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Annual Club Fair: An Audition?

The Office of Student Affairs organizes at the beginning of every academic year its “Annual Club Fair,” an event likened by Dean of Student Affairs Tony Gergess to a tryout or an audition for every club on campus. During the fair, every club, he says, is able to present a brief about its social and cultural activities as it tries to attract new members.

“Campus life is very alive at Balamand,” says Dr. Gergess,  and “the beauty of the Club Fair is the excitement it generates and the competition between students who  try to attract new students to join their clubs.”

The main objective of the clubs is to engage students in extracurricular activities, to develop their leadership skills, and to increase community service through campus-wide and community-based projects and activities, says Dr. Gergess.

Clubs and societies at Balamand represent a wide variety of interests offering students the opportunity to experience growth outside the classroom setting. However, cautions the dean of student affairs, students need to draw a line between their studies and their extra-curricular activities. “We try to monitor the academic performance of students engaged in clubs.” Professional staff members and faculty advisors are also available to assist individuals forming a club and to advise registered groups, he added.

The Red Cross Youth C
lub, which falls under the umbrella of the Lebanese Red Cross - Youth Department,   is among the many active clubs on campus.  The club organizes yearly events at the university, including regular blood drives in partnership with the Red Cross Blood Bank, AIDS awareness campaigns, road safety awareness events and environmental events, said club member Sarah Abboud. “We also organize events in collaboration with local schools to promote humanitarian values and a culture of peace and non-violence,” continued Abboud.

Georges Dahdah, president of the Meaningful Youth Club (MY CLUB), said that the main objective of his club is to enrich campus life through innovative activities like the “UOB Talent Show, which the whole University enjoyed last year.” 

The Balamand website will soon be highlighting the many clubs at the University. Stay tuned.

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