Club Fair Showcases RU Student Organizations
With the first week of classes behind them, more than 4,000 Radford University students gathered on Heth Lawn Friday for Club Fair, a chance to explore the potential of RU's 180 clubs and organizations.
Sponsored by RU Student Activities, Club Fair this year was a success, said John Leonard, assistant director of student activities for student involvement. The sky was clear, music played, the aroma of pizza wafted across the field, and more than 200 groups and businesses were represented.
"It is kind of overwhelming," said Beth Waller, a freshman recreation, parks and tourism major from Franklin. "There are a lot of people, and I am just getting started on finding out what is possible." Her roommate, Samantha Kohlhaas, a freshman pre-business major from Vienna, added, "We are meeting a lot of new people. It is a nice way to end a good first week."
Waller and Kohlhaas had a full complement of activities to explore. The 34 sisters of the Alpha Sigma Tau sorority were decked out in gold and black tank tops proclaiming "Drop Your Anchor." The phrase is a play on AST's anchor logo.
AST President Marissa Clark, a senior history major from Pulaski, spearheaded the outreach by meeting and greeting passersby. She said, "Club Fair is a good chance to reach out and talk about how AST can be a solid haven for our sisters while we attend college and beyond."
The professional business fraternity Alpha Kappa Psi harnessed its members' promotional zeal to create a high-profile Club Fair presence that included a dunk tank, giveaways and a cornhole game.
"We have a lot of marketing majors as members, and we wanted them to help us get a bunch of people involved," said Mehmed Pehlic, a junior finance and premed major from Richmond and AKP's executive controller. "Business can be fun, and we want to show that off."
Brett Meyn, a junior geospatial sciences major from Mechanicsville, was promoting the RU Fishing Club. He highlighted the fact that the club appeared this summer on ESPNU when it won the Bass East Regional Championship at Smith Mountain Lake. Up the aisle, Scott MacDougal, a junior management major also from Mechanicsville, detailed the RU Ice Hockey Club's recent Blue Ridge Hockey Conference tournament run. Both talked about the dedication and enthusiasm of their teams and the opportunities those teams offer to those who share their interest.
The Student Veterans Association table was staffed by Roy Pagans, who talked about how the SVA can help veterans feel more a part of the campus community. "We are more of a social organization than a military organization and want to help veterans succeed," he said. "Being an active part of the campus community is one of our goals."
Mark Shanley, vice president of the Division of Student Affairs, toured the various tables to get reacquainted. "I always love Club Fair," he said. "It is one of the most vibrant events of the year."