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Student Organizations

The CSPA program has a strong sense of student community and values professional involvement for its students. There are two student organizations within the program. The first is the Student Affairs Graduate Alliance or SAGA which functions as the general student association and then the Alpha Alpha chapter of Chi Sigma Alpha is the professional honor society. Each offers professional development and networking opportunities for our CSPA students. 

Student Affairs Graduate Alliance


The Student Affairs Graduate Alliance, also known as SAGA, is the overarching programmatic organization to the College Student Personnel Administration program at SIUE. SAGA began in January 2019 to incorporate an inclusive approach to programming for the CSPA program. Membership within SAGA is open to all students currently enrolled in the CSPA program, and students can attend meetings, events, workshops, and additional programs implemented by the executive board. SAGA is governed by an executive board elected by members of the program's honors society, Chi Sigma Alpha (CSA).

Chi Sigma Alpha Student Affairs Honor Society 

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Chi Sigma A lpha is the Student Affa irs Honor Society International. It is comprised of graduate students, alumni, faculty, and student affairs professionals. In the fall of 2001 at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Chi Sigma Alpha  was founded to promote and recognize excellence in academics, research, and service to the profession of student affairs. 

The Alpha Alpha Chapter at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville was established in 2016 and holds an annual Spring induction as well as professional and social events. Chi Sigma Alpha serves as the graduate student organization for the College Student Personnel Administration (CSPA) program.  Membership in Chi Sigma Alpha is the only exclusive organization within the CSPA Program, and eligible candidates are contacted in December, based on their academic achievements, prior to an induction to the organization in January of the following year. An induction ceremony is held annually each spring semester. For more information please contact Dr. Pete Sasso, CSPA Graduate Program Director.   
Chi Sigma Alpha Symbols
LogoCSA 2: A three-pillared temple, as seen above, with the society’s Greek letters, the motto below, and the Society’s three values of
academics, research, and service inscribed on the pillars. 
Colors: Maroon and gold represent Chi Sigma Alpha. Maroon honors the society’s Alpha Chapter at Virginia Tech.
Gold represents the Society’s commitment to excellence.
Motto: “Ut Provocem Et Adiuvem” – That I May Challenge and Support.
CSA ChordMembership Eligibility
 To be considered for membership in Chi Sigma Alpha, candidates must have a cumulative graduate GPA of 3.75 or higher. Applications and nominations are reviewed each academic year by a panel of faculty and current members of the chapter executive board, with only the highest ranking applicants being chosen for membership. Inductions are held once a year (spring semester). Membership is open to program alumni(ae) and current student affairs professionals.
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