Santa Fe fair invites students to join a club

About 500 came out to meet more than 30 groups at the college.

Published: Thursday, January 21, 2010 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, January 20, 2010 at 11:56 p.m.

It wasn't just the rock-climbing wall and refreshments that attracted Santa Fe College students to the Student Involvement Fair Wednesday. There was an array of organizations and clubs for students to learn about and join.

According to Kenny Holmes, student development specialist at SFC's Center for Student Leadership and Activities, the fair has been one of Santa Fe's largest events over the past five years. It takes place once a semester and has increased in size so much that it is now put on twice during the summer semester as well.

"I get pretty excited about this event each time with the music playing and everybody out here. It's a really good deal for the students," he said.

Students were invited out to the Oak Grove, a large open field on the SFC campus, to explore the clubs they could join to enrich their college experience. About 500 students came out, according to Holmes.

"We like to have a lot of activities for the students to do because it draws them in," he said.

Participants could come at their leisure, but had to fill out a short questionnaire for at least five booths in order to receive a deli sandwich or piece of pizza and a drink in return.

More than 30 student organizations, including Study Abroad, Crave, and the Democratic Club all participated. Some of the booths had been there before, while others made their debut.

Soul Sisters, a club that participated for its second semester in a row, was one of the popular booths of the day. SFC students now have an unofficial sorority that wants to give women the opportunity to become friends.

Lauren Dawe, 19-year-old president and co-founder of the club, and Brandi Dolan, 19-year-old vice president and co-founder, were excited to get their message out.

"'Individually unique, together complete' is our slogan. We want to give back to the community, have social events and be a recognizable name. But the biggest thing is to foster women coming together and just being friends," Dawe said.

The club gives to the community by mentoring underprivileged fifth-grade girls, raising money for the earthquake victims in Haiti and holding bake sales to fundraise for various causes.

There were many others important figures and clubs at the fair. Student Government was one of them.

Drew Hart, a 19-year-old sophomore and student senate president, believes that students come out to the fair to add more to their college experience.

"We get all the entities of our school in a centralized location to let the students know what is out there for them and what our school has to offer," he said.

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