Student Handbook: Student Life

Student Activities

Student activities complement formal classroom instruction and enhance the overall educational experience by helping students develop leadership skills, communication skills, organizational techniques, as well as an increased understanding of self and others. The Student Activities Office (SAO) staff assists students by:

  • Providing guidance and oversight on student club formation, event planning, fund-raising ideas, and the promotion of events;
  • Planning and implementation of special events and activities at the College designed to provide socialization, educational information, and promote involvement at HFC; and
  • Identifying opportunities for student volunteerism, both on-campus and in the community, including the coordination of an annual day of community service, education and reflection to commemorate the birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Learn more about student clubs.

Student Newspaper

The student-run newspaper, the Mirror News, is published by the students of HFC every three weeks during the fall and winter semesters. The Mirror News publishes articles on all aspects of the HFC community from classes to cultural events, as well as creative works and editorials. Learn more about the Mirror News.


HFC competes in the Michigan Community College Athletic Association (MCCAA) and Region XII of the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA). HFC student athletes compete in five sports: Baseball, Men’s Basketball, Women’s Basketball, Golf, and Softball. Learn more about athletics.

Performances and Exhibitions

HFC offers a wide variety of opportunities for students studying the fine arts. One of these offerings include co-curricular activities, which are designed to enhance the college experience by allowing students to explore and develop their talents beyond the classroom. Learn more about humanities.


The Sisson Art Gallery, located in the MacKenzie Fine Arts Center on the main campus, is home to several exhibitions throughout the year. The gallery showcases the work of HFC's most talented student artists, painters, graphic designers, sculptors and interior designers. In addition to student and HFC faculty art, the gallery showcases thought-provoking works by professional artists from around the country. For more information, contact 313-845-9755.


Dance HFC's dance students are afforded opportunities to perform in concerts and theatre productions staged by the dance, theater and music departments. In addition to classes in tap, modern dance and jazz, HFC students may audition for The Full Circle Dance Company, which provides intensive training and performance opportunities. Learn more about dance.


HFC is home to several outstanding vocal and instrumental groups. In addition to performing at local concerts and venues, many of the ensembles have opportunities to participate in concert tours elsewhere across the United States, Canada and Europe. Learn more about Music Ensembles.


HFC's Theater program offers students opportunities, from acting, directing and writing to behind-the-scenes technical production, including 3-D virtual imaging and special effects. The department stages a variety of plays throughout the year, including children's theater productions, musicals, classic dramas and original works by students and faculty. Learn more about HFC Theatre Arts.

Skylight Café/5101 Restaurant

The Student and Culinary Arts Center is home to a wide variety of dining options for students. This includes HFC's Skylight Café, the Fifty-One O One Restaurant, and convenient vending machine services. Learn more about campus dining.

WHFR-FM 98.3 Radio Station

WHFR 89.3 FM is HFC's award-winning independent, non-commercial broadcast and Internet radio station. WHFR broadcasts locally at 89.3 on the FM radio dial and world-wide via the Web. The station operates with a student and volunteer staff directly supervised by HFC Telecommunication faculty. Learn more about WHFR 89.3.

Voter Registration

HFC provides on campus voter registration and conducts vote registration drives. Forms are available at the Student Activities Office, Welcome Center, Office of Financial Aid, and the Registrar’s Office. Mailing of completed voter registration forms to respective city election clerks is available free of charge to HFC students.

Democracy Education Program

The Democracy Education Program at HFC exposes all students to an education in democracy. Through curricular and co-curricular initiatives, the program aims to impact learning in such a way that the students carry the following throughout their lives:

  • Skill development that teaches how to build a stronger civil and more inclusive society;
  • Intrinsic analysis; and
  • Tolerance and understanding of diversity.

As a partner of the National Democracy Commitment (NDC), HFC works to actualize the NDC’s goal of preparing informed, engaged graduates to revitalize and strengthen our democracy.

To obtain complete information and contact names for the above initiatives, contact the Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs at 313-845-9610 for an updated list.

Honors Program/Phi Theta Kappa

The Henry Ford II Honors Program offers a challenging and demanding academic program in which students and faculty form a learning community. Students are expected to excel academically as they develop their skills in composition, speech, independent research, and critical thinking. Learn more about the Honors Program.