Campus Activities Board Recognized for Outstanding Programming
Feb 19, 2021
BLOOMINGTON, Ill. — The National Association of Campus Activities (NACA) has awarded the Programming Organization of the Year Award for the Mid-America
Region to Illinois Wesleyan’s Campus Activities Board (CAB), a student-led organization
committed to creating a vibrant campus life at IWU.
CAB received the honor, along with a marketing award for its fall 2020 calendar poster,
during NACA programming awards announced virtually on Thursday, Feb. 18. NACA recognizes
students and organizations which transform college communities through inclusive learning,
meaningful connections and engaging entertainment.
"I think winning this awards shows us that we’ve been bringing programming that the
IWU community enjoys," said CAB Director Junaid Ali’21. "We would have never won this award if it wasn’t for the students, faculty and
staff at IWU –– they supported us from the start and are just helping us make it better."
This marks the second time that CAB, formerly named the Office of Student Activities
Programming Team, has won this award in the Mid-America Region, which encompasses
Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, Kentucky and Michigan.
Kevin Carey ’13, Director of Student Involvement and Regional Leadership Team Chair
for the NACA Mid-America Region, praised the accomplishments of CAB executive teams
during a tumultuous year. “This is such an achievement in a time where much transition
has happened around us globally and also internally as the group navigated a new board
structure, virtual/hybrid/in-person programming, and continued to find new ways to
engage students through different types of programs.”
CAB is responsible for pitching, organizing and marketing a range of events for IWU
students to connect and have fun together, from relaxing arts and crafts to live comedy
and musical performances –– all while following necessary COVID-19 protocols throughout
the past year. Popular CAB-run events from previous years include the Homecoming Pizza
Taste, Sip n’ Paint in Hansen Student Center, and the Big Show –– featuring a popular
guest chosen by the student body.
“Having a successful semester of programming with in-person, hybrid, and virtual events
would not have been possible without the teamwork of our exec board,” said CAB Operations
Coordinator Viktoriya Salgalova ’22. “I am so proud of us for being able to be recognized
for the numerous events that we have put on in the last year.”
CAB Lead Programmer Wah Chook ’22 added, “I'm super happy and grateful that our exec
team got the award. It is an honor and affirmation that we are having an impact on
the IWU community. I love the exec board –– they are great teammates and wonderful
friends as well.”
The result of their hard work was a level of student attendance and engagement comparable
to pre-pandemic times. On the whole, the Office of Student Involvement recorded 1,768
engagements at events in Fall 2020 compared to 1,522 engagements the year before,
demonstrating the continued need for the social connectedness that CAB and its leaders
bring to Illinois Wesleyan.
“This award encompasses the 2019-20 and 2020-21 CAB executive teams, and in that time,
so much has been accomplished and celebrated,” Carey concluded. “These student leaders
are so dedicated to the Titan community and reflect the highest level of peer student-centered
decision making there is on campus.”