Mount Union College Student Takes Lead in Springfest Planning

April 22, 2010

After a few years of absence, Mount Union College senior Emily Loudon decided to bring back Spring Fest to the College. As the president of Student Activities Council (SAC), Loudon was determined to have Mount Union host a big end of the year event.

'Other colleges in the area host Spring Fests or Spring Flings and Mount Union has also done so in the past,' Loudon said. 'I just wanted there to be a big event to cap off the year and celebrate the seniors graduating.'

To make her goal a reality, Loudon talked to Student Senate President Andrew Ricci to see if they could combine budgets to make Spring Fest feasible. Ricci said Senate was more than willing to help, so Loudon wasted no time trying to find a popular band to come to campus.

Although the first band declined and the next band changed its mind, Loudon did not let herself get discouraged and kept pursuing.

'This is how the business works,' Loudon said. 'This is the reality. You just have to deal with.'

Loudon, however, did have to wait too much longer to find success. She put in her bid with a two-week deadline for the country duo The Wreckers, featuring Michelle Branch and Jessica Harp, on a Friday at about 3:30 p.m. and three hours later they faxed back saying they had accepted.

'It was just that easy and I was really happy and excited about that' Loudon said. 'I began to think Spring Fest would actually happen this year.'

Once the Wreckers had consented, Loudon quickly put her Spring Fest plans into action. Loudon, who has been given the name the 'logistics manager' by the other SAC committee members, has been responsible for instigating, coordinating and scheduling the numerous events and activities which will take place during the week-long Spring Fest. She also has conducted several meetings with Physical Plant staff, security and the SAC supervisor to properly organize and prepare for the concert.

'I've been the liaison between the administration and SAC for Spring Fest,' Loudon said.

'We talk about what works and what doesn't and then we come up with new ideas from there.'

Loudon said her biggest challenge has been keeping her patience in coordinating everything and making sure everyone knows what is going on and is communicating with each other.

'It's been a challenge because the College hasn't done anything like this in a while,' Loudon said, 'But our goal is to make it that much easier for Spring Fest to continue on every year.'

Despite the challenges, however, Loudon is excited about Spring Fest and looks forward to seeing all the week's events unfold.

'It's actually coming together and is finally happening,' Loudon said. 'All the meetings and hours of time put into this event are going to pay off and make it all worthwhile.'

Loudon has been a part of SAC throughout her entire college career and says she cannot imagine her college life without it. She said she was even offered a job through her involvement in SAC to work with Aspen Talent, an agency she has worked with over the years to book events for the College.

'SAC has helped me figure out what I want to do with my life,' Loudon said.

As SAC president, Loudon said she is grateful for this opportunity to plan and implement Spring Fest. Although it is Loudon's ultimate goal to have the Spring Fest show sellout, she knows the concert will take place no matter how many people come.

'This show is going to happen whether we have 15 or 1,500 people,' Loudon said. 'It's not a dream now, it's reality.'

Loudon is the daughter of Tim and Barb Loudon of Salem, Ohio.

The Wreckers will perform at Mount Union College as part of Spring Fest 2007 on Friday, April 20 at 8 p.m. in the gymnasium of the Timken Physical Education Building.

Tickets for The Wreckers can be purchased by the general public in person at the Information Desk in the Hoover-Price Campus Center (HPCC) from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday by cash, check or Purple Plu$ Card or at the cashier's window in the Office of Business Affairs in Beeghly Hall from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday by cash, check, Purple Plu$ Card or major credit card (Visa, MasterCard and Discover).

Those wishing to purchase by telephone with a major credit card can call (330) 823-7288 Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Cost is $25. Mount Union community members can purchase tickets at a discounted price of $15 when they show valid Purple Plu$ Cards.

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