Special guest, raffle to ‘rock’ LU Sibley Day

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Natasha Sakovich | Editor-in-Chief

How many times a year can students participate in a hands-on iron pour workshop, hear from an extreme storm chaser and learn tips from the St. Louis Blues strength and conditioning coach all in the same day for free?

Only once can LU students take part in all of these events and more as part of the university’s annual Sibley Day on Wednesday, Feb. 22. The theme this year is “Rocking it Out,” which came from the events management class lead by Professor David Rosenwasser.

“This class works closely with the faculty counsel to put the day together and plan everything,” Rosenwasser said. “They decided on this theme because they really wanted more music involved in the day, including a concert to mark the end of the day, but that didn’t end up panning out this year after all.”

Rosenwasser and his class, along with the faculty council, student ambassadors and Professor Luke Bobo, have been planning the event since the fall semester.

“We started planning things back in August even, but I think the main speaker Reed was chosen and booked as far back as last spring semester,” Bobo said.
The speaker Bobo mentioned, Reed Timmer, is a storm chaser and meteorologist from the TV show “Extreme Storm Chasing.”

He is the headline speaker for the morning, which will take place at 10 a.m. in the Bezemes Family Theater in the Fine and Performing Arts Center. Timmer has intercepted over 250 tornadoes and been in 12 powerful hurricanes during the last 10 years.

Rosenwasser said there is one event in particular that they believe will draw more students in to participate in Sibley Day events this year: the first-ever sweepstakes prize contest going on throughout the day.

“One of the event management students thought it would be a great idea to create more of an incentive for students to come to events, since technically they don’t have to be here that day,” Rosenwasser said. “How it works is that students get one ticket for each event they attend which gets entered into the raffle.  At the end of the day, all of the tickets are put together and winners are drawn for various prizes.”

Students can get a ticket for every event they attend, and there is no limit for the amount of tickets they can enter in the sweepstakes.  Prizes for the sweepstakes include three iPod Shuffles, three LU Spirit Shoppe jackets, one set of opening day Cardinals tickets and a $100 gift certificate to First Capitol Trading on Main Street in St. Charles. At 5:15 p.m. at the Pavilion near Roemer Hall, President Evans will draw the eight winning tickets and announce the students who can claim their prize.

The winning ticket numbers will also be placed on LU’s website for a week starting at 7 p.m. Feb. 22, and students have until Feb. 29 at 5 p.m. to claim their prize from Rosenwasser.

Highlighted events include the interactive “iron pour” at 9 a.m. in the Studio East parking lot down the road on First Capitol, where students will learn to scratch designs into a sand mold that will then be cast in molten iron.  Students can also get active and participate in a 1950s-style swing dance class, a wiffleball tournament and Zumba classes.

Other events for Sibley Day include several workshops like the “job search workshop,” “living on a budget,” “technology and the tax industry” and the “impact of personality traits on student learning.”

The day wraps up at 4 p.m. with an improv show by LU’s “Nick of Time Players” in the Jekyl Theatre in Roemer Hall and the sweepstakes winners announcement at 5 p.m. with s’mores and music at the Pavilion.

The events mentioned are only a few of the 32 total offered for Sibley Day.  To view a complete list of events, visit www.lindenwood.edu and click on the Sibley Day link or visit http://www.lindenwood.edu/academics/docs/