(March 28, 2014) -- Students Edward Miranda and Aaron Sanchez recently represented The University of Texas at San Antonio Campus Activities Board at the National Association of Campus Activities (NACA) national convention in Boston, Mass.
They spent four days of engaging showcases, educational sessions and networking. Additionally, they participated in educational sessions and programs to help them better serve the students and university community.
"I really enjoyed the educational sessions," said Miranda. "They helped me understand different concepts that I can use in Campus Activities Board."
The showcases are an opportunity for attendees to preview entertainment for campus programs. The UTSA delegation was excited to see "Saturday Night Live" performer Colin Jost, "American Idol" winner Kris Allen, Grammy nominee Mary Lambert and Comedy Central's Erik Griffin, just to name a few. Academy Award-winning screenwriter, producer, director and social activist Dustin Lance Black was the NACA National Convention keynote speaker.
"The entertainment showcases were amazing," said Sanchez. "It is exciting to see the acts and explore different program opportunities for the UTSA community."
Miranda and Sanchez also participated in networking activities with other Texas campuses where they shared different activities and programs.
"We were able to get ideas for programs from other campuses, and that generates new concepts for us in Campus Activities Board," said Miranda.
Several of the entertainers will be visiting UTSA over the next year at Campus Activities Board events.
"Going to the convention was not only an opportunity to learn new things, but also think about the upcoming year and programs," Miranda said. "It was great to walk away with connections to the agents and potential entertainment for our events."
Campus Activities Board is a student-led organization funded by student fees. Their mission is to foster and build traditions and community through campus-wide programs, activities and special events. Through campus involvement, CAB provides students with experience in planning, publicizing, budgeting and implementing programs that help them develop lifelong skills to complement their academic experiences. Any student can get involved in Campus Activities Board. Meetings are Mondays at 5 p.m. in the H-E-B University Center Bexar Room (1.102).
Established in 1960, NACA is the recognized leader in higher education providing members with innovative practices and access to programs that support campus engagement. NACA offers a variety of events, educational institutes, publications and networking opportunities for colleges and universities across the country. The association's programs focus on program planning, risk management, multicultural education, concert management, student and professional leadership development, student government and more.
Campus Activities Board
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Curtis Vaughan Observatory
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Riklin Auditorium (FS1.406), Downtown Campus
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University Center Paseo & Lawn, UTSA Main Campus
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Aula Canaria Lecture Hall (BV 1.328), UTSA Downtown Campus
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The UTSA Institute of Texan Cultures
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Business Building (BB 2.06.04), UTSA Main Campus
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Buena Vista Theater (BV 1.326), Downtown Campus
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Southwest Room (DB 1.124), Downtown Campus
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H-E-B University Center Ballroom, Main Campus
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The UTSA Institute of Texan Cultures (ITC 3.01.02)
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