By Liz Warren-Pederson
Undergraduate student organizations surged in membership this semester following Leadership Fest, an annual recruitment event.
“In past years, the event focused on incoming freshmen,” explained undergraduate career initiatives coordinator Sarah Diaz. “This year, we encouraged continuing students and transfer students to participate, as well.” The event typically draws 400 to 500 students; this year the event drew 600 students, a standing room only crowd.
“Leadership Fest is always a great way to reach out to freshman who are looking for an organization to join, and we make sure to provide them with the opportunity to learn more about Delta Sigma Pi,” said management senior Jeremy Goldberg, the business fraternity’s president. “We had an amazing recruitment season led by our senior VP Nathan Turner, and the momentum of recruitment has continued to the professional and community service events that we have had so far.”
For some organizations, such as Eller Ambassadors — who serve as representatives for the College — or the Eller Board of Honor and Integrity — which manages the annual Eller Collegiate Ethics Case Competition — membership is competitive, and recruits typically complete an application and interview process.
Pre-business student Garrett Voge, VP of recruitment for Eller Ambassadors, said that this year the organization had ten vacancies to fill. “There were over 20 very qualified applicants,” he said. “After analyzing their resumes, letters of intent, letters of recommendation, and their interviews, we debated for over an hour about the new members. In the end, we accepted 11 members and believe each will bring something unique to the club.”
Marketing junior Amy Chizmeshya is co-president of Students Consulting for Nonprofit Organizations (SCNO). “Our main goal for this semester was to improve on the quality of the members recruited,” she said. “We found that in past years, our experienced seniors would graduate and be replaced by partially committed freshman. We wanted to recruit members who had similar past experience or, if they were underclassmen, a recognized enthusiasm and devotion towards learning how to consult.”
To ensure continuity, SCNO has a dual leadership structure. “Alyssa Brainard is graduating in May and I will be keeping my position as co-president for the following school year,” Chizmeshya said. The club takes on several projects during the course of the year. “Rather than put our newly recruited members on existing teams, we felt that they will gain more experience and have more input with a new project,” she said. “All projects are a combination of both returning and recruited members to increase diversity.” They’re hoping to increase their membership by 50 percent next year.
“We are very excited about our newest pledge class and we believe that they will make an excellent contribution to Delta Sigma Pi as well as the Eller College,” said Goldberg. “They are the best and brightest students in the field of business, and we are looking forward to their future contributions to the fraternity.”
“We just completed orientation and our first meeting with our new recruits,” added Voge. “I believe that Eller Ambassadors will be a successful and cohesive unit this year!”