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Plan a Speaker

If your organization would like to bring a speaker to campus, below are things to know when planning for a successful event!

Selecting Your Event Date

While selecting your event date, be sure to consult the campus events calendar to eliminate any scheduling conflicts. 

Secure Your Venue

In order to reserve a campus venue, your organization’s designated scheduler should submit a Standard Event Request, through the Events Office. Below is a list of suggested venues and audience attendance for speakers on campus.  

Suggested Event Venues

Audience size 50 & under

The Web

OIE Amphitheater

Black Book Theatre

Westhampton Center Living Room

Whitehurst Living Room

Multifaith Room

 

Audience 100 & under

International Commons

Brown Alley Room

THC Room 305

Jepson Room 120

Keller Hall Reception Room

Jepson Room 118

Gottwald Science Atrium

 

Audience size 200 and under

Business School Q162

Ukrop Auditorium

 

Audience size 250 and under

Alice Haynes Room

 

Audience size over 250

Jepson Theatre

Booker Hall

Chapel

Contract/Agreement

When booking a speaker, regardless if they will receive payment, a contract or agreement must be created. This can be completed by setting up a meeting with CSI staff at least 20 business days prior to your event date. Contracts over $5,000 will require additional time. NOTE: By law, a student, advisor or unauthorized university employee cannot sign a contract or agreement on behalf of your organization.

Funding Options

There are a variety of funding sources available to assist in bringing a speaker/lecture event to campus.

Cultural Affairs

For speakers taking place in Modlin Center for the Arts, the Provost Office, offers the Cultural Affairs Committee. This fund seeks to support events that have the potential to generate broad based interest within the University Community. For more information about the guidelines or application, visit the Provost’s website.

Gottawald Speakers Fund (link to page)

TBD – waiting on verbal and webpage to link information to

Government Contingency Fund

Student government funded organizations can request additional funds for new programs or initiatives throughout the school year. This request can be made through the WCGA & RCSGA application form (link to page when the application is created)

Inclusive Community Fund

Through the Office of Common Ground, Inclusive Community Fund provides financial support to bring events such as speakers to campus. To gain more information about fund and application form, visit the Common Ground website.

Food for Events

Your food needs, should be included on your standard event form submitted with the Events Office. Be sure to review the Approved Vendors list for current approved campus vendors.

Outside vendor
If you plan to use an outside vendor, be sure to complete a Food Waiver at least 48 hours prior to your event and contact Angela Moseley Scott

Angela Moseley Scott
804-289-8779
ascott@richmond.edu

If you wish to have alcohol during your event, you must submit an Alcohol Event Request form.

*All beverages must be Coca Cola products* 

Audio-Visual Equipment Rental

Contact the Events Office at (804) 289-8585 to set up a/v tech requests. You’re a/v needs, should be included on your standard event form submitted with the Events Office.

Tyler Haynes Commons (only)
The Center for Student Involvement provides a/v support and technicians on request for events taking place in Tyler Haynes Commons. To reserve, use the CSI AV Rental form

Transportation

Visitor Parking pass

For events taking place prior to 5 p.m., your speaker will need a parking pass distributed by UR Parking Services. Your speaker should request a visitor parking pass, at least 7 business days prior to the event date, to allow for mailing time.

 

Additional questions about parking, please contact:

UR Parking Services

parking@richmond.edu

804-289-8703

Marketing

Marketing and promotion has a great impact on your event, be sure to read the guidelines below:

 Tyler Haynes Commons Posting Flyers & Posters

Spiderbytes

SpiderBytes is a daily e-mail sent out to university students, faculty and staff, in order to, exchange information regarding University campus-wide events. This is a cost effective platform to promote your event to campus. Interested in submitting a spiderbyte, be sure to review the guidelines for submission.

DFlyers (Digital Flyers)

To submit a DFlyer for the Tyler Haynes Commons, email  dflyers@richmond.edu.

For format requirements, be review the dflyer guidelines.

Tabling

To reserve a table for tabling on campus

Tyler Haynes Commons, Westhampton & Richmond College Patio

If your organization is interested in tabling be sure to complete the Center for Student Involvement tabling request form

Dining Hall (D-Hall)

If your organization is interested in tabling in the dining hall, be sure to contact Jerry Clemmer

Hanging Lounge

Forum

Tracking Attendance/Card Readers

To track event attendees, the Center for Student Involvement has card readers you can check out for your event. To reserve, complete the card reader request form. NOTE: All events taking place in Modlin must use Modlin tickets.

Evaluate Your Event

It is important to assess each event your organization puts on. The post event evaluation is a helpful tool in helping you create feedback for your event and also help you plan for future events.