Event Planning - Carnegie Mellon University

About University Events

The Office of University Events strives to plan and execute events that promote the university as a whole, as well as its initiatives and goals.  The staff manages annual, university-wide events, such as Commencement, Homecoming, the Andy Awards, the Dickson Prize, and the Celebration of Education.  

In addition, the team works on one-time events as they occur, including conferences, memorials, building openings, capital campaign events, visits from high-level state, national, and international government officials, and high-profile, high-impact events. They focus on event strategy and logistics, collaborate with internal and external university constituents, and consult with the  Marketing Communications department to effectively promote events.  

Working with You

University Events is committed to helping its campus partners design and execute events that enhance the university's image and areas of excellence.  The team offers advice on:

  • Setting event goals, objectives, and timelines
  • Event design and production
  • Budget tracking and review
  • Venue considerations
  • Logistic suggestions and order placement
  • Event promotion

To determine if University Events can be helpful to you, please begin by submitting the strategy development/planning form.

This form is also designed to be printed and used as a resource for independent planning and strategy development by university departments, colleges, groups, or organizations.

Event Materials

University Events, along with the Marketing Communications department, has a variety of items that will help you smoothly execute and effectively brand your event.  These items include banners, tablecloths, flags, easels, and A-frames.  Carnegie Mellon staff may rent these items free of charge, however, a replacement fee will be charged if the items are not returned. 

For more information and to request materials, please visit the Marketing Communications Event Displays page.

Contact Us

For general information, please email eve...@andrew.cmu.edu or call 412-268-5052.  Campus partners, please note that the office is located off-campus; please dial all digits.

Jennifer BoyerJennifer Boyer
Director of University Events

Kate WalterKate Walter
Associate Director of University Events

Victoria BushmireVictoria Deardorff
Senior University Events Coordinator

Nancy StigerNancy Stiger
Alumni Events Coordinator

Jamie RzepeckiJaime Rzepecki
University Events Associate