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Oklahoma State University
Center for Executive and Professional Development

Spears School of Business at Oklahoma State University

Why you should plan your retreat or conference at OSU


Oklahoma State University is an excellent choice for associations, groups or businesses seeking an affordable yet exceptional meeting venue in an academic setting. Accommodations and facilities on campus are designed with flexibility and atmosphere in mind and are open to the public. While in Stillwater, visitors are encouraged to explore OSU’s beautiful formal gardens, run the trail at Boomer Lake or experience The Strip on Washington Street.

OSU/Stillwater Facilities Include

  • The Atherton Hotel at OSU (restaurants, high-speed internet connections, 81 rooms and 5 suites)
  • The OSU Student Union (ballrooms, theatre, lecture rooms, exhibit rooms, breakout rooms)
  • Wes Watkins Center (exhibit hall, lecture rooms, auditorium)
  • White Barn Estates (pavilion, hospitality house, gazebo)
  • Karsten Creek (ranked best collegiate golf course, club house with meeting rooms)
  • Seretean Wellness Center (lecture hall, exhibit area, health care professionals on staff)

Activities Include

  • Golf at one of four courses
  • OSU athletic events
  • Numerous cultural activities including concerts and theatre
  • Team challenges, such as the Challenge of Excellence Ropes Course
  • Executive physicals at the Seretean Wellness Center
  • Work-out facilities at OSU’s Colvin Center or the Seretean Wellness Center
  • Other activities and entertainment options as available

Suggested Professional Development Topics

  • Arbitration
  • Communications
  • Cost Management/Accounting
  • Emotional Intelligence Analysis
  • Ethics
  • Financial Management Reporting
  • Leadership Development
  • Managing Stress
  • Marketing/Sales Management
  • Negotiation
  • Network Security
  • Strategic Planning
  • Team-building
  • Customized curriculum options are also available

Why the Center for Executive and Professional Development

We offer a one-stop solution to total event management through a single contact, one contract and one invoice. From registration to confirmation letters to refreshments to assistance with guest speakers, our staff will be there to make your event run smoothly.

We Specialize in the Following

  • Retreat or conference planning
  • Speaker recommendation and facilitation
  • Budget design and management
  • Logistics planning/site selection
  • Session coordination
  • Curriculum planning
  • Contract negotiations
  • On-site execution management
  • Corporate golf tournaments and events
  • Special events

Event Management Services

You will be assigned a professional coordinator who will take care of the logistical arrangements for your event including the following:

  • Coordinating meeting space and social function requirements
  • Arranging audiovisual, telecommunication services, computers and equipment
  • Scheduling speakers for business meetings or retreats
  • Booking social event venues and providing information on food and beverage options and menus
  • Reviewing and updating the group accommodation block
  • Preparing a detailed schedule of final meeting arrangements
  • Being available during your event to meet your most immediate needs quickly and efficiently, anticipating potential problems and providing proactive solutions to keep your event on track

Registration Services

We offer complete event registration services, including the following:

  • Establishing a conference coordinator
  • Creating a customized database
  • Processing registrations
  • Depositing delegate fees into your conference account
  • Preparing conference packets and name badges

Thank you for your interest in the Center for Executive and Professional Development’s Retreat and Conference Planning services. For additional information please contact or 405-744-5208.