In the fall of 1985, WZND instituted Quadfest, playing music and games while showcasing local vendors and student organizations. Quadfest continued each spring and fall.
Illinois State President Tom Wallace saw the need to expand this programming. He charged the Office of Student Life and Programs with creating an event to welcome students to campus in the fall. As a result, the information fair "Festival ISU" was born, with the first event held in 1989. It's been held on the Quad every fall since and WZND continues to emcee the event.
Over the years, Festival ISU has featured student performers and numerous other entertainment opportunities. The event is now run by the University Program Board, which is comprised of students committed to developing social, cultural, educational, and recreational programs for campus.
Today the number of booths is approaching 400, with nearly 300 Registered Student Organizations using the venue as an opportunity to recruit new members. Staff and faculty units as well as local business showcase their services. For students, Festival ISU presents an opportunity to discover ways to get involved and learn about what's available on and near campus.