Student Organizations

Why join a club?

Participation in clubs and organizations enhances your college experience by sharpening your organizational, leadership and communication skills. You also have an opportunity to make new friends by getting involved in any of the many activities on campus. Contact the Office of Student Development at (262) 521-5043 or stop in A115 for more information. You can also find information about each club in the list below.


Start a New Club

Most years, UW-Waukesha has over 25 active student clubs. If you don't see an organization you're interested in, you can create your own! Examples of clubs formed because of student interest include photography club, fencing club, car club and shopping club.

You may also consider a club related to your intended major. Organizing a club allows you to invite guest speakers, take tours and meet people with similar interests.

Or, perhaps you were involved in a club in high school or on another campus, and you'd like to start a chapter at UW-Waukesha.

To start a club, you only need to find three interested students and fill out some simple paperwork. For more information, contact the Office of Student Development at (262) 521-5043 or stop in A115. 

ACT - Activities Coordination Team

The purpose of the Activities Coordination Team (ACT) is to provide an opportunity for students to budget, plan, and select entertainment and to implement programs for the UW-Waukesha campus and community. Major events include Fall Fest, Mardi Gras and Spring Fling.

Meetings: Mondays, 12:00pm, C142
Advisor: Sue Kalinka
President: Samantha Sund
Vice President: Ileana Smolik
Secretary: Jake Toby
Public Relations: Ryan Schmid

Adventure Club

The purpose of this organization is to provide students the ability to safely engage in outdoor activities, learn techniques and skills related to these different activities and work as a group to accomplish specific goals.

Meetings: Tuesdays, 12:00pm, N129
Advisor: Katie Press
Co-President: Gabriel Kuenn
Co-President: Nate Roedl
Vice President: John Hebar
Treasurer: Nico Mancuso

African American Union

The mission of AAU is to provide a voice for African-American students at UW-Waukesha, to promote social and cultural awareness and engage in political action in the UW-Waukesha community. Their aim is to improve and maintain relationships between African-American students and students of other backgrounds, UW-Waukesha academic staff and faculty. They work to provide a social and cultural outlet for its members, and take an active part in the activities at this University.

Meetings: Not currently active
Advisor: James Boling

Art Club

It shall be the purpose of the Art Club to give a stress free and friendly environment and encourage artistic ability and creativity in each member. Art Club will be a time where students can meet to share art, opinions on art, get critique and help from others, and to be able to work on projects they may have.

Meetings: Thursdays, 12:00pm, S123
Advisor: Barbara Reinhart
CoPresident:  Julianne Johnson
CoPresident: Melanie Kennedy

Ballroom Dance

It shall be the purpose of the Ballroom Dance Club of UW-Waukesha to promote ballroom dancing, teach ballroom dance lessons, and provide ballroom dance opportunities to the students of UW-Waukesha.

Meetings: Fridays; 2:00pm-3:30pm, Hub
Advisor: Genevieve Freese
President: Katie Whitstone    
Secretary: Tyler Holman


Campus Crusade for Christ

The purpose of Campus Crusade for Christ is to bring glory to God by meeting the spiritual needs of interested students and faculty at UW-Waukesha. The club provides an environment where any student may investigate the claims of Jesus Christ and consider how these claims affect their lives.

Meetings: Tuesdays and Fridays; 12:00pm, N055
Advisor: Mary Arola
President: Samuel Isaacson
Vice President: Danielle Dean

Cheer and Stunt

It shall be the purpose of the cheerleading team to perform at all the men's home basketball games and selected away games and to have fun!

Meetings: Mondays and Wednesdays; 5:00pm, Hub
Advisor: Marie Peterson

Circle K

The collegiate years are the crossroads of life—time to choose a path and follow a passion. It’s the time to make a difference in the world. By giving back to others, Circle K International (CKI) members learn the skills they need to become the next generation of community-minded leaders. Sponsored by Kiwanis International, CKI is the premier collegiate community service, leadership development, and fellowship organization in the world. It’s filled with energetic, passionate, and driven young adults who have the power to make a significant impact on the world.

It’s Big. There are more than 12,600 CKI members worldwide, with 500 clubs in 17 countries.

It’s about Service. CKI members embrace the organization’s motto–live to serve, love to serve–by collectively performing more than 1 million service hours annually on their campuses and in their communities. Members also work with CKI’s official service partners: Better World Books, March of Dimes, Students Team Up to Fight Hunger and UNICEF.

It’s about Leadership. CKI provides resources, tools and opportunities to attend inspiring events, such as Leadership Academy and the annual Large Scale Service Project.

It’s about Fellowship. Members work together to plan service projects. They take part in conferences and conventions, receive grants and scholarships and make friends with fellow CKI members from around the world.

Meetings: Not currently active
Advisor: Katie Press

College Republicans

To involve the community in the political process at local, state, and national levels to educate the community in political issues, and to promote Republican candidates and their core message we establish this Constitution of the University of Wisconsin Waukesha College Republicans.

Meetings: Wednesdays, 12:00pm, N129
Advisor: George Llanas
President: John Graber
Vice-President: Cody Baker
Officer: Quintin LaFleur

Criminology Club

The purpose of the Criminology Club is to perform career exploration and acquire general knowledge of the criminal justice system.

Meetings: Not currently active
Advisor: Ron Gulotta

Deutsch Klub

The purpose of German Club is to promote the learning of German language and to acquire cultural awareness through extracurricular activities.

Meetings: Not currently active

Advisor: Student Development Office


Diversity Club

This organization serves the UW-Waukesha community by promoting an awareness of, developing an appreciation of, and facilitating interaction between people of all races, ethnicities, cultures, creeds, religions, sexual orientation, disabilities, marital status, and political beliefs to carry them into the diverse world outside the campus.

Meetings: Wednesdays, 12:00pm, A125
Advisor: Connie Humann
President: Liana Januss
Vice President: Lucas Nelson
Secretary: Kayla Naus
Public Relations: Lucas Nelson


Ecology Club

The purpose of this organization is to provide students interested in ecology an opportunity to develop a knowledgeable appreciation of our natural resources, become informed on environmental issues and take action to protect our environment.

Meetings: Thursdays, 12:00pm, C158
Advisor: Marlin Johnson
President: Lee Stedman
Vice President: Nicolas Calvache
Secretary: Cassie Turinske

Engineering Club

The purpose of this club is to offer hands on engineering experiences outside of class.

Meetings: Thursdays, 12:00pm, N233
President: Osman Quardri         
Vice President: Emily Loohauis
Treasurer: Adam Goodyear

Future Business Leaders

Future Business Leaders is an organization dedicated to informing students about all aspects of business and improving the skills necessary to succeed in the modern business world. Join us today, and let's help each other be the Future Business Leaders of tomorrow.

Meetings: Thursdays, 12:00pm, Coffee Corner on Campus
Advisor: Amanda Mueller
President: Nicklaus Kruesel
Treasurer: James Butte
Secretary:  Kayla Naus
Marketing: Andrew Dauer


Future Educators Club

The purpose of the Future Educators' Club is to promote interest in the field of education. Members will have the opportunity to develop their personal growth and professional competence, as well as gain an understanding of the education profession. During meetings we discuss events planned with the campus daycare as well as other education related events that take place on campus.

Meetings: Thursdays, 12:00pm, S110
Advisor: Jill Rinzel or Julianna Alitto
President: Sarah Olszewski
Vice-President: Tracy Hebert
Secretary: Kaily Behrens
Co-Public Relations: Sarah Aulenbacher
Co-Public Relations: Ariel Ringe

Gaming Club

The gaming club is here to help create groups for the purpose of playing games, including role-play, board, and card games. The goal of the gaming club is to create an environment that facilitates expression in the form of gaming, to breakdown perceptions about gaming and gamers, and to encourage others to game. We regard gaming as a healthy expression of belief, necessary to a deeper understanding of self. It also encourages interpersonal skill without social repercussions within the group, leadership and organizational roles, acceptance of the fallibility of plans, and mathematic competence through repetition use of formula.

Meetings: Wednesdays, 12:00pm, The Cove (Commons Area)
Advisor: Katie Press
President: Aric Zeier
Vice President: Jack (James) Richter
Treasurer: Nicholas Randall
Secretary: Victoria Kerr

Gardening Club

It shall be the purpose of the Gardening Club to advance skills, knowledge and interest in the world growing around us.

Meetings: Wednesdays, 12:00pm, N037
Advisor: Suzanne Joneson 
President: Simeon Thiele
Vice President: Cassie Turinske
Treasurer: Alex Mesmer

Geo Club

Our mission is to create an environment that fosters intellectual and personal bonds among students, faculty, and staff who are interested in Geosciences.  Our members share a common interest in the relationship between and among humans and the physical environment in hopes to encourage lasting, enriched communities.

1. We strive to cultivate lasting and supportive relationships between members.  

2.  Explore opportunities for continued education and careers in Geosciences.

Meetings: Not currently active

Health and Wellness Club

It shall be the purpose of this organization to propose, plan, and promote activities, which encourage and enhance the overall wellness and positive lifestyle choices of UW-Waukesha students.

Meetings: Not currently active
Advisors:  Amanda Mueller

Literary Club

The Literary Club publishes the Windy Hill Review, a compilation of poems, stories and plays by students, faculty and staff. Members learn the editing process from selection of material to preparation of copy for the printer.

If you would like to submit a poem, short story, or other work of art, send a Microsoft Word file to We welcome your work!

Meetings: Mondays, 12:00pm, S108
Advisor: Greg Ahrenhoerster
Editor: Regina Mace
Editor: Abby Rae Davis
Editor: Deanna Schneider
Editor: Brad Adams

OWLS (Older Wiser Learners)

The purpose of OWLS is to offer support and advocacy for returning adult students who have academic and social needs that are different from the needs of traditional students. Members will choose various programming topics throughout the academic year to support this purpose.

Meetings: Tuesdays, 12:00pm, N050
Advisor: Dinah Gygi
President: Sarah Aulenbacher
Vice President: Robin Steinbrenner
Secretary/Treasurer: Kylie Wilkiewicz


The purpose of O.L.L.A. (Organization of Latino Leaders of America or Organization de Lideres Latino Americanos) is to serve interested students, faculty, and staff members of the UW-Waukesha and members of local communities by promoting an awareness of and developing an appreciation of all elements of Latino cultures.

Meetings: Tuesdays, 12:00pm, N125
Advisor: James Boling
President: Daniel Perez
Vice President: Selena Campos
Secretary: Maritza Mendoza

Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society

Phi Theta Kappa is the international honor society of 2-year colleges which promotes scholarship, service, fellowship, and leadership. Eligible students must have earned a cumulative grade point average of at least a 3.50 for 12 credits. The local chapter elects officers and active members meet to plan social and fund-raising events. They hold two inductions of new members each year in a ceremony that attracts family, friends, and the campus community. The society also raises funds for scholarships for students eligible to join Phi Theta Kappa.

Meetings: Mondays, 12:00pm, N127
Advisors: Lori Brock & Yong Wang
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PTK Officers:
President: Lisa Witt
Vice President/Public Relations: Sydney LeDonne
Secretary: Kayla Naus
Treasurer: Nick Wessell

Pre-Health Sciences

The Pre-Health Sciences Club provides community service and career exploration opportunities related to health professions.

Meetings: Thursdays, 12:00pm, N030
Advisor: Lori Brock
President: Mika Franceschi
Co-Vice President: Sireen Jaber
Co-Vice President: Sarah cornell
Treasurer: Kendall Casanova
Secretary: Deanna Betka
Co-Public Relations: Andrea Zuniga
Co-Public Relations: Nicole Italiano

Pride Alliance

The UW-Waukesha Pride Alliance acts as a forum and resource for the discussion of gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, queer, and questioning related issues. In addition, this club provides opportunities for its members to connect with and take part in LGBTQIA communities of the University of Wisconsin System and southeastern Wisconsin in general.

Meetings: Tuesdays and Wednesdays, 12:00pm, C158
Advisors: Lisa Hager
Co-President: Monique Schneider
Co-President: Kate Kingsley
Secretary: Lauren Dennee

Psychology Club

 The purpose of the Psychology Club is to help club members to broaden their college experience and better understand the importance of unity. We hope to facilitate our interests in Psychology through increased networking with those that share the same career and academic interests. We plan to accomplish this goal by discussing a range of interest topics. In addition, we plan to orchestrate several meetings where an invited speaker shall present us with stimulating information regarding their professional experiences.

Meetings: Not currently active



Student Government Association (SGA)

The Student Government Association is the official representative and legislative body for all students. Members work with staff, administration, and faculty to develop all areas of student life, and represent students on university committees. SGA also reviews and offers recommendations to the campus dean for portions of the segregated fee budget. The segregated fee budget funds a number of programs on campus, as well as all of Waukesha's clubs and on campus organizations.

Meetings: Mondays, 2:30pm, C158
Advisor: Sue Kalinka
President: Nick Wesell
Vice President: Lisa Witt
Executive Director: Jesse Freund
Public Relations: Sarah Black
Treasurer: Corrie Stefan

Students for Peace

Students for Peace has commenced as a group to protest and denounce war between nations and to convey a message of peace through communication, negotiation and understanding. The group will function in a group manner at all times, with a focus on working together toward common goals.

Meetings: Not currently active 

Student Veterans Association

The Student Veterans Association supports students who have served in the military or are currently serving, a transition to a student lifestyle.

Meetings: Mondays, 12:00pm, A116
Advisor: Ellyn Lem
President:  Jeff Roehm                       
Vice President: Kyle Carlson
Treasurer: Megan Syverson
Public Affairs: Steven Halase            


The Observer

"The Observer" is the official student newspaper of UW-Waukesha. The purpose of The Observer is to bring student concerns to the attention of the faculty and the institutional authorities and of formulating student opinion on various issues on the campus and in the world at large. View the latest issue.

Meetings: Wednesdays, 12:00pm, C136
Advisor: Andy Turner
Editor in Chief: Ellie Froschmayer
Features Editor:  Jordan Dyke
Sports Editor: Nathan Proell
News Editor: Isabel Riley
Website Editor: Lee Stedman
Creative Writing Editor: Neil Keshvala                

UW-Waukesha Cougar Nation Weightlifting Association

The aim of the Club is to produce a happier healthy Club member.

Meetings: Not currently active.

Visual and Student Performing Arts Club

Interested in meeting other creative imaginative artist types? Open to: musicians, actors, singers, writers, animators, photographers, designers, gallery-goers, concert cohorts, dramatic dialoguers, heartfelt poets, those desiring culture, or fans of the arts anywhere in between or out of the box! Thank you for supporting the arts!

Meetings: Not currently active.

Yoga Club

The primary goal for members of the UW-Waukesha Yoga Club is to pursue mental and physical balance through the practice of Hatha Yoga. No prior experience or level of skill is needed to join at any point. The instructor will be able to accommodate beginners, as well as those of intermediate and advanced skill level. The beneficial effects of practicing Yoga include decrease in stress and anxiety, refocusing the mind, and improvement of posture and spinal alignment. Although you may have to be flexible for advanced Yoga, the purpose of our club is to improve your flexibiblity and strength, so no level of flexibility is required.

Yoga Club was created as a way for students to experience Yoga without cost. Although community members are also welcome, we ask that non-students provide a contribution of five dollars per session for use in scholarships and charity donations. The club provides each year to programs like the Heifer International project. Philanthropic practices such as these are in line with Karma Yoga, which consists of doing good deeds at every turn as a way of spreading charity through one’s community and the world at large.

Meetings: Fridays, 3:00pm, C101
Advisor: Shubhangi Stalder
President: Vedrana Puskar
Vice President: Ryan Dockstader
Treasurer: Casey Thomas