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‘Welcome Back Week’ Kicks Off with 2015 Involvement Fair

Hundreds of students packed into the Student Life Center on Sept. 10 for the 2015-16 Involvement Fair, the first in series of student life events designed to welcome Brookdale’s incoming class to a new school year.

The annual Involvement Fair featured booths and displays for more than 50 clubs and campus organizations, offering information on everything from upcoming events and student perks to available internships, career opportunities and study abroad programs.

Student Life Board President Danielle Banyacski joined dozens of club representatives in welcoming a new class of students to campus and encouraging them to take advantage of all Brookdale has to offer.

“Student life is a great way to meet new people, expand your horizons and make some real, lasting connections,” said Banyacski. “It’s also a chance to make a difference, to have your voice heard and have an impact on campus in one way or another. There are so many opportunities to choose from.”

The Brookdale Jersey Blues Cheerleading squad was one of more than 50 campus groups on hand at the 2015 Involvement Fair.

The Brookdale Jersey Blues Cheerleading squad was one of more than 50 campus groups on hand at the 2015 Involvement Fair.

Those opportunities were on full display at this year’s fair, which carried the theme of “Blues Pride.” Campus clubs even engaged in a friendly competition to see which table could show the most “Brookdale Pride,” using college merchandise, balloons, free candy and refreshments, and lots and lots of the color blue.

Students for Global Citizenship was declared the winner, earning $200 toward club-related materials and events in the upcoming school year.

The annual Involvement Fair isn’t all fun and games, however. Encouraging students to get involved during their first two years of college is also serious business, said Jill Donovan, assistant director of Student Life and Activities at Brookdale.

“Students who get involved on campus develop valuable skills, relationships and new interests that can help them succeed throughout college, and throughout their careers,” Donovan said. “Even if you don’t have the time to become a club officer or an executive board member, there are always events and groups that you can participate in without much commitment.

“People are always surprised to learn how much we really have to offer here at Brookdale,” Donovan added. “The options are almost limitless. No matter what your interest, there is someone here who shares that interest and is just as passionate about it as you are.”

To learn more about Student Life and campus clubs at Brookdale, click here.

The Involvement Fair is the first in a series of events held as part of 2015-16 Welcome Back Week:

  • On Tuesday, Sept. 15, all Brookdale students are invited to take part in a free, interactive Game Show, held in the Student Life Center beginning at 11:45 a.m.
  • On Wednesday, Sept. 16, students are invited to Brookdale’s annual CeLIBration in the Bankier Library, featuring free food, games, contests and an iPad Mini raffle beginning at 11:30 a.m.  Then return for a free outdoor screening of “Jurassic World” on the Student Life Center’s lower patio beginning at 8 p.m.
  • Welcome Back Week concludes with a Jersey Blues Tailgate Party on Thursday, Sept. 17 beginning at 11:45 a.m. in the visitor’s parking lot near the BAC building. Join the Student Life Board, the Brookdale Cheerleading squad, the Jersey Blues mascot, and your fellow students for an afternoon of food and fun.

For more information visit the Student Life and Activities webpage.

Check out more photos of the 2015 Involvement Fair here.

(Featured Photo by: Mark DeYoung, college relations intern)