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EVENT PLANNING SEMINAR
Transcript of EVENT PLANNING SEMINAR
Event Planning Staff
Step 1: Brainstorm
What type of event are you going to have?
Step 2: Consider all the possibilities
there are for you!
Student Union rooms
To teach you HOW to plan an event from START to FINISH
Assist with any QUESTIONS you have
Inform you of what is available as OPTIONS for rooms/equipment
Make you aware of the necessary STEPS for a successful event
Event Planning starts with Planning!!!
Think about the DETAILS!
No detail is too big or too small when it comes to planning
Questions to ask
Will there be costs?
Will you need security?
Will you have food?
How will you market the program?
Who do you want to come?
What type of set up do you want?
What supplies/equipment will you need?
Non-Student Union rooms
Life Long Learning
dry erase board
FREE for student organizations
Do NOT assume that your venue will be able to supply all of the equipment that you will need. You will want to check with them about what they provide free of cost and what they charge for. Most often when the venue does not supply the equipment you need to contact
(online form) and/or
*charges apply to use these services
Request must be made 72 hours prior to your event
The following audiovisual equipment is available:
• Loudspeaker System
• Overhead Projectors
• Data/PowerPoint Projectors
• Slide Projectors
• TV-VCR Carts
• DVD Players
Physical Plant - Work Control
Online work order request form must be completed a minimum of 7-10 days prior to the date of your event.
6 ft. tables
Step 3: Involve Your
Make sure they know details of every event
Let them HELP you when you are uncertain of any policies and procedures
Your advisor should play an active role in your planning process
Step 4: Requesting rooms
We are ONLY accepting online forms via Owl Central for Spring 2014
1) Log onto Owl Central fau.edu/getinvolved
2) Click "My Shortcuts" and choose which organization you are reserving for
3) Click on "Events" and select "+Create Event"
4) Fill out event form and submit it
*the primary contact or advisor must give you access to request rooms via Owl Central
Reserving Outdoor space
Availability: 10am-2pm M-F
Reserved online 10 days prior to date
Max of 2 tables (except special events)
NO amplified sound
Donations and Food require the same procedures in the Breezeway as anywhere else (food waiver/fundraising form)
To request multiple days you only need to submit once and list each day (for current month) = 1 submission, not 5 different requests
Free Speech Lawn/
Social Science Rotunda
Reserved online 10 days prior to date
We will request the tables and chairs as indicated on request
NO amplified sound
Reserved online 10 days prior to your event
portable PA system with
tables and chairs
*sound equipment and stage must be picked up from UN 203 with ID
**ONLY outdoor location to permit amplified sound and ONLY between 12pm-1pm
Reserving non-union rooms
*FREE for registered student organizations
Other things to consider:
Requires a separate form done on Owl Central and a meeting with the Director of Student Involvement and Leadership
Alcohol registration form found online
Submit to UN 203 15 days prior to event
Media Relations must be notified when an outside media agency or government official is attending an event
Coverage is determined by FAU police.
Police: $35-50/hr, min of 4 hrs
CSC - private security: $16.50-26.50/hr
Events with critical risk factors
Critical risk factors that REQUIRE police:
concert/dance/probate/come out show
event takes place after 11pm
money is being exchanged
events with 80 people or more
events open to the general public
FAU has a contract with Chartwells to provide all catering and food service needs on campus
Chartwells has the right of first refusal. Food from elsewhere must be on the approved vendors list and be approved with a Food Waiver
Donations: a donation letter from the outside vendor will be required and a Chartwells comparison quote
-when a registered student organization teams up with an external/department organization to host an event
certain charges will apply for all co-sponsored events
the advisor on record for the student organization must be involved in all meetings related to the event, sign paperwork/contracts, and attend the event
15-50% of the attendees must be FAU students to be considered a co-sponsorship
Members of both parties must be present during planning, event, clean-up, and meetings
Step 5: Follow up with details
Your event must be approved before you can advertise your event.
All advertisements must include the ADA statement found on the flyer approval form
Cancellation/Change Request form
Submit form 2 business days prior to the event to UN 203
Your advisor's signature is required if the date, time, and/or location is changing or if it's being cancelled
Possible changes include: equipment, date, time, location
NO SHOW POLICY
No Show: equivalent to a cancellation less than 2 business days before event
1st no show: receive a written
2nd no show: reservation
for 14 business days
3rd no show: reservation
Step 6: Leading to your Event and
the Day of your event
Follow up with:
Arrive early to test equipment
Use the Set Up time to prepare the room for your event
Fees vary depending a number of factors(ie. # of attendees)
When other charges may apply:
If >50% of attendees are non-FAU students, you will be charged at the department/external rate
Words of Wisdom
Submit room requests via Owl Central as soon as the Union begins accepting them (about 2 months before the end of the semester)
Plan in advance!
Select dates for events and meetings early in the previous semester
*If you plan on having an event outdoors reserve an indoor rain site for back up*
First speak to the venue to reserve the room
Finish by submitting the event request via OWl Central and mark off that you have prior approval to use the venue
Department: Office of the Registrar
Types of events held at these locations:
general meetings, conferences, presentations
Classroom capacities are between 20 to 295 people
A/V Equipment can be rented through A/V Services
Reviewed on Owl Central by the Student Union
Some classrooms require prior approval. i.e. Engineering East, College of Medicine
•Types of events held at this location: conferences, lectures, banquets
•Lecture: Can hold up to 110
•Banquet: Can seat up to 100
•Limited tables and chairs are provided
•A/V equipment can be rented through A/V Services
•Housing will review requests on Owl Central
Housing Lawn and BBQ Pits
Types of events held at this location: BBQ, Come Out Shows, Carnivals, Sports Competitions
Housing will review requests on Owl Central
The Burrow Bar & Grill
*Free to reserve for registered student organizations. Charges would apply to rent the space if the event is closed to the public.
•Types of events held at this venue: live music, karaoke, comedy shows, movies, watch parties
•Capacity of the space is 120
•Bar/Grill Appetizers/Meals/Beverages are offered
•Built in PA and projector
•Reservations are reviewed on Owl Central by Business Services located above the breezeway. Bldg 8W, rm 124A
*Free to reserve for registered student organizations
Types of events held at this venue: concerts, come out shows
*Charges may apply. Please contact the venue administrator.
•Types of events held at this venue are lectures and conferences, theatrical shows
•Capacity of the space is 530 seats
•Reserved by visiting building 9, Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts & Letters room 164
*Charges may apply. Please contact the venue administrator for more details.
Types of events held at this venue are lectures, banquets, pool parties
Campus Rec will review requests on Owl Central
Track & Field
Barry and Florence Friedberg
Lifelong Learning Auditorium
*Charges apply. Please contact the venue administrator for more details.
Types of events held at this venue are lectures, conferences, performances
Lecture: 500 seats
A/V Equipment can be rented
Reserved by visiting building 31D, Life Long Learning Center room 213
Marleen & Harold Forkas
*Charges apply. Please contact the venue administrator.
Types of events held at this venue are conferences, lectures, and banquets
Lecture: Can hold up to 130
Banquet: Can hold up to 110
Reserved by visiting building 94, Marleen & Harold Forkas Alumni Center room 205
Number of Attendees
0-15% non FAU students will not be charged
certain conditions apply
15-50% non FAU students will be charged as a co-sponsorship
>50% non FAU students will be charged as department/external
All flyers must be approved and stamped by the Event Planning Office room 203 to post in the Union and Housing
You must obtain a Public Performance License to show a movie prior your event
Major firms that handle these licenses include:
Motion Picture Licensing Corporation
Swank Motion Pictures, Inc.
Read the confirmation e-mail thoroughly to check that everything is correct
Reserved by visiting building 9, Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts & Letters room 164
This is an outdoor location
If you want your meeting to count, you must turn in paperwork to UN 203. Even if it is not taking place in the union.
*Palmetto only, specific details
M-Th 8am-10pm, F 8am-5pm
Request 10 business days in advance
*Room vacant 1 hour into the reservation = No Show