Eleven University of Arkansas – Fort Smith students on the university’s Campus Activities Board leadership team can now add a national recognition to their resume.
Haunted Union, an annual family-friendly Halloween event the students coordinated last year, earned an award for the best community program in the central region of the United States by the National Association for Campus Activities.
More than 1,400 people attended Haunted Union last year, and UAFS student Courtney Gosch of Greenwood, a member of the CAB leadership team, said the event’s impact on the community helped earn the award.
“Haunted Union is a tradition on campus that has being going strong for twelve years. Every year it is constantly improving and getting larger to accommodate for the number of people that attends,” Gosch said. “Ultimately, Haunted Union is something that is unique but also gives back to the community in a fun way.”
Brooke Slaton of Charleston is another member of the leadership team and said she was honored by the award.
“Haunted Union is one of our biggest events, and each year CAB and many other organizations work hard to make it better than the last,” Slaton said. “Accepting this award was a huge honor for not only CAB, but for our campus.”
Members of the leadership team were:
Alma: Micheal Phan.
Bentonville: Ryan Spooner.
Charleston: Brooke Slaton.
Greenwood: Sara Earnhart and Courtney Gosch.
Hartman: Sherman Miranda.
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil: Pedro Carvalaho.
Rogers: Kari Carbajal.
Spiro, Okla.: Domanique Johnson.
Tulsa, Okla.: Zachary Grant.
Van Buren: Kalyn Tounzen.