Written by: Gabriella Ruvo
At this point in the year, the weather is changing, daylight gets shorter, and leaves are changing color. What does that mean? Fall is around the corner!
The Student Events Team (SET) is prepping for seasonal events and was recently looking to fill a position on their executive board, providing students with a way to get involved on campus.
SET hosted their annual Fall Fest event on Sept. 29 from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. on 63’s Patio.
“This year during Fall Fest, there will be games, activities, food trucks, and giveaways. It is a fun time for students to celebrate the kick-off of the Fall season and have fun with their friends on campus,” said junior Andrea Matyszewski, SET’s Special Events Chair.
At the event, there were four food trucks: Whey Grilled Cheese, Donut Crazy, Chartwells, and a meatball truck. As far as activities go, there were wire sculptures, state plates, and a photo booth. There were also various giveaways.
“I thought it was a great way to make students interact with each other and free food is always the best food,” said freshman Juliana Rossi.
For senior Daniele Mascia, SET is an organization she enjoys and supports overall.
“SET was always something I wanted to get involved in, but they do an awesome job of providing events for students on campus literally almost every day,” said Mascia. “Fall Fest was fun! Best part was definitely the food trucks.”
Along with Mascia, sophomore Fabiana Gagliardo really enjoyed the food options and activities SET provided during the event.
“The food was amazing and they had many different options,” said Gagliardo. “There were multiple activities and cute things being made. It was nice for all the students to meet new people, hangout, and make new friends.”
As far as marketing for the event, SET has two Marketing Chairs that helped with getting the word out about Fall Fest.
“Taylor Zeller and I are co-advertising chairs so we both created ads to get around campus,” said junior Chris Sammon, one of SET’s Co-Marketing Chairs. “Our Public Relations Chair Brianna did a great job of getting everything out on social media for everyone to see.”
Ensuring that everything was in place prior to the event allowed SET and their executive board to focus on specific things during the event itself.
“Pre-Fall Fest was all about making sure everything was in place, that all the companies were contracted, and advertising was in full swing for the huge event,” said junior Taylor Zeller, one of SET’s Co-Marketing Chairs.
Fall Fest is one only one of the many events SET puts on each semester, they offer a wide variety of activities that accommodate to all interests.
“We have Bingo, Photo Door Hangers, Minute to Win It challenges, and Candy Sushi coming within the next few weeks,” said senior Lauren Petrozzi, President of SET.
For fall lovers, Fall Fest is not the only event happening for the season.
“Some of the big ones include Black Light Mini Golf and the Harvest Week from Oct. 22-26 will be full of fun events,” said Sara Helfrich, the Advisor for SET.
Junior Hannah Wilson has been able to watch SET change and grow as an organization by attending many events during her time at Sacred Heart University.
“SET has increasingly gotten better and better over the years, I am always excited to see what they will do next,” said Wilson.
SET recently filled a position on their executive board because they just recently hired someone.
“SET was able to fill the open spot of Co-Novelty Chair. Ava Del Forno, a freshman, was selected to fill the position,” said Helfrich.
Although this specific position is filled, being a general member is another opportunity to get involved with SET.
“You would contact our retention chair Dana Sabatino or anyone on the board. Our emails can be found on the Sacred Heart University website. As a general member, there are no specific academic requirements,” said Petrozzi.
“Any full time undergraduate student can be a general member of SET. Meetings are bi-weekly on Mondays at 10:10 p.m.,” said Helfrich.
Along with becoming a general member, you can also apply to be on the Executive Board. The only difference is the application process.
“To be on the board, a minimum GPA of 2.3 is needed, there’s an application then an interview. We interview for board positons at the end of every year,” said Petrozzi.
SET is an alcohol free alternative group providing activities and programs for students on campus.