Program Board strives zealously to provide quality well-rounded, recreational, yet educational events to best satisfy the student body of Butler University. We serve to stimulate thought, expand knowledge, engage activity, and contribute to a vibrant campus life.
SGA’s Program Board is a branch of SGA that provides entertainment for the campus community as a whole. There are 10 boards on Program Board, each of which has a specific purpose, which is stated below. If you are interested in what is going on with Program Board, look for flyers, posters, or get on the SGA website at www.butler.edu/SGA.
The Coffeehouse Committee plans diverse musical entertainment in the campus Starbucks. Past events have included: Java Jams (Butler’s version of American Idol), and numerous up-and-coming singer/songwriters.
Concerts (Application deadline has already passed):
The Concerts Committee plans the all-campus concerts that happen throughout the year. Previous acts have included: Butler Palooza, The Fray, OKGO, Ben Folds, Common, Smash Mouth and Chiddy Bang.
Dance Marathon (Chosen at a separate time):
The Dance Marathon committee plans Butler University Dance Marathon (BUDM), a 12-hour all-campus philanthropic event in support of Riley Hospital for Children. Participants must stand for the entire time and participate in numerous games and activities, as well as interact with Riley kids, families, and doctors.
The Films Committee plans the weekly SGA movie events, which includes newly released blockbuster hits, in addition to other film activities like IMAX films and Film Festival Trips.
The Late-Nite Committee plans activities for students on and off campus between 10pm-1am, at least once a month. Some examples are Gettin' Down in A-Town, Snow Day, Rave in the Reilly Room, Release the Dawgs Break Dancing event, Black Light Bingo, and SkyZone.
Out n' About in Indy:
The Out n' About in Indy Committee introduces students to the city of Indianapolis and gives them the chance to experience the many facets of what greater Indianapolis has to offer. Previous trips have included: concerts, dinners, museum trips, sporting events, cooking classes, art classes, Cirque du Soliel and many more.
The Podium Expressions committee plans insightful or entertaining events and speakers to make students think about what is happening in the world around them. Past guest speakers have included: Upright Citizens Brigade, Josh Wolf, Christian Siriano from “Project Runway,” Jamie Tworkowski and “To Write Love On Her Arms,” Jimmy Fallon, Dan Savage: It Gets Better and Crackers.
The Recreation Committee plans a wide variety of exciting, extreme events for Butler students. Past events have included: amusement parks, cave diving, go carting, hockey games and other athletic events.
The Special Events Committee continually entertains the entire campus with a multitude of events. They plan a triple threat of intense programming: Homecoming, Snowcoming, and Exam Jam.
Spring Sports Spectacular:
The Spring Sports Spectacular Committee plans Polar Plunge, and the 12-hour all-campus philanthropic event Spring Sports Spectacular in the spring, which both support the Special Olympics of Indiana. The entire campus competes in sporting events ranging from basketball and dodge ball, to Twister and euchre, and everything in between.
Program Board Expectations:
It is important that all applicants for Program Board understand the requirements that are set forth if chosen to sit on the board. Committee chairs are expected to:
1. Attend weekly SGA Program Board meetings (30min-60min)
2. Attend weekly individual meetings with your co-chair and advisor (30min-60min)
3. Attend one retreat during the summer and possibly another during the spring
4. Plan and execute diverse events for the student body
5. Plan and execute late night (10pm-1am) and weekend programming
6. Keep an accurate and up-to-date budget (1 per committee)
7. Meet internal and external deadlines like program evaluations, etc.
8. Attend events put on by other Program Board committees at least 3 times a semester.
9. Attend events put on by other SGA boards (CPA, REACH, PR) as frequently as possible