Cool Campus Clubs and Student Organizations

by
Public Relations Associate, Carnegie Communications

Jul   2011

Wed

27

The spice of student life is often linked to the range of campus clubs and student organizations offered at colleges and universities.

There is, of course, the meat and potatoes of student organizations: Greek life, performance clubs, academic organizations, honor societies, volunteer groups, and more. But the real pizzazz lies in the clubs and students that aim to do something unique, influential, and fun.

Hot off the grill

The University of Denver may be smack in the middle of a snowy terrain, but that doesn’t stop students from polishing their barbecue skills. DUGS (Denver University Grilling Society) is a student organization that does much more than master a spatula.

DUGS has been “Starting fires on campus since 2007,” not only acting as the grilling connoisseurs at the university, but also by offering activities like their “Let’s Grill, It’s Friday” event where non-club members can join the “grill-it-yourself” atmosphere and learn some new techniques. DUGS often hosts a grilling tailgate for university sporting events, and even offers free food and catering opportunities to Greek organizations, clubs, and other university-affiliated groups. Back in 2009, DUGS won the DU Pioneer Award, recognizing a student organization that shows “Pioneer Spirit” on campus and in the community. Check out their Facebook and Twitter pages for updates.

Students put their best foot forward

Many people have heard of Tom’s Shoes, a company that matches every pair of shoes purchased with a pair of new shoes given to a child in need. What people may not know is that campuses can take part in the “One for one” movement and raise awareness with college students by joining campus clubs.

Students can apply online to start a Tom’s Campus Club at their college, which not only provides participants with valuable experience, but also enables students to spread the word on how these shoes can prevent a vast amount of risks for shoe-less cultures across the globe.

One college taking part in the movement is Mount Mary College in Milwaukee, WI. Last April, students hosted “One Day without Shoes,” a Tom’s Shoes-affiliated event where people across the globe participate in a full day without footwear to experience what it’s truly like to live barefoot. The Tom’s Campus Club at Mount Mary also has a Facebook and Twitter page with updates and photos from their events.

If you could start any club or organization, what would it be? A relaxation club? Competitive sledding? Let your imagination go wild, and stay tuned to read more about other unique campus organizations.

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About Catherine Seraphin

Catherine Seraphin

Catherine Seraphin is the Digital Media Project Manager at Harvard University, formerly the Assistant Editor, Online Specialist for Carnegie Communications. Catherine graduated from Penn State University with a degree in journalism, a minor in English, and course concentrations in business. She was previously an in-depth arts reporter for Penn State’s student-run newspaper, The Daily Collegian, and interned as a features reporter at a paper based in Southern Massachusetts. Catherine previously had a full-year internship with a well-known higher education PR firm. Her favorite experiences during college include her two years as a resident assistant and her involvement in THON, the largest student-run philanthropy in the world. There, she was on the PR committee that helped THON become the third most tweeted topic worldwide. When she isn’t working, you can find Catherine shopping, reading, running, or updating her social media pages.

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