Showcasing a total of 82 clubs on campus, UE’s Fall Organization Fair occurred on Thursday, August 31st. That evening, each group’s executive boards decorated tables to invite others to learn more about the organizations they represent as well as encourage more people to join! Displays were lined up outside of the Ridgeway University Center, all around the East Terrace Lawn, and then continuing down towards the Bower-Suhrheinrich Library and the Memorial Plaza. All of those exploring the tables were gifted flyers, pamphlets, stickers, candy, and more. A few unique giveaways included popcorn from the Student Activities Board (SAB), camp desserts from Venturing Crew, a book raffle through IPCA, and agua frescas from the Hispanic Latin@ Student Union. The fair set up was organized by theme:
The bulk of UE clubs are of an academic nature, being tailored for a specific major, connected to pre-professional organizations, or a part of an academic honor society. Those at the event are as follows: Ace CARE; Am. Soc. of Civil Engineers; American Society of Heating, Refrigerating, and Air-Conditioning Engineers; Association for Computer Science; Bi-Sci Club; Business Professionals of America; Chemistry Club; Clay Club; Exercise & Sport Sciences; Finance Club; Health Professions Club; Health Sciences Student Association; Honors Activity Board; Logistics and supply chain management (LSCM) Club; Nu Rho Psi Alpha in Indiana; Physical Therapy Club; Pi Gamma Mu; Pre-PA Club; Psi Chi; Psychology Club; Sigma Alpha Iota; Society for Archaeology & History of Art; Statistics/Data Science Club; Student Nurse Assn. of Peers; UE Music Therapy Association; UE National Association for Music Education Nafme; United Sound. All of these organizations are major-specific besides the Honors Activity Board, which plans valuable social events for UE’s Honor Program, and United Sound, a program in which UE students mentor those with disabilities and teach them to play musical instruments. 9 of the above organizations are national societies and associations, providing valuable networking opportunities to their members.
Religious clubs give students a chance to connect with their faith along with their college peers. With UE being affiliated with the United Methodist Church, there were 4 religious clubs tabling at the fair: Faith in Action, Newman Club, UE Students for Life, and Student Christian Fellowship. All of these organizations prioritize fellowship and peer-lead bible study, and they often highlight community events put on by local churches!
Community-service-focused, UE’s civics organizations impact both campus and the local Evansville area. Admission Ambassadors, Alpha Phi Omega, Circle K, College Mentors for Kids, Environmental Concerns Organization, Habitat for Humanity, and the University of Evansville Leadership Academy work in favor of a variety of demographics and provide a wide range of services. The University of Evansville prioritizes serving its community and encourages all its students to get involved!
Student Activities Board (SAB), the Student Athletic Association Council, and the Student Government Association all play a part in governing and managing events across campus. Holding an executive position in any of these organizations provides students with valuable leadership experience as their impact on campus is of a wide range. Advocating for women’s rights, UE’s Intersectional Feminist Alliance (IFA) and Intersectional Pro-Choice Assembly (IPCA) continue to address relevant and pressing topics, giving women and people who menstruate a way to come together, process current events, and stand up for their values as a community.
Fraternity and Sorority Life
There were 8 fraternities present at the event: Alpha Omicron P, Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., Lambda Chi Alpha, Phi Gamma Delta (FIJI), Phi Kappa Tau, Sigma Alpha Epsilon, Sigma Phi Epsilon, and Tau Kappa Epsilon. The three sororities with tables set up were Chi Omega, Phi Mu, and Zeta Tau Alpha. The Interfraternity Council and Panhellenic Council were also there to help recruit students into Greek Life. 29% of UE students are involved in the Greek Life programs, each of which hold their own unique philanthropies and values. Fraternity and sorority fundraising events raise more donations than any other UE organizations!
UE students share their own cultures and demonstrate the value of many others in a variety of clubs: Ace Scholars (first-generation college students), Asian Student Union, Black Student Union, Hispanic Latin@ Student Union, International Club, Multi-Racial Student Union, P. R. I. D. E., and University of Evansville Theatre Artists of Color. UE’s culture-focused organizations are extremely valuable, providing students of color with a community and a platform to make their voices heard. Events put on by these clubs range from cultural festivals, open discussions, and awareness events.
Overall, clubs are a way of connecting with other UE students who share the same interests and values as you, as well as hopefully a way to make some new friends! Active Minds UE and Actively Moving Forward give students the opportunity to come together and discuss mental health, with the former focused on awareness and activism and the latter a way to find support with grief amongst peers. Game Players Society, Let’s ACE Brain Health, UE Chess Club, Umbrella Film Company, Undead Poet Society Book Club, and Venturing Crew all cover a variety of interests including social activities and creative pursuits! If you’re interested in sports clubs, Women’s Club Volleyball University of Evansville Roundnet, UE Dance Company, and Archery Club also tabled at the fair and are just starting out for the semester!
UE’s multitude of departments serve campus in a vast range of ways. The Center for Diversity and Equity (CDEI), Chartwells, E-Sports, Fitness Center, Resident Students Association (RSA), and Student Media were all represented at the organization fair and worked to make students aware of the support and opportunities they each offer!
Students join college clubs for a variety of reasons: to become a part of a tight-knit community, develop a certain skill, network, enhance their resume, give back to the environment, etc. UE’s 2023 Fall Organization Fair clearly shows that they really do have a club for everyone, a true demonstration of its students’ involvement and creativity. If you were not able to attend the organization or simply want more information about different clubs, make sure to explore UEngage for the full list of campus organizations as well as information about their e