Looking ahead to Campus Life Night 2.0

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Campus Life Night

GVL / Archive Campus Life Night

Taylor Fussman

Though the fall semester is wrapping up, that does not mean that it is too late to get involved on campus. Campus Life Night 2.0 will give students a chance to get involved in campus activities in the new year.

Modeled after the “Campus Life Night” during the fall semester, Campus Life Night 2.0 will take place on Jan. 15 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. in the Kirkhof Center.

Although there is limited space available for organizations, at least 300 organizations are expected to participate in the event. Organizations that wish to have a table at the event will need to register before Dec. 18 at 5 p.m. as no walk-in registrations are accepted.

The Campus Life Night 2.0 event aims to provide students with a comprehensive view of which organizations are available to them and which might be the best match for their interests.

Suh Joon Joshua Lee, a College Student Affairs Leadership Graduate Assistant, said Campus Life Night 2.0 was organized to accommodate students who were unable to attend the first Campus Life Night that occurred in the fall.

“We also want to provide opportunities for our organizations to market and recruit new members throughout the year, and having two Campus Life Night events is a great way to make that happen,” Lee said.

Campus Life Night 2.0 will be more student-organization focused than the Campus Life Night in the fall since only student organizations will be allowed to market themselves at the upcoming event. In the fall, business and community partners were able to promote themselves alongside the student tables.

Lee suggested that events such as Campus Life Night 2.0 provide students with the chance to become involved in valuable out-of-classroom experiences in areas such as leadership development, event planning, interpersonal communication and working as part of a team.

“These elements just so happen to be the top transferable skills that employers are looking for in potential candidates,” Lee said.

GVSU students have reported that the Campus Life Night events are beneficial when it comes to finding ways to get involved.

“I thought it was a great opportunity to see what clubs are available, and a good opportunity to get volunteer work,” said Shelby Stanke, a GVSU sophomore. “It’s interesting to see what other students are doing.”

Along with the organization tables on display, entertainment is provided by the organizations that want to share their talents with the rest of the student body. This consists of performances by several performing arts organizations such as music, dance and comedy groups.

The event will also include free food and various drawings in which students can win tablets or other prizes. Many organizations also bring “freebies” to hand out to the students who visit their table.

The Campus Life Night events are primarily run by the Office of Student Life, but there are various partners, such as the LGBTQ Center, the Women’s Center and the Office of Multicultural Affairs.