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The UCI Student Center & Event Services Joins the Elite International Association of Conference Centres (IACC)

Global Thought Leader in the Small Meetings Industry

Irvine, Calif., July 20, 2017 – Student Center & Event Services (SCES) obtains IACC certification as a Conference Center of Excellence, meeting a comprehensive set of global criteria and standards for providing world-class service. The Center is the first in Orange County and tenth statewide to achieve the honorable distinction of being counted among an elite group of 385 venues in 22 countries aspiring to international excellence.

IACC is the sole global professional organization that represents small-to-medium-sized venues focused on meetings, training courses and conferences. Vice Chancellor Dr. Thomas A. Parham made the announcement.

“The best among us in any endeavor are always in pursuit of trying to close the gap between what we aspire to be (achieve), and how that is operationalized within the context of the work we do. This recognition verifies that we have closed that gap and I am very proud of my team who worked tirelessly to achieve this level of performance,” said Parham.

Mark Cooper, IACC’s CEO comments, “I am delighted that the UCI Student Center Conference Center has demonstrated its commitment to delivering the IACC Meetings Experience. By them meeting our global quality standards, we have established that they will provide Event Specialists with the confidence and trust required, and that they have chosen a quality venue and committed team to look after their meeting.”

IACC actively serves its global community by being the premier thought-leader in the meetings industry and will promote The Center in the Americas, Europe and Australasia, and Asia-Pacific. All partners conform to a comprehensive, international set of quality standards established by IACC.

Key benefits of an IACC certification include professional development and networking opportunities that are truly global and IACC’s marketing reach that extends far beyond that of the Student Center currently. Other benefits include Benchmarking vis-à-vis colleagues and industry standards; the immensely popular, global Copper Skillet Culinary Competition celebrating the artistry of IACC distinguished chefs from around the world; and the IACC Code of Sustainability, supporting green meeting environments, initiatives and best practices internationally.

About the UCI Student Center Conference Center:

Founded in 1983, the Student Center Conference Center provides the campus community and its guests a variety of indoor and outdoor event services and venues for social, recreational, cultural, and educational pursuits. It is the primary resource for individuals and organizations wanting to conduct a meeting, seminar, conference or other event on campus. The Center offers flexible meeting space, lounges, a movie theater, business center, dining options and retail services. For more information, visit

About the University of California, Irvine:

Founded in 1965, UCI is the youngest member of the prestigious Association of American Universities. The campus has produced three Nobel laureates and is known for its academic achievement, premier research, innovation and anteater mascot. Led by Chancellor Howard Gillman, UCI has more than 30,000 students and offers 192 degree programs. It’s located in one of the world’s safest and most economically vibrant communities and is Orange County’s second-largest employer, contributing $5 billion annually to the local economy. For more on UCI, visit

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