By Kelly Kipfer
Reinhardt’s Student Activities Council held a successful Involvement Fair on Wednesday, Aug. 24. This annual event seeks to introduce students to the variety of clubs and organizations on campus.
Representatives from 12 of the more than 60 current campus clubs shared information with students from in the Rec room of the Hasty Student Life Center.
“I attended the Involvement Fair to get a view of any clubs or activities I may have missed over the years as well as stopping by to greet students within clubs I attend. If all goes well, I may one day be assisting in a club-based booth in the future,” said student Matthew Abbas.
Reinhardt University offers many ways for students to get involved on campus. Students can join existing clubs or start a new one. Existing clubs include academic honor societies, club sports, recreation, awareness, leadership, arts and media, religious, and multicultural organizations. New clubs are added regularly.
Being involved in a club or organization can help students in many ways. According to Dr. Walter May, Assistant Dean of Students and Director of Student Activities, there are many benefits to students.
“Becoming involved in student organizations creates opportunities for students to explore new opportunities for personal and interpersonal development including the enhancement of communication, time-management and leadership skills,” Dr. May said. “Also, involvement in student organizations creates opportunities for students to become more active and integrated into the University community as well as to create lifelong friendships and memories.”
The following clubs and organizations participated during Wednesday’s fair. A complete list of student clubs and organizations is available on the Student Activities Council Website.
The objective of Reinhardt’s Anime Club is to have fun and learn about culture. Meetings are held on Thursdays from 7-11 p.m. The first meeting is Thursday, Sept. 1 in the Bannister Glasshouse. At meetings, students watch anime, discuss the themes in each episode and play games. Interested students can visit and join Reinhardt’s Anime Club’s Facebook group: Reinhardt University Anime Club.
Students can be green by joining RU Green. All the recycle bins on campus are provided by RU Green. Taking part in something as small as recycling a plastic water bottle can result in big changes that have positive results. Students can take part in Campus Beautification Day presented by RU Green. Campus Beautification Day will take place on Friday, Sept. 30, from 2-4 p.m. at the Eagle Statue. This is an opportunity for students to get involved in helping keep Reinhardt’s campus welcoming. Students who take part in Campus Beautification Day will do planting, recycling and cleaning around campus. Students who join RU Green will also take part in craft days, Earth Day, involvement in Spring Day, involvement in philanthropy projects and receive free T-shirts. For more information on RU Green, students can visit the following website: www.reinhardt.edu/rugreen.
African Descendants Student Association
The African Descendants Student Association sponsors different cultural events, such as International Coffee Hour. Reinhardt student, Desiree Davis said, “Cultural fest was so amazing last year.” This is a fun way for students to learn about different cultures and appreciate them. The African Descendants Student Association is currently accepting donations for babies and children in Africa. They are helping prevent the killing of babies and twins in Africa, and they seek to help babies and children in need.
Kappa Delta Pi
Kappa Delta Pi, a new organization this year, is an international honor society in Education. Their mission is to help members be ready to handle any challenges they might have. To become a member of Kappa Delta Pi, students must have at least 18 semester hours in education courses, a GPA of at least 3.5 and pay membership dues. Interested students can visit the Reinhardt’s honor societies page.
D.R.E.A.M.S. stands for developing, rational, empowered, African-Americans, motivating, society. This is a community service organization that, according to student Adrian Hayes , strives to “to promote diversity around campus and bring people together as one, and once we achieve that goal we can bring it to others throughout the country.”
Reinhardt University campus worship meets on Tuesdays at 7 p.m. in the room formerly known as The Varsity in The Hasty Student Life Center. Many small groups are offered for both men and women. The group will be sponsoring an alternative fall break trip on Oct. 13 to Macon. Students can make a positive difference while helping ministries.
Student Government Association
Reinhardt’s Student Government Association meets every Monday at 7 p.m. at the Glasshouse. President and Student Government Association Orientation Coordinator Katie Purcell said the organization is “here advocating for students. Here to give students all voices. Making Reinhardt better.” Elections will be held from Sept. 12-14 at the Lawson Tarpley breezeway.
Phi Beta Lambda
Phi Beta Lambda consists of the Future Business Leaders of America. Being a part of Phi Beta Lambda, students can improve their communication skills and learn leadership qualities. Student member Ethan Alexander said, “This [club] helped me become a better speaker in front of people and become a better business major.” Members of Phi Beta Lambda can compete and receive awards. There are many different options for business students in Phi Beta Lambda.
Social and Behavioral Sciences Club (S.B.S.)
Reinhardt’s Social and Behavioral Sciences Club (S.B.S.) focuses on psychology and sociology, however, students do not have to be a psychology or sociology major to join. S.B.S. is always looking for new members. S.B.S. members perform community service, attend seminars and perform research.
The Eagle Eye
The Eagle Eye is Reinhardt’s student news source. Formerly known as The Hiltonian, The Eagle Eye is an online news outlet publishing news stories, photography, videos and podcasts. The mission of The Eagle Eye is to inform the Reinhardt community of current news and events. Students earn credit for being on The Eagle Eye staff by taking the class, meeting Mondays and Wednesdays from 10-11:50 a.m. in FPAC 177. Check out The Eagle Eye’s website at www.RUEagleEye.com.
United Methodist Women RU Limitless
The United Methodist Women RU Limitless is a new club at Reinhardt. They offer different ways students can help society including projects, trips, seminars, etc. Student Ariel Murphy said, “Our goal is to go to New York or Washington D.C. and do a seminar there.” Interested students can visit www.unitedmethodistwomen.org for more information.
Reinhardt Development Office
During the Involvement Fair, students had the chance to visit the Director of Development and Alumni Relations Pat Patton. If a student makes a donation of $50 or more to the 2016 Class Bricks, the Office of Alumni Relations will install a brick with the student’s name and class year in the Senior Walk. Patton was also promoting and upcoming fundraising event. On Saturday, Sept. 17 at 8 a.m. on East Main Street in Canton, the 5K for ADay event will help raise money for Cherokee County students attending Reinhardt.