A campus club and organization fair was held Sept. 4, 2013 to provide an opportunity for students to learn more about the groups and activities available on campus. Rachel Meads, director of student development and one of the fair’s key organizers, described the event as a chance for students to “explore Shepherd’s diverse range of student groups and opportunities to get involved on campus.”
The focus of the event was to help Shepherd students get involved in the many clubs and organizations available. The volunteer opportunities that are available through these clubs are often looked at on resumes and can be a great way to make new friends and connections. Organizations are always looking for new students to join and welcome anyone looking to participate.
The Habitat for Humanity table offered students the opportunity to volunteer for an organization that supports building houses for families in need. The student volunteers will be involved in a lot of fundraisers and even a chance to help build one of the houses.
Another group in attendance was the fraternity Phi Kappa Tau. They were there to “promote Greek life as a whole” and stated their goal to be a good moral example for the campus. Of the many reasons they stated for joining the Greek lifestyle, the one they are most vocal about is brotherhood. They noted that there are more than “90,000 brothers in the U.S.,” and those numbers often lead to corporal world connections.
The group Young Life was at the event promoting its opportunities which include, but are not limited to, “fun times, free food, live music, friends and faith.” Their group encourages a relaxed atmosphere and holds 10 to 15 minute discussions about faith at the end of every meeting. They occasionally take trips and have events on campus such as a “lumberjack dinner” with free pancakes. The Young Life meeting is 8:57 p.m. each Tuesday in the Rumsey room, located in the student center.
Julia Hawkins, a digital filmmaking major, said that the Young Life table was her favorite. She also said attending the fair is a part of involvement in the Shepherd community.
Taylor Macmillan echoed that thought when she said she came to the organization fair because she “wanted to know how to get more involved.” Taylor’s favorite table was the Program Board.
All of the clubs and organizations present were more than willing to give out free information, candy and t-shirts to all who attended.
Blake Reeder, a secondary education spanish major, said that his favorite table was The Picket. He came to the fair to get more information about writing for The Picket and hopes to start a poetry section for the student newspaper. The Picket table was open to anyone who might be interested in writing for the newspaper and had free t-shirts available.
The event was sponsored by the student center’s office of student activities and leadership and Shepherd’s dining services.