Students during the 1976 Mock Convention cycle parade on the winning float, themed the Wizard of Oz. Courtesy of the WLU Special Collections Repository. 

Like the other teams, the operations branch of Mock Convention is already hard at work preparing for many upcoming events for the 2016 cycle.

Director of Operations Courtney McCauley, ’17, says operations deals with the non-political aspects of Mock Convention.

“The operations team focuses on the student experience of Mock Convention,” McCauley said. “We want to make Mock Convention as professional as possible.”

Operations is in charge of everything from reserving and preparing venues for different events to working with VIP speakers during Convention Weekend.

The team consists of three different areas: Events, chaired by Madison Smith, ’16; Logistics, co-chaired by Jack Anderson, 16 and Polli Noskova, ’17; and Memorabilia, chaired by Margaret Felger, ’16.

Lately, McCauley and the rest of the operations team have been busy preparing for a number of events leading up to the final Convention Weekend in February 2016. Different memorabilia will be available for sale at each event.

In February 2015, the team is hosting a brand new event one year before the official Convention Weekend. This event will premiere the Mock Convention documentary and honor the alums who donated to make the documentary possible. The documentary is available for purchase now in the W&L bookstore.

The operations team is also finalizing plans for Spring Kickoff, which will take place this Spring Term.  Traditionally Spring Kickoff has featured fun performances, speakers and band parties. This cycle has already booked entertainment for the first night so stay tuned for an official announcement next semester.

If you are interested in getting involved with operations, the logistics team is preparing to hire the security team. This group of students will be in charge of crowd control during all Mock Con events. Security will also help with transportation of VIPs to and from their hotels to the events. The team will work closely with Public Safety and the local police department, and will attend several training sessions where they will be certified in handling large crowds. Applications will become available during break. 

More operations applications under the events team will be released in late January or early February, so stay tuned to future posts to see more about how you can get involved. And as always, keep up with Mock Convention news over Winter Break. Happy holidays!