As freshmen, students are greeted with a series of events to help them find friends and be part of their new community at Grand Valley State University.
Each year, these events are planned and carried out by the Campus Activities Board (CAB), a group of students who dedicate their time to creating these experiences for their fellow Lakers.
CAB’s goal is to make sure students enjoy their time, whether it’s at the Laker Kick-Off party at the start of the school year or the spring concert at the end of the winter semester. CAB creates a bridge between schoolwork and social life that helps students integrate into the GVSU community without the stress of schoolwork threatening them.
“It gives us the opportunity to plan these free events for students to take a break from the stress of college, meet new people, and get away from the stressful aspects of being a student for a bit,” said Hannah Schafer. , vice-president of CAB Programming.
Due to restrictions put in place by the university to help combat the COVID-19 pandemic, attendance at CAB events has declined over the past two years. However, Schafer hopes they can increase attendance this year at their larger events such as the Laker Kickoff and Spring Concert.
Although the CAB is known for its large events, it continuously organizes smaller events throughout the year with different activities. From arts and crafts nights to comedy shows, CAB tries to have something for everyone. Besides entertainment, CAB also provides students with resources on topics they may have questions about.
“CAB involves students more in campus life, is inclusive for all students regardless of background or appearance, and brings everyone together to have a good time,” said Asia Price, vice president of memberships.
As one of the first black students to hold a higher position on the board, Price said she hopes to be a role model for the black community at GVSU.
Although CAB has nothing concrete yet, the Spring Concert, Family Weekend, Reunion, and Welcome Week are sure to be filled with various CAB events. The council will meet before and during the start of the school year to bring its concepts to life.
Although the selection of the board of directors for the CAB has already been made, students are strongly encouraged to participate in the events of their choice and to attend routine meetings. General members play a role in event planning and their low time commitment to CAB allows most students to participate.
“General membership is especially encouraged for freshmen who are still trying to find that balance between extracurricular activities and school in college life,” Schafer said.
As a major part of student life on campus, CAB strives to create a comfortable and inviting environment for all students to experience what GVSU has to offer. The CAB offers students the opportunity to get involved on campus, whether through events or by joining the CAB team.