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Written By: Rachael Cameron
Being involved in clubs or events in college is very important. Doing so can help make friends, improve time management, reduce stress, build a resume, etc. Everyone who attends college, no matter where they go, hears about these importances of getting involved in the campus community upon arrival as a freshman. Then, after a couple weeks it can seem like everyone has settled in and found a clique or community to become a part of. This can cause people to feel lost or give up on trying to find their own unique groups of people with similar views, hobbies, or values. Some upperclassmen may already have or had communities in the past but want to branch out a bit. However, whether you are a freshman still looking for your place or an upperclassmen looking for a new endeavor, it is important not to give up, but search and explore in order to find the right communities for you. Here at Seton Hill, there are a variety of clubs and organizations available to the student body. The following are some of the smaller or lesser known clubs that may just be the perfect fit for someone who is still looking for a community to be a part of.
Music Therapy Club (MAR-AMTS)
This club for Music Therapy majors at Seton Hill is officially called the Mid-Atlantic Region of American Music Therapy Students (MAR-AMTS). They are an organization that offers professional development and outreach opportunities in music therapy for its members. Club President, Abby Mickle said “MAR-AMTS has really helped me grow in being an advocate for music therapy. So many people today still don’t know what music therapy is or what it does, so I believe that the biggest goal for our organization is to become the best music therapists we can be and to show others the power of music through music therapy.” While membership is limited to music therapy students, participation in any of their events is completely open to any Seton Hill student, and they highly encourage participation of other majors.
In the past, this club has hosted many drum circles and would often attend the state and national conferences. Be sure to look out for information regarding an open mic night, tentatively being planned for November and facilitated at Steep Mountain. MAR-AMTS also hopes to host performances of all kinds by students from varying degree programs. The club’s main fundraiser is a concert called ‘Love Notes’ that is held in the Performing Arts Center each February, near Valentine’s Day. Any student from Seton Hill is encouraged to participate and perform a love song. This year the concert will be held on Saturday, Feb. 10 at 7 p.m. If you have any interest in performing or getting involved with this club in general, please contact the MAR-AMTS Vice President, Abby Whitlach (firstname.lastname@example.org).
The GoBabyGo! Club is a brand new club that was formed by club president Morgan Conty and some of her classmates in the Doctorate of Physical Therapy (DPT) program here at Seton Hill. However, Conty stated, “We are absolutely open to new members of any background, major, undergraduate program, graduate program, PA, LECOM, etc.” The club is a branch of a national effort to improve the quality of life, mobility, and society participation for children with disabilities by modifying ride-on toy cars. The modifications are unique to each child to ensure safety and are meant to improve their ability to engage with their families and peers, as well as their cognitive, social, and motor development skills. The club is also a way to emphasize and incorporate interprofessional collaboration among students and professionals, as we are open to working with students and community members of all backgrounds and disciplines.
GoBabyGo!’s first fundraising event, “Fun Run, Walk, Roll, or Stroll”, is an all-inclusive event open to any community member of all ages at Lynch Field on Oct. 29. Anybody interested in attending can register on SHINE and are welcome to bring any family, friend, or community member. Participants are also encouraged to wear their best Halloween costume as there will be a costume contest and trick or treating, as well as snacks, drinks, 50/50, raffle baskets, t-shirt sales, and more.
Forensics Science Club
The Forensic Science Club is another club available to all students. They are open to true crime enthusiasts of all majors. This club not only discusses true crime and performs forensic science labs, but the members also enjoy playing escape room games, doing crafts, hosting trivia or game/movie nights, glass breaking, and even more. They also are responsible for decorating the Lynch bulletin boards as well as hosting alumni panels featuring SHU forensic science graduates. Additionally, they get involved in the community by going on outings in Greensburg, including the Night Markets, ax throwing, and bowling. One of the club’s highlights is helping to send the members to the yearly meeting of the Mid-Atlantic Association of Forensic Scientists. President of the Forensics Science Club, Kayla Granito said, “Our club is always open to new members and we hope you can join us! We would absolutely love to get to know you! Even if you can only come to a meeting once in a while we would love to hear your ideas! Feel free to email us at email@example.com.”