With over 50 different clubs on campus, every student can find something that fits. Every year, there are more and more clubs added by student groups who have found their niche or by student leaders who want Northwestern to thrive.
Northwestern College Catholics
For Catholics or those who want to explore a faith outside their own, check out Northwestern College Catholics, NCC. Formerly known as Pax Christi, NCC strives to be a resource to those at NW who want to explore the Catholic faith. The club is led by Michael Nafe and faculty member Chris Hausmann. Their goal is to have a “solid group of students who want to have meaningful discussions about the Catholic faith and faith values in today’s world,” says Nafe. Though the name may stop some from seeking membership, everyone is welcome. Meetings are held every other Wednesday at 8 p.m. in North Suites and consist of topic discussions that every person, Catholic or otherwise, can contribute to. Contact Michael Nafe for more information on how to be a part of a group that dives deeper into what faith means.
Pastor’s Wives Club
New to campus this year is the unofficial Pastor’s Wives club started by Kitrick Fynaardt. Unlike what the name suggests, this is not a club for the wives of NW students who want to be pastors. It is actually a support group for the roommates of Resident Assistants. Both male and female “wives” are welcome to come and talk about everything involved in being the roommate to someone who is always available. Kelsey Lang is a club member and the roommate of Bloks B RA, Anna Tiegland. In reference to the club, she says, “it’s nice to have an outlet to openly talk about the joys and frustrations of rooming with an RA.” Membership is limited to the roommates of current RAs, but everyone is welcome to buy a t-shirt, by contacting Kitrick Fynaardt, to show their support.
Positive Action Committee
The Positive Action Committee, PAC for short, was started for just this reason. Its founder, Colin Kaemingk, wanted to represent the best of NW by striving to “create a more authentic and positive community within the campus.” PAC will be encouraging people through actions like PACmail, which will deliver encouraging notes to the community. Almost all of the events are city-focused because they believe that “volunteering is one of the most authentic displays of positive change.” Anyone is willing to join and can do so through Kaemingk or the PAC Instagram: @nwcpac.
An up-and-coming campus club is the College Republicans. Even though Sioux County is said to be one of the most conservative counties in the U.S., NW has never had a Republican club. Led by Carter Behler, the group hopes to encourage and promote Republican values around campus, and to provide a way for Republicans on campus to connect and encourage discussion between all campus parties. All Republicans, or those who would like to learn more about Republican politics, are welcomed.
The Investment Club was started by accounting major Ben Hengst and assistant professor of business Fan Fei. It was started some years ago with the intent to be a resource to business and finance majors or minors through hands-on capital management experience. On the NW website, it states, they are “committed to promoting financial literacy and expanding and deepening knowledge of financial markets in its members.” Any business, finance or likewise major is encouraged to be a part of this group hoping to prepare students for life after college. Those interested can contact Ben Hengst or professor Fan Fei for more information on how to become a member.