Where’s the Clubhouse?
Clubbing with JR
By JR Ancheta
Sun Star Reporter
In a clubhouse excitement can be contagious, as a group of people shares a common interest or goal. Clubs and organizations on campus can provide many advantages to students.
“It’s an opportunity to make the most of your university experience,” said Ginny Austin, Student Organizations Coordinator. “It’s a good way to connect to other people and find a practical outlet for the skills you’re learning in the classrooms.”
UAF has over 115 recognized student organizations. These clubs have different goals, missions, and activities, but all have one thing in common: engaging their members to practice and improve their skills or focus on their interests. Subjects vary from academic fields to physical activities organizations. Many cultural, religious, and unique organizations are also well represented.
It is easy for students to start a new student organization that is recognized by the university, Austin said. A pre-recognition process must first be completed by the students. This entails gathering 10 signatures from supporters, having organizational meetings, creating a constitution, and electing officers.
The Student Organization Spring Fair, which will be held Feb. 9-10 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Wood Center, is a perfect way to meet these clubs in one location. In the past, 30-50 clubs have participated, Austin said. People can “find out what’s going on on campus, so they can get involved, make connections, and get information.”
The Capoeira Club and the Inu-Yupiak dancers are ideal examples of student organizations, not because of their culture-based programs, but because of their openness to share their interest, knowledge, and excitement. Out of all the benefits of joining clubs, being part of a community is an integral part of experiencing college with fellowship. Find a club that suits you. Challenge yourself with something different or further explore your interests. Join a club or start one.
Forms and more information can be found at the student organization website: http://www.uaf.edu/studentorgs