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Clubs and Organizations

Grand View offers a full range of programs and events. You may participate in school-sponsored activities and organizations for free or for a minimum fee. Student groups plan a wide variety of campus events and activities throughout the academic year.  You may also want to participate in student government.

Academic Clubs & Organizations

Art Club
The Art Club is open to all students and promotes a greater appreciation of art through various projects and student art exhibitions.

Advisor: Rachel Schwaller
Elings, Rm 126

Biology Club
The goal of the Biology Club is to encourage students with an interest in the biological and physical sciences, to pursue academic advancement through discussion and activity in the college and around the community, including volunteering, fundraising, and education outreach, with an emphasis in preparing students for their future as professionals in the biological science field.

Advisor: Felicitas Avendano
Elings, Rm 126

Black Student Alliance
The organization is open to all students, in order to stimulate cultural and educational awareness, represent the social and political concerns of the African-American student body, and to establish a more perfect union between various components of the African-American community, multi-cultural community, and the university.

Advisor: Dr. Ahmadu Baba-Singhri
Rasmussen, Rm 129

Communication Club
Communication Club allows all students to experience the world of communication through guest speakers, tours of broadcast stations, and student-produced programming.  The Communication Club also gives students the opportunity to attend national conventions and take trips to major media markets.

Sponsor: Ms. Becky McDonnell
Cowles, Rm 101

Criminal Justice Club
This club broadens the educational experience of the criminal justice majors beyond classroom experience while working to increase awareness of the role of the discipline within the campus community and beyond.

Advisor: Dr. Ahmadu Baba-Singhri
Rasmussen, Rm 129

Education Club
This club is open students interested in becoming an educator.  Members are given the opportunity to explore teaching as a career, to develop an understanding of education as a profession and to assume leadership positions.  A wide range of social, service, and professional events are held to complement and enhance classroom learning experiences.  Membership in the Student Iowa Education Association is an option.

Advisor: Ms. Pamela Lonneman
Rasmussen, Rm 233

Grand Views (Click for more information.)
The weekly student newspaper, records the events of the year and is a means of expressing student opinion. Students taking courses in journalism, as well as any other interested students, work on the publications.

Advisor: Juli Probasco-Sowers

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History Club
Promotes a community of students who wish to further their historical understanding, raise historical consciousness on campus, and use lessons of the past to enhance our future.

Advisor: Dr. Kevin Gannon
Jensen, Room 111

KDPS Radio
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KGVC Radio
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Math & Computer Science Club
The club is to encourage students with interest in mathematics and computer science topics to pursue academic advancement and field-related opportunities in the University and around the community. Membership is open to all Grand View University faculty, students and staff. Four official club officers are elected by voting members of the club, and in addition to the two faculty sponsors, comprise the executive board (E-board).

Advisors: Dr. Sergio Loch / Michelle Ruse
Elings, Rm 206 / Elings, Rm 204
263-2922 / 263-6198 /

Nursing Student Association (NSA)
GV-NSA is open to all students enrolled in the nursing and pre-nursing programs.  Its purpose is to prepare nurses for active participation in the ongoing affairs of nursing and in charting its future direction.  The GV-NSA fosters the formation of leadership skills and cultivates attitudes that result in a commitment to the challenges which nursing faces.  The GV-NSA sponsors social and professional events throughout the school year.

Advisor: Dr. Carolyn Pauling
Wellness Center, 209

Phi Beta Lambda (Business Club)
Phi Beta Lambda (business club) recognizes academic achievement in the curriculum of business administration and accounting. The club encourages involvement and harmonious relationship with public and private enterprise and promotes high ethical standards in the fields of business and accounting.

Advisor: Alec Zama
Krumm Business Center, Rm 7

Psychology Club
The Psychology Club exists to promote interest in the study and application of human service skills through campus activities, to promote an understanding of the human services population through community-based organizations (internships), and to serve the greater Des Moines area by providing direct volunteer services. Membership is open to all students.

Advisors: Dr. Guy Cunningham / Dr. Sheryl Leytham
Rasmussen Center, Rm 227 / Rasmussen Center, Rm 226
263-2840 / 263-6093 / 

Spanish Club
The Spanish Club focuses on practicing Spanish and participating in community and cultural activities. Students feel comfortable no matter what the level of Spanish they have. Currently there are no dues, just voluntary donations for the various activities. There is room for all to participate and brainstorm. We are excited about many new community activities such as the Day of the Dead display at the Art Center, helping with a Spanish Family Retreat Weekend, a game night, movie times and more.

Advisor: Coralie Turner
Jensen Hall, Rm 114

Honor Societies

Alpha Chi Honor Society
Alpha Chi, a national honor society, promotes and recognizes scholarship and strong character among students in all academic divisions of universitys and universities.  Membership is by invitation to all juniors and seniors, full-time or part-time, in the upper 10 percent of their classes academically.  Students must have completed a minimum of 24 semester credits at Grand View in order to qualify for membership.  As a student organization, the Iowa Theta Chapter of Alpha Chi exists to promote excellence and the love of learning among its members within the University and the community.

Advisor: Dr. Dmitry Yarushkin
Krumm Business Center, Rm 15

Alpha Mu Gamma
Alpha Mu Gamma honors students for outstanding achievement during their first year of foreign language study.  Students may be admitted at any stage of their university career.  Applicants must have an A in one foreign language course, no lower than a B in a second language course, and have at least a B average in all other coursework.

Advisor: Coralie Turner
Jensen Hall, Rm 114

Alpha Psi Omega
Alpha Psi Omega is a national honorary fraternity founded to recognize student achievement in university theater.  To be eligible for membership, students must meet the national criteria for participation in acting, directing, and technical theater.

Advisor: Sean Kearney
Student Center, Sound Booth

Alpha Sigma Lambda Honor Society
Alpha Sigma Lambda National Honor Society is a non-profit organization devoted to the advancement of scholarship and to the recognition of non-traditional students continuing their higher education.  Potential inductees may be part-time or full-time students, must have completed a minimum of 24 graded semester hours at Grand View University, and have attained a minimum grade point average of 3.5 on a 4.0 scale.

Advisor: Kelly Friesleben
Johnston Campus

Beta Beta Beta
Tri Beta is an honor society for students dedicated to improving the understanding and appreciation of biology.  The Grand View University chapter gives students the opportunity to take part in local and national activities.  Regular membership is based on academic achievement in biology, but other interested students, who are not majors, can qualify for associate membership.

Advisor: Erma Selser
Elings, Rm 105

Phi Eta Sigma Honor Society
Membership in Phi Eta Sigma, a national academic honor society, is extended to freshmen students who have excelled in their class work.  Any full-time student, with no previous university course work and a 3.50 grade point average for the first or first two semesters of full-time enrollment, is eligible.

Advisor: Dr. Evan Thomas
Jensen Hall, Rm 110

Sigma Tau Delta
Sigma Tau Delta is an international honor society recognizing student excellence in English studies. The local chapter of Sigma Tau Delta invites qualifying students to join the society during the fall semester, and we then hold an induction ceremony the following spring semester. In addition to the materials received in the induction ceremony, inductees receive honors cords to wear with their academic attire. The cords are presented to graduating seniors at the honors convocation held the spring that they graduate.

Advisor: Dr. Avilah Getzler
Jensen Hall, Rm 206

Sigma Theta Tau
Zeta Chi is the Grand View Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau, the international honor society of nursing.  The purposes of Zeta Chi are to encourage and recognize superior achievement and leadership qualities, to foster high professional standards, and to strengthen commitment to the ideals and purposes of the profession.  Membership is an honor conferred on nominated juniors and seniors.  Criteria for eligibility are completion of nursing courses through the first semester of the junior year, a minimum GPA of 3.0, and demonstration of superior achievement in academic status, leadership, and professionalism.  Graduates of baccalaureate programs demonstrating excellence in leadership positions in nursing also are eligible for membership consideration.

Advisor: Catherine Homard
Wellness Center, Rm 205

Theta Alpha Kappa
Theta Alpha Kappa is a national honor society for professors and students of Religious Studies/Theology.  The primary purpose is to further the study of Religious Studies and Theology at the undergraduate and graduate levels.  The title embraces the three areas of primary concern to students of Religion: God, Humanity, and Community.  Students may become eligible for membership in TAK by meeting the following requirements and any others determined by the local chapter:  (1) completion of a minimum of two semesters at the institution where the inducting chapter is located; (2) completion of a minimum of 12 credits in Religious Studies/Theology; (3) attainment of a grade point average of at least 3.5 (or B+) in Religious Studies/Theology and a cumulative index of 3.0 (or B); and (4) achievement of standing in the upper 35 percent of their class in scholarship.  All members participate in the work and in the direction of the society.

Advisor: Rev. Dr. Mark Mattes
Jensen Hall, Rm 14

GV Student Ministry

GV Student Ministry serves the students, faculty and staff of Grand View University, welcoming all people in the spirit of Jesus Christ. Student Ministry engages with the Word of God, equips for spiritual growth, and empowers living faith. Learn more HERE.

Campus Clubs & Organizations

Campus Fellowship
Campus Fellowship provides Christian fellowship for students at Grand View University.  It is dedicated to providing opportunities for students to interact with other students of the same faith.  Campus Fellowship is not related to Grand View's official student ministry or campus ministry, which serves students of all faiths.

Advisor: Mike Schupp
Student Center 603A

Diversity Alliance (Click for more information.)
Diversity Alliance organizes many different events to promote campus cooperation and understanding, including:  bi-weekly meetings, cultural awareness projects, Multicultural Visit Day, leadership conferences, Martin Luther King, Jr., Day Program, campus speakers, campus newsletter, Ethnic Food Fair, and cultural sharing programs through volunteer work.

Advisor: Alex Piedras
Student Center, Rm 704

FCA (Fellowship of Christian Athletes)
Fellowship of Christian Athletes, The mission of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes is “to present to athletes and coaches, and all whom they influence, the challenge and adventure of receiving Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord, serving Him in their relationships and in the fellowship of the church.”

Advisor: Sara Anderson
Career Center

FOCUS (Fellowship of Catholic University Students)
Fellowship of Catholic University Students, henceforth referred to as FOCUS.  The purpose of this organization shall be to foster knowledge of biblical Christianity, Jesus Christ, and the Roman Catholic Church among students at Grand View University.  FOCUS is a national outreach to college campuses.  Through small group Bible studies, large group leadership training, and one-on-one mentoring, FOCUS offers the fullness of life in the Catholic Church to all college students, and equips them with the knowledge and tools to help them share this good news with their friends.

Advisor: Pastor Russ Lackey
Viking House

Grand View Council on International Relations (GCIR)
GCIR provides international students with orientation, mentorship, and transitional processes at Grand View University.  GCIR promotes international understanding and relations at Grand View University and the community at large.  GCIR embraces and fosters global culture at the university and promotes international exchange and/or study abroad programs.

Advisor: Ahmadu Baba-Singhri
Rasmussen, Rm 129

Grand View Student Ministries (Click for more information.)
Students who have a passion for ministry can find an outlet for their gifts through Grand View Student Ministries (GVSM).  GVSM both supports and connects students with ministry and service opportunities both on and off campus.  The core team also provides valuable guidance for students hoping to launch new ministries and support to those continuing existing ones.  GVSM is committed to prayerfully identifying and purposefully seeking to better meet needs both on campus and in our local community – for the sake of the gospel.  We welcome people at all stages of faith – the searcher, the doubter, and the committed. 

Advisor: Pastor Russell Lackey
Jensen, Rm 11

GV United
GV United is committed to serving Grand View University by creating connections between students, alumni and corporate supporters. Student members of GV United have unique opportunities to serve, lead, and represent GV both on campus and at alumni events. If selected to be a member, involvement is essential and extremely rewarding. Involvement on the GV United team develops effective and responsible leadership skills through contact and experience in university projects and programs, thereby enhancing the education of the student team members and preparing them to serve as future alumni leaders.

Advisor: GV Alumni Relations Office, Katie Ostrem & Carrie Sponheim
Humphrey Center, Third Floor
263-2957, 263-2935,

Multicultural Ambassadors
Multicultural Ambassadors at Grand View is to engage the community by bringing events and activities to campus, to allow people to experience diversity.

Advisor: Alex Piedras
Student Center, 704

People Respecting Individual Differences Everywhere. Provides students with an engaging and safe learning atmosphere.  We seek to educate students and faculty about what it means to be gay, lesbian, bisexual, or transgender.  We hold a nonjudgmental view of one’s sexual orientation.  We want to serve the community at large as well as our school community.  We celebrate and support each other individually.  We seek to teach acceptance so that the future generations will not be afraid to speak out about or live their sexual orientation.

Advisor: Judy Meyers
Wellness Center

Residence Hall Association (RHA)
Residence Hall Association members are active in hall government, which speaks to policies and matters of concern to all residents.  Committees, programs, and events are planned to enrich the residential experience and to provide an environment which supports the total educational and student development process on campus.

Advisor: Zach Zehr
Student Center

Resident Assistant (RA)
RAs are the staff members who are closest to the students living in your residence halls.  RAs will see their residents in the dining hall, at the gym, in the library, and on their floor.

Advisor: Bonita Bontrager
Student Life, 706

Stand Up 2 Cancer
This initiative was created to accelerate groundbreaking cancer research that will get new therapies to patients quickly and save lives.  The goal is to bring together the best and brightest in the cancer community, encouraging collaboration instead of competition. By galvanizing the entertainment industry, the club creates awareness and builds broad public support for this effort.

Advisor: Carly Thompson
Student Center

Student Activities Council (SAC)
SAC is funded by and reports to the Viking Council.  The board develops and schedules campus-wide programs and activities throughout the school year to meet the diverse needs of the student population. 

Advisor: Jason Bauer
Student Center, 703

Student Leadership Team
This group provides input and planning for leadership activities, and enthusiastically promotes leadership and development on campus. Members help facilitate communication among student leaders as a whole, promote a healthy student leader community, and have a desire to train and mentor potential student leaders.

Advisors: Kent Schornack & Kali Strutenzberg
Student Life

Team GV
Team GV is an influential and select group on campus.  As representatives of Grand View, Admissions Ambassadors provide assistance, meet and converse with prospective students and families and conduct campus tours on Action Days, Viking Visit Days, Scholarship Days, registrations and orientations that take place during the school year.  In addition, Admissions Ambassadors act as tour guides for daily individual campus visits and occasionally perform other office-related duties for the Admissions Office.

Advisors: Jaime Miller & Autumn Luce
Humphrey Center
263-6169 & 263-2811,

Viking Brigade
Viking Brigade supports Grand View athletic teams throughout the school year.  Students gather for sporting events to cheer on the Vikings to victory.  Membership is open to all Grand View University students.  The Viking Brigade is always looking for more members to fill the stands and become leaders in creating spirit at athletic events.

Advisor: Robby Patterson
Student Center

View Crew
Assists the Student Life Office as student representatives for Grand View.  Responsibilities include developing and implementing orientation programs, giving campus tours to prospective students and campus visitors, performing office work and telephoning prospective students to share with them opportunities available at Grand View.  View Crew members are selected each year based on their communication skills, enthusiasm for Grand View, and responsibility.

Advisor: Heidi Pries
Student Center, 707

Viking Council
Viking Council is the Grand View University student government.  The Council is composed of officers elected by the student body and a representative group of student senators.  Viking Council is responsible for expenditure of student activity fees.  The Council does this by providing programming and activities for all students with consideration for educational, social, cultural, and recreational aspects of student life .

Anyone interested in Viking Council can reach us by e-mail, or by phone at 515-263-2930.

Advisor: Dr. Jay Prescott
Student Center, 702

Viking Volunteers
Viking Volunteers is a service organization open to all students interested in serving in the community. The group promotes community service projects to all students on campus.

Advisor: Heidi Pries
Student Center, 707

For more information, contact Heidi Pries or call 263-2843.


Grand View Choir
The Grand View Choir is open to all students by audition. It rehearses four days per week with a fifth class period devoted to developing and improving sight-singing skills. Choir members receive course credit and may apply for choral scholarships. The Choir performs for University and community events, assists in the leadership of worship, and tours during spring vacation each year.

Grand View Bands
Grand View offers individual and group instrumental performance opportunities. The band performs a wide variety of music from the middle ages to contemporary compositions. Smaller groups are formed for various performances including jazz band, pep band and to accompany choral pieces. Membership is open to students of all majors.

Kantorei is a small ensemble selected by the director from the students involved in the Choir.  Kantorei performs works suited to a small number of voices and sings regularly for University chapel services.  Selection is based on a combination of factors, including sight-singing ability, voice quality, blend with other voices in Kantorei, number and voice part positions open.

Find more information HERE about GV music ensembles.

Advisor:  Kathryn Duffy
Student Center, Rm 401B

Viking Athletics

Grand View offers 24 sports for men and women:
Baseball (MW), Basketball (MW), Bowling (MW), Cheerleading (W), Cross Country (MW), Dance (W), Football (M), Golf (MW), Soccer (MW), Softball (W), Tennis (M/W), Indoor/Outdoor Track & Field (MW), Volleyball (M/W), Wrestling (M). 

Viking Athletics website


Looking to get involved?  Intramurals provide a great way to meet others, get involved and just have fun! You don't need to be an athlete to's just a way to have a good time and get acquainted with others.

Depending on student interest, the intramural program may include men, women, and co-ed flag football, basketball, volleyball, tennis, golf, Frisbee golf, ultimate Frisbee, kickball, badminton, table tennis, billiards, bowling, dodge ball, wiffle ball, and any other activity students would like to participate in.

All are welcome to participate....students (residents and commuters), staff, and faculty!

Sign up!  Team roster forms and free agent forms are located in the Student Life Office, room 23. They can also fbe found at the check-in window in the Wellness Center. Once completed, they need to be returned to room 23 in the Student Life Office.

For more information or to answer questions, contact Robby Patterson,