This archived article was written by: Emily Manley
Now that students have acclimated to the stresses and pressures of their college level courses, they need to find some fun extracurricular activities to balance work with play.
Clubs allow students to connect with others who share similar interests, or to develop new abilities by becoming involved in something students have always wanted to try but never had the opportunity until now.
USU Eastern recently hosted a Club Rush activity. This event informed students of existing clubs and encouraged them to create their own club.
Some of the existing clubs include the psychology club, body-building, game knight, criminal justice, parkour, black students united, wild life, humans vs. zombies, newspaper and more.
Clubs can unite students by providing recreation opportunities, educational experiences, political interest groups, cultural enrichment, social interactions, and entertainment and leisure activities.
If a student doesn’t find a club that interests them on campus, it is easy to create a new club. A student needs to find three members, a president, and an advisor.
Then the club president will put together a club constitution. This document will contain the mission statement of the club, the organization of the members, and any rules or regulations that the club will be governed by.
Once this is done the president will meet with Andi Vuksinick who is the clubs representative. Vuksinick can be found in the ESA office or contacted by email at [email protected].
As an official club, the group will be allocated a budget of $50 to fund activities. Clubs are encouraged to fundraise.
Opportunities such as the Halloween event School of Ghouls, allow clubs to earn money by participating in activities on campus. Requests for increased budget will be handled case-by-case and will be conducted by Vuksinick or the Alumni Association.
Some benefits of becoming an official club on campus are ability to use USU Eastern facilities, building a resume of involvement and leadership, experience in planning and executing events, publicity assistance through ESA clubs representative, increased fundraising opportunities, and being involved in student life beyond the classroom.
To maintain club status, the club has to follow the mandates found in the “ESA Club Handbook.” Some of the club requirements are to have club activities or meetings at least twice monthly, to coordinate and participate in at least one service project a semester, and presidents of clubs must attend the interclub meeting held monthly.
Vuksinick encourages students to read over the “ESA Club Handbook” to learn how simple it is to become an official club on campus.
Another club rush activity will be held later in the semester . It is not to late to start a club or join an existing club. College life is more enjoyable when students get involved beyond the classroom.