Fire up the grill, put the sodas on ice and the get ready to put the kids in the dunking booth. Fall Fest, the annual university-sponsored event to support fundraising for student groups and a day of festivities for the whole community, is a mere three weeks away.
In preparation, the Student Programing Board hosted a meeting Oct. 5 at Main Campus Building to discuss arrangements for the university’s second annual Fall Fest scheduled for 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Nov. 19 at Main Campus and Brooks City-Base Campus. The event is open to students, faculty, staff and the community.
The goal of SPB, formed in 2011, is to provide high-quality educational, enrichment and entertainment programs that enhance student life and to contribute to overall student development.
During the meeting, 12 clubs entered a lottery to decide which activities, food and beverages each club will sell at the festival. The clubs’ set-up locations have not yet been determined.
There are 20 active clubs registered with the office of student engagement and success, nine inactive clubs and four interest groups, according to a club list provided by Laura Pantano, assistant vice president of student engagement and success.
SPB President Stephanie Gower said the lottery system “worked beautifully” last year, allowing the clubs to pick fairly which items they’d serve at their booths.
“Your club’s number will be placed in a cup and we will pull out a number that corresponded with the list,” Gower said at the meeting.
David Franco, history senior and member of SPB, said the event will be sponsored by the university in conjunction with SPB.
“We are looking to benefit the student body and get students involved not only with current organizations but with campus activities,” Franco said.
Gower added that there will also be a contest and that a prize will be given away for best booth decor.
Fall fest organizers recommend that clubs should consult SPB if members have an idea, want to fundraise or earn recognition.
For more information on SPB, weekly meetings are held on Wednesday at 12:30 p.m. in Room 353 of Main Campus.