Student Organizations and Sports Clubs

Student Organizations

Student Organizations

Active Minds Active Minds is a student-led organization that is committed to fighting the social stigma regarding mental illnesses. We are an organization that aims to bring awareness, education, and resources to the entire Viterbo University campus community regarding mental health issues. We aim to create forums for engaging and open discussions as well as to sponsor events that promote the health and well-being of college students.
Advisor: Robyn Gaier,
President: Alayna Holderman,

Alumni Association Board The purpose of the Alumni Association Board is to provide an organization which will allow current students to meet and network with Viterbo Alumni. This organization will also provide an opportunity for members to volunteer within the community. A main focus of this organization will be to instill the value of giving back to the Viterbo community. Members will be able to develop or strengthen skills in marketing, organization, and communications. 

Advisor: Kathy Duerwachter, 
President: Cassie Schultz,

Art Club The main mission is to nurse the innate creative spirit of every individual within our community.  It hopes to help our student artists expand their methods of self-expression through the meetings and open studios.  It desires to create a more solidified artistic community with a more unified voice here at Viterbo University.  It hopes to show the public how all benefit from the merits of fine art by creating artistic influence through art openings, sales, workshops, and speakers.  The Viterbo Art Club provides its members an artistic environment that allows them to grow critically and intellectually for the betterment of their future and their community's future.

Advisor: Joe Miller,
President: Michaela Bryant,

Beta Beta Beta National Biological Honor Society (Tri-Beta) The purpose of Beta Beta Beta Biological Honor Society shall be to function as an honor and professional society for students of the biological sciences.  Its activities shall be designed to stimulate interest, scholarly attainment, and investigation in the biological sciences, and to promote the dissemination of information and new interpretations among students of the life sciences.

Advisor: Charlie Lawrence,
President: Katie Bares,

Breaking Barriers Diversity Club The Breaking Barriers Diversity Club’s mission is to bring awareness to the student body and faculty about different issues involving race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, socio-economic status, age, physical abilities, religious beliefs, political beliefs, or other ideologies. Our focus is on giving students a safe and positive environment to discuss the issues that are going on in the world today and coming up with solutions that can help affect our campus and community in a positive way. Our goal is for members of the club to understand the individuality and uniqueness of others and to embrace and celebrate each other’s differences.​ 

Advisor: Stephanie Thorseon-Olesen,
President: Steven Sam,

DNA Club The DNA Club supports the biology, chemistry, biochemistry, sports science, mathematics, and environmental sustainability majors; assists those involved; builds community within the sciences; and helps to provide a more enjoyable atmosphere throughout all aspects of students’ educational experiences. 

Advisors: Scott Gabriel,
President: Calista Holman,,  @ViterboDNAClub

ΕΛΛΗΝ International Business and Global Strategic Management Club is​ ​an​ ​organization​ ​that​ ​exists​ ​for​ ​the​ ​purpose​ ​of developing student’s business skills, as well as reaching out to local and international communities. Our mission is to raise awareness about international business practices in accordance to Viterbo’s values. As part of its mission,​ ​the club​ ​will​ ​facilitate students’ engagement with Viterbo’s local and international communities. The club will focus on a three pillar model. The first pillar relates to community work. The second pillar relates to accommodating those in need within the local and international communities.  The third pillar relates to personal growth through the development of skills and behaviors necessary to work internationally, and learning how to interact with people from different nationalities. ​ The ΕΛΛΗΝ club​ ​also​ ​exists​ ​to​ ​provide​ ​students​ ​with​ ​access​ ​and information​ ​regarding​ ​global for-profit and not-for-profit companies, as well as ​​international​ ​job​ ​opportunities. We strive​ ​to​ ​present​ ​opportunities​ ​for​ ​students to ​​participate in conferences and fun educational trips that will expose them to​ ​diverse​ ​speakers, who are​ ​highly​ ​knowledgeable​ ​and​ ​involved​ ​in​ ​the​ ​global​ ​market.

Advisor: Joe Iglesias,
President: William Young,

Education Club The Viterbo Education Club is composed of students, not only Education majors, but also any students who are interested in educational leadership and working in a professional environment.  Members will gain a greater sense of responsibility, professionalism, and leadership by participating in professional and social opportunities in the La Crosse and Viterbo communities.  Members will create a balance of teamwork, opportunities, and experiences of positive outreach to the community as well as enforce Viterbo values to build acceptance and awareness of all others’ backgrounds. 

Advisors: Melinda Langeberg,
Co-Presidents: Erin Murphy,

Enactus Students in Enactus aim to enable community progress through entrepreneurial action. 

Advisors: Pamela Dixon,, Maria Morgan-Bathke,
President: Cassie Schultz,

Environmental Sustainability Club The Environmental Sustainability Club is student run and helps promote sustainable choices among students and faculty at Viterbo University.

Advisor: Karen Hurtgen,

Final Edit The goals of the club are to contribute to the intellectual and creative life of Viterbo and to promote English as a major and/or minor.

Advisor: Beth Marzoni,
President: Meredith Skinner,  

Headbands for Hope  The purpose of Headbands of Hope is to empower young children who are battling cancer by bringing awareness to the disease through promotional, donation, and sales events on campus and in the surrounding community. For every headband purchased, one is given to a child battling cancer in order to brighten their day and make them feel beautiful. In addition to gifting headbands, the Headbands of Hope organization gives large donations to a myriad of organizations with similar missions in combating cancer. It is our goal as a campus club to help restore confidence to children battling cancer by providing them with fashionable headbands and help Headbands of Hope work towards a cure for cancer.
Advisor: Taylor Lewis,
President: Alyse Ripp,

History Club The Viterbo University History Club’s mission is to promote the study, passion, and enjoyment of history to all students and professors from any discipline.  We seek to bring opportunities to students to gain experiences in history through meaningful speakers, field trips, and conversations about how history shaped the world we live in.

Advisor: Andrew Hamilton,
President: Craig Hardie,

Love Your Melon Campus Crew Together we’re creating a community of like-minded individuals motivated by the experience of making a difference in the lives of kids battling cancer. Our mission is to give a hat to every child battling cancer in America. Personally giving Love Your Melon hats creates therapeutic experiences that have a positive impact on children’s lives during treatment. We will accomplish this by engaging college students who believe in making a difference.

Advisor: Emilio Alvarez,
President: Thea Marie Peterson,

Miracle at Viterbo To raise awareness to childhood illnesses and raise funds for the Children’s Miracle Network to help kids in need.
Advisor: Shelly Wolf,

National Residence Hall Honorary (NRHH) NRHH provides recognition for those individuals living in and/or serving the residence halls and to promote leadership both on campus and in the community.

Advisor:  Brian Pilsner
President:  Natalie Benda,

Philosophical Inquiry Club Viterbo University’s Philosophy Club’s mission to provide an intellectual community for the advancement of meaningful discourse on campus.  The club will promote aspects of thinking such as formal logic, critical thinking, clear articulation of ideas, synthesis of group thoughts, and clear argumentation. 

Advisor: Robyn Gaier,
Student Contact: Amber Drewek,

Political Junkies Club Shares information and builds awareness about politics and social policty with the Viterbo community, encourages involvement in political discourse, and promotes critical thinking about politics and policy. The club is non-partisan, and all political viewpoints are welcomed and encouraged.

Advisor:  Samuel Scinta,

Social Work Club Promotes awareness within the Viterbo community of the Social Work profession as well as educate and advocate for social causes, through coordinating events on campus and in the local community.

Advisor:  Jennifer Anderson-Meger,
President:  Josie Gall,

Spanish Club The Spanish Club hopes to promote awareness and interest about Spanish speaking countries and their culture. Spanish Club aims to entice club members and Viterbo University students to become aware of issues surrounding Spanish speaking countries and take action. We engage in fun and culturally integrated activities to help others open their eyes to a new way of life.

Advisors: Michelle Pinzl,
President: ​Griffin Finnestad,

Student Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) Providing a communication link between varsity athletes and the athletic administration.  Encouraging communication and unity among and between varsity athletes and teams.  Increasing involvement and awareness of athletic programs on campus and in the community.

Advisor: Wayne Wagner,

Student Dietetics Association (SDA) To provide a social environment where dietetic students feel comfortable interacting.  To educate both the public and each other about nutritional issues. To allow for participation in fundraising activities, which would in turn benefit our organization and other related causes. 

Advisor: Maria Morgan-Bathke, 
President: Kendal Schmitz,

Student National Association of Teachers of Singing (SNATS) An organization of students that can meet, hold events and discussions, participate, practice, and learn more about voice teaching as a profession.

Advisor: Danielle Johnson-Wilmot,
President: ​Abigail Hall,

Student Veterans of America (SVA) SVA provides student veterans at Viterbo University with the resources, support, and advocacy needed to succeed in higher education and beyond.

Advisor: Fr. Conrad Targonski,

Taking New Tactics (TNT) TNT is a peer education program for those who wish to facilitate a variety of campus activities that focus on promoting healthy lifestyles and low-risk choices.

Advisor: Sue Danielson,
President: Mariah Johnson,

United Nations of Viterbo Viterbo’s international club celebrates cultural diversity.  Promotes and encourages an exchange of culture throughout the nations by providing opportunities for friendship, understanding and the social interests of the members. 

Advisor: Vickie Unferth,
President: Sam O'Brien,

VHawks for Life V-Hawks for Life was founded in January of 2013 to organize and motivate pro-life students on campus.  Members of V-Hawks for Life work to protect life from conception to natural death, particularly those lives threatened by abortion, infanticide, embryonic stem cell research and euthanasia.  In furtherance of these goals, members seek to promote respect for life  at Viterbo University and on a local, state and national level, to educate on life issues, to help those in need so that life is a promising choice and to work with others who share common goals.

Advisor: Emilio Alvarez,  
President: Katherine Ross, 

Viterbo Improv! The Viterbo Improv Club aims to give students the opportunity to explore the world of improvisation by allowing them to build life skills as well as stage skills.

Advisor: David Gardiner,
President: Caleigh Havansek,

​Finance and Accounting Club

Advisors:​  Katrina Volkert, and John Robinson, 
resident: Chris Trociski,

Viterbo Student Nurses Association (VSNA) Viterbo’s Student Nurses Association is a student-run club on campus that emphasizes health and nursing techniques as well as promoting a strong sense of community service in La Crosse and the surrounding areas.

Advisors: Susan Cieslicki,; Julie Meyers,; Katie Drury,
President: Molly Kieser,
Vice-President: ​Sara Pronschinske,

Viterbo University Pride We aim to create a welcoming, accepting, and safe place on Viterbo’s campus for people of all sexual orientations.

Advisor:  Matthew Bersagel-Braley,
Co-Presidents: Theo Braman,

Viterbo's Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM)  The SHRM mission for students is to help create better-prepared entry-level HR professionals through education, assessment, competencies and internships. This would lead to better informed professionals entering the workforce due to proper training and education through the SHRM club.
Advisor:  Pamela Dixon,
President: Taylor Shreier,

VU College Democrats In order to promote a better America, with equality, opportunity, and freedom within a just and strong society, we dedicate ourselves to organizing the participation of progressive college students at Viterbo University. 
Advisor:  Marlene Fisher,