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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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.

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EXECUTIVE TEAM

Adeboye Olaniyan

Adeboye Olaniyan, President
Adeboye Olaniyan is a fourth-year student majoring in Journalism and Communication from Nigeria. He is responsible for providing the vision and direction of the entire club. He serves in other capacities as the Online Manager for the Wartburg Trumpet, and a Creative Producer with the school’s Marketing and Communications department. He enjoys engaging in thoughtful discussions about politics and watching soccer.
Office Hours: Noon – 5 p.m.

Yvonne Wamala

Yvonne Wamala, Vice President
Yvonne Wamala is the Vice-President of I-Club for the 2017-2018 academic year. She is a second-year Biology major on track to go to medical school. Outside of I-Club, she works on campus with Dining Services Special Events and is a student manager there. She is also involved with Global Connections and the Black Student Union. She enjoys catching up with friends and attending different events on and off campus.
Office Hours: Thursdays Noon – 3 p.m.; Sundays 6-8 p.m.

Kimberly Cespedes

Kimberly Cespedes, Secretary
Kimberly is a second year Social Work Major from Costa Rica. This is her first year serving as an Executive Member of the International Club. She is one of Wartburgʼs UWC Davis scholars. Since her freshman year, she has been part of I-Club and has been involved in different service projects at Wartburg. Currently, she is working as the office coordinator for the Volunteer Action Center, and she also led a service trip to Florida last year. Kimberly loves to learn and work with people from different backgrounds, serving people is her passion, and in the future, she wants to implement various programs to improve communities life through education.
Office Hours: Thursdays 3-6 p.m.

Shazeb Jadoon

Shahzeb Jadoon, Treasurer
Shahzeb is a sophomore student at Wartburg College majoring in Actuarial Science and Computer Science. Outside of I-Club, Shahzeb is involved in Phi Eta Sigma, Student Senate, and the Diversity and Inclusion Council at Wartburg. He is also serving as a Wartburg Student Ambassador, and is also a resident assistant at Löhe. At Wartburg College, Shahzeb enjoys being involved in the various events held on campus, playing sand volleyball, and just hanging out with his diverse group of friends.
Office Hours: Tuesdays 1:30-4:30 p.m.

James Chyahkyi

James Chyahkyi, Co-Social Events Coordinator
James Chyahkyi is a second-year student, double majoring in Political Science and International Relations from Myanmar. This is his first year as a member of IClub Executive team. Chyahkyi is also a secretary in the Asian Student Association (ASA) and a Dining Service student manager.
Office Hours: Fridays and Saturdays 8:30-10 p.m.

Nina Adam

Nina Adam, Co-Social Events Coordinator
Nina is a second-year Business Administration major with a concentration in Marketing from Kenya. This is her first year working on the I-club exec team. Outside of I-club, she works in the Student Life Office and is a member of several other clubs on campus. She is a UWC Davis Scholar and has a lot of experience working with international students. She also enjoys volunteering and participating in events held around campus throughout the year.
Office Hours: Wednesdays 6-9 p.m.

Saffa Bockarie Jr.

Saffa Bockarie Jr., Co-Representative
Saffa Bockarie is a second year Engineering Science major. He represents IClub to the Student Senate and other diverse groups on campus. He is one of Wartburg’s UWC Davis scholars and love working with people from various background. Outside IClub, he is the secretary of the Wartburg Engineering Society and enjoys participating in the annual Demo Show. Saffa is avid in getting involved in activities that can lead to his professional growth and personal well-being. Lastly, Saffa also works for the Den providing food services for the college community.
Office Hours: Thursdays 8 a.m.-11 a.m.

Jouie Jinnah

Jouie Jinnah, Co-Representative
Jouie is a second year majoring in Accounting and Business Administration with a concentration in Finance and a minor in Economics. She was born in Bangladesh but grew up in Swaziland. In addition to being a representative for I-Club, she is a resident assistant on campus. She enjoys doing volunteer work, reading and spending time with her family and friends.
Office Hours: Fridays 7-10 p.m.

Paul Bossua

Paul Bossua, Public Relations Officer
Paul Bossua, Public Relations Officer. Paul is a 4th year double major in Public Relations and Digital Cinema from Lagos, Nigeria. Paul is responsible for the branding of the club and sustaining the clubs reputable image. His other responsibilities include planning, developing and implementing PR strategies as well as designing collateral pieces for the clubs events. Outside Iclub, Paul is a member of Wartburg’s Public Relations Students Society of America (PRSSA), and he runs the cameras for KnightVision sports and special events as well. He is also a climbing wall supervisor and enjoys activities such as climbing, playing soccer, drawing and creative tasks. Lastly, Paul Bossua is also the Diers house manager which entails maintaining the order of the house and keeping it open for international students who wish to study or pick out donated warm clothing for the Iowa Winter.
Office Hours: Tuesdays 1-3 p.m.; Thursdays 2-3 p.m.

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”.

Zafrul Amin, Advisor, Director of International Student Services
Zafrul Amin has an Undergraduate degree in Computer Information System from University of Dubuque, Iowa and a Graduate degree in Industrial Technology Management from the University of Wisconsin-Platteville. He has been working in higher education for the past 15 years in various positions such as Academic Advisor, Admission Advisor, Adjunct Faculty, Instructional Specialist, Tutoring Services and Campus Assessment. He is very passionate about international students and values the wealth of knowledge and culture they bring to this community and the country. In his spare time, he likes to go hiking, bicycling, camping and kayaking.

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.