The Office of University Events was created in October 2013 to bring organization and structure to the many areas around campus that have been involved in event management and execution. The goals of the new office are to improve communication and coordination with all parties involved in event planning and management (including physical plant, catering, cleaning, police, etc.) It is expected that all events held on the Stevens campus will eventually be coordinated by and registered with this office.
In addition, this office will be responsible for functions that are University-wide and involve multiple departments, such as Commencement and Convocation among others. The Office of University Events will develop policies and procedures for the use of space on campus for Stevens departments and organizations as well as rental of space to outside parties (when schedule permits.) By working closely with the Stevens community, University Events plans to create a single reservation system for spaces on campus and a master calendar that represents all aspects of campus life in one, online location.
The office will have three areas of focus: DeBaun Center for Performing Arts, Howe Center Operations, and the Office of Event Management. Together these areas work with other departments across the university to execute events while increasing efficiency and maximizing facility use.
David Zimmerman, Executive Director, graduated with a B.Eng. in Engineering Management from Stevens in 1990. For the next ten years, in addition to various jobs in project management, David directed and produced the performing arts in professional, educational and community theaters across Northern and Central New Jersey. In 2000 he returned to Stevens full time to create a performing arts program for the renovated Grace E. and Kenneth W. DeBaun Auditorium. In 2004 he joined together the student music and theater programs under one umbrella and created the DeBaun Center for Performing Arts.
In 2005 David organized his first large event on campus for a retirement party with 400 people in attendance. Since then, he has been an integral part in many campus celebrations, including the Graduation Festival, President’s Inauguration and Commencement Ceremonies. As Executive Director of the new Office of University Events, he leads an experienced team to plan and manage events on and off campus.
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