By Olivia Robinson, Kaylee Blumenfeld, Taylor Powell, and Jacob Burlingame
One of the benefits of the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor (UMHB) is the student life, specifically the student organizations offered to students.
They are a great way to get plugged in on campus, meet new people and serve the Lord. Often times, it can be hard to discover these organizations and dive in. That is why UMHB holds the Student Organizations (SO) Spring Fair in addition to its fall organization fairs.
Each organization manned a table with their representatives and information about their group during the fair at Bawcom Student Union Jan. 17, where approximately two-hundred and fifty students were able to walk by and survey over seventy student organizations that varied from a gaming organization called “League Cru Tespa,” to The Association of Black Students, and to Phi Mu Alpha – a music fraternity established in 1898. Representatives stood ready to answer any questions coming from interested students.
“The fair helps organizations get their name out and recruit people and students looking to get involved can see all of their options,” sophomore Gabby Shbeir said as she represented the University Ambassadors table.
Many of the tables even had flyers, candy or other treats to draw people in, but the fair was more than just informing students about the organizations on campus. It is also considered one of the many fun events that take place at UMHB. There were giveaways for students via Twitter, and Chick-Fil-A food was given to the first five students whtold Tiffany Wurdemann, the director of SO, about new organizations they learned about.
Although junior Adrian Alvarado has been attending UMHB for three years, and knows a lot of the information that is offered at the fair, he continues to attend because it is fun.
“I have always enjoyed walking around the fair each year,” Alvarado said.” It is really interesting and fun to see what each organization is doing on campus and I love learning about the new ones that form throughout the year.”
“Over the years we have seen an increase in attendance and in the number of organizations on campus,” junior Haleigh Johnson, who helped plan the event, said. “By people becoming more aware of the organizations on campus, they are enabled to become more involved while also allowing them to create organizations that are best fit for them,” she said.
“We have a wide variety of organizations,” Katy Hartt, assistant director of Student Organizations, said. She added that new organizations are always welcome.
“The new organization deadline to apply [for the spring semester] is January 31,st ” she said.
Apostolic Cru is one such new organization on campus, and it now meets every Thursday at 7 p.m. in Davidson 204.
“The student organization fair was really nice to get our name out because we’re just starting off,” Apostolic Cru’s ’s secretary Morgan George said.
The Student Organization office is located on the second floor in the Bawcom Student Union building. They they can help students become a part of an organization, or help a student who wants to build a new organization of their own.