Involvement Fair encourages engagement

Sigma Kappa sorority sisters, senior business administration major Briana Juarez, junior kinesiology major Aliyah Reyes, senior business admin major Gisella Hernandez and senior psychology major Tamara Holstrom, gather together to catch up and wait for potential new members to join their chapter Wednesday at the Involvement Fair in Sneaky Park. / photo by Abelina J. Nuñez
Sigma Kappa sorority sisters, senior business administration major Briana Juarez, junior kinesiology major Aliyah Reyes, senior business admin major Gisella Hernandez and senior psychology major Tamara Holstrom, gather together to catch up and wait for potential new members to join their chapter Wednesday at the Involvement Fair in Sneaky Park. / photo by Abelina J. Nuñez

The University of La Verne’s Office of Student Engagement and Leadership hosted the biannual Involvement Fair on Wednesday at Sneaky Park, where students got to check out booths by campus various student clubs, play games, enjoy free food and a variety of musical styles playing in the background. 

More than 150 students in all participated. 

Participating organizations included Greek life sororities and fraternities, the international club, the dance club, the crochet club and several clubs centered on service. 

Student representatives from the various clubs talked about  the importance of getting involved. 

“I’ve developed a sense of teamwork and camaraderie,” said dance team member and sophomore criminology major Rylee Balatico-Fujioka. “(And) I’ve strengthened a lot of dance-based skills (as well as) organization … working as a team, and things like that. It’s a good time.”

“Our goal is to teach other people how to crochet, because it’s a good alternative to fast fashion,” said Haylee Hewton, sophomore computer science major, the crochet club president. 

The event also offered a raffle and various club-related merc, including dance team stickers. 

Food was provided by the Habit Burger Grill food truck, as well as a taco stand.

“I hope that students … were left inspired to join organizations and grow in their leadership skills personally and professionally,” said Cindy Vallejo, director of student engagement and leadership. 

—Jordan Alcasas

Senior psychology major Vanessa Sierra chats with junior accounting major and the president of Residence Hall Association, Jacqueline Silva Ochoa, at the Involvement Fair. The fair took place on Wednesday at Sneaky Park. / photo by Abelina J. Nuñez
Senior psychology major Vanessa Sierra chats with junior accounting major and the president of Residence Hall Association, Jacqueline Silva Ochoa, at the Involvement Fair. The fair took place on Wednesday at Sneaky Park. / photo by Abelina J. Nuñez

Jordan Alcasas is a freshman journalism major and a staff writer for the Campus Times.

Abelina J. Nuñez, senior journalism major, is a photography editor for Campus Times and staff photographer for La Verne Magazine. She previously served as LV Life editor, arts editor social media editor and staff writer. In Fall 2023, Nuñez was La Verne Magazine's editor-in-chief and was previously a staff writer as well. Her work can be found on Instagram @abelinajnunezphoto.

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