Reese Brode, Arianne Andary, and Vanessa Diaz-Mejia speak with Shetina Jones.First-year students Reese Brode, Arianne Andary, and Vanessa Diaz-Mejia speak with Shetina Jones about services offered through her Office of Student Experience.

Event presents opportunities to get involved

Participating in Involvement Fair, Tuesday on the David Wilson Commons, was exciting, says Shetina Jones. The event was her first since becoming the University’s associate vice-president, student experience.

“My office represents offices that help every single student,” Dr. Jones said as spoke to new students about work-student opportunities and handed them emergency whistles. “We are excited to connect to such an amazing event.”

Hundreds of students at every level of experience attended to learn about ways to engage with campus programs and student clubs.

First-year social work major Diana Linares and environmental science student Mary Mazloumian stopped by the Philosophy Club booth to learn about its activities. Club president Lauren Lindfors-Bruno, a double major in political science and philosophy who also serves as president of the Mock Trial Club, assured them that the clubs are open to students of all disciplines.

“I’m taking a class in philosophy this semester,” said Linares, while Mazloumian expressed an interest in metaphysics.

Lana Yacoub, president of the Windsor chapter of Crafting for a Cure, appreciated the chance Involvement Fair provides to reach potential members.

“We’ve had a lot of people sign up already,” she said after an hour.

The group donates craft supplies to children undergoing medical treatments, and last year distributed about 650 kits to pediatric units. This coming year, Yacoub hopes to recruit volunteers to lead activity sessions for young patients in Windsor hospitals.

“I think my favourite craft is beading jewellery,” she said. “But I’m starting to get interested in embroidery.”

Welcome Week continues today with an online session for international students, orientation programs by major of study, and the Welcoming Celebration at 3 p.m. in the Toldo Lancer Centre. Find a complete schedule on the Welcome Week website.