University of Mount Olive Students to Attend NACA Conference

MOUNT OLIVE – University of Mount Olive Campus Activity Board (CAB) officers Zarana Adial of Benson, Franki Kurczek of Selma, Katie Waycaster of Winston Salem, and James Hunter Ray of Raleigh are attending the National Association for Campus Activities South Regional Conference. The event is being held September 27th at the Benton Convention Center in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.
CAB represents the University of Mount Olive student body in determining which entertainment acts perform on campus. Members of CAB perform duties associated with pre and post event setting up and tearing down, as well as handle hospitality during campus events.
Justin Roe, assistant director of campus life, explained the importance of the Conference for CAB members, “CAB members will have interaction with other Campus Activities Board’s in the southern region of the NACA. They’ll attend educational sessions on how to run events, how to program on a smart budget, how to recruit people to get more involved on campus, and more. They’ll also watch showcases of varying entertainment acts.”
University of Mount Olive CAB members attended the NACA conference for the first time in 2011. This year they are eager to attend again and learn more. Zarana Adial is the vice president of CAB and a sophomore biology major. Her goal at the conference is simple. “I want to learn about all the different programs we can bring on campus that the entire student body will enjoy.” Franki Kurczek, a sophomore biology major, is the special events coordinator of CAB. “I hope to help my school have more and better events,” he said. “This year we have at least three events every week. We hope to continue doing that with more diversity next semester.”
Katie Waycaster and James Hunter Ray are both new CAB members, but have been heavily involved since arriving on campus. “I look forward to returning with fresh ideas to bring new excitement to our campus,” said Waycaster, a freshman psychology major. Ray wants MOC to branch out more. “I am hoping to strengthen CAB relations during the conference and make social networking connections with other CAB members from other schools for potential support, friendships, and business connections.” said the freshman criminal justice major.
While CAB members ultimately decide which acts perform at University of Mount Olive, they faithfully keep the whole campus in mind when making their decisions. “Our Campus Activities Board operates under the idea that they are not programming what they want to attend; they are programing what everyone wants to attend,” said Roe. “Without our Campus Activities Board, we would not be able to host as many events as we do on campus!” Hopefully the new information CAB gains at the NACA conference will help them continue to pick the best entertainment acts for University of Mount Olive students.
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