For many on-campus organizations, the Huge Activities Fair yesterday provided a great opportunity to promote themselves. The fair was hosted by the Center for Student Involvement and Associated Student Government.
“It’s a great way to have everyone out there – the organizations,” said Enilisse Ortiz-Romero, senior business administration major and student assistant for leadership for the CSI. “The students can just come quick and go and grab information about the organizations.”
This year’s fair was larger than that of previous years, providing students with more opportunities to learn about involvement in organizations as well as about upcoming events and workshops.
For many organizations, such as the ESU graduate school program, this was their first year of participation.
“We had never participated in this event before, and you get a lot of student traffic,” said Liz McLain, recruitment and development specialist for the graduate school. “We wanted some place where the students had an opportunity to come and ask questions about being a graduate student at Emporia State.”
The fair was held in the outdoor pedestrian mall between Plumb Hall and Memorial Union, making it easy for students to stop at tables between classes.
“We figured it was a good way to get the attention of a lot of people as they were walking by,” said Kirsten Zamarripa, senior accounting and business education major, who helped run the table for the ESU Ambassadors. “We’re trying to recruit hard for the spring semester.”
Many organizations had give-away items, ranging from Frisbees to candy for the students who stopped by their tables.
“I like seeing what’s going on around campus outside of class, and there’s a lot of organizations that I didn’t know about,” said Anne Harmon, senior psychology major.
The organizations represented ranged from recognized student organizations, university programs, support services and academic departments, to community service organizations. Many sororities and fraternities were also represented.
“We set up a table to help recruit as well as show our ideals and brotherhood,” said John Alfrey, senior speech and theatre major and Alpha Kappa Lambda member. “We also wanted to show what we do on campus such as our philanthropy, ‘These Hands Don’t Hurt’, and our participation in IFC sports, as well as sharing our motto of ‘men of character committed to making a difference.’”