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St. John's University Receives One-Stop Shop Certification

January 18, 2017

Conference and event organizers now have the added assurance that St. John’s University is One-Stop Shop Certified.  The recently awarded certification for the Office of Conference Services confirms that meeting planners will have one point of contact for all services, one all-encompassing contract and one itemized bill at the conclusion of the event or conference.  Certification provides an additional level of confidence for customers – a welcome “edge” in what is a highly competitive environment. 

One-Stop Shop Certification 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.

This certification program, administered by the Association of Collegiate Conference and Event Directors – International (ACCED-I), meets a growing demand among meeting planners for a sure and easy way of identifying one-stop shop collegiate conferencing operations. Certification makes a statement that your services more closely match the level of service provided by convention facilities and finer hotels. External meeting planners will know with confidence which collegiate operations can deliver on the promise of “one contact, one contract and one bill."

Certified institutions are featured on the ACCED-I Certified One-Stop Shop webpage. In addition, certified institutions will benefit from public recognition and from the process of independent review of practices by the only Association dedicated exclusively to collegiate conferences and events management.

The Office of Conference Services supports approximately 13,000 internal and external events, conferences, and workshops each year and generates revenue for the University through rental of meeting facilities, classrooms, and facilitation of dining services.  With more than 70 venues and approximately 190 classrooms across three campuses to choose from, along with 3,000+ beds for overnight accommodations, the University is positioned well to service the needs of a vast audience and expand our community partnerships. 

Frequent external conference and event client organizations coming to St. John’s University include:

  • Youth leadership organizations
  • Youth athletic organizations and events
  • Religious organizations
  • Government agencies
  • Scientific organizations
  • Professional associations and societies
  • Educational organizations
  • Corporations
  • University departments

About ACCED-I

The Association of Collegiate Conference and Events Directors – International was founded in 1980 and currently has a membership of over 1,500 professionals at educational institutions around the world.  ACCED-I’s mission is to promote and advance the collegiate conference and events profession and set the industry standards of excellence.  It is the only independent educational association dedicated to professional growth and development in the collegiate conference and events profession.  For further information on the Association, contact ACCED-I at (970) 449-4960 or click here to browse ACCED-I’s website.  All questions, comments, or referrals regarding the Office of Conference Services may be directed to Tamara A. Lajara at ext. 8038 or via email at napolitt@stjohns.edu.

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