Quad Cities Campus

Extracurricular Activities

The WIU-QC College of Arts & Sciences programs now boast several unique and active student organizations. As described further below, the Liberal Arts & Sciences Student Organization (LASSO) is aimed broadly at building an exciting intellectual culture and new opportunities for all arts & sciences students, while the Interdisciplinary English and the Arts Society (IDEAS) is especially dedicated to building opportunities related to literature and the arts and the Aquarium, Biology, & Zoology Society (ABZS) is especially focused on the life sciences. 


Art Institute trip attendees (most of them) 

Students, faculty, staff, family, & friends on the Art Institute of Chicago bus trip.  NEW: See photos from 2014 Shedd trip!


Here are some of the events organized by these groups in recent semesters:

  • Annual Chicago charter-bus trips to the National Museum of Mexican Art, the Dusable Museum of African American History, the Field Museum, the Arts Institute of Chicago, and the Shedd Aquarium
  • Trips to watch performances of the Vagina Monologues
  • Lectures, guided tours, and other visits to the FIGGE art museum and the Putnam science museum in Davenport
  • Presidential debate and election night viewing parties
  • An annual resumé-building conversation with representatives of local employers about the post-liberal-arts-degree job market
  • Dinner and a Lecture nights, most recently with talks by internationally-famous environmentalist Bill McKibben, science writer Michael Shermer, gay rights activist Zach Wahls, and cancer survivor and ecologist Sandra Steingraber




Wahls dinner

Dinner before a lecture by Zach Wahls about growing up with two moms.


And here are even more:

  • A "Big Read" panel discussion about Ray Bradbury's novel Fahrenheit 451 at the Moline Public Library
  • Coffee House Bashes and Open Mic Nights including lots of student-composed short stories and poetry readings (complete with contest prizes) 
  • Screenings of short films and poster presentations featuring great African American writers, musicians, and other major historical figures
  • Celebration of Banned Books Week
  • Native American History Month and Women's History Month bake sales, with proceeds donated to local nonprofits
  • A Darwin Day celebration with biologist and geneticist guest speakers from the University of Iowa
  • Service nights at a Rock Island men's shelter


matt brown speaking at darwin day

          Matt Brown, student organizer of a Darwin Day celebration, welcomes early arrivals.


Liberal Arts & Sciences Student Organization (LASSO)

  • President: Caitlen O'Day
  • Vice President: Toni Leveille
  • Secretary: Kathleen Hillyer
  • Treasurer: Elisabeth Decrane
  • SGA Liaison: Claire Larson
  • Faculty Advisor: Everett Hamner

More info about LASSO can be found on its Facebook page.


lasso officers 12-13     

LASSO leaders (from left): Everett Hamner, Matthew Brown, Alysa Grimes, Antoinette Brown, Caitlen O'Day, Chris Ebalo, Aaron Graf

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Interdisciplinary English & the Arts Society (IDEAS)

  • President: Chris Sanders-Ring
  • Vice President: Di Ann Vulich
  • Secretary: Allyson Borkgren
  • Treasurer: Shanna Herr
  • Faculty Advisor: Dan Malachuk (Audrey Adamson for 2013-14)

 More info about IDEAS can be found on its Facebook page.



ideas officers '13

IDEAS leaders (from left): Chris Sanders-Ring, Cait Bodenbender, Leann Weiss, Jason Kuna

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