Event Management Emphasis

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In this emphasis, students explore multiple aspects of event management, everything from logistics—budgets, site selection, contracts, vendor management, food and beverage—to the design side. The program is designed for you to apply what you have learned through planning actual events for the community within your structured classwork all the way up to opportunities for customized internships in your particular focus area, all while building your resume and expanding your network of industry connections.

12 or more credit hours from the following:

  • HORT 261 Floral Design I
  • HRTM 274 Intro to Food & Beverage in the Hospitality Industry
  • HRTM 285 Intro to the Lodging Industry
  • HRTM 289 Intro to the Event Industry
  • HRTM 373 Catering Management
  • HRTM 474 Food & Beverage Management
  • HRTM 489 Advanced Event Operations
  • NUTR 471 Vines, Wine & You
  • TMFD 121 Visual Communication & Presentation

Beyond the Classroom

Gain experience learning through student clubs, organizations and more.

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Nebraska Event Management Association

Our event management student club, NEMA, meets every other week and combines featured speakers and venue tours to further enrich student's lives outside of classroom experiences.

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IMEX Future Leaders Forum

Each fall, senior event management students have the opportunity to travel to Las Vegas to network with industry professionals in one of the country's largest tradeshows.

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PCMA North American Student Competition

Students have the opportunity to compete for top recognition in the meeting and events industry (plus up to $10,000 in prizes) for having the most innovative event proposal.

Work with the best

McKenna Copsey, Alumna

Digital Event Project Manager

"Without the support and encouragement of my professors, I wouldn’t have sought out the last two internships I held that led to a full-time job after graduation. Throughout the years, I have been able to directly apply material we learned in our classes to multiple event production tasks. I can’t recommend this program more!"

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Learn from the best

Kristin Malek, Ph.D., CMP, DES, CHE

Event Management Extension Specialist and Assistant Professor

Dr. Kristin Malek, or Dr. K as she is known by her students, has over ten years in hospitality and event management experience. She has achieved designations as a certified meeting professional (CMP), digital event strategist (DES), and certified hospitality educator (CHE).

Learn more about Kristin
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