Nido R. Qubein School of Communication
Event Management

Event Management

The Future – What can I do with a major in Event Management?

Our Event Management program prepares students for successful and satisfying careers.  This might include producing events in the public, government, non-profit, or private sector as a:

  • Special event planners
  • Meeting or conference coordinators
  • Convention or trade show producer
  • Community or cultural festival coordinator
  • Sport and hallmark event directors
  • Wedding planner or other social event planner
  • Music festival or concert promoter

You might work for a company that supports the festival and events industry as a:

  • Hospitality or hotel venue coordinator
  • Services or equipment rental account executive
  • Brand marketing specialist

There is a good chance you may work with celebrities, venture capitalists, and other interesting people as you improve people’s quality of life.

The Club

Our students have a student government approved and funded club called Planning on Point (POP). Members regularly volunteer for local events, interact with event planners and venues and have attended professional conferences hosted by the North Carolina Association of Festivals & Events, HSMAI and the International Association of Conference Planners. Several members have also completed bridal certification training.

The Jobs – Where are Alumni & Interns Working?

  • H.I.S. Events, Honolulu
  • Orlando Magic and Orlando City Soccer
  • New York Jets, New Jersey
  • HPU Alumni Association, Campus Concierge, Community Events
  • Buckley Hall Events, New York City
  • Marriot Waterfront Hotel, Annapolis, MD
  • W Hotel, Dallas
  • Hyatt Regency Hotel, Greenwich, CT
  • StarPower Talent, Ocean City, MD
  • Event Planning DC, Damascus, MD
  • Vanguard Events & Marketing, Raleigh
  • BMF Media, Hotwire, New York City
  • Millennium Center, Winston-Salem
  • Henry & Proximity Hotels, Greensboro
  • Mac & B Events, Charleston
  • Something Perfect Weddings, Charlotte
  • Disney College Intern Program, Orlando
  • Disney Magic Kingdom Food & Beverage, Orlando
  • National MS Society – Greensboro
  • Archdale-Trinity Chamber of Commerce and High Point CVB, NC
  • Baptist Children’s Homes of NC
  • AGENC – Los Angeles
  • Revel Group – Chicago
  • both High Point and Colonial Country Clubs, NC
  • Fiddlers Elbos Country Club – Bedminster, NJ
  • Several students have also gone on to attend graduate school

The Faculty

Dr. Vern Biaett, CFEE, Assistant Professor of Event Management is the curriculum coordinator and has been at HPU since 2014.  Previous experience includes 8 years as a faculty associate at Arizona State where he taught special event courses in a certificate program he co-created and 30 years as a practitioner including event manager for both the city of Phoenix Office of Special Events and the city of Glendale Marketing Department.  His favorite course – The Rhetoric of Festivals & Events – Experience Design where he introduces students to strategies used to create great experiences and the philosophical foundations of festivals and events.

Dr. Brianna Clark, Assistant Professor of Event Management joined the program in fall 2018.  She previously taught at Temple University in the School of Tourism and Hospitality Management where she designed, implemented and lead community based learning classes that focused on hands-on experience.  Her favorite course – The Administration of Festivals & Events where she instructs students in the finer points of leadership, volunteer management, and board governance.

Mr. Kim Strable, Adjunct Faculty has been with the program since 2015.  He is currently the CEO of the Greensboro Sports Commission and teaches Introduction to Event Management.

Ms. Diana Parrish, Adjunct Faculty has been with the program since 2017.  Her background is in board development and non-profit management and teaches Introduction to Event Management.

Ms. Jennifer Lambert, Adjunct Faculty has been with the program since 2013.  She has experience as a corporate event planner and teaches an Event Practicums.

Ms. Amanda Melniczek, Adjunct Faculty has been with the program since 2016.  She has experience producing community and business events for a Main Street foundation and teaches an Event Practicum.

The 5 Reasons to be an Event Management Major at HPU

Communication: The event management program is part of the Nido R. Qubein School of Communication – employers value communication skills

Balance: You can let your creativity loose while at the same time employ analytical abilities  Poster Projects

Composure: You will come to realize you can handle constant change and chaos when totally emerged in an event – and think it’s fun

Impact: When you produce events that impact individuals and communities you can get rich in so many ways

Value: If you work for yourself or an organization your entrepreneurial spirit will be valued


A few photos from the past few years.

Event Management at HPU


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