Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis

Staci Ruffino

Staci Ruffino, BS ‘07

As event manager for the Riley Children’s Foundation, Staci Ruffino directs small and multimillion-dollar events that benefit kids at the Riley Hospital for Children. “Every day, I’m taking my passion for event management and making a difference in the life of a child. I’m really blessed to have a job like this.”


Tourism, Conventions, and Event Management (TCEM)

Event venues, major hotels, national conventions, corporate conferences—in a variety of exciting places, you’ll find PETM graduates in Tourism, Conventions, and Event Management calling the shots. If you’re a person with an eye for detail and a yearning for something new every day, our program is the best place to get preparation for the 2012 U.S. News & World Report #1 business career in the country.

Program Benefits

Rich resources in the Indianapolis tourism, event, and hospitality industry—and dedicated professors who have worked in the field—give our TCEM students the education and professional contacts they need to land their dream jobs. You’ll get real-world experience through extracurricular programs and internships at places like the NCAA Final Four, the Children’s Museum, the JW Marriott, the Make-A-Wish Foundation, the Kentucky Derby—and many high-profile events, sports franchises, hotels, museums, and large organizations.

Great Careers

Our B.S. and M.S. degree programs provide a wide-ranging curriculum covering tourism, hospitality, and event management—preparing you for hundreds of career possibilities. You might direct events for a corporation, hotel, nonprofit organization, sports organization, or music venue. You might manage the permanent attractions at a cultural museum, promote a city through its convention and visitors’ bureau, design and direct destination packages for groups, oversee parades and festivals, or manage a restaurant or catering business.