Enjoy the full college experience by taking advantage of the many student life events and opportunities throughout the academic year. Both campuses offer a wide array of activities including social gatherings, movies, speakers and more.
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If registration is closed, contact Jana Koch at email@example.com.
Clubs and Organizations
Participating in clubs and organizations is a great way to enhance your life, enrich your academic experience and meet new friends! Take part in every opportunity that will fit into your schedule, interact through online social media avenues, and make your college experience memorable.
Each campus has a variety of clubs to match your interests as well as a Student Government Association.
Art Collective – All BHC students with an interest in the visual arts are welcome to join. Past events have included visits to Hot Glass and the Figge Art Museum and activities such as mural projects.
Advisor: Annie Oldenburg • 309-796-5473 • firstname.lastname@example.org
BITS – Black Hawk College IT Society – BITS is the computer club for students interested in computer programming, networking, computer support and web development. Events include speakers from the IT industry, regional and national collegiate meetings, and competitions. Advisor: Jacob Pender • email@example.com • 309-796-5278
B.Y.O.B Bring Your Own Book Club
Come join us for the Black Hawk College BYOB (Bring Your Own Book Club). No required readings, just show up, share what you’ve been reading, and enjoy a snack. We meet the third Tuesday of each month from 12:30-1:30pm in Building 1's lounge area outside of the library entrance.
Clean Sphere – Clean Sphere promotes environmental appreciation, awareness and stewardship among the students, faculty, staff and alumni of Black Hawk College. Members have the opportunity to organize and participate in a variety of environmental efforts.
Advisor: Marilynn Bartels • 309-796-5235 • firstname.lastname@example.org
Conversation Partners Program – The Conversation Partners Program offers conversational support for ESL students enrolled in the Academic ESL Program and a unique cross-cultural experience for BHC native English-speaking students. Advisor: Mary Palomaki • email@example.com • 309-796-5185
Hola Amigos – Students and members can learn basic conversations using the Spanish language through games, basic grammar and meeting new friends.
Advisor: Loredana Cooper • 309-796-5140 • firstname.lastname@example.org
International Student Association – ISA works to bring together elements of different and rich cultural backgrounds to share with the BHC community on a cultural, academic and social level.
Advisor: Loredana Cooper • 309-796-5140 • email@example.com
InterVarsity – InterVarsity is a vibrant campus ministry that establishes and advances witnessing communities of students and faculty.
Advisor: Ewelina Bergert • 309-796-5268 • firstname.lastname@example.org
Math Club – Math Club is a student-led club that promotes mathematics through activities and volunteerism. The club is open to members of all mathematical ability levels.
Advisor: Jacob Winters • 309-796-5375 • email@example.com
Music Makers' Meetup - Love anything and everything about music? The Music Makers' Meetup is a safe and inclusive space for anyone who appreciates music to explore and engage with it on a deeper level. Through unique activities and experiences, we promote musical expression, creativity and interaction. No prior experience in music is necessary to join, only a sincere appreciation of this amazing artform!
Advisor: Dr. Irene Leites • firstname.lastname@example.org • 309-796-5478
Salut les Amis – Students and members can learn basic conversations using the French language through games, basic grammar and meeting new friends.
Advisor: Loredana Cooper • 309-796-5140 • email@example.com
Student Government Association – The student is provided leadership opportunities at BHC and represents the needs of students. Must have a 2.5 GPA from first semester.
Advisor: Jana Koch • 309-796-5177 • firstname.lastname@example.org
Student Veterans of America – The BHC Student Veterans of America club supports veterans, active duty, Reserve, Guard and retired military members and their families. The club provides advocacy, support, referrals and awareness.
National organization: Student Veterans of America
Advisor: Thomas Reagan • 309-796-5501 • email@example.com
Writers Guild – Come join us and share your poems/short stories with us! Our safe environment provides writers the comfort of sharing any work they want!
Advisor: Andrew Hoogheem • 309-796-5417 • firstname.lastname@example.org
Alpha Beta Gamma – International business honor society for two-year colleges – Student must have completed 15 credit hours with at least 12 hours of his/her work taken in courses leading to a degree
recognized by his/her institution. In addition, the student must have demonstrated academic excellence by attaining a 3.0 GPA or its equivalent in business courses as well as a 3.0 overall average.
Advisor: Ewelina Bergert • 309-796-5268 • email@example.com
Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society – Eta Kappa chapter – Phi Theta Kappa is recognized as the official honor society for community colleges by the American Association of Community Colleges. Students are eligible after completing a minimum of 12 credit hours of college-level work with a 3.5 GPA or higher. Once students accept, they must maintain a 3.0 GPA to remain in good standing.
Advisor: Nicole Banks • 309-796-5422 • firstname.lastname@example.org
Psi Beta – Psychology honor society – Psi Beta is a national honor society for community college students interested in psychology. Students must achieve a GPA of at least 3.0 based on completing a minimum of 12 college-level credit hours, and earned an A or a B in Psychology 101. There is a one-time, lifetime registration fee of $55.
Advisor: Dr. Brigette Dorrance • 309-796-5414 • email@example.com
Sigma Kappa Delta – English honor society for two-year colleges – Sigma Kappa Delta is the English honor society for two-year colleges. Students need to have at least a 3.0 GPA overall with at least 12 credit hours of college-level courses, and they must have A’s or B’s in all English courses.
Advisors: Andrew Hoogheem • 309-796-5417 • firstname.lastname@example.org
Regina Wilkerson • 309-796-5435 • email@example.com
Women’s Empowerment Club
The Women’s Empowerment Club strives to give people the space to relate to each other and help people feel less alone in their experiences and will give them the tools it takes to move forward effectively. The group also functions to highlight the accomplishments of women who have helped shape America, and to connect women to social services and therapy for domestic violence.
Advisor: Darcie McAndless 309-796-5163 firstname.lastname@example.org
Agribusiness Club The mission of the Agribusiness Club is to develop and promote agriculture business events on campus, in the community and the county through events and tours and to provide education, experience and business network opportunities. Advisors: Andrew Larson • 309-854-1830 • email@example.com Drew Cotton • 309-854-1842 • firstname.lastname@example.org Rebekah Irish • 309-854-1838 • email@example.com
Auto/Ag Mechanics Club The mission of the Auto/Ag Mech Club is to involve students in the automotive and agriculture mechanics industry, to connect and interact with other students who are interested in automotive and/or agriculture mechanics, and to establish long-term relationships. Advisors: Jason Grice • 309-854-1839 • firstname.lastname@example.org Gary Werkheiser • 309-854-1833 • email@example.com
Black Hawk Trap Team Club The USA College Clay Target League is a division of the USA Clay Target League – a non-profit corporation. The League the independent provider of clay target shooting sports to secondary and postsecondary schools. The League’s priorities are safety, fun, and marksmanship – in that order. Advisors: Andrew Larson • 309-854-1830 • firstname.lastname@example.org Drew Cotton • 309-854-1842 • email@example.com
Circle K International The goal of our organization is to develop college students into a global network of responsible citizens and leaders with a lifelong commitment to service., Circle K International (CKI) members learn the skills they need to become the next generation of community-minded leaders. Advisor: Katie Rushing-Anderson • 309-854-1813 • firstname.lastname@example.org
Future Business Leaders of America-Phi Beta Lambda, Inc. (FBLA-PBL) The oldest and largest national organization for students preparing for careers in business leadership. FBLA-PBL prepares students for “real world” professional experiences. FBLA-PBL Fact Sheet FBLA-PBL Sign-up Form Benefits of FBLA-PBL Advisors: Darcy Jeffries • 309-854-1822 • email@example.com
Illinois Farm Bureau Collegiate Farm Bureau Chapter The purpose of Illinois Farm Bureau’s Collegiate Farm Bureau program is to embody the Farm Bureau’s mission of being a strong voice for agriculture by engaging students through opportunities in leadership, education, legislation and networking. Advisor: Rebekah Irish • 309-854-1838 • firstname.lastname@example.org Living in Faith Together (LIFT) LIFT are believers in Christ from various backgrounds. LIFT warmly receives all believers in Christ and seeks to maintain the oneness of the Spirit by keeping our focus on Christ. Through daily prayer, Bible reading, and Christian fellowship we are growing in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
National Association of Veterinary Technicians in America - Student Chapter The mission of NAVTA is advancing veterinary nursing and veterinary technology. Members plan activities that promote veterinary technology and give back to the community through volunteer efforts. Advisors: Janet Johnson • 309-854-1985 • email@example.com Colleen Lewis • 309-854-1991 • firstname.lastname@example.org Greg Jurgensen• 309-854-1992 • email@example.com
Phi Theta Kappa – Alpha Phi Beta Chapter Phi Theta Kappa is recognized as the official honor society for community colleges by the American Association of Community Colleges. Its purpose is to recognize students who have proven themselves academically. Phi Theta Kappa provides opportunity for the development of leadership and service. Advisors: Jodee Werkheiser • 309-854-1821 • firstname.lastname@example.org
Pre-Vet and Pre-Vet Tech Club Connecting students with an interest in Veterinary Sciences. Exposing students to industry opportunities, jobs, internships, career exploration and organizational leadership. Advisors: Colleen Lewis 309-854-1991 email@example.com
Science and Math Club This club spends time organizing fundraisers for club activities, providing community-related services both on-campus and off-campus, and takes part in organized, student engagement functions alongside other BHC student clubs and organizations. Advisors: Alan Abbott • 309-854-1812 • firstname.lastname@example.org Andrew Mansheim • 309-854-1810 • email@example.com Isaac Stewart • 309-854-1832 • firstname.lastname@example.org
Student Veterans of America The BHC Student Veterans of America club supports veterans, active duty, Reserve, Guard and retired military members and their families. The club provides advocacy, support, referrals and awareness. National organization: Student Veterans of America Advisor: Thomas Reagan • 309-796-5501 • email@example.com
East Campus Student Government Association SGA is the official elected representative governing unit for the students. (Election of officers is held in the spring semester. Freshman and sophomore representative elections are held in the fall semester. Petitions for offices are available two weeks before each election in the East Campus Advising Center.) Visit Student Government for more information about becoming an SGA campus leader. Advisors: Vashti Berry • 309-854-1711 • firstname.lastname@example.org
Student Ambassadors Black Hawk College Student Ambassadors are student volunteers who represent the college in a variety of ways. They lead campus tours for parents, visitors and prospective students, give presentations, and they host alumni and dignitaries at school events and functions.
We=Them The purpose of We=Them is to create a safe environment for all students of differing views, gender identities, sexual orientations, races, cultures and lifestyles to be able to freely express who they are. We=Them is open to the entire campus community, with no exclusivity. Advisor: Merriam Jolly • 309-796-5418 • email@example.com
Student Government Association
Student Trustee: Black Hawk College is directly governed by a seven-member Board of Trustees, all of whom are elected from within the district for six-year terms. A student representative, elected in alternating years for a one-year term from each of the two campuses, is a non-voting member of the board. The officers of the board are chairman, vice chairman and secretary, all of whom are elected by their peers for a two-year term.
General Posting Policy Guidelines
The Enrollment Services Office must approve all forms of advertisement that are posted on campus. It is strongly recommended that when using photocopied fliers the original copy be stamped before additional copies are made. Also, no postings may be placed on glass, painted surfaces, elevators, brick walls, etc.
Any individual that does not comply may face repair costs for damages done to these surfaces. For complete rules and regulations about posting on campus, please refer to your Student Handbook.
Sidewalk chalk may only be used on sidewalks in areas where the rain will wash the chalk off. Do not use chalk on steps that are underneath pavilions, etc.
All fliers displayed on tables in the lower lobby and cafeteria must be cleaned up after the event/election/finality of the posting. Only recognized student clubs and campus departments are permitted to display fliers. Please bring your fliers to the Enrollment Services Office.
Student Club Social Media
Anyone starting a social media page (Facebook or other) or blog representing a Black Hawk College club must consult the Marketing and Public Relations Department in advance with their intention of use. BHC social networking pages will have a minimum of two administrators assigned. If an administrator leaves the college, they will be removed as a page administrator and another person assigned in their place. You are permitted to have closed/secret Facebook groups for your club/organization. SGA already has a group established and you will be asked to join once you represent SGA in an Officer or Representative role.
All fundraisers (both on and off campus) must be approved by the Student Life Office (Vashti Berry), and if necessary, by the Vice President of Student Services.
The staff members in the Advising Office maintain an open-door policy. You are encouraged to come by the office with questions about planning programs, handling funds, or any other issues that may arise. Appointments are encouraged and may be scheduled with the Coordinator of Orientation and Student Life or via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org. If a staff member is unavailable, please leave a message and/or any paperwork in the mailboxes located outside the Advisor’s office door.
The Student Life Office/Advising has access to several different leadership opportunities and resources. In addition to these resources, there are opportunities for leadership development through attendance at workshops/conferences. For more information on these workshops/conferences and other resources, stop by the Student Life Office/Advising.
Supplies and Equipment
The Student Life Office/Advising also stocks paper, markers, paints, as well as other supplies that are available for student clubs—located in a storage closet in Building 3. You may also use the computers available in the office to work on student club minutes or publicity. Additionally, there is a printer available in the Student Life Office if you need to print fliers, minutes, etc. within reason.
There are several different channels of communication your student club may use to connect and engage with one another including but not limited to: verbal, social media, text, twitter, email and myblackhawk. Each team can establish the best forms of communication to ensure that responsibilities of being an Officer elect are handled through a team approach. The SGA Advisor requests there be maintained an open line(s) of communication.
Student Club Constitution and Bylaws
Each student club should have a copy of its updated constitution and bylaws on file in the Student Life Office. Please note, there are several things that are required in all student club constitutions. If your club’s constitution does not include the features in bold, then it is suggested that a constitutional update occur. This should be completed by the end of the fall semester. If you change your constitution, please provide the changes to the Student Life Office immediately for approval.
Club Officer Elections
The selection of officers is important to sustain the club’s purpose, goals and objectives, and when planning events and activities. Each club will have its own election process that is fair and open. There are two models that can be applied:
1. Club members can appoint officers or
2. Conduct a formal election process where candidates’ campaign for a position and club
members cast a vote for their choice
The election process needs to be completed, and a listing of club officers needs to be submitted to Coordinator of Student Engagement as soon as possible.
A club that has not had any meetings or activities for two consecutive semesters will be considered inactive and ineligible for funding from SGA. Contact the Coordinator of Student Engagement for information on how to reactivate a club.
Guideline and Regulations for ALL East Campus Student Clubs and Organizations:
Please visit the Enrollment Services Office to have your club promotions/elections materials/any additional forms for marketing inside the buildings stamped for approval. Please share this information with any student who would like to post flyers around campus (usually during election times).