Students gather in the Navajo Room to learn about various student organizations during the Club Rush event on Sep. 13, 2022 (Photo by Monica D. Spencer)

MCC hosts first in-person Club Rush since pandemic

Various clubs, as well as volunteer and resource services, combined to host a two-day event for students to sign up and participate in them for the remainder of the semester.

Mesa Community College held the first in-person club rush this fall since the pandemic to get students involved and able to use the resources they have on campus.

The club rush was combined with the Volunteer and Resource Fest on Tuesday and Wednesday afternoon in the Navajo Room from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. 

Students took part in an “Around the World” theme as they visited and spoke with advisors, they also received free nachos and a snow cone if they completed a brochure with club information. 

Student Life Administrative Specialist Cara Webb said volunteers, resources, and club advisors attended the club rush to inform students of all the resources on campus. An estimated 16 clubs, resources, and volunteer specialists attended the event.

The president of the Inter-Tribal Student Organization and American Indian Science and Engineering program Amber Means was an advisor that took part in recruitment for new members at the club rush. The clubs, known as ISO and ASEIS, are combined and meet at the Health and Wellness Center from 3 p.m. until 4:30 p.m., according to Means.

“We are awesome, funny, and we have a lot of fun in our group. We are a family-oriented group that welcomes everyone”, said Means.

The director of the MCC Student Support Foundation Anthony Hoobler said the student organization focuses on philanthropy, volunteering, and community development. The Student Support Foundation meets virtually and in-person near the bookstore and career services hallway every week at the Southern and Dobson Campus, according to Hoobler. 

“The club is a good way to build up your community, resume skills, have internship positions, and leadership skills. You also will have skills for industry level jobs,” said Hoobler. 

Andrew Ausi is the President of the Students Entrepreneurs Club at MCC. He was previously the Vice President last semester. The Student Entrepreneurs Club meets every Wednesday at 2 p.m. in the Student Lounge. According to Ausi, guest speakers are invited in the club to help students in starting a business and to set up connections within the business industry. 

“We can reach out to people who have started the business that you are interested in, and we can connect you with a mentor to help you throughout the process of writing a business plan,” said Ausi. 

Amanda Copetillo is a senior program analyst and manager at the Career Services Department. She said students can make an appointment on MCC’s website and come to the 36N building to receive preparation help for interviews, decide on a major and write a resume.

“It takes students beyond the academics and allows them to invest in themselves. They learn their skills and abilities so they can have a way to brand themselves in a descriptive and professional manner,” said Copetillo. 

Net Impact is a student organization in the Center for Community and Civic Engagement, according to Senior Administrative Specialist Andrea Sanchez. They are in KSC 35N building at the lower level at the clock tower. NET Impact thrives on student involvement, according to Sanchez.

“NET Impact is a great organization to be involved in many different things on campus. They do everything from activities with sustainability and voter registration and education,” said Sanchez. 

Buhari Abdulai is the President of the International Students Association. He was recently appointed to this role to recommend that students travel the world. According to Abdulai, ISA was founded to promote and encourage goodwill within domestic and international students. ISA also enforces a greater understanding of diverse cultures. 

“It’s important to become a global citizen, meeting other people from different countries, and develop a mutual understanding. This is a way for us to see the world and make it a better place for all of us,” said Abdulai.

ISA meets every other Wednesday at 2 p.m., and students can fill out a form on the International Students Association webstite to join the club. 

All advisors in attendance said the clubs are inclusive and welcome everyone no matter race, religion, or sexual orientation.

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