University Events


Applies to ALL indoor and outdoor events and activities on campus

  • Message from President Tressel

    Dear Fellow Penguins, We hope this email finds everyone well and refreshed following Spring Break. As the campus has moved through the COVID-19 pandemic over the last two years, we have continued to monitor the CDC guidelines and to work closely with the Youngstown and Mahoning County health departments to evaluate, re-assess and adjust our protocols as needed.

    After meeting with the city and county health departments today, and with the number of COVID-19 cases on campus and in our community continue to decline and recent changes to CDC guidelines, including a shift from community to personal responsibility, we are announcing that, effective Wednesday, March 23, masks will no longer be required in classroom settings.

    This change allows members of our campus community to make the best decision on an individual basis whether to continue masking. We urge all members of our YSU community to be respectful of the decisions of others and to continue to take any necessary personal precautions against COVID-19. 

    We will continue to provide YSU faculty, staff and students with access to testing, masks and COVID-19 vaccines/boosters.

    As always, if you are experiencing symptoms, have tested positive or have been a close contact with someone who has tested positive, please complete the online COVID-19 reporting form.

    We are constantly re-assessing protocols and will continue to make additional adjustments as needed. Please keep an eye on your campus email and the COVID-19 Information webpage for the latest updates.

    Anyone with questions or concerns can email COVID Support at

    We ask that we all respect each other and remain vigilant in keeping ourselves and our fellow Penguins safe.

    And, as always…
    Go Penguins,

    James P. Tressel, President


      To schedule an event, please complete and submit the form on the link below:

      Request Event

      Before an event, ask all attendees to perform a health assessment by answering the following questions. Advise to stay home if they answer yes to any:

      • Are you sick?
      • Is your temperature above 100.4 F?
      •      Do you have COVID-19 symptoms? Including:
        •   Fever or chills• Cough• Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing• Fatigue• Muscle or body aches• Headache• New loss of taste or smell• Sore throat• Congestion or runny nose• Nausea or vomiting• Diarrhea
      • Have you had contact with someone who has tested positive?

      All scheduled events and activities on campus must adhere to Ohio Department of Health, city and county guidelines, as well as university requirements.


      Masks are no longer required inside campus facilities including academic and laboratory settings.


      Currently there is no required reduction in event or venue capacity, although organizations may choose to adjust attendance to accommodate physical distancing.


      Currently there is no restriction on food being served at your event/activity as long as your organization is complying with university and building policy.


      Please reach out to University Events if you would like assistance in planning your event in the safest, most accommodating way possible. Email jmleviseur@ysu or call 330-941-2136.

      We encourage outdoor or virtual events when possible, but can help you plan an indoor event with safe alternatives including:

      •   Developing a space and event plan that allows you to spread out. This might involve presenting the program twice to reduce the audience to 50% per presentation or spreading the event across multiple spaces.
      •   Having staggered check in times.
      •   Requiring free tickets to ensure you don't exceed comfortable capacity.
      •   Reducing food options or choosing grab and go items.
      •   Making sanitizer, masks, cleaning products readily available.

      We will continue to monitor CDC, state, and local health department guidance. Changes in university policy and guidance will be updated as needed. The COVID-19 pandemic remains a fluid situation.   YSU COVID-19 website



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Welcome to University Events

Welcome to University Events with Pete and Jackie






The Youngstown State University campus offers new and renovated facilities and unique spaces combined with fully comprehensive services to host business, education, personal and non-profit events.  We personalize the event to your style and make every event special.

YSU facilities include the multi-purpose Chestnut Room and DeBartolo Stadium Club, one-of-a-kind museum spaces, performance auditoriums, modern and environmentally-friendly conference and meeting rooms and plenty of options with our athletic facilities equipped to meet all your recreational needs.  Don’t forget our Ward Beecher Planetarium for an out of this world event.  Our campus also boasts an award-winning park like setting if you desire an outdoor event.

Please contact me to plan your conference, meeting, research/technical presentation, social, cultural, or recreational function at YSU. YSU is located within walking distance of downtown Youngstown which offers luxurious lodging accommodations, a variety of fabulous restaurants, world class entertainment and historic theaters, cultural experiences and sporting events and of course, local flavor.

For additional information and to arrange a tour, please call 330-941-2136.

Hope to see you soon!

Go Penguins!

Jackie LeViseur

Director, University Events


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