GAB prepares for a busy year with President Vanois Queen

(09-12-2011)

By: Mariah Pepe

The Adams State College's Grizzly Activities Board is already immersed in fall activities. The organization, entirely comprised of student volunteers, provides free events throughout the year for the student body to promote an active, unified, and spirited atmosphere on campus.

So far, GAB hosted Welcome Week to greet all new and returning students to campus. The event took place from August 22 through August 26. Throughout the week, the group offered free airbrush tattoos; a showing of the popular film “The Hangover”; a barbecue; and professional improvisation shows. GAB President Vanois Queen said the events "went well, but sometimes conflicted with other campus activities, such as the Thursday night concert".

She and the rest of the GAB committee are eagerly preparing for this month's big event-- Homecoming Week! The week will include a plethora of events, such as a bonfire, a comedian show, and performances put on by multiple clubs on campus. There will also be a competition for the Adams State King and Queen titles, a highly sought honor among the students.

Beyond Homecoming, GAB hopes to take part in more community outreach activities throughout the year. GAB President Queen is also an officer on the ASC Cares Day committee; ASC Cares Day is a day for students to volunteer to help clean and improve the Alamosa community, and she thinks this link will help the board to become more actively involved in the community.

This broadened spectrum of activities is also helping GAB address their long-term goals. Queen said diversifying helps attract new members, retain current members, and become more involved in new aspects of campus life because the opportunities for the organization are infinite.

A major incentive for students to join GAB is for their voices to be heard. Members of the club get to choose what types of events take place on campus and how the GAB funds are spent.

In effect, students who join GAB make it a successful program by expressing and meeting the desires of the student body on a regular basis.

Joining GAB also provides students with the rare opportunity to attend a National Association of Campus Activities Conference each February. The four to five day conference is an opportunity for members to preview acts the board could bring to Adams State for student events. Queen enjoyed the events and recalled meeting celebrities such as “Snooki” and Nick Cannon.

Overall, the GAB group is busily filling this year's calendar with activities for students. Anyone interested in joining GAB or proposing potential ideas for campus activities can attend a meeting, which take place at 5 p.m. every Wednesday in the Student Life Center. Everyone is welcome, but membership is strongly encouraged!