CAB Mission Statement
The WKU Campus Activities Board (CAB) seeks to enrich the educational experience of students at WKU through the support of the overall mission of Western Kentucky University by offering a wide range of co-curricular experiences for students, faculty, and staff. CAB also seeks to provide leadership and engagement opportunities for students in the planning, proposal, promotion, and presentation of activities designated to serve the cultural, educational, and social interests of the WKU community.
Aug 31, 1971, President Dero Downing appoints a board of students, faculty, and administration to the all new Student Center Board or University Center Board (UCB).The board's main purpose is to plan and coordinate activities around the university center. Original UCB committees included: Contemporary music committee responsible for concerts, mini concerts, and dances; Lecture committee responsible for celebrity lectures; Recreation committee to handle DUC 4th floor activities; Arts and Exhibits committee kept the stereo listening center, craft center, and cultural center running; Leisure life committee scheduled special events like Halloween, student road trips, and campus movie nights.
For eight years, UCB worked in conjunction and under the supervision of Associated Student Government (ASG). It was not until a proposal in March 1979 that the UCB was allowed to branch off creating its own set of five committees that planned a wide range of student programs. These programs ranged from a night with the National Shakespeare Company to a concert in Diddle Arena with REO Speedwagon.
In 1999, with revisions to the constitution, UCB changed its name to Campus Activities Board (CAB). The name change reflected the emergence of campus wide program compared to past programming which had concentrated on the university centers. Currently, CAB houses its office on the third floor of the Downing University Center. The thirteen member board consists of: President, Vice President of Public Relations, Vice President of Member Relations, Secretary, Public Relations Assistant, Concert Committee Chair, Concert Assistant, Lecture Committee Chair, Multicultural Student Interest Committee Chair, Late Night Programming and Novelty Committee Chair, Special Events Committee Chair, Special Events Assistant and two CAB Interns.
CAB events have included: Concerts by Nappy Roots, Keri Hilson, Lady Antebellum, Luke Bryan, Day 26, Nickel Creek, and many others . Lectures from celebrities like Jim Breuer, Rue McClanahan, Morgan Spurlock, Dr. Lani Guiner, and Dr. Calvin Mackie. CAB host annual events such as CAB-OOM, the WKU Homecoming Concert, Big Reds Roar and the Rocky Horror Picture Show.
CAB has been proudly bringing quality programming to the WKU Community since 1971