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UCI Division of Continuing Education Announces Fall Quarter Meeting and Event Management Courses and Webinars

IRVINE, Calif. – August 7, 2013 – This fall, the University of California, Irvine Extension will offer a new course and complementary webinar as part of its expanding Meeting and Event Management Specialized Studies Program. The course Event Operations, Logistics and Communications will provide event planning professionals with the skills necessary to design, plan, and coordinate an event successfully. The institution is also announcing that founding advisory board member, Cheryl M. Rivas, C.M.P., will be a course instructor for the first time for the Sept. 23 online course, Introduction to Event Planning.

“Event planning is an integral part of any organization and requires time-tested experience and strategies to be successful,” said Melanie Mitchell, director of management, marketing and business programs at UC Irvine Extension. “These courses will allow professionals to gain the skills needed to effectively execute flawless events.”

Offered for the first time, Event Operations, Logistics and Communications, will provide participants an opportunity to learn how to manage the details of executing an event from concept and pre-production, to implementation and onsite logistics management and measurability. Course materials will also cover determining a theme, marketing, site planning, entertainment, management of subcontractors and labor issues. Offered on the UC Irvine campus, the course will run from Oct. 8 through Nov. 12 on Tuesday nights from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. and will be taught by new UC Irvine Extension course instructor, Susan T. Lee, M.A., M.B.A.

Lee has more than 15 years experience as a creative producer, writer and director of special events, entertainment and meetings. She has worked for major organizations such as: Hollywood Bowl, Walt Disney Company, Hard Rock, Animal Planet, Queen Mary, Wounded Warrior Project, U.S. Senior Golf Championship and Mitsubishi. Lee is highly sought after in diverse industries supporting arts and entertainment, corporate, sporting, government and philanthropic endeavors, and has been the recipient of six national Telly Awards.

Instructor Lee will also host a free webinar in which she will discuss the intricacies involved in planning an event, and the logistics required for successful execution. She will provide helpful tips on how event planners can set themselves apart from the competition and avoid chaos in the planning process. The webinar, which will take place online on Aug. 15 from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. PDT, will also include a preview of the course.

In addition, the introductory course for the specialized studies program, Introduction to Event Planning offers participants an opportunity to learn more about event planning tools to manage time, space, money, human resources, information, materials and problems that may arise through the event planning process. Offered online from Sept. 23 to Oct. 27, students will be asked to plan an event during the five week course. Course instructor, Cheryl Rivas is a director of the Accounts & Global Meeting Management Services at Meeting Sites Resource (MSR). With nearly a decade of experience, Rivas also contributes articles to many industry trade publications and currently serves on the MPI Orange County Chapter as the Board of Directors Immediate Past President.

UC Irvine Extension will also be offering an education and career session webinar on Sept. 17 for those interested in a career in the meeting and event management field.

For more information about the courses or to register, call (949) 824-5414 or visit To sign up for the free webinars, visit

About UCI Division of Continuing Education

The University of California, Irvine Division of Continuing Education (DCE) provides lifelong learning opportunities to thousands of students worldwide each year – fulfilling the school’s 60-year curriculum platform to connect degree programs to the world of work and achievement after graduation. The Division offers a broad range of certificate programs, specialized studies, and sequential courses to local, regional and global markets through online, on-campus and on-site delivery. A leader in the open education movement, the Division offers free Massive Online Open Courses (MOOCs) and content through the UCI Open initiative. For more information about UCI Division of Continuing Education, visit

About the University of California, Irvine

Founded in 1965, UCI is the youngest member of the prestigious Association of American Universities. The campus has produced three Nobel laureates and is known for its academic achievement, premier research, innovation, and anteater mascot. Led by Chancellor Howard Gillman, UCI has more than 36,000 students and offers 222 degree programs. It’s located in one of the world’s safest and most economically vibrant communities and is Orange County’s second-largest employer, contributing $5 billion annually to the local economy. For more on UCI, visit