To promote and spread awareness of clubs available at St. Mary’s College of Maryland (SMCM), the Student Government Association (SGA), Office of Student Activities (OSA), and the Programs Board hosted an Involvement Fair on the Campus Center Patio on Saturday, Sept. 7. Consisting of a diverse array of clubs that range from the politically minded College Republicans and College Democrats to the artistic Avatar and Dance Clubs, there were clubs suited for many interests.
Students milled excitedly around the patio, periodically stopping when interested to talk to a representative stationed at their club’s table and potentially sign up if so inclined. The mood was set for all of this by SMCM’s resident saxophone guy, sophomore Tyler Wilson (‘22). Some of the clubs are more familiar, veterans of many Involvement Fairs, while others made their debut. According to the OSA clubs and organizations webpage, “Student Activities supports the work of approximately 100 student clubs and organizations. Each week, clubs meet and host events all across campus and perform service within our community. All clubs are recognized and funded through the Student Government Association.”
Kayla Sherfey, (‘22) a member of the SMCM’s women’s a cappella group The Nightingale A Capella (TNA) was impressed with the fair’s turnout, saying “I was pleasantly surprised with how many people and clubs were there. It was great because it gave TNA the opportunity to talk to a lot of interested people before auditions.” Auditions to join TNA for this semester were Thursday Sept. 12, but keep an eye out for spring semester auditions.
One club exhibited at this year’s Involvement Fair was Knits for the Needy (KFN). Members of KFN can learn to knit or crochet, and donate the results to organizations that serve the community such as men and women’s shelters or the local police department. In previous years, the club has even knitted or crocheted beds and other items for local animal shelters.
Gretchen Young (‘22), a member of KFN who represented the club at its table said of the experience, “There were a lot of people there, and it was nice that it was outside because it allowed space for more people. Our club got a lot more signups than we had expected, which was great.”
A new club represented at this year’s fair was Softball Club, started by juniors Genevieve Otero and Samantha Gallo. On the founding of the club, Otero said, “Me and Sammie started the club because we both have great memories from high school playing on a team and we’re both casual players so we are really just about starting something fun and sharing that opportunity with others.”
For students who missed the Involvement Fair but are still interested in joining a club, there is still time to get involved. Clubs are almost always eager to have new members and many will accept them at any time. A full list of SMCM clubs as well as an event calendar for all clubs will be made available soon on the OSA website, and announcements for club meetings will be made on InsideSMCM.