New prez, new plan
December 3, 2007 —
Program Board has elected Stephanie Mudel as their third president of the semester.
After a low-attendance concert caused budget problems earlier in the semester, Program Board began to have internal changes. First, Crystal Dillard resigned as president, having a few members also follow in that resignation. Next, new member Shane Williamson took over as interim-president, but only for a month until Stephanie Mudel was named the new leader of the organization.
Mudel finds this a great time to step in and lead the program. She has been part of the organization for three years, working with both the Public Relations and Programming committees. She believes her experience with the members with enable her to help smooth out any internal tension that may still be present from the changes that have occurred this semester.
"I am hoping to try and get the members to feel comfortable with each other and work on their communication with each other," Mudel said. "I think we have been trying to mend those rough spots over the past couple of weeks and we will continue to try and be more in sync with one another.
"I am pretty excited for this board because of all the new members we have this year who can bring fresh ideas," she said. "The leadership team we have is one that I believe is made of great, talented people."
Program Board's small budget changed plans for the remainder of the semester, and past events such as The Coffeehouse series were to be cancelled. However, Dining Services agreed to fund one more Coffeehouse for the semester and it was held in Starbucks. Program Board helped with the event by booking the act and preparing other details.
Mudel says that The Coffeehouse series is a precursor to the types of events students might expect to see in the future.
"Students want to see the talents of fellow students and people in our community shown and celebrated," she said. "We thought we would want to do something music-related other than Coffeehouse, which we will keep, of course."
The organization is still working on plans for next semester, and after the next allocation, hopes for a more stable budget. These funds would provide a cushion when planning upcoming events.
Mudel said hosting another concert is not up to her, but instead left up to the board and the committee which handles music events. If the committees decide not to have another concert, she hopes Program Board still hosts another large scale event.
In addition to this planning, the newest president is focusing on smaller events to bring to the campus.
"We are planning on doing something to help enhance the emphasis on diversity and other cultures on our campus," she said.
All future events are tentative and Mudel says her goal for the organization is working on leadership development by evaluating past events and finding ways to make Program Board a more well-run organization.