Clubs swarm campus to welcome new recruits

Photograph Courtesy of Math Club Facebook

Every year Sacramento State hosts club week for the first few weeks of the semester, allowing the different clubs on campus to talk about activities they will be doing throughout the semester as well as recruiting new members.

There are numerous clubs that will have booths set up in the quad and handing out information. The various clubs include everything from sororities and fraternities, the math club, outdoor activities, education and more.

“Club week is beneficial because it gets students involved on campus, especially with the large commuter campus that Sac State is,” said Sigma Phi Epsilon member Zane Hatfield. “It’s a good way to get involved and actually make it a college experience.”

Hatfield said Sigma Phi Epsilon is an organization that focuses on academics and athletics and is the only fraternity that does not have a pledge process, so you are a member from the beginning.

“We are the first fraternity nationally to eliminate any clauses saying that we can kick people out for being gay or a certain ethnicity, so people have more rights,” Hatfield said. “We are a pretty progressive organization.”

German Ortega, a member of the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE) club, said club week is important because it helps spread awareness and invites people to join their club.

The Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers club is designed to bring people together to help with organization skills and professional development, said Ortega. If a person joins SHPE, they can look forward to fundraising events and internships. Students also do not have to be an engineering major to join.

Samantha Miranda, a member of the math club, said club week is especially important for newer students because they can find people who share similar interests.

Math club is about more than just doing math, said Miranda. In the math club, they look for other ways to use and learn math to make it more interesting.

“We do fun activities to get people more interested in math,” said Miranda.

Mujeres Ayudando La Raza, a non-profit community service club, raises funds every year for their annual youth conference.

Member Jennifer Morales said their club brings together about 150 girls from different high schools to Sac State to do different workshops with them to expand their knowledge about higher education.

Nidia Contreras, a member of Mujeres Ayudando La Raza, said this organization helped her because she used to be introverted before joining.

Morales believes having the right people in your organization to push and motivate one another while working as a team is important.