The Facility & Event Management class at Webber is a senior level course for Sport Business Management and Hospitality majors. The key piece of this class is that the students put on an actual event. The 2016 class did the Paint The Lake Color Run/Walk and this year’s class looks to improve on that project.
The 2017 class will present the Fall Crawl Color Run/Walk on November 8th at 2:00pm. They have a big task as last year’s event had over 150 participants and was voted the best student life activity of 2016-17.
The class works with the Department of Student Life in putting on this activity for all Webber students. Student Life sponsors the event by buying the T-shirts for the participants, the “paint” needed for the color part of the event, and the food and beverages afterwards.
A color run/walk is done using approximately a mile and a half course around the campus. The course stretches around campus and has 5 color stations. At each station, a class member throws the powdered paint on the T-shirt provided to the participants. This year’s event will have red, green, yellow, and orange colors to simulate the fall season. While we are still working on the course design, we will be adding a “Color Blast” station for those students wishing to have a more extreme color added to their T-shirts. The event will also include three inflatable activities for students.
The Facility and Event Management class has done many event projects. One year, they worked with the Student Life office to plan a carnival. This event consisted of various activities, such as those based on the TV show ‘Minute to Win It’, bowling, baseball toss with a speed gun, basketball in a barrel, and more. They have also worked with the track & field team to host a conference triathlon. Another year, the class worked the Webber vs. Warner University football game. They were responsible for pre-game introductions of the seniors, half-time entertainment, and the post game award ceremony for Lake Caloosa trophy.
The project of organizing and administering an event is part of the class objective of giving students real-life experiences to reinforce textbook material. While the professor, Dr. Farchmin, provides guidance and helps liaison with various campus departments, this is a completely run student project. In addition to providing a grade for the course, it is also useful experience to put on their resume.