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Involvement Fair to connect students with clubs and organizations

Students sign up at a booth on campus.

On Tuesday, August 29, WVU Tech students will have a chance to explore student-run clubs and organizations at the 2017 Involvement Fair.

The fair runs from 11:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. on the patio in front of the Robert C. Byrd Learning Resource Center.

“It’s an opportunity for student organizations to get the word out that they're active on campus and what they do for students, said Michael Sheldon, Coordinator of Student Programming and Organizations.

“It's also for students who may be looking to get involved with groups on campus; a chance to explore what’s out there and maybe find something they may be interested in. There are some organizations on campus that students may not realize are here,” he said.

Student organizations represent everything from professional and honor societies to outdoor adventure clubs, gaming groups and faith-based organizations. In fact, there are more than 40 active student organizations on campus, and that number is growing.

Sheldon said he's seen an increase in student organizations because the university makes it easy for students to set up groups based on their interests.

"We have been encouraging students to be more active and encouraging them to create the kinds of organizations that they want to have," he said.

To get off the ground, Sheldon said that a new student organization must have at least three members – a president, a vice president and a treasurer. They must also have an on-campus faculty or staff advisor and a constitution. Once these components are in place, new groups can submit their registration form online.

Brand new clubs in the works for this semester include a business management club and a dance club that will be at the fair. 

"Countless studies have shown that students who are more involved on campus have a better GPA. Employers like to see more well-rounded students, and that means people who get involved with things on campus,” said Sheldon. “Getting involved on campus is definitely a step up that can really help you as a student."

Tuesday’s Involvement Fair is also where students can sign up for WVU football tickets. Students will need to present their ID card to sign up for tickets. Students must be present to claim their tickets, and cannot sign up for other students. Tickets are available to students on a first-come, first-served basis.