Student Organization Descriptions, Contact Info
American Sign Language Club

ASL club strives to bring awareness and education to the Viterbo University community regarding the Deaf and Hard of Hearing community and their language.  The club provides advocacy for those with hearing disabilities, and strives to make Viterbo’s campus more accessible to current and future students.

Advisor: Jodie M. Novak,
President: Kirsten N. Weik,

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, socioeconomic 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.​ 

Advisors: Michelle Pinzl,
President: Teanna Nikkila,

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: Leah Fredrickson,

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. 

Advisor: Josh Lichty,
Chairpersons: Madelyn Schwartz,; Issa Villagomez,; Cate Tully,; 

El Sol, Spanish Newspaper

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, socioeconomic 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: Jesús Jambrina,
Editor: Alessandra Betchner,

Global Connections 

Viterbo’s international club celebrates cultural diversity. The club promotes and encourages a cultural exchange between nations through opportunities for friendship, understanding, and the social interests of members. 

Advisor: Melissa Giefer, 
President: Soniya Pokharel 
Leaders: Yassia Felts, Prativa Kandel, Carmen Ortiz

Health and Wellbeing Club (HAWC)

The mission of the Health and Wellbeing Club (HAWC) is to engage, educate, and support the individual and collective wellbeing of Viterbo's student population. HAWC has sponsored or co-sponsored Love EveryBODY Week, Pause for Paws Event, and Minutes in Motion.  

Advisor: Marci Iverson,

President: Emarie Jacobson,  

Horticulture Club

The Horticulture Club's mission is to foster people's relationships with plants and promote a greener and more inclusive world through the lens of a horticulturalist. Concerned with environmental justice, inequalities within horticulture, and connecting people with plants. The group will seek to promote greater awareness and understanding of these issues in the Viterbo community through hands-on approaches. Creating new green spaces on campus such as an heirloom variety garden, pollinator garden, rock garden or indoor plant collection will help get people back into the garden and working with plants. Engaging community members will be possible through educational workshops, plant sales and by sharing extra produce grown by the club.

Advisor: Sherri J. Lisota,
President: John Joseph (JJ) Lachioma,

Improv Club

The Viterbo Improv Club will provide an opportunity for Viterbo students to participate in open events, workshops, and teams centered around improvisational performance. The goal of this club is to foster a positive, welcoming environment for participants to grow in their improv abilities.  

Advisor: Erin Jerozal,
President: Calum Sullivan


Since 1954, the Lumen has been Viterbo's student newspaper. Its purpose is to provide communication among members of the Viterbo community. Included are impartial reports on campus events and other information of interest to the community. Lumen stimulates thinking, serves as a forum for opposing views on issues, and shows the relationship of the campus to city, national, and world events. 

Advisor: Alexander Ashland,
Student Contact: Grace Monk,


The Magnify student organization mission is to provide Viterbo University students opportunities to:

  • form a personal relationship with God in Christ and the Holy Spirit 
  • become an active member in the Christian community
  • respond to a call to mission to bring the message and love of Christ to all humanity 

These opportunities are provided to the Viterbo student community through:

  • A once-a-semester weekend retreat for students to experience Christianity as Christ's first disciples did. Led by Viterbo University student leaders.
  • Regular small group meetings and Bible studies during the academic year.
  • A variety of opportunities that encompass reflection, local service, social, community building, and ongoing leadership formation. 

Advisor: Emilio Alvarez,
Director: TBD

Psi Chi

Viterbo University of Psi Chi, the International Honor Society in Psychology's mission is to promote excellence in the science and application of psychology. Psi Chi is open to psychology majors or minors who meet the academic eligibility requirements.

Advisor: Bill Bakalars, 
President: Ahna Henrickson, 

Psychology Club

Psych Club is open to any student with an interest in psychology. Psych Club provides a social environment for students to interact with each other and psychology faculty, with the goal of promoting greater understanding of psychology and mental health.

Advisor: TBD
President: Kayla Kaczorowski,

Servant Leadership Club

The Servant Leadership Club is a branch affiliated with Lions Clubs International.  The mission is to empower volunteers to serve their communities, meet humanitarian needs, and encourage peace.  The Servant Leadership Lions Club gives undergraduates and graduate students an opportunity to become certified in Servant Leadership as well as to provide opportunities to participate in community volunteer activities.  This club also seeks to uphold and promote Viterbo's Servant Leadership principles of ethical decision-making by honoring the ethos: "We Serve".

Advisor:  Lynn Tully,

President:  Emma Blackdeer,

Social Work Club 

Promotes awareness within the Viterbo community of the social work profession and educates and advocates for social causes, through coordinating events on campus and in the local community.

Advisor: Janet Holter,
President: TBD

Spanish Club 

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

Advisors: Michelle Pinzl,
President: ​Paige Buske,

Student Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) 

SAAC provides a communication link between varsity athletes and the athletic administration, encouraging communication and unity among and between varsity athletes and teams. SAAC increases athletic programs involvement and awareness on campus and in the community.

Advisor: Chase V Damewood,
President: Mariah Calkins,

Student Dietetics Association (SDA) 

SDA's mission is to create a positive, educational environment where members learn about different aspects of nutrition through fundraising, volunteering and team bonding events. SDA's main events include a spaghetti dinner, an apple pie sale, and a chocolate fundraiser.

Advisor: Jamie Weber,
President: Sharice Elbert,

Student National Association of Teachers of Singing (SNATS)

SNATS is dedicated to the development, education, and vocal health of singers and their teachers. The Viterbo chapter aims to provide more opportunities for experiencing music, learning teaching technique, and performance practices by hosting scholarly discussions and bringing in professional master class technicians.

Advisor: Daniel Johnson-Wilmot,
President: ​Rhiannon Baasch,

Student Sustainability Club

The Student Sustainability Club is composed of students who are passionate about the environment. The club works closely with the Environmental Responsibility Committee (an employee group) and together they help to plan activities that promote sustainability on campus. Examples of activities are farmers markets, plant sales, tree planting, planting a rain garden, building Mason Bee houses, putting notices around campus asking others to be more sustainable.

Advisor: Karen Hurtgen,
President: Allison Geszvain,

Student Theatre Project (STP)

The STP’s main purpose is to give all Viterbo students a space to present student-created theatrical works and create leadership in theatre.

Advisor: Erin Jerozal,
President: ​Katie Wall,

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: Sam Morris,
President: TBD

Tabletop Games, Roleplay, and People Club (T.R.A.P.)

T.R.A.P. (Tabletop games, Roleplay, and People) Club is a safe space for student expression, creativity, recreation, and companionship. Members of the club participate in non-mandatory, weekly meetings consisting of Dungeons and Dragons, board games, and various tabletop/role playing games. If anyone is interested in learning more, please contact the club leadership.

Advisor: Zane Rader,
President: David Caliri,


Tri-Beta is part of the National Biological Society and meets once a month. It focuses on volunteering, hosting activities, and research. Tri-Beta gives students opportunities to participate in volunteer work and other activities, and meet other students within the science department. 

Advisor: Robert Charles Lawrence,

V-Hawks for Life 

Founded in January 2013, V-Hawks for Life organizes and motivates pro-life students on campus. V-Hawks for Life members 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 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: Penny Bires,; Danielle Smits,

Viterbo Student Nurses Association (VSNA) 

This student club emphasizes health and nursing techniques, and promotes a strong sense of community service in La Crosse and surrounding areas.

Advisors: Jennifer Schmaltz,; Julie Meyers,
President: Alexis Mahan,

Viterbo University Collegiate Chapter of the National Association for Music Education (NAfME)

The purpose of the Viterbo NAfME chapter shall be to promote further professional development for Viterbo University music students. 

Advisor: James Wilson,
President: Katie Preusser,

Viterbo University Pride Club 

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

Advisor:  Tyler Flockhart,
President: Paige Buske, 

VU Book Club

The purpose of VU Book Club is to expand members’ literary horizons through a regular rotation of varies books. Members will choose one to three books per semester, and meet regularly to talk through the subject matter through the lens of their own worldviews and lived experiences. Members are dedicated ensuring to open, safe, and brave discussion spaces. 

Advisor:  Jodi Hilleshiem, 
President: Izzy Grothaus,

VU Nontrads

VU Nontrads is a group that will seek to promote greater community for nontraditional students at Viterbo and increase awareness and understanding of issues impacting nontraditional students both on and off campus.

President: Grace Ideker,