School of Business Student Orientation

Event Type Definitions

Special Events


Class (Academic): Used only for occasionally space reservations for academic courses. Non-academic events should use other types, such as Training and Workshop.
Seminar / Training / Workshop: Used for any meeting or event that specifically aims at imparting knowledge about skills, software, procedures, policies, or job duties. No for academic classes, exams, or athletic training.
Conference: Used for a whole day or multi-day event. Typically, several sessions, concurrent or back-to-back. Conferences generally draw a large audience and are related to a specific topic. Smaller group sessions should have an event type of meeting.
Lecture / Speaker: Used for any event where the primary activity is a lecture or speaker. Do not use this type if the discussion is for a class and only its members will attend.
Advising Session: Used for events where an instructor or advisor assists students with a particular subject, student services, career, etc.
Other Academic: Used for other academic-related events, not listed on the academic event types.


Banquet / Meal / Reception: Used for all formal or informal events that involve food and beverage services.
Calendar Announcement: Used only for dates on the academic schedule, such as first days of class, withdrawal deadline, exams, etc. Only be used by the Office of the Provost, Academic Affairs (or system administrators).
Meeting: This is a broad category used for group discussions or assemblies that do not fit more appropriately under another type (e.g., not training, not a speaker, or a class, not a conference, etc.)
Health / Wellness: Used for events related to assessing or improving physical, mental, and emotional health. Examples include health screens and testing, flu shot clinics and mental health group sessions (such as stress management techniques).


Open House: Used for events related to welcome and providing information about the University. Usually, this is related to admissions and student recruitment, although it could also be related to alumni relations or other situations where departments showcase their space, programs, services, etc.
Orientation: Used for events that host participants, usually newcomers, to provide introductory instruction concerning a new situation. For students new to campus or new to a specific college or major, or new employees.


Intercollegiate Athletics Game / Meet: Used for large sporting events. Mainly used by MSU Athletics but would be appropriate for other sporting events where an audience is expected.
Intercollegiate Athletics Game / Practice: Used by sports teams for practice sessions, and, any other physical activity.
Intercollegiate Athletics Tournament: Used for athletic competitions, mainly of students that come to the University to compete in a tournament.
America 7’s Flag Football Game: Used for the America 7’s Flag football games.
Minor League Baseball Game: Used for the Minor League baseball games.
Red Bulls II Game: Used for Red Bulls II soccer games.

Campus Recreation

Campus Rec Event: Used for all fitness and recreation activities. Almost all events from the Campus Recreation Center, including intramurals and other outdoor recreation.


Exhibition: Used for display of works (for example, art galleries, cultural and heritage exhibits, scholarly works, etc.). Typically, this would be used for displays that last some span of time (e.g., several days or longer). Opening receptions for exhibits should be listed separately with event type “Reception.”

Performing Arts & Film

Audition / Practice / Rehearsal: Used for auditions only (e.g., band, theater, music auditions, student recitals, practice for concerts, theater, speeches, etc.). Events of this type do not publish on public calendars.
Concert / Performance: Used for large, often ticketed, live events as a catch-all for performance. Events that will use this type are dance performances, circuses or other animal performances, juggling, comedy, spoken words and poetry, concert, theater, etc.
Film: Used for events by The Film Institute at MSU, including events from the Films and Filmmakers Series.

Student Life

Talent Show: Used for events where participants perform the arts of singing, dancing, lip-syncing, acting, martial arts, playing an instrument, poetry, comedy, or other activities to showcase skills.
Bake Sale: Used for events where homemade foods (such as cakes and cookies) are sold.
Camp: Used for overnight and day camps. Typically host students that are college-aged or younger. When scheduling camp activities, please use this event type for all reservations.
Ceremony / Flag Raising: Use this type where the focus of the event is the conferring of an award, or some other rite or ceremonial activity. It includes convocation, graduation, etc.
Party: Used for social gatherings, typically involving eating, drinking, and entertainment. Only be used in cases where another event type is not appropriate.
Religious / Memorial Service: Used for a group of people coming together to honor a religion, person, or political stance.
Expo / Fair / Trade Show: Used for all events where the primary purpose is the distribution of information. Good examples are career fairs, home show/expo, and wellness fairs.
Fundraiser: Used for events where the primary purpose is raising funds or doing some other kind of charitable work, and there is no other suitable event type.
Information Session / Tabling: Used for events that aim to learn about an organization or unit. Typically campus organizations like student clubs.
Movie / Game Night: Used for events where a group of people gets together to watch movies or play games such as Kahoot or Board games.

Do Not Display On Web Calendars

Hold / Maintenance: Used for any maintenance activity, such as painting, floor cleaning/resurfacing or other facilities maintenance activities, IT maintenance for updating equipment and software, piano tuning, etc. It also allows rooms to be held for activities. Events won’t be publicized on public calendars.
Lactation Room: exclusively used to accommodate nursing employees and students.
Student Study: Used for express scheduling of study, and break rooms.

Academic Events

Section: Used only by the Registrar’s Office for auto-scheduling course sections through Banner.