It’s a warm March afternoon at MU’s Bradford Research Center. The doors are open to welcome the springtime air as the sun streams through the windows. To the right, a news team eagerly prepares for an interview. The opposing wall reveals tables topped with a variety of items ranging from gift baskets to an electric guitar. Student Ambassadors for the School of Natural Resources scurry from room to room, making the final touches before guests arrive.
All appears to be in order for the fifth annual Trivia in the Wild. Hosted by the Natural Resources Alumni Association, the event took place on Friday, March 14 at 6 p.m. Participants were charged $120 per table or $15 per person and were also encouraged to bring their own food and beverages.
Laura Hertel, coordinator of student services for the School of Natural Resources, serves as a liaison between undergraduates and alumni to make the night a success. According to Hertel, the event has grown every year to this year’s record of more than 25 tables. Hertel credits this success to the friendly nature of the event.
“We’re kind of casual,” Hertel said. “It’s very laid back and just so much fun.”
A great deal of time and preparation was necessary to ensure that the night ran smoothly. The largest piece of the puzzle was contacting sponsors to donate money or raffle items. This year, Trivia in the Wild received $900 from their nine participating sponsors. The list of prizes was impressive, including St. Louis Cardinals tickets, tickets to a Kansas City Royals game, a Herman wine tour, and a hotel stay at the Lake of the Ozarks.
These contributions would not have been possible if it weren’t for the work of SNR Alumni President, Jenna Fusinatto. Fusinatto is the coordinator of Trivia in the Wild, striving to improve the event each year.
“After five years, we’ve gotten the logistics down,” Fusinatto said. “Our students are very helpful and it’s for a worthy cause.”
According to Hertel and Fusinatto, the money raised during the event went towards two $500 scholarships made available to students.
“We’re here to enjoy ourselves,” Fusinatto said. “It’s a great way for students, alumni, and friends to connect, have fun, and raise money for some good scholarships.”