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By Shannon Timms, BSBA Marketing ’11

NWTS.JPGThis year’s Night with the Stars was different from years in the past, but despite the changes it went great!

May 6, 2009 the sixth annual Night with the Stars Undergraduate Award Reception was held at the Skyline Country Club.  In previous years the reception consisted of a formal sit-down dinner and an announcement of all the awards presented. This year, due to budget constraints, we wanted to cut back on costs, but still have an elegant event that would recognize our outstanding Eller students and faculty. Our vision for the event was to have it hosted by students for students, instead of coming just from the Eller Undergraduate Department. Eller College Student Council kindly stepped up to fill the role. In addition to being an award ceremony we wanted it to be a celebration for seniors; so, the event need to be fun and social.

In order to fit all these parameters we decided the best format would be a cocktail and hors d’oeuvres reception. Announcing all the award winners would not be conducive for a cocktail reception; so, we had to think of other creative ways to recognize all the winners. Pam Perry and Eller Student Council members briefly announced the bigger award winners. All award winners received a ribbon that they wore throughout the evening recognizing their accomplishments; their name tags also listed the awards they won. Throughout the evening a PowerPoint scrolled through all the recipients of awards and all recipients were listed in the program. Some of the bigger award winners were featured on poster boards that were displayed on easels throughout the room.

Feedback from the event has been positive so far. Students loved the butler-passed hors d’oeuvres and the fact the announcements of awards was short, giving them ample time to socialize with friends. The location was great, featuring a rotunda, connecting banquet room, and patio that overlooked the mountains and city. It was great to see everyone having fun, while remembering and celebrating their days at Eller.