More than 20 clubs represented at Involvement Fair


Photo by: Dani Isgett

Students speak with Pre-Vet Club members and Dr. Tamatha Barbeau about club activities.

FMU hosted a student organization involvement fair on Sept. 8 in the Smith University Center commons.

This semester’s involvement fair featured more than 20 organizations catering to students seeking involvement in academics, politics, religion, social equality, art, literature, gaming, volunteering, Greek Life and campus careers. The event also featured organizations from the Florence community such as Florence Baptist Temple and Habitat for Humanity.

Michael Barfield, FMU’s student life specialist ombudsman, organized the fair. Barfield said that as a student he was quiet and anti-social and hopes that the fair introduced students to the variety of organizations on campus.

“There is a lot to do on this campus,” Barfield said. “Most students are just misinformed, and I hope this event will allow them to explore what FMU has to offer.”

The event is aimed mostly at freshmen and transfer students to introduce them to all the programs there are to get involved in.

Freshman Devin Gregg said she attended the event to get involved with academic organizations suited towards her major.

“I like that this is a small college,” Gregg said. “I feel it will be easier to get involved here.”

There were also returning students who attended the event to see if there were any new organizations they wanted to join.

Many members of FMU organizations use the involvement fair to recruit new members.

Tierra Griffin, a member of the FMU Diplomats, said the event gives FMU Diplomats the opportunity to hand out applications to students who love FMU and want to share that love with prospective students.

Other student organizations use the involvement fair to share information about their organization to students and have interest meetings in the days following the event.

Eli Moton, president of the FMU Gay Straight Alliance, said he hopes the involvement fair brings in new and returning students to their organization.

The involvement fair is a semi-annual event that usually occurs in the beginning of the fall and spring semesters.