On Tuesday May 19th, the students from Professor Gena Bardwell’s GCA 306 “Event Management” course gave their final presentations at a meeting of the Speech & Communication Department’s Communications Club. All semester, students have worked on developing and planning a large fundraising event, including everything from donors and guest speakers to the venue and menus. They were also responsible for the less glamorous details, like budgeting, to-the-minute scheduling, floor plans, and evacuation procedures.
Given a $10,000 dollar starting budget (virtual, of course) and free reign in terms of type of event and specifics, many students chose to support a cause with personal significance. For example, student Kimberly Fernandez planned a dinner to benefit the Wounded Warriors Project, inspired by her fiance’s military experience, while Sara Amador arranged a conference on Living Organic to promote healthy eating and organic, non-GMO food, encouraging her audience to sign a petition calling for better labeling laws.
In addition to their individual projects, the class also was responsible for planning the presentation itself. The students selected the theme of, “Live, Give, Unite,” and created a printed program. Their stated objective for their experience in GCA 306 was to, “unite us together through our creativity and structured management events that will inspire the world.”
Event Management is part of a series of courses offered by the Speech and Communication department in public speaking. Organizing events or other detailed projects and giving presentations are part of many different career paths, making this experience relevant to diverse majors. Congratulations to all of the students who successfully completed this project!