Conference season is underway at University Housing

conference check inSummertime is conference season for University Housing. Between juggling summer session housing, intern housing and guest housing, University Housing also hosts more than 70 conferences each year with more than 10,000 people staying on campus during the summer season.

Last month, 4-H leaders convened at NC State for the yearly 4-H Congress from June 22-25. Through the Conferences and Guest Services unit within University Housing, more than 800 4-H participants were housed in residence halls across campus and Wolf Village. This year marked the 45th anniversary of the 4-H Congress at NC State.

“We are part of NC State, so having our conference at NC State was a natural choice,” said Sarah Kotzian, Extension 4-H Associate. “We have been here at NC State for as long as we have had 4-H Congress. NC State is our 4-H Congress home!”

The North Carolina 4-H Youth Development Program began in 1909 with collaboration between North Carolina State College and the United States Department of Agriculture. The Agricultural Extension Service (known today as the Cooperative Extension Service) started the program with Ira Schaub as the Director of the Corn Club program at NC College. The Corn Club officially became a 4-H program in 1927 under Lera Harrill’s leadership. By 1939, the 4-H program had expanded to all 100 counties in North Carolina. In 1946, 4-H hosted the first statewide 4-H Short Course, which eventually became the 4-H Congress in 1968.

Now with more than 237,500 4-H participants across the state ranging in age from 5 to 19 years old, the NC 4-H Youth Development program encourages youth to “learn by doing.” 4-H Congress youth participated in learning tracks for citizenship and leadership for the first time at this year’s conference. Congress activities also included county delegate elections, state presentations, awards, volunteering and more.

4-H isn’t the only conference to make NC State home this summer. University Housing’s Conference Services unit provides accommodations and services to more than 70 conferences, including New Student Orientation, Upward Bound, Wolfpack Swim Camp, Engineering Camp, NC State Star Talk, Summer Research, Parents’ Orientation, Special Olympics, Juntos Youth Summit and others.

Nearly 30 undergraduate students working as Summer Conference Assistants and four graduate students working as Summer Conference Coordinators help make conferences at NC State a success. University Housing offers assistance with event planning, accommodations, meals, parking, communication services, meeting space coordination, conference logistics and more.

“Working with Conference Services this summer has been an outstanding experience,” said Lauren Haynes, ACUHO-I Intern for NC State Summer Conferences from Western Kentucky University. “As a student from a different institution, I have been impressed by the professionalism and the leadership within University Housing and Conference Services. When working with Conference Services you truly have to be prepared for anything and everything.” 

To learn more about University Housing’s conference and event services, please visit our website at www.ncsu.edu/housing.

To learn more about NC 4-H Youth Development, please visit their website at www.nc4h.org.

To learn more about 4-H at NC State, visit http://www.ces.ncsu.edu/depts/4hfcs/.

To learn more about the history of 4-H at NC State, visit http://www.lib.ncsu.edu/specialcollections/greenngrowing/4H_history.html.