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Hosting an Alumni Reception at #ACSP2017

Monday, July 17, 2017  
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Universities are invited to host their own alumni receptions during the 2017 ACSP Annual Conference in Denver. ACSP will provide free reception space for your event on Friday, October 13, on a first first-come, first-served basis. ACSP will help assign your university to an event manager with the hotel to plan all aspects of your reception.

Below, you'll find a complete guide on hosting an alumni reception at the conference!

Inform the ACSP of your intent to host a reception
Complimentary reception space at the hotel is available on a first-come, first-served basis and the ACSP will assist you with a reception room reservation. By telephone (850.385.2054) or email (Lisa O’Donnell,, please provide the following critical information:

  • expected number of guests
  • preferred time (receptions will be held Friday, October 13, 2017)
  • title of the reception as you would like to see it printed in the conference program
  • contact name, telephone and email address of the person at your organization responsible for the reception details

The ACSP will contact the hotel on your behalf
The ACSP conference staff and hotel convention services manager will determine the best room fit for your event and will provide to you:

  • the name of the room in the hotel for your event
  • confirmation of time requested
  • the name and phone number of the hotel contact to confirm the catering and payment details for your event

The details of the event are then in your hands
Your company/university representative is then responsible for working directly with the hotel to confirm the catering and payment details for your event. A simple contract will be required between your organization and the hotel which will outline these details.

Have an idea of your budget! Many folks don't realize that hotels have a required service charge typically around 20% in addition to state sales tax. Also, just because your institution is tax exempt in your state, doesn't necessarily mean it will be considered tax-exempt in all other states. You might check this out with your accounting department before moving forward.

Review the menus and have ideas for your catering choices. The hotel representatives will assist you with your final menu decisions according to your budget.

The hotel will work with you on billing arrangements. They accept credit cards as the easiest method of payment and sometimes require an advance deposit.

Event listings in the conference program
The name of your event, date and time will be published in the ACSP onsite conference program. Be sure to let us know immediately if any name, date or time details of your event change before the first week of September.


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