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In the fall of 2006, the MU Conference Office was awarded the designation of a “one-stop shop” from the Association of Collegiate Conference and Event Directors. One-stop shop center is the industry’s premier resource for defining and identifying conforming campus venues. A certified one-stop shop operation provides the most effective planning atmosphere to successfully stage a collegiate conference or event giving participants a more enjoyable, predictable and enriching campus experience. Our office was re-accredited in 2010.

"MU’s Graduate Institute of Cooperative Leadership (GICL) is recognized world wide as the preeminent provider
of executive education for agricultural cooperatives. Our partnership with MU’s Conference Office is a key factor in this success. GICL benefits from the wealth of first hand experience the Conference Office gains through involvement in numerous events of many different types held in a variety of settings. This is a specialized knowledge that only comes with full time event planning – and available to GICL only through our partnership. Their detailed knowledge regarding event planning, property selection and contract negotiation makes it possible for GICL to focus exclusively on program content with full confidence that event logistics will be outstanding. Even though it is an understatement to stay that logistics for GICL is not an easy task.

The Conference Office assists GICL with two programs. Each GICL program has its own nuances and requires
a different set of skills from the conference staff. The Conference Staff understands the importance of our clientele and provides valuable suggestions and assistance in going beyond their expectations. Somehow, the Conference Office also manages to negotiate favorable dates and lodging rates at five star properties within our limited budget.

Assistant Director, GICL Programs


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