New Students to Get a Taste of Life at FSU

By: FSU News Release
By: FSU News Release

Tallahassee, Florida - August 24, 2011 -

Sure, a cookout with a few of your closest friends and family doesn’t seem like too difficult of a task. But what happens when “a few” turns into thousands? Around 6,000, to be exact? That can only mean one thing: Florida State University’s annual President’s Backyard BBQ.

FSU President Eric J. Barron is inviting thousands of new students to his home this weekend to welcome them into the Florida State University family.

Presented by the FSU Student Alumni Association, the second annual back-to-school bash will take place from 3 to 5 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 28, immediately following the University’s New Student Convocation. Barron and his wife, Molly, are opening up their home to host freshmen and other first-year students to a unique college experience — and what could be one of the biggest backyard barbecues ever held.

“Molly and I are excited to welcome all our new students to our home and, more importantly, to our FSU family,” Barron said. “It’s wonderful to see our students mixing and mingling in a relaxed social environment filled with Seminole spirit, amazing FSU-style entertainment and, of course, lots of great food.”

Feeding such a large crowd is no easy feat, but Seminole Dining is up to the challenge. Imagine, if you can, 6,000 buns, 1,200 pounds of barbecue beef, 600 pounds of green beans, 600 pounds of corn and 200 pounds of chicken. Attendees also will have the opportunity to enjoy vegetarian burgers, homemade potato chips, snow cones and, of course, a Southern tradition, sweet iced tea.

The President’s Backyard BBQ will also feature games and entertainment. Scheduled acts and appearances include FSU’s Flying High Circus, The Marching Chiefs, cheerleaders, a capella group All Night Yahtzee, Lady Spirithunters, the Indak Dance Troupe and the Garnet and Gold Guys.

Students will be provided with free T-shirts, labeled and color-coded based on the academic college in which they have declared their major. For the undecided, there is even a special shirt for “Exploratory.” Barron initiated the student-centered tradition last year to make it easier for thousands of first-year students to meet and talk with like-minded others.

“Florida State is a large university and can be overwhelming to new students,” said Alanna Holman, president of the Student Alumni Association. “The Student Alumni Association tries to host programs, like the President’s Backyard BBQ, to make students feel welcome and excited to be a part of campus.”

The event is free and open to all incoming first-year Florida State University students. It will take place:


3 – 5 P.M.





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  • by The Help Location: The FSU on Aug 29, 2011 at 08:26 AM
    Aramark donated the food and drink! Looks like a great time.
  • by Anonymous on Aug 24, 2011 at 01:27 PM
    I wonder whoes paying for this...
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      by anon on Aug 24, 2011 at 02:34 PM in reply to
      ...not you!
  • by Me Location: tally on Aug 24, 2011 at 09:31 AM
    6000 buns? Im sure the breadman loves yall!
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