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Campus Involvement

Our members, just like all Northwestern students, are extremely active on campus. From varsity sports to student-run organizations, Upsilon members partake in a wide variety of activities and rely on their sisters to support them along the way. Below are only a few examples of the various groups Upsilon members belong to or founded:

Spoon University is a national web and print magazine started right here at Northwestern just a few years ago. Even cooler, it was created by two Kappas! Co-creators Mackenzie Barth and Sarah Adler were a little worried when they moved into their off-campus house, realizing they had no idea how to cook or feed themselves. Soon after, they started Spoon Magazine to help college students familiarize themselves with the kitchen. Now, Spoon is at over 50 campuses nationwide and helps students find easy recipes, learn proper cooking techniques, and advises on the latest food and health trends. Many Upsilon members are still a part of this amazing organization and are continuing to grow its presence on campus and at other universities.

Peer Health Exchange is a national organization dedicated to training college students and sending them to public high schools in the area to talk about health education topics such as drugs, pregnancy prevention and healthy relationships.

Northwestern Art Review (NAR) is a student-run organization founded by Northwestern University undergraduates in 2007 that fosters art historical discourse across campus and the wider community. In addition to providing college students with the invaluable opportunity to publish their work, NAR coordinates art-related programming both on Northwestern’s campus and in the Chicago area. NAR also sponsors career panels with local professionals working in the art world, curates student exhibitions, and runs an annual on-campus art auction.

The Medical Decoder is a student-run publication designed for those interested in the world of medicine and health care. It was created by Upsilon member Sarah Smith along with her friend Aditya Ghosh two years ago, when they realized that their lives as students were so busy that they were having trouble finding time to stay up to date with the constantly changing field of medicine. They wanted to a way to condense all of the esoteric material out there into one easy to read, concise source. The aim of the journal is to educate students and empower them to be effective leaders. Since its founding, the Medical Decoder has grown in readership, staff, and web presence. Check out the website at!


College Mentors for Kids is a growing nonprofit organization operating on 33 college and university campuses across the country, that pairs over 2,000 first through sixth-grade students with 2,3000 local college students who volunteer as mentors. Once a week, the children are bused to the Northwestern campus where they engage in fun activities focused on higher education and career, culture and diversity, and community service. With the help of the mentors, the “little buddies” are motivated to reach their full potential and to better understand the importance of education. Strong bonds quickly form between the “little buddies” and mentors, who are positive role models in their community.


International Gender Equality Movement (iGEM) is a campus chapter of the UN Foundation's Girl Up campaign that promotes the education, leadership, and well-being of girls in our community and in developing countries around the world.


Institute for Student Business Education (ISBE) is the premier business organization at Northwestern. ISBE is made up of 10 diverse groups that specialize in different aspects of business and allow students to learn tangible skills through challenging opportunities and engagement with clients and other students. ISBE's overall mission is to allow students to experience the variety of possibilities of a career in business. Within ISBE, there are Kappa members involved in Arch Capital and Northwestern Business Review.



STITCH is Northwestern’s premier fashion magazine. As an entirely student-run organization, a group of ~70 students are responsible for producing all editorial content, for modeling and styling photoshoots, for design and multimedia, for planning launch parties and for keeping track of the publication’s finances. STITCH is Northwestern’s creative outlet for the sartorially inclined.



Northwestern University Dance Marathon (NUDM) is one of the largest student run philanthropies in the nation.  Each year 1000+ students dance for 30 hours in a tent to raise money for a unique beneficiary including the Evanston Community Foundation, which has been a partner for 20 years.  Since 1975, NUDM has raised over $17 million for more than 30 different charitable organizations. CATalyst is a pre-orientation program that takes 90 incoming freshmen and transfer students to a campground in Mattawan, Michigan. Counselors help facilitate self-discovery, team-building, and personal growth during the 5-day leadership retreat. Incoming wildcats have the opportunity to build relationships with all participants, as well as particularly deep ones with their 7 or 8 person “small groups” that are headed by peer counselors.


Since 1969, A&O Productions, Northwestern’s premiere entertainment production group, has served the student body with its diverse and entertaining programming. A&O continues to enrich the Northwestern experience by bringing quality concerts, entertaining and informative speakers, and block-buster films to the campus, and by giving its members experience in the planning, marketing and execution of large-scale events.


Northwestern Student Holdings is a student-run holdings company that funds and manages a portfolio of businesses serving the Northwestern, Evanston, and Chicago communities. NSH offers a myriad of services ranging from t-shirt printing to design and advertising to tutoring. Founded in 2007, NSH serves over 8000 customers annually and earned over $400,000 last year.Our members, just like all Northwestern students, are extremely active on campus. From varsity sports to student-run organizations, Upsilon members partake in a wide variety of activities and rely on their sisters to support them along the way. Below are only a few examples of the various groups Upsilon members belong to or founded:

In 1904, Alpha Kappa Psi was founded on the principles of educating its members and the public to appreciate and demand higher ideals in business and to further the individual welfare of members during college and beyond. College men and women everywhere are discovering that Alpha Kappa Psi is much more than just another organization or club—it is a unique, prestigious association of students, professors, graduates and professionals with common interests and goals. They join Alpha Kappa Psi to take advantage of valuable educational, friendship and networking opportunities.