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The Michigan Daily-Wednesday, May 14, 1980-Page 5
CONFERENCE COORDINATOR PREPARES HOUSING

By J
The Bendix
can Mathem
University A
only three of
will use Un
meal facilitie
to University
dinator of Co
D'Angelo.
As coordina
is to provide
and conferen
the Housing
ployed a su
dinator, D'A
employee to b
"SOM ON
linen service
laundry servi
explained Un
tor of Housi
gross revenu
ferences amo
over 50 confe
professional t
D'Angelo a
is necessary ti
needs of the
the Univers
D'Angelo had
cy, where she
and as a sales
"I am here
the office," D
that because
University' f
year, they lik
son" to whom
D'ANGEL(
certain group
on campus. "
in are affilia
University de
groups currer
the Divisi
Education o
(housed at
engineering
sored by th
(housed at Ba
D'Angelo
primary re

50 groups to use'U'
t o YC FRIEDEN choose to stay in dormitories rather ticipants are students, t
than in local hotels or motels. "Often not the traditional ones
Corporation, the Ameri- the classes being taken (by conference campus from Septemb
atics Association, and the participants) are very intensive and explained.
khletic Department are run from early in the morning to lateat D'Angelo said she th
more than 50 groups that night. This way, their housing in "clientele" in thec
iversity dormitories and arrangements are close to where their summer is good for
s this summer, according classes are being held," she said. ployees, who are hir
Housing Division Coor- D'Angelo emphasized that the "I'm sure the staff peo
inference Services Nancy Housing Division is not out to compete about doingsomething,
with area hotels. "There is a line bet- the summer months.
ator, D'Angelo said her job ween what we can offer (the conferees) they perform more
for the needs of seminar and what a hotel can offer. . . we are (cleaning hallways, pro
ce participants. Although very different from a hotel," she said. service, etc.), but now
Division has always em- "It is completely up to the conference>
immer conference coor- coordinator to decide what the housing
ngelo is the first full-time arrangements will be."
e hired for the position. SNUSTAD AGREED with D'Angelo,
E HAS to coordinate the adding that "the coordinator has tw
the meal service, the jobs: one is to help organize conference
ice, and everything else," facilities, and the other is to us
iversity Associate Direc- marketing facilities to get groups to
ng Norm Snustad. "The come here during the summer. We
e from our summer con- want to familiarize the faculty and staff
unts to over $800,000. With with the services that are available."
rences coming, we need a According to DAngelo, the Athletic
o coordinate things." Department is one group that will make
greed that a professional extensive use of University housing.
o provide for the different The department will sponsor week-long
groups. Before coming to overnight clinics in football, baseball,
sity in October 1979, tennis, and many other sports. Con-
s worked in a travel agen- ference participants, ranging in age
coordinated group tours, from 13-18, will be housed in South
representative at a hotel. Quad.
to provide continuity to "Originally, the Athletic Department
'Angelo explained, adding held day camps for sports, and parents
many groups return to the drove their kids in and picked them up
or meetings year after at night. But because of fuel costs, the
e to have a "contact per- department has turned these into over-
they can refer. night camps," D'Angelo said.
D STRESSED that only THE VISITING conferences range in
s are eligible to be housed both length of time and the number of
All the groups that come people participating, according to
ted in some way with a D'Angelo. Conference size varies from
partment," she said. Two 28 people to more than 1,000 and the
ntly on campus are from gatherings last from one day to several
on for Management weeks.
f the Business School -D'Angelo said she views those who
)xford Housing) and an come here in the summer as non-
school conference spon- traditional students. "The departmen-
he Bendix Corporation ts, with the ever-growing need for con-
its). tinuing education, are seeing the need NANCY D'ANGELO,
cited convenience as a to offer more programs during the takes a pause from hi
ason that conferences summer months ... so the seminar par- sity conference faciliti

oo-they're just
s we see on this
er to May," she
inks the change
dorms over the
the dorm em- "
ed , year-round.
ople are excited
different during
During the year
routine duties
viding cafeteria
'they're taking

care of someone's -room, or providing
waiter and waitress service in the
dining halls in some cases."
Snustad pointed out that conference
business makes good economic sense
for the University. "It is unwise to have
these buildings staffed but empty
during the summer months. The
revenue generated from these con-
ferences helps offset the cost of staffing
the buildings and lowers the cost to
students during the rest of the year," he
said.

facilities

Daily Photo by JIM KRU
University Housing Division conference coordinator,
er work involving promotion and organization of Univer-
Ies.

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