The change has brought more students to the event – with no classes missed.
By Michael Lear-Olimpi
Knightly News Co-adviser and Editor
At least 100 students attended the second club fair that has been held at the beginning of a term, from 4 to 6 p.m. on Wednesday, in ATEC. About 15 clubs set up tables with information on mission and activities.
“I think it’s working better,” Activities Director Adrienne Thoman said about halfway through the fair. “I printed 100 passports, and they’re gone.”
Students get the paper passports stamped at each club table they visit. A full passport entitled its holder to a ticket, which was traded for wings with hot, Buffalo or Thai sauce, and french fries, in the Knight & Day Café.
In the summer, Thoman moved the club fair from noon to 1 p.m. on the first Wednesday of a term to 4 to 6 p.m. on the first Wednesday in a term to allow more students – commuter, continuing-education and on-campus – to attend, because no classes are held then.
Prior to the change, some students – even club advisers – couldn’t attend the fair because they were in class. Even though some professors took or sent their classes to the noon club fairs, sometimes for class credit, not every professor did so, with some noon classes requiring the in-room time on club-fair day.
“We’ve had sign-ups, and we’ve had a lot of students stop by,” Britany Raber, president of the PTA Club, said around 5 p.m. “We’re different from some clubs, because members must be PTA majors.”
Raber agreed that more students can attend club fairs in the late afternoon and early evening.
Club Vice President Phalen Hazel and member Timothy Weaver staffed the table with Raber.
Officers and members of other clubs also saw brisk traffic.
“Yes, we’ve had people sign up,” Ashanti Conover, a member of the Central Penn Players theater club, said as she stood by the club’s table, which was topped with a dramatic poster. “They want to express themselves.”
Officers of Central Penn’s newest club, the Garden Club, were expecting a growth spurt.
“The club formed a little over two weeks ago, right before the term break,” President Carolyn Rodriquez said. “We’re going strong. People have joined today. We’re going to teach people about gardening, and help them grow plants. We’ll also talk about bees, composting, plants native to North America – different aspects of gardening.”
Interest in the gardening club wasn’t confined to students. Matthew Vickless, dean of the School of Professional Studies, joined, as did some faculty members.
Knight & Day Café staff said they prepared about 1,500 wings and “a lot of french fries.”
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