SXSW Vancouver style: campus holds CougFest

Art, music, food and fun will be highlights of the first CougFest on campus. The Student Media Board, in collaboration with the three student media organizations on campus, organized an event filled with buzz and excitement. The student media organizations are student-lead and include The VanCougar, KOUG Radio and The Salmon Creek Journal. CougFest will encompass the very purpose of each media organization, to provide a place for students to showcase their creative abilities.

CougFest is April 11, 2 – 8 p.m. in Dengerink Administration Building 110. The event is packed with activities. Kicking off the afternoon, between 2 – 3:30 p.m., The Salmon Creek Journal will be launching the 2013 journal. Poetry, prose, visual arts and performing arts are the highlights of the journal. Comprising the journal submissions are selected pieces from students, faculty members or alumni of WSU Vancouver. Along with the 2013 journal launch, The SCJ will showcase student artwork at CougFest and provide a variety of hors d’oeuvres.

An hour from 4 – 5 p.m. is reserved for attendees to interact with KOUG Radio and The VanCougar. Pizza, prizes and enticing information will be available from these student organizations.

Student performances will run from 5 – 6 p.m. Students will display their musical talents such as singing, playing the guitar and piano. This is a unique opportunity for students to show the WSU Vancouver community their musical abilities and passion.

Closing up CougFest will be two live performances by regional bands. Josh and Mer and Shadows on Stars will rock out the last two hours. Check out both bands on Facebook at facebook.com/joshandmer and facebook.com/shadowsonstars.

Jacob Schmidt, Student Media Board Chair, hopes that CougFest will turn into an annual event.

“We [the Student Media Board] hope for CougFest to become an annual event that grows each year in size and the offerings it has for the students. We want this to be a colorful, multifaceted event that provides students with a high-quality level of entertainment and a vast exposure to the arts,” Schmidt said.

Schmidt also said that the Student Media Board has hopes that CougFest will increase awareness of the media groups on campus and all the work they do for our student body. “These students have envisioned, planned and created this event, and its essential we show our support as a campus community.”

The final month of the spring semester is quickly approaching and CougFest will bring a new additive to the last stretch of the semester.

More information about the event can also be found on Facebook.

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