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History

 

Old Rocky Horror Picture Show
Rocky Horror Picture Show 1980's

The Student Union Activities Board is as old as the Student Union itself. Part of Former President Henry Bennett's long-range plan for Oklahoma Agricultural and Mechanical College, the Student Union was established in 1950. Not only is Oklahoma State University’s Student Union one-of-a-kind, but it was and still is the largest Student Union in the United States.

Even in the initial planning stages, President Bennett designed the Student Union to truly belong to the students. In an effort to do so, Bennett specially selected a group of OSU students to form the Student Union Board, a new student group tasked with determining policies for the use of the Union. As an added perk, he also allowed this group to name rooms in the Union.

In 1951, the Student Union Board decided changed their name in order to more accurately encompass their purpose, becoming the Student Union Activities Board (SUAB). SUAB has since found a home within the Office of Arts, Culture, and Entertainment in the Student Union. Over the past sixty years, the Student Union Activities Board has created a wide range of programs and experiences for the OSU student body designed to enhance the OSU Campus Life and the overall student experience.

SUAB Old Mascot

SUAB old Mascot 1981

SUAB Old Mascot ChickenSUAB Mascot "Pink Chicken" 1980s

Old SUAB TableSUAB Event 1990s

SUAB 1990SUAB Event 1990s

SUAB FolliesSUAB used to host Freshman Follies in 1989

SUAB 1960SUAB Event 1960s