Students get involved


students attend the Student Involvement fair during K Week on , August 26, 2010. Photos by Brandon Goodwin

By Brian Hancock

Student organizations were out in full force Thursday afternoon,  as students witnessed everything from the UK Quidditch Club to the university’s solar car. More than 100 student organizations were represented at the annual Student Involvement Fair,  located along the walkway between the William T. Young Library and Rose Street.

“I think it’s great that UK holds this event every year,” secondary education junior Mark McDaniel said.  “It shows that they really care about getting their students involved.”

Anna Hays, a public relations senior, coordinated this year’s event.  Hays works as Student Government special events coordinator.

“This is a great example of student government’s commitment to serving student organizations, and an exciting way for our university to come together through student involvement,” Hays said.

An estimated 6,000 students stopped by the fair throughout the day, which helped organizations such as the UK Forestry Club that use table events as a primary way of recruiting new members.

“This is awesome,” said forestry senior Alex Klein, who heads up UK’s Forestry Club.

Jordan Dongelo, a history graduate student, was out promoting his Orthodox Christian Church group.

“We’ve given out a lot of flyers today, which is pretty good for having no posters or candy,” Dongelo said.

Food was a major draw, as Starbursts, drinks and ice cream littered the walk and lured students to stay a while.

“I think it’s good to use food to attract people,” biology and math sophomore Katy Brewer said. “It’s definitely working.

“At first I was just attracted by the environmental club’s Tootsie Pops, but now I plan on getting involved with them.”

This year’s fair resembled those of years past, as it remained in the same location for the third straight year.  Nevertheless, it  attracted many new faces.

“This is the first time I’ve ever been to it,” kinesiology junior Scott Hudson said.

One new aspect this year was the presence of TallyCats, who was on hand to take attendance.

Katelyn Banks, management sophomore and coordinator of TallyCats, said the fair was the final K Week event where students could earn points.

TallyCats will be at several hundred more events throughout the year, however, and will have a new website coming with all the information in the next few weeks.