Region 3: Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Manitoba, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Northwest Territories, Ohio, Ontario, Saskatchewan, South Dakota, and Wisconsin.
Region 3 Leadership
||Ashely Zingo, CCEP, CMP
Director of Event Services
University of Notre Dame
Matt Olson, CCEP
Assistant Director for Event Operations
University of Wisconsin - Madison
What's Happening Around the Region
Articles: Region 3 Social Media Networking & Looking Forward to the 2020 ACCED-I Annual Conference
ACCED-I Member Spotlight:
KaSaundra Peterson Achieves Masters Degree – Event and Facility Management
KaSaundra Peterson, Campus Events Scheduling Coordinator at Concordia College in Moorhead, MN, and ACCED-I Region 3 Member, earned her Master’s Degree in Event and Facility Management in December from Western Kentucky University through an online program. Through this program she also earned a certificate of the same name.
Peterson has been in her position at Concordia for 1-½ years, and she focuses on supporting events that on-campus groups and departments put together. However, she recently had the opportunity to assist an engaged couple with planning their wedding on campus. “Since we were short staffed, I got to meet the guests at the beginning of the process and help them all the way to the day of their wedding. I really enjoyed being able to assist them with the actual logistics and planning,” Peterson said.
When asked about challenges she faces in her position, Peterson replied, “The most challenging part of my job is communication, which I am sure that many others in this profession can attest to. Making sure [everyone has] the services they need to make their event successful, as well as the correct room, can be challenging if the communication is not clear…” Her department is in the process of rolling out an update to their event planning process that will hopefully reduce the miscommunication and have all the information in one location.
She offers the following advice to fellow ACCED-I members who are fairly new to their positions: “Make sure you network with others to see how they are using their software and what their processes are. More importantly, get out around campus more so you aren’t just an email address. For a long time, and still today, people on campus don’t necessarily know who I am unless I say that I am ‘Room Res’, then the light bulb comes on and they know who I am and what I do. Be sure to make connections on campus!”
Peterson is grateful to be a member of ACCED-I. She stated, “It has given me the opportunity to network, but also volunteer on the Communication Committee and be involved. It also gives me a break from my typical day to do something that is a bit different but still meaningful to my profession of event planning in higher education.”
Region 3 Social Media Networking
The Communications Team for Region 3 has been engaging everyone in the Facebook group to network about trends, happenings, and exciting events that are being held on campuses across the region. While social media may not be an important part of everyone’s day or even week it is a great tool to reach out to others in our industry and region to get ideas about tasks. There is different content posted by members of the Communications Team to promote others to share their thoughts, events, and even pictures of their campus. The Region 3 Facebook group is also another location for updates about ACCED-I and the events that are coming up in the region that you can attend.
With the far reach of the region and the number of members that are a part of the group there are sure to be topics that everyone thinks of that could either benefit others in our positions or bring up a question that someone else can answer. If you are someone who has ideas of topics that would be beneficial to the group let Katrina Kenton know so she can pass on the word to our Communications Team. You can reach Katrina at Katrina.Kenton@msj.edu. Thank you for all of your likes and comments in the group so far and we look forward to hearing from you about topics or interactions this year.
Looking Forward to the 2020 ACCED-I Annual Conference
The ACCED-I Annual Conference is from March 29 to April 1 in Providence, Rhode Island this year. There are many ways to make the most of the conference from networking, learning, and sharing ideas about the collegiate conference and events industry. Attendees past and future look forward to connecting with colleagues and getting motivated for the year ahead. Favorite parts of the conference are the Meet, Greet, Off to Eat options that you can select to be a part of which gathers a group of conference goers to go off somewhere in the area to eat a fun dinner and network. The sessions cover a variety of topics and you can actually go check them out on the ACCED-I website right now when you look at the schedule.
Advice from past conference attendees is to introduce yourself, you never know what kind of connection you can make with another person and what it could lead to, and to attend the informal gatherings to network with other people. Overall, the conference is a great way to meet new people, share ideas that you have, and reenergize for the upcoming year of event coordinating in the collegiate industry. Be sure to check out the ACCED-I website for updates and the schedule of events.
Submitted by:KaSaundra Peterson, Campus Events Scheduling Coordinator, Concordia College
Save the Date! Mount St. Joseph University will be hosting a Drive-In on January 17, 2020!
Collaboration and Cooperation: Universities Banding Together
It is not unusual for colleges and universities in the same city to feel as though they are in constant competition with each other for enrollment dollars, event dollars, and academic/athletic achievement and recognition. We also compete with each other for event revenue. However, it is important for us as Event Managers to know what other solutions exist within our markets when we find it necessary to decline or refuse an event because of scheduling conflicts or venue limitations. This Drive-In event will help you identify new opportunities on your own campuses, as well as finding solutions "in your neighbor's backyard."
To learn more about the Drive-In and register, click here
Questions about the Drive-In? Contact Katrina Kenton - Katrina.Kenton@msj.edu
Regional Leadership Changes
Wendy Yemm has resigned her position as Regional Director Elect as she is leaving the industry. We wish Wendy the best of luck in her future endeavors!
Matthew Olson CCEP, Assistant Director Event Operations at the University of Wisconsin-Madison will serve the remainder of Wendy Yemm’s term as Regional Director Elect. Matt is a former Board Member and Regional Director. We thank Matt for his willingness to serve in this position.
Register now for the Drive-In at College of St. Benedict in St. Joseph, Minnesota on March 5, 2019
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!
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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