Are you interested in getting more involved on campus this year? Do you wonder if there is more to Metro State than classes and homework? At this year’s Fall Fest, you can discover a multitude of ways to get included in Metro State activities.
Fall Fest is Saturday, Sept. 16 from 12:30 to 4 p.m. in the parking lot at the corner of 6th Street E. and Maria Ave. on the St. Paul campus. If it rains or snows, the festivities will move inside the Student Center.
Representatives of more than 30 student clubs and organizations will be present at the event. Students can visit organizations’ tables to learn about their mission and membership.
The five student leaders of the University Activities Board (UAB) are the organizers of Fall Fest. Andrew Mueller, Guyo Kotile, Mohamed Nur, Sindy Griggs and Nutthar Souvannachack selected “Fall Fun Since ’71” as this year’s theme. They plan to highlight Metro State’s history since its founding in 1971.
UAB advisor Alysia Lajune said the board hopes attendees will get into the spirit and wear ’70s attire like bell bottoms and tie-dye. “DJ D-Mil is returning to Fall Fest this year and he’ll play a wide range of music that appeals to our diverse audience, including a series of ‘throwback’ chart-toppers dating back to 1971,” she said.
Fall Fest offers a carnival atmosphere, a BBQ cookout, and an event t-shirt. Activities include an inflatable bounce house, photo booth and a 24-foot rock-climbing wall. Entertainment includes break dancing performances by the Metro State Breaking Club.
Fall Fest is open to Metro State students, staff, faculty, family, friends and community members. Children are welcome. Kid-friendly activities include caricatures, henna tattoos, Jumbo Jenga, giant Connect Four and a dunk tank.
The UAB hopes to build on last year’s “record-breaking attendance,” and see more alumni attendees this year. “Our annual goal is to increase alumni engagement at Fall Fest, so the official welcome will be given by Rita Dibble, Metro’s Chief Officer & Foundation Director, and she will also speak at the Alumni Affairs brunch immediately preceding Fall Fest,” said Lajune.
Souvannachack, the marketing and promotions coordinator for the UAB, said they are planning more events for the day before and after Fall Fest. This may include a dance on Friday, Sept. 15. Students should check OrgSync for up-to-date details.
RSVPs accepted through the OrgSync webpage tiny.cc/fallfest17.
For more information on Fall Fest, contact Alysia Lajune at Alysia.Lajune@metrostate.edu. Individuals needing accommodations to attend the event can contact the Center for Accessibility Resources at 651−793−1549 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Note: In the August edition, an ad gave the incorrect impression that Fall Fest is organized by the Student Senate; Fall Fest is organized and sponsored by the University Activities Board (UAB).