As college students, there is one message that is consistently relayed by professionals in our given fields: “It’s not about what you know, it’s about who you know.” Behind this statement are words of encouragement to attend networking events, which members from the Springfield College Campus Activities Board (CAB) did from Nov. 2-5.
Just two weeks ago, members from the Springfield College CAB attended the National Association for Campus Activities (NACA) Conference which was hosted in Hartford, Conn.
The NACA Conference is an event held regionally and nationally for Campus Activities organizations; a conference that acts as a networking event for these hardworking campus clubs.
At the conference, the team consisting of: Jessica Skov, Nicole Rigby, Kali Barnhart, Kayla Kohanski, Margo Boland, Emily Carroll, Lydia Sinkiewicz, Sarah Roulier, Jess Kosciuk, Colin Horn, and Gavin Jepsen attended workshops to take in the knowledge of experts and other college campus activities groups, interact with vendors, and view performances of potential acts to book: such as comedians, magicians, and musicians.
When at the conference, Springfield CAB put themselves up for nomination in Excellence in Social Media Campaign and Excellence in Programming, where both awards were taken back to Springfield.
The consistently created Snapchat filters were the key for Springfield in being awarded Excellence in Social Media. A group of Skov, Barnhart, Horn, and Jepsen presented on the Sti-Yu-Ka events that are available at the tail end of the spring semester, a Valentine’s Day event, and Stuff-A-Bear, with the option to donate their stuffed animal to Shriner’s Children’s Hospital which awarded them for Programming. Springfield students can expect Stuff-A-Bear to be held on Dec. 2. These three events are just a few of the 50 total events put forth by CAB each semester, while some other schools only prepare for six.
“It was a huge achievement because you have to submit a proposal and present to be considered for the awards,” Skov said. “It was a tribute to all of the people that have contributed to the growth of this club from 2014 until now.”
Kohanski, who takes the lead on the Springfield BINGO events, said that her largest takeaway came from Marywood University’s campus activities team. “I started asking them questions after their presentation and they talked about their themes such as USA BINGO and costume contests with every BINGO that they run.”
CAB now has the chance to present these new skills and techniques to their home crowd in ensuing semesters. Beginning with the Stuff-A-Bear event coming up just after the Thanksgiving intercession and moving into the spring semester, which CAB has decided to theme “Springfield College runs on CAB, what do you run on?”
With a Dunkin Donuts themed spring term, which should show popularity among the student body, CAB will be taking these events and putting forth their expertise gained from NACA to present top quality and inclusive events.