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By Judith Strzempko   Date: 7/7/10 Bookmark and Share

Smith College Club to Operate as a Conference Center

To address the growing demand for event space on campus, the Smith College Club will become the Smith College Conference Center, providing additional space to cultivate new business from external audiences and hosting a wider range of events, from academic conferences and workshops to larger and more varied social events, than can be accommodated elsewhere on campus. The conference center will have air-conditioning installed later this summer/early fall, which is critical for the year-round functioning of the facility.

A riverside view of the Smith College Club, soon to become the Smith College Conference Center.

In accordance with a proposal developed by Judi Strzempko, director of college relations, Peg Pitzer, director of events management, and Kathy Zieja, director of dining services, the center will be managed by the events management office, with a conference center manager hired for a two-year limited term to manage the center and generate new business. This fall, the events management office will be relocated to the Little House attached to the conference center to consolidate operations and to provide additional support for the center. A major goal of the conference center is to attract new external events and to become a revenue-generating, self-sustaining facility for the college.

The creation of the conference center also provides additional employment and leadership opportunities for students. Peg Pitzer commented, “With the trend toward heightened interest in event planning careers, we plan to offer opportunities for student interns to work with the conference center staff and to gain hands-on experience in the event field.”

Space requests for the conference center can be made online. Faculty and staff interested in holding a conference or large event in the center should contact Peg Pitzer (ext. 2163) to schedule a date consultation.


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