Student Organizations

College Democrats

The Young Democrats pledges itself to support the philosophy and candidates of the Democratic Party. Furthermore, the Young Democrats declares its intention to support all efforts to increase the participation of college students in Democratic affairs. To these ends, the Young Democrats shall educate and train its members so that they may be better able to:

  1. Educate students about the philosophy of the Democratic Party.
  2. Assist in the election of local, state, and national Democratic candidates.
  3. Effect political change on the local, state, and national level.

Dr. Kenneth Culton (Sociology) is the faculty advisor; his e-mail address is kculton@niagara.edu.

College Republicans

Political Science students have a rich history in the conservative tradition. Our alumni currently work for the Republican Party in regional politics and on a national scale. The faculty moderator for the group is Dr. Peter Baxter (pjb@niagara.edu).

Phi Alpha Delta

Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity, International, is a professional law fraternity advancing integrity, compassion and courage through service to the student, the school, the profession and the community. The purpose of Phi Alpha Delta is to form a strong bond uniting students and teachers of the law with members of the Bench and Bar in a fraternal fellowship designed to advance the ideals of liberty and equal justice under law; to stimulate excellence in scholarship; to inspire the virtues of compassion and courage; to foster integrity and professional competence; to promote the welfare of its members; and to encourage their moral, intellectual, and cultural advancement; so that each member may enjoy a lifetime of honorable professional and public service. Questions for the moderator of PAD should be directed to Dean of Arts and Sciences, Dr. Nancy McGlen, until the appointment of a new pre-law director. 

Phi Beta Delta Honor Society for International Scholars

This honor society was founded in 1999. It recognizes students who (1) attain a cumulative grade point average at or above 3.2; (2) are engaged in study or activity that has international relevance or have studied abroad or are a citizen of a foreign country; and (3) are designated at the junior, senior, or graduate student level. Membership is open to students of any major; many political science students participate because their coursework meets one of the requirements for membership.

Dr. Reilly (dreilly@niagara.edu) is the group's faculty advisor.

Pi Sigma Alpha Honor Society

Niagara University's Department of Political Science offers the the Omicron Chi Chapter of Pi Sigma Alpha National Political Science Honor Society. Through this organization, and in conjunction with the Political Science Forum, students are recognized for their excellence in the study of political science, can enjoy a range of academic activities, and hear some of the most significant speakers on the state of the American body politic. Dr. Lee (chrislee@niagara.edu) is the moderator for the honor society.

Model United Nations/ European Union

Members of the Model United Nations simulate proceedings of the UN and assume the roles of country delegates and leaders at international conferences. Students have the opportunity to attend Model UN conferences and to work with students from other universities in “scrimmages.” Last year, students also visited the UN and met with officials engaged in Peacekeeping and Development Programs.

This past year, Niagara University students from the group participated in the EuroSim conference with students from Poland, Germany, Romania, the Netherlands, and across the United States. Niagara’s delegation represented the country of Austria. During the 2007-2008 academic year, the conference was held in Otzenhausen, Germany. The group also traveled to the European Court of Human Rights, the European Parliament, and the European Council in Strasbourg, France. Dr. Reilly (dreilly@niagara.edu) serves as the moderator for the group.

Pre-Law Student Association

The Pre-Law Association promotes academic and social interaction of pre-law students with law school faculty, administrators, representatives, and practitioners of the law. Questions about the Pre-Law Student Assn. should be directed to Dean of Arts and Sciences, Dr. Nancy McGlen, until the appointment of a new pre-law director.