The first floor of the Trainer Natural Resources building bustled with activity during the College of Natural Resources Majors Night on Oct. 16. Freshmen and transfer students attended, seeking guidance from faculty and representatives of student organizations.
This marked the 7th anniversary of the event, put on by the CNR Student Success Center. The night provides a chance for students to learn about majors and student organizations.
Presentations specific to each major were given throughout the night. Sloppy joes, chips and cookies were served to all attendees and attendees were eligible for door prizes.
The hallways were lined with tables from over a dozen student organizations that set up displays and had email sign-up sheets for anyone interested. The atmosphere was casual, and students talked with representatives.
Adam Long and Eric Owens are both freshmen that made the rounds.
“We wanted to see what our opportunities were for different majors,” Long said.
Long said he heard other majors had more opportunities for job placement after graduation and mentioned forestry in particular. Owens added he thought about changing his major from environmental law enforcement to wetland restoration.
Alex Mertig and Nick Salewski were officers representing the Izaak Walton League, a group that gets students involved with a wide array of conservation projects.
Mertig explained the club is a young with most members being first or second year students. They are hoping
the CNR Majors Night and other projects throughout the year will diversify membership.
“This is one of our main events,” Mertig said. “The people who are coming here are looking for things like us.”
The UWSP chapter of the American Water Resources Association also wanted to get their name out during the event.
“We gear mostly toward hydrology and water resources majors,” said Isaiah Robertson, a co-president of AWRA.
“We have been recruiting heavily for the past two years,” Robertson said.
Robertson said because of recruiting efforts, the group has gone from 10 to 25 members since he has joined.
While CNR Majors Night may not convince everyone to join a student organization or change their major, it has proven to be a memorable way for students to learn about the opportunities the CNR has to offer.