Conference Services


PennWest Edinboro Conference Services provides a professional, comfortable and efficient customer experience for anyone seeking to hold an event on campus.

Conference Services seeks to have successful programs, seminars, camps and conferences for both internal and external constituents through excellent customer service, consistent procedures, fiscal responsibility and high standards.

Whether you are a student organization, department on campus or from the surrounding community, Conference Services is happy to assist you with your event arrangements. Events may range from a meeting, lecture, or banquet, to a multi-day conference or camp. With more than 40 buildings on 585 acres, a 5-acre lake and multiple open fields and woods, PennWest Edinboro has much to offer. Indoor and outdoor athletic and recreation facilities, a variety of comfortable meeting rooms and classrooms and suite-style and traditional-style residence halls are just some of the fantastic spaces here at Edinboro. And while planning your conference or event, don't forget to schedule a team-building ropes session on our universal ropes challenge course!

PennWest Edinboro is located just south of Erie in northwestern Pennsylvania and is centrally located between Pittsburgh, Cleveland and Buffalo. Groups of all sizes are welcome, and we'd be happy to help with your upcoming events!

Room Scheduling Questions and Answers


Current PennWest Edinboro faculty, staff, and students - go to your Portal and click on the "Conference Services" icon. External clients - please contact Conference Services directly at 814-732-2425.

Log in to EMS and select the "Create a Reservation" tab (located on the left menu bar). Click on "Book Now" to start the process.


1. In the Date and Time section located on the left of the screen, enter or click on the calendar icon to select one date, or range (recurrence) of dates for our event.

2. In the Time section, enter the Start Time and End Time in the blank fields or select the dates using the calendar icons to the right of the fields.

3. Select the Location you wish to use based on criteria that you choose.
- Click on the room name to view building details, room details, setup types and features.
- Choose a location by clicking the +, left of the room you wish to request.

4. Enter your event's expected Number of Attendees and Set Up Type.

5. Click Add Room. Your room will be displayed in the Selected Rooms area at the top of the page.

6. Click the Next Step button on the right.


1. To the left of the page is a list of available services for the room you selected. In each category, click the arrow to see the available resources.

2. Click on the resource you desire for the event.

3. Indicate how many you would like and any special instructions for it.

4. Click okay. This resource will then be shown on the right of the page under Services Summary.

5. Click the Next Step button on the right.


1. After clicking the Details tab, you will need to add specific information to your room request. Complete the necessary information. Required information is included by a red asterisk *.

2. Click Create Reservation when complete.

Next to the date selection, there is a button that says "Recurrence." When you click this button, a window pops up asking how often the event will repeat, start and end date, and start and end time. BE CAREFUL - once you go through the process of selecting a room for a recurring event, make sure to check at the top of the page if there are any days that the room you selected isn't available, as you may need to make another room choice for certain dates.

Under "Browse" on the left menu bar, go to "Locations." When you find a room you'd like to see, click on it, and a window will pop up. If there is an image of the room available, you will find it there.

Yes. Under "Browse" on the left menu bar, go to "Locations." When you find a room you'd like to see, click on it, and a window will pop up. Setup types, with their capacities, are listed there.

There may be a scheduling constraint that prevents scheduling the space or the room. For example, campus spaces are required to be scheduled 48 hours in advance. If you are trying to request space too close to the date of the event, the system denies it. If there is an urgent need for space and you are receiving this message, please contact Conference Services at 814-732-2425.

Classrooms for events may be scheduled per academic semester. Most other spaces can be scheduled 365 days in advance.

You should hear back within 48 hours regarding your request; however, some requests may take up to 72 hours.

Please contact the Conference Services Office for any last-minute changes, however, there is no guarantee these changes can be accommodated/made.

This is "buffer" time and prevents events from taking place back to back without the scheduler's permission. This is typically needed between events to give any service providers (labor crew, custodial, catering, etc.) time to get in re-set the room for the following event. This time can be adjusted on a case by case basis.

Office of Conference Services - 814-732-2425.


Contact Us

Conference Services
405 Scotland Road
Edinboro, PA 16444
Phone: 814-732-2425

Kari Althof
Associate Director of Student Center Operations and Event Services
Phone: 814-732-1452