Universities Sessions

All sessions held in Metro Toronto Convention Centre 715, unless otherwise indicated.
Sessions and times are subject to change.

Universities Welcome and Student Employment Panel
Monday, 9:00 AM - 10:15 AM

This panel, comprised of student employee advisors, will discuss the joys and challenges involved with student employees. These mentors will share strategies and tips regarding recruitment, retention, motivation, training methods, and anything else the audience would like to cover. This will be an interactive session, and audience participation is encouraged. Feel free to submit questions in advance, or bring a list to ask the panel. Panelists will be announced soon.



Protests on College Campuses
Tuesday, 9:15 AM - 10:15 AM

Colleges and Universities strive to encourage the sharing of ideas and public expression. Sometimes the ideas shared, or those sharing the ideas, can lead to organized protests, or even spontaneous riots. This session will discuss recent protests on campuses around the US and Canada, how they developed, how they were handled, and any areas for improvement there may have been. Safety and security measures implemented at protests on campuses such as the University of Florida and University of California at Berkley will be discussed.



Universities Keynote
Tuesday, 10:45 AM - 11:30 AM



eSports on Your Campus
Tuesday, 3:30 PM - 4:15 PM

Panel discussion to introduce the world of electronic gaming and explore how universities are meeting these demands. What is the appeal of eSports to student stakeholders? What do facilities need to do to execute on technology driven events, and what does the short term future hold?



The Best Tools & Techniques for Teaching Venue Management
Tuesday, 3:30 PM - 4:15 PM



Universities Town Hall
Tuesday, 4:45 PM - 5:45 PM

Are you struggling with an issue on your campus that you can't seem to solve? Are you implementing the next great idea that you want to share with the rest of the industry? In the Universities town hall, we are going to hit on the items that you want to talk about. Come equipped with these items and be prepared to walk out of the session with answers to your issues and ideas to help your staff be successful.



Preparing to Teach: A Panel Discussion with Venue Management Educators
Wednesday, 9:15 AM - 10:15 AM

The role of faculty is critical in providing the foundation necessary for a successful transition from the classroom to the industry. A panel of experienced faculty (both full-time faculty and industry professionals serving as adjuncts) will share their experiences in the classroom, including how they got started, the challenge of teaching such a practical topic, effective teaching strategies, connecting to today’s students, and advice for those considering venturing into the classroom.



Connecting Research and Practice: Venue Data Source and Academic Venue Research
Wednesday, 10:45 AM - 11:30 AM

Information allows businesses to make informed decisions. There are a number of sources available to venue managers to assist in decision-making, evaluation of day-to-day operations, long-term planning, and negotiations, amongst others. This session will highlight IAVM’s Venue Data Source including completed research and findings, as well as current applied academic research being conducted by faculty.



Blackboard to Bleacher: Teaching Staff to Success
Wednesday, 1:45 PM - 2:30 PM

Public assembly venues on college campuses serve a dual role as event venue and classroom. Student staff working in university venues are afforded the opportunity to learn venue management skills that can be applied regardless of eventual career path. As such, venue managers have an inherent responsibility to tie educational outcomes into their management strategy. This panel discussion will explore how to implement an effective atmosphere that emphasizes the importance of transferring job skills to career goals for student employees while also building venue environments that improve the guest experience and drive return client business.



Non-Athletic Venue Management on Campus
Wednesday, 2:45 PM - 3:45 PM


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