Living: Clubs promote friendship, networking

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By Ansley Lewis

Joining a campus organization can create a solid foundation to build social networks and get more involved in life on campus.

“Clubs reinforce your passions and other people’s passions. They confirm that you’re on the right track,” said fine arts sophomore Juan Anselmo, a member of the Art Guild.

Mark Bigelow, assistant coordinator of student leadership and activities, said there are 42 active student groups on campus.

“Organizations help with retention. Students involved are usually more active around campus,” Bigelow said.

On Jan. 29 the office of student life held an organization showcase.

Students were able to visit with the campus’ various organizations.

Student Government Asso-ciation is a campus organization.

“The SGA gives you the opportunity to represent yourself in a way that matters,” President Andrew Hubbard said. “Meetings are like focus groups where students can share ideas, concerns and be a part of a student-initiated network.”

The SGA meets at noon on the first three Mondays of every month in the craft room of Loftin Student Center.

The Art Guild is another organization that is active on campus as well as the community.

“Clubs offer a greater experience of going out into the world. They are a good way to see and meet different people,” said Patrick Hawbecker, fine arts sophomore and Art Guild member.

The Art Guild meets 2 p.m.-3 p.m. on Fridays in the visual arts center in Room 204.

The Gay, Ally and Lesbian Association is another active group. GALA’s mission is to educate people about lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer life, as well as advocate for LGBTQ rights, according to the organization’s orgsync profile.

GALA invites everyone to participate in meetings and events and provides a safe place for students.

The group meets at 3 p.m.-4 p.m. Wednesdays in Loftin Student Center.

A new organization, the Photography Club, meets for the first time at 11 a.m. today in Room 207 of Loftin Student Center.

The group welcomes anyone interested in photography.

Orgsync allows students to stay informed about organizations as well as events and activities happening on campus.

Students can join clubs on the website and get notifications on meeting dates.

For more information on campus organizations, contact Bigelow at 210-486-0134 or


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