Student Organizations and Government

UWM at Washington County PTK Club members and advisor stand in front of sign, some holding lighted sabersParticipation 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.

Awareness & Inclusion Club

The mission of the Awareness & Inclusion Club is to promote awareness of various issues present in our society and the inclusion of all students into a more welcoming and healthy campus climate in order to better allow everyone to succeed. Activities include collecting food and clothing to assist students and community members in need.

Meetings:  Alternating Tuesdays, noon, Room 285 (in Learning Commons)
Advisor: Liz Schielke, student services advisor, Student Affairs Department

BSU (Black Student Union)

Meetings: Thursdays, noon, Room 101
Advisor: Tima Guled, student life & events coordinator, Student Affairs Department

Business Club

The purpose of the Business Club is to:

  1. Gain practical business experience through involvement in university and community related projects.
  2. Increase awareness of business opportunities.
  3. Maintain open communication between students, faculty and the business community.
  4. Develop skills in all areas of business.
  5. Promote the study and research in the field of business.
  6. Study and discuss contemporary business issues and how they relate to the community.
  7. Encourage and uphold sound, ethical practices and high standards of professionalism.

Meetings: Times vary. Please contact the club advisor for more information.
Advisor: Carl Gahala, assistant professor of business, Social Sciences and Business Department

CRU Club (Campus Impact)

CRU exists to provide regular opportunities to study and discuss the Bible, worship and pray in a group setting, which also provides opportunities for fellowship, encouragement and spiritual development among members. We seek to be a resource for the student body by offering opportunities to discuss spiritual matters and provide materials such as outside speakers, videos, books and articles. CRU has an open-door policy.

Meetings: Thursdays, noon, Room L285
Advisor: Mohan Thapa, assistant professor of mathematics, Mathematics and Natural Sciences Department

Environmental Club

Meetings:  Alternating Tuesdays, noon, Room 101
Advisor: Rob Sanborn, lecturer of geography/geology, Mathematics and Natural Sciences Department

Gaming Club

The purpose of this club is to give like-minded students an opportunity to get together regularly as a group to analyze and participate in card playing.

Meetings: Meeting times vary. Contact the club advisor for more information.
Advisor: Stephan Scholz, assistant professor of sociology, Social Sciences and Business Department

GSA (Gender & Sexuality Awareness)

GSA focuses on providing information to the campus community through events such as Words Hurt week and participation in AIDS Walk WI. Anyone and everyone is welcome to participate.

Meetings: Thursdays, noon-1 p.m., Study Room D, Library
Advisor: Karen Kleist, CASE associate

Judo Club

Meetings: Mondays, 6-7 p.m. (beginner); 7-8:30 p.m. (intermediate/advanced), gymnasium
Advisor: Tait Szabo, associate professor of philosophy, Arts and Humanities Department

Model United Nations

Meetings: To be determined
Advisor:  Tima Guled, student life & events coordinator, Student Affairs Department

Phi Theta Kappa

Founded in 1918, Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) is the international honor society for two-year colleges offering associate programs. Students enrolled in 12 or more credits at UWM at Washington County during the semester in which they qualify for membership must earn at least a 3.0 semester GPA and a 3.0 cumulative GPA. Any students meeting this criteria for membership will be invited to attend informational meetings once classes begin.

Meetings: Thursdays, noon.

Advisor: Chris Yogerst, assistant professor of communications, Arts and Humanities Department

SAFE (Student Alliance for Equality)

The Campus SAFE club is committed to promoting equality and respect for all members of our campus community, regardless of sexual orientation, age, ethnicity, religious beliefs, etc. If you’re interested in meeting a group of students committed to diversity and mutual respect, please consider attending our meetings.

Meetings:  Thursdays, noon-12:50 p.m., Room 311
Advisor: William Malcuit, professor of English, Arts and Humanities Department

(Science, Technology, Engineering & Math)

Established in 2000, the STEM club encourages students’ active participation and leadership role in all STEM fields and disciplines, including biology, chemistry, computer science, engineering, geography, geology, mathematics, nursing, physics, astronomy, medicine and pharmacy.

The goals of the STEM Club include: facilitate and enhance students’ understanding of STEM; promote students’ active involvement and participation in co-curricular STEM-based activities; attract, recruit and retain more students in the STEM fields; help form a STEM community on campus; strengthen the links among the STEM departments; build relationships with area industry and research institutions; assist in improving the teaching and learning of STEM on campus.

Everyone is welcome to attend the free Wednesday seminars.

Meetings: Wednesdays, noon, Room 201
Advisor: Mohamed Ayoub, professor of chemistry, Mathematics and Natural Sciences Department, 262-808-4118

Socrates Cafe

Each week, a student chooses a philosophically interesting topic, makes an assertion about it, and then responds to questions about or related to the assertion. Everyone takes a turn asking one question. Join us for some interesting discussion!

Meetings: Mondays, noon, Fireside Room (FA213)
Advisor: Tait Szabo, associate professor of philosophy, Arts and Humanities Department

Student Government Association (SGU)

The Student Government Association (SGA) is the official organized voice of the student population – it actively promotes students’ interests, organizes student activities and manages student funds. The officers work closely with faculty, staff and students on a wide range of campus-specific and systemwide issues. SGA members also act as student representatives on various campus committees.

The SGA office is in the Student Union on the lower level (below the cafeteria).

2019-20 Officers:
President:  Nathan Skutley
Vice President: Jordan Bellante
Treasurer: Dalton Uhing
Executive Director: Vincent Skowera
Public Relations Officer: Riley McGrew
Senators: Paige Airaudi, Kayla Boehm, Skylar Crass, Caryn Hamm, Michael Novotny

Advisor:  Tima Guled, student life & events coordinator, Student Affairs Department

Student Veterans of America

“Veterans Helping Veterans.” The Student Veterans of America (SVA) is a group of college-based military veterans and supporters dedicated to supporting military veterans, their families and their communities.

A veterans room, located in Room 203, provides a comfortable space for veterans to meet and interact with others.

The club goals include:

  • Assist student veterans as they make the transition from service member to civilian to student. The club does this by distributing information, including forms, documents, lists of organizations and contact information useful for veterans and families of veterans who are recently released from the military and those who are new to the college in which they are enrolled.
  • Promote healthy interactions with fellow veterans and students, both on and off campus, through social gatherings and community activities.
  • Provide special services to assist disabled veterans.
  • Offer various veteran outreach activities to provide direct services to veterans, including those deployed and the families who await their return.
  • Educate the college community about the special experiences, circumstances, strengths and needs of veterans and their families.

Meetings: Noon, Room 203
Dates vary – contact an advisor for more information.
Advisors:  Deb Butschlick, athletic director, and John and Donna Kleinmaus


The members of the United Federation of Astro-Nuts (UFAN) meet to promote and nurture the curiosity of the natural world and scientific thinking via hands-on exploration of astronomy and physics. Join us as we share our interest in astronomy and physics!

Meetings: Mondays, noon
Advisor: Swapnil Tripathi, associate professor of astronomy and physics, Mathematics and Natural Sciences Department

Writers’ Guild

The Writers’ Guild is a campus club geared toward inspiring creative thinking in your everyday writing. Writer’s Guild runs during semesters when English 203: Creative Writing is not held. Writers are encouraged to submit their work to Pyrite, Washington County’s online journal devoted to the creative arts.

Meetings:  Varies – contact advisor for more information
Advisor: Megan Muthupandiyan, senior lecturer of English, Arts and Humanities Department

Start a new club

If you don’t see an organization you’re interested in, you can create your own!  Clubs can be related to your intended major or a special interest. Organizing a club allows you to invite guest speakers, take tours and meet people with similar interests.

To start a club, you only need to find three interested students and fill out some simple paperwork. For more information about any of the clubs or to start a new club, contact the Solution Center.