It was that time of the year again.
On Thursday, Sept. 8th, students from all over campus arrived at the Kovalchick Convention and Athletic Complex’s (KCAC) gymnasium to celebrate IUP Day 2022.
For those who might not know, IUP Day is one of the biggest events to kick off the beginning of the semester. It is an event where students have an opportunity to meet with representatives from all of the various clubs and organizations that campus has to offer.
In turn, club representatives are introduced to a variety of potential new recruits for their on-campus organization.
As an added bonus, the attendees of IUP Day will be able to take home their very own shirt commemorating the event, as well as a variety of other souvenirs provided by the tables set up all over the gymnasium.
They could also enter their names in a drawing to receive a brand-new fish tank for their dorm room or apartment.
There were several draws for student organizations to attend the event.
"We noticed that IUP was much more diverse this year," Milady Lagunas (junior, pre-law), the Vice President of IUP's Latino Student Organization (LaSO), said. "So we took advantage of IUP Day to promote our club to the newfound demographics that are on campus."
There were a diverse variety of different clubs who were set up to greet prospective new members at IUP Day.
There were political clubs such as the IUP College Democrats and College Republicans, team sports clubs such as Ultimate Frisby and Sailing, Greek Organizations such as Sigma Chi and Zeta Tau Alpha, culturally based clubs like the Chinese Club and of course the student advocate organizations such as the Student Government Association (SGA).
“So, we are looking to increase our numbers for this year and to get people interested in possible leadership positions, we also support getting our alumni and students more involved with one another,” Jorge Tapia Becerril (political science/pre-law, senior), the president of IUP Ambassadors said.
SGA was not the only group that was interested in recruiting students and sharing their message. More personal clubs also used IUP Day as a chance to get new people.
“We are seeking to spread awareness about the dangers of drug, alcohol, and substance abuse, as well as offer some help to those on campus who might be suffering from this issue,” Corinne Orr (junior, psychology), a member of the IUP chapter of Katie’s Cause, said.
Clubs and organizations were not the only groups present at this massive event held at the beginning of every Fall Semester. Insomniac Cookies, a favorite among the IUP student body, was there as well to talk to students about possible employment and to hand out special cookies to anyone who might want one.
The IUP Winter Warm-Up is expected to be held at the beginning of the semester in January, it is being planned by students across IUP’s campus. For more information about IUP Day please feel free to contact the Center for Multicultural Student Leadership and Engagement (MCSLE) at 724-357-2598.
You can also visit them at their office at 128 Elkin Hall, 945 Oakland Avenue, Indiana, PA 15705. Their office hours are Monday thru Friday 8:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. and 1:00 p.m.-4:30 p.m.