Top 3 2017-2018 Otterbein Campus Experiences

As a member of the Otterbein University Campus Activities Board (CAB), I have the opportunity to design and implement programming and activities for students to enjoy. This year, we organized dozens of interactive events and connected with thousands of students. Oh, and they were all branded by yours truly!

Here are the best experiences from this school year:

1. Cardinal Takeover Weekend (4/21/18 - 4/22/18)

This weekend of activities consisted of three separate experiences: Otterfest, a boppin' block party with inflatables, a DJ and carnival-style games; Ignite the Night, a silent disco party with professional entertainers from Chicago; and Late Night Breakfast, a campus tradition with games, prizes and plenty of bacon. 

This was the first year that CAB was able to produce three large-scale events on one weekend thanks to the financial support of a grant from student government. Overall, the organization connected with over 1,000 students, which exceeded the events' projected attendance.

2. Mirror Mirror: A Disney Trivia Challenge (4/5/18)

Who is the smartest of them all? This magical trivia night was hosted in the Otterbein Campus Center and featured over 100 questions and challenges. 

Students had the opportunity to join one of seven teams (cleverly named after the Seven Dwarfs from Disney's Snow White). CAB provided themed desserts and decorated the venue in true Disney fashion with special uplighting and effects. The best part of this event was the atmosphere, which allowed students to be consistently engaged and attracted the attention of bystanders. 

This event had over 50 participants, which also surpassed its projected attendance. 

3. Hotcakes in Hogwarts (12/3/17)

Late Night Breakfast is an Otterbein tradition. Last fall, we decided to take the event to the next level by creating a themed experience. 

Hundreds of floating candles, projection-mapped bursts of magic on the ceiling and even a sorting hat - we had it all! The atmosphere was also extremely important in this event, which engaged and intrigued students. To increase the interactivity, we implemented house competitions and photo opportunities with wizardly characters. 

This experience was nominated for event-of-the-year and received raving reviews by students and faculty.