Scranton Clubs Recruit with Online Activities Fair

Every fall, the University of Scranton holds an Activities Fair for students to explore the various clubs and club sports offered on campus.

This year, the activities fair was online to adhere to social distancing. Clubs and club sports registered for an hour time slot between 12-3 p.m. on Sept. 12, 2020. First-year students and upperclassmen that were interested in a certain club joined the Zoom meetings to talk with the club officers and get some general information.

Patricia Cummings, program coordinator for the Center for Student Engagement, helped organize the event. Cummings said the club fair was very successful with over 400 students in attendance.

“At our typical outdoor club fair…we might have closer to 500 [students],” Cummings said. “Four hundred [students] is a success for us, especially given the online nature of the event.”

Students attending the fair were eligible to receive prizes such as a $50 Amazon gift card and even some Scranton apparel. Clubs were also eligible to win prizes, too. Cummings said she received positive feedback from students and club leaders.

“Students were very excited about [the] prizes,” Cummings said. “Club leaders had great [one-on-one] conversations with students.”

In past years, students would walk past club tables and sign their names and not have a conversation with the club leaders. This year, students tended to stay in the Zoom meetings and talk directly to club officers.

Rachel Smith, a senior biology major with a concentration in nutrition, is president of the Biology Club on campus. Continue reading

Club Spotlight: Literature Club

We caught up with Kody Fitzgerald (pictured here, center, with other officers), Literature Club president, to find out all about the Literature Club.

What is the goal of the literature club? 

Our club exists to foster the love of all things literature! Whether someone has a passion for writing, reading or grammar, we hope to further those passions. And, for those people who may just be curious about the literary arts, we hope to provide a community from which they can learn.

What kinds of books will you be reading? 

Our club will choose, read and discuss a new book each semester. This semester, our members voted to read a classic in Japanese literature: No Longer Human by Osamu Dazai. It happens to be one of my favorite books, so I’m excited to discuss it with my club members!

Why is it important for Scranton to have this club?

Scranton’s club communities don’t exist just so our school can say, “We have this many clubs.” I believe our communities exist to stimulate discussions, whether those discussions explore cultures, politics or any of the other subjects Scranton clubs have been founded on. Before this year, Scranton’s club communities lacked a club focused on literary discussion, so this club provides an important outlet for that discussion. Without a club like the Literature Club, Scranton students would not have an accessible outlet for this kind of discussion anywhere else on campus. Continue reading

Fall Club Fair 2018

The Friday downpours didn’t stop the excitement for the Fall Club Fair this year. Although usually held on the Dionne Green, the fair had the Fourth Floor Denaples Ballroom buzzing with students excited to get involved on campus.

Although the ballroom was crowded, with clubs having to share tables just to fit inside, spirits were still high. Scranton students never mind sharing for a good cause!

As music from the Mamma Mia soundtrack filled the room, students signed up for clubs that resonated with their passions. Whether it was the Biology Club, Gaming Club, Scranton Players or Compassion for Animals Club, there was no shortage of diversity in what students had the option to join.

“We’re really excited for this year and for all of the new members. We wish the fair could have been on the Green, but we’re here to make the most of the situation and promote the clubs regardless,” Liz Kugler, secretary of Compassion for Animals Club, said.

Fair day may have been rainy, but with new and motivated members joining clubs on campus there will be many sunny days ahead.

Still not sure which club to choose? Browse them online at clubs.scranton.edu or find out more information here.