Table Tents: You have to do that every week?

Yes, I have to submit table tents every. Single. Week.

It may seem like a lot, and it is, but when you have a method like I do, its just one more thing to check off of your “To Do” list.

As the Film Committee’s Communications Chair, one of my biggest jobs is to make sure students can find information on movies that will be playing each week in the neon tri-fold panels placed on every table in dining halls around campus. The timeline for these is simple once you get it down:

  1. Download the form and fill it out.
  2. Make sure it’s submitted by 5:00pm on the Tuesday before you want it in the table tent.
  3. Wait.
  4. Check to see that it’s where it’s supposed to be the week it’s supposed to be advertised.

The easiest place to find the Table Tent Request Form is on the JMU Dining homepage (linkto: Filling it out is pretty self-explanatory and there are directions included if you happen to need the assistance. I’m a Table Tent Veteran so these are like second nature.

1. Make sure you put the right dates on there.

2. Date, time, and place are all included in the basic information so the blank box at the end of the page is all for you to use at your discretion, use it wisely.

3. Keep your event description short and sweet, students will only be reading this casually.

4. Use key words that will catch their attention, my favorite is always “FREE” if it happens to apply.

5.There is a 50- word limit on table tent information so be as precise but descriptive as possible. Get creative!

5. Always double-check your information. There is nothing worse or more unprofessional than checking your table tent when its been posted and discovering that the information is inaccurate or you made careless spelling errors. Ultimately it saves you and your organization the trouble of having to fix miscommunication problems by other means. It also doesn’t take very long, so just do it.

Here are some examples of what the bottom half of your table tent form should look like when you submit it:



After you submit it to Dining Services’ Marketing Assistant, all you can do is wait. Table Tents are changed every week, so when that week rolls around, makes sure it’s in there! I always like to double check.

Here are a few examples of what you can expect your event to look like on a table tent:


-Kate Shamlian, Film Communications Chair

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