Student Organizations

Students converse as they show poster displays

UWM at Waukesha has more than 25 registered student clubs. Getting involved is a great way to make new friends. Participating in clubs and organizations also enhances your college experience by sharpening your organizational, leadership and communication skills.

Activities Coordination Team

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

Meetings: Mondays, noon, Room C158
Advisor: Sue Kalinka, senior student life coordinator, Student Affairs Department
President: Catelyn Picco
Vice President: Angela Ma
Executive Director: Maribel Jaimes-Aviles
Public Relations: Lila Reshadi-Nezhad

Adventure Club

Adventure Club provides students the ability to safely engage in outdoor activities, learn techniques and skills related to these activities, and work as a group to accomplish specific goals.

Meetings: Mondays, noon, Coffee Corner
Advisor: Nicolette Fugarino, student services advisor, Student Affairs Department
Co-President: Ryan Budziszek
Co-President: Austin Vest
Secretary: James Hatlen
Treasurer: Hannah Smith

African American Union

The African American Union (AAU) provides a voice for African American students, promotes social and cultural awareness, and engages in political action in the community. The aim is to improve and maintain relationships between African American students and students of other backgrounds, academic staff and faculty. AAU works to provide a social and cultural outlet for its members and take an active part in campus activities.

Meetings: Tuesdays, noon, Diversity & Pre-College Center
Advisor: Millie Wenzel, director of multicultural services, Diversity Center
President: Kendell Dudley-Thompson
Vice President: Thadd Sapa-Kotlarek
Treasurer: Francis DeLeon Camacho
Secretary: Dennis Smith

Art Club

The Art Club provides a stress-free and friendly environment, while encouraging artistic ability and creativity in each member. Art Club is a time where students can share art or opinions on art, get critiques and help from others, and work on projects.

Meetings: Thursdays, noon, Fine Arts Gallery
Advisor: Michael Julian, associate professor of art, Arts and Humanities Department
President: Emily Scordato
Vice President: Ceceilia Loeschmann
PR Coordinator: Isabella Knutsen

Campus Crusade for Christ

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

Meetings: Mondays and Thursdays, noon, Room N127
Advisor: Denise Lorge, student services advisor, Student Affairs Department
President: Stephanie Schaefer
Vice President: Drew Konkol

Catholic Club

Catholic Club provides an opportunity for young adults to share and grow in faith while experiencing the transformative power of Jesus. We aim to do this by fostering community focused on prayer, reception of the sacraments, reading Scripture, service to our neighbors, and growing to more fully understand tradition.

Catholic Club is open to all. It is our hope that anyone who feels curious about Jesus or the Catholic Church would take this opportunity to seek an answer. We do not claim to be experts, but rather a group of young adults imperfectly striving to understand and live out what Jesus meant when he said, “I came so that they might have life, and have it more abundantly.”

Meetings: Wednesday, noon, theater lobby/Southview
Advisor: Connie Humann, student services advisor, Student Affairs Department
President: Reese Kressin
Vice President: MaryKathleen Scordato
Secretary: Emily Scordato
Treasurer/Activity Coordinator: Teresa Boyce

Circle K

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.

Meetings: Not currently active

College Democrats

The College Democrats’ goal is to involve the community in the political process at local, state and national levels to educate the community on political issues and to promote Democratic candidates and their core message.

Meetings: Tuesdays, noon, Room N050 (Club Office)
Advisor: Dylan Bennett, associate professor of political science, Social Sciences and Business Department

College Republicans

The College Republicans’ goal is to involve the community in the political process at local, state and national levels to educate the community on political issues and to promote Republican candidates and their core message.

Meetings: Not currently active

Diversity Club

This organization serves the campus 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 statuses and political beliefs to carry them into the diverse world outside the campus.

Meetings: Tuesdays, noon, Room C101
Advisor: Millie Wenzel, director of multicultural services, Diversity Center
Treasurer: Berkley Saak

Ecology Club

Ecology Club’s goal is to give 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: Not currently active

Engineering Club

Engineering Club offers hands-on engineering experiences outside of class.

Meetings: Wednesdays, noon, Room N233

Film Club

The Film Club provides an opportunity for students interested in film and filmmaking to explore and learn the art together.

Meetings: Tuesdays, 2:30 – 4:30 p.m., Room C158
Advisor: Barry Liss, associate professor of communications/theatre arts, Arts and Humanities Department
Co-President: Brett McAlister
Co-President: Joe Colline
Co-President & Editing Advisor: David Steinmann
Audio Director: William Webb

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. Let’s help each other be the Future Business Leaders of tomorrow.

Meetings: Mondays, noon, Room N056
Advisor: Alexandria Lawver, career planning and internship coordinator
President: Hadley Meyer
Vice President of Marketing: Sarah Hoehnke
Vice President of Finance: Matt Stick
Secretary: Garrick Gesell

Gaming Club

The Gaming Club helps create groups for the purpose of playing games, including role-play, board and card games. The goal is to create an environment that facilitates expression in the form of gaming, to break down 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 mathematical competency through repetitive use of formulas.

Meetings: Thursdays, noon, The Cove (Commons Area)
Advisor: Derek Blemberg, senior lecturer of English, Arts and Humanities Department
President: Dylan Temple
Vice President: Caleb Ebbott
Treasurer: Isaac Green
Secretary: Seth Ottesen

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 the advisor. We welcome your work!

Meetings: Mondays, noon, Room N129
Advisor: Drew Blanchard, assistant professor of English, Arts and Humanities Department
Co-President/Submissions Specialist: Lindsey Naze
Co-President: Jose Sandoval
Public Relations: Sydney Vinyard
Recorder: Grant Goehrig


Organization of Latino Leaders of America

The Organization of Latino Leaders of America, or Organization de Lideres Latino Americanos (OLLA), serves interested students, faculty, staff and members of local communities by promoting an awareness of and developing an appreciation of all elements of Latino cultures.

Meetings: Tuesdays, noon, Room N127
Advisor: Millie Wenzel, director of multicultural services, Diversity Center
President: Anthony Aldrete
Treasurer: Julia Liban
Secretary: Elvin Jaramillo

Panther Pals

Panther Pals is a club dedicated to maintaining an inclusive environment for students to socialize with each other through events and one-on-one interactions.

Meetings: Mondays, noon, Room N027
Advisor: Michael Weber, personal counselor, Student Affairs Department
President: Richie Gureski
Vice President: Carli Repka
Secretary: Brette Martinez

Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society

Phi Theta Kappa is the international honor society of two-year colleges that promotes scholarship, service, fellowship and leadership. Eligible students must have earned a cumulative GPA of at least 3.5 for 12 credits. The chapter elects officers, and active members meet to plan social and fundraising events. They hold two induction ceremonies for new members each year. The society also raises funds for scholarships for students eligible to join Phi Theta Kappa.

Meetings: Wednesdays, noon, Room N127
Advisors: Yongqing Wang, associate professor of business/economics, Social Sciences and Business Department
President: Thadd Sapa-Kotlarek
Vice President: Jayden Rajnicek
Public Relations: Daisy Riley
Secretary: Mackenzie Reynolds
Treasurer: Sarah Protheroe
Historian: Tyler Gerds

Players Theatre Waukesha

Players Theatre Waukesha provides an environment to encourage and facilitate the exposure and involvement of students in the performing arts on campus and in the community.

Meetings: Wednesdays, noon, Lunt-Fontanne Theatre
Advisor: Steven Decker, associate professor of communications/theatre arts, Arts and Humanities Department
Co-President: Brett (Bert) McAlister
Co-President: Gabrielle (Gabby) Adams

Pre-Health Sciences

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

Meetings: Not currently active

Pride Alliance

The 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 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, noon, Room C158
Advisor: Lisa Hager, associate professor of English, Arts and Humanities Department
Co-President: Ette Hoenk
Co-President: Kai LaPaz
Vice President: Ceceilia Koeschmann
Secretary: Kallista Miller
PR Coordinator: Isabella Knutsen

Student Advocates Association

The Student Advocates Association (SAA) 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. SAA 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 the clubs and on-campus organizations.

Meetings: Thursdays, 2:30 p.m., C158
Advisor: Sue Kalinka, senior student life coordinator, Student Affairs Department
2020-21 Officers:
President: Emma Henson
Vice-President: Makayla Brame
Treasurer: Bobby Owens
Senator: Danny Perez

Student Veterans Association and Veterans Resource Center

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

The Veterans Resource Center, located in Room C136, provides information about educational benefits and provides a comfortable space for interacting. It has a computer for student use and is open to anyone interested in finding out more about veterans’ issues. The center is staffed by students.

Meetings: Mondays, noon, Room C136
Advisor: Ellyn Lem, professor of English, Arts and Humanities Department
President: Kasey Slater
Vice President: August Vaughan

Yoga Club

Yoga Club helps members pursue mental and physical balance through the practice of hatha yoga. The instructor can accommodate people of all levels. Although advanced yoga requires flexibility, the goal is to improve flexibility and strength. No  level of flexibility or prior experience is needed. Yoga’s benefits include decreasing stress and anxiety, refocusing the mind, and improving posture and spinal alignment.

Yoga Club was created so students can do yoga without a cost. Community members are welcome, but we ask non-students to contribute $5 per session to be used for scholarships and charitable donations. Philanthropic practices are in line with karma yoga, which consists of doing good deeds to spread charity through the community and the world.

Meetings: Fridays, 12:30 – 1 p.m., Room N224
Advisors: Shubhangi Stalder, professor of mathematics, Mathematics and Natural Sciences Department
and Teresa Schueller, assistant professor of biological sciences, Mathematics and Natural Sciences Department
President: Darcy McCormick
Vice President: Jose Sandoval
Treasurer: Austin Vest
Treasurer: Ette Hoenk

Start your own club

If you don’t see a club that interests you, you can create your own. To start a club, you only need to find at least three interested students and complete some simple paperwork. Organizing a club allows you to invite guest speakers, take tours and meet people with similar interests. Consider a club related to your intended major, hobby or a club you were involved with in high school or on another campus.