The University of Wisconsin-Barron County recognizes that co-curricular activities (involvement in clubs and organizations) are an important part of the overall educational experience. Skills and experiences obtained through membership in student organizations serve as a valuable supplement to the formal curriculum. You will be able to develop personal, social, and leadership skills and try out new experiences. The organizations can also assist you in classes, help build your resume, and allow you to meet new friends.
Alliance is a social, emotional, and educational support group for the gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, queer, and ally populations on campus, and in the surrounding communities. Alliance also acts as an educational student organization to provide greater awareness of the issues that concern the members, the university, and surrounding communities. Nichole Kathol (UW-BC Faculty) is the advisor.
The sky is the limit! Join the Astronomy Club to expand your knowledge of the universe. Take advantage of the campus' 14" Celestron telescope to observe celestial objects and talk with others who enjoy astronomy. Contact Bradley Peterson (UW-BC Faculty) for more information.
CRU (Campus Crusade for Christ)
CRU provides regular opportunities to study and discuss the Bible, worship, and pray. The group also provides fellowship, encouragement, and spiritual development among believers. They strive to discuss spiritual matters and provide outside speakers, videos, and articles for consideration. Dale Fenton (Student Services) is the campus advisor and Don Stiver is the CRU staff leader.
Campus Newspaper — “Roots”
Roots is the campus newspaper for UW-Barron County. Students organize, write, and produce it for the campus community. Each year, student editors lead a staff of student writers, photographers, and designers enrolled in COM 104, Applied Journalism. Students not enrolled in COM 104 may also write articles for Roots, submit photos, or get involved at any time. Roots also has a facebook page for sharing campus news and information. Ryan Urban (UW-BC Instructor) is the advisor.
Charger Chess Club
Free and open to the public! Come play one of the most enduring and fun pastimes! This extracurricular activity allows players to cultivate their chess skills in a casual atmosphere and discover the rich history of the game. Not only can you become a better player, but this is a great way to meet some of your fellow chessmates. Players of all skill levels are welcome, as are those who simply want to learn how to play. Two tournaments (with prizes) are held annually. For more infomation contact club advisor Eric Kasper and Quentin Vierrege (UW-BC Faculty).
The 70-piece Communiversity Band, a joint effort of the Music Department and the surrounding communities, is comprised of both students and area musicians, giving students the same opportunity to perform with professional players as The Red Cedar Choir gives singers. The band rehearses on Monday evenings and performs several concerts throughout the year. This ensemble is open to any student or community member through audition on their instrument (prior work on the instrument is expected). Students can earn university credit for participating in the band. Mike Joosten is the director. See the UW-BC Music Department.
The UW-BC Curling Club took third place in the 2012 Midwest Regionals of the National College curling Tournament. Join fellow students in playing this life-long sport. Everyone is welcome - no experience necessary! Students can also enroll in HES 003 in the fall and eceive credit for Curling. Contact Student Services for more information.
Darkroom Photography Club
The Darkroom Photography Club is a great place for photographers, or those who would like to learn about photography, to meet and share their work and experiences. Everyone is welcome! For more information, please talk to club advisors Troy Kozma or Nichole Kathol (UW-BC Faculty).
Encore is a social and networking organization for UW-BC students who have chosen to resume their education after pursuing other life goals. Meetings are held on campus at times selected each year by Encore members. Activities can include campus or community events and appeal to a variety of interests. Some Encore events also include fun family-friendly activities. Contact Sonya Murrey or Deb Neuheisel (Student Services), co-advisors.
The Philosophy Club adheres to the belief that philosophizing is of the utmost importance and is fun and members actually enjoy pondering life’s deeper questions and meanings. They ensure that members will enjoy exchanging ideas in a friendly atmosphere of fellow philosophers. For more information contact club advisor Troy Kozma (UW-BC Faculty).
Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) International Honor Society
This organization recognizes academic excellence and provides opportunities for service, scholarship, and fellowship. PTK currently provides such services as peer tutors and sponsors forums on topics of academic and public concern. The academic prerequisite for joining PTK is a GPA of 3.25 or higher after completion of 12 credit hours. Christa Jams-Byrnes, Dean Paul Chase, Eric Kasper, and Nichole Kathol (UW-BC Faculty) are the advisors. For more information, visit PTK International.
The Red Cedar Choir
The Red Cedar Choir, a joint effort of the Music Department and surrounding communities, gives students the opportunity to be part of one of the best choirs the area has to offer. The choir performs to sold-out houses in Rice Lake throughout the year, and is the cornerstone of the Christmas Festival. The choir is open to all student and community members. Beth Joosten is the director. See the UW-BC Music Department.
The Spriituality Network provides a warm, comfortable setting to share spiritual/religious beliefs. It offers a platform to clear misconceptions about belief systems by sponsoring guest lectures on various religions and beliefs. The group brings together a wealth of knowledge from both the campus and community populations. Jayant Anand (UW-BC Faclty) is the advisor.
Red Cedar is the campus annual literary magazine. The publication contains creative works by students, faculty, staff, and community members. It is published every April. Items considered for publication are poetry, short fiction, creative nonfiction, photographs (preferably black-and-white), and sketches or drawings. Submissions are accepted any time during the school year until mid-February. Submissions can be emailed to email@example.com. For more information contact Joel Friederich (UW-BC Faculty). For news and other updates, feel free to check out Red Cedar Literary Journal on Facebook:
The UW-BC drama department’s productions include a variety of presentations. All students are encouraged to audition for roles and/or work on the technical aspects of campus productions. Prior experience in theatre is not necessary. You may participate in theatre activities and earn university credit by enrolling in COM 131 or you can just volunteer your services/talents. Terry Wiesner (UW-BC Instructor) is the director.
Start a New Club or Organization
Contact the Student Government Association if you would like to get a new campus group officially recognized. You can do this by talking to a SGA representative, visiting their office in Meggers Hall room 151, by contacting them at 234-8176 ext. 5446 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org