students at the mall

Students walking around near ECU campus mall.

The Department of Student Engagement and Center for Leadership and Civic Engagement (CLCE) will host the Get A Clue Involvement Fair Aug. 31 at East Carolina University’s campus mall to introduce students to numerous organizations and businesses.

The annual event will feature multiple organizations, local businesses and community partners to inform and pass their information to students.

Assistant Director for Student Engagement Krista Wilhelm said in an email statement that there are over 110 student organizations participating in the event this year. Wilhelm said there are 25 confirmed community partners and about 25 local businesses and government agencies registered as well.

“Involvement is important because it helps students build a community and become more connected to the ECU campus,” Wilhelm said.

The event allows students to discover their strengths and weaknesses, Wilhelm said. She said it can be a resume builder as well as help develop leadership skills and personal and professional networks that will allow for connections to future opportunities.

Being involved, Wilhelm said, is directly related to academic performance, leadership prioritization, time management skills and well-being. She said she attended Get A Clue when she was an undergraduate student and served as one of the event coordinators for several years.

“I personally love this event! My favorite part is to see student organization leaders reconnecting with each other after many summer months as they showcase their respective clubs to gain more exposure, showcase their talents and interests as well as recruit more members,” Wilhelm said.

CLCE Graduate Assistant Chelsea Hewett said the Department of Student Engagement is in charge of handling the student organizations while the CLCE is in charge of managing community partners. Hewett said this includes many non-profit organizations and other businesses offering volunteer work for students.

Hewett said Get A Clue is a big event that students look forward to. It’s an event that especially helps incoming freshmen feel more connected and involved on campus, she said.

“It helps makes connections with other people and it’s really good for networking and getting free goodies,” Hewett said.

Senior biology major Camille High said she believes Get A Clue is beneficial and essential for ECU students because it’s important to know about the school you attend.

High said while academics are crucial, getting involved and learning about your environment is also important. The biggest thing students can take away from an event like this, High said, is knowledge.

“I just hope students can walk away with more education than before they attended the event,” High said.

Student Engagement Coordinator Christopher Cooper said the purpose of Get A Clue is for students to have a first look at active student organizations on campus community partners for volunteer services and local businesses for jobs. Cooper said research has shown that freshmen who are heavily involved on campus during the first month are likely to return because they feel a sense of belonging.

Cooper said he’s been at ECU for fifteen years as a student and a professional. He said when he first attended Get A Clue as a freshman, it helped him connect with student organizations he stayed with throughout his undergrad years. Cooper said he’s now become an advisor with an alum status.

“Get A Clue is a significant event, and the value of it is immeasurable because you never know how it impacts students, especially those who don’t have an easy time connecting or getting to know people,” Cooper said.

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