Tucked away in one of Harvard’s most historic properties is a team of employees embarking on an effort to make event planning, often a big challenge at Harvard, easier. The Campus Services Events Management office is now a resource for anyone planning events on campus, whether you simply need advice on finding a venue or if you want the team to manage your entire event. The office, located within Loeb House, has also launched a website which organizes many University resources into one Web portal.
More than a year ago, Campus Services began learning about the needs of the event planning community. “Some people said they would love to be able to research Harvard’s venues without having to visit a dozen different websites, some said they wish there was a group that could plan and manage their events,” said Director of Events Management Madeline Meehan. “Overall everyone wanted the information at their fingertips so we decided to offer a large portfolio of services and a robust website.”
By logging into the website, a user can select the type of event they’re planning and the number of expected attendees. He/she is then presented with a number of venue options, contact information, policies and procedures, etc. “The Events Management office and the website are going to evolve over time. Our goal is to simplify the event planning process for everyone across the University,” said Meehan. “This is after all, a resource for the Harvard community.”