OCCC offers students many ways to be involved with extracurricular activities, including the option to join a student-run club.
OCCC’s Club and Organization Fair will take place from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Aug. 25 and from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Aug. 26.
The fair takes place in the hallway just outside of the Communications Lab on the first floor of the Main Building, said Student Life Coordinator Kendra Fringer.
Fringer said club involvement is a great way to become active on the campus.
She said students who are more involved with activities outside of class are typically more successful academically.
There were 40 clubs last year on campus and all of them will have a chance to participate in the fair, Fringer said.
She said students will be staffing the tables.
“Our goal is to help the students have a positive experience by introducing them to new things and helping them fit in,” she said.
One campus club that welcomes all students into their fold is the Gamer’s Guild, said club member, and computer animation and design major John Kennedy.
Kennedy said the guild meets in the dining area at a table close to the entrance — and has been doing so for at least four years.
“We try to be as friendly and open as possible,” he said. “Our policy is ‘do you like to have fun, and do you like games?’ If so, you’re in.
“We’re not even exclusively about video games. We like all nerdy things equally, whether it’s anime, Dungeons and Dragons, or something else.”
He said the club is active in the community, helping organize events and meeting at local gaming store Game HQ.
Fringer said OCCC is host to a wide array of clubs to match its large student body, from the Baptist Collegiate Ministries, to the Agnostics, Atheists, and Freethinkers clubs.
Clubs for different ethnicities such as the Hispanic Organization to Promote Education and the Black Student Association help promote diversity on campus, she said.
Fringer said each club table will have specific handouts and representatives from the club available to talk to students and help them join.
“We hold the fair in the middle of the Main Building in hopes that we can get as much foot traffic as possible from people passing through,” she said.
“There are several bulletin boards located around campus where clubs post information, like the one in the Arts and Humanities building hallway.”
For more information about the fair, contact Student Life at 405-682-7523.