Argopalooza helps Argos sail into involvement

September 1, 2017 | Cayla Miraglia

2016-2017 Haitian Student Organization members gather around the Haitian flag.
Haitian Student Organization members gather around the Haitian flag.

Argopalooza is an annual student organization fair that takes place during Argo Arrival. It is designed to help students connect with organizations and get excited about becoming involved on campus at UWF.

Life-Changing Experiences

Haitian Student Organization (HSO) Liaison Alex Francois thanks Argopalooza for helping him start his involvement journey on campus. “My first time at Argopalooza was unbelievable,” he said. “This was where I had made the decision that I was going to get involved in multiple organizations.”

This year, more than 90 registered student organizations will attend Argopalooza in the Field House on Monday, Sept. 4, from 7-9 p.m. They will have the opportunity to show new students what they are all about by hosting a table and passing out information to all students interested in their organization. There were also be a demo stage, where organizations will perform.

Pre-Vet Society President Kira Moraca, is excited to host a table at Argopalooza. “Pre-Vet Society and other clubs I've been involved with have better prepared me for graduate school, and it’s been a fun way to stay a part of the community,” she said. “Student involvement is also a great way to meet new people who share similar interests.”

Sigma Alpha Mu President Cole Peaden also had a great experience when he first attended the event. “It was one of the best experiences of my first semester,” he said. “Seeing all the students being passionate about something they believed in was inspiring.”

Pre-Vet Society members host a table at Argopalooza 2016.

Excitement for Involvement

Student organization leaders around campus are excited to participate in Argopalooza and introduce the new things their organizations have planned.

Alex said HSO has events that students can attend to learn and have fun. “We teach students how to dance Kompa, help them learn the Haitian culture, teach them how to cook Haitian food and, most importantly, teach them the lifestyle of the Caribbean,” he said.

Kira said that her organization is looking forward to fundraising, volunteer events and educational lectures planned for the fall semester. Cole said Sigma Alpha Mu takes its community service very seriously and enjoys being known for its outreach efforts.

President Cole Peaden and his fraternity brothers host a table at Argopalooza 2016.

Advice for First-Timers

With many students and organizations coming together, Argopalooza is one of the biggest events during Argo Arrival. Kira advises students to not be overwhelmed while attending this event.

“Look around at all of the booths first, but make sure to actually approach a few tables you’re interested in to get more information,” she said.

Cole shared some tips for students who are attending Argopalooza for the first time. “Don't be afraid to approach tables. Every organization is there to meet people that may be interested,” he said. “If you have any questions or anything, just walk up and have a conversation.”

Argopalooza is an event you don’t want to miss, and it is free to UWF students with a valid Nautilus Card to attend. For more information, visit Argo Arrival.