Getting involved on campus

Organizations recruit students with food and swag

The tables in the quad last week weren’t just there so students could grab free food and swag, the Involvement Fair every year connects students to their passions and interests.

The first day of the Involvement Fair brought many students to the quad to enjoy the sun, free food and information about different organizations on campus. Amidst the tables of free tshirts, candy and flyers, students were bound to find some thing to pique their interest. Here is an overview of just a few of the interesting clubs on campus and how students can be involved.

River City Anthropology Society

Open to all majors, this club hosts guest lectures, barbecues, volunteer events and hands-on activities like making stone tools. The club says that outdoor activities are in the planning stages now.

The club has new officers this year and is looking to grow. They want all students to feel welcome and be able learn new things, said Rachel Casey, a senior anthropology major in charge of the club’s public relations. Meetings are every other Wednesday; find them on Facebook and CougSync for more information.

TnT (transfer and nontraditional) club

This club is for students who are re
turning to school after
a number of years, have transferred from another
school, waited a few years
after high school to begin college or are in some other way are nontraditional students. They can include students that have children, have been in the military or are older than the typical college age (18-24). WSU Vancouver has many students in this category, given the average student age is 26, and they have slightly different needs. Goals of this club include helping transfer and nontraditional students net work, build their knowledge base and work on job searching.

Terri McReynolds is a senior humanities major helping transition the club’s leadership as she graduates this year. She says that some times nontraditional students feel like a fish out of water, especially if they aren’t tech savvy. McReynolds says that nontraditional students have been in the workforce for years already, while many traditional students are getting a college education to enter the workforce. But McReynolds sees that these students can be a resource to each other and help connect to other resources.

One event the TNT club will host is a workshop on successful group projects, coming this spring. The workshop will aim to help students identify their strengths to create cohesive groups that turn out successful projects. For example, one member might be re ally good at research, while another comfortable with anything except stats or math.

International Student association (ISA)

This club looks to connect international students through small social events. International students often come to the new campus with out knowing people, and this club is a resource to help build their social group. Richard Becker, vice president and a junior in electrical engineering, says the group is usually an equal mix of international students and resident students.

Resident students can learn about other cultures through taking with international students, while helping them feel welcome through events like potlucks.

The club is looking to grow and build back up after much of the leadership graduated, and is looking for different fun events to do this year. Connect with them on Facebook or CougSync.

Spanish Club

This club is for students with any interest in the Spanish culture or language. You do not have to speak Spanish or be Spanish to join. The club allows students to explore the Spanish culture by doing things like attending concerts and going to dif- ferent restaurants around the area.

One annual event the club is pre- paring for is the Day of the Dead celebration, says adjunct faculty member Jessica McKee, who teach- es conversational Spanish.

The Day of the Dead celebration will be in November. The Latino Student Association helps out with Day of the Dead, and in return the Span- ish Club helps out with Cinco de Mayo in May. Be on the lookout for these events to learn more about the Spanish culture.

Student Health Professionals Association (SHPA)

This club is aimed at pre-health students, covering concentrations such as dental, veterinarian, chiro- practic, pharmaceutical and phys- ical therapy. The club brings in speakers, graduates and instructors to help with the application process and make sure students are on track each year of college and getting the things done that they need to.

Members benefit from chances to be involved in the community workforce. They work on building resumes with opportunities to vol- unteer and get job shadowing experience.

SHPA president Jalise Zum- stein, a senior biology major, and pre-pharmacy officer Hali Kimball, also senior biology major, said that they are trying to recruit freshman and sophomores right now who are looking for pre-health related infor- mation.

Find SHPA on OrgSync, and also subscribe to the science list- serv for more pre-health news. The club is setting up meetings now and will hopefully start in the next two weeks.

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