Campus Life

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Campus Life hosts a wide variety of social and educational events every year.

Some of our favorite events include Think Fast Trivia, Therapy Dogs, Jo-on-the-Go Espresso & Smoothies, John Rush – Human Spotify and Randy Andrews – Hypnotist!

All Campus Life events are FREE for current Iowa Western students to attend; some events may require a student ID.

Linktree: linktr.ee/iwcccampuslife

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Clubs and Organizations Clubs & Organizations

As a student at Iowa Western, you can join departmental, pre-professional, and/or special interest clubs and organizations. Participating in a club or organization is a great way to make new friends, have fun, and enhance your growth as a student and scholar!

In addition to joining an existing club or organization, students can create their own at any time throughout the academic year! All clubs and organizations must have a staff or faculty advisor in order be approved by Campus Life. For more information on clubs and organizations, please contact Walker Raabe at wraabe@iwcc.edu or stop by Student Center 2013.

Active Clubs

As a student at Iowa Western, you have the opportunity to join departmental, pre-professional, or special interest Clubs. Participating in the club(s) that interest you is a great way to meet people, have fun, make a difference while enhancing your growth as a student, and compliment the academic program of your choice.

You also have the option to start a new club at any time throughout the year.

If creating your own club interests you, reach out to Walker Raabe, Student Activities Coordinator, for more info: wraabe@iwcc.edu

Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society

Phi Theta Kappa (or PTK) is Iowa Western’s Honor Society and way of honoring our best and brightest students. Iowa Western has two active chapters of PTK, with one representing the main Council Bluffs campus and one representing the four Center locations combined. Membership is by invitation only, and invitations are sent once per semester to all students who have earned a 3.50 cumulative GPA after completing 9-12 credit hours, depending on the student’s major.

More Information:
rrogers@iwcc.edu for Council Bluffs – Based Students
kmsmith@iwcc.edu, hbabka@iwcc.edu for Centers – Based Students

Visit there website: ptk.org

Follow PTK on Instagram

National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI)

Mental health affects millions of people around the globe and NAMI is here to ensure that students at Iowa Western are seen, heard and supported. NAMI provides advocacy, education, support and public awareness so that all individuals and families affected by mental illness can build better lives. NAMI is the nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization devoted to helping people affected by mental illness.

Visit there website: nami.org

Contact Hannah Sims for more info: htangeman@iwcc.edu

Black Student Union

The Black Student Union (BSU) was established to focus on the cultural, social, and academic needs of black students at Iowa Western Community College. The group provides a central forum for open dialogue of cultural, social, and academic conditions in our community. The BSU is open to all students, regardless of race, color, religious affiliation, or sexual orientation. BSU meeting dates/times are every Thursday, from 5:30 – 6:30 pm in STC 2008 (right next to STC Game Room).

Follow BSU on Instagram

Contact Ambe White for more info: awhite@iwcc.edu

Citylight U Club

Citylight U is a community for college-aged students to pursue Jesus together! We are a Gospel family that celebrates and has fun together. We proclaim the Gospel to a world the needs the Good News. We are also just down the highway from Iowa Western! If you are an Iowa Western student, we want to know you!

The fellowship’s meeting dates/times are every Monday, from 6:30 – 8:00 pm. 2109 Railway Hwy, Council Bluffs, IA 51503

Contact Nick for more info: nick@citylightcb.org

Follow Citylight U on Social Media: Facebook Instagram

Pride Alliance

Our purpose is to support the Pride Community by providing a safe and inclusive place for students who identify with LGBTQIA+. Meeting dates/times are decided by the advisor.

Contact Alan Fredericksen for more info: afredericksen@iwcc.edu

Iowa Western Science Club

We aim to further the knowledge and understanding of science through engaging endeavors. In addition to hands on activities, this may include volunteering for community service activities.

Contact Joseph Shearer for more info: jshearer@iwcc.edu

Japanese Club

Ever wanted to expand your current knowledge about other cultures around the globe? The Japanese club aims to broaden student’s perspectives about the Japanese culture. Join Natsuki and learn more about Japanese culture. Meeting times are every Tuesday from 3 – 4 pm in STC 2008 (2nd floor of Student Center).

Contact Walker Raabe for more info: wraabe@iwcc.edu

Orchestra Club

The Orchestra Club is looking for anyone eager to pick up an instrument and play music! Uniting a group of students together over the sounds of music is unmatched. Join the Orchestra Club today and meet other students also interested in music. Previous experience in music or with instruments is not needed!

Contact Donald Fisher for more info: dfisher@iwcc.edu

Follow the Orchestra Club on Instagram

Debate Club

The Debate Team aims to empower students with research, critical thinking, and effective communication skill so that they can better formulate and express their ideas and worldviews. Debate team members are forced to challenge their own assumptions, and others, by vigorously researching and adopting multiple positions on a given subject within a competitive framework. the purpose of the Debate team is to facility civic engagement while offering students lifelong portable skills.

Contact Jeffery Roberts for more info: jroberts@iwcc.edu

If you are interested in starting a new club, or would like more information on clubs and organizations, please contact:

Campus Life is in the Student Center by the Game Room 2013 and 2016.
Hours: Monday – Friday, 8:00 am – 4:30 pm
Phone: 712-325-3728
Email: campuslife@iwcc.edu


Voices for Change, learn the skills to become an upstander

Be an Active Bystander – Be an Upstander!

Iowa Western Community College holds standing up and looking out for one another’s safety as a core value and important component of campus life. One way in which our school commits to this value is by providing all students with bystander intervention training. We want each student to have the knowledge and skills to be an active bystander, who intervenes when they see a potentially unsafe situation or interaction. The bystander intervention training provided is sent to all new students via their Iowa Western email at the beginning of the fall and spring semester. The name of the training is Voices of Change and is available to students throughout their entire time at Iowa Western. Completion of the training is highly recommended due to the importance of the content.

Contact Information

Campus Life is located in Student Center on the 2nd Floor. Offices 2013 and 2016.
Hours: Mon – Fri. 8:00 AM – 4:30 PM
Phone: (712) 325-3728Email: campuslife@iwcc.edu

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Galley Food Service Galley

Reiver Galley and cafeteria seating.

The Galley is laid out similar to that of a “food court”. Stations available for your convenience are:

  • Pizza
  • Burgers and Chicken
  • Soup and Salad
  • Entrée’s
  • Custom Sandwiches/Panini
  • Dessert
  • Beverage

All of the stations are self-serve and will feature a variety of food items.

It is buffet style so you may may eat as much or as little as you want at each meal service.

  • Food may not leave the dinning area
  • Food is not to be shared with others
  • School I.D. is required to eat if you are on a meal plan
  • Missed meals cannot be made up

You will need your ID (Meal Plan) Card to be swiped each time you go through the line. Carry it with you at all times if you want to eat.

*We can accommodate most special diets and food preferences.


Service Learning

Service Learning

Service-Learning, community service, activities, and civic engagement are essential components of the comprehensive education Iowa Western provides its students. Iowa Western offers a variety of ways for students to learn how to become active citizens in both the local community and in our larger diverse global society. Iowa Western students participate in service-learning projects connected to courses, provide valuable community service for local nonprofit organizations, and are encouraged to become active in civic issues.

Faculty and staff, in partnership with representatives of nonprofit community organizations, design service-learning projects based on two main objectives:

  • Meeting community needs, which helps strengthen the community.
  • Advancing the students’ understand of specific course content and related civic learning objectives. Strong reflective components are built into the course to help students consider relationships between their service, the course curriculum, and its impact on their personal values and professional goals. There are more than 100 nonprofit agencies in Council Bluffs and surrounding areas that utilize volunteers on a regular basis. There are a number of courses in a variety of disciplines at Iowa Western that include a service-learning component within their curriculum.
President's Honor Roll

PHI THETA KAPPA Honor Society

Iowa Western scholars who have completed 12 or more college-level credit hours and achieved a cumulative GPA of 3.50 or higher are invited to become members of Phi Theta Kappa, the International Honor Society of the Two-Year College. The society invites eligible students each semester.

In addition to being outstanding scholars, members of PTK serve as role models at school and in the community through their involvement in service and college projects. Phi Theta Kappa Officers are elected by their fellow members and represent the society and IWCC at local, regional, and international events.

There are many scholarship opportunities for members, including transfer scholarships to four-year universities nationwide. Each semester, new members are able to participate in a formal induction ceremony, where they are recognized by family members, fellow students, and college faculty, staff, and administrators. Phi Theta Kappa Scholars are also recognized at the Iowa Western Graduation Ceremony in a few ways; one optional way is through the purchase of an official PTK Honors Stole and/or Tassel.

Contact Information

Council Bluffs – Based Students:
Ryan Rogers

Centers – Based Students:
Heather Babka 
Kristin Smith