Tuesday, November 23, 2010

‘Cause We Are Livin’ in a Higher Ed World…

ACUI ConferenceI was recently invited to attend the ACUI Region 15 Conference in Reno, NV by our client partner the Joe Crowley Student Union, University of Nevada, Reno. I had not visited the campus prior to that invitation, and given that we are Associate Members of ACUI, this conference ended up being a great fit. The Joe Crowley Student Union is a beautiful, modern facility with sweeping views of the surrounding mountains from almost every room. The exhibitor portion of the conference was centered around a luncheon which gave us a great opportunity to interact with the students and faculty advisors in a very informal and relaxed environment.

Being the Higher Education Specialist with MeetingMatrix affords me the opportunity to work with some of the most unique facilities in the hospitality world. Increasingly, universities and colleges are competing with hotels and convention centers for business and are moving away from student organization or faculty sponsored-only events. Universities have very flexible space. Events can be hosted in ballrooms, outdoor malls (think the Mall in Washington DC), classroom areas and even gymnasiums.

Universities also tend to be on the cutting edge of technology. They have been applying what is new and available in the market to their day to day operations making them more efficient. From mobile space reservation to access of event information via an iPad, universities are pioneers in the technology world.

We’ll be attending the ACUI National Conference in Chicago from February 27th -March 1st, it will be my first time attending and I am very excited. We are proud to be partnered with ACUI and all of our Higher Education facilities.

Lydia Montgomery
Sales and Strategic Alliance Manager

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