To mark the start of the new semester, the Office of Student Life hosted a virtual Club Fair with several online events over the course of the week.
Instead of outdoor booths on the quad as in pre-pandemic times, the various clubs offered activities during Zoom sessions, some of which included as many as 20 students.
The Psi Chi Honor Society in Psychology hosted a “Name that Tune ” game with the chance to win a Starbucks gift card, before taking questions from potential new members.
The Black Student Union members said they were excited at the potential to bring in new members.
“We are really excited to show off how creative we are with this virtual club fair,” said BSU president Kylie Fetui-Turner, a junior business major.
The Black Student Union went with the theme of “Wild ‘n’ Out” for which they took one of the games “R & Beef” in which two teams make a song on a topic they were given and make it their own. The club changed the game to make it an informational song about when their next meeting was. At the end the audience got to vote on which team did better.
Students were eager to find clubs they were passionate about.
Kayla Yousef spent her whole time at the Psi Chi club meeting.
“It’s a great way to get more involved, because with this pandemic it is difficult to find … opportunities to get more involved on campus,” said Yousef, a junior psychology major. “Even though we are having a virtual experience, it is nice how we can still find these opportunities to still connect with our peers.”
“Having gone to a virtual format has been challenging in terms of more preparation compared to in person. We like to have guest speakers and networking opportunities and I feel like the virtual format has made it more difficult,” said Priscilla Price, a senior psychology major and undergraduate president for Psi Chi.
One club featured, Phi Epsilon Kappa, had just been created before school was shut down in Spring 2020.
“As a new organization, we are incredibly proud of how much we’ve built so far,” Price said. “We are building the foundation for any subsequent semester to come.”
For more information about University clubs and events, visit laverne.campuslabs.com/engage/events.
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