Clubs & Organizations

There are a variety of different clubs and organizations for every student. Students can join clubs that stimulate them culturally, socially, and intellectually. Joining clubs at John Wood can help students flourish while stepping out of their comfort zones, making lasting friendships, learning new skills, networking, and finding new interests.

Agriculture Club

The Agriculture Club’s primary objectives are service, leadership, public relations, and recreation. Major activities include cooking at the Blazer BBQ, annual spring banquet, participation in state and national post-secondary agriculture competition, and attendance at several major agriculture-related conferences and exhibitions. Any JWCC student interested in agriculture is welcome to join the Ag Club.

Advisor: Gary Shupe
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JWCC ag club hosting a cookout
JWCC Blazerettes dancing at a basketball game

Blazerettes Dance Team

The JWCC Blazerettes Dance Team performs at halftime of home JWCC Basketball games, JWCC events, and community events. The Blazerettes choreograph and perform pom, jazz, kick, and lyrical style dances. The team completes community service opportunities, such as celebrating the homecoming of Veterans from the Honor Flight.  The JWCC Blazerettes hold tryouts once-twice a year. Any student with a love for JWCC, dance, or pom should consider trying out!

Advisor: Kristen Stegeman and Michelle Stegeman
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Campus Crusade for Christ

The John Wood Community College Campus Crusade for Christ (Cru) is a nondenominational organization that offers fellowship, weekly Bible studies, focused prayer, opportunities for service projects, and various social events for John Wood Community College students. We are a caring community passionate about connecting people to Jesus Christ.  Cru participates in an annual Spring break mission trip called NOLA and Fall Getaway immersion experience for fellowship and leadership training.
Check Blazer Vision for the current times and location for our meetings.

Advisor: Ryan Jansen
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JWCC Cru plants trees on mission trip to New Orleans
JWCC cheerleaders at a basketball game


The cheerleading squad promotes school spirit at home athletic events. The primary goal while cheering at all men’s and women’s basketball competitions is to lead in encouraging the team and helping the crowd to get excited. Each squad member is required to attend all athletic events, understand the role of the squad at these events, and lead and entertain the crowd to support JWCC.  Anyone interested in joining the team can contact the coach for more information regarding tryouts.

Advisor: Christina Cox
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College Republicans

The JWCC College Republicans promote the principles found within the Republican Party, develop political skills and leadership abilities among members, stress the importance of getting involved in national and local politics, and bring political diversity to campus.

Advisor: Barbara Holthaus
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Students meet at the College Republicans booth at a Blazer BBQ
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Cultural Diversity & Inclusion Club

The Cultural Diversity & Inclusion Club strives to promote a better understanding and inclusion of all cultures among students at JWCC while further embracing new cultures. We encourage students to share their culture, ethnicity and heritage to our college community. Any student interested in learning more about diverse cultures and participate in fun activities associated with cultural awareness are encouraged to join!

Advisor: Elle House
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Gay-Straight Alliance

This club is for everyone! While we focus on issues that affect the LGBTQ+ community, the goal is to educate and engage everybody! Events range from holiday celebrations and guest speakers to fundraising drives. We are always open to new ideas that will make campus a more inclusive space!  For meeting times, or for more information, please contact the advisor.

Advisor: Bridget Quinlivan
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An anime character stares coldly with red eyes

John Wood Society of Anime and Gaming

John Wood Society of Anime and Gaming (JSAG) is a club designed to get people together to play games and watch anime. During meetings, we may play a video game, board game, card game, or discuss popular theories of comics and series!

Advisor: Sarah Straza
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Livestock Evaluation Club

JWCC Livestock Judging Club members participate in many livestock judging competitions throughout the United States. Some of the competitions include National Western- Denver CO, North American Livestock Exhibition- Louisville KY, American Royal- Kansas City MO, World Beef Expo- Milwaukee WI, Boilermaker Classic- Lafayette IN. The goal of the club is to enhance the experience of agriculture students and exposes them to producers and industry experts from throughout the country.

Livestock judging competitions help students learn to apply scientific principles of animal growth for the evaluation of various species of cattle, pigs, sheep and goats.  Teams rank animals based on specific criteria such as muscling and conformation to determine the most superior animal.  Students’ rankings are compared to those determined by animal industry experts serving as official judges.  Students who place based on their rankings are asked to offer findings during a verbal presentation to competition officials.  The most accurate and convincing presentations receive the highest scores.

Advisor: Justin Lewis
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Student judging two cows
JWCC adult students lining up at graduation


Motiv8 is a new student group that is open to all John Wood Community College students and is primarily for adult students.  Did you know that more than half of our students at JWCC are adults?  Support looks different for adults therefore this group is designed to be a place to share experiences, ask questions and to make connections with other adult students.  Meetings are held online to accommodate busy work and family schedules.  Meetings are on the 4th Monday of the month at 7:00 PM.  You can attend every meeting or just attend one meeting.  They will not build on each other, rather each meeting has its own topic.  There are no requirements to be in this group.  To get the email invitations each month, please email or text the advisor below.

Advisor: Melissa Hess
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Text the advisor: 217.290.2934

Music Club

Passionate about music?  Maybe just listen to it on your phone?  Or perhaps you want to go into the grade schools and help bring music to children?
Music Club’s objective is to promote music and support the cause of music education.  The John Wood music club is open to any current John Wood student regardless of their enrollment in music classes. Past activities have included visiting grade school classrooms and helping provide music activities for elementary classes at area schools during “Music in Our Schools Month.”  The group has also sponsored various educational programs on jazz, choral, and instrumental topics.

Advisor: Steven Soebbing
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Students practice with instructor Steven Soebbing on the piano
Pep Band plays in the stands of a JWCC basketball game

Pep Band

Pep Band is the club for any student who enjoys playing a musical instrument, cheering on Blazer athletics, and desires to be part of a spirited organization. Pep Band plays during home basketball games and energizes the JWCC student section, the “Wood Pile.”

Advisor:  Jessica Snider
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Phi Theta Kappa

Phi Theta Kappa, an international honors organization with more than 900 chapters, recognizes academic achievement at the community college level. The Alpha Tau Gamma chapter at John Wood was chartered in 1991 and meets throughout the year working on projects related to Scholarship, Leadership, Service, and Fellowship.  At John Wood, Phi Theta Kappa has the following membership requirements: A student must have completed twelve semester hours of associate degree work, maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.5, and be currently enrolled in classes at John Wood.  Students are recognized with special regalia at annual graduation ceremonies.

For more information about PTK, visit the official PTK website.

Advisor: Jennifer Grindstaff & Maria Richmiller
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Phi Theta Kappa students recognized
Beth Reinhardt teaches her psychology class

Psychology Club

The Psychology Club is JWCC’s student organization for students interested in pursuing an education in Psychology or different aspects of the field. This group welcomes many guest speakers, trips, and other events relevant to the field and occupations within psychology.

Advisor: Beth Reinhardt
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Rotaract Club

Rotaract club at John Wood Community College is open to all students who attend any JWCC campus, however, is primarily housed at the JWCC Southeast Education Center.

This club is a great way to extend a hand in your local community. Rotaract club teaches students the importance of teamwork through service projects, develops and strengthens leadership skills that can benefit a student professionally when they graduate and begin their career.

Advisor: Diane Vose
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Rotaract Club students sit on Santa's lap
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Student Government Association

SGA holds monthly meetings, promotes involvement in activities, allocates funds to clubs, recognizes and supports student organizations, appoints student representatives to JWCC committees, conducts student elections, and makes recommendations to the SGA Advisor.

Any student at John Wood Community College is welcome to join SGA and attend meetings. Find out about Blazer Activity teams, current student government representatives, and more!

Student Life Coordinator: Eric Foster
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Student Nurses Organization

Student Nurses Organization (SNO) is for those interested in a career in nursing. SNO helps to promote professionalism and safe nursing practice through guiding the student nurse to nurture an interest in nursing practice and community healthcare concerns. SNO also focuses on sculpting people into helping and healing everyone fairly and equally.

SNO provides opportunities, promotes and encourages participation regardless of a person’s race, color, creed, sex, lifestyle, national origin, ethnicity, age, gender, marital status, lifestyle, disability, or economic status. SNO allows students to have input in nursing education and influence health care. SNO also encourages correspondence between chapters and participation with SGA as well as other related health and community organizations.

Advisor: Laura Mathews
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Two students perform at JWCC's theater

Theatre Guild

Interested in acting on stage?  Or running a show behind the curtain?

Theatre Guild promotes theatrical productions and acting opportunities.  The John Wood Theatre Guild is open to any John Wood student who is interested in furthering their theatrical experience.

A full staged play is sponsored by the club each year that is auditioned in the fall. Auditions are open to all students, as well as stage crew opportunities.

Advisor: Steven Soebbing
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