Office of Strategic Communications and Marketing

In-person Events

Consider Your Budget and Timeline

Do you know what your budget is? What type of account will be used to pay for the event expenses? Do you know how much to estimate for each aspect of your event? Look for online resources like this budget workbook to get you started. Using resources on campus can save you money, make payment easier and keep your deadlines on target.

Create an event timeline that includes production deadlines so you stay on track. Event checklists that include due dates are also helpful.

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Choose Your Date(s) Carefully

Do your dates conflict with a major University event such as Mom’s or Dad’s weekend or Homecoming or Commencement, for example? Have you checked the Academic Calendar?

Not sure? Visit the University Events Calendar and Academic Calendar page for dates to avoid.

Take Care of Your Special Guests

Alert the Special Events Office if you have a high-profile visitor coming to campus. This may include a well-known lecturer, an entertainer, a political figure, or a speaker on a topic that may draw significant media attention.

To request Senior Leadership Attendance at your event, please submit information about your event through the Senior Leadership Request form.

To invite the Governor or a member of the Board of Trustees to your event, please e-mail specialevents@illinois.edu or call (217) 333-8834.

Reserve Your Campus Space

When selecting a location for your event, consider your needs, including power, bathrooms, accessibility, parking and lighting.

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Plan and Review Safety & Accessibility

Consider your audience. If your event will be open to the public, be sure to utilize a space that is accessible to attendees with mobility concerns. For more information, visit the Office for Access and Equity website.

Have your event reviewed by the Division of Public Safety if you are expecting more than 100 people. Larger events require consideration of guest safety in the event of an emergency.

If you are expecting more than 300 people, you should have your event reviewed by F&S’s Campus Code Compliance and Fire Safety Office. 

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Outfit Your Meeting Space

Order registration tables, chairs, custodial cleaning, and other equipment for your meeting space(s) through F&S Public Functions you can also utilize off campus vendors for equipment needs that your venue may not provide.

Not sure? Imagine that your meeting space is a blank slate. Try to envision everything that you will need for your event, and assume that your space does not come equipped with any of these things.

Did you know? Krannert Center for the Performing Arts rents costumes and props?

Arrange Your Audio-Visual Needs

Equipment

Request an LCD projector, a microphone or other audio-visual needs through your venue or through an AV service provider.

Not Sure? Imagine that your meeting space is a blank slate – even though media equipment may exist in a room does not mean that it will be available and unlocked for your event. Are you planning to use equipment that is already installed in a classroom, showing a PowerPoint, showing a video, or speaking in a room that requires a microphone? Make sure you have access to the equipment, that it is working and compatible with any equipment you may be bringing i.e. – does your laptop connect to their projector? What cords are needed to make the connection happen?

Recording services

CITL’s Event Recording Services provides professional quality video and audio recordings of events for the entire University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign campus, including:

  • Video and audio recording
  • Live streaming video
  • Multiple cameras/AV sources
  • Editing and Post-production
  • Video hosting and delivery

Photography

You might consider hiring a photographer for your event. University Photographers and photography resources are also available to assist you.

Order Food & Beverage

Ask your venue if they have a list of preferred caterers or an exclusive agreement. When ordering food and beverage work with your caterer on the appropriate amount of food, serving style and amount of time needed to serve the meal. Be sure to consider any allergies or dietary needs when planning your menu.

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Promote Your Event

Register your event with the University Event Calendar. If the event is open to the public, consider advertising throughout the community, in the Daily Illini and/or through various social media platforms.

Additional resources:

  • Consider utilizing Webtools to create email invitations, promotional materials, and any needed forms including volunteer sign-up and RSVPs.
  • Make sure your materials follow brand guidelines.
  • Contact Document Services for print and mailing information.
  • Contact Conference & Event Services if you are in need of secure online registration and payment processing for your event.
  • Have your event Green Certified through the Institute for Sustainability, Energy, and Environment