Clubs, Organizations & Activities for Students

ARTS & CULTURAL

Art Collective
All BHC students with an interest in the visual arts are welcome to join. Past activities have included visits to Hot Glass in Davenport to create glassworks, exhibitions and lectures at the Figge Art Museum, a photo booth with props for Spring Fling, a mural project with the military/veterans club, collective art projects like a large-scale linocut and a weekend trip to St. Louis, Missouri. A fun way to meet other creative students!
Advisor:
Zaiga Thorson • 309-796-5469 • thorsonz@bhc.edu

Association of Latin American Students (ALAS)
The mission of the Association of Latin American Students (ALAS) is to educate and empower students interested in the Hispanic/Latino culture by providing support and educational opportunities that highlight the importance of leadership skills, community service and professional development as a way to increase diversity, success and inclusion on the Black Hawk College campus.
Advisor:
Gabriella Hurtado • 309-796-5341 • ghurtado@bhc.edu

English as a Second Language (ESL) Mentors & Mentees Program
The Mentors & Mentees Program is organized to help international/ESL students (mentees) adjust to cultural and academic differences with the help of the BHC student or BHC employee (mentor).

This relationship allows international/ESL students and mentors to engage in educational opportunities outside of the campus as well as develop a foundation for effective, intercultural communication.

Another goal of the Mentors & Mentees Program is to promote internationalization of campus. The mentor volunteers to meet with their assigned mentee for social and conversational purpose in an informal setting. The program is meant to help our international/ESL students improve their English skills and learn more about the U.S. culture and introduce our local students to the cultural diversity of our campus, the community and the world.
Advisor:
Loredana Cooper • 309-796-5140 • cooperl@bhc.edu

Writers Guild
Come join us and share your poems/short stories with us! We are a very upbeat club that just wants to meet new students who share our interests! Our safe environment provides writers the comfort of sharing any work they want! We are also taking submissions for a book that will be sold at the end of spring semester.
Advisor:
Andrew Hoogheem • 309-796-5417 • hoogheema@bhc.edu


MATH & SCIENCE

Female students in computer lab

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 and regional and national collegiate meetings and competitions.
Advisor:
Jamie Hill • 309-796-5284 • hillj@bhc.edu

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 including, but not limited to, cleanups, habitat restoration, advocacy efforts, enhanced recycling programs, and seminars or speakers that address environmental issues.

“It starts in our own backyard” is the theme this year. Learn about different ways to help the environment with us! Along with campus cleanups and off-campus events, members stay busy and informed!
Advisor:
Marilynn Bartels • 309-796-5235 • bartelsm@bhc.edu

Math Club
Math Club is a student-led club which promotes mathematics through activities and volunteerism. The club is open to members of all mathematical ability levels.
Advisor:
David Miller • 309-796-5377 • millerd@bhc.edu


POLITICAL AND MILITARYGroup photo of students outside

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 of the needs of BHC military students and veterans in our community.
Links: Student Veterans of America
Advisor:
Thomas Reagan • 309-796-5501 • reagant@bhc.edu

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 • kochj@bhc.edu


SOCIAL ACTIVIST

Clean SphereStudents cleaning up a river
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 including, but not limited to, cleanups, habitat restoration, advocacy efforts, enhanced recycling programs, and seminars or speakers that address environmental issues.

“It starts in our own backyard” is the theme this year. Learn about different ways to help the environment with us! Along with campus cleanups and off-campus events, members stay busy and informed!
Advisor:
Marilynn Bartels • 309-796-5235 • bartelsm@bhc.edu


HONOR SOCIETIES

Alpha Beta Gamma
Alpha Beta Gamma is a national honor society established in 1970 to recognize and encourage scholarship among students enrolled in business and professional curricula at two-year degree granting institutions. To achieve this goal, Alpha Beta Gamma provides leadership opportunities, forums for the exchange of ideas, and the stimulation of interest in continuing academic excellence.  Alpha Beta Gamma is a member of the Association of College Honor Societies (ACHS). Alpha Beta Gamma National Business Honor Society is the sole honor society for accredited two-year degree granting institutions of higher learning. The society exists to recognize and reward academic excellence among business and professional honor students. Membership is open to qualified candidates without regard to age, gender, national origin, race, religion and/or sexual orientation. To be eligible for membership in ABG, a student must be enrolled in business or professional curriculum at a two-year degree granting institution. The student must have completed 12 credit hours, with a minimum 3.0 or equivalent GPA.
Advisor:
Ewelina Bergert • 309-796-5268 • bergerte@bhc.edu

Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society – Eta Kappa chapter
Students at graduation with honors cordsPhi Theta Kappa is recognized as the official honor society for community colleges by the American Association of Community Colleges. Its purpose is to recognize and encourage scholarship among two-year college students. Phi Theta Kappa provides opportunity for the development of leadership and service, for an intellectual climate for exchange of ideas and ideals, for lively fellowship for scholars, and for stimulation of interest in continuing academic excellence. 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.
Facebook Group
Advisor:
Nicole Banks • 309-796-5422 • banksn@bhc.edu

Psi Beta – Psychology honor society
Psi Beta is a national honor society for community college students interested in psychology. We provide opportunities to acquire leadership skills, interact with faculty outside the classroom, learn more about the professional and educational choices available in psychology, meet outstanding professionals in psychology, participate in community service, meet peers with similar interests, and travel to professional conferences.

Requirements: 1) interest in psychology, 2) achieving a GPA of at least 3.0 based on completing a minimum of 12 college-level credit hours, and 3) having earned an A or a B in Psychology 101. There is a one-time, lifetime registration fee of $55 ($5 goes to our local chapter and $50 goes to the national organization).
Advisor:
Dr. Brigette Dorrance • 309-796-5414 • dorranceb@bhc.edu

Sigma Kappa Delta – English honor society for two-year colleges
Sigma Kappa Delta is the English honor society for two-year colleges. Its purpose is to recognize the academic achievement of students who have excelled in English courses and who are interested in the humanities. Students can develop their leadership skills by getting involved in activities sponsored by Delta Epsilon, Black Hawk College’s chapter. Sigma Kappa Delta 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 and B’s in all English courses.
Advisors:
Nicole Banks • 309-796-5422 • banksn@bhc.edu
Andrew Hoogheem • 309-796-5417 • hoogheema@bhc.edu