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Aquarium, Biology, and Zoology Society (ABZS)

The WIU-QC Aquarieum, Biology and Zoology society seeks to enrich the education of its members with hands-on experiences related to biology, zoos, and aquaria.

ABZS Advisor is Dr. Jeanette Thomas.

Association of Latin American Students (ALAS)

The Association of Latin American Students, an organization for all students, supports recreational, cultural, and educational activities that promote Hispanic/Latino culture and diversity awareness.


Counseling Association

The Western Illinois University Quad Cities Counseling Association (QCCA) enhances the educational experience of graduate counseling students and works to help students further their counseling skills and interest in counseling. QCCA participates in community service initiatives and hosts "Manage Your Stress Week" during final exams.

CA Advisor is Dr. Carrie Alexander-Albritton.

Graduate Experience in Museum Studies (GEMS) Facebook

Graduate Experience in Museum Studies (GEMS), formed in 2009 with the launch of the Museum Studies program, organizes local and regional museum visits, museum workshops, research symposia, community volunteer efforts, and social gatherings for members and students interested in museums and informal learning environments. GEMS also supports students that travel to other states and countries to support research and learning in Museum Studies.

GEMS Advisor is Dr. Ann Rowson-Love.

Interdisciplinary English and Arts Society (IDEAS) Wordpress   IDEAS BLOG Facebook

President of IDEAS for Fall 2012 is Leann Weiss.

IDEAS Advisor is Dr. Dan Malachuk.


Liberal Arts & Sciences Student Organization (LASSO)

The Liberal Arts & Sciences Students of Western Illinois University-Quad Cities have established this organization for the purpose of enriching the academic, cultural, political and social life for Liberal Arts & Sciences undergraduate and graduate students of WIU-QC.

LASSO Advisor is Dr. Everett Hamner.

Society of Accountancy (SOA)

The Society of Accountancy (SOA) prepares its members to meet the upcoming challenges of pursuing an accounting or business career. It explores the accounting profession with a focus on newly created fields. The society offers interesting speakers, interactive meetings, and community service. The SOA sponsors the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program each spring.

SOA Advisor is Dr. Steven Hunt.

First SOBAT Meeting

Society of Business and Technology (SOBAT)

The Society of Business and Technology works to develop an interest in business and technology among students by hosting guest speakers on a variety of topics, organizing events that benefit WIU-QC and the surrounding community, and providing networking and placement opportunities with Quad Cities employers.

SOBAT Advisor is Dr. Susan Stewart.

Society of Educators (SOE) Facebook

The Society of Educators brings together teacher education students at WIU-QC and Black Hawk College to encourage academic achievement, foster the development of professional attitudes, and promote dialogue between students, faculty, and the community. The SOE coordinates the WIU-QC Block Party each fall and the Scholastic Book Sale.

Our Fall 2012 Officers are:
Rachel Hoffman - President
Jessica Dauscher - Vice President
Leah Rodriguez - Secretary
Shawna Alexander - Treasurer

SOE Advisor is Dr. Susan Massey.


Student Government Association (SGA) Facebook

The Student Government Association provides students with a voice in governance and a forum to express opinions about the University's traditions, ideas, and affairs. The SGA represents the wishes of the student body to University administrators and staff.

SGA Advisor is Dr. Fred Isele.

Student Recreation Association Facebook

WIU-QC SRA Halloween

The Student Recreation Association (SRA), designed for students in the recreation, park and tourism administration program, assists with the creation of recreation experiences and events for WIU-QC students, staff, and faculty. SRA events include a children's Halloween party, a QC Mallards Night at the iWireless Center, and an annual spring conference.

SRA Advisor is Amanda Bergeson.


The Quad Cities Toastmasters Club is an organization that promotes public speaking and communication. When a student becomes a member, he or she is given the opportunity to speak in public and to practice his or her speaking skills in a positive, nurturing, and supportive climate. There are various speaking contests, conferences, and workshops that members can attend throughout the year. Meetings are held twice a month during the fall and spring semesters.