I-CLUB

The International Club is the International Student Body of Wartburg College and is the largest student organization at Wartburg College, with a membership of over 400 people which includes both internationals and Americans. Membership of the International Club is open to all students and members of the faculty, staff, and also residents of the Waverly/Shell Rock community. The organization aims to fulfill and strives to accomplish, at the least, the following goals:

  • Promote better understanding between American & International Students.
  • Assist new International Students adjust to the college environment and also to the American culture.
  • Introduce foreign cultures to the community through special events and programs, or by celebrations and through the Culture Week.
  • Plan educational, cultural, social, and recreational events for its members as well as the college and the Waverly community.

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Resources

I-Club Support Form
The International Club, I-Club, provides different kinds of support for students throughout the year. If you are interested in submitting a request form for I-Club’s approval, please download and complete the form from the link above and send it to iclub@wartburg.edu Decisions are made by the Executive Team and affirmed by the Board of Advisors. Please note a minimum of one month is necessary to process the form.

I-Club Membership Application
The International Club, I-Club, has rolling membership. If interested in becoming a member please download the membership application and submit to iclub@wartburg.edu . Application does not guarantee membership. The Executive Team reserves itself to the right of membership. Applicants will be notified of their status via email in a week. If accepted, a membership fee will be charged to the student’s account according to the By-Laws and the Constitution.

Constitution and By-Laws
The International Club, I-Club, has a set of specific rules, regulations, and procedures in which it continues to operate. The purpose of such a statement is to provide a framework within which the General Members along with the Executive Team and the Board of Advisors are free to carry out the organization.  The framework consists of the Constitution, Bylaws, and general administrative policies governing all aspects of the International Club. These documents are statements of I-Club’s mission, values and principles.

Collaboration Form
The International, I-Club, has an aim to collaborate with other organizations that have the same mission and values as the International Club. However, for programs that involve collaboration, the organization requesting to collaborate with I-Club must fill out the collaboration form before a month of the program. This way, I-Club Executives have time to fully prepare and process the necessary paperwork and procedures for the collaboration to take place. Once the form is filled up, please email electronically to iclub@wartburg.edu.

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EXECUTIVE TEAM

Lola Vafaeva, President
Lola is a second year student majoring in Political Science and International Relations with minors in Economics and Writing. She has been an executive member of Iclub since her appointment as Student Representative last year during Winter Term. As IClub’s Student Representative last year, Lola worked with peers and administrators in addressing issues international students faced. Outside of International Club, this year, Lola enjoys being part of the WRSL as a writing consultant. 

Mo Yang, Treasurer
Mo Is a sophomore student majoring in Engineering Science. He has been a member of I-club since beginning of his sophomore year at Wartburg. His recent position is Treasurer for I-club. In this position, he works collaboratively with the rest of the executive team, especially participates in events such as Homecoming for the purpose of raising fund for the club. Despite being part of I-club, he is also serving Society of Physics Student (SPS) as a treasurer. At last, Mo also works for the Den providing food services.

Mfihlakalo Ndlovo, Secretary
Mfihlakalo Ndlovu is a third-year International Relations and Political Science major from Swaziland. This is her first year serving as an Executive member of the International Club. She is one of Wartburg’s UWC Davis scholars. Since her freshman year she has been part of IClub and has vast experience in working with people from different backgrounds.

Molly Astarita, Vice President
Molly Astarita is the Vice-President of I-Club for the 2015-2016 academic year. She is a second-year International Relations and Spanish major with a Business and French minor. Outside of I-Club, Molly is involved with Student Senate, Diversity Committee, Net Impact, Adopt-a-Grandparent, Global Connections, and she works for IgKnight Mentoring and in The Den. At Wartburg, she enjoys meeting new people, eating in the Mensa with her friends, volunteering, and attending events on campus.

Mokgari Aphane, Co- Representative
Mokgari Aphane is a second year Biochemistry major with an International Relations minor from Swaziland. This is her first year serving on I-Club’s Executive Team. Outside of I-Club, Mokgari is a Den Student Manager as well as a Wartburg Ambassador.

Michelle Johnson, Public Relations
Michelle is a second- year Journalism and Communications major with concentrations in Public Relations and Digital Cinema and Production. This is her first year serving as the Public Relations Officer for International Club. Outside of International Club, Michelle is involved in track and field, Phi Eta Sigma, Reel Orange, is the graphics editor for the Trumpet, and works in Wartburg’s bakery.

ADVISORY BOARD

Though the International Club is a student led organization at Wartburg College it has an advisory board that provides guidance to the Executive Team. The advisors of I-Club are members of the faculty or staff of Wartburg College. Some of the duties and or roles as advisor of I-Club’s are attending the Executive Committee member meetings and the general members meetings; assisting I-Club in their execution of roles and responsibilities; providing feedback to I-Club regarding its operation and functioning; and providing advice upon request and sharing knowledge, expertise, and experience with the organization. The advisors are a source of guidance and administrators to the Executive Team and the General Members, but according to Article V, Section 3 of the Constitution:  “The advisor of I-Club is a non-voting member of the Executive Committee”.

Helen Leong, Advisor, Director of International Student Services
Helen Leong, Director of International Student Services, joined the Student Life staff in September 2013. Helen graduated from Grinnell College with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Religious Studies and Chinese Studies. Helen earned her Juris Doctor from the University of Oklahoma College of Law with a certificate in American Indian Law. She is licensed to practice law in Iowa, Hawaii, and Minnesota. Helen is an avid traveler, she has ridden the Trans-Siberian Railway, hiked the Appalachian Trail, and camped on the Great Wall of China. She has lived in Paris, France; Beijing, China; Helsinki, Finland; and, prior to moving to Waverly, Honolulu, Hawaii. Helen is dedicated to working with diverse populations. She provides advising services to Wartburg’s international students.

Ruth Tibott, Advisor, Cashier, Dinning Services
Ruth is a mother of two grown sons and two daughter in laws. She is also a grandmother of two beautiful and healthy grandchildren. Ruth works as a staff in Mensa. Her life has been blessed with activities and diverse employment opportunities. She has farmed, raised hogs, milked cows, worked in restaurants, managed stores, substituted and coached high school speech, labored in a meat locker. Ruth was also a pastor for a church for about seven years. The greatest position she has ever held is having given the title “Mom.” For Ruth, it is the hardest and the most rewarding job a woman will ever be engaged in. She is content to know that I gave it my all and I did my best. For Ruth, her education is a continuing education as she observes life around her. Ruth says “I am not a world traveler and so the Lord has blessed me with every color and culture of the universe through the young adults that grace me with their love and share their lives with me every day at Wartburg.“

HISTORY

Wartburg College International Club, I-Club, has a rich history and remains to this day one of the oldest and largest student organizations at Wartburg College. Known for its rich history and diversity, International Club takes pride in the culture and its vibrant community. The journey of the International Club goes way back in 1954 when Wartburg College started actively recruiting students from abroad. The first international students originated from Nigeria, Canada, Germany, and Jordan. As the years went by, students from other countries got enrolled at Wartburg and the club started to grow and flourish. 

As the club grew, a constitution was formed for the organization for a general framework. Today, the administrative and representation policies of the club are very different from what it used to be. In the past, students were elected to serve regionally. There would be each student elected by the majority to represent a region. The Executive Committee consisted of eight student. One was elected from each of the following regions by the students from that particular region.

                    a)  Europe and the Middle East
                    b)  Africa
                    c)  Central and South America
                    d)  East Asia (Japan to Burma)
                    e)  South Asia (Bangladesh to Iraq and Saudi Arabia)
                    f)  North America (U.S., Canada, and Mexico)

Two students were elected as members at large by the vote of the total Club membership.

And the Executive Council consisted of the

                    a)    President
                    b)    Vice President
                    c)    Secretary
                    d)    Treasurer/Fund-raising committee Chairperson
                    e)    Social Committee Chairperson
                    f)    Student Senate Representative
                    g)    Campus Activities Board Representative
                    h)   Participation Facilitator

However, in 2007 the Executive positions were modified further by making amendments to the constitution. The positions that were formed then remains the same to this day. President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer, Public Relations Officer, Social Events Coordinator, and the Student Senate Representative which was modified further to International Club Representative. 

There has been changes in the organization’s name as well. The International Club has changed its name once under the leadership of the Executive Committee of 2012-2013 to Wartburg College International Student Union [ISU] from the International Club. However, the name was again reinstated back to Wartburg International Club herein the I-Club.

Today, the International Club has over 400 members and is part of the Big 6 (one of the six biggest student organizations on Wartburg’s College campus). It has a growing population with over 66 countries being represented including the U.S. and 166 international students who serve as cultural ambassadors. The International Club continues to serve diversity for over 60 sixty years by promoting better understanding between international and U.S. students by planning and hosting educational, cultural, social, and recreational events for its members as well as the college and the Waverly community.