Sunday, April 24, 2011

My Senior Project

The 8th Annual CubeSat Workshop turned out to be incredibly successful! We had over 300 attendees from 14 different countries attend our three day event! The banquet, which I had the pleasure of planning, was certainly one of the highlights of the conference. It began with a cocktail hour followed by volleyball and bocce ball. We then had a mexican buffet which turned out to be very popular and that was followed by a presentation from a NASA astronaut and awards to Boeing and Raython for their generous donations to the workshop.

Throughout the three days, guests were given the opportunity to sit in on dozens of presentations about updates from people involved in the CubeSat community. Additionally, all presentations were streamed live online so people that were not fortunate enough to attend the event, could still be involved.

This Senior Project was one of a kind and I truly feel lucky to have been involved with such an amazing group of people that provided me with the opportunity to help plan this international workshop.

Sunday, January 30, 2011

Communication Studies Club's Annual Career Symposium

Over the past two quarters, I have had the pleasure of planning the 23rd Annual Career Symposium for the Communication Studies Club. I planned everything from the budget to creating, printing, and selling tickets to purchasing speaker and raffle tickets to working with the venue's Event Coordinator to selecting the decorations to deciding on the menu to picking the color scheme. It was more work than expected but it provided me with an opportunity to hone in my event planning and leadership skills. The event was from 9:30 am til 2:30 pm and consisted of six speakers who graduated with a Communication Studies degree from Cal Poly. Their careers covered everything from sales to event marketing to media relations. Over 75 people bought tickets for the Career Symposium and I am so thankful that I could plan an event that inspired so many undergraduate students! The event was incredibly successful this year and I was provided with a lot of positive feedback following the event. The club's advisor, fellow executive board members, and classmates alike told that the marketing strategy I utilized had a positive relationship with ticket sales and that I started planning every last detail of the event earlier than people ever have in the past. Upon the conclusion of the event, my advisor let me know that next year's Event Coordinator will have tough shoes to fill.

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Planning The Career Symposium

As the Event Coordinator for the Communication Studies Club, I have the privilege of planning the Career Symposium. The event is next Sunday and I have been working on it since September. This weekend was spent driving all around town to get ready for the big day. Planning the Career Symposium has been such a great opportunity for me to improve my time management and communication skills, my ability to create and stick to a budget, and has encouraged me to think outside of the box.

My room is currently filled with over a dozen vases and the necessary items to make flower arrangements, gifts for the presenters, and the materials to create take away folders for all who attend. This event has been more work than expected, but I have loved every minute of it!