The Kent State University (KSU) chapter of the Professional Convention Management Association (PCMA) was started in Fall 2007. It is housed in the Hospitality Management program at Kent State University, which is a non-profit educational institution.
Members learn about various aspects of the event planning industry through property tours of hotels, clubs, and convention centers and meetings with industry professionals. Student members have participated in various fundraising activities including silent auctions, catered events, and golf outings. Funds raised helped support several students travel to the Annual Conventions of PCMA held in Seattle, WA in January 2008, New Orleans, LA in January 2009, Dallas, TX in January 2010, Las Vegas, NV in January 2011, San Diego, CA in January 2012, Orlando, FL in January 2013, Boston, MA in January 2014, Chicago, IL in January 2015, Vancouver, Canada in January 2016, and Austin, TX in January 2017. Students are also involved in various service activities in the local community.
PCMA members meet on a weekly basis for 1 hour and participate in making various decisions including property tours, guest speaker visits, recreational activities, marketing and public relations, fundraising activities, creation of Bylaws etc.