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From sports to investing, MMCC’s clubs offer it all

Laker Current Staff Report

Interested in bowling, golf, archery or mountain biking? Or perhaps politics and investing are more your style. Whatever your favorite activity or passion, chances are there’s a club at MMCC to fit your niche.

There are more than 40 clubs operating on campus, some more active than others. And there’s always room for more, according to Tammy Alvaro, coordinator of student advancement.

A Twisted Thistle Inn meeting in the fall of 2011. FILE PHOTO.

“Research has proven the more students are involved in student engagement activities and student groups, the more successful they are apt to be,” she said. Out-of-classroom learning and student engagement are critical components to student success.”

All clubs on campus fall under the umbrella of Mid’s Campus Council, MC2, which sponsors, organizes and helps run student activities through the clubs.

This week (Aug. 27-30) the Campus Council is hosting its annual Welcome Week with the theme “MMCC Student Life: Come Aboard!”

On Monday, Aug. 27, Campus Council officers will distribute student success information and help students locate their classes. Tuesday and Wednesday are Club Days. Each club on campus is invited to have representatives present to share information about their club and recruit new members. Club representatives will be on the Harrison Campus from 11 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. Tuesday and at the Mt. Pleasant Doan Campus from 11 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. Wednesday.

“Club Days are made to be a festive way for students to see what clubs we have here at MMCC,” Alvaro said. “There are always fun give-a-ways and treats for the students to enjoy.”

Welcome Week activities culminate Wednesday with Laker Spirit Day, when students and staff are encouraged to wear Laker spirit clothing and colors. Campus Council members also will distribute face tattoos with the new Laker mascot on them.

While Welcome Week is the perfect time to check out clubs of interest, information on all clubs is available at www.midmuich.edu/studentactivities or contact the Student Life office at (989) 386-6634.

Twisted Thistle game play. FILE PHOTO.

Alvaro noted that two new clubs are organizing this fall: the Equestrian and Rodeo Club  and the Wrestling Club.  Each club, with the help of a faculty advisor, sets its own meeting times and schedules its own events. Some of the most active current clubs, according to Alvaro, include:  Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society, Art and Design Club, Twisted Thistle Gamers Club, ECHO – Early Childhood Organization, Gay-Straight Alliance, German-American Club, Hockey Club, Home Away from Home Club, Japan Culture Club, Karate Club, Pom Pon Club, Nursing Honor Society, and PTASTIC- Physical Therapy Club.

But the list goes on and the opportunities to participate are varied, she said.

Also new this year is an all-club fundraiser. Rather than each club hosting its own event to raise money during the year, Mid’s Campus Council is organizing one fundraiser for all of the clubs to participate in, with each club receiving its own profits.

Alvaro acknowledged that it is sometimes difficult to sustain clubs and attract new members at many community colleges, because they are generally commuter colleges.

“Students do not live on our campus, they have jobs and families and scheduling can sometimes be difficult,” she said. “I do see a mindset with students thinking they just do not have time to get involved in campus activities, but once they do, they quickly realize they do have time and get so much out of student engagement.”

MMCC’s Campus Council is in the process of planning the student spring break trip for the 2012-13 school year and they are looking for students’ opinions on where they would like to travel. There is an online survey located at http://surveymonkey.com/s/rzf8blw. The survey will be available through the end of September. Last year’s trip was to St. Louis, MO.



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