Over 40 Clubs offered by DMACC

DMACC currently has over 40 clubs and organizations available to students, ranging from major-specific to honor societies to clubs based on the passions of their members.

Clubs and organizations serve as a great opportunity to gain skills, meet people, and get out-of-the-classroom experience in your field of choice.

“Most departments have a club associated with their field,” said Erin Wheat, student activities coordinator.

Some popular clubs on campus include the Criminal Justice Club, the Marketing Club, and Phi Theta Kappa.

The Criminal Justice club, organized by instructor John Stites, offers hands-on training workshops six times a year, such as mock traffic stops and visits to the Polk County Jail. The club also partakes in community service, such as helping out at the annual Kid’s Fest at the Iowa State Fairgrounds. The club focuses on giving the participants real-life experiences that they can’t get in the classroom.

The Marketing Club is a group that serves as a community for marketing students. This club is advised by Neil Kokemuller, an eighth-year marketing professor at DMACC. This club is primarily made up of members of the marketing leadership class, during which the club meetings are held. Marketing Club often combines with the Fashion Design and Management clubs to coordinate events, such as a Fashion Club-organized Halloween party event during which the clubs met in the auditorium and carved pumpkins.

Another popular organization is Phi Theta Kappa. This is an international honor society for two-year colleges which can also transfer to a four-year university. Phi Theta Kappa holds induction ceremonies for new members, fundraising activities, and conventions.

President Hannah McKeever said, “We’re planning a bake sale in February.” The bake sale is tentatively planned for Monday the 14th and Tuesday the 15th. All proceeds will go to the DMACC Ankeny Phi Theta Kappa chapter.

The Ankeny campus’s chapter of Phi Theta Kappa is the largest DMACC chapter, with over 1,500 members. Students with a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or above are eligible to become a part of the honor society, which meets every two weeks.

DMACC welcomes students to join existing clubs. However, if a student can’t seem to find a club that suits them, it is a possibility to start a new group at any time.

“It’s a very easy process to start a new club,” Wheat said.

To do so, a student who would like to start a new group simply needs to contact the Student Activities Council (SAC). The SAC is in charge of approving groups wishing to become new clubs.

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