GOBD- Student Organizations & UA Departments

Student Org. & Department Spring GOBD & Org Take Over INFO

We would like to thank you for your past support of Get On Board Day and tell you that registration will open soon!  This year, we will have four components to the GOBD experience to enhance involvement which we will tell you more about below.  Components one and two are our Traditional GOBD outdoor fair experience.


Thursday, August 30, 2018

5:00 PM – 9:00 PM




Traditional Get On Board Day (GOBD): GOBD is our annual major tabling fair that is a part of WOW:  Week of Welcome and allows student organizations to connect with large amounts of interested students personally through giving them info about their mission, goals, and meeting dates. This is an outdoor event that features both vendors, departments, and students organizations and draws student crowds of over 15,000+ participants.  As a compliment to the Traditional GOBD experience, we will offer a Virtual GOBD  opportunity for incoming and current students to take an online assessment to help them narrow down their GOBD options.  Additionally, part of this process will also connect with a virtual placement of student organization tables for GOBD or will offer students ways to connect with organizations if they are not able to attend the GOBD event. (Virtual GOBD features will only be applicable & available to Student Organizations.)

GOBD Table Dimensions– 6ft. (On some rare occasions 8ft tables in length are provided.  All tables about 3-4 ft. in width typically; Long Classroom style table)

Any other items will the table must be approved by our staff prior to bringing on the day of GOBD due to space.


Student Organizations:  $20 per table

Departments:  $25 per table


Thursday, August 30th 2018 from 5:00pm-9:00pm in the Ferguson Center Plaza and Promenade 

Before registering, be sure to review our REGISTRATION INSTRUCTIONS or print off to help you navigate the online registration system.




Organization Take Over (OTO) will take place on the two dates of Wed., Sept. 5th and Thurs. Sept. 6th.

Organization Take Over (OTO): our annual showcase of 1st meeting opportunities and a chance to connect with interested students on a more personal level through hosting your first meeting, a “meet and greet” or an artistic/recreational demonstration in the Ferguson Center.


Free!  Included in GOBD Registration Cost


Wednesday, September 5, 2018 and Thursday, September 6, 2018 from 5:00pm-10:00pm in the Ferguson Center




Category Mixers: at our category mixers, we will invite representatives from your organization to come out for a select meet & greet with students that are interested in specific interests.  Category mixers will be organized by our major topic areas of:  Advocacy, Arts/Entertainment, Recreation/Athletic, Intercultural/Cultural/Identity-Based, Service, Professional/Law, Academic, Honor Societies, Military, Religion/Spirituality.  Some categories will be combined.




**All mixers will be held in the Ferguson Student Center- 3rd floor in the SOURCE Space**

 Wednesday, September 12th
12:30pm- 1:30pm – Arts/ Entertainment
5:00pm – 6:00pm – Advocacy

Thursday, September 13th
12:30pm- 1:30pm – Academic
5:00pm – 6:00pm – Political

Wednesday, September 19th
12:30pm- 1:30pm – Intercultural/ Cultural/ Identity- Based
5:00pm – 6:00pm – Rec/ Athletic & Club Sports

Thursday, September 20th
12:30pm- 1:30pm – Honor Societies
5:00pm – 6:00pm – Religion/ Spiritual

Wednesday, September 26th
12:30pm- 1:30pm – Professional/ Law & Military
5:00pm – 6:00pm Service




Contact Dr. Rosalind Moore, Director of Student Involvement at rlmoore@ua.edu or 205-348-6114 or Ashley Cofield, Coordinator of Student Involvement at amcofield@ua.edu.