By Leslie Collins
Elm Staff Writer
Washington College is known for regularly planning different events for students and local residents of Chestertown to enjoy. These events are planned and organized by the Student Events Board, or SEB. The SEB is run by student leaders and advised by faculty and staff to provide students with a way to stay engaged and have fun while on campus.
SEB’s mission is to ensure the satisfaction of the students attending this school by providing regular opportunities to enjoy themselves and socialize with others. Brouder said, “We make it an experience and not just an event.”
This organization is different from SGA (Student Government Association). Senior Ceara Scanlon, president of the SEB, said, “The big difference between the two of us is that SGA does more of the lobbying and political side of things on campus. They’re in charge of budgets for clubs and stuff like that, but we…are strictly Student Events Board. We are the programming side and they are the logistical side.”
Senior Shana Brouder, director of Traditions, School Spirit, and Mainstage Events, said “We do most of the programs you see from small events like Open Mic Night and Game Night to the larger events like Comedy Week, Birthday Ball, and Shorefest.” Sophomore Michael Luckert, director of Special Events on the SEB, provided a description of what the planning process is like. He said, “We check out what other colleges are doing as well as take in student opinions through event evaluation forms which are handed out at every event. We then go through and budget for the possible vendor, food, and the supplies necessary to put on the event at the SEB meetings. We then consult with our board on what they feel would be a successful event.”
The students working on SEB also get the opportunity to gain experience in a position of leadership. “You get to have a voice in the different events on campus, and you get to be involved,” said Scanlon. “I’m gaining a tremendous amount of job skills.” She also admits that it can be time consuming, but to those working for SEB it does not feel like work because they have fun. When asked what his favorite event to plan was, Luckert said, “My favorite event would have to be laser tag. Laser tag is a casual competitive event that we host at our school.” Scanlon said that her favorite event was the spring Pinterest Party. “People painted canvases, they painted mugs, and you would cut out your state and it was like a ‘Home is where the heart is’ craft. It was so much fun, and I know a lot of people really liked that event.”
To learn about upcoming SEB events, check out the television screens in Hodson or glance at the SEB board on the wall of the Egg.