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2012-2013 Undergraduate Catalog 
2012-2013 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Campus Life

Activities Center-Virgil Henson

The Virgil Henson Activities Center is a 270,000-square-foot facility which houses a weight room, recreational pool, eight-lane bowling alley, eight racquetball courts, and a 38,000-square-foot all-purpose gymnasium for volleyball and basketball, and a 40-foot tall climbing tower. The weight room has free weights, plate-loaded weight machines, pin-select machines, a cardio area with treadmills, stationary bikes, elliptical machines and StairMasters. The Activities Center houses the offices of the Department of Sports and Exercise Sciences, Recreational Sports, Department of Communication Disorders, Student Medical Services, Kids Kollege, and Office of Intercollegiate Athletics. For more information, access the website at wtamu.edu/vhac.

Alumni Association

The WTAMU Alumni Association, located in Buffalo Courts Alumni Center, serves as a positive liaison between the University and its graduates and former students. The Alumni Association represents the alumni constituency in the daily life of the University. The Alumni Association is the exclusive source for the official WTAMU series ring, a tradition unique to West Texas A&M University and its graduates.

For more information, contact the Alumni Association at 806-651-2311 or buffalum.com.


WTAMU is a member of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division II, Lone Star Conference and offers 12 men’s and women’s programs. For more information regarding athletics, access the website at gobuffsgo.com.

Buffalo Sports Park

Buffalo Sports Park is the largest grouping of synthetic fields in the United States. The sports park includes a lighted three-field intramural and recreational softball/flag football facility. Buffalo Sports Park also includes lighted courts for recreational tennis, two recreational basketball courts, and two sand volleyball courts. The grand plaza area is great for campus organizational events. Buffalo Sports Park is the home for WT’s Division II intercollegiate complex and includes baseball’s Wilder Park, Lady Buff Yard for women’s softball, soccer and track and field stadium, two combination football and soccer practice fields which are also used by the WT Marching Band. A lighted jogging trail winds through and around the sports park. Rest room, concession and ticket facilities are located in each area.

Buff Branding

Buff Branding is a new-student orientation program designed to help first-year students get the most out of their college experience by learning about the WTAMU campus culture and traditions, developing a network of support, understanding the differences between high school and college, and successfully making the transition into university life. The program, a campus tradition for more than 25 years, takes place the weekend prior to the first class day of the fall semester. For more information, contact the CORE Center at 806-651-2313 or wtamu.edu/buffbranding.

Campus Media

The campus publication, The Prairie, is published weekly and informs readers of student activities and voices student opinion. The editor and staff of The Prairie are students interested in journalism and work under supervision of mass communications faculty. For more information, access the website at wtamu.edu/prairie.

The year-in-review publication, Eternal Flame, is a student-staffed magazine that replaces the traditional college yearbook. Students coordinate the writing, photography, graphic design and advertising aspects of the magazine. The magazine is published at the end of the spring semester, and provides a yearlong overview of campus events and activities.

WTAMU owns and operates a non-commercial educational radio station, KWTS-FM 91.1, which allows students hands-on experience in the radio field. The student-operated station provides the opportunity for on-air announcing. KWTS prepares daily newscasts as well as broadcasting of WTAMU sporting events. Access the website for more information at wtamu.edu/kwts.

Chapel-Joseph A. Hill

Dedicated to the first faculty of the University, the chapel is available as a place of individual worship, from 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday through Friday, and to religious student groups for group worship. Facilities of the chapel are also available for weddings and other appropriate services. Arrangements for use of the chapel are made with the Office of Recreational Sports, Virgil Henson Activities Center.

Cultural Opportunities

The Formal Art Gallery, located in Mary Moody Northen Hall, has frequent shows of art created by both students and professional artists. Hundreds of open-to-the-public concerts, recitals, exhibits and theatre performances are staged on campus each year, most free to students. The University boasts its own fully endowed Harrington String Quartet. Qualified students are invited to participate in performance ensembles, including band, jazz band, choir, orchestra, and instrumental and vocal ensembles.

For more information, contact the Sybil B. Harrington College of Fine Arts and Humanities at 806-651-2777 or wtamu.edu/fah.

Diversity Programs

Diversity Programs provides culturally diverse student programs that promote a strong sense of campus community and an appreciation of diversity. Monthly programs expose students to a variety of cultures and cultural issues. Events show that diversity is more than just ethnicity. For more information, access the website at wtamu.edu/diversity.


Convocation is a special event to welcome new students, introduce them to the traditions of the University, encourage students to become engaged members of the student body and provide suggestions for successfully completing a degree.

Greek Life

WTAMU hosts nine national fraternities and sororities and one local sorority, groups of women or men who join together for a common purpose or goal. Membership into these organizations is mutually selective. For more information or to register for sorority or fraternity recruitment, contact the CORE Center, located in the Jack B. Kelley Student Center, Suite 103, at 806-651-2313 or wtamu.edu/gogreek.

Peer Education

The Peer Education group, PULSE (Peers, Understanding, Listening, Speaking, Educating), receives special training in social issues that affect today’s students. PULSE educates the student body on issues such as alcohol awareness and sexual responsibility to help students make healthy choices. Access the website for more information at wtamu.edu/peered.

Recreational Sports

The purpose of recreational sports at West Texas A&M University is to provide a comprehensive and varied program of competitive recreational experiences designed to meet the needs and interests of regularly enrolled undergraduate students, graduate students and faculty/staff members. The program includes intramurals, special events, sport clubs, Camp Tatanka, fitness, outdoor pursuits, Splish Splash Academy, and the Virgil Henson Activities Center.

  • Intramurals is competition offered in sports for women, men, and where men and women are combined on teams (co-rec). Competition is provided in the form of leagues, tournaments and/or special events each semester. Programs offered are based upon student interest and availability of resources and facilities.
  • Special events are offered at certain times during the school year for all students and faculty/staff. These activities allow students the opportunity to engage in wholesome activities on campus. Some activities offered are preseason tournaments and Saturday Night Alternative Programming (SNAP). One of the most popular special events is Trash Eastern Night, sponsored by the Office of Recreational Sports and CORE.
  • Sport clubs provide opportunities for students to engage in wholesome competitive sports beyond the intramural level and in sports not part of the intercollegiate athletic program. Sport clubs at WTAMU include the Bowling Club, Rodeo Club, Wrestling Club, Tennis Club, Rifle Club and Swimming Club.
  • Fitness Services, located in Virgil Henson Activities Center, is dedicated to building and encouraging personal health excellence. Services offered include group exercise and special events. Group exercise classes include, but are not limited to, step aerobics, water aerobics and yoga. For more information, contact the Office of Fitness Services at 806-651-2323 or wtamu.edu/student-life/recsports.aspx.
  • Outdoor Pursuits provides students with the opportunity to experience and enjoy the natural environment around them. Trips and classes will be offered each semester. The Outdoor Pursuits Shop in the Virgil Henson Activities Center is available to students for camping equipment and bike rentals.

The Office of Recreational Sports, located in Virgil Henson Activities Center, can be contacted at 806-651-2400 or wtamu.edu/recsports.

Religious Activities

Opportunity for continued religious growth and development is provided by student centers supported by Faith Chapel, Islamic Center, and Baptist, Catholic, Christian, Church of Christ, Episcopal, Lutheran, Methodist and Presbyterian churches. Student religious organizations provide opportunities for religious fellowship.

Student Activities

Student Activities provides social, cultural, intellectual, and recreational programs to all on-campus and commuter students. Activities include comedy clubs, free movie nights, concerts and novelty events. For more information, contact the CORE Center, located in the Jack B. Kelley Student Center, Room 103, at 806-651-2313 or wtamu.edu/core.

Student Center-Jack B. Kelley

The Jack B. Kelley Student Center, often referred to as the JBK, is the gathering place for the entire West Texas A&M University community. The JBK provides a convenient, central location for students to grab a snack, meet a friend, or just hang out and study. Additional services provided in the Student Center include:

  • Meeting rooms
  • Large-screen televisions
  • Wireless Internet connections
  • Food Court
  • Information Desk
  • University Bookstore
  • United States Post Office
  • Office of Student Affairs
  • Student Government offices
  • Buffalo Gold Card Office
  • CORE Center (Campus Organizations, Resources, and Entertainment)

The building is named in memory of former Amarillo businessman Jack B. Kelley, whose family provided an endowment to be used for the facility. The Food Court and C-Store offer a variety of different options including burgers, Mexican food, deli sandwiches, salads, soups, snacks, sushi, and specialty coffees.


For more information, call 806-651-2394 or come by the JBK Information Desk. Additional information is also located on our website at wtamu.edu/jbk.

Student Government

Student Government’s purpose is to voice the beliefs and concerns of the entire student population within the West Texas A&M University community and The Texas A&M University System. Student Government consists of three branches: legislative, executive and judicial. The executive branch consists of the student body president, student body vice president and chief justice. The judicial branch consists of the chief justice and members of the Student Judicial Board. The legislative branch is overseen by the vice president and consists of approximately 40 senators who represent each college, graduate and freshman students. Membership of Student Senate is comprised of a ratio of one senator for every 200 students within each college. Freshman and graduate senators are elected in the fall general election.

For more information, contact Student Government at 806-651-2385 or wtamu.edu/studentgovernment.

Student Organizations

More than 125 organizations are available that students can join at West Texas A&M University. Quality education is preparation for a lifetime of learning. The University fully supports a well-rounded approach to education and encourages involvement in student organizations. While experiences in the classroom are vital, the vast majority of education goes beyond the classroom. Opportunities for involvement include departmental and professional, honorary, mutual interest, recreation/sport, religious, residence halls, service, student services and social organizations. All welcome new members. Student organizations have freedom of choice in membership selection. Although organizations are free to develop standards for membership, these standards may not include provisions for denying membership on any basis that violates the law.

For more information, access the website at wtamu.edu/orgs.