Fall Welcome Events Greet New and Returning Students

August 26, 2016
Students during the 2015 Spartan Spectacular

Students during the 2015 Spartan Spectacular

With the start of the semester fast approaching, mark your calendars for what promises to be another exciting Fall Welcome. Returning to this year’s Fall Welcome activities list are Spartan favorites such as Moonlight Madness, Spartan Spectacular, Greek Fall Welcome, Fill the Bus and Spartan Remix. Visit the calendar at the Fall Welcome website.

Moonlight Madness is an annual event during Fall Welcome in which MSU partners with CATA Buses and Meijer. From 8 p.m. to 11:45 p.m. on Monday, August 29, free CATA Bus routes run through campus and take students to either the Lake Lansing Road or Okemos Meijer, according to Krysta Coleman, associate director of Student Life. 

“Students will get special discounts, there are lots of fun activities such as a photo booth, free samples, airbrush tattoos and games,” Coleman explained.

This event is a fun way to explore East Lansing and pick up some much-needed items before classes start on August 31. 

“Especially for students who are new to the East Lansing area, and don’t really know what their options are for grocery shopping or buying things for their rooms, Moonlight Madness is a great opportunity for them to get to know the area,” Coleman added.

Mason-Abbot RAs participating in Fill the Bus and Moonlight Madness

Mason-Abbot RAs participating in Fill the Bus and Moonlight Madness

Much like Moonlight Madness, Spartan Spectacular is another Fall Welcome event geared towards getting students involved and supported across campus. Spartan Spectacular is from 4 p.m.-10 p.m. on Tuesday, August 30.

The first part of Spartan Spectacular is Sparticipation, which involves 434 student organizations and 16 campus departments. Dining halls will be closed and dinner can be found at the open space near Spartan Spectacular, adjacent to the Breslin Student Events Center.

“Students will get to learn about the different organizations on campus and watch them in action,” said Allyn Shaw, assistant vice president for Student Affairs and Services. “It’s a chance for our new students to get involved with some of our 830 registered student organizations.”

There will also be several booths at Sparticipation sponsored by local businesses such as Playmakers, MSUFCU, and Powerhouse Gym. 

Students enjoying dinner at Sparticipation

Students enjoying dinner at Sparticipation

Events with a zesty flair also will be featured, such as Spartan Remix on Thursday, September 8th from 6 p.m. – 9 p.m. Spartan Remix is a large cultural festival that is fun for young and old alike.

“Spartan Remix is a space for celebrating empowerment and celebrating community different from themselves,” said Meaghan Kozar, coordinator for the Office of Cultural and Academic Transitions (OCAT). “We pride ourselves in the music, the art, and the culture that makes us unique.”

Unlike some of the Fall Welcome events, Spartan Remix is largely planned by students.  Senior Interdisciplinary Studies in Social Science major Kani Caldwell is the Student Coordinator of Spartan Remix, as well as a member of the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority. Caldwell got involved with Spartan Remix after attending the event as a freshman. 

“It gives people the opportunity to find a group they identify with and have a good time,” Caldwell enthused. “It’s a cultural explosion.”

Look forward to meeting your fellow Spartans back on campus and enjoying the special events planned for Fall Welcome! For more information on Fall Welcome and other events during the first weeks of classes, visit the Fall Welcome website

 

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