Fall Festival | Photo by Diana Jaber | The Wright State Guardian
Wright State University’s (WSU) Raider Weeks have various events to help students get involved on campus. They range from game nights to open houses and organization introductions.
All events are listed on Engage and the Corq app. Some events to look forward to include a Dayton Dragons game, trivia nights and movie nights.
Passport to Involvement
One way students can get involved is the Passport to Involvement. Student Involvement and Leadership (SIL) created an event passport for students to visit different events.
Each card has event categories like club meetings, residential or commuter and student services. Students then complete the passport by attending Raider Week events where organizations stamp their card.
Once all categories are stamped they can turn in the card to be entered in a prize drawing.
“It’s a great way for people to get involved and potentially win prizes. Hopefully it’s a way for people to expand their horizons,” Debbie Lamp, Associate Director for SIL, said.
Passports are due Sept. 3 at 5 p.m. and winners will be announced Sept. 10.
One of the most popular Raider Weeks events is Fall Fest. This year it was on Aug. 27 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
“Fall Fest is the alpha of the alpha and omega to the school year,” Lamp said.
Similar to Raider Weeks, Fall Fest also had a stamp card for students to fill out for a free t-shirt. To get the t-shirt, students needed stamps from Fall Fest’s five sponsors and seven organizations out of the 18 listed on the back.
Fall Fest had 166 organizations, clubs and departments registered. It also had seven food trucks, the highest number in WSU’s history.
Some favorites included Billie Gold Bubble Tea, Hunger Paynes and Mama Bearista.
Many organizations had small games or candy to hand out along with information about their organization.
One popular table was WSU’s fencing team, who had set up a small table for students to stab balloons. The Latinx, Asian, and Native American (LANA) Center gave students henna tattoos and ASA played slapjack. Students were able to meet new people and experience campus life.
“I feel like I’m an actual student again now,” sophomore Elizabeth Hale said.
However, for University Activities Board (UAB) President Jeffrey Shehee, Fall Fest is not just about joining orgs.
“The biggest thing that we want to get out of Fall Fest is pushing students to want to become leaders. That doesn’t mean you have to be a leader within UAB or a leader within a certain organization on campus. We just want to see that you’re doing something either in the classroom or out of the classroom,” Shehee said.