Who We Are
The Student Chapters at Boston University and Lasell College are dedicated to serving the catering and events industry by helping to develop highly qualified, well-prepared professionals.
One of the most valuable benefits of the NACE Student Chapter is the monthly meetings with the Professional Chapter. Attending monthly meetings allows students to meet professional NACE members and make connections. Each meeting is held at a different location in the Boston area and has either an educational program, renowned speaker or trend insight; as well as a networking portion. Past meeting locations have been: The Hampshire House, Langham Hotel, Granite Links Golf Club, Smith & Wollensky, Lombardo’s and the list goes on! These meetings are the perfect opportunity to branch out and meet other students, vendors and professionals within your industry!
A highlight of NACE is the Educational Conference held each summer. It is the largest event in the world dedicated exclusively to the professional caterer and industry suppliers. Nationally recognized speakers and catering professionals present a comprehensive educational program. Exciting social events showcase the best and brightest in menu planning, food preparation, service, presentation and decorations. Equally important are the contacts you develop with your peers and the ongoing networking resources that you take home. Students have the opportunity to apply and attend Experience! when they are part of a NACE Student Chapter.
The student chapter offers many ways for students to be awarded scholarships. The scholarships offered are a mixture of both merit and need-based, so there is no excuse for a student member to not apply! There are three different types of scholarships that students can qualify for: The Vince DeFinis and Foundation of NACE Scholarship, New England NACE Student Chapter Scholarship and Student Chapter Experience! Conference Scholarship.
Career, Volunteer and Internship Opportunities
The NENACE website and NACE Student Chapter has a dedicated Group page with volunteer, career and internship opportunities posted regularly. Students can take advantage of being the first to know when a NACE member needs help or a position filled if they are part of the student chapter!
Student Run Program
The Student Chapter has the opportunity to present to the New England NACE Chapter their own meeting/program in March 2017. This student run and student managed program gives student members the opportunity to run their own monthly meeting and showcase what they have learned throughout their student career. Members love to attend this student run program because it gives them insight on the new latest trends from a younger generation. It also gives all members a chance to see what potential the each student possesses to become the future of the event industry.
Participation in a Committee
Any student chapter member can be part of a committee to assist the New England NACE Professional Board. For instance, the Program Chairs often need assistance in planning and setting up the monthly NACE meetings, so students can help out with this process by being part of their committee. Feeding our Neighbors, New England NACE’s Community Service Organization is also a great project that needs committee members. The professional board members always need assistance with their board duties, so forming or being part of a committee is a great way to help them and learn more about the boards’ responsibilities.
This membership is available to individuals enrolled as a FULL-TIME student at Boston University or Lasell College in an undergraduate or graduate program. Please note - this membership will not be approved until proof of enrollment is received.
- Attend 2 Off-Campus Professional Meetings or Organized Site Visits (held first Tuesday of every month)
- Attend On-Campus Student Chapter Meetings (held first Monday of every month)
- Fill out an online application for the chapter (along with annual student membership fee of $25)
- Participate in Student Chapter Run Meeting (either as a speaker or research contributor)
- Must have business cards to pass out during NACE Events
Other Ways to Participate
- Watching NACE webinars
- Attending NACE Student Chapter Board Meetings
- Holding a fundraiser
- Recruiting for the chapter
- Attending EXPERIENCE!
- Volunteering for an event
- Recruiting other members
- Becoming a committee chair or member
How to Join
1. Go to http://www.nace.net/assoc_subscribe.asp
2. Select “Student” from the Drop-down.
3. After you fill out all the easy questions...Click on “Accept & Bill Me Later”
DO NOT CLICK ON “Accept & Complete” or else you will be charged $50,
and not the special cost of $25. All payments are non-refundable.
4. Email the student chapter liaison a copy of your transcript at
Lasell - firstname.lastname@example.org
BU - email@example.com
Your transcript MUST have your NAME on it and prove that you are taking 12 credits this semester.
5. Venmo your student chapter liaison the money to
Lasell - 617-460-2532
BU - 781-632-3288
6. You’ll receive a confirmation that your registration is processed a couple weeks after this.
Once you are a member you can access our exclusive student chapter Facebook Group page (which has exclusive job & internship opportunities), become part of our email list and be invited to attend monthly professional meetings!
We look forward to having you part of our Student Chapter!
Calendar of Events
BU STUDENT MEETINGS: first Monday of every month 5:30pm E Board/6:00pm General Meeting
LASELL COLLEGE MEETINGS: Wednesday before the NACE Event at 7:30pm E-Board/8:00pm General Meeting
PROFESSIONAL MEETINGS: first Tuesday of every month 5:30-8:30pm (venues vary)
To attend each professional meeting you must RSVP to our monthly emails so that you can be registered for each professional meeting.
PROFESSIONAL EVENTS: first Tuesday of every month 5:30-8:30pm
January 8 - January NACE Event
January 26-28 - NACE National Leadership Summit
February 4 - NACE Student Chapter Meeting
February 5 - February NACE Event
TBD - Michael Neagle Scholarship Award Application Due
TBD - Foundation of NACE/Vince DeFinis Scholarship Application Due
TBD - Faculty Advisor Scholarship Application Due
March 4 - NACE Student Chapter Meeting
March 5 - March NACE Event - Student Run Event and
April 1 - NACE Student Chapter Meeting
April 2 - April NACE Event and Michael Neagle Scholarship Award Annoucement
TBD - Applications for E-Board Due
TBD - Experience! Conference Applications Due
July 14-17 - Experience! Conference
*Summer NACE Events are also held for those who are staying in Boston for the Summer!