Patti Shock is a pioneer: She put together the first college-level meetings curriculum in the 1970s at Georgia State University. In 1988, she was recruited to do the same thing at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, where she built the premier program in the country for meetings and events education. Then, this past March, UNLV was forced to eliminate the meetings major because of budget cuts, a move that left many wondering what would become of meetings programs at other schools. ...

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