SRU student ‘delighted’ by opportunity to create new student organization
From left, Slippery Rock University students Tommie Venanzio, Trinity Romesberg, Shannon Donahue, Ashley Musser and Katie Lambert are members of Delight at SRU, one of 10 news student organizations from among the more than 160 clubs and groups on campus.
June 16, 2021
SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. — Slippery Rock University features more than 160 registered student clubs and organizations that empower students to explore a wide variety of opportunities for involvement and camaraderie. As it turns out, not even the COVID-19 pandemic could deter students from getting involved, even those who spent the last academic year living at home or off campus while taking online classes. In fact, there were 10 student organizations added in the 2020-21 school year.
One such organization is Delight at SRU, a campus chapter of the national faith-based organization Delight Ministries that invites college women into Christian community "that fosters vulnerability and transforms stories."
Trinity Romesberg, a junior communication major from Hollsopple, founded Delight at SRU after she said she "felt a tug" on her heart, especially to help people by finding community.
"My faith has always been a big part of my life and I want to make a difference in other people's lives, just like how faith has changed my life," Romesberg said. "During the pandemic, I got more in touch with my faith, just realizing how out of control (life can be) and realizing how many people are lost. I'm hoping that in some way I can be there for other people. I'm really excited to start this organization on campus."
Romesberg completed the necessary applications and interviews to be recognized as a chapter through Delight Ministries and as a student organization at SRU. Despite gaining approval late in the spring 2021 semester, Delight at SRU already has more than 60 members. While there are at least six other faith-based organizations on campus, Romesberg believed there was still room for more.
"The other ministries on campus are coed and they are great," Romesberg said. "We just really feel it's important to have a group for women where we can be open, honest and vulnerable. In the world we live in, there's a lot of jealousy and often girls are put down, and we wanted to have something on campus where it's not a competition and girls don't feel like they have to impress anybody and they can feel welcomed."
Delight at SRU's leadership team has met virtually as the organization plans for the upcoming academic year. Activities will include social events, Bible study and worship, and service projects.
Although Romesberg lived at home during the 2020-21 academic year, she recognized the importance of staying active in the community and gaining career experiences during the pandemic. She coaches kids at a Learn to Skate program in Johnstown, she teaches a spinning class and she's worked for the Johnstown Tomahawks junior hockey league team and the Johnston Mill Rats summer collegiate baseball team, providing in-game entertainment. Additionally, she started her own Instagram-based faith and positivity clothing line called "Perspective by Trin."
"After coming back home from Slippery Rock, I wanted to plug back into the community and be involved and volunteer," Romesberg said. "These types of things will definitely be on my resume."
Romesberg has developed several career interests, from sports promotion and fashion merchandising to faith ministries and wedding planning.
"There are so many different routes I could take, and I'm very open and excited for any opportunities," Romesberg said.
Romesberg's willingness to explore and get involved in a variety of domains epitomizes the benefits of the student organization offerings at SRU. Organizations revolve around advocacy, governance, media, culture, religion, service, arts, sports and more.
In addition to Delight at SRU, the newly recognized student organizations at SRU from the 2020-21 academic year are: the American Industrial Hygiene Association, the Chess Club, Chi Sigma Iota Counseling Academic and Professional Honor Society, Clarinet Choir, Double Reed Club (musicians), Lemon Club (advocates for awareness of pediatric cancer), Multidisciplinary Arts Collective, Tau Beta Sigma (national band honorary) and TRANSaction (transgender, non-binary, gender non-conforming, intersex, queer and ally students).
More information about SRU students organizations is available on the SRU website, or current SRU students can search and join organizations through CORE, the University's online platform for student organizations.
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