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May 14-17
Senior Executive Symposium
Cornell University, Ithaca, N.Y.

June 2-8
Venue Management School at Oglebay
Wheeling, W.Va.

June 2-8
Venue Management School Graduate Institute
Wheeling, W.Va.

July 21-24
Fort Lauderdale, Fla.


Women in Leadership Program unmasks secret of success
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Dr. Valerie Young, an internationally known author, speaker and former marketing manager at a Fortune 200 company, will join IAVM for its inaugural year of the Women in Leadership Program at VenueConnect 2012, on July 21-24 in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. Dr. Young will lead a professional develop program as well as facilitate individual and small group exercises to delve deeper into the topic of the self-imposed obstacles that plague many successful people, especially women. Early-bird registration ends April 12. More

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Craig Lovett named recipient of 2012 Ray W. Ward Award
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Craig Lovett, founder of Cleanevent Group, has been selected to receive the Ray W. Ward Award, presented by the Regents of the Venue Management Schools at Oglebay. The school began 26 years ago with the generous support of the International Association of Venue Managers Foundation. The announcement was made by Regents' Chair Adina Erwin. The honor may be awarded by the board of regents to recognize an individual associated with the school, whose dedicated service and extraordinary contributions during a period of at least six years have resulted in significant and long-lasting improvements to the overall success and quality of the school. More

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Grand Rapids, Mich., set to host meetings for regions 1, 2 and 3 in May
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We hope to see many new faces in Grand Rapids on May 21-23 for the combined meeting for regions 1, 2 and 3. The second largest city in Michigan, Grand Rapids, promises to deliver an eclectic mix of entertainment, dining, and golf. The picturesque Thousand Oaks Golf Club will be the site of the annual golf outing May 21. Not a golfer? Then plan to meander through the sculpture park and discover the beauty and splendor of the Frederik Meijer Botanical Gardens or take in a Class A West Michigan Whitecaps baseball game. More

NASPE honors Gil Fried for contributions in teaching sports management
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The National Association for Sport and Physical Education recognized professor Gil Fried with its Sport Management Outstanding Achievement Award for his significant contributions in the field. Fried teaches in the Management and Sport Management Department at the University of New Haven. NASPE presented the award during the 127th National Convention of the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance, held March 13–17 in Boston. More

San Francisco Giants' ballpark tours go high tech
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The San Francisco Giants are adding some multimedia technology to the team's popular behind-the-scenes tours of AT&T Park this season. The team has purchased 60 tablet computers for a custom-designed application to augment the tours with video, audio or photos. So, for example, fans standing on the warning track can listen to the radio call of a game-saving catch at that same spot. Or they could step out of the dugout and watch a video clip of Barry Bonds emerging for a curtain call after a milestone home run. More

101-year-old Howard Theatre to rise like a phoenix with reopening
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One of the most respected symbols of a bygone era for African-Americans in Washington, D.C., is slated for rebirth. Howard Theatre will open April 12 with great fanfare after decades of neglect and decay almost led to the permanent demise of the venerable old lady of the Shaw community. The historic 101-year-old landmark launched the careers of Duke Ellington, Marvin Gaye, Billy Eckstine, Ella Fitzgerald, the Supremes and other entertainers. More

Concerns raised over Sacramento arena deal
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Owners of the Sacramento Kings have raised concerns about the city's ability to build a new arena complex in Sacramento, Calif., by the 2015 NBA season, and a family spokesman said if those concerns aren't met, the team will consider relocation again. Documents reviewed by the Los Angeles Times show that Kings owners Joe, Gavin and George Maloof also are disputing that they have a firm agreement to participate in a new entertainment and sports complex in Sacramento. More

More changes coming to SPAC in Albany, NY
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Saratoga Performing Arts Center officials say it's all about enhancing the guest experience. One month after crews began renovating the amphitheater's 46-year-old facade, the SPAC Board of Directors announced plans to debut a brand new video projection screen that will take guests behind the scenes of some of the venue's marquee attractions. The plans are an expansion of the venue's "Building of a Season" online promotion series that kicked off last December and used weekly announcements including videos, photos and artist profiles to preview the 2012 season. More

ASU announces plans to renovate Sun Devil Stadium
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Sun Devil Stadium in Tempe, Ariz., has been a mainstay in the Valley for quite some time. However, it is getting old and needs a lot of work. Now is the time to do it. Instead of original thoughts of razing the stadium and either rebuilding it in its current location or where Kasrten's golf course is, recently promoted Athletic Director Steve Patterson announced that there are plans to renovate Sun Devil Stadium. The new version of the stadium will seat less fans. SDS currently houses more than 71,000. The renovated stadium would hold between 55,000-65,000. By reducing the number of seats, the value of the seats goes up and it allows a little more room for fans. More

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Intense storm drops drenching hail on IAVM World Headquarters
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IAVM staff and fellow tenants at World Headquarters came together in an unexpected way the afternoon of April 3 as severe weather that spawned tornadoes across the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex resulted in a brief but major hail pounding of the building and cars in the parking lot. The skies darkened shortly after 2 p.m. and then the rain started, followed almost immediately by hail that started at golf ball-size and quickly became the size of a baseball. Tenants on the second floor of the building quickly came downstairs and huddled with IAVM staff in a storage room area to take cover as the hail could be heard blasting the roof of the building. More

IAVM continues to recognize your excellence
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The third annual Venue Excellence Awards will be presented July 23 in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., as part of the Venue Industry Awards luncheon during VenueConnect. These prestigious awards were created to annually recognize and honor each of the four International Association of Venue Managers' venue types: convention centers, stadiums, arenas, and performing arts centers, which demonstrate excellence in service to the community, team building and professional development, safety and security, and operations. More

Webinar series features venue safety and security hot topics
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IAVM's Academy for Venue Safety & Security Webinar Series kicks off at 2:30 p.m. EDT May 2. The opening webinar will feature "Standards for Outdoor Rigging and Structures." Kevin Mattingly, deputy director of the Phoenix Convention Center, will moderate the panel, which will include Richard Nix, Entertainment Structures Group, and John Avery, Banff Centre. "Temporary outdoor special event structures have intricacies all their own," Mattingly said. "Our panel will present insightful discussion of applicable code provisions, available reference standards and practical implementation of safety processes pertaining to temporary outdoor special event structures." More

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