New organizations join campus community

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    TCU welcomed 10 new groups to campus at the Student Organization Fair Wednesday as students seek to expand opportunities to get involved.

    The Student Kinesiology Association, the A Cappella Society and a Wildlife Society were among the new organizations that debuted at Wednesday’s organization fair.

    Raymond Shideler, freshman pre-business major, founded the A Cappella society.

    “I was in an 8-men a cappella group during high school, and when I came here, I just really missed the way I would perform with the guys and the type of performing we would do,” Shideler said. “I thought it was something that TCU was kind of lacking, and I felt it would build a great following through the students here.”

    Lauren Nelson founded the Student Kinesiology Association for a similar reason.

    The junior movement science major said she wished that such an association existed when she was a first-year student.

    “My freshman year, I really felt a void that there wasn’t a kinesiology club. There was nothing that kinesiology majors could specifically be a part of that was only for kinesiology majors,” Nelson said. “I know what I would have wanted as a freshman, and I now know what I want as a junior, so I put the two together and started the club.”

    Nelson said she hopes to attract students of all years.

    “There is so much you can do with our major that I was unaware of, so I really started it to give freshmen and sophomores more of an awareness to the opportunities that they can find,” Nelson said.

    There will also be seminars for juniors and seniors that focus on things relating to graduate schools, such as the interviewing process and applications, Nelson said.

    About 30 organizations participated in the fair.

    “I’m always excited to create opportunities for new students to get involved, and for organizations to highlight the great work they are doing,” Brett Phillips, Director of Student Organizations, said.

    Phillips said he wanted to have a fair this semester to help students who are looking to find new organizations.

    “How do we continually refresh, and get in front of students so they remember involvement is helpful for their leadership development, personal development, as well as socially?” Phillips said. “I think we need to create more opportunities for that.”