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Region 3 Congratulates Anna Bromaghim
|Region 3 congratulates our award winners from the 2018 Annual Conference! Our spotlight this month is on Anna Bromaghim, from Illinois Wesleyan University (IWU) in Bloomington, IL. Anna was awarded the ACCED-I Outstanding New Conference and Events Professional award. Anna has spent the past 2.5 years building wedding ceremony and reception business while also reinvigorating university event services. “As an Illinois Wesleyan graduate, it has been an absolute joy to assist the University in growing our new Conferences office,” Anna said.
|| Anna Bromaghim, pictured with catering manager Ronnie Melvin, received the 2018 New Conference and Events Professional award for her significant contributions to Illinois Wesleyan’s events and weddings services.
|Prior to joining IWU in October 2015, Anna worked in retail and therefore had to quickly learn about event coordination. Anna credits ACCED-I for its role in her success, explaining, “entering into the job, I knew basically nothing about running events, conferences, or weddings…I would have never had such a successful transition without the resources from ACCED-I and the mentoring of my fearless leader.” Under Anna’s coordination, IWU has more than doubled wedding bookings and expanded its offerings to include ceremonies in non-traditional locations such as the Library and Student Center. Anna is now applying her wedding coordinating skills to the other side of the table—she and her fiancé, Matt, will wed this July (not at IWU, if you’re wondering). Congratulations, Anna, on both your award and your upcoming wedding!
Institutional Spotlight - University of Michigan
Finding a home for 8000 events to make way for the Michigan Union renovation
After nearly 100 years as the heart of University of Michigan’s campus life, the Michigan Union has closed for some very exciting renovations. Students from the Michigan Union Board of Representatives and Building a Better Michigan were instrumental in surveying student support and advocating for renovation improvements. A sizable portion of the project funds is dedicated to address infrastructure needs of the aging building, however, there are some exciting changes as well! A few highlights of what we are looking forward to when the Union reopens in 2020:
- Enclosed Courtyard offering casual year-round space with a nearby coffee bar, not to mention a great event space!
- A new space on the first floor featuring a double-sided fireplace and room for casual gatherings, conversation, and studying.
- On the third floor, the IdeaHub will serve as a resource for all student organizations, providing opportunities for collaboration, innovation, and learning.
In order to prepare for the renovation, the U-M Conference and Event Services team has been working to identify spaces for signature campus traditions and other events. We have not relocated all of the approximately 8000 events that happen annually in the Michigan Union but we have been able to find homes for the vast majority. One of our more creative venues is turning a dining hall into a summer event venue, we even have a few weddings booked in the space!
With twenty-six meeting and event spaces offline for twenty months, U-M Conference and Event Services is looking forward to dedicating time to cross-training between its different functional areas. This is not to say that we will be “slow” during this time. Pending construction timelines, during the closure, we have reduced our advance scheduling window from two years to one year. Before long, we will be working on events to take place in the newly renovated Michigan Union!
Save the Date!
VenueND at the University of Notre Dame in South Bend, IN will be hosting a Region 3 Drive-In November 11 - 12, 2018. Mark your calendars and watch for information later this summer!
Zingo Elected to Serve as Regional Director-Elect
Congratulations to Ashley (Clement) Zingo, CCEP, Director of Event Services, University of Notre Dame, who was elected to serve as Regional Director-Elect for Region 3. She will being her term during the ACCED-I 38th Annual Conference in Minneapolis, MN March 18 - 21, 2018.
We Need You! Volunteer Opportunities with Region 3
There are a variety of ways to get involved with Region 3. Each area will work closely with the regional leadership to accomplish a variety of tasks and better serve the membership. Please indicate what areas you would consider assisting with.
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