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Community Activities Board (C.A.B.)

The Community Activities Board (C.A.B.) is the residential student organization in each hall. C.A.B. members develop and organize programs and hall activities. These include social events, educational programs, recreational opportunities, and service activities.

Each C.A.B. can elect floor representatives that work closely with the RAs and Hall Director to plan programs and help raise any concerns in the hall. There are also other elected positions for each hall, including President/SHAPE Rep, Secretary/Treasurer, Multicultural Rep, Community Service Rep, and Eco Rep.

C.A.B. meetings will take place weekly and the times and places will vary by hall. See your C.A.B. president or the Hall Director for more information about how to get involved.

Community Activities Board Officer Responsibilities

SHAPE Rep/Presidents will serve their communities through:

  • Attending and actively participating in all SHAPE/President meetings, every other Monday at 6:30pm
  • Attending weekly meetings with Hall Director
  • Leading weekly Community Activities Board meetings
  • Assisting other Community Activities Board officers with hall-wide programming initiatives
  • Publicizing relevant community activities & events within the residence hall
  • Facilitating communication among residents by distributing surveys, questionnaires, or polling hallmates regarding specific concerns in the residence hall
  • Encouraging and collaborating with residents to both plan and participate in programming efforts
  • Communicating feedback from the hall to the FYI Coordinator at bi-weekly meetings.

Secretary/Treasurers will serve their communities through:

  • Serving in a treasurer capacity (all checks must be co-signed by Community Coordinator and Hall Director) as custodian of the hall checkbook
  • Making recommendations to the Community Activities Board regarding proposed expenditures
  • Managing expenditures in a fiscally responsible manner
  • Taking notes during weekly meetings
  • Attending and actively participating in weekly Community Activities Board meetings.

Eco Representative will serve their communities through:

  • Attending and actively participating in Eco Rep meetings with the Eco Rep Advisor, every other Monday at 6:30pm
  • Attending and actively participating in weekly Community Activities Board meetings
  • Planning/coordinating and implementing at least one program each semester that is environmentally focused
  • Publicizing relevant environmental activities & events.

Community Service Representatives (CSRs) will serve their communities through:

  • Attending and actively participating in CSR meetings with CSR Advisor, every other Monday at 6:30pm
  • Attending and actively participating in weekly Community Activities Board meetings
  • Planning/coordinating and implementing at least one program each semester that provides students with the opportunity to do direct community service in the JMU community and/or the Harrisonburg/Rockingham community
  • Publicizing relevant community service activities & events.

Multicultural Representatives (MCRs) will serve their communities through:

  • Attending and actively participating in meetings with Multicultural Coordinator Advisor, every other Monday at 6:30pm
  • Attending and actively participating in weekly Community Activities Board meetings
  • Planning/coordinating and implementing at least one program each semester that is focused on multicultural awareness, including Baby Mall and House of Privilege
  • Publicizing relevant multicultural activities & events

Floor Representatives will serve their communities through:

  • Attending and actively participating in all Community Activities Board meetings
  • Working closely with their RAs to plan, advertise, and implement programs that meet residents’ needs
  • Serving as a liaison between residents and their RA.

Campaigning Guidelines for Candidates

Campaigning begins on Saturday, August 31st at Noon and ends at 8 p.m. on Tuesday, September 3rd (Election Night). Candidates may begin campaigning only after they have had a brief discussion with the Hall Director.

The following MUST be included on ALL flyers and campaign materials:

  • Your name
  • Which position(s) you're running for
  • The traits and characteristics that make you a good fit for the position
  • Any relevant previous experience you've had

It is understood that proper behavior is required in order to appropriately run for a position on Community Activities Board. There will be no acts of slander or other unkind remarks against individuals running for positions. It is expected that the following guidelines will be followed by all candidates:

  • You may post flyers only in the designated election areas. Either scotch or clear packing tape may be used. (Masking or duct tape is prohibited).
  • You may not post flyers on exterior doors, on residents’ doors, glass doors, or place flyers under residents’ doors.
  • You may go door-to-door to talk with residents. Your Hall Director will have times when this will be allowed. It is understood that if a resident does not want to speak with you, accept it and move on. Do not make promises that you will not be able to keep.
  • On Election Night, you may not campaign nor may anyone else campaign on your behalf. This includes handing out flyers, asking people to vote for you, etc.
  • You are on the honor system with campaigning. If any violations occur, your candidacy may be revoked and/or you may face disciplinary proceedings.

The Hall Director, in consultation with the respective Area Director, will make all final decisions with regard to the Community Activities Board election processes and campaigning guidelines.

The Community Activities Board Leadership Workshop will be held on Sunday, September 15th from 6:30pm – 9:00 pm, Grafton Stovall Theatre All elected officers must attend!

Apply to be a CAB Officer!

Community Activities Board Application

SHAPE

Students Helping Advise Plan and Energize

SHAPE is a group of elected residents committed to enhancing the JMU residence hall living experience. Each residence hall has a Community Activities Board that works to build community by organizing and putting on programs and listening to and responding to the concerns of the hall residents.

The SHAPE representative is an elected member of their hall Community Activities Board. This representative attends bi-monthly SHAPE meetings and gives voice to resident students. They will represent the interest of residents and hall staff at each of these meetings on various topics. Participants will cultivate leadership potential and foster a network of residents, staff and the campus community. This position is a fun and exciting opportunity for students to become active leaders on the JMU campus.

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