Cody Rogers is the glue that holds UAF together
Annie Bartholomew/Sun Star Reporter
April 30, 2013
When asked how to describe Student Activities Assistant Director Cody Rogers, “organized” was the word most often used. With Brooklyn hip hop star Theophilus London marking her fifth Springfest show, it would be hard to guess that concerts aren’t her favorite thing. “I’m not a promoter, I’m a student affairs professional. And just by way of what my job description says, I just happen to be a promoter three months out of the year.”
Planning and coordinating concerts is just one of her roles. Rogers works across departments to improve UAF’s student community through the three programming boards; Nanook Traditions, Student Activities Office and the Concert Board. At other universities, these roles might be separated into three different positions, but at UAF it’s all combined into one, according to Rogers.
On a Traditions weekend which includes annual events Starvation Gulch, Winter Carnival and SpringFest, Rogers and her four to six person student staff work anywhere from 60 to 85 hours each, most taking place during the weekend. “I think all the events have some level of stress,” Traditions Board co-chair and Student Activities employee Juan Cruz said, “But just working with her and the team, it’s always much easier because she’s making sure we’re okay mentally and physically. She’s very active in her role.”
Like Cruz, Rogers also worked in Student Activities as an undergraduate at UAF, which was one of the reasons she first got into student affairs. Rogers would later earn her graduate degree in the subject at Western Washington University before returning to her alma mater.
“She’s really interested in getting students involved,” said current Concert Board member Olivia Bowen who had volunteered with the organization for a semester before Rogers encouraged her to run for a senate seat. “Even when I found out I was going to have an opponent, she said, ‘No, you can do this.’” Bowen won her seat last fall and has been serving on the concert board since. “She was really helpful in keeping me going,” Bowen said.
As Concert Board advisor, Rogers says the shows have been getting bigger in both production and student attendance. Rogers makes an effort to utilize local companies to make these events happen. “She’s got her stuff together,” said sound engineer Josh Bennett who owns the Fairbanks concert production company Sound Reinforcement Specialists. “If we have kinks she rolls with the punches,” Bennett said during takedown after the Theophilus London concert. He’s worked with Rogers on over 20 shows and credits their success to Rogers organization and ability to motivate her team. “She’s seen enough quirky issues, she knows how to work through them.”
“I really love working with students, I know I’ve said this before,” Rogers said. “That’s why I do it, and I want to keep doing it for a while.”