Students sample organizations at fair

Zackary Willem

Jessica Elward joins the student ambassador club during the involvement fair.

Paige Mooney wants to find a ministry club or sorority to make friends.

“I want to expand my knowledge and make lasting friendships within the university community” Mooney, the freshman journalism major said.

This year the involvement fair, which took place from 2-6 p.m. Sept. 2, was designed to help students get involved in the multitude of clubs USI has to offer.

This year Greek Life recruitment was out in force.

Political science major Megan Ford is an advocate for sorority recruitment.

As a member of the Gamma Phi Beta sorority, Ford hopes to build stronger friendships starting within the sorority and then moving out into the university community.

“Our philanthropic mission is to build strong girls within our sisterhood and then branch out within the college community,” Ford said.

Freshman accounting major Justin Lind chose to sign up for Sig Tau.

“The concept of a brotherhood and giving back to the community was very appealing to me,” Lind said.

Lind also signed up for the Student Alumni Association to further his involvement in community service.

“I want to help give back so incoming freshman are having as much fun as I am,” Lind said.

The Edge radio returned to the fair to spread good vibes and music among  attendees.

Senior advertising and graphic design major Faith Connell ran the club booth as the Edge Radio’s promotional director.

“We want to promote better promotional ideas and give Radio TV majors better opportunities and experience for when they enter the professional world,” Connell said.

Freshman radiology major Jessica Elward said she is interested in the student ambassador club.

“I’m trying to enter the radiology program and I feel that the experience I would attain from this club could help boost my chances,” Elward said.

She is looking forward to meeting new people and she loves the time she is spending at the university, Elward said.

The Brain Drain Zombie 5k is an upcoming event.

Senior chemistry major Renaye Wahl said the Zombie 5k is an obstacle course that takes place along the outskirts of the university campus.

The Zombie 5k raises funds for the Student Advisory Board, which will in turn assist clubs in getting started and involved with the community.The event takes place at 3 p.m. Oct. 3.

The Rice Library debuted its newly founded “Ask me anything” campaign at the fair.

Senior English major Josh Wallace said the campaign is exactly what its title entails.

Wallace said the library staff hopes this campaign will show its availability as well as its willingness to help any students.

The LGBT community club returned, but under a new name and management.

Junior English teaching major Kayla McCay is a member of the LGBT community and recently took over management of the club.

“We want to help build equality within the community and we want to involve all of the club members when making decisions for the future,” McCay said.

The name of the club was recently changed to S.A.F.E (students advocating for equality) and McCay has plans to involve the club in community service, education and just having tons of fun.

Abdullah Almuslim is an exchange student from Saudi Arabia visiting the fair for his first time.

He said he hopes to give back to the community through the clubs to pay back all the things the university has given to him.

“I’ve joined too many clubs,” Almuslim said. “I see people sitting there and I just want to join.”