Clubs and Organizations

It’s really easy to get involved on the Highland campus, so go have some fun. If you have an organization or club idea not listed here, please contact Liz Gerber.

Acting Company

Highland’s Acting Company can help students take their first step toward a Tony or an Oscar. The Acting Company performs dramas, comedies, and musicals. All plays are open to student and community participation. Stop in the Fine Arts Department office, room 59, to find out about pending production plans and current production activities. Rehearsals are on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday evenings from 6:30 to 9:00 p.m. and run five to six weeks.

Laura Early: 815.599.3492,

Adult Student Network

Highland offers a club specifically for our non-traditional students because adult students often have different concerns than students who just graduated from high school. The Adult Student Network provides learning opportunities and promotes networking opportunities to its members. The format is a mixture of formal presentations and informal communication.

Suzanne Miller: 815.599.3597,
Carolyn Petsche: 815.599.3577,
Vicki Schulz: 815.599.3664,

Agriculture Club

The AG Club’s primary objectives are to encourage leadership and fellowship among students with an interest in agriculture. The Highland AG Club participates in state and national post-secondary agriculture competitions, promote the agriculture industry within the Highland community, attend several agriculture-related conferences and exhibitions, as well as provide community outreach to local agriculturally-oriented youth groups such as FFA. Any student with an interest in agriculture is welcome to join the Highland AG Club. State Bank sponsors the Ag Club’s participation in Postsecondary Agriculture Students (PAS) events.

Justin Ebert: 815.599.3507,

Art Club: SOVA (Student Organization Visual Arts)

The overall purpose /mission of SOVA (Student Organization Visual Arts) is to encourage, promote and celebrate the visual arts by providing accessible opportunities for dialogue, expression, and education. SOVA membership is open to all students wishing to participate in club activities, and actively welcomes diverse discussion and action concerning the role of visual arts on campus and in communities. A central goal of the club is for members to serve as ambassadors of the visual arts program to enhance the awareness and integration of visual communication. SOVA meets biweekly for meeting, activities, and sponsored events throughout each academic semester.

Bob Apolloni: 815.599.3479,

Black Student Alliance

Also known as “BSA” at Highland Community College. The Black Student Alliance is open to all Highland students, full or part-time. The mission of the BSA is:

• To promote cultural education, provide academic and social services and activities that relate to meeting the intellectual, spiritual, in an ever-changing global society.
• To emphasize community awareness
• To establish unity and communication with the African-American community as well as the Highland Community College community and surrounding areas.
• To provide a liaison between the college administration, faculty, and staff concerning specific needs of the African-American students.
• To support incoming students as they integrate into the campus environment.

Tee Jay Jackson: 815.599.3487,

Current Issues Club

One of the best aspects of the college experience is engaging in intellectual and thought-provoking conversations. Escalating gas prices, immigration reform, the war on terrorism, and all the current issues du’jour, can be fodder for spirited dialogue. The Current Issues Club meets every Wednesday from noon to 1:00 p.m. in the Board Room, located on the second floor of the Student/Conference Center.

Andy Dvorak: 815.599.3443,

Dairy and Livestock Judging Teams

Highland’s Dairy and Livestock teams compete in national and international dairy and livestock judging contests, including the annual International Post-Secondary Dairy Cattle Judging Contest. The Judging Team members have the opportunity to enhance their academic experiences as well as strengthen their communication, decision-making, critical-thinking, and presentation skills.

Justin Ebert: 815.599.3507,

Dance/Cheer Team

The Highland Dance Team is enthusiastically dedicated to promoting the Cougar Nation spirit. Performances are an integration of hip-hop, jazz, traditional pom moves, and stunting; and are choreographed by team members and the advisor. The Dance Team performs at Men’s Basketball games. Tryouts are in the early fall. A commitment to both fall and spring semester is mandatory. The team practices twice a week. Previous dance and/or cheer background is helpful.

Stacey Moore: 815.599.3582,

Diversity Club

Even though we all have different experiences and cultures, we also have similarities. Diversity can be a cornerstone that strengthens our society. By simply interacting with other races, we can break down preexisting barriers and even promote understanding and camaraderie. Diversity Club is a student group that focuses on providing social and cultural enrichment opportunities throughout the academic year. It also provides a system of academic and personal support for its members.

Thedford Jackson: 815.599.3487,

E.A.R.T.H. (Environmental Awareness Represented Through Highland)

How we treat the earth today will truly leave our mark for future generations. The Highland Environmental Awareness Group sponsors an Adopt-a-Highway cleanup project in partnership with the Illinois Department of Transportation and promotes environmental awareness by holding fundraisers and donating money to local environmental organizations.

Juliet Moderow, 815.599.3578,
Steve Simpson: 815.599.3474,

Equine Club

Equine Club is designed to promote growth, learning, and interaction with our equine friends and other people. It is a group of HCC students that love being around horses. We plan activities that are fun and enlightening with horses. We have done massage demonstrations for an open house at our Mentoring Barn, participated in local tack swaps, to try to raise funds for the club. The possibilities are endless when equines are involved, and we want to do more, but we can’t without those wishing to participate. If you are interested in Equine Club, talk to one of the members. Meeting times are currently being decided. For more information, call or text Gretchen Johnson at 815.742.1655, HCC Equine Club President.

Gretchen Johnson: 815.742.1655,


Employers often rate communication skills as one of their most desired characteristics in new employees. College students who have mastered their communication and public speaking skills often have an advantage over their peers, especially in today’s competitive job market. Highland’s Forensics provides an opportunity for students to enhance their research and communication skills while having fun. Highland’s Forensics team competes in public speaking competitions on the local, regional, state, and national level.

Bill Lucio: 815.599.3444,

Highland Chronicle

Highland Community College’s award-winning student newspaper provides students with professional journalism experience and provides an independent voice for HCC students. The Chronicle is published online and can be found at Students join the Chronicle staff by enrolling in MCOM 131. The class is free to all HCC students and students receive two credit hours in Mass Communication.
Jim Yeager: 815.599.3432,

History Club

The Highland History Club is open to all students who have an active interest in American history and would like to participate in social and educational activities with students of the same interests. The History Club will also provide living history demonstrations and reenactments of the Civil War era.

Andy Dvorak: 815.599.3443,
Jim Phillips: 815.599.3469,

International Club

The International Club helps students explore the College’s rich student diversity. Both international and domestic students are invited to participate. This club can help students who are new to the states feel more comfortable with northwest Illinois and American culture, and it can be fun for the students who have aspirations to travel to new and exotic places but just haven’t found the time or funds to make the trip. No passport required. The International Club meets on a monthly basis.

Tracy Mays: 815.599.3579,

IntrerVarsity Club

InterVarsity is a nondenominational, student-driven fellowship and service group on campus. The purpose of the fellowship is to build strong, supportive relationships in a spiritual environment. Each semester, the InterVarsity group coordinates meetings, campus presentations, and service projects that are based upon students’ interests, availability, and leadership.

Jeremy Bradt: 815.599.3500,
Thedford Jackson: 815.599.3487,


Cramming for exams and writing papers can put a damper on students’ social lives. With intramural sports, students can enjoy recreational competition, get to know some of their classmates outside of the classroom, and still have time to study to ace that exam. A variety of intramural activities are offered during both fall and spring semesters, including co-ed volleyball and co-ed basketball. Like all other sports, there are rules for intramurals, too. Students who participate in intramurals must be enrolled in at least six credit hours at Highland.

Liz Gerber: 815.599.3531,

Performing Arts Club

The purpose of the Performing Arts Club is to promote and support the performing arts entailing the genres of theatre, dance, vocal and instrumental music among Highland Community college students and members of its faculty. To provide an outlet for all students with an interest in performing regardless of their participation in respective organizations or outside endeavors.

Laura Early: 815.599.3492,

Phi Theta Kappa

Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) is the international honor society for community college students. It is the largest honor society in American higher education. Highland students who have earned a minimum of 12 credit hours and are maintaining a GPA of 3.50 are eligible for induction into the local Nu Mu Chapter. In addition to academic achievement and scholarship, PTK members conduct voter registration on campus, sponsor poetry reading and essay contests, conduct blood drives, food drives and children’s book drive and sponsor a family at Christmas.

Carolyn Petsche: 815.599.3646,

Physical Science Club

The Physical Science Club is one of the most energetic and innovative clubs on the Highland campus. The Physical Science Club built a 44-foot trebuchet that had a 3,000-pound counterweight. The trebuchet launch created an exceptional media buzz. It was picked up by networks across the country. The Physical Science Club also organized and hosted a 2006 Science Fair. This event showcased innovative science projects and engaged participants in enlightening and entertaining conversations with fellow science enthusiasts and educators.

John Sullivan: 815.599.3458,

Prairie Wind

The Prairie Wind is a collection of literature, poetry, artwork, photography, and music from many talented members of the Highland community. This beautiful publication, which is published each spring semester, is inspiring and unique. The covers of previous issues are hung on the wall located on the second floor of the Marvin-Burt Liberal Arts Center. The Prairie Wind is a collaborative effort involving students, Highland faculty and staff, and community members.

Bob Apolloni: 815.599.3479,
Sam Tucibat: 815.599.3614,

Pride Club

The Pride Club is dedicated to creating a supportive, accepting, and positive environment for Highland’s gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender students. The goal of Pride includes providing educational activities to foster a greater appreciation of diversity at the College. Pride supports courtesy, fairness, and respect for all students through advocating unity amongst the student body. The Pride Club is meant for students from all walks of life who wish to actively participate in the accomplishment of the group’s goals.

Laura Watson: 815.599.3456,

Psychology Club

The Highland Community College Psychology Club is dedicated to an independent exploration of the behavioral sciences, as well as service to the college and surrounding community. Past student-led projects have included collecting non-perishable items for hurricane victims in Southern Illinois, increasing awareness about autism and bullying, and conducting independent research projects on campus. Meeting times vary depending on availability.

Paul Rabideau 815.599.3466,
Chelsea Martinez 815.599.3429,

Student Senate

The Student Senate strives to help fellow students make the most out of their college experience. The Senate hosts several events each semester, including all-campus picnics and Battles of the Bands. The Senate also promotes community involvement by organizing Halloween walks, fund drives, and food drives. The Student Senate is credited for establishing the Cougar Den, a student cheering section at the Cougars’ home volleyball and basketball games.

Liz Gerber: 815.599.3531,
Kay Ostberg: 815.599.3533,

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