Involvement Fair looks to recruit students for campus activities

By Trevor Wallace
September 17, 2009

On Wednesday, Sept. 2, a variety of Cabrini’s student organizations participated in an Involvement Fair in hopes of recruiting students to join one of the many clubs Cabrini has to offer.

There were a number of options for students to choose from, such as, baseball and lacrosse clubs, as well as academic clubs like the science, psychology and math clubs.

Each club had information on how to join, and members to help with any questions prospective club members might have had.

Amber LaJeunesse, assistant director of the Center for Student Engagement and Leadership, helped coordinate the event with advisers and club leaders.

“Students gain or improve several leadership skills from the different forms of involvement within student clubs or teams,” LaJeunesse said.

“They can gain a sense of belonging by finding others that have similar interests or talents.”

Cabrini has offered these clubs to students because they allow students to work together “within a group and accomplishing a goal like a program or service event can be an extremely rewarding and bonding experience,” LaJeunesse said.

Most of the students who participated in the event were student leaders and executive board members of their groups.

Vice President of Residence Hall Association, Dana Sciamarelli, is hoping to get more students involved in her club. RHA held a “Safety Walk” with Public Safety in hopes of finding areas on campus that were either unsafe to walk near or poorly lit.

RHA also has aims at making “recycling more predominant to help our environment and to help make the smoking areas friendlier for non-smokers while not making it uncomfortable for our smokers,” Sciamarelli said.

“RHA is made for resident students so anything they would like us to do, we will do our best to make it happen,” Sciamarelli said.

“When the freshmen moved in, they were each given a complimentary laundry bag with our flyer so they know who we are and how to get in touch with us.”

“Students learn how to enjoy college outside of the classroom and residence hall. And, if a student chooses to take on a leadership role within that group, the skills only increase,” LaJeunesse said,

“It can only be beneficial to your time and the money spent to come here to join one of the many clubs available.”

“It has a positive impact on the students personally and others around them. Involvement and leadership within such groups allows each to student to become the ‘well-rounded’ student people so often refer to,” LaJeunesse said.

John Solewin joined the yearbook staff in order to have an opportunity to strengthen his organization skills. He also wanted to learn more about photography, and was able to do so while having a “unique view of what campus life is like.”

“It also didn’t hurt that the people in the club are pretty cool,” Solewin, junior political science major, said.

If a student didn’t get a chance to make it to the Involvement Fair, you can go to the Center for Student Engagement and Leadership office, located on the first floor of the Widener Center, and ask for more information.

Students can also learn how to start a new organization if there is something of interest that was not represented at the Involvement Fair.

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