Following the tradition of previous years while also bringing in its own flavor, this year’s Cougfest is sure to be a highlight of the 2011 Week of Welcome.
The main concert begins at 7 p.m., but there will also be other activities going on earlier in the day.
Headlining this year’s concert is the chart-topping indie-rock band Augustana.
“We have been interested in working with Augustana for a while,” Student Entertainment Board Concerts Programmer and senior communication major Karsten McIntosh said. “Their new album was released in April and after seeing it top charts and generate a significant buzz, we definitely became interested for Cougfest.”
Opening for Augustana are two bands featuring WSU Alumni and Seattle locals: Cody Beebe & the Crooks and Nick Drummond and Tyler Carson.
“Cody Beebe & the Crooks really stuck out to us as they have been touring nationally and receiving critical acclaim all over as well as getting a few radio spins,” McIntosh said. “They resonate very well in this area as much of the band are WSU alums. Nick Drummond and Tyler Carson really stuck out to us as Drummond is the former front man for the Seattle band The Senate, and Carson is an internationally known fiddler/violinist most recently from the band Jack Maple.”
Throughout the day, students can also take part in other activities to have fun but also discover ways they can get involved in the cougar community.
From 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., students can peruse the tables set up for the Student Involvement Fair on the Glenn Terrell Mall and Library Road. Manning these tables will be representatives from different student organizations and clubs, Associated Students of WSU Commitees and Greek houses so that students can find out information about any opportunities they are interested in.
“The Involvement Fair is an excellent opportunity for students to get information on how to have a more intentional role on campus and connect with many student groups and organizations,” McIntosh said. “With so many different organizations and opportunies at WSU, it is highly like that anybody can find something that relates to their interests or career ambitions. My greatest memories at WSU come from the organizations I have been involved in.”
McIntosh also mentioned that the fair features an open mic for anyone feeling brave enough, music from DJ Goldfinger, a large array of inflatables including an 80-foot obstacle course and food such as pizza and ice cream.
The event, concert and all, is completely free to students, who are encouraged to show up to the concert early to get a good spot. According to McIntosh, there were more than 4,000 attendees last year. She hopes there will be even more this year.
“The purpose of Cougfest is to give back to students and celebrate the start of another school year at WSU,” McIntosh said. “We want to encourage student to be involved in the WSU community and to provide an opportunity for students to come together as students and see first-hand the amazing community they all share.”