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What to know to start a student organization

Student involvement is a very important part of the college life and experience. It allows students an opportunity for enrichment, and helps to create a campus culture and fulfill student interests. According to the student affairs page on the Washington State University Vancouver website, more student organizations fall into one of these categories: academic, cultural, political, recreational, religious/spiritual, service, social or special interest.

There are some steps that need to be taken when trying to start a new club or organization, the first being to fill out a CougSync club profile. The next step is to find five members, which includes the person starting the organization, and an advisor. The involvement fair is a great way to get in touch with other students and advisors to help organize your club. Lastly, the club needs to register a room in which to attend meetings once the club has been officially registered.

Tamra Norris, of the Bronies of WSU Vancouver, has some tips on how to get the word out for new members: “Publicity is everything. Get the word out about your club at every available opportunity.” Norris suggests setting up a table at the involvement fair, pinning up flyers, holding campus-wide events, incorporating a Facebook page and putting ads in the VanCougar.

Kate Perkins, club president for the WSU Vancouver Environmental Science and Sustainability Club says, “To start a campus club requires an idea, willingness to put in time, and lots of paperwork. I recommend that a student find some interested volunteers and an adviser before beginning the process of chartering.”

For more information about starting a WSU Vancouver student organization, you can visit the student affairs page on the WSU Vancouver website. There is a link there, which will connect to the student RSO handbook/forms. Students can also drop in to the OSI building to speak with someone in person.

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