Students find opportunities at Involvement Fair
By Katrina Neveri
There's a UW-Parkside student organization for just about every student interest. UW-Parkside's Student Organization and Involvement Fair is a great place to see much of what the campus and community have to offer in one place.
Campus and community organizations set up booths in the Main Place of Wyllie Hall Wednesday with the purpose of increasing students' visibility, providing career opportunities, and getting them involved in the social side of UW-Parkside and the community.
Linda Vang, a student involved with the Office of Multicultural Student Affairs thinks the involvement fair is a great opportunity for organizations to raise awareness.
"Participating in the involvement fair allows our organization to get the attention of students who don't necessarily go into our corner of the building. It's a really good opportunity for us to come out of our offices and mingle with the students," Vang said.
Sophomore student Aj'oni Taylor has always wanted to get involved but wasn't aware of her options before attending the fair.
"This is a good way to get informed about what's offered on campus," Taylor said. "UW-Parkside has a large variety of organizations available and I'm definitely encouraged to get more involved on campus."
The involvement fair also provides UW-Parkside students the resources to improve their resumes and gain valuable working experience.
"Having some involvement outside of your academic studies shows versatility," said UW-Parkside Economics Club President Stephen Zambo. "It shows management abilities, like following schedules and putting out agendas. It also shows you have interests outside of your field of study. It's important these days to be a well-rounded individual and being a part of an organization is a good way to do that."
Valeria Pugliese, president of UW-Parkside's International Club, agrees.
"I participate in student organizations because I have the opportunity to organize large events--events involving 200-300 people. And because I'm a business major, it's good for me to start managing people, resources, and budgets. It's a great learning experience and I think it will look good on my resume," Pugliese stated.Some of the student organizations who participated in the fair were the Ranger News, Student Activities, Campus Radio WIPZ, International Club, Black Student Union, PAMA, Newman Club, Latinos Unidos, Economics Club, and many more.