Virden Retreat Center, Lewes
Five Advantages of Holding an Event on a College Campus
Limitless resources, delicious dining and exciting entertainment options throughout campus.
College campuses are, by their very nature, excellent environments to explore, network, and learn. That’s one reason why they can be such great places for hosting events—everything from multi-day meetings, conferences and fundraisers to educational seminars, association gatherings, and social outings.
At the University of Delaware (UD), where four venues around the state welcome thousands of guests each year, the Conference Services staff helped to come up with a list of five more benefits that come with planning and hosting an event at a college campus:
LIMITLESS RESOURCES: Along with providing a positive, focused environment, “a college campus acts like a ‘one-stop shop,’” notes Polly Weir, UD’s Director of Conference Services. Physical resources include conference venues, stadiums, athletic fields, performance venues, academic space, computer labs, and libraries, to name a few. In addition, “We’re equipped to deliver state-of-the-art technology, professional speakers, and more,” Weir says. “You never have to leave the campus!”
STAFF SUPPORT: Professional event managers are assigned to work with planners to coordinate the meeting or event from start to finish. And at UD, this means all of the services, ranging from catering and room set-up to transportation and parking. As Dr. Elaine R. Millam noted regarding a recent ASEE Academic Leadership Seminar held on the UD campus, “Every person was so very customer oriented and we couldn’t have been happier with the service.”
DYNAMIC DINING: Numerous food service options are available, including catered meals, dining halls, food courts, and concessions. Many universities even have professional franchise options on campus; at UD, you can find Starbucks, Chick-fil-A, Dunkin Donuts, and Jamba Juice.
ATTRACTIVE ACCOMMODATIONS: Meeting attendees often have the option of affordable housing in residence halls (during the summer) or a complete hotel experience at a major chain, such as the Courtyard by Marriott on UD’s Newark campus. “Many of our accommodations at UD are suites, and some are apartments,” Weir says. “We have a lot to offer by way of comfortable places to stay.”
FUN ACTIVITIES: Something’s always happening on a college campus, perhaps a sporting event or some kind of performance. Also, most university towns provide many additional sources of entertainment.
Goodstay Center, Wilmington
Clayton Hall Conference Center, Newark
Weir also points out that, with the economy struggling, college campuses often offer a perfect alternative to traditional hotel settings at a good price. “College campuses are generally less expensive, more flexible, and, most importantly, provide an environment around sharing information,” Weir explains. “This serves to lend credibility to your meeting.”
The University of Delaware has conference venues in Newark (site of the main campus), Wilmington and Lewes, and each location has its own personality. Venues include a modern 40,000-square-foot conference center with a ballroom and theater-style auditorium, a historic mansion, a warm and inviting hall with 19,000 square feet of meeting space, and a coastal retreat center. www.udel.edu/conferences
University of Delaware Conference Venues
Clayton Hall Conference Center
100 David Hollowell Drive
Newark, DE 19716
Goodstay Center and Arsht Hall
University of Delaware
2700 Pennsylvania Avenue
Wilmington, DE 19806
Virden Retreat Center
University of Delaware
700 Pilottown Road
Lewes, DE 19958
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