Deciding to take the next step in higher education is often a decision made by necessity. You work your way up the organizational chain and then find out that others have the leg up because they have a 4-year degree, when you have the experiential knowledge and have paid your dues. The thought of going back to school seems overwhelming with all the other responsibilities- work, family, volunteerism, etc. I know where you are coming from and wanted to share information on a bachelor’s completion program that is run by one of our former DCTC Meeting and Event Planning instructors, Christine Pigsley at Minnesota State University, Mankato.
The Applied Organizational Studies Program transfers in the credits you earned previously at DCTC or other colleges and then builds an individual pathway to a bachelor’s degree. You don’t have to start over, sit in class, or take a slew of courses that fail to add value to your professional development. The core courses focus on communication and virtual teamwork, leading and following in different organizational environments, innovation and entrepreneurial thinking, and change management. Then students select courses in communications, non-profit leadership, marketing, program administration and planning, etc.
The reason I find this so interesting for my community of hospitality professionals is that the courses are offered similarly to how I ran the program at DCTC, 8-week sessions, flexible course delivery, and a true appreciation for your personal and professional experience in the course work. If you want to learn more here is a video and website http://sbs.mnsu.edu/aos/.
I’ve been thinking a lot about mentorship and realizing that we all are mentors. We may mentor in different ways, but we all model behavior, skills, and values — that’s mentorship! For many individuals, the act of mentoring goes still further. And the really great thing is that mentors gain more than they give. I’ll get to my ideas on that in a moment, but first, let me give you the Hospitality Alumni Mentorship Application.
DCTC alumni are needed to bring education full-circle. Hospitality and Event Management certificate or degree graduates are doing amazing things in business worldwide. Pass it on! Graduates, here’s the application you are requesting.
Following alumni of the DCTC Hospitality and Event programs is a summer passion for me. Tiffany Vickaryous is now Director of Food and Beverage at the Alerus Center in Grand Forks, ND. For readers who are unfamiliar with the Alerus Center, think Stadium, Arena, Conference Center, and Home of UND Football.
Tiffany is a hospitality veteran. She earned her stars even before college graduation, with her position of Special Projects Manager and Director of Sales at Ovations Food Services. In a 2011 article titled, Organized Chaos, Tiffany shared details about her career. I especially like how she described her love of “organized chaos.”
“The day of the event is my favorite part. It’s always crazy and something is always happening. There are so many moving parts. After it’s over, the last thing you want to hear is someone calling your name. It’s organized chaos—and I love it!” — Tiffany Vickaryous
I’m cheering? Can you hear it? Engagement is fashionable — finally! Twenty years ago + I pushed the envelope on meeting breaks by adding entertainment, dancing lessons, mini-round tables, and more. I loved attendee reaction and ignored laughter from my peers.
Congrats to Angela Gaffney for shining fresh light on an old issue. The days of standing in line for the payphone are over. We may still need to stand in line for the restroom, but that still leaves time for reflection on what was just heard in the session and engagement with other attendees. Read MeetingsNet recent article: 15 Ways to Power Up Your Meeting Breaks
What fresh ideas do you have for breaks that spawn engagement and fun?
Virtual AND augmented reality are forging a big economic blueprint on the market and ramping up the reality of our expectations. (Sorry about the pun, but it was just right there . . . and I couldn’t resist.) While photo and broadcast booths will remain in our event toolbox, let’s get into a little reality as well.
The possibilities all contribute to attendee experience and engagement. I’m envisioning
Promoting the host organization brand by exchanging closed-circuit in-room television infomercials for virtual reality content
Spotlighting sponsors with reality in lieu of banners or gobos
Lending educational sessions an extra punch that will really bring home the lesson
That sexy event app can now go from “wow” to “OMG”
More opportunities, you ask? That’s right! If you spent any amount of time with me in the last few years, you likely heard me teach, preach, rant, and rave about the trained labor shortage that exists internationally. Alumni and students, I meant every word when I said, “the world is yours.” The following openings are from just one of several emails I received in the last week. Those listed below, AND more, can be found at http://www.eventcareers.com/ and http://www.eventmarketerinfo.com. Go ahead . . .