While flying high above the rooftops of Morgantown, students in West Virginia University s flying club discuss topics surrounding aviation and have the opportunity to actually become pilots.
The sky is the limit at WVU where the organizations are as diverse as the students. The flying club is only one of hundreds of student organizations at the University.
Students who cant find anything to spark their interest are encouraged to create their own organization. Students can find petition forms on the Student Organization Services Web site ( http://sos.wvu.edu/ ) or in the SOS office in the Mountainlair. Every organization is required to have a faculty or staff advisor.
Its all a part of developing a community,said Kim Harrison, assistant director of Student Organizations Services.
A senior exercise physiology major from Parkersburg, W.Va., Justin Logue got involved with the Exercise Physiology Club after his professor, Lori Sherlockwho is also the advisor for the clubrecommended the opportunity as a means for networking with professors and upperclassmen.
Student organizations provide students with a sense of community, help new students create an identity here on campus and help students find other students who have similar interests,Harrison said.
I had strong vocal beliefs and wanted to get involved in an organization that shared those beliefs, College Republicans was perfect for me,said Gwynn Riley, a senior economics major from New Brighton, Pa.
The SOS Web sites newest feature, the Fresh Start Survey ( http://freshstartsurvey.wvu.edu ), allows students to contact organizations directly and exchange contact information. The Web site also provides a calendar where organizations can post dates of meetings, events and activities.
Students who want to learn more about SOS or individual organizations can attend an information fair on Friday, Aug. 21 from 6-8 p.m. at the WVU Student Recreation Center. The event will feature between 60 and 70 organizations. SOS also hosts Student Organization Awareness Week (SOAW) from Nov. 2-9.
The main focus of SOAW is to give interested students a chance to meet other students and to see all of the different organizations. SOAW will include an information fair, guest speakers and workshops for student organizations to participate in.
Also, a new format for getting the word out about SOS activities is on the way. Two new Information Stationslarge screen TV monitors that display a variety of campus informationwill be installed soon in the Mountainlair. The Information Stations will show updated lists of current events going on with student organizations, including meetings, activities and fundraisers.