Student Activities Board 2017
The Student Activities Board (SAB) is the largest programming board at the University of Kentucky. SAB brings more than 60 entertaining, educational and enriching programs that are reflective of contemporary issues and trends to campus each year. These programs are designed to enhance the college experience for students, faculty, staff, and the greater Lexington community.
The Campus Life Committee plans a variety of fun campus events, with an emphasis on the novelty, comedy, and variety programs. Campus Life puts on frequent Pinterest Parties and CatWatch events. These CatWatch events give students the opportunity to watch UK basketball and enjoy food and prizes. Pinterest Parties provide crafting supplies and give students the opportunity to craft. The Campus Life Committee also hosts the homegrown series 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 Chance the Rapper, The Lumineers, Brantley Gilbert, J. Cole, Gym Class Heroes, B.o.B., Jason Derulo, My Morning Jacket, Drake, Jason Mraz, Lil Wayne, Nappy Roots, Herbie Hancock, Black Violin, Story of the Year, and O.A.R., as well as local acts like Sundy Best. The Director of Concerts is one of the most demanded of the 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 Justin Raleigh, renowned special effects artist, known for his work on American Horror Story and TRON. The Cultural Arts Committee is known to go outside the boundaries of the gallery and express art around the landscape of campus.
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 Abby Wambach, Richard Sherman, Laverne Cox, Spike Lee, Morgan Spurlock, and Dr. Drew from “Loveline”. They have also sponsored a Heads vs. Feds lecture on marijuana, and a lecture on female sexuality and health entitled “The Female Orgasm.” Engaging Issues has also been nationally recognized for its #TrendingTopics series which allows students to tweet during debates or speeches in effort to voice their viewpoints on issues. 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 Market Research Committee Chairs contribute to every aspect of the Board, from Promotion to Programming and everything in between! They are also responsible for conducting research for the Student Activities Board to discover not only what does and does not work, but also what students want us to bring to campus. Our research is conducted primarily through the use of several types of surveys, focus groups, and researched data collected and analyzed after attending all of SAB’s various events. The Market Research Chairs get to learn and utilize real world strategies while gaining valuable skills for the future in a reputable organization. Market Research is very vital to the success of SAB because we analyze and help determine the Boards events from our number one audience, students.
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 Multicultural Affairs Committee hosted include spoken word artist Indian author, a Faithbusters event on the topic of religion, the Diversity Dialogues series to probe communication on several topics of diversity, and a debate between two experts on reparations for African-American enslavement. Multicultural Affairs has also brought Judy Smith and Rosario Dawson to speak at the Women of the World series, which celebrates a diverse group of women in various forms of power.
The Pop Culture Committee brings 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 brought include Beau Willimon, the writer of the popular show “House of Cards”, to speak as well as John Heder and Aaron Ruell from “Napoleon Dynamite” to talk about the movie; comedians like Nick Offerman, Jim Gaffigan, Aziz Ansari, Seth Myers, Joel McHale, Zach Galifianakis and the Second City comedy troupe; Project Catwalk, a fashion design competition among students; and the dating game/competition, “Mr. and Ms. Eligible”, based on several dating shows including “Singled Out.”
The Promotions Committee is made up of technical and creative students that work on small projects with photography, video, written content, web, graphic design and guerrilla marketing to promote the board and events. Promotions chairs will be assigned to work under one of the promotions directors – the two co-directors of graphic design, public relations, media, and information technology.
The Traditions Committee Plans some of our more spirited events on campus! The Traditions Committee plays a large part in the planning and execution of Homecoming Week events – including the Street Fair and the Royalty Showcase. The committee brings other time-honored campus events including Campus Ruckus and Crunch Brunch. Despite the long established nature of the committee – Traditions still brings new fun events to campus such as the Underground Formal, the Spring Carnival and Wildcat Wrap Up.