The Kent State University chapter of Professional Convention Management Association (PCMA) is open to all Kent State University students interested in pursuing a career in the meeting and event planning industry. Students participate in various fundraising events; tour hotels, conference and convention centers; listen to industry leaders; and attend the annual convention that provides networking and career opportunities.
The KSU Chapter of PCMA belongs to the regional POWER Chapter, which includes members from Pittsburgh, Ohio, West Virginia, and Erie Region. There are approximately 130 members in the POWER Chapter.
WHAT IS PCMA?
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 Austin, TX in January 2017, Nashville, TN in January 2018, Pittsburgh, PA in 2019, and San Francisco in January 2020. Students are also involved in various service activities in the local community.
PCMA members meet on a bi-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.