Students Connect with RSOs Through Showcase
January 24, 2011 —
Usually candy attracts children in costumes, but on Thursday, Jan 20, it was college students, sans costume, who filled bags with candy and other free goodies. The candy was courtesy of as they learned about clubs and services on campus.
Student Life hosted this RSO showcase in the Student Activities Room where groups such as the College Republicans, Valley Nights and Omega Sigma Sigma set up tables to promote their group.
Students were entered in a drawing for prizes if they visited a certain amount of tables from groups that fell under certain categories, and getting those groups to mark off a card. The cards were then entered in the drawing.
Crystal Porter, fine arts sophomore, won a Bobble, a bottle that filters water while you drink from it.
“I think it’s pretty cool,” she said.
The Residents Housing Association (RHA) handed out bags filled with candy and info about their group.
Kersti Kienitz, business management and economics sophomore, said the goal of RHA is to improve the life of residents on campus.
We are looking to make sure that people know we are there for them,” said Kienitz, the vice president of programs.
Cardinal Ink, the creative writing club, handed out pencils with their name branded on the side to get students interested in writing and get the word out about their new club.
“We have spiffy pencils to help promote our club because we are spiffy too,” said Lauren Boulton, creative writing junior and treasurer.
Many RSOs, such as the Campus Girl Scouts, set up tables to find more members for their group. They only have four members right now because the group just started this year.
To be in the group, you have to register to be an official girl scout, which costs $20.
“It’s definitely cheaper than a fraternity,” said Randi Sopczynski, education senior.
She said that they exist for the community and want to reach out to help younger girl scouts.
The group meets every other Wednesday. For more information, contact Sopczynski at email@example.com.
Student Michigan Education Association (SMEA) is also looking for more members. Although they have a large membership, Trenton Barr, the vice president, said that only about twenty members are active.
Barr, an education senior, said that it is due to the fact that it is mandatory for those doing student teaching to be in the club, but they are often too busy to attend the meetings.
SMEA is there to inform education majors about current events, conferences, and activities.
As part of the statewide group, SMEA participates in “Outreach to Teach” yearly. The students go to a school in Michigan in a poverty area and plant trees and do minor repairs.
“It really makes a big difference,” Barr said.
But RSOs were not the only groups present. Other SVSU services had table, including the Career Services office.
They had magazines and fliers filled with tips for resumes, interviews, and job seeking. Based on the student’s class standing and major, they handed out information that might service the student.
On Feb. 8, they will host a Career Pathways Workshop geared towards students with undecided majors. Students can register through the Cardinal Career Network at svsu.edu/careers.