Involvement Fair

Involvement Fair

Register your student club or community organization HERE!

Bring a friend to the Involvement Fair!

Previous fairs featured numerous distinct clubs and organizations, ranging from common college fixtures such as Fraternity and Sorority Life, and recreational and music groups, to more unique clubs like Unicycling for Change, the Deal Lizards Society, and Vertigo. Whether this is your first or last semester at Montana State University, involvement is a crucial part of your experience. Joining an organization of interest serves to introduce you to like-minded individuals – OR – getting involved outside of your comfort zone will help you get acquainted with people you may not normally interact with.

In the long term, getting involved may lead to life-long friendships and treasured memories. For now, joining a club or two may just give you what you really need: plans for Friday or Saturday night to socialize with your new club-mates or weekend plans skiing with folks with developmentally dis(tinct)-abilities.

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For participating Student & Community Organizations:

For the past 15 years, the Office of Activities and Engagement hosts between 50-70 non-profit organizations on campus. This event is a great opportunity to introduce community and campus organizations and for attending students to learn more about community agencies, and find volunteer, work-study, and internship opportunities. In 2012, the Office of Activities and Engagement welcomed the addition of Registered Student Organizations to the Involvement Fair. Currently, there are over 215 active campus clubs with membership of over 8000 students MSU students!  This event is a great way to educate students about community organizations, registered student organizations and recruit new members or volunteers.

We invite any non-profit 501C(3), governmental organization, Registered Student Organization, or students interested in developing membership for a proposed student organization (not yet registered) to participate.  Participating organizations must be willing to adhere to the MSU Non-Discrimination Policy:  http://www2.montana.edu/policy/affirmative_action/aa100.html#100.00_Non-Discrimination_Policies

OAE provides

  • Venue with Tables/Chairs
  • Students and peers
  • A Parking Pass for Community Organizations  

Organizations provide:

  • Knowledgeable and energetic tabling staff from 9am-3pm on Thursday, September 17th, 2015 on the Centennial Mall.
  • Information about engagement opportunities for MSU students
  • Sign-in for students interested in becoming involved with your organization
  • Freebies or giveaways

Guarantee your success at the Involvement Fair!

Do:

  1. HAVE FUN!
  2. Smile, make eye contact, and say a friendly "hello" to everyone that walks up to your table. Engage with anyone who walks up by asking them questions about themselves.
  3. Have a short elevator speech prepared to tell people about your organization or student club. Make sure you make it clear to the students how they can be involved, what it is you have to offer or how they might utilize your services.
  4. Email students who chose to give you their contact information the next day with updates or the additional information you agreed to send to them or just to thank them for coming by your table and letting them know you will be back in touch again soon; you don't want them to forget they met you or loose enthusiasm for your organization
  5. Tidy up the table as you work and replenish materials as they run low. The table should be aesthetically pleasing and interesting.
  6. Identify your organization or student club by hanging a sign, a banner, or with video displays and/or a slide show.
  7. Make sure that any volunteers who are staffing the table have a copy of the talking points, upcoming events, or anything else you want them to know and share with the students. 
  8. Make sure people understand what they are signing up for. If you're signing people up for an e-mail list, make sure people understand they will receive the e-mails from your organization and what the nature of those emails might be.
  9. Have games where students can win prizes and freebies. Everyone loves freebies….

Don't:

  1. …leave your table unattended.
  2. …just sit behind your table. If possible, stand in front of the table and engage people as they walk by.
  3. …spend your time on your phone or tablet…..you’re here to interact with students and their families and they are standing right in front of you….
  4. …have materials in unorganized piles. Place fliers in a visible location and bring paper weights in case the wind picks up.
  5. …lose your sense of humor!
  6. …put a blank sign-up sheet on your clipboard. People are hesitant to be the first to sign up. If you only have blank sheets (in other words, if you are starting a new sheet), fill out the first line yourself.
  7. …be pushy with people, but be a resource to them about your organization, program or services offered or any cool things you know about MSU or the Bozeman area community!