By Lillian Bowe
Texas native Diane Resendez arrived in Portales three years ago as a freshman at Eastern New Mexico University not knowing anyone.
Through the Associated Student Activities Board, Resendez said she got the opportunity to meet plenty of new people and make new friends. Her experience and that of others on campus are a part of the reason the organization recently earned national honors usually reserved for larger universities.
ASAB was picked the Best Campus Program for 2014 by Campus Activities Magazine. The magazine, which covers entertainers, agencies and college programming, gives out the Best Campus Program award annually. The award is usually presented to Division I schools.
ENMU Director of Campus Life Draco Miller said the reason ASAB has gained attention is its marketing and because it works getting at the heart of what students want. ASAB coordinates all the student activities on campus. The past two years it has concentrated on revamping the way it gets student feedback about activities and how to get more students to attend, according to Miller.
Miller said there are six coordinators and co-coordinators in four different sections of ASAB. The sections include entertainment, special events, music and membership.
Each coordinator brainstorms on what event they think students would want to see and the board makes the final decision.
“After every event we give out evaluations to each student that attends the event and now we have been polling the whole student body on what entertainment they want to see,” Miller said.
Miller said it has helped the board know exactly what students want. Before the polls, events were averaging 174 students. Now, they are averaging 328 students.
Patrishia Hernandez, a sophomore from Clovis and coordinator for special events, said she was shocked the ASAB won.
“It shows that we are doing something right and we are really working for the students,” Hernandez said.
Hernandez said ASAB is like a big family and going to weekly meetings always brightens her day.
Resendez, who is also an entertainment coordinator, said she enjoys the people she works with and she has fun putting events together.
“It is a shock to see us winning, but it is really great,” Resendez said.