Introduction to Special Event Design & Production this summer at UCI!

The Extension at UCI is offering Introduction to Special Events this summer as part of the Marketing & Business curriculum. The class is called a “Hybrid” class. There will be a kick-off live session on campus on July 12 from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM. Then three weeks on online sessions follow. The final class is on Thursday evening, July 31 at 6:30. This is a class you won’t want to miss. The basic tools for creating a successful, engaging special event are at your disposal.

Introduction to Special Event Production is offered this summer at UC Irvine.

The Extension at UCI is offering Introduction to Special Events this summer as part of the Marketing & Business curriculum. The class is called a “Hybrid” class. There will be a kick-off live session on campus on July 12 from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM. Then three weeks on online sessions follow. The final class is on Thursday evening, July 31 at 6:30. This is a class you won’t want to miss. The basic tools for creating a successful, engaging special event are at your disposal.

UC Irvine has expanded the Event Design & Production track in the business extension program!

UCI is expanding the business extension program to include not only include Introduction to Events, but to also augment the program with Event Operations, Logistics and Communications, Event Administration and Stakeholder Management and soon to come Entertainment Art in Events. UCI is incredible!

2013 TEDActive in La Quinta

The Technology, Entertainment, and Design conference, commonly known as TED, has set the bar when it comes to innovation and Southern California has the good fortune to host two wonderful TED conferences. The annual large event held in Long Beach, California is one of those conferences you look forward to each year, but can’t always afford. The TEDActive, TED’s parallel conference in Palm Springs, is smaller, less costly and noted for its creative design, which focuses on stimulating attendee engagement and simulcasting the larger event. I had the good fortune to be at the La Quinta resort this year when the festivities rolled out. 700 attendees gathered to watch a live simulcast of the main TED conference and were engaged in the content and activities. Every detail, from the room layouts to pre-event communication to the way meals were served, was designed to facilitate interaction and collaboration among attendees. Organizers even sent out a list of 13 rules prior to arriving that included guidelines for participation. Things such as “stay until the very end” and “leave your laptop in your room and your cell phone in your bag.” The physical layout included a variety of strategic options; theater seating, armchairs, beanbags, and even bed-style lounges with monitors mounted overhead. While the live simulcast of the TED conference was the focus of TEDActive, there were many other activities during breaks, activities such as kite-flying and flag-making. Play is encouraged. The attendees were thrilled and the ambience at La Quinta a perfect setting.

 

UCI offering new special event track through the extension business college!

UCI is offering two new event management classes this fall through the extension business programming department. Event Operations, Logistics and Communications is now offered and taught for the first time. Veteran special event producer / director, Susan T Lee has been selected to launch and teach this first time offering. Enrollment has just opened up. Classes will be held Tuesdays from 6:30 to 9:30 beginning October 8 through November 12th.

Spring in SoCal

Spring in Southern California has officially sprung.

Event-goers store the mink jackets and break out the pastel summer evening wear. Here’s a look at some summer trends in SoCal events:

 Furniture blocks for late-evening cordials and conversation–

The glamorous late-night crowd wants their own lounge so why not build it for them? Color blocks of turquoise, yellow, pink and purple modern furniture arranged tightly in asymmetrical clusters with plenty of clear crystal and glass ornate settings topped with fresh cut wild flowers, seashells and rosy ambient candle lighting. If the setting is on bamboo mats on an ocean beach, all the better.

Late-night bites and appetizer delights –

Looking for a late-night culinary delight? How about summer comfort food? Sautéed brussel sprouts, grape and fig pizza, miso salmon soup, and macaroni with cheese and maple syrup. You can’t go wrong with seasonal farm to table faire. The healthier, the better.

Atmosphere Entertainment –

Glue artists, water and sand painting, close-up hand magic, trick unicyclist in close quarters, 3-clowns in a mini-car, tightrope walker overhead and ukulele concert.