By Eduardo Castaeeda
Cal Poly Pomona’s Associated Students, Inc. kicked off winter quarter with the Club and Resource Fair to boost club memberships and student involvement on campus.
The event was the first of its kind this quarter, as previous club fairs have only taken place during student orientation and BroncoFusion at the beginning of every fall quarter.
ASI Vice President Diana Ascencio said that ASI President Julian Herrera and she realized that club memberships were decreasing throughout the academic year because they were not being promoted.
“I talked to people from other campuses, and they said that they do two club fairs, one in the beginning of the year and another at the end of the year,” said Ascencio, a fourth-year human resources management student. “It’s a great opportunity for students to get involved and a great opportunity for clubs to recruit people. I just hope it’s a success and it continues forever.”
ASI will host a club and resource fair every first week of each quarter except summer, according to Ascencio. She believes it is the busiest time of the quarter before students are overwhelmed with schoolwork.
The fair featured Greek organizations and 70 clubs and organizations that focus on culture, business, dance and religion. The fair was organized by council to attract students to their corresponding departments and colleges.
One veteran club at the fair was Broncos for Israel, an organization focused on the culture and education of Israel. Adrienne Naor, Broncos for Israel secretary and a third-year business student, helped found the club in 2014.
“We started Broncos for Israel because we saw that there was a need for a pro-Israel club on campus,” said Naor. “Not a lot of students knew what was going on in the media, and we wanted to be that resource.”
Broncos for Israel hosts educational events and social events like bowling nights, hiking trips and community outreach.
Another veteran club that combines culture and student involvement is the Latino Business Students’ Association.
LBSA started its organization in 1984 to serve Latino business students with scholarships, etiquette training and community service opportunities.
LBSA has a variety of events planned this quarter to provide its students a memorable and beneficial experience. These include an etiquette dinner, talent show, beach clean-up and corporate fair, according to Jasmine Moreno, LBSA president and a fourth-year business student.
“Our corporate fair is the biggest event of the year. We’ll be bringing out ten companies that the students can meet to find jobs and internships,” said Moreno. “I’m going to print out their resumes and give them a portfolio to help them make a connection.”
The etiquette dinner is another opportunity that students have to connect with a professional advisor. A professional teaches the students the proper etiquette to use during a three-course meal.
Moreno believes that LBSA’s responsibility is to provide students with as many resources it has access to for its members’ success.
Several students attended the fair looking for similar opportunities in a club or organization.
Tasha Scheurich, a first-year food and nutrition transfer student, said she received an email from her department inviting her to attend the fair.
“I am not a part of a club, but I was thinking of joining the Food and Nutrition Forum, so I was looking for them, but I didn’t see them.”
Other students like David Owens, a fifth-year civil engineering student, said an advertisement on Facebook peeked his interest.
“I’ve been here long enough, and I am not looking for anything necessarily, but I decided to come by and check out the competition since I am also in an engineering club.”
While students had the opportunity to browse through a large variety of clubs and organizations, ASI had its own booth set up as well.
Students were given the chance to speak to their ASI president, vice president and cabinet members without any formal requests.
ASI Secretary of Education Nyla Simjee, a third-year liberal arts student, was one of many ASI members available to speak with students about their interests and guide them throughout the fair.
“Our job today is to inform students about student government because I feel like there are a lot of negative preconceived notions about us and what we do,” said Simjee. “This gives us an opportunity to interact with them since we’re mostly hidden in our offices. This is just another platform for students to explore what’s out there. We want them to get involved in something they’re actually passionate about.”
Zoran Liu-Moy / The Poly Post
Club and Resource Fair
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