The Associated Students of the University of New Mexico’s (ASUNM) Community Experience rounded up nearly 300 Lobos to help UNM’s Facilities Management clean up campus in preparation for Homecoming Week through its annual Fall Frenzy event held recently.
Fall Frenzy was created in 2003 as a community service event to beautify campus before Lobos from across the globe return to UNM and to prepare campus grounds for the week’s Homecoming festivities. Every year, students, staff and faculty gather on campus early in the morning to be assigned different cleanup locations around campus.
Now, 16 years later, almost 300 Lobos gathered at the Cactus Garden to receive their clean-up location assignments which this year included locations like the President’s House, the Communications and Journalism building and Smith Plaza. Lobos were assigned duties like laying mulch, graffiti removal and landscape work.
Volunteers are also provided breakfast, lunch and merch giveaways on the day of the event as Community Experience’s way of saying thank you for helping clean up campus.
“It was so amazing to see the improvements our volunteers were able to make by Friday afternoon once the event was over,” said Community Experience Executive Director, Lynn Midani. “It was also amazing to see so many people excited to come together and volunteer on campus.”
Midani also noted the acapella performances during breakfast and lunch by Something Major Acapella help with moral and kept volunteers enthusiastic throughout the day.
For more information on future community service events, visit Community Experience.