Husky Kickoff BBQ welcomes freshmen to campus

Beautiful weather was embraced at the Husky Kickoff BBQ in the Atwood Mall this Saturday. Free burgers, brats, and other foods were served to SCSU students as they sat outside and watched singer/songwriter Jason LeVasseur perform acoustic songs and set the mood for a cloudless September day.

The event was organized by the University Program Board. Music and variety coordinator Daniela Blanton said this event was held to welcome freshmen to campus. Blanton said the music and variety committee worked in conjunction with the Husky Kickoff committee to put on the barbecue. “We’re here to enjoy ourselves while we’re young,” Blanton said in regards to the free campus events that UPB organizes.

Freshman Dana Netteberg attended the barbecue and said she likes going to campus events because most of them are free to attend, there’s free food, and she likes meeting new people.

The music and variety committee are responsible for planning events including musical artists, comedians, and other nighttime live entertainment. A Public Relations major, Blanton said she likes organizing music events because she’s very interested in music, and wants to work for a record label someday.

This was LeVasseur’s second year performing at the kickoff BBQ. Blanton said LeVasseur was welcomed back because students seem to like him, he’s fun to work with, and he is funny.

“His conversations and shout outs to the students were very funny,” freshman Anna Goodwalt said about LeVasseur.

From Nashville, LeVasseur said he’s been working as a musician for 20 years. LeVasseur explained the varied tone of his shows being due to the fact that his songs are serious. Despite that seriousness he said he likes to break the tension with humor. “We’re here to have a good time,” LeVasseur said about the barbecue.

Along with the many jokes made during his set and interactions with students, LeVasseur played many mixtures of original material and popular songs. “I’m a huge fan of music,” LeVasseur said, and he said the key to him playing medleys of popular songs such as “Thrift Shop” by Macklemore and Ryan Lewis, and “Scrubs” by TLC is the similar chord progressions in the songs that make them easy to meld together.

Besides performing music LeVasseur also gives keynote addresses to students of all ages, and he has a photo project called “The Rock Star Project”. More information about his keynote address and rock star project can be found at

LeVasseur has college show dates from now through December. Other upcoming events from UPB include author/speaker Kelsey Timmerman on Tuesday, September 9 in Ritsche Auditorium, Blizzardshack Block Party on Thursday September 11 in the Atwood Mall, and acapella vocal group Six Appeal on Wednesday September 24 in the Atwood Ballroom.

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