Program Board re-elects president, reveals final concert
April 19, 2010 —
Program Board voted unanimously Wednesday to elect John Reno to his second term as the organization’s president. The electrical engineering junior joins the nine other student executive board chairs to bring new events and speakers to campus this fall.
Reno expressed confidence in the new executive board members.
“I feel like our [executive] board is going to be super strong,” he said. “We have a lot of ambitious people that really want to take charge. I think every member that got elected for a position tonight except one went to NACA with us.”
He says members’ recent visit to the National Association of College Activities conference inspired fresh ideas.
“We attended different seminars that they have there,” he said. “We all learned. ... It teaches you how to run your organization better, how to recruit better and how to plan a program better.”
Reno and other executive board members met artists and booking agents to help coordinate events.
As a member of the national organization, the Program Board is eligible for discounts when bring events to campus.
History freshman Emily Collins was re-elected to Chair of Film and Lecture.
“I was really excited. I had a lot of fun with my position this year,” she said. “I can do more now. I know the ropes, and I want to bring new things. I want more ideas.”
Collins says her most memorable event of the year was the Heads vs. Feds debate. “I was so excited to bring something to that a lot of people came to,” she said.
The Heads vs. Feds debate addressed the issue of marijuana legalization and was one of the highlights of the Program Board’s event schedule this year.
“It was something new that we’ve never had on campus,” he said. “It was the first time we planned an event on a Friday night. We had little over 200 people, I believe. I think it turned out really successful. We took a chance and it paid off.”
Kimberly Brandimore Horton, director of the Student Life Center and advisor to the Program Board, says she intends to help the Program Board involve more students and engage diverse campus populations.
“They really want to get out there and offer things to people that will bring in ... our students that would not normally come out to an event on the weekend.”
Program Board’s next event, The Spring Shabang, is a free concert featuring IllScarlet. The opening acts, each with an SVSU student in the ensemble, include Act as One, Green Light Go and Chick Named Steve.
The event is scheduled to take place at 7 p.m. on Thursday April 22 in the Cardinal Gym.