← Back to portfolio

Spring Club Fair Calls for Student Engagement

Published on 26th March 2017

NYIT clubs and organizations’ time to show their work

The Student Government Association and the Office of Student Involvement at NYIT’s Manhattan campus hosted the Spring Semester Club Fair on January 31. The event takes place at the beginning of every semester and is an opportunity for student clubs and organizations to highlight their activities and for students to become part of them.

The Campus Life Director, Megan Siemers, attended the event to “encourage people to step outside their comfort zones and associate with student leaders on campus for a positive college experience,” she says. “Student Affairs now has a vision that we didn’t have in the past and we all work in order to provide students with an enriching experience through co-curricular involvement.”

Among the student leaders, the Vice President of the Growth of Alpha Sigma Tau, Michelle Shinder, believes that the Club Fair is “a very important event especially now that student engagement on campus is slowly winding down because students become more apathetic.” Her Greek club stands for “Activity, Self-reliance and Trustworthiness” and reaches out to female students. Michelle suggests students should take leadership roles because “in the long run most work places look for experience in student involvement.”

Another Greek life member from Tau Kappa Epsilon, Moises Lopez, sees the Club Fair as a great chance “to communicate, network and display projects potentially attractive to students.” Like Student Affairs has gradually “helped outreach to the slightly more introverted student population through robotics, programming seminars and fitness events,’ he thinks events like the Club Fair help do the same. His Greek club motto is “Love, Charity and Esteem.”

The adjacent booth belonged to Andy Alvarado and other Phi Iota Alpha members who aim for “academically proficient students and leaders in the Latino world.” Phi Iota Alpha is a Latino-based Greek club and their chapter at NYIT also includes CUNY and LIU Brooklyn.

A few booths down, Rodeny Lee and Aldan Mohammed were representing NYIT’s Fitness Club. “We might not have sporting facilities on the Manhattan campus” they say “but we are here to let students know that we have partnered with the New York Sports Club and that the first twenty get a free membership.”

As you walked around the room, students could meet with their peers from the South Asian Student Association, or from Roots, the club for students of Afro-Caribbean origins among other clubs.

Reshad Farauk and Michael Favale were representing the Black Engineers Club. They say their club “aims to get members ready for the outside world, make them like their profession and find them jobs after college.” Denisolt Dshakhbu of the Association for computing and Machinery and four other engineering clubs says all members at his clubs “work professionally and often organize tech workshops on ethical hacking, programming language, virtual reality” and many other subjects.

Before the event was over, Michelle Davis stood in the middle of the room and asked students four club-related questions. The Campus Life Administrative assistant promised four free MetroCards to those who got the answers right.