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Spring semester brings warm weather and new campus clubs

These new organizations now join the ranks of other school sponsored organizations. (Andrew Zhang)
These new organizations now join the ranks of other school sponsored organizations. (Andrew Zhang)

Nearly every semester, new clubs rise on campus. They all have their own goals and purposes, but most of them just want to share their vision with the campus community.

 

Women in Computer Science

Women in Computer Science, the official ACM-W chapter, is currently in the process of gaining recognition and funding from the Graduate Student Organization, has proclaimed that its aim is to foster understanding between men and women in Computer Science. ACM-W is the women’s branch of the Association for Computing Machinery. The organization also intends to increase and improve women’s involvement in the discipline. Women in Computer Science also holds academic and social events and also works with the Computer Science department.

 

Global Architecture Brigade

The world’s largest student-led global health and sustainable development organization is the Global Architecture Brigade, according to the club’s profile description. It started in 2004 when Global Brigades mobilized thousands of university students and professionals. Through nine skill-based service programs, the quality of life in under-resourced communities through partner organizations in Honduras, Panama and Ghana were improved. Since 2004, the Global Architecture Brigade mobilized more than 12,000 volunteers to support more than 350,000 community members in those three countries.

The volunteers’ duties involve designing and constructing schools and health centers for communities. According to the club, once a university chapter expresses interest, its members will be provided with a brief on an upcoming design contest against other university chapters. The community then selects the design or designs that best fit their needs. All participating chapters come together as one and help build the school. This is a great way for aspiring architects to put their craft to use for a great cause.

 

SBU Entrepreneurs

This club, which aims to help students learn how to start a business, fosters a supportive and creative environment for business ideas.

 

Alzheimer’s Awareness

This club offers awareness and fundraising for sufferers of Alzheimer’s disease. Its members participate in events hosted by the Alzheimer’s Association and fundraise money on their own. You can also find them outside of the Student Activities Center hosting a  fundraiser and giving out purple pens.

 

Project Sunshine

Project Sunshine isn’t exclusive to Stony Brook’s campus. It is an organization that empowers a dynamic and dedicated corps of more than 10,000 volunteers to bring programming, recreational arts, educational tutoring and mentoring. The SB Life website said that there are social services and HIV and nutritional counseling provided to over 60,000 children facing medical challenges and their families in 100 major cities across the United States and in five international satellite sites: Canada, China, Israel, Kenya and Puerto Rico. Like a lot of clubs, Project Sunshine reaches out to volunteers to devote and donate their time to create and deliver programs.

This chapter at Stony Brook works in coalition with the Child-Life Department at Stony Brook Children’s Hospital. A few of the following programs underway are Direct Service Programs,

Sending Sunshine Programs, Project Sunshine Day (weekly) and Project Knit Support Group (weekly).

Students can find other new clubs this spring semester. There’s Tricking, SB Shine and the Friends of Fire Island.

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