Involvement Fair Promotes Participation on Campus

The Spring 2024 Involvement Fair was hosted on Jan. 19 during New Student Orientation, which was for transfer students, although many current students attended as well. New and old students alike mingled and learned about the clubs and organizations the university has to offer. 

University of Redlands Planned Parenthood Generation Action (PPGA) is one of many PPGA groups across the country aiming to organize events and educate students about reproductive freedom. Students Melissa Krochmal ‘27 (left) and Alyssa Rodriguez ‘26 (right) of PPGA have big plans for this semester. 

“We’re installing an emergency contraceptive vending machine,” said Rodriguez. This machine will have menstrual products, Plan B, condoms, and other necessities. “Some [items] will be free, most will be at a low cost,” she added. 

Rodriguez hopes to have the vending machine somewhere in Hunsaker. She explained, “We’re trying to find which place is most accessible.”

PPGA also aims to educate the student body on reproductive health and safety. “We’re trying to do a sex ed teach-in on campus, just to educate people,” Rodriguez said. PPGA also had field trips to participate in activism like phone banking and encouraging community members to vote. 

PPGA meets Wednesdays at 7 p.m. in Larsen 231. More information can be found on their Instagram page, @uor.ppgenaction.

Community Service Learning (CSL) group Jasper’s Corner is a homework help club for K-12 students. 

“We’re a tutoring organization in the library on campus. We tutor kids from around the community,” said tutor Risa Tarzian ‘26 (right). She hopes to encourage more tutees to attend this semester.

Jasper’s Corner fulfills students’ CSAC volunteer requirement. Work study positions for this program are available as well. Students can also earn required observation hours for the School of Education. There are tutoring opportunities 4:30-6:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday on the third floor of the library, as well as various off-campus locations.

For more information, contact Jasper’s Corner at jaspers_corner@redlands.edu or @uofr_jasperscorner on Instagram. 

Meet one of the university’s newest clubs, Snow Sports Club. They go snowboarding and skiing every weekend in the spring semester, often at Big Bear. Members touted the feeling of a tight knit community in their club.

“Our goal is to make [snow sports] more accessible for people, including beginners,” said club president Paulina Necochea Sanchez. “Most people start as beginners, so don’t be afraid to start.” 

They meet on Tuesdays at 4 p.m. in Library 104, and more information can be found on their Instagram @snowsportsuofr. 

SEA (Students for Environmental Action) Club aims to make sustainable change in the university community and world. 

SEA Club Social Media Advisor Marissa Spires ‘26 (left) and Treasurer Chloe Phan ‘26 (right) emphasized the necessity to follow up with projects from fall semester, such as the Give Before You Go Drive and recycling contest. 

“The recycling competition in the first year halls is a big focus for this semester,” said Spires. 

SEA’s recycling contest runs through Feb. 20, and bins to recycle items with a CA CRV (California Redemption Value) code can be found in the common areas of first-year dorm halls Williams, East, and Merriam. The dorm with the most recycling will win a pizza party. 

SEA Club also wants to collaborate with other organizations across campus. “Some future collaborations will be with Champs, Zeta, and Big Buddies,” says Phan. 

The upcoming annual Climate Teach-in is an event where SEA will promote sustainability and help educate about climate change. This event will be held on March 21.

SEA club meets Mondays at 7:30 p.m. in Lewis 110. Their Instagram is @seauniversityofredlands.

The clubs highlighted are only a few of many available opportunities at the university. The dedicated students in charge of establishing and running clubs make this campus shine!

Photos by Bec Gage.

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Adelaide Hubble is a freshman majoring in environmental studies and minoring in spatial studies. She enjoys writing about club events and any important issues on campus. Adelaide is from Las Vegas and likes to listen to 80s/90s alternative rock and explore coffee shops in her free time.

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