By Kelly Kipfer
Getting involved on campus has been a proven method for students to make new friends, learn new skills and become a part of the university they will call home for four years.
Involvement in campus activities can help students develop certain characteristics that will be useful for them in their future career and in life. According to the Assistant Dean of Students and Director of Student Activities, Dr. Walter May, student benefits include the development of “interpersonal skills, communication skills, and learning how to become dedicated and accountable.”
“There are learning outcomes associated with being involved in an organization,” he said.
Students who are involved in an organization or club tend to perform better in the classroom, resulting in having a higher GPA and being more satisfied with their college experience. Involved students can develop friendships and create new memories to keep with them for life, even after college.
Students also have the opportunity to take on leadership roles. Dr. May explained that leadership is a life skill that students can develop through involvement.
“There are two sets of skills,” he said. “There is what we call resumé skills and eulogy skills. Resumé skills are those that you learn from project management and people management. Eulogy skills are the ethics and the courage to make the right decisions.”
Student Body President Katie Purcell said involvement opened doors for experiences she otherwise would not have had.
“I have gained lifelong friends, real world experiences and had opportunities most people would never experience in their life. Being the representative of the student body is an honor and has taught me a lot about responsibility and trust. My goal is to lead other people into wanting leadership positions on campus to be able to have the same experiences as I have,” said Purcell.
Reinhardt University has more than 50 organizations and clubs, including 14 national honor societies, four club sports, leadership clubs and academic organizations. There is something for everyone.
Reinhardt students can join an existing club by simply attending the club’s meetings. Students can find a list of existing clubs and their advisors by going to the Reinhardt website, looking at the left side of the page and clicking on the club or organization that they are interested in. Club pages include contact information for the advisor(s). Students can email the advisor to find out about meeting dates.
If a student has an interest that isn’t represented by an existing club, that individual can start their own club. To propose a new club or organization, students need to work with the Office of Student Affairs. Information on the process is available on the Reinhardt website. The process begins with the completion of a Club and Organization Recognition Form, that is reviewed by the Student Activities Council once submitted. To be recognized at Reinhardt, the following is required:
- A club must have an advisor/sponsor
- A club must have at least 10 members
- A club needs to have some type of mission statement that can fit into Reinhardt University’s mission statement and purpose.
Once a club is approved by the Student Activities Council, students can request funding from the Student Government Association.
Many universities list social fraternities and sororities as clubs and organizations but Reinhardt does not currently have either. However, Dr. May said Greek life is expected to come to Reinhardt in 2018.
“The larger the university grows, the more opportunity there will be for students to get involved,” he said.
The Eagle Eye will report on any further developments regarding the future of Greek life on campus.
Photo Credit: Kelly Kipfer