Campus Life

Student Events Campus Life Events

Welcome to the official page of Iowa Western Campus Life!

Iowa Western Campus Life strives to promote campus wide involvement in all areas of our students educational experience. Participating in student activities, competing in intramural sports or starting a club on campus are just a few out of numerous examples to enhance your educational experience as a student at Iowa Western.

Some of our favorite events include Think Fast Trivia, Therapy Dogs, Kona Ice, John Rush – Human Spotify, Randy Andrews – Hypnotist, Bingo Nights, Casino Nights and MORE!

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

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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, Assistant Director of Campus Life or stop by the 2nd Floor Student Center, 2013.

Clubs and Organizations Active Clubs

Check out what clubs and organizations are currently active on campus!

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.

Council Bluffs Representative – Ryan Rogers
Clarinda & Shenandoah Representative – Kristin Smith. Shelby County Representative – Heather Babka

Visit there website:

Follow PTK on Instagram

Campus Activities Board

Are you passionate about making a difference on campus? Join the Campus Activities Board at Iowa Western and be a catalyst for change. From organizing exciting events to collaborating with faculty and administrators, you’ll play a crucial role in shaping the future of our campus community. If you’re interested in enhancing student life, the Campus Activities Board provides a platform for your ideas and initiatives. Join us and become a part of the driving force behind positive change at Iowa Western. Together, let’s create an exceptional college experience for all students!

Club Representative – Walker Raabe

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.

Club Representative – Hannah Tangeman

Visit there Website

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).

Club Representative – Ambe White

Follow BSU on Instagram

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 that 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 Railroad Hwy, Council Bluffs, IA 51503

Club Representative – Nick Wackerhagen

Follow Citylight U on Social Media: Facebook Instagram

Pride Alliance

Celebrate diversity, equality, and inclusion by joining the Pride Alliance club at Iowa Western! The club provides a supportive and welcoming space for LGBTQ+ students and allies to connect, educate, and advocate for acceptance and equality. Meeting dates/times are decided by the advisor.

Club Representative – Alan Fredericksen

Iowa Western Science Club

Fascinated by the wonders of the natural world? Join the Science Club and embark on an incredible scientific adventure! Our club provides a platform for students who are passionate about all branches of science to come together, explore, and ignite their curiosity. From captivating experiments to thought-provoking discussions and field trips, we offer a diverse range of activities that promote scientific inquiry and learning. Whether you’re interested in biology, chemistry, physics, or any other scientific discipline, the Science Club is the perfect place to connect with like-minded individuals and expand your knowledge. Join us as we unravel the mysteries of the universe, one experiment at a time. Together, let’s foster a love for science and make a lasting impact on our campus and beyond

Club Representative – Joseph Shearer

Japanese Club

Konnichiwa! Are you captivated by the allure of Japan? Join the Japanese Club and embark on a journey to discover the wonders of Japanese culture. Our club is a lively gathering of students who share a love for everything Japanese – from language and anime to traditional customs and modern trends. Through engaging activities like language exchange, cultural events, movie nights, and more, we provide a space for you to explore and deepen your understanding of Japan’s rich heritage. Whether you’re a beginner or an expert in all things Japanese, everyone is welcome! Join us and experience the beauty of Japanese traditions, make new friends, and expand your horizons. Say ‘Hai’ to new adventures with the Japanese Club!

Meeting times are every Tuesday from 3 – 4 pm in STC 2008 (2nd floor of Student Center).

Club Representative – Walker Raabe

Orchestra Club

Passionate about music or always wanted to learn to play an instrument? Look no further! Join the Orchestra Club and be a part of something truly special. Our club welcomes students of all skill levels, whether you’re a seasoned musician or have never picked up an instrument before. No prior experience is required! Together, we will explore the magic of orchestral music, learn new instruments, and create beautiful melodies. Our club provides a supportive and inclusive environment where you can grow as a musician, make lifelong friendships, and experience the thrill of performing together. Come, be a part of our harmonious community and let your talents shine!

Club Representative – Donald Fisher

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.

Club Representative – Jeffery Roberts

Reiver Catholic Club

Looking for a faith-filled community that embraces friendship, spirituality, and making a positive impact? Join the Reiver Catholic Club! We are a diverse group of students dedicated to living out our Catholic values while creating lasting memories and relationships. From engaging discussions to uplifting events and service projects, our club offers a supportive space for you to grow in your faith and connect with fellow students who share your beliefs. Whether you’re a lifelong Catholic or simply curious about Catholicism, everyone is welcome! Join us and discover the joy of being a part of the Reiver Catholic Club. Together, we can make a difference on campus and beyond. See you at our next gathering

Club Representative – John Delong

Board Game Club

Calling all board game aficionados and casual players alike! Join the Board Game Club and unlock a world of fun, strategy, and camaraderie. Our club is a welcoming and inclusive community that gathers to enjoy a wide range of board games, from classic favorites to the latest tabletop adventures. Whether you’re into strategic conquests, cooperative challenges, or light-hearted party games, there’s something for everyone. Connect with fellow students who share your passion for tabletop gaming, learn new games, and engage in friendly competition. With regular game nights, tournaments, and special events, the Board Game Club offers endless opportunities to have a great time and make lasting memories. Join us and let the dice decide your next adventure!

Club Representative – William Riccetti


Student Chapter of NAVTA (National Association of Veterinary Technicians in America) is available for students apart of our Vet Tech program! Being apart of this program allows you to become well rounded as a technician/nurse while also getting familiar with the profession itself. Student’s are allowed to join this program if they are involved in the Veterinary Technician program.

Club Representative – Megan Heese

Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA)

The Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA) is a Christian organization that focuses on encouraging and equipping athletes, coaches, and other individuals involved in sports to integrate their faith with their athletic endeavors. Join Paster Rich Riche and other fellow Iowa Western athletes and coaches in your walk with faith and athletics.

Club Representative – Paster Rich Riche

Contact Information

If you are interested in more information about Campus Life and Student Activities on campus, please contact:

The Student Life lobby is located on the 2nd floor Student Center, across from the Game Room. Offices STC 2016 or STC 2013.
Hours – Monday – Friday, 8:00 am – 4:30 pm

Questions, comments or concerns? Click HERE to learn more

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.

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


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