Involvement Fair adjusts to new venue
Despite a location that was farther away from the heart of campus, about 175 student groups participated in the Involvement Fair on Sept. 4, Coordinator for Student Organizations Chris Rindosh said.
The fair took place in the new SECU Arena. Despite the long distance that students needed to travel to get to the fair, Rindosh said it was worth having the fair in the arena because the layout was improved over last year.
“The set up we had in the arena was very conducive of an involvement fair,” he said.
Freshman Emily Barbour said the time of the fair wasn’t convenient but that she avoided the walk by taking the shuttle.
“I liked seeing the different stuff,” she said. “You could just make a round and not miss anything.”
Director of Event and Conference Services Jim McTygue said that the final cost of the fair isn’t available yet but that it was cost effective. Last year the fair was supposed to be on Burdick Field but due to rain was held inside the West Village Commons.
This year’s fair required costs to retract the bleachers on one side to allow for tables, in addition to the normal expenses of table rentals, clean up and set up, McTygue said. Last year there were costs for a back up space due to weather and the clearing of the furniture in the West Village Commons lobbies.
“When you don’t have to have a backup plan it balances out,” McTygue said. “From my point of view it was a great venue to do it in.”
There is no record of the number of groups that participated at last year’s Involvement Fair, Rindosh said. This year, 178 tables were ordered and there were about three or four tables that no one occupied, Rindosh said.
This year was also the first time that non-profits from the community were included in the Involvement Fair, Rindosh said. Between 15 and 18 community groups attended this year. Previously there was a separate fair for these groups.
Student Activities is considering sending a survey to the student groups that attended to see how they felt the fair went, Rindosh said.
“In terms of connecting students with potential members, it was successful,” he said.