Fall-A-Palooza Offers Prizes, Food and Fun at Student Services Building Sept. 23

Fall-a-Palooza open house September 23 2016

Fall semester is in full swing, but the fun events for students aren’t going away! 

Fall-a-Palooza—the first-annual open house in the Student Services building on Friday, September 23, from noon to 3 p.m.—is a unique opportunity for all MSU students to join in a fall celebration that includes therapy dogs, pumpkin painting, donuts and cider, large inflatables, Dairy Store ice cream, and tea with Dr. Denise Maybank, Vice President for Student Affairs and Services. 

And don’t forget the prizes! Four big-ticket giveaways include an iPad Air, a FitBit, a 32-inch Samsung TV, and a Jawbone Bluetooth Speaker. There will also be several other smaller prizes, such as MSU swag and apparel, according to Krysta Coleman, assistant director of Student Life. 

“Fall-a-Palooza is a great opportunity for all the Student Affairs units to get together in a celebratory manner, and then to expose students to the building and what they can experience here,” Maybank said. 

Maybank said she is excited to open her office during Fall-A-Palooza for a walk-in version of her well known “tea time” sessions. Throughout the school year, students schedule half-hour appointments with the vice presdient to talk about anything from classes to career options. 

The large inflatables will be the Iron Man Obstacle Course and the Bungee Run. Examples of the offerings from other units include wraps from Conrad’s, fresh popcorn, photo booth offered by Service-Learning, a Rec Sports ping-pong tournament, corn hole sponsored by Students Parent Resource Center, and origami by the Student Services copy center. Impact 89 FM student radio will broadcast music and prize winners at the north entrance of the Student Services building. 

Fall-a-Palooza evolved from last year’s “Loft Party” sponsored by including departments located on the third floor of the Student Services Building, such as the Office for Cultural and Academic Transitions (OCAT), the Center for Service-Learning and Civic Engagement, and the LBGT Resource Center. 

After last year’s success, explained Marc Hunsaker, program manager for the Center for Service-Learning and Civic Engagement. the Student Affairs division decided to expand the event to include all of the Student Affairs and Services departments, along with other units outside of the division, such as the MSU Police, Broad Museum, and Financial Aid. 

“We found that, not only was it a lot of fun, but it was really effective to bring in more students,” Hunsaker said. “It’s a chance to come and see all of the things available to students beyond the classroom.” 

“A lot of a student’s life on campus is lived outside of the classroom, there’s a lot of great people and programs that are set up to help students make the most of that time,” enthused Hunsaker.

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