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Farewell Address

Where do we begin with this final communication…

As you know, after a decade, The Student Event Planners Association (SEPA) is officially closing its doors.

A few chapters will remain in existence, but will operate independently of a national entity. We ask that you continue to show the same love and support to these chapters as you’ve shown us the past 10 years.

First and foremost, we want to thank our members — everyone who has ever been a part of our organization. Our leaders — who have carried our flag and helped to make SEPA what it is today. To our partners — who believed in us and provided additional value to our members. To our advisory council — who helped guide and advocate for us in the industry. And a super special thanks to our national Board of Directors. These servant leaders have led the ship voluntarily for the past 10 years and made SEPA an organization we are all proud of.

Aubri Nowowiejski, SEPA Founder & Board Director, stated, “I want everyone to know the profound impact that you’ve made by being apart of our association in any capacity. We’ve helped hundreds of students realize their dream and find their niche in the event industry. This is a huge accomplishment and it would not have been possible without our SEPA family. Know that we are forever family and I am forever grateful.”

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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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2018-2019 Board of Directors Application

The application for the 2018-2019 National Board of Directors is now open! The deadline to apply is March 31st, 2018.

To be eligible to serve, one must be a current student member or alum of SEPA. We recommend being an active member for a semester or more before applying. Chapter Presidents are discouraged from applying until their term is complete.

Interviews are conducted the first two weeks of April, followed by training and transition. The incoming Board of Directors will be announced on May 1st and will officially commence their one-year term; May to May. The commitment is two hours per week, excluding major holidays and exam times.

The National Board of Directors oversees our chapters, membership, programs, partners, and opportunities database.

We invite you to get on Board to help shape the future of the event industry.

To apply, please click here.


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The Special Event 2019

Thrilled to announce our renewed partnership with The Special Event Conference and Tradeshow! We look forward to representing the Student Event Planners Association in San Diego, California, January 8-10, 2019!

The Special Event (TSE) is the industry’s largest tradeshow and conference for event professionals. You’ll connect with over 4,000+ event colleagues, exhibitors, and mentors. During your time at TSE, you can select from over 100 education sessions, attend eight showcasing events, network with fellow event pros, and browse through thousands of products and services on the exhibit hall floor.

The Special Event has been educating and inspiring event professionals for over 30 years. If you haven’t been to TSE before: it’s time to get your feet wet and Make a Splash in San Diego!


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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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2017 3D Event Designer Challenge

Congratulations to our category winners for the 2017 3D Event Designer Challenge featuring the Carillon Ballroom at The Bell Tower on 34th!

Marie Cronin
Floor Plan

Emily Whitten
Floor Plan

Michelle Marie Chavez
Floor Plan

To view all floor plans created during the challenge, please click here.

To learn more about the 3D Event Designer Challenge, please click here.