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300 student organizations enhance NDSU’s educational experience

Published April 23, 2012

NDSU student Cassie Hatzenbuhler is learning firsthand what happens behind the scenes before models take to the catwalk. The sophomore marketing major from Mandan, N.D., is an officer for NDSU’s Fashion, Apparel and Business Organization that will hold a spring fashion show Wednesday, April 25, at noon, in the Memorial Union Great Plains Ballroom.

Hatzenbuhler, who serves on several fashion show committees, has been designing promotional materials, finding models, picking bridal wear and running fittings. During the fashion show, she will coordinate the models entering and exiting the runway.

“It has allowed me to explore my options in the fashion world and develop my skills,” Hatzenbuhler said. “Putting on a student-run fashion show takes a lot of time and planning and has definitely had a huge impact on me and my abilities.”

The Fashion, Apparel and Business Organization is one of approximately 300 organizations that enhance students’ educational experiences at NDSU. Students have the opportunity to participate in academic, cultural, graduate, military, religious, service, special interest and athletic clubs as well as honor societies, fraternities and sororities, and student governance.

SCUBA Divers
Samantha Trill, a senior majoring in human development and family science from Glenwood, Minn., joined the SCUBA Divers club after members visited her scuba diving class at NDSU. The social club meets at least once a month. Members share their scuba diving experiences, plan trips to dive together at area lakes and provide support for members who are interested in becoming certified scuba divers. Trill said the club has been a great way to meet people she wouldn’t have otherwise known were scuba divers.

Students Today Leaders Forever
Jordan Peterson, a sophomore majoring in journalism from Alexandria, Minn., joined Students Today Leaders Forever, as a freshman wanting to get involved and develop his leadership skills.

The organization does local and national service projects, while giving students throughout the organization the opportunity to lead. The organization originates many of its own projects but also participates in service projects organized by other student groups, he said.

Peterson is one of five members of a chapter core team that lead NDSU’s Students Today Leaders Forever. He explained that the organization encourages all members to exercise their leadership skills by leading meetings or proposing and organizing service projects that are important to them.

The organization is perhaps best known for its Pay It Forward spring break trips where busloads of members stop in five cities on their way to a destination city. They spend a day volunteering in each city on the way and work on a larger project in the destination city. During spring break 2012, the final destination for one bus was Washington, D.C., where they met with six other chapters from across the country and cleaned garbage out of the Anacostia River. The organization also sent buses to Dallas, Texas, and Denver, Colo., during spring break 2012.

“Students have the opportunity to give back to the community and blossom their leadership skills through us,” Peterson said. The organization is a good fit for students who want to work on their leadership skills in a welcoming, supportive environment or students who want to be involved but aren’t sure what organization to join, he said.

Fashion, Apparel and Business Organization
The Fashion, Apparel and Business Organization is for students who have an interest in fashion retailing, merchandising, design and product development. The organization helps students gain leadership skills and provides:

  • Networking opportunities
  • Community service opportunities, such as collecting gently used career attire for the Dress for Success program
  • A practical overview of careers related to the apparel industry

The spring fashion show is one of the organization’s major events. NDSU students majoring in apparel, retail merchandising and design get involved by creating original designs to be modeled in the show. Fargo-Moorhead retailers also provide clothing for NDSU students to model.

Hatzenbuhler said the organization has allowed her to take on new leadership roles and to reach out to students across campus. “It has allowed me to branch out and meet new people who have similar interests to my own,” she said. “I have also had the chance to network and open up doors that would not have been opened otherwise.”

The Fashion, Apparel and Business Organization, SCUBA Divers and Students Today Leaders Forever are just a sampling of student organizations at NDSU. Visit for a full listing.


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