The 2010 Elevator U conference took place June 8-10 at Purdue University. If you are not already familiar with the association, Elevator U supports and encourages the exchange of ideas and information relative to vertical transportation in academic facilities. Membership includes university facility managers, consultants, vendors and others with ties to the elevator industry.
Monday, June 7, brought the annual Elevator U Board Meeting, which covered a broad range of topics pertinent to the success of the organization. This meeting is an open forum and anyone who is at the conference is welcome to attend. Much was gained from the meeting from great discussions by the board members to suggestions and comments from the floor.
The conference kicked off on Tuesday, June 8, with a full day of great educational sessions and a social gathering that evening. Guests who attended the gathering Tuesday evening were treated to a hilarious improvisational routine performed by ComedySportz©. And, the rain held off for a great outdoor barbecue and bonfire.
On Wednesday, June 9, a full eight-hour QEI recertification course ran concurrently with the EU conference. That night, exhibitor booths were open and a silent auction took place to help raise funds for the Elevator Escalator Safety Foundation (EESF). All exhibitors donated at least one item for the auction and attendees were encouraged to go by each booth to make their bids. There was also a 50/50 raffle that added to the successful evening.
Thursday, June 10, would end the conference for 2010. New members to the Board of Directors were elected and sworn in by current President Jim Aninich of Arizona State University. New proposed bylaws were also unanimously voted in by the general membership. One of the highlights of the last day included some thought-provoking roundtable discussions on maintenance (“Are You Getting What You Pay For?”).
The EU conference week was both successful and educational. Next year’s event takes place at Pennsylvania State University (dates to be announced soon). Please look for a full report on the conference in an upcoming issue of ELEVATOR WORLD magazine.