Over the course of time, your student organization will most likely plan a program of some kind. Programs can range from social to educational, for a cause or simply for fun. When planning a program, there are many factors to consider:
The “who, what, when, where, why and how” factors:
What is the purpose of our program? What are our goals? Why are we doing this? How does this program support the vision and scope of our group?
Who is involved?
Who will be involved with planning and implementing the program (President, Vice President, Committee Chair, etc.)? If a committee structure is used, who will be on them? Who needs to approve the program? Who is the target audience (the UH community, the local community)?
What is the Program description?
What will the program accomplish? What need(s) held by the target audience does the program meet? What aspect of the organization’s mission or goals does it fulfill?
What are the costs involved with the Program?
Consider food, supplies, advertising, tickets, prizes, transportation off-campus, etc. Should the program be cosponsored with another group?
When will the Program take place?
Does the date conflict with major exams, holidays or other important events around campus
Where will the Program be held?
Locations include the University, outdoor spaces such as Lynn Eusan Park, Butler Plaza, off-campus sites, etc.
How will people know about the Program?
What needs to be done to advertise the program – posters, email, personal contact? When does the advertising need to go out? Who will be in charge of coordinating the marketing?
Have you considered the following?
Gender bias and gender-neutral language; religious backgrounds, rituals and traditions; diverse racial and/or ethnic populations; needs of students with disabilities; economic limitations faced by some residents; heterosexual bias and diverse sexual orientations.
ACPA Commission for Student Involvement (2005). Advisor Manual. Program Planning Checklist. Retrieved from Advisor Manual
The most important part of any program is the planning that precedes the actual event. Planning often determines if the program will be successful or a failure. Here are some suggested steps when planning an event:
Steps for Event Registration
Student Organizations can complete Event Registration exclusively online! Additionally, student leaders can also submit their reservations online as well. How does the process work? We are glad you asked!
For an RSO to successfully plan and host an event, the following steps are recommended:
If your organization makes a significant change to the event (such as number of attendees, date, time, or place) during the registration process, the organization needs to go back to the event on Get Involved and click Change Details.
If an organization decides to cancel an event after finishing event registration, the group should notify CSI as well as the appropriate reservations office. Events not cancelled at least 48 hours prior to the schedules start time could incur charges from the entities involved.
SC Facilities Policies & Procedures – Reservation Cancellations & No-Shows.
RSOs have many spaces available to them for events and programs. The following departments are responsible for reserving the appropriate spaces. Please be aware that each department and respective spaces has their own policies and procedures.
Student Center Conference and Reservations Services Office (UC CARS)
Reserve these areas through UC CARS: Student Center, Student Center Satellite, outdoor locations, and classroom spaces.
Student Center 271
Campus Recreation and Wellness Center
Student Housing and Residential Life
College of Education
Areas Responsible: KIVA Room in Farrish Hall
UH Sports and Entertainment (Athletic facilities)
Cullen Performance Hall
At the University of Houston, Aramark/Catering on Cullen serves as the on-campus catering provider. While student organizations are not required to use Aramark/Catering on Cullen for their event needs, Catering on Cullen does have a variety of menus with a range of prices. The “Simple Takeaways” menu provides simple foods that student organizations can order from at reduced prices.
To help student organizations with event costs, please see the section under “Additional Funding Sources” about the Student Event Catering Fund.
Any event hosted on campus may be required to have the UH Police Department at the event to provide security and safety. The need for police support is determined by the level of risk associated with each event. Elements of risk include the number of participants, composition of participants (such as number of students, faculty, staff, alumni, and non-UH guests), nature of the event, collection of money (ticket/food sales), and history of the event.
Student organizations that host events in the Student Center can request audio/visual equipment and audiovisual operator support. The Student Center provides a variety of equipment for free or reduced costs for student organizations to use for their events. Equipment includes but is not limited to the following: CD player, decibel meter for outdoor sites, DVD player, karaoke machine, LCD projector, laptop computer, podiums, sign stands, stanchions, trash cans, etc. Please note that some of the equipment requires an audiovisual operator to operate the equipment and that there is a fee for the time of the AV Operator.