The Kalamazoo College Student Activities Committee officially became the Campus Engagement Organization (CEO) this past fall quarter. Kate Yancho, Assistant Director of Student Involvement explained that at the end of last school year, “[there was] no one left in SAC willing to take on a leadership role… so we needed to take a break and start new.”
“With the other changes [to campus] it [seemed] a good time to change,” Yancho said. “[The] SAC structure wasn’t serving campus anymore.”
The CEO is comprised of students from all years, allowing for new first-years to “[bring] fresh ideas…[and a] fresh vision to the CEO,” Yancho commented.
This new organization has been designed to account for changes to campus yet still keep the traditional events, namely Monte Carlo.
Angela Fong K’16, a member of the CEO and a part of the PR/Design team for this year’s Monte Carlo, explained that, “A big part of the name change from SAC (Student Activities Committee) to CEO (Campus Engagement Organization) was because we want our events and group members to reflect the interests of the community, which goes beyond just students, and for us to have more dialogue with the community in planning our events.”
Even with the changes, Monte Carlo will still feature many of its traditional aspects with new additions. “[There will be] another photo booth, interactive food and drink stations, and changes to the prize committee,” Yancho explained. “Diamonds are forever [will be a James Bond type theme], it will be very suave.”
Alexis Fiebernitz K’16, is working on the volunteer committee this year for the event and is in charge of recruiting volunteers, commented that there will also be an A Cappella group performing at this year’s Monte Carlo: “All of these [additions] should make this year’s Monte Carlo the best yet!”
As a member of the volunteer committee, Fiebernitz and her fellow crewmates “need to make sure we have enough volunteers to make sure things run smoothly for the set up, during the event, and for clean up,” Fiebernitz said. “We hope to accomplish this all while making sure everyone has a good time, even our volunteers.”
There will be a chance to sign up for volunteer positions this week, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday during lunch and dinner. “It takes a lot of people to keep the shifts short so that everyone can have the chance to participate [in the event],” Yancho said.
“[I’m] overjoyed with what’s happening with CEO,” Yancho exclaimed. “[It’s] a fun group with a tremendous amount of creativity and passion.”
Preregister for the Februrary 20 Monte Carlo event through the HornetHive.