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Student Activities Programming Board

Program Assistants on the Student Activities Programming Board (SAPB) help create involvement opportunities for students outside the classroom by providing a variety of social, educational, and recreational opportunities designed to enhance campus life throughout the academic year. By so doing, Program Assistants enrich the value of a Carleton education by engaging, supporting and inspiring all students to become active members of their community.

Meet the Student Activities Programming Board (SAPB) 2013-2014

Chairperson & Office Manager 

gillian fitz

Gillian Fitz, '14                                                                                                   

Major: Biology
Home: Sherborn, Massachusetts                                                                     

This position is the programmatic lead for all Program Assistants and represents the
team in a variety of meetings and outreach activity.  As the Chairperson of the Student
Activities Programming Board and student Office Manager for the Student Activities
Office, this position helps ensure that all other Program Assistants have the
necessary information and resources to work effectively and efficiently.

Marketing & Graphic Design

nathalie sun

Nathalie Sun, '14

Major: Political Science/IR
Home: Minneapolis, MN

This position is responsible for marketing and promoting events coordinated by
the Student Activities Programming Board (SAPB) and the Carleton Student Association (CSA). Examples include designing posters, creating banners, submitting text
and design advertisements for the noon News Bulletin (NNB), updating websites,
submitting all-campus email announcements, etc. In addition, this position
supports CSA student organizations seeking promotional guidance.


  • Marketing Assistants

               gracie mcneely                                 Suyu Meng

              Gracie McNeely '16                                    Suyu Meng ' 15

    This position assists the Marketing & Graphic Design Program Assistant in providing marketing
    and promotional support for a variety of programs and services coordinated by the Student Activities
    Programming Board (SAPB) and the Carleton Student Association (CSA).  Responsibilities include
    the design of logos, posters, table tents, booklets, brochures, promotional items, and annual publications.

Outdoor Programs

caroline lauth 

Caroline Lauth '15

Major: Geology
Home: Minneapolis, MN

This position assists in the development of a progressive and comprehensive outdoor recreation program, paying close attention to well-established programs already active with professional organization such as the Association of College Unions International (ACUI). The outdoor Program will assist existing outdoor student organizations, offer leadership training, and provide students with a variety of safe and engaging outdoor activities and services.


Lia S 

Lia Seraydarian, '16

Major: Undecided
Home: Los Angeles, California

This position is responsible for the production of The Noon News Bulletin (NNB),  and The Lagniappe.  
The NNB is published Monday, Wednesday, and Friday during academic terms and solicits advertisements
and announcements from students, staff, faculty, alumni, and other members of the Carleton
community.  The Lagniappe is Carleton’s official student planner and is created primarily during spring
and summer term.

Intercultural Programs

chris wong 

Chris Wong '14

Major: Philosophy
Home: Tacoma, WA

This position serves as the main student lead from the Student Activities Office on topics related to
diversity, cultural awareness, respect, empathy and creating a welcoming and inclusive campus environment. 
The Program Assistant in this position will work with other departments and CSA organizations
to ensure that a diverse selection of programs and activities are offered for the campus community.

Leadership Development

noah laack-veeder 

Noah Laack-Veeder '15

Major: Economics
Home: Madison, Wisconsin

This position serves as the main student lead from the Student Activities Office on topics related to
leadership, ethics, communication, networking, civic engagement and creating a welcoming and inclusive
campus environment. The Program Assistant works with the Student Activities and CSA organizations
to develop and ensure that leadership programs and activities are offered for the campus community.

Student Union Movie Organization (SUMO)

jill abroad

Jill Poskanzer, '15

Major: English
Home: Northfield, Minnesota

This position is responsible for coordinating the Student Union Movie Organization (SUMO) film series,
scheduling student projectionists and developing a variety of other film-based events, both on-and-off
campus.  In addition, this position will work with student organizations in interpreting and abiding by
copyright laws and licensing requirements as it relates to showing films on campus.ome: Minneapolis, MN

  • Projectionist


      felicity flescher                   francina block            alex martin 

    Felicity Flescher '14             Francina Block '15            Alex Martin '14

    Projectionists assist the Student Union Movie Organization (SUMO) Program Assistant in soliciting and showing
    a wide variety of titles.  These positions typically work 4-6 hours per week.  Night and

    weekend hours required.

Art & Film

hannah abroad 

Hannah Rothblatt '15

Major: Art History
Home: Great Neck, NY

This position coordinates a variety of Art & Film related programs.  Examples of programs coordinated
by this position include The Golden Schillers and the Metro Arts Access Fund.  Possible future programs
include the development of a student art exhibit program in Sayles-Hill and a multicultural film/discussion series.

Special Events (2 Program Assistants)


mackenzie abroad                                          sam white

MacKenzie Persen '14                                       Sam White, '16                                

Email:                             Email:
Major: Geology                                                    Major: Undecided 
Home: Phoenix, AZ                                              Home: Oak Park, Illinois

This position coordinates a variety of special events and activities throughout the academic year and
allows for a great deal of student input and programmatic flexibility.  By collaborating with other
departments, the Carleton Student Association, and student organizations, this position capitalizes
on the creativity and spontaneity of Carleton students by providing logistical and event planning support.
Programs coordinated by this position may include Halloween Concert, live comedy, educational lectures,
multicultural programming, break programming, end-of-term study breaks, and working with the Senior Class
Officers to coordinate Senior Week.


Music & Dance (3 Program Assistants)

        joe soonthornsawad                 sarah tan                   sam k abroad 

Joe Soonthornsawad, '15                  Sarah Tan, '16                            Sam Keyes, '15

Email:      Email:
Major: Music/SOAN                        Major: Undecided                     Major: Chemistry
Home: West Chester, OH             Home: Singapore, Singapore    Home: Lakeville, Minnesota

This position coordinates activities that foster an appreciation of music, dance, and cultural diversity in a
variety of genres.  By recruiting and involving a committee of student volunteers, this position works
collaboratively with departments and student organizations in researching and selecting upcoming
dance and musical performances for the Carleton community.  Examples of events typically coordinated
by these positions include Sayles Dances, Midwinter Ball, Spring Concert, open mic nights, and an
afternoon live music series.

Program Assistant/General Manager: The Cave

caffi meyer

Caffi Meyer, '15

Major: Physics
Home: Calgary, AB Canada

The General Manager of The Cave is responsible for the overall operation of the oldest student-run
pub in the United States.  Responsibilities include management of the facility, training and scheduling
of student staff and non-student staff bartenders, managing budgets, inventory control, and maintaining
compliance of two licenses (the 3.2 Liquor license and The Food & Beverage license).  The General Manager
routinely updates CSA and reports directly to the Assistant Director of Student Activities.

  • Event Support: The Cave

    Event Staff responsibilities include working the counter, preparing and selling menu items, event set-up,
    cleaning, and assisting with the audio and lighting requirements of performers.  Students typically work
    3-5 hours per week.

Entertainment & Scheduling: The Cave

Mary B.

Mary Begley '14

Major: American Studies
Home: Omaha, NE

The Entertainment & Scheduling position solicits student involvement and contracts both professional
and student talent.  This position recruits and leads a committee of student volunteers to assist with the
selection and implementation of a comprehensive entertainment schedule.

Audio & Lighting: The Cave

Jon Ver Steegh 

Jon Ver Steegh, ''14

Major: Math
Home: Mahtomedi, Minnesota

The Audio & Lighting Program Assistant is responsible for fulfilling the technical requirements of contracted
artists and student performers. This position maintains the Cave’s audio and lighting equipment and
requests funding to update or replace equipment as needed.  In addition, this position schedules and
trains student event staff in managing the sound needs of each performer.