Region 4 Drive-In
Topic: Construction on Campus—The Effects on Conference & Events
University of Maryland - College Park
Stamp Union - Prince George’s Room
January 22, 2018
Come to this Drive-In to meet other colleagues from Region 4 (MD,VA, DE, DC, PA, WVA, Greece, UK and Israel).
We will meet and greet at University of Maryland College Park Stamp Union (Prince George’s room) at 10:00am and begin the conversation about how construction affects our conference business particularly in the summer months. Then we will hop on a bus and ride over to the new and beautiful The Hotel at the University of Maryland at College Park. After the tour we will leave for lunch (on your own) in the dining hall. UMD has a new anytime dining model on campus. Conversations can continue on through lunch! Or you can depart campus after the tour is completed.
We welcome you to come meet someone new and learn some ways to handle construction on your campus.
This is a FREE Drive-In, morning refreshments will be provided. You will need to pay for parking at the Union Lane Garage-adjacent to Stamp union. If you stay for lunch in the dining hall—lunch is on your own, but a section will be reserved for us.
PLEASE RSVP by Jan 16, 2018 to email@example.com so UMD can get a count for catering and the bus.
For directions and parking click here.
If you have questions—please feel free to contact Kim Araya at firstname.lastname@example.org or Tom Flynn at email@example.com
We look forward to seeing you all in the NEW YEAR!
Congratulations to Nancy Martin, Meetings and Events Manager, University of the District of Columbia, who was elected to serve as Regional Director-Elect for Region 4. She will being her term during the ACCED-I 38th Annual Conference in Minneapolis, MN March 18 - 21, 2018.
University of Maryland College Park Receives UVee Awards
Unique Venues has announced the winners of its 2017 Best Of Awards, recognizing the standout campuses, conference and business centers, sports arenas, historical and cultural venues, camps and retreat centers, and other special event venues that wowed guests this year.
University of Maryland, College Park in College Park, MD is proud to announce they took home the special Best of Award for Best Venue for Unique or Locally Sourced Catering. At the University of Maryland, College Park, traditional cafeteria fare just won’t do. Instead the inhouse culinary team creates fresh, unique dishes with restaurant caliber. “New guests are frequently surprised at the cuisine and service offered on our campus because they don't expect university food service to operate at this level,” says W. Bartram Hipple, Assistant Director for Communications with the Department of Dining Services at the university. Many of the ingredients come from Terp Farm, an organic farm 15 miles off campus that works in conjunction with the College of Agriculture and Dining Services. Students log field trips, workdays, and internships, and Terp Farm provides produce to University of Maryland Catering, restaurants, and occasionally to dining halls. “In addition, catering chefs maintain two herb gardens at the front of the Adele H. Stamp Student Union and harvest many of the herbs they use right at the moment they are needed,” adds Hipple who says that the updated catering options were in response to more clients specifying sustainability as an important aspect of their event. “They are looking for locally sourced foods, recyclable or compostable supplies, and menus that feature a local theme, and we are proud to serve the university community in this way.”
The University of Maryland, College Park is doubly proud to announce their second 2017 Best of Award: for Best Venue for Youth/Sports Groups. For the second consecutive year, the University of Maryland, College Park took home the award in this category. The campus offers unparalleled options for youth groups, including a suburban location near the nation’s capital with two-layer security and 8,000 beds plus two dining halls where younger attendees can convene together. “Each summer, sports camps run by Big Ten Conference coaches combine with college immersion, special studies, and STEAM programs to create a thriving campus,” says Joseph E. Criscuoli, Marketing, Sales, Publications & Outreach Coordinator for the Conferences & Visitor Services department at the university. One of the most notable is the Maryland Field Hockey Camp held at UMCP’s state-of-the-art field hockey turf facility since 1995 with instruction from current and former National & Olympic team members. “Our ropes challenge course, rock climbing wall, ice cream socials from the Maryland Dairy, and TerpZone facility are ‘must-do’ add-ons for any youth program,” adds Criscuoli. UMCP can also provide in-house motor coach charters that make ground transportation to nearby Annapolis, Baltimore, and Washington, D.C. a breeze for additional educational components.
With the announcement of these two awards, the Conferences & Visitor Services department has now brought five Best Of Awards to the University of Maryland, College Park. In 2015, the "Most Easily Accessible Venue" award was received, followed by the "Best Suburban/Rural Venue" and "Best Venue for Youth/Sports Groups" in 2016. All winners were feted at the Unique Venues Annual Member Conference in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and each winner is also be featured in a special edition of Unique Venues magazine.