Students explore RSOs at annual Cards Party

Cake Club’s secretary and fundraising chairperson Olivia Stantz explains to Emily Strozeski, a psychology sophomore, what Cake Club is and why she should join. Vanguard Photo | Nicole Vogelpohl

On Wednesday, Sept. 11, Student Life hosted Cards Party, the largest annual recruitment event for RSOs and organizations on campus. This year, over 150 RSOs and organizations held table sits inside O’Neil Arena.

Tony Cianciolo, the assistant director of Student Life, was responsible for organizing this year’s event.

In his 8th year of involvement with the event, Cianciolo spoke on the substantial amount of recruiting Cards Party brings to RSOs.

“(Cards Party) helps students be more aware of opportunities on campus,” he said.

One organization in attendance was the Organization of Black Unity (OBU.)

Music major and President of OBU Indigo Dudley said Cards Party allows students to find a place on campus.

“The purpose is really to invite people that need a home,” she said. Exercise science senior Kyle Bunnelle thought the organizations with the most success were those that included games in their presentation.

“The organizations that get the most sign-ups are the ones with the cool games,” Bunnelle said. “It’s always good to see career services because they have Plinko.”

In the President’s Courtyard the same day, Alumni Relations hosted its biannual event with the help of Michigan’s Secretary of State. The event aims to give any student a free Saginaw Valley license plate and register students to vote.

Executive Director of Alumni Relations Jim Dwyer said the event gives students the opportunity to share their Cardinal story.

“It’s compelling for people to tell our story,” Dwyer said. “This event makes it simple. Just fill out the forms and you’re done.”

Students who were unable to attend the event can still take advantage of Alumni Relations offer for a free Saginaw Valley plate. Students can go to, or purchase the plate in person at any Secretary of State office and return the form to the Alumni Relation office.

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