Ashland University Activities Board Nets ‘Programming Organization of the Year’ Award

11/18/11 ASHLAND, OH -- Ashland University's Campus Activities Board (CAB) has again been recognized for the quality of the student entertainment it offers on campus.

Ashland's CAB received the prestigious "Programming Organization of the Year" award on Nov. 10-13 at the National Association for Campus Activities' (NACA) Mid-America Regional Conference held in Covington, Ky.

CAB received the award for its work during the fall 2010 and spring 2011 programming year under the leadership of Amber Bollinger, a May 2011 graduate; senior Jerika Gilcreast; and senior Ella Waltman.

“This is the highest honor an organization can receive through NACA,” said Nicole Dyer, director of student life and CAB adviser.

Dyer gave much credit to Caleb Young, a student life office intern who was instrumental in preparing the award application.

“We are happy to be able to call ourselves an ‘award winning’ programming board again,” Dyer said. “The members of CAB deserve the recognition for their hard work and dedication to the Ashland University campus.”

The mission of CAB is to provide quality, diverse entertainment including an assortment of social opportunities which support campus unity, friendship, learning, personal growth, learning and fun. Once of CAB’s main objectives is to create a positive environment; for both its members and the students they serve, in an effort to enhance the overall Ashland University experience. Established in 1977, CAB is celebrating its 34th year of excellence in programming on the Ashland University’s campus.

Through the years, CAB has received a total of nine awards through NACA. “We received national recognition in 1995, 1996, 1997 and 1998,” Dyer said. “In 1999, the organization moved the 'Excellence in Programming' award from the national level to the regional level. CAB then went on to win that award in 1999, 2000, 2001, 2007 and now 2011.”

The NACA conference spans a six-state region, with 170 participating college programming boards from Michigan, Indiana, Ohio, West Virginia, Kentucky and Illinois.

Ashland University, ranked in the top 200 colleges and universities in U.S. News and World Report’s National Universities category for 2012, is a mid-sized, private university conveniently located a short distance from Akron, Cleveland and Columbus, Ohio. Ashland University ( values the individual student and offers a unique educational experience that combines the challenge of strong, applied academic programs with a faculty and staff who build nurturing relationships with their students.