By Samantha Reid – Contributor
This semester’s Student Involvement Fair drew a smaller turnout than previous semesters, but representatives of student organizations filled Congress Lounge to recruit new members for their respective student orgs. last Wednesday.
With dozens of student orgs. to choose from, there was something to appeal to every interest. Clubs and activities ranged from those that are just for fun to those that could potentially build student resumes, providing valuable skills and networking for post-grad life.
The Relay for Life chairs were active getting individuals and teams to sign up on the spot for Roosevelt University’s second annual relay event taking place this spring. Chairperson Natalie Visconti was helping to get the word out about the Colleges Against Cancer event, taking place on March 28-29 in the Goodman Center.
“You get to know more students within the campus and learn a lot from each other,” Visconti said about the event. “Words cannot describe the amount of fun I had last year.”
Academics had a big presence, including the Student Honors Organization, the Hospitality program, and the university’s new Reforesting Club. Greek life had a bigger presence than ever, reflecting the university’s gradual transition into a more traditional college campus.
The Counseling Center was also in attendance, handing out stress balls to students heading into yet another semester of school work. The Blaze radio station provided music for the event while simultaneously recruiting students to join the team.
Students interested in participating more in the university’s social justice mission had plenty of outlets, including RISE, a student activist network, and C.O.R.E., the Coalition of Responsible Education.
All of the organizations in attendance had multiple representatives ready to answer student questions about their organizations.
The fair usually takes place during two separate time slots to best accommodate student schedules. This semester, the event was switched to a single slot, from 3-6 p.m. This, and the freezing cold weather, may account for the smaller crowd at this semester’s event.
“The new time slot made it hard for me to attend,” said junior Angeline Jones. “I usually go every semester, but unfortunately, this time I could only stay a minute because of the schedule.”
Small groups of students went from table to table searching for new clubs to join, but the majority of students at the fair were there to support the organizations they already belonged to.
Students who didn’t find the club they were looking for don’t need to worry — a full list of contact information for the university’s student orgs. is on CSI’s website.
Additionally, students are encouraged to start clubs of their own to meet any unmet needs.