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Student organizations make summer sessions part of their plans

The sun is playing peek-a-boo more often, the days are getting longer, and many students still have homework. What’s a student to do with the few moments between classes, paper writing, and binge watching Netflix? Perhaps cozying up with a club on campus, and relaxing during summer sessions by checking out one of the multiple opportunities offered in the coming weeks and months is a wonderful option.

Kim Takenishi, the Spanish Club’s president, and the rest of the crew are often seen on campus playfully encouraging the nearest passerby to hula-hoop, while they promote the club and their various events on campus. The club was established quite some time ago, but has recently experienced a period of revitalization when Takenishi and her team took over in the fall of 2013. She acknowledges that they “have had quite a successful year.” During summer session the club will be having regular movie nights on Tuesdays from 3p.m. – 6p.m and drum circles on Thursdays from 3p.m. – 6p.m “for anyone interested.” Students can also tune in to KOUG Radio’s broadcasting of “Spanish Club Radio” every Wednesday afternoon at 3p.m. when Kim and her team fill the radio waves with the “music and antics of the WSU Vancouver Spanish Club.”

Further into the school year the club will be hosting a Day of the Dead event, “tentatively scheduled for Thursday, November 6, 2014, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.” The Spanish Club intends to include children’s activities at the event, a few hula-hoop contests, traditional food prepared by La Costa, as well as the potential for an Aztec dance troupe.

The Spanish Club isn’t alone on campus though, as evidenced by the Garden Club’s dirt streaked hands. During their end-of-year potlatch on May 9th the Garden Club’s advisor, Dawn Freeman, explained that participation is not limited only to events on campus, but there also will be the new addition of container gardens in front of the cafeteria and FSC, which campus community members are able to enjoy the bounty of at will. Freeman explained that the Garden Club started in 2010, but is only now “taking root” after many years of gathering interested students.

The club’s goal is to create a self-sustaining campus garden in collaboration with strong student support and “committed people” like Rob Bacon, the club’s sustainability engineer, and Kim Harless, the club’s outbound president. They will be partnering with the campus kitchen staff, who will use the herbs the containers grow, as well as the Spanish Club who will help spread the word of the containers’ existence and use the crop yield to create foods such as salsa for various club and campus events. The club’s first official meeting of the new school year will not take place until after the student involvement fair in August, and is subject to change, but Freeman encourages students to remain active on campus and in their support of the Garden Club’s efforts to drive awareness towards a healthier, self-sustaining campus. “Active” and ”aware” are words that are familiar to the psychology club, who has taken efforts this year to become and encourage more of both.

Sara De Fina, the Psychology Club’s president, explains that the club developed generally first, but “grew over time with the introduction of an honors based society called SPSS.” During the interview Sara expressed her enthusiasm regarding recent changes the club has seen and campus participation in club events. During summer session the Psychology Club will not be holding meetings or hosting events, but the club urges students, regardless of their major, to stop by a meeting or event and ask questions, perhaps just hang out “if only to make new friends.” They will be preparing for the fall term in which the club will be participating in the Involvement Fair, Volunteering at the Alzheimer’s Walk, and hosting an event called “Grad Night”. This is an event where various psychology and human development departments at other campuses are invited to share information regarding their graduate program requirements, as well as different degrees. De Fina encourages student involvement and is therefore seeking suggestions from campus community members regarding which schools and programs interest them most. Sara says the club simply desires they “be a safe, educational, and fun place for everyone.”

Students interested in getting involved with these clubs can find more information by visiting wsuv.orgsync.com and using the “browse organizations” button.

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