Student Life and Clubs

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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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QC Campus Events

QC Student Life Calendar

Full Events Calendar

East Campus Events

East Campus Student Life Calendar

Full Events Calendar

Clubs and Organizations

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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.


QC Campus Clubs

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 •

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 • • 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.
Contacts: Ashtin Trimble • 309-796-5143 • | Atticus Garrison • 309-796-5149 •

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 •

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 • • 309-796-5185

InterVarsity – InterVarsity is a vibrant campus ministry that establishes and advances witnessing communities of students and faculty.
Advisor: Ewelina Bergert • 309-796-5268 •

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 • • 309-796-5478

QC Bike Club – QC Bike Club is all about enjoying life and provides a welcoming social community to cyclists of all kinds and skill levels for recreational riding. All riders are welcome, QC Bike Club is here for you!
Advisor: Jodee

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 •

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 •

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!
Advisors: Andrew Hoogheem • 309-796-5417 •| Regina Wilkerson • 309-796-5435 •

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 •

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 •

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 •

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 •

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 • | Regina Wilkerson • 309-796-5435 •

East Campus Clubs
Ag Competitive Teams Black Hawk College East Campus also offers complementary opportunities for student engagement through intercollegiate judging teams and riding teams. Join a team »
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 • Drew Cotton • 309-854-1842 • Rebekah Irish • 309-854-1838 •
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 • Gary Werkheiser • 309-854-1833 •
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 • Drew Cotton • 309-854-1842 •
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 •
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 •
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 • 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 • Colleen Lewis • 309-854-1991 • Greg Jurgensen• 309-854-1992 •
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 •
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
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 • Andrew Mansheim • 309-854-1810 • Isaac Stewart • 309-854-1832 •
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 •
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 •
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 •

Student Government Association

QC Campus SGA East Campus SGA

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.

Find out more about becoming a student trustee » 

Student Club Forms and Guidelines

Student Club Forms:
SLC Club Manual (PDF)
Student Event Registration Form

Club Budget Request Form