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.
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, 12 of the Huskies’ programs will compete in their final season in the Great West Conference and men’s golf will compete in its final season of the America Sky Conference. Softball will be the first program to join the Southland Conference and will be joined by the other programs in 2013-14, except for men’s soccer, which begins its first season in the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation this year. Football will play its first season in the Southland Conference in 2014.
During the 2011-12 season, the athletic department won its third-straight Great West Conference Sportsmanship Award and HBU women’s golf team captured its third-straight Great West Conference championship, while women’s soccer, softball and baseball each played in their respective tournament championship games. Men’s golf and men’s outdoor track and field also posted second-place finishes at their conference championships. Matt Perri captured in the individual cross country championship, Brittane Gaines was named the Outstanding Performer at the indoor track and field conference championships, and Brice Christian was named the conference Male Newcomer of the Year at the outdoor championships. Volleyball recorded a 20-win season, with Courtney Whittleman ranking among the nation’s top 25 in digs and becoming the first player in HBU history to post 2,000 career digs en route to wrapping up her second-straight Great West Conference Defensive Player of the Year honor. Jasmine Casey was voted Co-Freshman of the Year in the league. In women’s basketball, Shanice Steenholdt ranked 24th nationally in scoring, ninth in rebounding and fourth in double-doubles to lead all Division I freshmen in those categories, before a season-ending injury. To cap the year, Robbie Buller was selected by the Arizona Diamondbacks in the Major League Baseball Draft.
HBU returned to NCAA Division I competition in 2007 after 18 years as a member of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) and nine years as the dominant program in the Red River Athletic Conference. While competing in the RRAC, the Huskies won the All-Sports Trophy eight time, with each team perennially ranked among the nation’s Top 25.
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. Text message athletics news updates are available by signing up for the Husky Crew on HBUHuskies.com.
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.
Bradshaw Fitness Center
Dragon Boat Regatta
Group Fitness Classes
Just for Fun!
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.
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.
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 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
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.
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
. Some chapters do allow the addition of new members in the fall; however fall recruitment is not open to first-semester freshmen
- The Art Department presents various art exhibitions throughout the academic year, including faculty, alumni, and visiting artists from the professional community. Senior art majors are also highlighted each semester through the exhibition of their senior projects. The Annual Student Art Exhibition features the work of all art students and is held each spring.
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.
- A week of activities in November to show your Husky Pride. Events include our annual Chili Cook-Off, Pep Rally, and Basketball Game.
-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.
- This yearly tradition is a campus-wide variety show that allows students to showcase their talents.
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 attend programs such as monthly Leadership Challenges or get involved in a student organization. Freshmen can also apply to the President's Leadership Institute which combines leadership development with networking opportunities all the way through graduation.
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, a highlight of the spring semester, offers entertainment for all. Students, faculty and staff participate in a variety of activities and enjoy fun, games, and food.
Winter Formal -
One of the special events of the fall semester, the campus-wide semi-formal event includes dinner and entertainment.
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 of the University organized under their college dean.
Elections for all SGA positions
, except freshman representative, are held each spring. Freshman representative elections are held 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.