The 2020-2021 academic year has been difficult for students, especially freshmen and sophomores, to get involved at the University of Valparaiso due to restrictions related to COVID-19. As COVID precautions have been reduced and a new semester has started, there have been many opportunities for all students to get involved on campus.
The first semester of freshman year can be difficult to adjust at first, but being involved on campus and finding your niche can help battle the adversity that comes with living alone and settling in a new environment.
There are a wide variety of clubs and organizations that students can associate with, even if they are not in class. Organizations participate in an activity fair at the start of each new school year, where students can find more information and learn how to register. This year, the activities fair took place on August 27.
However, even after the activity fair ends, students can still join new organizations. Organizational choices and information are available on Presence at MyValpo or on the university website. Students can also view the organizations on their respective social media pages. Below, The Torch has highlighted some of the many options available on campus.
The Student Senate is the governing body of student organizations on campus that are recognized by the Senate. Students can get involved in the Student Senate or they can find information about the organization from them.
“The Student Senate really values what it means to be a representative body for students. Our work is based on the concerns and ideas of students about daily life on campus. Without the impact of student voices, changes such as the updated COVID-19 dashboard, the new guest visit policy, and the COVID-19 reimbursement to students would never have happened, ”Jolie said. Foor, president of the student body. “If you are interested in joining the Senate, keep an eye out for future emails from us that include applications for vacancies. If you still want to stay involved but don’t want to become a senator, just come and let us know your concerns, questions and ideas. “
Student media is an example of organizations in which students can get involved. This includes The Torch, VUTV, WVUR, The Lighter, The Beacon (directory) and Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA).
“We’re a really open membership program so we’re here for the freshman activities fair and we could easily get their email and contact them at our next meeting and then they’ll get notifications,” said Sophie Kreinik, President of PRSSA.
VUTV also allows students to view them through their social media pages.
“Here at VUTV, students can experience all aspects of TV production. Students can be behind the camera, write scripts, in the control room or live in front of the camera. Working as a team, we organize a lot of things. broadcasts throughout the year. in the hope of developing the student experience and relationships, “said Executive Director Daniel Murphy.” For more information, email [email protected] , check out our MyValpo page or check us out on Facebook or Twitter @ValpoVUTV.
The Lighter is the campus literary magazine.
“The Briquet is the literary art magazine run by the students of Valpo. Any student can anonymously submit their art, poetry or prose… for review and potential publication, ”according to their page on the university’s website. Works can be submitted via a link on their Instagram page: @valpolitherer.
In addition, there are multicultural clubs in which students also have the opportunity to get involved.
“The Office of Multicultural Programs (OMP) alone is made up of the Black Student Organization (BSO), the Asian American Pacific Islander Coalition, LatinX in Valparaiso For Excellence (LIVE) and Alliance,” said Dana Delacruz, junior at Valpo.
Students can join LIVE through their social networks.
“Follow our Instagram page @valpo_live for background information on the organization’s meetings and events we host,” LIVE said in a statement. “Once you’ve attended a meeting or event, we’ll add you to our mailing list and add you as a member on Presence / myValpo. We hope to see many of you soon. “
BSO is another organization that is part of the Office of Multicultural Programs which hopes to raise awareness of social issues within the university.
“We discuss a wide range of topics, collaborate with other student-led organizations, and organize educational and creative programs. If you would like to become a BSO member, you can register through Presence or contact [email protected], ”said Tyla Gross, BSO board member.
Brotherhood and sisterhood life
Students can also get involved in fellowship and sisterhood life. Being involved with a sorority or fellowship can help students make lifelong friendships while allowing them to be a part of something bigger than themselves.
“I found my home in Chi Omega during my first fall semester and I don’t regret joining at all. I have found my experience enriching and rewarding through all of the philanthropic events and fundraisers that we have organized. Joining a sorority has forced me to step out of my comfort zone, gain leadership experience, receive countless opportunities and create lifelong friendships, ”said Julianna Jajeh, senior affiliate of Chi Omega .
Sororities and fraternities are currently in the recruiting phase in the fall.
“Recruitment in the fall was modest but promising. The men’s sections displayed exceptional qualities that exemplify what it means to be a brother to Valpo. Plus, we’re excited to see what Spring Recruiting has in store for freshmen who are eagerly awaiting their chance to join the ranks, ”said Bryan Bockover, President of Recruiting, Lambda Chi Alpha. “People can still register after the offer signing ceremony. “
Major career or orientation
Another great option for students to get involved on campus is to join organizations that are affiliated with their majors or minors.
Some examples include the American Society of Civil Engineers, the Biology Club, the Chemistry Club, the Financial Management Association, the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, the Society of Automotive Engineers, and the Spanish Club. This is far from a complete list, so visit MyValpo for other organizations that are available to join.
“I highly recommend first year and second year students to join Greek life and any organizations or clubs associated with their majors are highly recommended as it brings you closer to what you want to do and allows you to automatically connect with people, ”Kreinik said.
Overall, there is a wide variety of clubs and organizations that students can get involved with while attending Valpo. There’s something for everyone, whether it’s joining a sorority, being part of a sports team or participating in a club or activity here in Valpo.