Committee Directors are responsible for directing a committee to plan, promote, execute, and evaluate events for SAB. There are nine of these programming committees that focus on different areas of event planning, and the Director for each ensures the development of a full and diverse calendar of events within that programming area. Committee Directors will gain extraordinary experience working with entertainment industry professionals including agents, talent, and entertainment support, and the position also builds skills in budgeting, logistical planning, management, and leadership.
As leaders of each programming committee, the Committee Directors are responsible for developing and managing a team of students to plan and execute all aspects of an event. As such, directors must learn and apply a working knowledge of methods to effectively train and delegate tasks to the committee’s membership. Committee Directors are expected to host regular meetings for their committees (typically on bi-weekly basis) and they are to provide consistent guidance to the committee’s membership.
The Campus Life Committee plans a variety of fun campus events, with an emphasis on the novelty, comedy, and variety programs. The Campus Life Committee is responsible for planning the annual Student Center Spectacular and Campus Ruckus, and in the past has also hosted trivia game shows, dating shows and lectures, and Crunch Brunch. The Campus Life Committee has also hosted series programs like ResHall Crawl, where SAB collaborated with residence hall staff to host a program in the residence halls, and Massage on the Go, where professionals give free massages to students before Midterm and Finals week.
The Concert Committee is dedicated to putting on shows that are demanded by the UK campus & community and/or culturally enriching. The Concert Committee plans both big and small live music shows of all genres of music. In the past, SAB has brought music acts like Jason Mraz, Lil Wayne, B.o.B, Drake, Jason Derulo, My Morning Jacket, Story of the Year, and O.A.R., as well as local acts like Seabird and FLOREZ through the Backyard Beats series. The Director of Concerts is one of the most demanding director positions on the board, but it is also one of the most challenging because of the position’s enormous responsibility to weigh the musical preferences of the student body against the very high costs of hosting concerts.
The Cultural Arts Committee plans performances and gallery exhibits that feature art in all of its forms. The committee brings events for art in the form of dance, paintings, installations, architectural models, photography, illustrations, and any other art form that enriches the campus community. Past Cultural Arts events include the Art of the Brick Lego exhibit, interactive art shows such as “The World is Your Canvas”, and numerous speakers - including “Project Runway” winner Christian Siriano. The Cultural Arts Committee serves as the curator to the Rasdall Gallery in the Student Center, but is certainly not limited to programming in that space.
The Engaging Issues Committee typically hosts guest lecturers or intellectual figures to discuss or debate current issues. In the past, this committee hosted such celebrities as Spike Lee, Morgan Spurlock, and Dr. Drew from “Loveline”. They have also sponsored a Heads vs. Feds lecture on marijuana, the Final Word series where professors come speak on an array of topics, the Hot Topics series on issues such as abortion and gay marriage, and a lecture on female sexuality and health entitled “The Female Orgasm.” As you can see, the Engaging Issues committee deals with a vast array of topics, none of which are too taboo for this committee to tackle.
The Multicultural Affairs Committee hosts events to encourage the UK community’s understanding and appreciation of various cultures – from cultures on the other side of the world to sub-cultures within Lexington. These multicultural programs may take the form of speakers, debates, forums, musical groups, performances, and/or artist exhibits. A few examples of events the Multi-Cultural Committee hosted include spoken word artist Indian author, a Faithbusters event on the topic of religion, the Diversity Dialogues series to probe communication on the topic of diversity, and a debate between two experts on reparations for African-American enslavement.
The Pop Culture Committee can bring comedians to perform, authors and directors to talk about their work, and other events that focus pop cultural topics. Events that the Pop Culture Committee hosted in the past include bringing John Heder and Aaron Ruell from “Napoleon Dynamite” to speak about the movie, comedians like Michael Ian Black, RECYCLED PERCUSSION, the Second City comedy troupe, Project Catwalk, a fashion design competition among students, and the outdoor comedy series, “Laughs on the Lawn.”
The Traditions Committee plans and executes SAB’s two biggest festivals: Homecoming and the Little Kentucky Derby. Homecoming is a fall festival of events that is aimed at getting the campus community to show their “Big Blue” spirit as the football team prepares for the big homecoming football game. Past Homecoming events include the annual 5K Run/Walk, the Homecoming Parade, Homecoming King & Queen selections, and The Big Blue Impromptu. The Little Kentucky Derby (LKD) has a long-standing history on UK’s campus, and after a 13-year hiatus, SAB has been making it bigger and bigger. The festival aims to coincide with the spirit of the Kentucky Derby by hosting a weekend full of interactive competitions, races, and plenty of outdoor events. LKD’s traditional events have included the Ping-Pong Ball Drop, a huge concert hosted by the Concert Committee, a nighttime field party with a Hot Air Balloon Glow, and Hot Air Balloon Races.
SAB in the Halls works to engage students who live on campus through residence halls. This program develops new relationships with RSA through education (presentations during RA training, etc.), demonstrating the versatility of SAB programming and its ability to be integrated with the events RAs implement for the benefit of their residents. The director is responsible for integrating SAB programming with residence hall programming where appropriate. This will be achieved through an incentive-based hall representative system. One to two representatives from each hall will be selected to market in their halls, including posters, inviting other residents to SAB Facebook events, and organizing groups to attend events. For their efforts, these representatives will receive incentives based on performance. The director of this program is in charge of organizing monthly meetings for these representatives, keeping them accountable for promotional materials, and informing them of upcoming events.