Event Planning

A happy graduating student

Commencement is the Happiest of Days!

By Correct On Campus / May 13, 2019 / Comments Off on Commencement is the Happiest of Days!

I love the peace of campus the Monday after commencement. Everything is quiet, no traffic, no parking challenges, no stressed-out students rushing from place-to-place. Faculty are gone and those of us involved in commencement can enjoy a long, quiet cup of coffee at our desk for the first time in weeks. Campus has the feeling…

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A set of books about events

Books for Campus Events Planners

By Correct On Campus / March 20, 2019 / Comments Off on Books for Campus Events Planners

  I’m proud to announce that updated editions of two of my most popular books, Special Events Planning for Success, 3rdedition, and Etiquette and Protocol A Guide for Campus Events, 2ndedition, are now available from the Council for Advancement and Support of Education. Both have been extensively updated to reflect our current societal norms including everything from…

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NAACO 2019 Conference logo

Freshen Up, Attend A Conference

By Correct On Campus / February 15, 2019 / Comments Off on Freshen Up, Attend A Conference

The annual meeting of the North American Association of Commencement Officers (NAACO) just wrapped up. It was three days of shared ideas, access to resources, and making connections with other people who do the same work. We heard from subject matter experts, swapped ideas, told war stories, learned about best-practices, and participated in provocative, motivating…

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A busy public space

We Could All Use A Peach Corps

By Correct On Campus / January 31, 2019 / Comments Off on We Could All Use A Peach Corps

Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport is one of my favorite places. It is a clean, friendly model of efficiency, organization, well-curated shops, eating establishments, and services. On top of that, it’s pretty swell as a first-rate international airport. This week, it is also a model for special events planners tasked with organizing major events. It is…

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Groups of students in a room

Time Out! University Event Planners Need A Break

By Correct On Campus / November 8, 2018 / Comments Off on Time Out! University Event Planners Need A Break

Time out! University events planners need a break! We’ve been running full tilt since early August managing everything from back-to-school events to football tailgating, reunions, ribbon cuttings, symposia, board meetings, celebrity speakers, fund-raising events, and miscellaneous other types of entertaining. We’ve got at least seven more event-packed weeks between now and holiday break crammed with…

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Protocol Professionals Make Events Run Smoothly

By Correct On Campus / October 30, 2018 / Comments Off on Protocol Professionals Make Events Run Smoothly

People often ask me what protocol professionals do. The simple answer is we ensure that things run smoothly so that business can be accomplished and relationships can develop without the distraction of logistics. We just finished one of my favorite events of the year, the week The University of Alabama in Huntsville hosts the annual…

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A person playing golf

Follow Through For Great Events

By Correct On Campus / September 17, 2018 / Comments Off on Follow Through For Great Events

Follow through is what we are seeing when we admire the beautiful tall arced posture of a golfer whose ball is headed straight down the fairway or the powerful coiled position of a baseball player as the ball he has hit heads for the centerfield fence. Follow through means carrying motion through until a plan…

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