Nearly 190 tables and booths were set up along Torero Way and each represented interesting choices — clubs, organizations, programs, centers and activities — for students to discover their personal path of fulfillment.
Here are some examples:
• Sophomores Chris King and Scott Lauricella sought new members for USD’s little-known club roller hockey program. Allison Van Kirk (pictured, far right), also a sophomore, enthusiastically engaged with female passers-by about playing for an inaugural women’s water polo club team. Club teams for men and women’s lacrosse, volleyball, tennis, baseball, water skiing and climbing were among those present. USD Campus Recreation and Outdoor Adventures had information booths to discuss their respective programs and activities.
• University Ministry had multiple tables to share information about immersion trips, upcoming masses, special spiritual groups for both undergraduates and law and graduate students, community service projects, Students for L.I.F.E., and two new ideas, a beach retreat for first-year women (Sept. 29-30) and its Ministry on the Go concept.
• The Torero Program Board spotlighted many upcoming events such as concerts at Aromas, a comedy night Sept. 15 in Shiley Theatre and a pre-game Toreros volleyball tailgate on Sept. 29. Some off-campus activities, including surf, sun and volley (Sept. 15) and a freshman bonfire (Sept. 20), are great opportunities to have fun and meet new people.
• The Center for Awareness, Service and Action (CASA) had a welcoming display of chalk art that featured a heart, mention of its community service programs and inspiring words to showcase courage, compassion and love. CASA promoted its Sept. 14 Open House (4-7 p.m., UC 113). Students can learn about student-led programs such as Students for Fair Trade and Sustainability, THINK, Cool Club, American Indian Recruitment Tutorial, Color Your World and more.
• Greek Life organizations dominated the outside area in front of the UC, providing information about all fraternity and sorority activities. Approximately 25 percent of all USD undergraduate students are in Greek Life. There are seven national Panhellenic sororities, one Multicultural sorority and six fraternities. Kappa Delta sorority and Phi Gamma Delta fraternity are colonizing at USD this year. Greek Life organizations at USD are dedicated to academics, philanthropy and camaraderie. Furthermore, Panhellenic and the Interfraternity Council serve as governing bodies to help their respective chapters stay organized and on mission. Recruitment for freshmen happens in early spring as does one major event, Greek Week, a mix of fun, competitive activities and philanthropy. Greek Week runs March 18-23 in 2013.
• Interested in a communications career and need experience? USDtv and its on-campus student media colleagues, The Vista newspaper and USD Student Radio, are avenues for involvement. Each hosts an upcoming informational meeting next week. USDtv meets Sept. 18 at 1 p.m. in the Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace & Justice, Room 219; The Vista has weekly meetings each Tuesday at 12:30 p.m. in its Student Life Pavilion office, 403B; and USD Student Radio’s informational meeting is Sept. 20.
• Academically speaking, numerous student clubs and organizations such as chemistry, psychology, the Student International Business Council and the Society of Women Engineers were present. Also present were representatives from the School of Leadership and Education Sciences (SOLES). Known prominently as top graduate school for educators at many levels, SOLES does have programs for undergraduates, such as minors in education and leadership. Senior psychology majors Taylor Harrell and Alex Carone are in the Leadership Minor and Nonprofit Leadership and Management Certificate programs. Both enjoy hands-on skills training, having helpful professors and the knowledge that it contributes to a well-rounded USD education.
The Alcala Bazaar was just the beginning for what’s available to students. The opportunity for discovery is ripe, and, at USD, which is a designated Ashoka U Changemaker Campus, the meaning of Tuesday’s event wasn’t lost on Patricia Marquez, a business professor and director of USD’s Changemaker Hub.
“Our table is every table here,” she said. “Everyone can be a Changemaker.”
— Ryan T. Blystone