2013 Involvement Fair
The Quad was filled Sept. 3 with students looking to join clubs, participate in activities, and make new friends.
The Involvement Fair allowed Greeks, honor societies, athletic and recreational groups, religious organizations, and other specialty clubs to gather in one place to explain to students how to become members.
Alicia Booth ’16 of Temecula thought the fair was a good way for her organization, the Native American Student Union, to gain exposure.
“I want us to become well known,” she said.
Booth started the club during her freshmen year as a way to meet new people and bring students together.
“I came from a Native American school, and I wanted to find somewhere I fit into,” she said.
The Catholic Newman Group was one of several religious organizations represented at the fair.
“We’re trying to reach out to as many Catholic students as we can,” Kristina Dunkin ’14 of Apple Valley said. “A lot of times, people don’t even know that we exist.”
The Newman Club has about six people in leadership positions and seven to 10 regular members, Dunkin said, but they are always looking to bring in new students.
“This year’s fair has been really great,” she said. “People seem to be excited about the community service projects we do, and they seem excited to keep up their faith.”
The University Humor Outreach Program (UHOP) was filling its contact list with interested students throughout the event.
“We’ve got lots of names and passed out lots of flyers,” director Kavitha Aravindhan ’16 of San Jose said. “A lot of people find out about clubs through the fair, and it’s where we make a lot of initial meetings.”
UHOP is an improv group, and members also participate in community service.
“I joined improv in high school, and this was the first club I looked up in Redlands,” Aravindhan said. “It’s a lot of fun.”
Posted: September 4, 2013
Written by: Catherine Garcia