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Event Management Certificate Program Wins Award

By: Courtney Kubitza
First Published: March 9, 2015
Topics: Awards, STHM School


PHILADELPHIA – The Event Leadership Executive Certificate Program in Temple University’s School of Tourism and Hospitality Management has been honored by the International Festivals & Events Association (IFEA) in the prestigious IFEA/Haas & Wilkerson Pinnacle Awards competition.

The School of Tourism and Hospitality Management (STHM) program received the gold award for Best Event Management Certificate Program with budgets under $250,000.

“I am extremely gratified that our program has received this recognition from one of the most important professional associations in our industry,” said Ira Rosen, an adjunct professor and director of the Event Leadership Executive Certificate Program. “It is a credit to all our faculty, staff and administration, as well as to all our graduates and current students. It shows that we are continuing to move in the right direction, providing high-quality education to a diverse student population.”

The event-planning program is designed to increase marketable skills and to prepare students for success in a broad range of event planning careers. The full program may be completed in 12 to 18 months, but individual courses are also available.

Sponsored by industry leader Haas & Wilkerson Insurance, the professional competition draws entries from among the world’s top festivals and events. The IFEA/Haas & Wilkerson Pinnacle Awards Ceremony was held Sept. 23 at the IFEA’s 53rd Annual Convention & Expo in Boise, Idaho.

“We would like to congratulate all of our Pinnacle winners for their outstanding entries into this year’s competition,” said IFEA President and CEO Steven Wood Schmader.  “The IFEA/Haas & Wilkerson Pinnacle Awards represents the hallmark of excellence in the festivals and events industry. Entries in every budget category, from every corner of the globe, allow us to recognize the best in our business while raising the standards and quality of media promotions and events across the board.”

Headquartered in Boise, Idaho, the International Festivals and Events Association is a nonprofit membership organization with members spanning 40 countries and five continents.

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