Student Clubs & Organizations

Student Orientation Book
 
  • Academic Exellence Challenge Team
  • Alpha Xi Upsilon
  • Art Club
  • Association of Nursing Students
  • Athletics
  • Athletic Trainers
  • Band/Instrumental music
  • Block and Bridle
  • Choir/Vocal Music
  • College Players
  • Criminal Justice Competition Team
  • GC3 Student Media
  • HALO
  • Intramurals
  • Kansas National Education Association-Student Program (KNEASP)
  • Meats Judging Team
  • Science and Math Club
  • S.O.L.D. O.U.T.
  • Student Activities Committee(SAC)
  • Student Government Association (SGA)
  • Tau Epsilon Lambda
  • Welding Club
 

 

Academic Exellence Challenge Team

AEC is a traveling team that competes with other community colleges and universities across the state in academic contests, similar to high school Quiz Bowl. The team attends state and national competitions during both the fall and spring semesters. All intellects, scientists, mathematicians, literature, history and general knowledge students are welcome.

Sponsor: Jean Ferguson, 620-276-9639 or jean.ferguson@gcccks.edu

Alpha Xi Upsilon - Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa

PTK is the international honor society for two year college students, offering leadership development, fellowship, service and scholarship opportunities.

Today PTK is the largest honor society in American higher education with over 1.5 million members and 1,200 chapters located in the 50 states, U.S. territories, Canada and Germany.

Membership is by invitation and requires student to complete a minimum of 12 hours of associate degree course work and earn grade point averages of 3.5 or higher. Students must maintain high academic standing throughout their enrollment. Part-time and full-time students are eligible and pay a one-time membership fee of $65, including international, regional and chapter dues.

Sponsors: Winsom Lamb, 620-276-0443 or winsom.lamb@gcccks.edu 
                   Lachele Greathouse, 620-276-9585 or lachele.greathouse@gcccks.edu

Art Club

This group is open to anyone currently enrolled in an art class, including all studio areas and encompassing two and three dimensional visual arts. This club works to promote and fund art-related activities, conduction various activities throughout the year.

Sponsor: Michael Knutson, 620-276-9644 or michael.knutson@gcccks.edu

Association of Nursing Students

This is the official organization for students in the nursing program and pre-nursing courses. The association acts as an information group, stimulates interest in the profession and promotes participation in campus and community projects. ANS is also active in sponsoring an annual pinning ceremony in conjunction with GCCC graduation.

Sponsor: Tracy Lamb, 620-276-0447 or tracy.lamb@gcccks.edu

Athletics

GCCC sponsors intercollegiate participation in football, men's and women's basketball, men's and women's track and field, men's and women's cross country, men's and women's soccer, baseball, softball, volleyball, men's and women's rodeo, cheer/yell leading, and dance. The Broncbuster athletic teams belong to the Kansas Jayhawk Community College Conference as well as the National Junior College Athletic Association.

Athletic programs are designed to provide competition for any student who can qualify for the teams and meet college, conference and national association requirements. Physical conditioning, teamwork and cooperation, competitiveness, mental discipline and spectator enjoyment are among the objectives of the athletic programs at Garden City Community College.

Sponsor: Colin Lamb, 620-276-9683 or colin.lamb@gcccks.edu

 

Athletic Trainers

The Student Athletic Training Club promotes the educational advancement and hands on experience for students interested in the field of Athletic Training.  SAT club is open to individuals enrolled in or pursuing degrees in athletic training, physical therapy, sports medicine, or other related medical fields.

Sponsor: TJ Horton, 620-276-9617 or thomas.horton@gcccks.edu

Band/Instrumental Music

Membership in the Buster Band is open to all students for one hour of credit per semester. Previous band experience, a desire to contribute to campus life, enthusiasm and pride are requirements for prospective band members. The Broncbuster Band marches at all home football games and serves as an athletic band at all home basketball games. The band periodically travels to away athletic events on a limited basis. The band performs not only at athletic events but also performs periodically within the community. The ensemble also performs in a concert band setting multiple times throughout the year. Scholarships are available to all band students.

Sponsor: Casey Hands, 620-275-3250 or casey.hands@gcccks.edu

 

Block and Bridle

The GCCC Block and Bridle Club is recognized by the National Block & Bridle Club. The club's focus is to promote animal agriculture. They offer a chance for individuals to learn about everyday aspects of agriculture and animal husbandry. They research industry trends associated with the industry. Some of the activities of the club include attending National Convention each year, working the Endowment Phone-a-thon and occasionally serving dinner at the GCCC Endowment Auction. The team supports some of the competition aspects of the meats judging team as well as has different fund-raising events throughout the year.
Objectives of the club include promoting a higher scholastic standard and complete understanding of animal sciences, development of critical career activities, and building closer relationships among all students pursuing any phase of agriculture or animal science. All students are welcome to become members of this organization.

Sponsor: Clint Alexander, 620-276-9527 or clint.alexander@gcccks.edu

Choir/Vocal Music

The Concert Choir has built a long, proud tradition of excellence in the performance of a great variety of choral works. The Concert Choir, consisting of many of the finest vocalists at GCCC, in recent years has performed major works with instrumental accompaniment including Pergolesi's Magnificat, John Rutter's Requiem and Gloria, Vilvaldi's Gloria, Mozart's Requiem and the Faure's Requiem.
No auditions are required for the Concert Choir. Auditions are conducted annually to select the College Singers, whose members are drawn from the ranks of the Concert Choir. The College Singers perform for school and community functions each year, presenting a variety of music from the Renaissance to vocal jazz literature.

J. Clayton Wright, B.M., M.M.E. Music Education, choral and vocal director, has had many years of experience conducting school, church, and community choirs in Kansas and in the Los Angeles area.

Sponsor: Clay Wright, 620-276-9547 or clay.wright@gcccks.edu

College Players Club

The College Players Club is available for all those interested in plays and musicals, acting and technical theatre. Members help produce GCCC theatrical productions and promote theatre arts in Garden City. The College Players, in association with the Drama Department, produce three to four shows per year.

Sponsor: Phil Hoke, 620-276-0401 or philip.hoke@gcccks.edu

Criminal Justice Competition Team

Members of the Criminal Justice Competition Team are selected on grades, leadership abilities and involvement. Members must be a criminal justice major and become a member of the American Criminal Justice Association/Lambda Alpha Epsilon, which sponsors regional and national competitions. Kansas criminal justice programs also sponsor additional in-state competitions during the year. The team has been successful at state, regional and national levels in all of the competition categories including written tests, crime scene investigation, physical agility and firearms. GCCC's competition team has won numerous regional awards and three national championships.

Sponsors: Brandy Unruh, 620-276-9503 or brandy.unruh@gcccks.edu 
                   Gary Knuestler, 620-276-9504 or gary.knuestler@gcccks.edu

GC3 Student Media

GC3 Student Media is media by the students for the students. Reporters, designers, and producers from media production staffs converge to create news, information, entertainment and advertising. Members from the Breakaway magazine and Silhouette newspaper work collaboratively on assignments for mass media distribution. The GC3 Student Media staff meets weekly in addition to each staff's regularly scheduled course times. These meetings promote teamwork and foster the development of each member's media technology skills. GC3 Student Media staff is open to students in all majors and disciplines. Qualifying staff members travel to state and national media conventions each semester, including the Spring College Media Advisers Convention in New York City.

Breakaway Magazine

A tradition on campus is the Breakaway magazine, which is created during the academic year, and distributed campus and community wide. Students combine their writing, editing, design and photography skills to produce a four-color publication that has earned numerous state awards. Staff members earn one-credit hour per semester and qualifying students earn tuition and book scholarships. Staff members come from diverse majors including biology, digital arts, English, history, and psychology.

Sponsor: Daniel Reyes, 620-276-9500, daniel.reyes@gcccks.edu or 
                 Contact the Breakaway directly at breakaway@gcccks.edu

Silhouette Newspaper

The Silhouette, the official student newspaper of Garden City Community College, is published on a bi-weekly basis and distributed on Thursdays. Staff members earn one-credit hour per semester and qualifying students earn tuition and book scholarships. Staff members come from diverse majors including biology, digital arts, English, history, and psychology. By working with other students to produce news for print and the web, students have an opportunity to develop skills that will make them more marketable in the workplace. Whether it is in journalism or any other career field.

Sponsor: Daniel Reyes, 620-276-9500, daniel.reyes@gcccks.edu or 
                 Contact the Silhouette directly at silhouette@gcccks.edu

HALO

The Hispanic American Leadership Organization's goal is to nurture and encourage leadership skills of young Hispanic men and women. HALO offers the opportunity to participate in social, economic and political issues. Students take part in many activities, including GCCC Hispanic Student Day. HALO works to promote and sponsor awareness programs that involve all students in campus activities and social functions. Membership is open to any student.

Activities:
  • Book Check-Out
  • Fiesta Celebration
  • Bonfire
  • Can Food Drive
  • Phone-a-Thon
  • Hispanic Student Day
  • Enchilada Sale
  • Easter Bunny Visits
  • Easter Egg Hunt
  • Campus Blood Drive
Community Events:
    • Pinata Building
    • Fiesta Float & Booth
    • Valentine Flower Delivery
    • Salvation Army Bell Ringing
    • Boo @ the Zoo
    • Santa & Elves Visits
    • Provide Easter Baskets for Children in the Hospital




Sponsors: Manuela Vigil, 620-276-9660 or manuela.vigil@gcccks.edu 
                   Samantha Garcia, 620-276-9531 or samantha.garcia@gcccks.edu 
                   Johana Gonzalez, 620-276-9674 or johana.gonzalez@gcccks.edu

Intramurals

An intramural athletic program is available for students who wish to participate. The program, operated by Division of Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Athletics, offers various activities including: sand volleyball, Frisbee golf, horseshoes, basketball tournaments and special activities in conjunction with the Garden City YMCA.

Sponsor: Lauren Rockhold, 620-276-0474 or lauren.rockhold@gcccks.edu

SP:Kansas National Education Association - Student Program (KNEA)

The KNEA Student Program (KNEA-SP) is a professional association for college students preparing to enter the education profession. Through its affiliation with KNEA, NEA and the NEA Student Program, KNEA-SP provides college students with assistance, benefits and professional resources. The association gives students the opportunity to learn-not only from each other-but also from a network of campus advisors and from the finest professionals in education.

Sponsors: Tammy Hutcheson, 620-276-9581 or tammy.hutcheson@gcccks.edu
                   Leslie Wenzel, 620-276-0432 or leslie.wenzel@gcccks.edu



Meats Judging Team

The GCCC meat judging team dates back to 1988 on this campus. Overall, meat judging was started in 1927 as a way for students to utilize industry concepts and equations to compete with other colleges and universities with an animal science curriculum. The students gain exposure to industry experts and leaders. The team competes at six national contests each year: National Western in Greeley, CO., the Southwestern in Fort Worth, TX., the Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo Contest in Houston, TX., the Beef Empire Days Contest in Garden City, the American Royal Contest in Omaha, NE., and the High Plains National Championship in Plainview, TX.

The meat judging team has had 8 All-Americans since the award was created in 2002. The team has won the Beef Empire Days Contest ('89, '90, '98, '99, '01), the Southwestern Contest ('01, '09), the National Western Contest ('06, '09) and the High Plains Contest ('03). The team boasts Reserve National Championships in 2001, 2003 and 2005. Being located in the heart of beef processing, the team has an advantage in judging beef but has been very successful in pork and lamb judging as well. Team members are awarded books and tuition scholarships for two years. Many industry leaders look for the career traits that meat judging team members have, including decision-making, note-taking, communication and time management skills.

Sponsor: Clint Alexander, 620-276-9527 or clint.alexander@gcccks.edu

Science and Math Club

Students interested in any area of science or math are welcome to participate in this organization. Activities held throughout the year include: field trips, camp-outs, video presentations, speakers and discussions in the math and science fields. Students do not need to be a science or math major to enjoy this club.

Sponsor: Nicole Dick, 620-276-9686 or nicole.dick@gcccks.edu

S.O.L.D. O.U.T.

Servants Of the Lord Desiring Only the Uncompromised Truth.  A student-lead and organized Christian Bible study and worship. Members of S.O.L.D. O.U.T. help to strengthen one another's faith while reaching out into the community to spread the good news of Jesus Christ.

Sponsor: Lorilynn Landgraf, 620-276-0447 or lorilynn.landgraf@gcccks.edu

Student Activities Committee (SAC)

SAC provides fun events to encourage students to socialize, enjoy themselves and relax. Scholarships are offered with books and tuition payment for those students willing to work an average of twelve hours a week at the Student Center and assist in the advertising and overseeing of student activities. All students are encouraged to apply but only those who are able to maintain a 2.0 GPA and are enrolled full time are eligible.

Past student center activities include:

  • Air Hockey Tournaments
  • Free Donut Days
  • Free Week-Before-Finals Massages
  • Ping Pong Tournaments
  • Pool Tournaments
  • Pudding Eating Contest
  • Pumpkin Carving Contest

Sponsor: Lauren Rockhold, 620-276-0474 or lauren.rockhold@gcccks.edu

Student Government Association (SGA)

SGA is the student representative governing body of the college. It meets each week for discussion of campus activities, problems and improvements. Members are elected to the association from the student body. Students are encouraged to participate in both the SGA and the activities it sponsors. The organization also determines distribution of student activity fees. 
Past activities have included:

  • Welcome Back Picnic
  • 2-on-2 Sand Volleyball Tournament
  • 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament
  • Homecoming Events
  • Free T-shirts
  • Craziest Fan Contests at Home Games
  • BowlMania
  • Casino Night
  • Earth Day Observance and Talent Show
  • End of the Year BBQ

Sponsors: Lauren Rockhold, 620-276-0474 or lauren.rockhold@gcccks.edu
                  Contact SGA directly at sga@gcccks.edu.

Tau Epsilon Lambda

TEL is a campus organization for criminal justice and other public safety majors including fire science and paramedic/EMST majors. Members are eligible to apply for membership to the American Criminal Justice Association/Lambda Alpha Epsilon. Members have the opportunity to participate in various activities and community service projects, such as serving as mentors with the Finney County Big Brothers-Big Sisters organization. Other service projects include various Garden City/Finney County social events like the Tumbleweed Festival, Balloon Festival, 3-I show, Ride for the Future and many others.

GCCC public safety department "adopted" Garfield Elementary School in the 1990's and continues to work with projects around their 'sister' school. There are also ample opportunities for in-service specialized seminars and involvement with area and Kansas public safety professionals.

Sponsors: Brandy Unruh, 620-276-9503 or brandy.unruh@gcccks.edu
                   Gary Knuestler, 620-276-0347 or gary.knuestler@gcccks.edu

Welding Club

The GCCC Welding Club is designed to stimulate interest and to foster the goals of increasing productivity and helping younger generations become involved in the welding community.

Sponsors: Kurt Wenzel, 620-276-9505 or kurt.wenzel@gcccks.edu
                   Devin J. Wackerla, 620-276-9505 or devin.wackerla@gcccks.edu