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Due to the Fall Semester being held entirely online, it has been announced that the Involvement Fair will be held remotely on Thursday, September 10 from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.

An RSVP link to register has been emailed to all current SPU students, staff and faculty.

“This year, our Involvement Fair will include a 20-second video from each student organization, a panel of student leaders and ways to interact and recruit new members,” said Arlene Ganess, Coordinator for the Involvement Fair Committee.

The Involvement Fair is an annual event held early September for student organizations and clubs to advertise and recruit new members. It allows new opportunities for SPU students to get involved on campus and make connections.

The Center for Leadership, Engagement and Orientation has discussed on numerous occasions prior to the beginning of the semester regarding how the Involvement Fair and student organization activities will be carried out.

Between August 17 and 21, three Zoom sessions were hosted to discuss student leaders’ concerns and the preparation for organization activities.

Training sessions are being offered to help leaders adjust to moving their meetings and events online and to learn how to serve their organizations virtually.

PeacockConnect, a platform to browse for student organizations and events on Presence, will additionally feature new options for student leaders such as Zoom integration.

Student leaders have been preparing in advance to transition online smoothly.

“COVID-19 has made planning somewhat difficult, especially with the constant change of dynamic at SPU, but we believe that they will be successful. We’ve already had many professional and social events planned since May, and we’re working to utilize Zoom as our platform for this semester. We are hoping that we can maximize recruiting through the Involvement Fair and through social media,” said Kagan Shaw, Vice President of Finance in Delta Sigma Pi.

Meanwhile, student leaders and e-boards from smaller organizations are concerned if they will be able to gain any new traction, but are still remaining optimistic.

“I am worried we won’t be able to recruit new members for Kappa Pi, but that’s something I have been working out with my fellow e-board members. We have planned for many art activities and events, and we’re working on bringing the plan to life. We will do what we can and learn to adapt,” said Tiffany Do, Secretary of Kappa Pi and Art Club.

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