SocialFest wrap up

Ferris’ first social media oriented event was successful

Ferris’ social media festival, SocialFest, went well for it being the first year, according to Amber Balmer, coordinator of Student Leadership and Activities.

Sandy Gholston, news services/social media manager at University Advancement and Marketing, said, “We were very happy with student participation. Students became aware of the events, we saw more and more come out to participate.”

For the YouTube film festival, Balmer said there were six entries and 65 people showed up for the screening of the video. About 350 people showed up for Luke Wyckoff’s presentation on social media, and over 2,000 people showed up for Bulldog Bonanza, which was more inclined toward social media this year.

Additionally, a photo caption contest took place on Facebook and prizes were awarded. For the foursquare scavenger hunt, over 300 people picked up their passports and redeemed them to win a T-shirt.

“We are definitely excited about it for next year,” Gholston said. Gholston and Balmer said they want to start a SocialFest planning committee.

Balmer said students who are interested in social media and want to help out with the planning committee should contact her or Gholston.

Gholston said they want to look at social media platforms to get involved in next year and encourage students to take more leadership roles with planning for SocialFest if they are interested.