The LamarAlive! Student Activities Board, a division of Student Activities and Civic Engagement, will host the first Cardinal Nation Fusion Fest on April 29 from 2-10 p.m. in front of Brooks-Shivers Dining Hall.
The festival will feature free music, food and games for students and will be open to the public. Music performances beginning at 2 p.m. feature local bands and artists such as Purple, We are Wombat, and Rachel Honza. There will also be inflatable fun booths, slacklining, hammocks, yard games, a dunking booth, and a screening of the 2014 movie “RoboCop.”
“It’s our goal to provide events that make a significant impact and lasting impression on our students,” said Michael Wilkinson, associate director of Student Services and Civic Engagement. “We thought towards the end of the semester was an ideal time, and students are winding down academically with their normal classwork and are about to prepare for finals. We felt that students needed something to participate in that would clear their minds, even if for a brief moment, and would give them a fresh mindset heading into finals.”
Wilkinson said the Cardinal Nation Fusion Fest is Lamar’s first spring festival and was a collaborative effort from the students of the LamarAlive! Student Activities Board.
“Spring festivals are a common theme at universities all across our great nation,” he said. “The purpose of having a spring fest is to bring as many students together in one place to celebrate the end of the school year together before many of them go their separate ways for the summer.”
Wilkinson said that the Cardinal Nation Fusion Fest will provide students with a fusion of different, exciting experiences.
“Cardinal Nation Fusion Fest is a festival in which we intend to blend all types of music, entertainment, and people together in one place to celebrate the end of the school year,” he said. “We are excited to bring this type of activity to campus for the first time.
Wilkinson said that festivals also help with retention and recruitment.
“College students crave high-impact events that they can tell their friends about,” he said. “Cardinal Nation Fusion Fest is a perfect example of that. Research shows that the more students are involved with campus life, the more successful their collegiate careers are.”
For more information on Cardinal Nation Fusion Fest, contact the LamarAlive! Student Activities Board office at (409) 880-7240 or visit lamar.edu/fusionfest.