Student Handbook 2010-2011
STUDENT CLUBS AND ORGANIZATIONS
Formation of Clubs
DACC recognizes the important role that campus clubs can play in developing students' personal and professional interests. Campus clubs and organizations may be formed by requesting official recognition from the Vice President of Instruction and Student Services. To gain official recognition, the club or organization must take the following steps:
- Obtain a DACC faculty or staff advisor who is able to attend club
meetings and participate in club sponsored activities.
- Identify at least five students who wish to form the club as
- Develop a constitution and by-laws or rules.
- Identify the name of the organization and criteria for
- Write a Statement of Purpose which explains what unmet needs will
be provided by the club or organization.
- State the proposed club activities.
- Describe the affiliation of the club or organization with any
local, state, or national groups, if any, and provide a copy of that
- Provide a roster of temporary officers.
This information must be submitted in writing to the Vice President of Instruction and Student Services. The Vice President shall determine the status of club recognition. Clubs which are officially recognized may request monetary support of $50.00 per year from the Student Activities Budget through the Vice President of Instruction and Student Services.
Each campus club or organization is free to choose members upon the basis of individual merit. Any exclusion from membership shall be on the basis of published and justified criteria. Campus clubs, organizations, or their affiliates who discriminate against or exclude members on the basis of race, creed, sex, color, nationality, religion, or handicap will not be granted college recognition. Clubs and organizations are encouraged to generate income. Community involvement, including patron support in the form of advertisements, ticket sales, attendance, and contributions, is encouraged.
Clubs may request support for special activities which promote the general welfare and community relations of the College. Requests for support for special activities should be directed to the Vice President of Instruction and Student Services.
Scheduling Club/Organization Activities
On-campus club activities which require use of campus facilities must be scheduled through the Vice President of Instruction and Student Services. Call 443-8770 (Vice President’s Administrative Assistant) with your request well in advance (two weeks) of the activity, to be included in the College's Master Calendar.
The club/organization's advisor must attend all club functions. Depending upon anticipated attendance, an additional faculty/staff host may be required. Both the advisor and the host must be in attendance throughout the function, and are responsible for closing the function at the designated hour. Costs for additional security required may be billed to the club sponsoring the event.
Special speakers may be invited to address a club, organization, or student body. The club advisor should contact the Vice President of Instruction and Student Services prior to inviting a speaker to obtain speaker approval and to ensure that proper procedures are followed.
Clubs and Organizations
GET INVOLVED - JOIN A DACC CLUB OR ORGANIZATION
AFRICAN MALES ADDRESSING LIFE EFFECTIVELY (A-MALE)
A-MALE is an academic interest group united to address life issues of minority males that may affect the completion of education, liberty or the attainment of occupational goals and skills. Minority males, especially males of African decent, fall increasingly below the rate of their Caucasian peers and minority women in academic achievement. A-MALE was formed to assist minority males in addressing life effectively while enhancing their academic output and completion and is open to all males. For more information contact Rickey Williams, Sr., at
The Danville Area Community College Ag Club was established in the fall semester of 1976 for students in the Associates of Applied Science degree and the Transfer Agriculture program. It was designed to implement a student organization which would function to enhance student leadership skills and assist in the comprehension and promotion of the agriculture community. The goals of the Ag Club are to promote leadership, scholarship, citizenship and agriculture. The Ag Club operates the DACC Land Lab, sponsors an annual Farm Toy Show and arranges for the annual Ag Day each Spring which brings approximately 3,000 people to the campus. Anyone that would like further information about the Ag Club or the Agriculture program at Danville Area Community College should contact the faculty advisor at 217-443-8816.
The Aristotle Club is a DACC student organization that combines science, technology, creativity, and fun. Activities may include field trips to local businesses, hospitals, parks, universities, and museums; campus activities such as designing and maintaining an ecology habitat; and community involvement such as K-12 outreach, parades, and festivals. Dr. Wendy Brown (Microbiology Instructor) is the advisor and can be contacted by e-mailing
The Athena Club is a student organization for and about students with disabilities. The Club is named for Athena, the Greek goddess of wisdom. The purpose of the Athena Club is to raise awareness about the opportunities available to individuals with disabilities, to educate the community and help dispel myths surrounding disabilities, to assist students with disabilities in the development of self-advocacy skills, and to provide interpersonal support and social activities for DACC students with disabilities. The Club meets every other week in the Student Success Center on the first floor of Cannon Hall. For more information contact the Student Success Center, 443-8860.
The athletic program of a community college is a meaningful part of the total offerings of the institution. Danville Area Community is a member of the National Junior College Athletic Association. DACC athletic teams have been highly successful winning national championships in men’s basketball and men and women’s cross country. A large percentage of DACC athletics continue on to four year colleges on athletic scholarships. The intercollegiate program for men and women includes cross country and basketball, men’s baseball, golf and soccer and women’s softball and volleyball. Student participation is governed by eligibility rules set forth by the above-named organizations and rules of DACC. Competition includes community colleges and freshmen-sophomore teams of four-year colleges and universities. Each team competes in the regional at the conclusion of their season. There are athletic scholarships available in all sports. Contact Athletic Director Tim Bunton at 217-443-8551 or
BLACK STUDENT UNION - BSU
This organization sponsors educational, cultural, and social activities to support the representation and academic achievement of African-American students. Membership is open to all students and staff of the DACC Community.
This organized club provides an avenue of expression for students interested in Historical Reenactment, Medieval Reenactment, Medieval Fantasy, and Ancient and Classical Military Engineering. Activities are designed to reenact the classic combat and culture of the true Arthurian Era (app. 400 – 600 A.D.) Jeff Hutton (Manufacturing Technology Instructor) is the advisor and has been involved with Britannia Legion activities for over eighteen years. For more information contact him by e-mailing
The Cheerleading Squad supports the men’s basketball team at home games and some away games. The Squad is open to both male and female students. Students interested in becoming a member of the Squad should contact Coach Susan Willaman by
The College Republicans work to bring young people into the Republican Party, and ensure the future of the conservative movement in America. They promote the principles of the Republican Party among members of the campus and community and encourage and assist in the organization and active functioning of the Republican Party at local, state, and national levels. The Club will develop political skills and leadership abilities among Republican students as preparation for future service by them to the Party and community. They operate as the foot soldiers of the party and carry out the grassroots efforts that drive the Republican Party forward. Advisor is Ryan Wyckoff and can be reached at the Clock Tower or e-mail him at
This organization affords students the opportunity to participate in a chorale ensemble for mixed voices and at the same time earn three hours of humanities credit through enrollment in MUSI 152, College Singers. The Chorale Ensemble performs at a limited number of campus and community events. For more information contact Eric Simonson (Music Instructor) by e-mailing
The Dance Team is a performing group which supports the men’s basketball team during half-time of home games. The Dance Team also serves as the “Spirit-team”. Their collective presence at all the home games supports the Cheerleading Squad in cheering on the Jaguars. For more information contact Coach Susan Willaman at
DANVILLE SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA
The orchestra is open to students who qualify by audition and carries one hour of humanities credit per semester for students who enroll in MUSI 151, Orchestra. Up to four hours of credit may be earned. For more information contact Eric Simonson (Music Instructor) by e-mailing
FELLOWSHIP OF CHRISTIAN ATHLETES
The Fellowship of Christian Athletes is touching millions of lives...one heart at a time. Since 1954, the Fellowship of Christian Athletes has been challenging coaches and athletes on the professional, college, high school, junior high and youth levels to use the powerful medium of athletics to impact the world for Jesus Christ. As the largest Christian sports ministry in America, FCA focuses on serving local communities by equipping, empowering and encouraging people to make a difference for Christ. Lyle Hicks is the advisor and can be contacted by e-mailing
firstname.lastname@example.org or calling (217) 443-8559.
The College is an NJCAA, Division II recognized school which fields several highly competitive intercollegiate teams including men’s and women’s basketball, cross-country, men’s baseball, golf, and soccer, and women’s volleyball and softball. Athletic Scholarships are available in each sport for students who meet the award criteria as determined by the College and by the NJCAA, Division II. For more information contact the Athletic Department, 443-8551.
INTERNATIONAL STUDIES AND PROGRAMS
International Field Trips are sponsored on an occasional basis during Spring Break and Summer Term in conjunction with enrollment in designated liberal arts or science classes. The College also participates in Study Abroad programs on a semester or year long basis. For more information, contact Dave Kietzmann, Vice President, Instruction and Student Services, at
The DACC Diversity Team welcomes all students to participate in the Mentoring Program. Each student is paired with a DACC faculty or staff member who serves to assist the student in making a smooth transition to college life and to support his/her achievement. Activities for Mentors and students are scheduled throughout the year which encourage and promote positive relationships among people in the diversified DACC Community. For more information e-mail Amy Rothwell (Diversity Team member) at
MINORITY TEACHERS EDUCATION ASSOCIATION (MTEA)
The MTEA which was founded at Eastern Illinois University provides an avenue for minority students to address issues which they may encounter in their pursuit of career choices in the field of education or other related areas. Monthly activities are scheduled and the participants travel to the annual MTEA Conference sponsored by Eastern Illinois University. Carla Boyd is the advisor and she may be contacted by e-mailing
NON-RELIGIOUS STUDENTS UNITED AT DACC
The Non-Religious Students United at DACC (NSU) will provide a social network for non-religious students who may not otherwise feel comfortable joining another student organization. NSU’s primary objectives is to be a model of good secular values and in doing so remove the stigma attached to the non-religious community. For more information contact the staff advisor Dr. Ruth Lindemann at
Students may earn humanities credit for participation in the DACC Pep Band. See the course description for MUSI 153.
PHI THETA KAPPA INTERNATIONAL HONOR SOCIETY (PTK)
Established in 1918, Phi Theta Kappa is the largest honor society in American higher education with more than 1.3 million members and 1100 chapters located in the United States and around the world. In 1929, the American Association of Community Colleges recognized Phi Theta Kappa as the official honor society for two-year colleges. In 2000, the Association of College Honor Societies recognized Phi Theta Kappa as the general scholarship honor society serving associate degree granting institutions. The society’s programs center on four hallmarks: scholarship, leadership, fellowship, and service. The complement of services, innovative programs, and membership benefits offered by Phi Theta Kappa today are unequaled among honor societies. It is estimated that 200,000 students participants in Phi Theta Kappa programs each year. Annually, more than 82,000 students are inducted into Phi Theta Kappa. The average age of a new member is 29, ranging from 18 to 80. Both part-time and full-time students, and international students may be eligible for membership. Membership requires completion of at least 12 hours of college credit coursework and a minimum cumulative GPA of at least 3.50. DACC’s Pi Omega Chapter is very active and has won several awards at both the regional and international levels. For more information or to join, please contact Marla Jarmer at
email@example.com or at 217-443-8820, or visit Pi Omega’s web site at
http://www.ptk.org/directories/chapters/IL/187-1.htm, or Phi Theta Kappa International’s web site at
POLITICAL AFFAIRS CLUB (PAC)
The activities of the PAC are to 1) provide a forum for students to discuss political issues, 2) serve the College Community by sponsoring events, disseminating information, and collaborating with other College groups in joint projects, 3) expand the understanding of politics through observation and/or involvement in community activities and in collaborating with community based groups, and 4) increase student, College, and community interest in political affairs and issues. Dr. Chuck Hantz (Political Science Instructor) is the advisor and he may be contacted by e-mailing
POWER HOUSE COLLEGIAN MINISTRY
The purpose of Power House Collegian Ministry is to facilitate the discovery, building, and maintenance of a relationship with Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior. This student organization endeavors to assist in the construction of this relationship by buttressing students with four pillars: Fellowship, Discipleship, Edification, and Evangelism. The organization and members are interested in providing activities that encourage Christian knowledge, devotion, personal betterment and a sense of community. It hosts such activities as discussion groups that examine academic disciplines from a Christian perspective, support groups in adjusting to the college environment, educational workshops ranging from financial recovery to personal recovery, and presentations relating to the foundation of Christian Beliefs, biblical culture, and understanding among denominations. This organization also hosts various activities and field trips which are open to the DACC students in hopes of serving the student body, developing relationships, and providing recreational activities. For more information contact Kathy R. Sturgeon, organization advisor from Math/Science, via email:
RAD TECH CLUB
The Rad Tech Club was established in 2005 for students enrolled in the Radiologic Technology Associates Degree program at Danville Area Community College. This campus organization is primarily interested in facilitating participation in radiologic technology conferences to expand our student’s knowledge of the field. The Club also has a community service component and assists in organizing a student social function at program completion. Alberto Bello, Director of Radiology Technology Program, is the advisor and he may be contacted by e-mailing
DACC SCHOLARS PROGRAM
The DACC Scholars Program is an independent study honors program that will expand your intellectual horizons and enhance your academic experience. The program provides additional intellectual stimulation, academic challenge, scholastic opportunity, and personal enrichment beyond the confines of the classroom. In this program, students complete a total of four independent study projects in eligible classes prior to graduation. The scope of these projects is limited only by your own creativity and effort. In addition, members participate in at least 2 special scholar’s activities each semester. Because DACC is a member of the National Collegiate Honors Council, completion of this program is usually transferable to honors programs at four year universities. For more information about this program, please contact Marla Jarmer at
firstname.lastname@example.org or at 217-443-8820.
STUDENT VETERANS OF AMERICA (SVA), "JAGUAR CHAPTER"
The Jaguar Chapter at Danville Area Community College is a member of Student Veterans of America, a coalition of student veterans’ groups on campuses across the United States. The SVA works to develop new student groups, coordinate between the groups, and advocate for student veterans on the national, state, and local level. The Jaguar Chapter builds a peer-to-peer network among DACC student veterans, acts as a liaison between veterans and the staff/faculty, and holds functions to promote veterans, the school, and the community. For more information about this program, please contact John Albers at
TAE KWON DO CLUB
Through the Tae Kwon Do club, members learn traditional Tae Kwon Do. The principles that members are taught are captured in the seven tenets of Tae Kwon Do; courtesy, integrity, perseverance, self-control, indomitable spirit, community service and love. Members behavior with respect to these seven tenets is monitored and any violations may result in expulsion. Members must acquire an approved martial arts uniform, and must wear the uniform in order to participate in class sessions which will be held two or more times a week. For more information contact Jeff Williams, the club advisor. He can be reached by e-mail at
This organization is open to any student who has an interest in electronics. Activities are designed to provide exploration of careers in the electronics field such as robotics, computer-controlled industrial automation, maintenance of audio and video transmission and receiving equipment, and others. Participants also have opportunities to network with individuals employed with electronics-related businesses in the community. Jeff Wise (Information Systems Instructor) is the advisor and he can be reached by e-mailing
TRiO Ambassadors are TRiO student leaders who provide support and encouragement throughout the academic year to potential and current TRiO students through such activities as orientation, mentoring, workshops, recruitment or cultural activities. To qualify as an Ambassador, students must be active TRiO participants who have completed one semester as a TRiO participant and maintain a 2.5 grade average or better. For more information interested TRiO students should contact their Student Success Center Program Specialist.
VERMILION FESTIVAL CHORUS
This is a community chorale group open to DACC students. The group meets weekly for practices and performs scheduled concerts for the community of major choral works. Students may earn one hour of humanities credit per semester by enrolling in MUSI 150. Up to four credit hours may be earned. For more information contact Eric Simonson (Music Instructor) by e-mailing
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