Wilson Hall was transformed into a spa through the use of its historic beauty and added decor for the Student Activities Board (SAB)’s annual Spa Night on Saturday, April 25 from 6 – 9 pm where students and faculty were pampered, de-stressed and styled through the use of local salons in the Monmouth County area right on campus.
Signups for the event were held the week leading up to the event Monday through Friday from 12 -4 pm in the Rebecca Stafford Student Center (RSSC) for students and faculty members to make reservations for the spa services they wanted to sign up for. Local spa chain, Mosaic Salon of Shrewsbury, NJ offered students pampering services that included manicures, massages, paraffin hand oil dips and make up applications.
Attendees were asked to choose two different services during the reservation application process and paid $2 for those chosen services as a tip to the salon specialists.
The first 50 attendees to sign up and make reservations received free hair styling from the Paul Mitchell School of the Jersey Shore in Brick, NJ.
SAB Festivals Chair Samantha Kofsky was in charge again this year of her home grown SAB Spa Night event. Kofsky said, “SAB’s spa night was intended to give 150 students a relaxing night to bond with their friends, have massages and manicures, and to make their own zen gardens as a way to de-stress before finals week.”
Kofsky continued, “Through SAB putting in many hours of preparation, the club was able to transform Wilson Hall into the ultimate spa experience for their guests. We hope to make this event another campus tradition because it proved to be a great way to bring the semester to a close for the students.”
The night of the event, the entrance to the Rotunda Room was draped with fabric and lit up by streaming bright lights accompanied by hanging paper lanterns. The Rotunda Room itself featured a “create your own” cupcake and sundae bar alongside refreshments for spa goers to enjoy. To the right, the Morning Room featured eight hair stylists from the Paul Mitchell School of the Jersey Shore that performed various hair styling techniques from straightening to curling on female attendees.
First year student Emily Townsend said, “The woman who did my hair was very nice and talked to me the whole time. I had her do a waterfall braid and she then curled my hair after… I absolutely loved it because it was exactly what I wanted and more.”
The next room, the Versailles Room, featured tables for attendees to sit at and enjoy their food while they waited for their set appointment time to come up. The tables were decorated with large glass vases topped with huge rose balls accompanied by white glass lit lanterns, balloons and gold and silver balls. The fireplace lit the room up with one of SAB’s fire props that really set the relaxing mood.
The final and main attraction was in the last room, the Pompeii Room, which was transformed into a fully functional spa resort, all made possible by the Mosaic Salon of Shrewsbury. The room was filled with over 15 different spa salon specialists for spa goers to enjoy; having this many workers also allowed for lines to be short and appointments made on time.
Sophomore Darius Jenkins stated, “It didn’t matter if you were a guy or girl coming to Spa Night, there was still many things anyone could do. It was nice to attend an event where it was focused around students just relaxing and enjoying themselves, especially after these stressful and busy last few weeks of school before finals.”
After students were done receiving both their services, Mosaic Salon gave each student a free gift bag including spa supplies, a pen/highlighter and promotional coupons for anytime they wanted to make a visit to the spa.
Assistant Director of Student Activities for Multicultural and Diversity Initiatives, Heather Kelly said, “I think Spa Night was a fantastic event. On a rainy, somewhat miserable evening, SAB gave Monmouth an awesome way to relax and pamper themselves in the light of upcoming finals.”