Special Olympics College among new RSOs on campus
Published: Tuesday, September 3, 2013
Updated: Tuesday, September 3, 2013 17:09
There are over 300 Registered Student Organization on campus, and they cover a very wide range of interests. Whether your forte is video game music, chocolate or fishing, there is likely a club for you.
Soon, there will be at least three more organizations working to get students interested in different fields. One such club is the Special Olympics College at UD, which senior Rachel Grimm helped found.
Grimm says there are different chapters of the Special Olympics at other schools, and while she wanted to start the club at the university last year, she did not have the opportunity. However, after interning with the Special Olympics Delaware this summer, Grimm says she had a chance to found a campus-based version.
Grimm says she was able to connect with other students who volunteered at Special Olympics Delaware, and the current club membership, which consists of about a dozen students, is made up of those volunteers. Since then, the club has formed a constitution and is in the process of applying to become an official RSO, something she says will be completed by spring.
A variety of people will likely join the club, as the Special Olympics College at the university provides a way to get involved in a worthy cause, she says.
“Lots of athletes [will join] because a lot of the teams put on camps with Special Olympics of Delaware,” Grimm says. “It’s a well-known nonprofit. People will be drawn to the name.”
The Special Olympics College at UD is not the only new soon-to-be RSO. Senior electrical engineering major Adam Stein says he began the Design, Innovation and Positivity Movement about a month ago. The club is focused on new and original inventions, and aims to provide a forum for students to discuss such products and work on their ideas, Stein says.
“Essentially [it is] really to inspire and excite students with awesome products,” Stein says.
As an electrical engineering major, Stein says he has always been interested in technological design. He says he created a website showcasing new products that interested him and often spends several hours a week looking for such products to update his site. These products include a type of paint that, once applied, allows one to write on a wall as though it is a dry erase board, as well as handmade clothing and a patch that repels mosquitoes.
Stein says he recruited a few friends who were interested in the same things, and he plans to pass around information about the club through word of mouth. Once the club is formed, which Stein says will be within the month, he aims to start a group collaboration to engage all members of the RSO. In addition, he says he believes his club could allow students who have product ideas to network and connect with like-minded individuals.
Stein says he believes his club could help popularize a variety of products.
“[We] could be one of the first groups to get new products and publicize them,” he says.
One of the aforementioned products Stein says he is interested in is handmade clothing, a product of the fashion industry. Another new organization on campus aims to draw the attention of people interested in that field and help them learn about it.
The American Association of Textile Chemists and Colorists was started by a group of university students who visited the main organization in North Carolina during the winter for a study abroad session. Emma Sidoriak, a senior majoring in economics and apparel design, is the president and one of the founders of the university’s new AATCC chapter.