Student Activities & Organizations

STUDENT ACTIVITIES

Students can take part in one large all-school Student Party tradition each semester. In the fall students take part in the annual Halloween Party, and in the spring we have the MIAD Talent Show. There are several smaller activities that take place throughout the year including: taking part in the AIDS Walk Wisconsin, assisting with Voter Registration, and the annual Blood Drives, and various other initiatives and events often determined and led by Student Party.

STUDENT ORGANIZATIONS

MIAD students create and run their own organizations, and any group of students, upon request, can create a new organization that meets its interests. Current organizations include:

AIDA (American Institute of Graphic Arts) 
Student Group of an International Professional Organization for CD and IL Majors.  The goal of the MIAD AIGA Student Group is to get students involved in the local design community, create a community of our own and help students build leadership skills that will be valuable as they move into the professional world of communication design.
Student Leader: Ethan Keister (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)
Faculty/Staff Advisor: Phil Belair (
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Adventure Club
An indoor/outdoor rock climbing club. Once a semester a class will be held at Turner Hall in downtown Milwaukee to certify students and allowing them to utilize Turner Hall's indoor rock climbing gym. After you are certified you are welcome to join us every Friday evening at 5pm. The facility offers different degrees of difficulty for all levels-beginners to experienced climbers. The club physically and mentally challenges students in a fun environment. The club teaches about proper equipment and safety. You do not need your own climbing gear nor do you need to climb every week. 
Student Leader: Ethan Keister (
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Faculty/Staff Advisor Ricky Heldt (
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Alpha Lambda Delta
The purpose is to encourage superior academic achievement among students in their first year in institutions of higher education, to promote intelligent living and a continued high standard of learning and to assist students in recognizing and developing meaningful goals for their role in society. Alpha Lambda Delta is a Greek honorary society, not a fraternity or sorority. The focus is on encouraging others academically, serving others through philanthropic efforts, and becoming strong citizens in our society.
Student Leader: Aaron Stoelb (
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Faculty/Staff Advisor: Michelle Kampa (
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Anime Club
A group that is focused on bringing together those who are interested in Japanese animation and cultures. Those who are interested in nerd culture which includes comics, video games, western culture, TV shows, fandoms etc. are also welcome to join this club.  
Student Leader: Looking for new leader.

Art is Life
A group that works with mentoring the youth at Parklawn YMCA.  Art is Life Inc. is a nonprofit organization whose sole purpose is the unification of community, minds, and ideas of artists, entrepreneurs, and other organization through partnerships and commitment; developing leaders.  
Student Leader: Claire Johnson

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Gradients
We strive to foster a cultural campus environment that lends itself to cultural awareness, while creating an understanding of diverse identities, and urban issues on and off campus.  Gradients strives to broaden our understanding and appreciation of multiculturalism and diversity, while simultaneously providing an opportunity for all students regardless of race, color, sex, disability, religion, ethnic or national origin, or sexual orientation.  Gradients will be a safe place for a diversity of students as well.  We will be a safe place for the diversity of the entire student body.
Student Leader: Sara Carter (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)
Faculty/Staff Advisor: Kim Miller (
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IDSA (Industrial Designers Society of America)
 
The ID professional group is the Student Chapter of the IDSA (Industrial Designers Society of America). Active since the mid-80's this chapter organizes professional events such guest lectures and workshops with invited designers, members attend events of the Wisconsin Chapter of IDSA. Members are also encouraged to attend the regional and national conference of the IDSA.  Recently the Chapter has started a website.
President of Chapter: Cody Powers (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)
Faculty/Staff Advisors: John Caruso, IDSA (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) & Pascal Malassigne, FIDSA

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InterVarsity Christian Fellowship
A group that wants to serve and love the people at MIAD and Milwaukee. We take a look at how our art and spirituality are connected through weekly Bible studies, prayer, and community. 
Advisor: Laura Juranek (
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ISO
Provides MIAD Students a photography learning resource, opportunity to attend lectures, studio visits, pop up shows, and workshops, allowing deeper interest in photography and professional practices. 
Student Leader: Daniel McCullough (
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Faculty/Staff Advisor: Jon Horvath (
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Sewing Club 
Open to all students currently enrolled at MIAD that possess an interest in learning to sew, or have a desire to learn about the textile industry, and any related form fiber based art/design. It is also a place where those with experience/knowledge in the related field are encouraged to come teach and share with other members. Throughout the year we plan to have several events teaching the basics of sewing to encourage people who are interested to join our club, and learn sewing skills. Outside of events the club will be similar to a knitting circle, where people come together to work, and trouble-shoot on their own sewing projects.
Student Leader: Looking for new leader.
Faculty/Staff Advisor: Dick Ivens (
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Student Party
Have a lot of great ideas for events and initiatives we can do on campus?  Do you like planning and like being involved?  Student Party is the place for you.   Help with the MIAD Student Party Traditions – AIDS Walk WI, the MIAD Halloween Party, Health Heelers, etc.
Facebook page: www.facebook.com/MIADStudentParty 
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Swim Team (Curating Organization)
A student-run curatorial program at MIAD. Acting as an experimental laboratory, Swim Team’s aim is to support both MIAD students and emerging artists through curatorial visibility and an exposure to a supportive arts community.  Check our Swim Team facebook page for meeting updates: https://www.facebook.com/swimteammke 
Student Leader: Sarah Sutterfield (
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Faculty/Staff Advisor: Nicholas Frank (
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Third Word Writers
A student-run creative writing club that meets weekly throughout the semester.  We hold weekly meetings where we workshop our writing, and we usually hold three open-mic readings throughout the semester (sometimes on Campus, sometimes out in the world.)  We publish smaller zines throughout the semester, and our work culminates in the end-of-the-semester publication of "Copyright," our biannual literary journal.  Members are not required to make all meetings - our goal is simply to carve out a little space in all of our busy schedules to work on our writing. Please send any questions to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 
Student Leader: Nicole Naudi (
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Faculty/Staff Advisor: Drew Lindsay (
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If you are interested in starting an organization that doesn't currently exist please contact Student Party (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).
Please submit the following in reference to the organization you'd like to create:
1. Proposed name of the organization.
2. Names of the organizing students, including a primary contact person.
3. Name(s) of the proposed faculty/staff advisor(s) - if applicable.
4. A statement that the organization is open to all and exclusively comprised of currently enrolled MIAD students.
5. Statement of compliance with and support for all MIAD policies and procedures.
6. Purpose and objective of the group.
7. Is a meeting space needed?