|Special Notice: Due to predicted rain, the Student Activities Fair and all-Campus Picnic has been moved to the Student Center. The picnic will be held in the CDR and all members of the campus community are invited to attend free of charge.|
SPRINGFIELD, Ohio — Alumni Way comes alive from 5-7:45 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 31, with a free all-campus picnic and the annual Student Activities Fair. The fair will be the first big event held on Alumni Way since the final phase of construction was completed this summer.
Approximately 80 student organizations participate in the annual event to promote their clubs and encourage other students to join. From volunteer organizations to sports clubs to academic clubs to cultural groups, there is something for every Wittenberg student.
Since its inception more than a decade ago, the Student Activities Fair has connected thousands of students with campus clubs and organizations. Created mainly to introduce first-year students to Wittenberg’s diverse range of organizations and clubs, the Student Activities Fair is also enjoyed by upperclassmen.
“It’s popular with new students because they want to know what’s happening,” said Mark DeVilbiss, director of student activities. “It’s popular with returning students because they get to see their friends.”
Organizations put their best foot forward in promoting their respective extracurricular opportunities. For instance, the Caving Club puts its equipment, copies of its journal and caving publications, T-shirts and pictures of its adventures on display. Apparently, the tactics are successful.
“We have had as many as 100 students show up at the first meeting,” said Horton Hobbs, professor of biology and academic adviser to the Caving Club.
Similarly, editors of Wittenberg’s student-run newspaper, The Torch, consider the Student Activities Fair to be a great way to kick off the school year and a great resource for new talent.
“The Torch is usually excited for the Student Activities Fair because it is our biggest opportunity to recruit new students,” said Josh Cohick, class of 2007 from Erie, Pa., editor-in-chief of The Torch. “The student newspaper is nothing without student writers, so it’s exciting to see the new students who have interest in writing for the Torch.”
Picnic favorites on the menu include hot dogs, hamburgers, Italian sausage, cotton candy, popcorn and snow cones. University faculty and staff members will serve students from food stations placed among the club and organization display tables. Music will be provided by disc jockeys from the university’s student-run radio station, 89.1-FM WUSO.
The Center Dining Room in the Benham-Pence Student Center is the designated rain site in the event of inclement weather.
- Written By: Christi Lue '09
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