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Planning Large Events

Talk to the national office about your event; the staff will provide assistance and encouragement. In addition, you may want to order your free copy of the Chapter Organizing Guide to assist you in your planning.

Questions to ask and answer:

  • What are the educational goals of the event—e.g. exploring cutting-edge issues; deepening knowledge of issues widely discussed in the popular media?

  • What are the chapter goals—e.g. increasing publicity of your chapter on campus; providing a broader forum for members?

  • What are the regional goals—e.g. meeting students from other types of schools; developing a stronger regional network?

  • How will you measure and accomplish these goals—e.g. will members write an article or report about the event; will you maintain contact with chapters at other schools?

  • What are the funders' goals in supporting this project? Are there stipulations tied to your funding?

  • How will the event appeal to students on your campus who are not already involved in the chapter? How can you maximize the recruitment potential of the event?

  • What are the goals of the students wanting to attend the event? How can these be taken into consideration when planning?

Create a Schedule

Plan early—maintaining and following a schedule will help you stay on task and remain committed.

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