150 ways to participate
Student Involvement Expo shows what NDSU has to offer
Published: Monday, August 27, 2012
Updated: Monday, August 27, 2012 12:08
The Student Involvement Expo will showcase over a hundred booths, offering different ways that students can get involved at NDSU.
The Student Involvement Expo provides student clubs and organizations the chance to showcase themselves and what they are about. This year, 150 clubs and organizations will be represented from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday on the East Patio of the Memorial Union.
A tradition at NDSU, the Student Involvement Expo has been occurring annually for over a decade. This year, Alice Arnetson, a senior majoring in public relations, organized the expo.
“We really want students to get involved,” Arnetson said. “Employers look for student involvement, and it broadens your horizons.”
Sophomore Preston Gilderhus, majoring in industrial engineering, aided Arnetson in organizing the expo.
“The Student Involvement Expo encourages students to become more involved on campus,” said Gilderhus. “It has benefited NDSU by showcasing the student leaders on campus and promoting NDSU’s pillar of being a student focused university.”
Arnetson and Gilderhus have added a bit of flair to this year’s expo. Unlike previous years, 20 student organizations will get on stage to perform at the expo.
“At this year’s expo, we’re inviting organizations to show a unique activity, which could range from dancing or speeches to skits,” said Gilderhus. “We are also planning a Bison pride contest for the booths.”
Arnetson and Gilderhus both hope to make this year’s expo a success.
“I really like seeing all the students and seeing it so busy on the East Patio,” said Arnetson. “I can’t wait to see it all come together.”
With all the opportunities offered by the Student Involvement Expo, Gilderhus feels it is a must-see, he said.
“My favorite memory of the expo last fall was when I was looking into fraternities and hearing about all the different social and philanthropic activities each fraternity decides to participate in,” Gilderhus said. “From Nokomis Child Care to Make a Wish Foundation, Greek life and NDSU organizations have been great for giving back to the Fargo/Moorhead community.”