Spartan Cabin shows off MSU nature at annual AutumnFest
The sound of the "Michigan State Fight Song" echoed throughout the MSU Pavilion for Agriculture and Livestock Education on Nov. 12.
Even louder were the alumni, current students and staff who sang along with the Spartan Marching Band for the 41st annual AutumnFest.
The College of Agriculture and Natural Resources, along with the MSU Alumni Association, held the annual event.
Eileen Gianiodis, communications manager for the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources, said about 600 people attended the event. About 40 student organizations and departments participated as well.
“It is a good opportunity for all of our programs to feature things that they have been doing,” Gianiodis said. “Our departments all come out and talk to their alums and talk to prospective students.”
The Spartan spirit was in the air as people of all backgrounds mingled with each other. Gianiodis said her favorite part of the event was seeing the different kinds of people.
“I like to see everybody together,” Gianiodis said. “The fall can be such a busy time so we are kind of working towards the end of it.”
Sparty's Cabin was one of the many things on display for people to learn more about. It was built by students in the School of Planning, Design and Construction.
Sparty's Cabin was built by 60 students in six weeks with all of the materials being recycled and donated. It's fully livable and comes with a storage loft, bed loft, bathroom and kitchen.
MSU sophomore Breezy Mcentee helped build the cabin when she was a freshman.
“All the wood is from MSU’s campus so when it leaves campus for the first time, it will be the first time these trees have left campus in over 100 years,” Mcentee said. “It has the Spartan stamp on it basically.”
MSU fisheries and wildlife professor Jennifer Owen said this was her first time participating in the event. Kids could be seen making suet balls for birds and people browsed pictures of birds that Owen had set up for display.
“We need to make people understand and value the beauty and the importance of nature,” Owen said. “It is our job to make them appreciate and we need to connect them to nature because otherwise it is not something they understand.”
The event provided different activities while raising money for scholarships, student activities and alumni programming.
Ronald Hendrick, dean of the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources, said this was his first year being involved with the event and was happy with the turnout.
“This is a way for people to stay connected with their college … and is a great opportunity for us to build resources to support our students,” Hendrick said. “My favorite part has been connecting with people and also being able to walk around and just remind myself just how many great things are going on in the college.”