A partnership between Galloway Township-based Stockton University and Meet AC is poised to bring Stockton faculty to the resort to provide lectures and educational workshops for meeting and event professionals at national conventions and meetings.
Meet AC is Atlantic City’s destination management organization (DMO) that supports the meetings and conventions industry. These meetings and conferences range from professional organizations, business expos, cultural events, sports tournaments and more.
“As we continue our partnership with Meet AC and their clients, we also will continue to recruit our colleagues here at Stockton to build a diverse menu of skills, talents, academic fields, and interesting places to visit for potential guests,” said Diana Strelczyk, assistant director of continuing studies.
Offering unique workshops and events has become a recruiting tool for meeting and event planners. The partnership with Stockton offers the opportunity for programs that are both educational and entertaining.
“Our strategic partnership with Stockton University has evolved from highlighting the destination’s DEI (Diversity, Equity and Inclusion) efforts to offering continuing and experiential education for groups meeting in Atlantic City,” said Howard Munves, Meet AC’s DC national sales manager.
“This unique collaboration has shifted the way we sell AC, helping to change perceptions, and adding value to customers considering the area for a future conference or sports event. We are creating the blueprint for other destinations to follow and are excited about the future possibilities,” Munves said.
An April 1 tour of Stockton University highlighted the new partnership between the Office of Continuing Studies and the Meet AC Team.
“Our new Destination Marketing Education, Enrichment, and Training Initiative (DMO Initiative) will bring customized professional development and “edu-tainment” workshops to the national meeting and conference planners bringing their events to the Greater Atlantic City area,” Strelczyk said.
Included in the Meet AC tour of Stockton University were several science and research projects. Ron Hutchinson, associate professor of Sustainability, took Meet AC to the Sustainability Farm to see the gardens, greenhouses and other Agroecology initiatives built and run by university students.
Meet AC also toured Stockton’s Maple Project where Judy Vogel, professor of Mathematics provided information about in-depth research of the indigenous red maples of New Jersey and the quest to discover new maple-sugaring operations.
The tour included Patrick Hossay, professor of Sustainability, and his sustainability lab in the John F. Scarpa Health Sciences Building. Meet AC learned about sustainable wind and solar energy, the brief politics around sustainability policy, and Stockton’s impact in the field.
“With many public and private organizations looking to the Jersey Shore for wind and solar energy solutions, our current researchers in sustainability energy are available to speak to policy makers and corporate developers,” Strelczyk said.
The tour also visited Nacote Creek in Port Republic where Steve Evert, Director of the Marine Field Station, discussed the new research vessels, underwater ROVs, current marine science research by faculty members, and the Coastal Research Center’s involvement in the region. The visit ended with a visit with Joe Trout, associate professor of Physics, and tour of the Harold E. Taylor Observatory and telescope in Galloway Township.
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