Get involved with something new

A new school year brings opportunities for students to meet people with shared passions and interests. The Student Organization Fair will be held Aug. 24 on Greene Street, giving students the chance to find a group that fits them best. And even with over 400 organizations at this university, new organizations are formed every year. Here are 15 of the university’s newest organizations.

Billiards Club
This club promotes the various billiards games and enhances the skills of members through competitive play.

Falun Dafa Club at USC
This club focuses on an advanced self-cultivation practice of the Buddha School. The foundation of the practice is Zhen, Shan, Ren (or truthfulness, compassion, forbearance). 

Eta Kappa Nu
The Delta Phi Chapter of this national organization is the primary Electrical and Computer Engineering Honor Society for the Institute for Electrical and Electronics Engineers at the University of South Carolina. 

Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers
This organization seeks to empower members of the Hispanic community to realize their fullest potential and to impact the world through STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) awareness, access, support and development. 

Foundation for International Medical Relief of Children – USC
The organization's chapters engage in local health care and provide volunteer services for those in need. U.S. chapters work to raise funds for locations abroad. The main goal is to provide medical care to underserved communities. 

Comic Book Enthusiasts Club
This is a place for anyone with a love of comics to come and discuss their interest with like-minded people. 

I Am That Girl South Carolina
This local chapter of a national movement seeks to inspire girls to love, express and be exactly who they are.

Moore School Pride
The mission of this group is to advocate for diversity and promote inclusion for all students at the Darla Moore School of Business, with a focus on the community of LGBT students and Straight Allies.

Cooperative for Archives, Libraries, and Museums
This is an organization dedicated to encouraging dialogue among those interested in cultural heritage institutions like libraries, archives and museums.

Vida Volunteer
The organization serves as a resource volunteers can depend on to support their cause of helping their fellow human beings and animals. As a nonprofit organization, Vida aims to bring people together through service learning to make a positive impact.

Public Health Society
The groups work to educate and inform students about the field in preparation for their future. The organization will host public health professionals, graduate students and have community service events targeting public health problems within the university.

Astronomy Club
This club aims to make astronomy more accessible to the average student through a mixture of discussion and hands-on activities.

South Carolina Against Trafficking
The purpose of this group is to spread awareness in the Columbia community about the issue of human trafficking and its effect on the world, in particular the U.S. South. 

Also known as Race, Equity and Advocacy in Childhood, this organization is for preservice and in-service teachers who collaborate with each other to deepen understandings about the work of social justice in early childhood classrooms with a particular focus on issues of race. 

Hands on Prosthetic Engineering
This group focuses on 3D printing prosthetics. Members pair up with charities to give the prosthetics created to children in need. No experience in 3D printing is required to join. 

The Artist Guild
This is a student-led group of artists practicing their desired mediums. Members express their creativity through drawing, painting, sculpture, printmaking and anything else they choose to explore.

To find more information about these student organizations and others, go to the student organizations portal, Garnet Gate, or visit the Student Organization Fair to learn more.

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