Tuesday club fair to feature something for everyone

How to get involved on campus or start a club of your own

Club life is off the chain at UCCS. No, not the “incredible nightlife” type clubs, but the special interest groups on campus.

Starting school in a new place will always be daunting, but student activities like clubs make it easier to find — or create — a space for the crowd you’ve been looking for.

From clay targets to cosplay and picnicking to club sports, UCCS has over 150 student organizations, all started by students. On Tuesday, students can explore club options and join groups they’re interested in at the annual club fair on the West Lawn.

These clubs and organizations will set up tables and games to engage with students and show what they’re all about. Due to the number of clubs, the club fair will take place in two waves, one from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and the other from 4-7 p.m.

The club fair will allow students to interact with club leaders face-to-face, but students can also browse and get involved online. If you’re interested in joining a student organization on campus, simply follow a few steps:

1. To find a club, Mountain Lion Connect is your friend. Once you find your way to the clubs and organizations page, search through the list to find your favorite, or create specific filters to find clubs targeted towards your interests.

2. When you find your club(s), click on the listing to figure out the specifics, like meeting location and times, as well as contact info for the club presidents.

While some may find exactly what they’re looking for in the vast list, perhaps one of your interests isn’t quite represented at UCCS — yet. That means you have the opportunity to start your own club.

At UCCS, you can start your own club if you have a written constitution and at least four other students interested in joining. Then, you can get your club registered on Mountain Lion Connect through an application found at the “register a club” page.

Once your club has been recognized and it has a place to meet, perhaps you need funding, marketing or social media support. Well, UCCS can help in those areas as well. To find more information on making your club exactly what you and your members envisioned, go to UCCS’ club resources page or email clubs and organizations coordinator Mallory Tukhanen at [email protected].

If you plan to start by sampling clubs at tomorrow’s club fair, make sure to bring a valid UCCS ID and RSVP.

The Alpine Field is located on top of Alpine Garage. Photo by Lillian Davis.