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January 31, 2014

Org. fair attracts hundreds of participants

By Lalita Smith

The two day spring semester organization fair was held on Jan. 22-23 in the Student Center ballroom.

The fair was brought to students by the Department of Student Life—it was organized by Trang Nguyen, a graduate assistant working with Student Life, under the leadership of Bob Bergmann, assistant dean for student organizations.

The fair was brought to students by the Department of Student Life, and was organized almost entirely by Trang Nguyen, graduate assistant for student organizations.

For the more than 50 organizations who participated and more than 350 students who visited the fair this semester, it was the perfect opportunity for everyone to get engaged.

“[The fair has] kind of a two directional purpose, it gives students a chance to see a bunch of different representatives from organizations all at once, but it also gives organizations the opportunity to see each other,” said Bob Bergmann, assistant dean of student organizations.

Among the 50 organizations who participated many were the organizations that Cleveland State students know fairly well—Student Government Association, Campus Activities Board and the American Planning Association, just to name a few.

But there were also a number of newcomers.
Equip begins its first year as a student organization this semester.
Created and led by students Vince P. and Alex M.—Equip’s goal is to represent the Christian faith on campus.

Considering that there are more than 160 active student organizations at Cleveland State, it may be safe to say that they play a major role in the lives of their student participants.

“There [are] a lot of organizations that get students to use what they learned in the classroom on their own, and they’re able to develop [their] skills,” Bergmann said.

“It gives people leadership opportunities as well.”

For Kristine K, a sophomore at Cleveland State, joining a student organization is about having fun, a chance to make friends, meet cool people and do cool stuff.