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Stony Brook Involvement Fair Woos Students into Campus Fold — Virtually

Stony Brook University in New York has introduced a virtual version of its "involvement fair," intended to help students on and off campus partake in club activities and meet other students, even if they can't do it in person.

Each club and organization is given video time to pitch its case and create meetings and events. Then students can browse the profiles of each.

For students who are unsure about what club to join, the university posted a quiz on BuzzFeed to help nudge the undecided one way or another. The quiz asks students questions about which school tradition is their favorite, how they like to spend their weekends, where they like to hang out on campus, what they're passionate about and which group during the involvement fair most piques their interest.

The university is also putting together other virtual events to help newbies and returning students build the campus bond. That includes plans for a virtual job and internship fair as well, to prepare students for next steps.

"We're planning lots of large virtual and small in-person events to keep our campus community connected and engaged," said Rick Gatteau, vice president of student affairs, in a statement.

About the Author

Dian Schaffhauser is a former senior contributing editor for 1105 Media's education publications THE Journal, Campus Technology and Spaces4Learning.

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