164 Representative Documents: Event Outcomes UNIVERSITY OF NEBRASKA-LINCOLN LIBRARIES Big Red Ruckus Final Report Strengths Big Red Ruckus continues to be a Big Red Welcome signature event, providing additional exposure for the event. There continues to be strong partner involvement in all aspects of the event: planning, promotion and execution. This year’s partners included: Information Technology Services, First Year Experience, Office of Undergraduate Research, Education Abroad, UNL PD and Dunkin Donuts. Event is well-branded and recognizable to target audience. UNL Libraries participated at the Big Red Welcome Street Festival and students commented that they knew about “the ruckus.” Crowds were almost identical in size to previous year even though we cut down on paper promotion (posters and table tents) and focused on digital solutions Student assistants did a fabulous job running event activities. We have continued to provide a one-hour training session for library students before the event and provide event expectations and activity documentation to our partnering units. Event staff are empowered to make their activity fun and engaging for participants. Each activity supports their own set-up and clean-up which streamlines the process for event organizers. Challenges Finding faculty to participate in the meet & greet continues to be a challenge. We would like to let go of the meet & greet and find another activity for library faculty and/or administrators to participate in next year. Lessons Learned Order more cheese and less meat pizza. Request an earlier delivery time, as the first delivery is often late. Only print 300-350 activity passports Continue to think through crowd control efforts Ideas for Next Year: Encourage students to complete activities by following directed paths. Include way- finding on the passport Provide a mobile screen for the UCARE activity Enlist peer guides to help develop new puzzles for library activities Exam Commons activity needs bigger signage. Add an activity to the corner by Exam Commons to activate the space. This was not an area of congestion and could support another activity.
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