About NACA - History of NACA
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    1960

    NACA begins life as a cooperative booking project in North Carolina

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    1964

    On February 28, a booking meeting is held at North Carolina State University with 28 colleges and universities and 11 agencies throughout the Southeast in attendance. A need is identified for both showcases and educational sessions.


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    Andy Grammer

    1965

    A two-day conference is held February 4-5 at NC State. The conference fee of $6 includes registration, two lunches and coffee hours. Simon and Garfunkel showcase, but are not received with enthusiasm.

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    Roy Wood, Jr.

    1967

    The Block Booking Conference is held in Columbia, SC. Students hold a closed session to discuss unfair pricing and other problems, which results in a decision to form a national organization to share information and continue to cooperatively buy talent. The leadership reconvenes, voting to formally organize as the National Entertainment Conference (NEC). The first executive director (a volunteer position) Dave Phillips is appointed. A national office is established at USC-Columbia. The first NEC Newsletter is published. The organization has an annual budget of $10,000 with member dues set at $50 per year. In the fall, the first Eastern Regional Conference is held in Hamburg, NY.




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    1976

    The organization is renamed National Entertainment and Campus Activities Association (NECAA). The regions are established. The Board votes to include one member of the Associate Member Advisory Board to the Board of Directors as an ex officio, non-voting representative.

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    1982

    The organization becomes the National Association for Campus Activities (NACA). The Educational Foundation is established. Steve Slagle becomes executive director.

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    1991

    The Association's Affirmative Action Statement is approved. The Commission for Multicultural Education is established. The executive director and board chair represent NACA in Australia. The non-profit affiliate membership category is created.

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    2002

    The Regional Structure Study Group examines NACA's regional structure and its impact on the delivery of programs and services and on the overall financial stability of the Association. The group recommends that the regional structure move to a seven-region configuration, which the Board of Directors approves to go into effect May 1.

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    Daniel Tosh

    2010

    NACA marks its 50th anniversary. A Foundation Development Steering Committee is formed to assist in examining issues and strategies related to the NACA® Foundation and assist with increasing its donations and stature. The NACA® Your Best Campus Tradition™ Video Competition is created to encourage student organizations to submit videos highlighting outstanding traditional programs from their campuses. NACA began the process to create a new strategic plan. A team of volunteers is charged by the Board of Directors to complete a comprehensive Self Study.

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    2017

    The NACA® Foundation Board of Directors is formed, making the Foundation its own legal entity. The NACA® Foundation celebrates its 35th anniversary with a "35 for 35" giving campaign. A new strategic plan is unveiled by the board of directors on May 1, 2017. It lists advisor development and membership growth/engagement as its two primary focus areas.


 

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