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SEPA Closing

After a decade, the Student Event Planners Association (SEPA) will be closing effective May 31, 2019.

SEPA is based on university campuses nationwide and develops students into event professionals.

SEPA will remain open through the Spring semester and honor membership benefits through May 31, 2019. Memberships that extend beyond this date will receive a partial refund.

Chapters may continue to use the SEPA name and branding indefinitely, however they will operate independently as of June 1, 2019.

Aubri Nowowiejski, SEPA Founder & Board Director, stated, “I’m extremely proud of what SEPA has accomplished in the last decade. I know that our legacy will live on through the testaments of our past members and leaders as they excel in their careers.”

Associations across all industries are seeing a decline in membership participation and retention. With most university students graduating within four years, this short time span has made sustainability impossible.

Existing members are encouraged to take advantage of their national membership benefits while they can.

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SEARCH Awareness Month

We’re excited to kick off our second annual SEARCH Foundation Awareness Month this February!

The SEARCH Foundation provides financial aid to event professionals faced with illness or other catastrophic occurrences and is our official philanthropy. 

Throughout the month of February, members are encouraged to wear purple to their chapter events and to post pictures with #SEARCHfoundation and #representSEPA to raise awareness. 

If you shop on Amazon, consider using AmazonSmile to benefit SEARCH. It’s the same Amazon you know — same products, same prices, same service — however, Amazon will donate 0.5% of the price of your eligible AmazonSmile purchases to a charitable organization of your choice.

To learn more about the SEARCH Foundation or to make a donation, please visit their website.

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2018 Hangout Lineup

Members have a lot to look forward to in 2018!

Below is the lineup of honorary guests for our monthly Google Hangouts.

January – Lisa Journagan
February – Liz Caruso
March – Tami Forero
April – Melissa Jurcan
May – Crystal Salazar
June – Claudette Bouton Pate
July – Michael Greco
August – Brian Acheson
September – Debra Roth
October – Daniela Grafman
November – Mary Swaffield
December – Brady Miller

To learn more about our online resources and events, please click here.

To reserve your seat for an upcoming Hangout, please click here.

 

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Spring Mentorship Program

Calling all mentors and mentees! The application for the Spring Mentorship Program is open.

The deadline to submit your application is January 22, 2018.

The program will begin the first week of February.

To learn more, please click here.

To apply, please click here.

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NEW! Accreditation Tracker

The accreditation is the highest level of achievement and individual distinction within our organization, and now there is a way to track your progress towards achieving it!

Introducing… the Accreditation Tracker!

As you complete certain criteria, you may mark it complete on the tracker. Once you have met all requirements, your credits will be verified by the national Board of Directors.

To learn more about the Accreditation Program, please click here.

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NEW! Facebook Membership Group

Due to Facebook’s algorithm, many of our posts and updates on the official SEPA Facebook page are not seen in your news feed. For everyone to stay informed and have a place to connect, we are now encouraging everyone to join our SEPA Membership group on Facebook.

To join the group, please click here

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Non-Profit Events Webinar

If you missed our live webinar on Non-Profit Events with our all-star panel from the SEARCH Foundation Board of Directors, please click here to access the recording.

If you are a student member, you may now earn credit for this webinar by completing a corresponding quiz through our E-Learning Program. Please click here to access the module. Credits may be applied towards the Accreditation Program.

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3D Event Designer Challenge

We are so excited to kick off our 2017 3D Event Designer Challenge!

Each Spring, we select a pre-determined venue and participants select an event category to come up with a theme and design their floor plan around (corporate, social, or wedding).

The contest begins on March 1st and ends April 30th. The SEPA Board of Directors then reviews all submissions and determines a winner for each category.

To participate, student members must complete the 3D Event Designer training through our E-Learning center to receive login credentials for the SEPA account. Within the account, members may create and share unlimited floor plans. This benefit is valued at over $250 per year!

We can’t wait for our members to be introduced to this amazing platform and gain valuable, hands on experience that they can use later on in their careers.

For challenge details and to submit your design, please click here.