Client News-ONU president sings in ‘Guys and Dolls’

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Account Executive Nicole Pilbeam and her team of Junior Account Executives have been working hard to help Olivet Nazarene University’s Communication Department.  The Communication Department’s theater program was featured in the Daily Journal to advertise the musical ‘Guys and Dolls.’ The University president Dr. Bowling singing in the musical was the featured story.  This spectacular musical was a success that took place in February. Nicole Pilbeam and her team promoted the musical on the Communication Department’s social media platforms.

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Client News- Night at the Museum

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Account Executive Elijah Svoboda and his team of Junior Account Executives have been working hard to help the Exploration Station this semester. On Friday, April 21, the Exploration Station will be hosting Night at the Museum from 6-8pm. This event will give families a chance to explore the Station even at night, with a few different special exhibits for kids to interact with. Registration is available online as well as at the Station itself.

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Client News- Look Skyward in April

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Account Executive Katy Maurer and her team of Junior Account Executives have been working hard for their client Dr. Case and the Strickler Planetarium. Dr. Case the director of Olivet Nazarene University’s Strickler Planetarium and an assistant professor in the department of chemistry and geosciences wrote an article on Apr. 4 that was featured in the Daily Journal.

The article featured everything that is going on in this month of April.

Friday, April 21

Eclipse Symmetry Day

 

Saturday, April 22

“The Dark Matter Mystery” is playing at the planetarium at 6 and 7:30 p.m.

 

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Client News-Strickler Planetarium

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Account Executive Katy Maurer and her team of Junior Account Executives have been working hard to help their client Dr. Case and the Strickler Planetarium. The Strickler Planetarium was featured in the Daily Journal on Feb. 3 to advertise their planetarium show that they had  Feb. 18.

In addition, the article featured the  Kankakee Area Stargazers that meet monthly on the campus of Olivet to discuss celestial events, space program updates and observing tips. These meetings are free and open to the public, and they’re coming up Saturday and today March 18.

Lucky Connections Business After Hours Networking Event

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Over the past several months I have had the opportunity to work as an Account Executive for Inspired Strategies Agency (Olivet Nazarene University’s student-run strategic communication agency) where I manage the Kankakee County Chamber of Commerce as a client.

One of our biggest objectives this semester was to plan the Lucky Connections Business After Hours Networking Event.

Students found luck at this extraordinary event by meeting community and business leaders, crafting their networking skills and most of all learning how to become engaged in our vibrant community. Business leaders came to find their “pot of gold” in a future intern, potential employee or provide mentorship to the next generation of professionals. The event on Thursday, March 16, 2017 had roughly 65 attendees.

The process of event planning was something that was something that was new to me. Through the process of planning this event, there are several things that I learned.

Trust your team

Putting trust in the other members of my team was something that I had to learn how to do. Even though I trust the members of my team, I had to trust that they could take a task that I needed done and not only get it done but get it done well. They delivered great work and I was highly impressed.

Manage your time

Managing your time when you are working as an event planner is crucial. You need to have a timeline of when everything needs to be done because if you let yourself fall behind you risk the success of your event.

Have a vision

Starting the planning with the end in mind is extremely important. We would not have been able to put together if we would have not know how we wanted the event to look. My team and I sat down in the beginning of the planning process and asked the question “What do we want this event to look like?”. Because we asked this question we were able to stay on track to reach the goal we had set.

Communicate

In event planning there is one thing that is key: Communication. Communication is important because it allows everyone to be on the same page. There were times during the event planning process where we lacked communication and it effected the way we were able to continue to plan the event. If I was able to go back to the earlier stages of the event planning process, I would have made sure we kept strong communication the whole time.

Be flexible

Being flexible is something that every event planner should understand. During the planning process of the Lucky Connections Business After Hours Networking Event, my team and I had to be flexible when making decisions.

After many sleepless nights, I have finally been able to catch up on my sleep. Being an event planner is not an easy task, but watching our event come together was one of the most rewarding things that I have ever experienced.

Hayden’s Not-So-Important Opinion?

Event planning is one of the most tiring but rewarding jobs I have ever taken on.

Hayden’s Advice of The Week?

Dare to dream. When you think outside of the box is when you have the best ideas.

By Hayden Keifer, Account Executive, Kankakee County Chamber of Commerce

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Client News-Kankakee County Chamber of Commerce

Account Executive Hayden Keifer and his team of Junior Account Executives have been working hard to plan this FREE Lucky Connections Networking Event. The event will be taking place today from 4:30-6:30 PM in the Reed Hall of Science. This will be an event that you do not want to miss. Students will find luck at this extraordinary event by meeting community and business leaders, and crafting their networking skills.Business leaders can come to find their pot of gold in a future intern or employee, or can provide experienced mentorship to the next generation of professionals.

The Kankakee County Chamber of Commerce was featured on the River Valley Radio, Monday Minute. You can listen to Kankakee County Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Barbi Brewer-Watson advertise the Lucky Connections Networking event in this audio clip:

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Client News- Leadership & Lunch With Dr. John Bowling

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This past Thursday, I had the incredible opportunity to attend the First Annual Leadership & Lunch hosted on the campus of Olivet Nazarene University. This event was hosted by the Kankakee County Chamber of Commerce and featured keynote speaker Dr. John Bowling.

Dr. John Bowling is Olivet Nazarene University’s University President.  According to Olivet Nazarene University’s website, under President Bowling’s leadership, “The University has flourished, as evidenced by record enrollments, new buildings, expanded degree programs, increased academic standards, improved athletic programs, extraordinary morale among staff and students, and more.”

The event focused on bringing the campus and community together. Dr. Bowling answered the question on how you can describe what it means to be a true leader.

Durning his keynote presentation, Dr. Bowling summed up leadership in two words; “Leaders Do”.

What does “Leaders Do” mean?

“Leaders Do” sums up what leaders are supposed to do.

Dr. Bowling compared leadership to Newtons Law of Inertia. “An object at rest stays at rest and an object in motion stays in motion with the same speed and in the same direction unless acted upon by an unbalanced force.”.

He compared leaders as being the outside force that acts upon these objects.

As leaders we must act first and do something. If we do not do anything, the object that we want to move will not budge. Being proactive is the key to leadership. We must find ways we can do something.

Think of a world without leadership… What would it look like with no one who is “doing”?

My guess is that nothing would get done. Without leadership we are lost. We have no tasks that we are to complete in order to get the job done. We live in a world that needs leaders and people who are willing to step up to the plate in order to get the job done.

I would like to leave you with the most powerful statement I believe Dr. John Bowling said.

He said, “We must act. Thats what leaders do. They do.”

Hayden’s Not-So-Important Opinion?

We need leaders. We need leaders in every aspect of our life. We need people who are willing to act and do.

Hayden’s Advice of the Week?

Think about what you can do to be a leader. What can you do?

By Hayden Keifer, Account Executive, Kankakee County Chamber of Commerce

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LUCKY CONNECTIONS

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Another year, another event! Last year I had my first real experiences with event planning during the required course for my major, as well as joining the event committee for our PRSSA club on campus. One event, sponsored by the Kankakee County Chamber of Commerce, was to be planned by our club, and I volunteered to officially be in charge of the decorations, along with another member.

This event started as an idea to bring Olivet Nazarene University and its surrounding community together for a mutual benefit. PRSSA members pushed for a community networking event on campus to bring both students and professionals together and spark internship or job opportunities for each group.

The first annual “Green with Networking Envy” event occurred on St. Patrick’s Day 2016, by the extreme efforts of the PRSSA event committee and Chamber volunteers. The event, though executed with a few hiccups, was ultimately a success. Plans were in the workings for the next year’s event before the first one had even concluded!

“Lucky Connections,” the title for this year’s networking event, will still be sponsored by the Chamber. However, the event planning will be taken over by Inspired Strategies Agency’s Chamber team. I happen to be a member of this team, which has been strategically planning this event since last fall.

Details about the Lucky Connections Networking Event include:

  • When – March 16, 2017
    • 4:30-6:30 p.m.
  • Where – Olivet Nazarene University
    • Reed Hall of Science
  • Who – Business Professionals & Students

While the theme for this year’s event will be kept as St. Patrick’s Day, the name of the event has obviously changed. We have also moved the event from the Warming House to another location on campus, Reed Hall of Science, to accommodate the growing number of attendees. Our agency team has spent many hours brainstorming and making decisions to make this year’s event even more of a success!

The main objective of our agency team this semester is to plan and execute the Lucky Connections Networking Event, but we cannot do it alone. We want to thank PRSSA members, Chamber members and volunteers, and business leaders in advance for coming alongside us to make this year’s event possible.

We hope to see you on March 16th!

By Julie Hogan, Junior Account Executive,  Kankakee County Chamber of Commerce

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Client News – Exploration Station… A Children’s Museum

Rachel Schramm and her team of junior account executives have been running the social media for the Exploration Station… a children’s museum. This week the station introduced a community initiative with the Bourbonnais Public Library.

“The Bourbonnais Public Library in a partnership with the Friends of the Bourbonnais Public Library and the Bourbonnais Township Park District have installed a Little Free Library on the Bourbonnais Township Park District grounds directly in front of the Exploration Station. The goal of the Little Free Library is to inspire readers, build community, and spark creativity. Bourbonnais Township Park District

The Little Free Library allows donations and is set up as a “take one, leave one” model. All books are accepted from books for toddlers to adult fiction and anything in between.

Incredible work from Brittaney Beck and her team at the station!