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The folks over at our Student Union Society (SUS) and UFV Student Life are itching to inspire and bolster participation in our on-campus community with their upcoming U-Join events, happening on both the Abbotsford and Chilliwack campuses. The two societies have partnered up this year to make U-Join bigger and better than ever before.

At these events, students will have the opportunity to get a real idea of what UFV has to offer, and maybe even join a club. In addition to exploring UFV’s many resources, students will be able to enjoy free food and live music from Cambree Lovesy, who performed live at the New Student Orientation event in May, as well as our very own radio station, CIVL 101.7.  

Two separate events will take place on Sept. 11 on the Green at the Abbotsford campus, and on Sept. 13 at Canada Education Park at the Chilliwack campus, both from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Fifty tables have been confirmed for the Abbotsford event and 45 are confirmed for the Chilliwack event. The tables will feature organizations such as Study Abroad, the Peer Resource & Leadership Centre, community volunteer opportunities, and more.

In an interview, Mallory Manley, the coordinator of student transition and engagement in the department of Student Life, stated that “This is the first time that UFV departments, UFV clubs and associations, and volunteer organizations are coming together to host a U-Join event.”

Aside from showcasing what clubs and associations UFV has to offer, the goal of U-Join is “To help students find engagement opportunities on and off campus,” according to Manley, as volunteer organizations from the Fraser Valley and Lower Mainland will also be featured at the event.

Overall, U-Join aims to help students connect with staff, faculty, the services and resources available to them on campus, and information on the UFV clubs and associations they can join. Manley also states that, “The volunteer organizations are excited to meet our students and showcase all of the ways students can get involved in their community and gain amazing experience.”

If students are unable to attend either event at Abbotsford or Chilliwack, there are several online resources available to them. The SUS website currently lists all UFV clubs and associations, and if students are looking for volunteer opportunities, they can check out Volunteer UFV on myCampusLife. A few great on-campus resources for information include the SUS office, the Student Life lounge, and the Coast Capital Savings Peer Resource and Leadership Centre (PRLC), which are all located in the Student Union Building. At the PRLC, students can speak with a peer leader if they have questions, or need help finding a specific service.

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