Sponsorship package, which can be viewed in full detail here.
WHY EVOLVE? WHY NOT HOST FROSH AGAIN?
The CMNSU exec team created this entire event from scratch and had we no idea what to expect. What if we didn't reach our goal for selling tickets? What if a major sponsor backed out from us last minute? We departed from hosting the traditional back-to-school Frosh event, as it is only first years that are able to attend Frosh and there was little benefit in the activities that one would participate in, if they had attended. Who would think that playing games in an open field for hours on end would actually result in making friends you would keep in contact with four years later? For these reasons alone, was why we chose to do EVOLVE instead.
EVOLVE had a HUGE turnout, and the enthusiasm that was shown throughout the night skyrocketed through the roof. Tickets sold out within days leading up to the event. As mentioned above, EVOLVE was not just limited to first year Communication students - second/third/fourth and beyond year students, transfer students, and even those who were pursuing a Communication Minor or was remotely interested in the Communication program was more than welcome to attend this event.
The Director of Communication, Peter Chow-White (far right picture below) gave a wonderful speech to start the night, and the year off. He acknowledged the importance of diversity at SFU, and how EVOLVE and the Communication faculty is highly reflective of that diversity. He mentioned to our new students how fortunate they are to attend a school that is nationally well-renowned of their Communication program. To add in his speech, Chow-White stressed enough of the endless opportunities that one can get involved in during their studies here at SFU, and by being a Communication student, our student union is a great way to begin your journey into academic and professional success.
What I loved about EVOLVE, was how welcoming and happy all of the students, staff, and faculty were to everyone else. As I cannot mention enough, SFU is proud to host an environment full of diversity and positivism. Some of our sponsors, such as the BC Lions Football Club, and Lexton Harper Co., a local watch company based in Vancouver, gave out prizes for our attendees to win in a raffle draw. No one was afraid to mingle or network with others - in fact, I had a few first-year Communication students come up to me to tell me how much they loved the neon jungle theme, and they also asked for advice relating to the creative field, as my role with the CMNSU was being a Multimedia Coordinator.