Students braved the stormy weather Thursday for free food, drinks and music at the fourth annual Grill Fest on the College of Technology grounds, East Courtyard.
The event gave students an opportunity to display their current research, as well as capstone projects. The College of Technology’s Student Body Council — which is comprised of all the college’s student organizations chairs — hosted faculty, alumni, students and industry representatives.
Dean William Fitzgibbon was on hand to kick-off the festivities and to also remind everyone about being safe.
“This is a more informal way for the students to interact with the some of the companies that have sponsored the event,” said Director of Development Lisa Burns.
“We do run several workshops educating students on how to network and interact, but this is for students to primarily relax and enjoy the atmosphere of the College of Technology.”
President of Supply-Chain Industry and Distribution Organization and logistics senior Christopher Lazok said the University provides each individual organization with money to use for specific events.
“Each organization tends to use their money separately on single small events, we decided to group all of our money together for one single purpose,” Lazok said.
Grill Fest allows for more interaction between students due to the sheer size of the event and the number of student-run organizations.
“People from all the different organizations, meeting with each other about what degree plans are available, discussing what classes they are taking, what professors they have — it’s just a big melting pot, so to speak,” he said.
“This is basically how it works in the real world — you get people who can work together for an event.”