The Student Activities Board on campus actively works hard to build student success and involvement.
The executive board is made up of six students who can relate to other students and keep up with pop culture to help decide what events come up. There is a president and five other team leaders that head the executive board of the SAB, as well as an adviser. The president for SAB is Glen Poole. The Motion Picture Team Leader is Daniel Rivera, the Creative Events Team Leader is Nathaniel Palmer, Lakyn Kidd is the Social Events Leader, Jean Smith takes care of Variety Events, and Kamaron Thompson is the Campus Community Team Leader. The executive board meets weekly to decide and brainstorm fun activities for students throughout the year.
As the “fun experts,” the board plans weeks and months in advance to decide what events students would enjoy the most. Annually, SAB puts on “Tech’s Got Talent,” where students can audition and potentially win money for their talent abilities.
The board also often puts on events such as “Big Money Bingo” and regularly has movie nights with current movies. However, these fun events do not happen overnight.
Jenny Butler, Assistant Director of Campus Life and Advisor for SAB, said, “We normally plan our schedule for the fall back in April before school’s out in the spring, and then our spring events we try to plan before Thanksgiving.” A lot goes into planning: what space SAB will reserve, who or what will be a part of entertainment, giveaways and more. A few days before the event, or the day of, the general board made up of volunteers will meet in order to assign tasks.
Mainly, volunteers come from noticing SAB at the Involvement Fair at the start of semester. Although, students can help out at any time. “Anytime throughout the school year, if someone wants to come to and show up at an event and is interested in helping, then we take their name and put them on our contact list to help in future events,” Butler said.
Typically, volunteers can provide ideas for more SAB events, as well as put up flyers and advertise for events. Volunteers also give a hand in helping up set up the events. Students who decide to be a part of the Student Activities Board as a volunteer do get community service hours. “Being the ‘fun experts’ of campus is definitely rewarding, not only in the way that you get to build a community with the individuals within the program, but that you contribute to the overall experience of college students. Knowing that some of the events you are hosting are going to be some of the most memorable moments of their collegiate career is definitely humbling and exhilarating all at once,” Amanda Hampton, a medical technology major from Murrieta, California and SAB volunteer, said.
For more information, students can visit https://www.atu.edu/sab/.