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Alonzo Zimucha, sophomore in psychology, and Micheal Brou, graduate student in business, promote the African culture at the Student Organization Fair. Several organization participated to recruit students to join their organizations at the Overman Student Center on Wednesday, Jan. 23. Dilare Maihemuti

Gorillas engage in the Organization Fair

The Student Organization Fair is a way for students to get involved on campus and work their way out to be become effective and empowered. Its an opportunity for all students to share their passion, create and leave a positive impact not only on the local community but also on the international level. 

“Each semester, Campus Activities host a student organization fair. Typically, it’s the second week of classes this gives new and returning students an opportunity to get involved with an organization maybe get to meet some members and find out a little bit about what those organizations do and have that face to face contact,” said Eva Sager, Associate Director for Campus Activities. 

“…being involved is really important because it helps not only develop your resume, time management skills, but it really helps with that networking and personal development…in terms of getting to know different people have different types of relationships.” Sager said. 

She said that there are currently around 157 registered student organizations on campus. Sager said that if a student is interested in starting their own organization, they should come to campus activities and do the registration process. 

“It takes three people. Somebody to be president, vice president and somebody to be treasurer and then a faculty or staff member to serve as their advisor. They also have to be able to write their own constitution for the organization.” Sager said. 

Pitt State has a variety of student organizations, from leadership and self-development to international culture promotion. 

Obie Wenzy, vice president of African Student Association (ASA) said “We are an association that deals with discussing the interests of the African students, and also helping the African students to associate with the community whenever they come here.” 

“…we do this by having different events, different funds, and different cultural events that showcase our culture and help them around the Pittsburg community.” Wenzy said. 

Wenzy said that ASA is planning to host couple events for the spring semester including African night and some fund raising to showcase their food and culture. 

“Circle K international, we are a service organization. We stand for not just service but leadership and fellowship as well, so there are a lot of many leadership opportunities that our members can get involved in and actually makes us Stand Out among others service communities,” said Gracie Lopez, sophomore in Elementary education, recruitment and retention chair for the Kansas district. 

Lopez said they hold monthly socials where students get to know each other and have some fun.  

Lopez said, “…most of all we love serving our community and doing good that’s kind of what we are.” 

She also said that to become a member of Circle K International it costs $10 and students can register through Gorilla Engage. 

Brittany Worthington, senior in therapy recreation, and the Vice president of Operations at (GAB) Gorilla Activities Board said, “GAB puts on a large-scale event for the campus anyone is welcome to come. All of our events are free, and the members of our organization get a lot of leadership development opportunities and it’s really a great way to make friends.” 

Worthington said that GAB will be having a couple events for the semester including Mega Movie Monday in the mini theater at the U club, Thursdays with you, free hugs on February 8th, and finally Bananrama a music festival with food trucks. 

Chung hyun chu Korean Student Association (KSA) , graduate student in International business and vice president of KSA said, “Our members consist of the Koreans but the American people and the international people are welcome to join us.” 

“Actually, we have a big event for this semester which is known as Korean culture day. This event shows our culture and traditions and everything and also the Korean New Year event in two weeks,” Chu said. 

He said that KSA try to promote for the Korean culture and share their traditions, values, and food with the local community from holding different events throughout the year. 

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