Fall Fest engages community


Marquette community members gather alongside NMU students to enjoy a day on the University Center’s lawn, learning about different organizations and businesses throughout their community. Photo Courtesy of ABC10

Sophie Hillmeyer

The University Center’s lawn was bustling with students and community members on Monday, Aug. 27, during Fall Fest, NMU’s opportunity fair organized by the Center for Student Enrichment (CSE).

More than 100 student organizations, 75 businesses and 20 volunteer agencies were in attendance during this year’s Fall Fest with the goal of engaging new and returning students with information about how to be involved on campus and within the Marquette community. NMU is home to more than 315 student organizations that get thousands of students involved each year, according to CSE’s website.

“We are trying to get it out there and let people know that we exist,” Chelsey Bassett, senior human centered design major said.

Bassett has been working with [email protected] for four months and explained how the organization is a good fit for students from many different disciplines who are looking for professional experience ranging from graphic design to business to hands-on skilled trades.

“Any students looking for experience can come apply or ask questions,” Bassett added.

Each organization had a booth equipped with snacks, freebies, representatives eager to talk with the curious onlooking students. Popular restaurants such as Aubree’s Pizza and Domino’s attracted attendees with free food.

Student groups from all areas of campus were represented, including those lesser known to students.

Fall Fest was also an opportunity for newer organizations to make an appearance in the campus community as well.

Lynnae Branham, senior environmental studies and sustainability created the new organization, NMU Conservation Crew, in an effort to provide more help with conservation efforts to city-wide organizations by increasing student involvement and providing community education.

“I’m hoping to get students excited to sign up and be involved,” Branham said. “I want to get my hands dirty and continue to help out around the community.”