undergraduate art students.The University Academic Center houses both a Contemporary Art Gallery as well as a Fine Arts Museum that both offer a diverse exhibition schedule.

Elections - During the fall and spring semesters, Student Government elections are held. Special elections are held for Homecoming Court, and Mr. and Miss HBU.

Founders' Day - A special convocation is held in the fall semester to honor the University founders. This service marks the month the state of Texas granted Houston Baptist College its charter, designating it as an educational institution.

Homecoming - A week of activities in November to show your Husky Pride. Students and alumni celebrate the university by attending events throughout the week. The Homecoming Court is honored during halftime of the Football Game.

Honors Convocation -The last Convocation of the academic year is a special program honoring the University's outstanding students. In addition to awards presented by each of the colleges and schools, other awards are presented for athletics, student life and the president's office.

Husky Revue - This yearly tradition held in the Spring is a campus-wide variety show that allows students to showcase their talents, sponsored by the Student Programming Board.

Late Nite Breakfast - Need a break from studying? Then this yearly tradition is for you! Breakfast is provided for all enrolled HBU students before finals during fall and spring semesters. Beginning at 9:00 p.m., breakfast is served by faculty, administration, and staff in the Baugh Center Cafeteria.

Leadership at HBU - Throughout the fall and spring semesters, students who want to grow their leadership skills can get involved in a student organization. Freshmen can also apply to the Freshman Council which combines leadership development with networking opportunities.

Mission Munchies - Lunch for $1.00 is provided by various sponsors throughout the year at the conclusion of Convocation. Money received goes to Summer Missions.

Organization Fair - Organizations have an opportunity to introduce themselves to the campus community, promote upcoming events, and recruit new members.

Recruitment/Membership Intake - Early in the Fall and Spring semesters, HBU's Greek Life organizations begin their recruitment activities. See "Greek Life" under the organization section for more details.

Spiritual Growth - A variety of opportunities are available to encourage spiritual formation. Refer to the Spiritual Life department sections in this handbook. Spiritual Emphasis Week, held in the fall, and Passion Week, scheduled in the spring, feature special speakers and events.

Spring Fling - This campus-wide event, on the last day of spring classes, is a highlight for the semester and offers entertainment for all. Students, faculty and staff participate in a variety of activities and enjoy fun, games, and food that are sponsored by Student Programming Board.

Winter Formal - A special event on the last day of class to end the fall semester. The campus-wide semi-formal features a dance and entertainment which give students a break from classes before the start of finals, sponsored by the Student Programming Board.


Student Government Association (SGA)

We, the Student Association of Houston Baptist University, by and with the consent of the faculty and administration, in order to govern ourselves more wisely; to promote greater understanding and cooperation with the faculty and administration; to foster the recognition of privileges and responsibilities of the students of the University community; to provide opportunity for responsible individual and collective action; to foster high ideals of conduct and academic standing; and to establish worthy traditions, establish the Student Association and the Student Government Association.

All currently enrolled students of Houston Baptist University shall be members of the Student Association and shall be entitled to all rights and privileges outlined therein. The Student Association members shall come from the Freshman, Sophomore, Junior, and Senior classes; and from all colleges and schools of the University organized under their dean.

Elections for all SGA positions, except freshman representative, are held each spring. Freshman representatives are chosen from the Freshman Council each fall. For more information or to obtain a copy of the SGA Constitution and Bylaws, you may view the SGA page or stop by the SGA Office in Brown 280 on the 2nd floor of M.D. Anderson Student Center.