Sun and Students Shine at Involvement Fest
Human hamster ball races, dance performances, and a life-sized “Teddi” bear were just some of the highlights of the 2013 Fall Involvement Fest, attended by over 1,000 students on Tuesday, September 17.
According to Tom Rodgers, Director of Campus Life, over 55 groups were represented at this year’s event, ranging from academic clubs to diversity clubs, special interest groups and club sports, as well as religious-based clubs and governance organizations.
“The Involvement Fest is a great way for our student clubs and organizations to provide information to the Fisher community about the opportunities available,” said Rodgers.
Farooq Ali, President of the Muslim Student Association (MSA), said the Involvement Fest is essential to freshman and transfer students who may want to become involved on campus but don’t really know how to get started.
“We were able to interact with many students, thanks to our free henna booth,” said Ali. “While people were waiting in line, they observed our display table where we had colorful art, Arabic calligraphy, poster boards of our events, information about traditions, and cultural scarves as well.”
Ali said the face-to-face time also helped clear up confusion about what the MSA is all about. The most commonly asked question was whether or not students have to be Muslim to join.
“Of course the answer is no! The MSA is open to everybody to come to our meetings and participate in our events, and of course be a part of the club,” said Ali.
This year, the MSA has plans to collaborate with Students of Multicultural Affairs (SOMA) and local MSAs, and participate in the annual Day of Celebration.
Lindsey Kocher, President of Students With a Vision (SWAV), was “extremely satisfied with the turnout” this year.
“It is crucial that we attend this every year to let students of all ages know what we do, why we do it, and why they should do it as well. It helps to put faces and names to both the executive board and the club members,” said Kocher. “Volunteers are what make SWAV possible, and so promotional events like the Involvement Fest are important to the success of getting our name, our events, and our goal out to the campus community.”
Fisher Players’ President, Meg Ryan, also credited the event for increased interest in the club. She said about 30 students, a mix of freshmen and upperclassmen, visited the table. She hopes at least half of those students will become members.
“Involvement Fest is very helpful for us because we are able to talk to students and let them know that we are not only looking for people interested in performing, but we need members for our stage crew and pit band as well,” said Ryan. “It’s also an opportunity to advertise our shows and let people know that tickets are free for students and can be enjoyed by everyone!”
The Involvement Fest takes place at the beginning of the fall and spring semesters, and is coordinated by the Office of Campus Life and the Student Government Association Executive Board, with support from several club officers.
Teddi at the Teddi Dance for Love table!
Students stopping by one of Fisher's newest groups, the Fisher Swingbirds.
Check out photos from Teddi 34 on Flickr!
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