DURHAM, NH- Following the second postponement of University Day (U-Day) at the University of New Hampshire (UNH), the Memorial Union Building (MUB) hosted a student participation fair to allow students to be presented to more than 250 recognized student organizations. .
On September 13, an email was sent by Dean of Students Michael Blackman as well as Memorial Union Building & Student Activities Director Melissa Beecher advising students of the student participation fair which would take place on September 14-15.
The email encouraged students to get involved. “Being involved in over 250 recognized student organizations provides students with the opportunity to form new relationships and enhance their life skills that continue beyond college. Please join us! ”
With U-Day having their second makeup date set for September 22, the Student Engagement Show was a great way for campus organizations to showcase themselves in the meantime. Beecher commented on the event hosted by MUB saying, “We wanted to make sure of three things: that students can discover different ways to get involved on campus in the first few weeks of the semester, that student organizations have ample opportunity to get involved. opportunity to recruit after a difficult year, and which we support our colleagues at University Events who coordinate U-Day and took up the challenge of the rainy days that pushed the event back.
After a difficult year in which most organizations had to host events through Zoom due to the coronavirus pandemic (COVID-19), members of campus organizations are very excited to return to events in anybody.
Senior UNH and President of TRANS UNH, Michael Markham said, “I’m so excited for new faces. We were able to keep a lot of our members on COVID, but it wasn’t very easy to find new people. ”
The enthusiasm for new faces and members of campus organizations seemed to be a common trend. Alyssa Doust, Director and Editor-in-Chief of Main Street Magazine, said: “I look forward to the new faces! I am delighted to have people willing to come to the meetings, especially new people. I know it’s really hard to do. Once you’ve done that, you don’t look back!
As many campus organizations filled the Strafford Hall on Tuesday, September 14, and the Stafford and Granite State Halls on Wednesday, September 15, organization members, faculty, staff and students were encouraged to get involved.
Blackman said, “We know that getting involved leads to a lot of positive outcomes in the lives of students, like growing their social networks, gaining work experience and being less likely to drop out. Students can sometimes feel like getting involved will hamper their academics, but when I talk to students who get involved on campus, they often tell me that their involvement has made their college experience even better! ”
Imane Defaa, senior at UNH, also stressed the importance of campus activities outside academics. “It’s a great way to meet new people and explore different topics and hobbies that might interest you. I think it’s a wonderful way for us to get involved in the campus community without having to focus only on school, ”they said.
For those who may have missed the Student Engagement Fair, there are still plenty of opportunities to get involved. U-Day is Wednesday, September 22, from 3:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. on the Great Lawn in front of Thompson Hall. The 250+ campus organizations will also be presented.
Can’t do U-Day? Check out Wildcat Link where campus organizations are listed with their contact details.