As a part of Spotlight Programs Board (SPB), the student-run program board is dedicated to providing quality programs at little or no cost for the Georgia State campus. Made up of seven committees, the board hires students every year to plan events according to the defined goal of each committee. Volunteers are an integral part in the success of the program board by providing support in the planning process, in addition to attending the events free of charge.
Based on the recommendations of current Georgia State students, events are planned, promoted, and implemented by volunteers and committee directors. Events include the annual Pantherpalooza Spring Concert and Homecoming events, monthly Panther Prowls, weekly screenings of newly-released films in the Cinefest Theater, comedians, and special events including Blue at the Zoo and Haunted House.

  • PantherPalooza Spring Concert ft. Kendrick Lamar, Young Jeezy and Elle Varner
  • Blue at the Zoo – Night at Zoo Atlanta
  • Panther Prowls
  • Homecoming Week
  • Spring Fling Week
  • Greek Showcase
  • Panthers on Ice
  • Spring Fashion Show

Directors work with their volunteer committee and adviser to choose an event they would like to plan and implement. Student committees meet with agents, reserve venues, meet regularly about event logistics, create budgets, promote events and carry out events. Depending on how much a committee member wants to get involved, they can be involved in every step of the planning process.
The program board consists of seven committees who each plan events under the advisement of 13 student directors, three graduate assistants and two full-time advisers. Student employees in Cinefest Movie Theater are also part of the Spotlight Program Board and plan unique events for the movie theater venue.
Spotlight receives its funding from student fees that are collected as part of the funding for the Student*University Center. The funds are designated for programming that meets the diverse needs of the GSU community.
Depending on the type of event, attendance can range from several thousand students for concert events or several hundred students at weekly film showings. Our goal is to provide relevant programming at little or no cost, making attendance a key indicator of success for any given event.
Help out! Students begin their involvement by volunteering on one of the seven committees that make up the program board. Committee members will help out in every stage of the event-planning process, from brainstorming event ideas to actually implementing them. No experience in event-planning is necessary, but we ask that you be interested in providing your fellow students with quality programming.

At the beginning of spring semester, recruitment for committee directors and committee members begins. There is a required time commitment of approximately 10 hours a week.

If 10 hours a week seems like a large commitment, you could serve as one of our volunteers. Volunteers help assist with day-of-event logistics and are an integral part of our event success.

Being a part of the Spotlight Programs Board, either as a committee member or director, helps build many skills such as budgeting, managing a group of individuals, and coordinating complicated tasks to plan an event. Additionally, directors receive a stipend for their efforts.