About the Office of Special Events
The Office of Special Events produces annual traditions and events that keep the Terrier community connected, and most importantly, provides opportunities for SFC students to engage, learn and build on the Franciscan principles upon which the College was founded upon. Additionally, the Office of Special Events is responsible for planning the College’s master calendar as well as providing strategic and logistical support for the College's internal events. The office also provides support for room reservations, facility rentals, the College’s security and concierge team operations.
Space requests at St. Francis College are available for rent throughout the year by completing an event request form on Ad Adstra.
- Event requests are subject to availability with Academic and College-sponsored events taking priority.
- All outside events must keep with the College’s mission and commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion, and are subject to facility rental fees as outlined in the space usage agreement.
- All space rental requests and related questions should be directed to the Special Events Office by email: [email protected].
Flagship Campus Events
President’s Lecture Series
The President’s Lecture Series is a discussion series between SFC President Miguel Martinez-Saenz and leaders in politics, business and community. Learn more.
Volpe Lecture Series
The Thomas J. Volpe Lecture Series is funded through a generous gift from Thomas J. Volpe, Chairman Emeritus of the St. Francis College Board of Trustees and a former Senior Vice President of Financial Operations for The Interpublic Group of Companies, Inc. Learn more.
On May 8, 1884, the Legislature of the State of New York granted a charter to the Board of Trustees of St. Francis Monastery "to establish a literary college in the City of Brooklyn under the title of St. Francis College… and to confer diplomas, literary honors, and degrees as is possessed by the universities and colleges of the state." Learn more.
On Thursday, May 19, 2022, St. Francis College will host its commencement ceremony at the Ford Amphitheater in Coney Island. Stay tuned for more details. Learn more.
Event Planning Resources
SFC Event Planning Strategic Questions
Events are critical tools for institutional advancement. Review the questions below and discuss with your department’s leadership to ensure your event will provide tangible value and support campus goals. Be sure to answer these questions prior to submitting your event request in Ad Astra.
Goals and Objectives
- What are the key goals and objectives of this event?
- What is the desired outcome and what do you want your guests to take away from this experience?
- Is an event the best or most appropriate way to achieve your goals (versus, for example, a press release or other targeted communication)?
- What is the long-term value of the activity to SFC? (SFC Forward)
- How will you gauge the effectiveness of your event? (client/audience survey, statistical data)
Communications & Marketing
- What is your event’s primary message and theme?
- If you choose to have speakers, which speakers would be appropriate for the event (administrator, faculty, student, alumnus, etc.)?
- If there are multiple speakers, how will their messages be appropriately differentiated and integrated?
- How will this program be “choreographed?” What other elements may be incorporated to convey the message (i.e. video, music, visuals)?
- How will this event be marketed?
- How can we gain greater effectiveness/leverage from this event – before and after?
- Have you considered soliciting Marketing & Special Events to explore marketing alternatives?
- How will your message be communicated or reinforced?
- Promotional materials (Save the date, invite, program)
- Event calendar (Happenings)
- Social Media (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram)
- Publications (Campus Magazine, newsletters)
- Advertising (Campus Paper, Local Papper, flyers, banners, radio, campus dignity displays, kiosks)
- Media story (Campus Paper, Newsroom)
- Television (Public Access)
- Local/national media
- Do the promotional materials (design and copy) clearly reflect/identify SFC?
Planning & Production
- What department is paying for the event and what is the approved budgeted amount?
- Other expenses?
- Who is the target audience?
- What mechanism/groups/mailing list will you use to reach them?
- Who else might benefit from this event beyond the primary audience?
If appropriate and monetarily feasible, consider alumni, donors, community members, legislators, media, students, faculty and staff.
Coordinate with the appropriate colleagues who have responsibility for those audiences.
Are there opportunities to partner/collaborate with other campus units or off-campus entities?
**If you anticipate a role for the President or other SFC Cabinet Leadership, consult with your department about what their role would be and the implications of including or not including them.
- What is the best date and location for this event?
- Time of year (academic calendar v. summer)?
- Location (size, type/style of venue, parking)?
- Will the time or location of this event be affected by other events happing at/around the same time?
Event Fact Sheet
Event Fact Sheets are used as a quick reference for event staff, administrators, and colleagues to ensure everyone has the same key information about a given event, both pre-event as an information tool and post-event as a historical one-sheet. Once you have answered the Strategic Questions, please complete this form to share with the Special Events office and to keep as a record of this event to use in the future.
Name of Event:
Day of Week, Date, Time:
PURPOSE: Goals and objectives of the event; statement of purpose
BACKGROUND: Background information on the event, honored participants, important history or details
GUESTS: Guest category list (faculty, staff, students, donors, volunteers, community, etc.) and the approximate number of guests expected
FORMAT: List basic event format and series of events/activities
Program Order: Actual Start Time
- List Program participants and their role
BUDGET: Approved budget, account number, and authorized signatory
- Invitations: Total Number of invitations sent
- Accepted: Number of acceptances/RSVPs
- Actual: Actual number of attendees
- Walk-ons: Number of walk-on guests
- Attrition: Difference between acceptances and actual attendees
- Cost per: Final budget divided by the number of actual attendees
CAMPUS SPONSOR: Campus department hosting the event with responsibility for all expenses
CONTACT: Name of event manager, phone, email, and day of event point of contact
Making Diversity Equity and Inclusion A Priority for All SFC Events
SFC continues to increase access and equity for historically underserved students, faculty and staff, to improve campus climate for all members of the campus community and to infuse inclusive excellence initiatives into the curriculum and co-curriculum. We commit to redoubling our efforts to be a caring Franciscan community, to be upstanders for safety, security, inclusion, and justice.
Hosting inclusive and diverse events requires a commitment to understanding, listening, and learning. Event organizers should imagine what other individuals may think and feel when attending the proposed event.
- Include a diverse group of panelists
- Seek a diverse group of panelists that can provide a new perspective or change the conversation.
- Seek to include more women, LGBTQ2+ persons, persons of color, and Handicapable persons.
- Utilize diverse faces in marketing materials for the event.
- Use inclusive language
- Each person has a right to define their identity on their own terms. When in doubt, ask how people choose to be identified.
- Develop an attendee code of conduct before the event is launched.
- Make it clear you want an inclusive environment.
- No language or behavior that creates an unsafe space.
- Set consequences for violation of code of conduct.
- Make accessibility a priority
- Include audio and visual closed captioning
- Provide attendees options to download content before (and after) the event for those that don’t have a great internet connection so they don’t miss out on the event itself.
- Ask for Feedback
- Include questions in the post-event survey that speak to accessibility and inclusivity so that improvements can be made moving forward.
- Finally, be intentional about your choices and make diversity and inclusivity a top priority.
Dignitary Briefing Format
- All renters are required to use SFC’s on-campus Dining Service Provider, Culinart Group.
- For catering needs, please send an email to [email protected]
- Facilities, Campus Safety and other staffing needs may be required at an additional cost depending on group size and set-up needs. https://www.sfc.edu/studentlife/campus/facilityrentals
- Media Services, including a laptop, projector, remote, screen, CD player, and TV/VCR/DVD, are available upon request.
- Limited Furniture on-site is available upon request:
- 72-inch round tables
- Folding chairs
- Six-foot tables
- Lecterns - wood & Lucite
- Office Supplies are not included (chalk, dry-erase markers, pens/pencils, notepads, etc.)
- Any furniture outside the above list must be provided by the renter
- Limited Furniture on-site is available upon request:
Visitor & Vendor Policy
- Visitors: People who are not SFC students, faculty members, or other employees and who do not have an SFC ID. Visitors include prospective students, parents, spouses, children and other family members, alumni, donors, the general public, and local community members.
- Vendors: include, among others, suppliers, contractors, and others performing work on campus.
- Fully vaccinated: in general, people are considered fully vaccinated 2 weeks after their second dose in a 2-dose series, such as the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines, or 2 weeks after a single-dose vaccine, such as Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen vaccine.
As part of St. Francis College College’s health and safety guidelines, all visitors and vendors of the College are required to: (1) receive written permission from an SFC employee in order to access campus; and (2) present proof of identification and proof of vaccination (or a negative test, if applicable as set forth below) to campus security upon arrival on campus:
- Proof of having completed a COVID-19 vaccination series at least 14 days prior to the date of the visit or event.
- Proof of negative antigen COVID-19 test taken within SIX (6) hours of the visit or event’s start time.
- Proof of a negative PCR COVID-19 test taken within SEVENTY-TWO (72) hours of the visit or event’s start time.
At this time, please note that the College is also strongly encouraging visitors and vendors who are eligible for a booster to receive a booster dose of the COVID-19 vaccine; visitors and vendors who are not yet eligible are strongly encouraged to get a booster dose as soon as they become eligible.
All vendors of the College MUST be fully vaccinated and present proof of identification and proof of vaccination at the campus entrance. No test option.
Visitors to the Pool, Gymnasium, Genovesi Athletic Center and Cafeteria must submit:
- People 12 and older participating in the below public indoor activities are now required to show proof they have received two vaccine doses, except for those who have received the one dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine. Starting January 29, 2022, children ages 5 to 11 must also show proof of full vaccination.
- People 18 and older are also required to show identification along with their proof of vaccination. These requirements — called the Key to NYC — also mean employees working at these locations must be vaccinated.
- A negative Covid-19 test result will not be accepted in lieu of proof of vaccination in College areas covered by Key to NYC (e.g. indoor dining, indoor fitness and gym, indoor entertainment and meeting spaces).
For proof of vaccination, you can use:
- CDC Vaccination Card -A digital photo or photocopy of this card is also acceptable.
- NYC Vaccination Record or another official immunization record, including from your health care provider. A digital photo or photocopy of this card is also acceptable. If you are unable to get this record, call 311.
- NYC COVID Safe App: Android | iOS - You can upload to this app a photo of your CDC vaccination card or another official record, along with your photo ID.
- CLEAR Health Pass: Android | iOS - You can use the digital vaccine card option in the CLEAR app if you are 18 and older and are fully vaccinated.
- Excelsior Pass (or Excelsior Pass Plus) - To use this app, you will need the phone number or email address associated with your New York vaccination record. If you are unable to use this app, try one of the other options listed above.
Examples of acceptable forms of identification include but are not limited to:
- Driver’s license
- Non-driver government ID card
- IDNYC card
- School or work ID card
Individuals may also show copies of their identification document, including a picture on their phone or by using an app like NYC Covid Safe that allows them to display a copy of the document.
Any visitor or vendor who fails to comply with these requirements will be denied entry to St. Francis College.