Buzz Around 150, both an enormous celebration of Emporia State’s 150th anniversary and part of Family and Friend Day, took place last Saturday before the football game against Northeastern.
Buzz Around 150 offered 21 activities spread across three different “regions” on campus. The activities were put on by the academic team from various academic departments.
The three regions were labeled “E,” “S” and “U.” The goal of the event was to visit three stations in each region and to get proof with a stamp for each station in an event passport handed out at the start of the tour.
“If you get 9 stamps on your passport – three from each zone – you can take the passport to the bookstore, then you’re eligible for the prize drawing” said Ellen Hansen, professor of geography.
The grand prize was an iPad 2. There were six other gift baskets containing items donated by different departments, Hansen said.
Many families and friends came to Emporia over the weekend for the celebration. Besides participating in several hands-on activities, Buzz Around 150 allowed students to show their parents around the university.
“I think it’s a good opportunity to come down here to support your kids in college and be a part of this (Emporia State) family,” said David Hall, a parent of an ESU freshman.
One of the activities, “Nurses: Making a Difference Every Day,” in the Science Hall, had simulators, blood pressure checks and AEDs for participants to inspect and use. This equipment is the same that ESU’s nursing program uses.
“Today is all about health promotions – showing people how we learn or how the public can learn – and just to spark an interest in nursing and in health in general,” said Miranda Wayman, senior nursing major, who also helped with the nursing activity.
Hall said his favorite event was the nursing activity because of how real it was when he and his family participated.
There were many more interactive games, tests and viewings, such as cattle roping, IQ tests, Family Feud, scavenger hunts and tours of various museums on campus.
“You can tell they put in a lot of planning for this event,” Hall said. “When it’s organized this well, this is something you want to come to because it’s very special.”