Program Planning

Planning a Program

Below is a suggestive schedule of tasks to plan a program. Your program may not require all steps, but the preparation timeline is recommended for most programs planned by student clubs and organizations. Pay attention to bolded items - they include links to valuable information to guide you in your planning. If you need help planning your program, please contact either or your Student Group Activities Liaison.

Before you start, consider the purpose and mission of your organization. With any event, look to your group’s mission (which can be found in your group’s constitution) to make sure it fits within the scope of the group.

Note the below when choosing your event dates:

  • No programming can occur on Study/Reading Days and Finals Days. These days are reserved for academics. The last day to hold an event is the last day of classes each semester.
    • All student group activities and events should happen on or before this date.
    • Reimbursements will not be processed for events that take place after this date.

*Not all items listed below may apply to all events you plan.

5 Weeks Prior to Event

  • Set Goals
    • Make clear achievable objectives for events that your student group hosts.
    • Always ensure that the programming you put on embodies the purpose of your student group.
  • Target Audience
  • Arrange Committees
  • Brainstorm Publicity Ideas
  • Make Contact with Booking Agent

4 Weeks Prior

3 Weeks Prior

  • Submit Signed Contract to the Student Activities Office
  • Process Check Request through Student Union Bookkeeper
  • Confirm Equipment / Technical Requirements

2 Weeks Prior

  • Re-read Contracts and Contract Riders
  • Begin Advertising
  • Begin Ticket Sales: You can use Student Shop, LaFortune Box Office, or Reserve Tabling Space through your NDCentral Event Submission

1 Weeks Prior

  • Advertising Push: Newspaper, Radio, Buttons, Posters, Fliers, and etc
  • Confirm Needs with Venue
  • Confirm Volunteer Crew
  • Re-read Contracts and Contract Riders
  • Confirm Payment Readiness

Day Before

  • Prepare Introduction
  • Receive Check for Performer

Day of Event

  • Check in with Venue Staff
  • Check on Set-Up(s)
  • Check on Volunteer Management

After Event and Assessment

  • Clean Up
  • Conduct Immediate Evaluation
  • Write and Send Thank You Messages