BY DANA RANNEY
Four hundred University students visited the Dionne Green for the fall semester’s annual Club and Activities Fair Aug. 30.
Club leaders, returning students and first-year students gathered on the green in the summer sun. From 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., students were encouraged to circle along the green explore each of the clubs The University has to offer. Freebies, like purple sunglasses, snacks and other club-branded accessories, were given out to get students excited about getting involved in their community.
Run by the Center for Student Engagement, the Club and Activities Fair promotes the many great things the students at The University do in upholding the school’s close-knit and thriving community. In organizing the Club Fair, CSE’s goal was to give students the opportunity to represent their groups and join new groups. Not only were students exposed to several diverse groups, but the environment also inspired students to meet and socialize with new people, while also becoming more involved in their community.
“The Club Fair is really the yearly kick-off for all the clubs on campus,” Student Government Vice President Christian Burne said. “It’s the first time freshman see all the options they have when it comes to extracurricular activities, so it’s a huge recruiting event for the clubs.”
“And the clubs did great this year,” Burne said. “We had a huge turnout and the clubs were really able to reach a ton of new people.”
Burne believes that with the launch of The University’s new online club management system, RoyalSync, clubs will have some amazing technology at their disposal, noting that he and the rest of the Student Government “expect things to really pick up from here.”
For those who were not able to attend this semester’s Club and Activities Fair, another fair will be taking place during Family Weekend on Sept. 21 from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Students can expect a similar experience to the kick-off club fair – there may even be merchandise for sale. First-year students are encouraged to attend this fair so they can show their families how they have gotten involved on campus thus far.
There will also be another Club and Activities Fair taking place at the start of the spring semester. This fair is aimed at transfer students as well as those students who were not ready to join in the fall semester.
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