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Four UPC members travel to NACA to book talent

By Kate Sine

College is about preparing students for the adult world and training for a sustainable career. The National Association of Campus Activities (NACA) is a convention for college students that teaches the skills needed to be successful in programming events. Four UPC students: Laura Akindo, Megan Alvarez, Gabby Cousino, and Sweet James will be attending the NACA national conference in Buffalo, NY on October 22-25.

NACA focuses on helping students learn how to plan events with workshops such as booking talent, working with agencies, marketing and other aspects which are focused on programming boards. They deliver their message through education session blocks, talent showcases and sit-down workshops which help attendees gain skills to improve programming at their respective colleges.
The showcases and the campus activities marketplace allows students to view and interact with the talent and programs which they want to debut at their campus. Showcases offer a peek into the type of talent programming boards may book for their campus. Acts range from magicians to musicians and beyond. The marketplace is set up like a job fair where students can pursue booking various acts.

Akindo, Alvarez, Cousino, and James have been selected to attend the convention with their advisors Robert Cooper, Director of Student Activities and Greek Life and Kyrie Kirn, Asst. Director of Student Activities. While at the convention, Cooper and Kirn will preent a workshop about Frostburg State’s Late at Lane program which transforms the Lane University Center each month into a club-like experience.  They hope to share how other institutions can duplicate this event on other campuses.

Kirn will also serve on a panel at the convention. She will inform others about pursuing a career in student affairs in higher education. She hopes to open minds to the possibility of entering that career path. This is not Kirn’s first convention either. She has attended six other NACA events in the past. Her interest in event programming started when she was a junior at Alfred State College and a part of the programming board there. She has been to every NACA regional since and has also attended nationals NACAs as well.

What Kirn wants out of this trip is for students to  “...bring back what they get from their different types of experiences and talk with their co-workers and colleagues about how to improve UPC.”

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For further information on this release, contact:

Student and Community Involvement
Frostburg State University
101 Braddock Road
Frostburg, MD  21532-2303

Telephone: 301.687.7597
Fax: 301.687.7049

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