At Oregon State University since May of 2006, Shelly Houghtaling Signs has built a department of Events able to handle any event or project that the institution needs produced. From the etiquette of Presidential events to creating a grand opening that blows away the crowd while still coming in under budget, she loves to amaze the audience and clients. “We are a resource for the campus community and are proud to project the best image of the University.”
Shelly began her event planning journey by working in a party rental store. Seeing a need in brides to wrap their brain around the myriad of details, she wanted to help them have an event that both met their dreams but also stayed within budget. These principles applied strongly towards goals in higher education when Shelly next worked for the President’s Office at Washington State University. In the position of event coordinator she polished her presentation skills. Shelly holds a degree in Set and Costume Design for the Stage from Emporia State University in Kansas and she has transferred the impact of the stage to the impact of prestigious events.
Kelly DiCristina began working for University Events at Oregon State in August of 2012. Her work history includes event planning and serving, office management, volunteer work in the non-profit world, and hospitality services for individuals in poverty. Her wide range of experience allows her to take an event from its beginning stages into a successful and goal-driven event that feels welcoming, organized and enjoyable. What Kelly appreciates most about her position as Event Coordinator in University Events is to have the ability to practice hospitality on a daily basis, and to be able to be creative and detail-oriented.
Kelly is a proud Oregonian who grew up in Eugene, attended college in Newberg and graduated with a Bachelor’s of Arts, double majoring in Writing/Literature and Philosophy from George Fox University in 2007. When not planning events, Kelly enjoys being outdoors and spending time with her husband and their beloved chickens.