Activities Program Board saves SU students from boredom

“WTF? Where’s the Fun?” Many students on the campus of Shippensburg University often find themselves sitting around in boredom asking this very question.

From organizing concerts, comedy shows, bus trips, various game nights, movies and more, the Activities Program Board, also known as APB, is the cure to relieving students who have nothing to do.

APB is a student-run organization that is comprised of 13 board members, three advisers and several general members who work their hardest to create programs that will bring fun and entertainment to SU students.

Some of the most popular APB events in the past include: RaiderFest, Parents and Family Day, Statewide Stepshow Competition, Battle of the Bands, Jason Derulo and B.O.B concerts, New York City trip, amusement park trips and comedians.

APB is comprised mainly of general members with leadership provided by four executive student officers and eight committee chairpersons.

APB was recognized as a student organization in 1983, where its main focus was to improve social, cultural, recreational and educational programs for the university and the surrounding community.
Since then, the club has maintained these goals while creating friendships and several entertaining programs and memories for the students at SU.

The club is led by the board members who hold various positions that keep the club running as a whole. There is the executive board, which consists of the president, vice president treasurer and membership chairperson.

In addition to these four leaders, there are six programming chairpersons that each run different committees to put on various types of events.

These committees are concerts, entertainment, multicultural affairs, performing arts, special events, travel and recreation.

These six committee chairpersons try to provide the campus with events and activities that correspond with their purposes and objectives or their committee titles.

Along with the programmers, there are the graphic design, marketing and public relations and historian chairpersons.

All of these positions are very unique and different, and each board member works hard to fulfill his or her duties to keep APB running successfully.

This semester APB has several events lined up to provide fun for everyone. Thursday, Feb. 9 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the CUB Great Hall, there will be the novelty event, “Decorate Your Own Door Hanger,” in which students can add a little decoration to their rooms.

Later that evening, mentalist and illusionist Wayne Hoffman will be performing in the CUB Multipurpose (MPR) at 9 p.m. Later this month, on Wednesday, Feb. 22 at 7 p.m. in the CUB MPR, the travel and recreation and entertainment committees will be sponsoring a black-light mini-golf party.

This will consist of a couple golf courses in the CUB, but it will be played under a black light.
The balls, clubs, course and decorations will be glow in the dark.

On Thursday, Feb. 23, an artist will be coming to the CUB MPR from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. to draw caricatures of students on an iPad.

Later that evening, pop violinist Josh Vietti, will be performing in the CUB Room 023. Vietti plays the violin to famous hip-hop songs.

To keep up with all APB events, be sure to check out the event listing calendars which can be found in all residence halls and in the CUB.

Promotional posters and flyers also hang in every building around campus.

APB is always welcoming new members and encouraging students to join.

The organization provides leadership opportunities for students that complement the classroom experience, in addition to developing team-building skills while working with the administration faculty and fellow classmates.

Whether you want to staff an event, plan an event, advertise the club and its events or just make new friends, there is always a spot open for you in APB.

With eight committees, there is something for every student to join no matter what your interests or skills may be.

If you are interested in joining APB, call (717) 477-1747, or send an email to

Also, come to the general meetings every other Tuesday at 4 p.m. in the CUB room 119. The next meeting is Feb. 7.

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