Good music and snacks lured students to the enormous circus-style tent at Penn State Abington last week. But there was no sword swallower under the big top, although there was at least once reported instance of breakdancing.
The annual Involvement Fair held the spotlight for two days in the tent as a recruitment tool for the approximately 35 clubs and organizations at Abington. The groups cover a wide spectrum of interests including academic/professional, sports, campus offices, culture, service and philanthropy, and special interests.
The fair, held once each in the fall and spring, is organized by the Office of Student Life to encourage student success through extra- and co-curricular activities. Research shows that students who are involved are more successful in their academic program s and satisfied with their overall college experience . They also are more likely to stay in school and are more marketable when searching for a job or applying to graduate school.
Abington students were welcome to commit to an organization at the fair or to logon to Get Connected Life@Abington, a website that centralizes campus involvement opportunities and helps students organize their commitments.