By Ghadeer Alaradi, Student Life Editor
The Student Activities Board (SAB) is a university-sponsored organization that aims to program, coordinate, and execute events to enhance campus and student life.
SAB currently has 20-30 members. Rachel Ruta, the Marketing and Recruitment Director, has been a member since the beginning of Fall 2013.
“We have funding that allows us to put on bigger events than other smaller organizations and gives us the opportunity to collaborate with those organizations,” said Ruta.
Off campus, SAB holds HalloWeekends at Cedar Point for students. “Our HalloWeekends are a great hit. We’ve had about between 50-60 people that came with us.” They also recently had a trip to Sky Zone, which is an indoor trampoline park home.
On-Campus, SAB invites musicians to perform to students in the University Center such as Eh440, an ‘a cappella’ group from Toronto, Canada.
SAB has also had a Glow dodge ball tournament in the Fieldhouse, which students greatly enjoyed, according to Ruta. “We’ve done a couple of glow-themed events, and we played dodge ball which was really fun. We also had a good turnout,” she said.
SAB held a Campus Martius Trip to start off the semester with an activity that all students could attend. They have also held UM-Dearborn’s very first Spy Wars, which is a tournament where students broke off in teams and the winning team received a prize.
In the middle of the semester, SAB held a talent show on campus called, “Dearborn’s Got Talent.” They hosted auditions for anyone who would like to showcase their talent from singing, dancing, etc.“The Dearborn’s Got Talent Show had about 10 acts and there was singing, Chinese yo-yo, and slam poetry,” said Ruta.
“Our mid-day musician series has had a good turnout, because it’s in the middle of the day so there’s always people around. They’ll hang out, eat lunch, and listen,” said Ruta.
As a part of the Mid-Day Musician series, SAB will be hosting The Ballroom Thieves, a folk music band, to perform on Thursday March 26 at 12:30 pm.
On April 16, they will be bringing in “therapy dogs” as a de-stressor before finals season. The puppies will be available to play with for the day. SAB will be partnering with Student Government, Phi Sigma Phi, Delta Sigma Phi, and Panhellenic Council.
SAB’s final event for the semester is the Kinsey Sicks show, which will be held in the Union. They will be partnering with the Office for Student Engagement and the InCLUDE.
“I think it’s important on campus to engage students especially because we’re a commuter campus. It brings students together and gives them a reason to do something other than go to class and go home,” said Ruta. “It brings everybody together.”
“At first I didn’t know much about SAB, but Matt, the President, told me about it and I went to one of their events and it ended up being a lot of fun,” said Ruta.
“I decided to be the Marketing Director because one of my majors is digital marketing,” she said.
As Marketing Director, Ruta manages the website, social media, email, and creates all flyers. She also recruits members to join.
Every year, the SAB holds elections for E-board members to join for the upcoming year. Anyone interested in joining can stop by the office upstairs in the University Center, or go on their website, www.umdsab.com to learn more.
SAB holds their meetings every Monday at 5pm, and anyone can stop by if interested in planning events or joining. Students can join as general body members any time during the semester.