Thursday, July 31, 2014

eLibrary Under Construction

ACCED-I is renovating the eLibrary and needs your help! With a click of your mouse, you can send ACCED-I the materials we need to build. Each week, we will be asking for specific documents to help renovate the eLibrary. However, If you have other documents you would like to contribute, send them anytime

Plans Are Revealed
Architects of the new eLibrary (ACCED-I Technology & Education Action Team members Jessie Brophy, University of Nebraska-Lincoln  and Joshua Voyles, University of South Florida-Tampa)  have been working hard to re-organize the library. Here is a sneak peak at the redesign.

The new structure is organized into the following categories:
• Communication in a Global Environment 
• Customer Service 
• Ethics and Social Responsibility 
• Financial Management
• Human Resource Management 
• Operational Practices 
• Regulatory Law 
• Social Media
• Strategic Management
• Technology and Software
• Youth on Campus

Friday, July 25, 2014

ACCED-I in Action

There are many opportunities to volunteer with ACCED-I with an Action Teams. Action Teams, consisting of ACCED-I leaders, members and staff help move the Association towards its goals. The Action Teams fall into three main categories, Communication, Visibility and Professional Development.

Each Action Team has an Action Team Chair, Board Liaison and Staff Liaison. ACCED-I is committed to fostering leadership development. Applications for Team Leaders will be requested on a yearly basis, commencing in December.

For more information on the Action Teams, please contact the appropriate staff liaison or Action Team Chair.

Annual Conference

Facilitate all aspects of the Annual Conference including:
  • Program
  • Hospitality
  • Volunteers
  • Brochure
  • Board Communication
  • Contracts


  • CAS Standards agreement
  • CCEP Workbook updates
  • Candidate Grading
  • Mentor/Candidate Relations
  • CCEP Visibility
  • Presentation at Annual Conference

Industry Visibility/-I

  • Professional Exchange
  • Relationship building with other Higher Ed and Hospitality Associations
  • VENUEMASTERS relations
  • Public Relations
  • Membership Self Promotion

Leadership Development

  • Regional Leadership
  • Student Development
  • Volunteer Development
  • Committee Chair Development

Nominations & Recognition

  • Review award categories
  • Promote nominations from membership body
  • Review nominees and select recipients
  • Coordinate the awards ceremony
  • Review scholarship applications and select recipients

Technology & Education

  • Member Communication
  • Oversee content and delivery of ACCED-I Connect
  • 2-Minute Surveys
  • Develop new educational programs through technology
  • Social Media
  • Website

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Connect with Colleagues

Did you know that ACCED-I offers many ways to connect with like-minded collegiate conference and events professionals?

In addition to the members only ACCED-I LISTSERV, where you can pose questions to over 1,000 conference and events professionals, you can also network with colleagues on social media.

ACCED-I has a social media presence on LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter.

Connect with ACCED-I!

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Achieving Professional Growth and Distinction

The Association of Collegiate Conference and Events Directors-International, striving to "Achieve Professional Growth and Distinction," has established the ACCED-I Collegiate Conference and Events Professional Certification Program (CCEP). The goal of the CCEP is to provide professionals who work in collegiate conference and event management with a certification program that encourages expanded knowledge through individual inquiry, participation in the profession and the Association.

The ACCED-I CCEP is designed to elevate professional standards, evaluate individual performance and to recognize those who have reached a very high level of achievement in conference and events management.As a CCEP, successful candidates will demonstrate that they have the desire, determination and ability to be among the very best in collegiate based conference and events management profession.

Learn more at

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Campus Spotlight: Pacific University Elevates Legends 2013

In this issue of ACCED-I Connect, we shine the spotlight on the Conference and Event Support Services department at Pacific University which successfully managed and refreshed a high profile fundraiser (Legends 2013) for student athletes at Pacific.  The location and overall feel of Legends 2013 was elevated making the audience more inclined to ‘raise their paddle’ for student-athletes, tripling any previous year’s net income. With assistance from multiple departments on campus, Legends 2013 was a huge success. The Conference and Event Support Services department was awarded an ACCED-I 2014 Outstanding Institutional Achievement Award for this event.

Pacific University, located in Forest Grove, Oregon, is a diverse learning community offering a unique combination of undergraduate, graduate and professional programs in the liberal arts and sciences, education, business, optometry and the health professions. The school was founded in 1849 by Congregationalist pioneers. Originally the Tualatin Academy, it became Pacific University in 1854 and conferred its first baccalaureate degree in 1863.
Today, Pacific University serves nearly 3,500 students on its campuses in Forest Grove, Hillsboro, Eugene and Woodburn, and also operates a variety of healthcare clinics in the greater Portland area. Students and alumni hail from all 50 states and several countries around the world.

On September 1, 2012 three departments (Conference Services, Office of Special Events and University Scheduling) were combined into one to form Conference and Event Support Services.  The new department reports to the Vice President of University Advancement. Conference and Event Support Services began work on becoming a productive and cohesive team of five.

Event Overview - Legends 2013
At the beginning of March, Conference and Event Support Services was asked to manage the Legends 2013, scheduled for August 25, 2013, one day prior to the opening of fall classes. This event would come at the end of the busiest summer in seven years for Conferences and immediately following convocation and summer commencement - a very busy time for the entire Conference and Event Support Services office.

Legends Golf Classic began seven years ago as a dinner and auction followed by a unique rock concert. Golf and rock star celebrities anchored a 40-team golf tournament the following day. Pacific University Trustee Tommy Thayer, lead guitarist for the rock band KISS and host of Legends created the foundation for the event along with the Athletic Director to benefit student athletes.  Although the event had been productive, Trustees felt it could do better.  Goals and objectives for Legends 2013 were put forth by the Board of Trustee’s Advancement Committee at their December meeting.  Lofty monetary goals, as well as objectives for promoting the University to a national audience were voiced.  It was decided to focus the event on the dinner, auction and concert and to plan a small elite golf tournament.

A committee of more than 20 University staff, representing ten departments began working to make this an event to remember. The committee met every month and then every week as the date drew closer.  A timeline was developed, program changes were discussed and made, progress was shared and problems solved all under the leadership of Conference and Events Support Services. All worked with guidance from Trustee Tommy Thayer who was on tour with KISS until ten days before Legends 2013.  In addition to staff, an advisory committee was formed of four supportive Alumni.  Departments were assigned tasks as follows:
  • Marketing and Graphic Design developed a new logo, updated the website, designed “save the date” postcards, sponsorship brochure, invitations, promotional and Special Appeal videos and numerous pre and post event emails.
  • Communications planned print and social media coverage.
  • Athletics managed the 15 celebrities; working with the hotel to make their stay comfortable, arranging transportation, obtaining each celebrities contract, and making the arrangements and prizes for the ‘elite’ golf tournament for seven teams.  They also recruited and managed 32 volunteers.
  • Annual Giving procured silent and live auction items that appealed to a large group of attendees.
  • Advancement Services compiled mailing and email lists and reconciled all accounts at the end of the event.
  • Events handled on-line registration and logistics which included: decorations, table settings, staging for 15 musicians and their instruments, lighting and signage.
  • Development cultivated sponsors and table sales.
  • Alumni Office provided support where needed.
  • A Steering Committee assisted the committee with decisions and specific actions and directions. They worked with the chef to plan exquisite cuisine with robust wines and a number of catering details.
The historic Waverley Country Club was the setting for Pacific University Legends 2013. Arranged by a Club member and Pacific University Trustee, Waverley is located on 138 acres along the banks of the Willamette River. The only platinum-rated country club in the Pacific Northwest, Waverley Country Club has been offering its members and guests a luxurious refuge for more than a century.

Upon arrival at Waverly Country Club for the Legends event, over 350 celebrities, University trustees, alumni, friends and supporters, were greeted by University Coaches and Advancement staff. Thirty-two (32) volunteers, made up of University staff, spouses of staff, and community members operated the registration desk, were runners for auction items, helped with seating and assured an evening of elegance and entertainment for guests.

The evening began with a private reception for the main sponsors, musicians and golf celebrities. The main reception was held in conjunction with a silent auction of about 30 items strategically placed around the walls of the dining room. Guests enjoyed appetizers and cocktails during the silent auction while making sure to keep an eye on the bidding of their favorite items. Guests then moved outside to the tent-covered lawn for dinner and live auction. A spectacular view of the Willamette River and Portland West Hills greeted them outside. Shauna Parsons co-anchor of the Emmy award winning "The 10 O’clock News" weeknights on KPTV FOX 12 served as the evenings emcee.  As dessert was served the live auction began. Fourteen items were auctioned with several being auctioned multiple times. 

Midway through the live auction a special appeal for funds to cover the stadium seating was held. Promotion included the announcement that a Trustee had pledged $200,000 but was requiring a match of $100,000 from the special appeal that night. Paddles were raised for each and every dollar increment and the match was secured.
Legends concert
Following the auction, led by Tommy Thayer, Legends 2013 brought together musicians from iconic rock & roll bands for a concert like no other. Guest musicians included classic rock greats such as Bill Champlin, formerly of Chicago; Danny Seraphine, original drummer and founding member of Chicago and California Transit Authority; Bobby Kimball former lead singer of the band Toto; and Portland jazz musician Patrick Lamb.

The following day, the golf tournament made up of twenty players took place. Elite golf packages consisted of ‘five-somes” made up of a celebrity, a Waverley club member and three guests. Golf celebrities such as David Graham, Amber Prange, Perry Swenson and Tommy Masters helped keep scores in the low 70’s. Conference and Event Support Staff greeted players and provided encouragement at the first tee and then hosted a cocktail reception upon their return.  Prizes were also presented to the first, second and third place teams.

Pacific University Legends 2013, was a success with gross revenue of almost $500,000 and net revenue of 375% over previous years. This end-of-the-summer gala featured exquisite cuisine, great wine, a golf tournament, a ‘lively’ live auction and the one-of-a-kind concert only Legends can deliver. 

For more information on Conference and Event Services at Pacific University or the coordination of Legends 2013, contact Sr. Director, Conferences and Event Support Services Lois Hornberger at or (503) 352-2240.

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Fall Summits Coming to a Location Near You

Mark your calendars for an upcoming ACCED-I Fall Summit, coming to a location near you! 

Fall Summits: 

  • Provide a professional development opportunity for each region.
  • Create networking opportunities for participants.
  • Provide educational sessions for collegiate conference and event professionals.
  • Promote the sharing of ideas that may enhance participants’ conference and events procedures or improve job performance.
  • Provide an opportunity for ACCED-I leadership to interact with members and give an update on current ACCED-I activities.

November 5 - 7

Western Washington University, Bellingham, WA
2 October 8 - 10 Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles, CA
4 October 8-9 University of Northern Colorado, Greeley, CO
5 November 6-7 University of Minnesota, Twin Cities and University of St. Thomas,
Minneapolis, MN
6 November 5-6 Evangel University,  Springfield,MO
7 November 13 - 14 Texas Woman's University, Denton, TX
8 November 19 - 21 Kellogg Hotel and Conference Center, Michigan State University,
East Lansing, MI
9 October 14 - 15 Homewood Suites, Vanderbilt, Nashville, TN
10 October 22 - 24 Hosted by George Mason University at Smithsonian-Mason Retreat
and Conference Center , Front Royal, VA
11 October 12 - 14 Susquehanna University, Selinsgrove, PA
12 November 5 - 7 University of Massachusetts Amherst, Amherst, MA

Visit for further information.

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Share Your Expertise!

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The ACCED-I 35th Annual Conference will take place March 15 - 18, 2015 at the Chicago Marriott Downtown Magnificent Mile in Chicago, IL. The 35th ACCED-I Annual Conference will offer a variety of programming including:
  • Inspiring Keynote Address
  • Educational Sessions
  • In-depth Institutes
  • Lively Roundtable Discussions
  • Pre-Conference Workshops
  • Unparalleled Networking Opportunities
  • Expo featuring products and services for collegiate conferences and events
Call for PresentationsDon’t miss out on the opportunity to participate in the 35th Annual Conference! Share your knowledge and enthusiasm about the profession with your colleagues by presenting a session in Chicago.

Benefits of Presenting
• Enhance your professional visibility
• Gain valuable knowledge
• Shape the future of your profession
• Network with your colleagues
• Share your own knowledge and solutions
• Earn credit toward your CCEP Certification