Pasadena City College Launches ‘Virtual Club Rush’

first_imgEducation Pasadena City College Launches ‘Virtual Club Rush’ By BRIAN DAY and JOEY REAMS Published on Thursday, September 10, 2020 | 11:59 am faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,PCC – EducationVirtual Schools PasadenaDarrell Done EducationHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Two PCC students pose in front of their club table in this undated photo from a previous year. Image courtesy PCC via FacebookThis is about the time of year Pasadena City College’s club’s traditionally set up dozens of tents to court potential members in the student body. But with the pandemic precluding such a large gathering, PCC is taking its annual club rush online.The Virtual Club Rush website was the brainchild of PCC Associated Students Vice President Christopher Theung, PCC Student Life Advisor Carrie Afuso said. In addition to listing information about clubs, it includes videos produced by many of the campus clubs explaining what their organizations are about.The videos complement a listing of campus organizations maintained online at“We typically have Club Rush in person, and it’s a week-long afternoon event. When it’s over, some feel that they have missed the opportunity to meet new clubs,” Theung said. “With our online format, clubs and organizations are available 24-7 for students to peruse and get in touch with. It’s also especially advantageous for students who take classes in the evenings or register later in the semester.”Theung began working on the project in June, once it became apparent large gatherings would not be possible for quite some time due to the COVID-19 pandemic, according to Afuso. More than 500 students generally attend the in-person event each day.“When students log in, they will have the opportunity to meet and get to know the 32 different clubs who participated,” she said.She commended Theung for his work and the school’s Internet technology team.“I cannot emphasize enough the hard work that Chris and our IT department put into this event,” Afuso said. “Technically, this was not an easy project to execute and had never been done before on our campus. Chris worked hard to ensure that all of our clubs could be showcased in the best light, smoothing over many technical barriers. It was something he put a lot of thought into.”The idea was to allow the clubs and their members to share a bit more of themselves than can be done in a printed description, Theung said.“Some schools had a basic list of clubs and others posted links to the clubs’ social media pages, but I wanted something more interactive and personable,” he said. “I figured video is a great way to achieve that.”Despite the pandemic, Theung said he didn’t want fellow students to miss out on an important part of the college experience.“College is also a time of exploration for many students, and learning doesn’t always happen in the classroom,” he said. “Statistically, 30 percent of college students change their majors within their educational journey, including me. I believe that this phenomenon is influenced by meeting new people and experiencing different opportunities, which clubs and organizations are primarily designed for.”Theung thanked PCC staff and administrators for their support in the project.“It’s met and exceeded my vision of connecting students with clubs and organizations, He said. “I’ve got lots of students asking how to join clubs since the launch of our site early this week.”Both Theung and Afuso said they hoped the page would help give a boost to campus clubs.“We will know later in the month if student involvement picks up,” Afuso said. “Of course, we would all love to be back on campus with all of our students, but until it is safe to do so, virtual platforms such as LancerLife and the Virtual club fair help fill the gap.”The Virtual Club Rush can be viewed online at Top of the News Business News More Cool Stuff Community News Make a comment STAFF REPORT Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy 30 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it center_img CITY NEWS SERVICE/STAFF REPORT Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday Community News Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  STAFF REPORT First Heatwave Expected Next Week EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. 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