With the new academic year in full swing, Clubs Day 2018, facilitated by the TRU Student Union (TRUSU), was held on the basketball court in front of Old Main on Sept. 12.
Extracurricular activities ranging from business to outdoor leisure promoted themselves, showcasing to students the various learning opportunities their organizations had to offer.
There are more than ninety clubs in operation at TRU and forty-five of them, along with local community organizations, assembled on the court to meet with students.
New to the club scene is the Undergraduate Research Opportunity Club, an organization primarily focused on “providing research opportunities” as well as “promoting research culture.”
“Whether you want to pursue graduate work, professional school or even join the workforce right after university, research is going to be something that really separates your application or resume apart from other students,” said Mat Norman, president and founder of the club.
Student’s interested in enhancing their investigation and analytical skills or those seeking to gain a competitive edge on their curriculum vitae should consider joining.
“We’re really trying to get interdisciplinary. We’re open to helping provide things to business students, to computer science students, to psychology students, to anybody,” explained Tyson Strandt, the club’s vice-president.
Another organization established within the last year is the Vegan Club, which aims to promote the benefits of veganism, including helping the environment, advocating for animal rights and improving personal health.
“Our whole goal is to build a sense of community on campus for vegans and vegan supporters through hosting meetings, workshops and educating people on campus,” said Serena Girard, the club’s co-president.
In addition to gaining new knowledge, students can join to gain volunteer hours through a variety of opportunities.
The club also plans to host movie screenings and food tastings to get the word out around campus.
One community club, the Society for Creative Anachronism, takes on a more unconventional approach offering the chance for students to recreate the medieval period.
“We’re the largest recreation society in the world and we’re looking to start a club here at TRU that’s a medieval club that students could enjoy and be a part of and also lead,” said Devin Gambler, a newcomer liaison.
The Shire of Ramsgaard has been in Kamloops for over twenty-five years and partakes in activities such as armoured combat fighting and historical sword fencing.
The club covers a wide range of medieval history and includes other aspects such as making armoured clothing, textiles and beads.
Clubs Day 2018 was a success with overwhelming support from the student body.
Clubs are a great way to network on campus and gain experience that can enhance the quality of a student’s academic journey.
Anyone interested in starting a club on campus must complete and submit a Club Registration Form and interested parties need at least ten student signatures supporting the goals of their organization.
Groups can apply for TRUSU club status between Aug.1-Sept.28 and Dec.1-Jan.31.
There are mandatory Clubs Leaders Meeting in which every group must have a representative attending or face dissolvement.