Student Life and Clubs

Get involved!

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.

Select your campus to see more events and register!

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

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.


Annie Oldenburg • 309-796-5473 • oldenburga@bhc.edu

BITS – IJʿ¼ 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.


Jacob Pender • 309-796-5278 • penderj@bhc.edu

BYOB – Bring Your Own Book Club

With BYOB, there are 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 12:30-1:30 p.m. in Building 1 in the lounge area outside the library.


Ashtin Trimble • 309-796-5143 • trimblea@bhc.edu
Atticus Garrison • 309-796-5149 • garrisona@bhc.edu

Clean Sphere

Clean Sphere promotes environmental appreciation, awareness and stewardship among the students, faculty, staff and alumni of IJʿ¼. Members have the opportunity to organize and participate in a variety of environmental efforts.


Marilynn Bartels • 309-796-5235 • bartelsm@bhc.edu

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.


Mary Palomaki • 309-796-5185 • palomakim@bhc.edu

Disability Alliance

The purpose of the Disability Alliance is to bring awareness, acceptance and inclusion for disabilities to BHC. This includes bringing education and awareness programs to the campus community in order to eliminate stigma and encourage acceptance and appreciation for disabilities.


Jen Holldorf • 309-796-5903 • holldorfj@bhc.edu

The Gray Matters (Black Hawk Chapter)

The purpose of Gray Matters is to educate, build community, and bring mental health awareness to anyone and everyone who needs it. Most importantly, to help create a world without suicide. The group strives to empower students and others to have the tools and knowledge to be mental health advocates and make a real difference in our world.


Wendy Bock • 309-796-5198 • bockw@bhc.edu

International Student Association

The BHC International Student Association helps to develop an atmosphere of understanding and friendship among students, staff, and faculty from different countries. The members build bridges between different cultures, languages, and international experiences. The members strive to promote understanding on campus of cultures different from our own and organize inclusive events and activities for the campus community.
Heather Bjorgan • 309-796-5345 • bjorganh@bhc.edu


InterVarsity is a vibrant campus ministry that establishes and advances witnessing communities of students and faculty.


Ewelina Bergert • 309-796-5268 • bergerte@bhc.edu

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 art form!


Dr. Irene Leites • 309-796-5478 • leitesi@bhc.edu

Pride Alliance

The BHC student club Pride Alliance supports open and creative expression of all campus students of all identities through social events, allyship activities and inclusion advocacy.


Heather Bjorgan • 309-796-5345 • bjorganh@bhc.edu

Student Government Association

Students are provided leadership opportunities at BHC and they represent the needs of students. Must have a 2.5 GPA from first semester.


Jana Koch • 309-796-5177 • kochj@bhc.edu

Student Veterans of America

The BHC Student Veterans of America 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

Thomas Reagan • 309-796-5501 • reagant@bhc.edu

Women’s Empowerment Club

The Women’s Empowerment Club strives to give people the space to relate to each other, help them feel less alone in their experiences, and give them the tools it takes to move forward effectively. The group also works to highlight the accomplishments of women who have helped shape America and to connect women with social services and therapy for domestic violence.


Maya Davis • 309-796-5341 • davism@bhc.edu
Lauren Rogan • 309-796-5344 • roganl@bhc.edu

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!


Gina Wilkerson • 309-796-5435 • wilkersonr@bhc.edu

Honor Societies

Alpha Beta Gamma – International business honor society for two-year colleges

Students must have completed 15 credit hours with at least 12 hours of their work taken in courses leading to a degree recognized by their institution. In addition, students 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.


Ewelina Bergert • 309-796-5268 • bergerte@bhc.edu

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.


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. 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.


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. 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.


Andrew Hoogheem • 309-796-5417 • hoogheema@bhc.edu
Gina Wilkerson • 309-796-5435 • wilkersonr@bhc.edu

East Campus Clubs

East Campus Clubs

Ag Competitive Teams

IJʿ¼ 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.


Andrew Larson • 309-854-1830 • larsonan@bhc.edu
Drew Cotton • 309-854-1842 • cottond@bhc.edu
Rebekah Irish • 309-854-1838 • irishr@bhc.edu

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.


Jason Grice • 309-854-1839 • gricej@bhc.edu
Gary Werkheiser • 309-854-1833 • werkheiserg@bhc.edu

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.


Andrew Larson • 309-854-1830 •larsonan@bhc.edu
Drew Cotton • 309-854-1842 •cottond@bhc.edu

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.


Katie Rushing-Anderson • 309-854-1813 • andersonka@bhc.edu

Creative Writing

If you are interested in writing prose, poetry, short stories or comics and would like to share ideas and thoughts with other creative writers, this is the club for you.


Georgjean Pitsoulakis • 309-854-1815 • pitsoulakisg@bhc.edu

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


Darcy Jeffries • 309-854-1822 • jeffriesd@bhc.edu

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.


Rebekah Irish • 309-854-1838 • irishr@bhc.edu

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.


Janet Johnson • 309-854-1985 • johnsonjan@bhc.edu
Dr. Colleen Lewis • 309-854-1991 • lewisc@bhc.edu
Greg Jurgensen• 309-854-1992 • jurgenseng@bhc.edu

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.


Jodee Werkheiser • 309-854-1821 • werkheiserj@bhc.edu

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.


Dr. Colleen Lewis 309-854-1991 lewisc@bhc.edu

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.


Dr. Alan Abbott • 309-854-1812 • abbotta@bhc.edu
Andrew Mansheim • 309-854-1810 • mansheima@bhc.edu
Isaac Stewart • 309-854-1832 • stewarti@bhc.edu

Student Ambassadors

IJʿ¼ 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.


Haley Howerton • 309-854-1724 • howertonh@bhc.edu

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.


Vashti Berry • 309-854-1711 • berryv@bhc.edu

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:


Thomas Reagan • 309-796-5501 • reagant@bhc.edu


The purpose of We=Them is to create a safe environment for all students of differing views, gender identities, sexual orientations, races, cultures and lifestyle style="margin-bottom: 0;"s to be able to freely express who they are. We=Them is open to the entire campus community, with no exclusivity.


Merriam Jolly • 309-796-5418 • jollym@bhc.edu

Student Government Association

QC Campus SGA East Campus SGA

Student Trustee: IJʿ¼ 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)

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