The 2018-2019 academic session was a year of partnership for Campus Activities Board (CAB) and Residence Education to provide Late Night Programming in the residence halls on campus. The partnership began with a goal to offer “late night, alcohol alternative programs for students living on campus.”
During the inaugural year, the student organization, whose mission is to provide entertainment for the UI campus, and Residence Education, provided three alcohol alternative events in the residence halls per week. The events rotated between three different residence halls each week to expand the number of students being supported. Some events included movies, karaoke, and game nights. Once per month, the groups collaborated with Associated Residence Halls (ARH) to bring entertainers to the residence halls for larger-scale events such as hypnotists and magicians.
Shelley Hartman, advisor for Campus Activities Board, is motivated by the partnership with Residence Education, and how this partnership has provided opportunities for other collaborations across campus. “This partnership has led to many new opportunities, not just for CAB, Residence Education, or ARH, but for the many students in the residence halls and other departments/student organizations affiliated with the university. Although the events do not start until 10 PM, and last until midnight, we still get departments and other student organizations to collaborate, which is terrific! This shows our students that the community at large, not just one student organization, is invested in alcohol harm reduction efforts, and it provides exciting opportunities for our students to feel like they have a place and sense of belonging at Iowa.”
Data collected from the events showed an attendance of 3,720 attendees (699 unique students), with 96.7% of those students attending more than one event. Of the 3,720 attendees, 980 surveys were completed, of which 31.4% of the students indicated they’d likely be drinking if not at the event.
Greg Thompson, Director of Residence Education, was pleased with this year’s collaboration and is looking forward to growth in FY20, “Overall the partnership has been a great addition this year. We were able to provide high-quality Late Night events, in more locations, and for longer periods of time on Thursday nights. We know students continue to ask for these types of events and the partnership with CAB has allowed us to bring in the experts on planning and facilitating these. The partnership will continue to grow as CAB partners more intentionally with our Associated Residence Halls leadership group.”
2019 Year In Review
This article is part of the 2019 Year in Review, which highlights some of the Division of Student Life's accomplishments from the previous academic year.