The 2011 Mobile Learning Connected Summit will bring as many as 500 professionals from around the world to Abilene this week.
In order to manage the large number of visitors expected to attend, Michelle Davenport, administrative coordinator at the Adams Center, said the center, which is conducting the event, has asked students from the Honors College to provide assistance.
Students will help guests check-in at hotels around Abilene from noon to midnight on Sunday and Monday at Moody Coliseum during the keynote presentation.
Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak will serve as keynote speaker for the event, which also will feature Adrian Sannier, Pearson eCollege vice president of product, and Karen Cator, U.S. Department of Education director of educational technology.
Carly Rochelle, junior biology major from Midlothian, is a student worker at the Adams Center and a member of the Honors College. Rochelle has volunteered to work the conference and said she looks forward to the opportunity.
“I am looking forward to meeting the international professionals and interacting with them,” Rochelle said.
Students’ duties on Sunday will include helping with visitor check-in as well as welcoming and directing visitors in the hotel lobbies. On Monday, students will check IDs at Moody Coliseum to ensure only registered Connected Summit participants, ticket holders and ACU students, faculty and staff are admitted to Wozniak’s keynote speech.
Professionals pay $485-$585 to attend the two-day conference. However, current ACU students, faculty and staff will be admitted to the Wozniak keynote speech 7:30 p.m. in Moody for free. Military personnel, students, faculty and staff from other colleges will be charged $5, and general admission for this event will be $10.
Kelsey Evans, administrative coordinator for the Honors College, said this is one of the first instances the Honors College has been sought out to help with an event like the mobile learning summit. The Honors College has made an effort promote its program and students around campus and make them available for opportunities such this, Evans said.
“We have really good and really involved students,” she said. “And we are being recognized on campus as a department that’s responsible.”