Annual Activities Fair Engages Students
Are you a student athlete, a debater, an actress, or someone who wants to help the community? Or are you all of the above? Urbana University students found answers to these questions during the annual Student Activities Fair last week.
Held at the start of every school year and sponsored by The Office of Campus Life, the fair highlights the many extra-curricular activities available at the school and in the community. Throughout the fair, students visited the booths of sponsoring clubs, organizations, and community partners in order to learn more about the various activities and to sign up for those that interest them.
Junior James Teeters was impressed with this year’s Activities Fair. James is no stranger to extra-curricular activities himself, being involved with the Student Activities Committee, Knights for Christ, and the UU men’s bowling team.
According to Teeters, the fair was an opportunity to highlight campus activities. “I’m here to show first year students what opportunities they have to get involved, to help their future, and the future of the school.”
Dr. J. Michael Rhyne, history professor and faculty advisor to the student history club, Order of the Lance, agreed. “It’s important to introduce students to the multiple opportunities to get involved on campus.” Rhyne continued by sharing that it shows a commitment to the campus community. He said, “As a faculty advisor, it’s especially important to have faculty advisors present and engaged so students know we’re are involved and approachable.”
This year's fair included booths and support from all of UU’s student organizations and several campus departments including the Johnny Appleseed Museum, Student Health Services, Student Success Center, Library, and Alumni Relations.
Two new campus organizations, the Interfaith Chaplaincy and Student Athlete Affairs, showcased their areas, too.
Local churches and religious organizations including First Presbyterian Church of Urbana, St. Mary’s Catholic Church, First Baptist Church, the Gideons, and Vineyard Crossway Church reached out to new students.
Area community organizations were on hand to invite student volunteers including, Equality Springfield, Piatt Castles, Champaign Family YMCA, Second Harvest Food Bank, Lawnview Industries, and the Champaign County Library. Local businesses such as The Depot Coffeehouse, Sertell Chiropractic, US Bank, Wright-Patt Credit Union, Kaplan Test Prep, Sam’s Club, Hair Co., International Harvester Credit Union, Pampered Chef, Hopkins House B&B, The Cutting Edge Hair Salon, and H & R Block came to campus to offer deals and incentives to students, and lots of free hand outs and goodies.
Political organizations such as the Champaign County Republican Party and Obama for American were also on campus to get out student voters.
Now that clubs and organizations are up and running, they will shift their attention to the upcoming events for the fall semester. “Student organizations are planning for another jam packed semester. Our organizations are looking to host more events than before. From cookouts and game nights, to educational brown bag presenters, our organizations have high aspirations and the Activities Fair is the perfect outlet to showcase what’s on tap for this semester.” said Mitch Joseph ’08, Director of Campus Life.
Those interested in having a booth at next year’s annual Activities Fair can email Mitch Joseph at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 937-484-1262.