Special Events

The Special Events unit of IA is responsible for overseeing all fund raising, community and third party events for the College.  It works with academic and administrative departments, outside organizations, and individuals to schedule auditoriums, galleries and conference space for purposes other than regular classes. The events team books facilities ensuring that the appropriate facilities are used, and coordinates audio-visual and other equipment set-ups, catering, crowd control, security and parking arrangements. 

The College has outlined General Event Policies for events being held at the A. Alfred Taubman Center for Design Education, and the Walter and Josephine Ford Campus in the Facility Use and Special Events Manual.  A Student Fund Raising Event Policy can also be found on Blackboard, to provide guidance to any student groups who may be looking to raise money for projects or departments.

Public Relations

Public Relations, primarily news media outreach, is managed from within IA Marketing and Communications. The CCS Public Relations function is charged with engaging key audiences (potential students, donors and potential donors, industry and government opinion leaders) to promote and strengthen the CCS brand image. Chief responsibilities of the public relations unit include initiating and maintaining relationships with the media, promoting newsworthy CCS events and activities to key audience segments, while helping coordinate CCS involvement in community activities.  Any requests made to faculty or staff for media interviews, tours, etc. should be run through the Public Relations manager prior to being accepted.

Marketing and Communications

The IA Marketing and Communications unit is responsible for planning, budgeting, writing, design, production and distribution of all internal and external CCS communications including student recruitment materials and the CCS website and social media channels. The Marketing and Communications unit also manages the CCS brand and graphic identity standards. 

CCS staff needing print, or video, web-based marketing materials should contact the Director of Marketing and Communications. CCS personnel other than Marketing and Communications staff should not hire designers, contract printing or develop websites or Facebook pages without the involvement of IA. All print jobs must go through the Marketing and Communications office.

Sponsored Projects

The College partners with corporations, associations and other enterprises to incorporate sponsored research projects into the educational experience for CCS students. Sponsors typically present a design challenge of strong educational value to a CCS studio class for the class to work on over the course of a semester.  Students present their solutions to leading industry representatives at the end of each project. Beyond the educational benefits to students, sponsored research projects enable CCS to build relationships with industry for internships and career placement as well as generating revenue and helping create marketing and public relations opportunities for the College.

Corporate, Foundation and Government Relations

The Corporate, Foundation and Government Relations unit in IA secures financial and in-kind contributions from corporations, foundations and government sources. This unit works closely with faculty, staff and others to organize and develop programs for funding, while also cultivating and soliciting prospects for capital giving, endowments, grants, scholarships and other support.  A primary role of this unit is corporate sponsored research projects.


The Development unit in IA raises funds to support CCS at all levels, from supporting general operations and addressing ongoing needs to enabling special projects and making possible capital improvements. The Development team is also responsible for managing on-going donor relationships for the College.  The CCS Development team generates revenue through fund raising events such as the Detroit International Wine Auction and the Student Exhibition Opening, and through other fund raising tactics including direct mail solicitations and online giving as well as major donor and capital giving campaigns. Development provides leadership and support for alumni and volunteer involvement with CCS. IA’s Development unit builds and maintains a strong regional and national network among alumni to keep them connected with CCS and each other. Volunteers are recruited, trained and assigned based on their interests and CCS needs, which range from helping to staff fund raising events to advising the College on key programs and initiatives.

If faculty and staff are interested in raising money for a project or initiative, they should begin by discussing their idea with their Department Chair and/or Dean to ensure that their initiative aligns with the College’s mission and priorities.  Once they have approval, they can refer to the General Events Policies manual found on the IA page on Blackboard, and entitled “Facility Use and Special Events Manual”, if their fundraising would happen via an event, or reach out directly to the Vice President of IA or the Director of Corporate and Foundation Relations if they are interested in pursuing grants or other types of funding for their project.

Institutional Advancement

Philanthropy helps the College for Creative Studies accomplish its mission by supporting scholarships, faculty, programs and facilities.  A growing base of donors – individuals, corporations, foundations and government – supplement the financial resources provided by tuition and other operating income.  Institutional Advancement (IA) is responsible for overseeing fund raising initiatives and promoting the CCS brand.  IA concentrates in three primary areas: Development (fund raising), Marketing and Communications, and Public Relations.

Crisis Management Plan

The college has a Crisis Management Plan, developed by Campus Safety and Human Resources, that details procedures for responding to man-made and natural emergencies that might confront the college.  The plan covers medical emergencies, crimes in progress, bomb threats, tornadoes and fires.  The focus is on reporting emergencies, critical infrastructure assessment, evacuations of buildings, recovery of services and return to operating standards.  The full plan is available on Blackboard; and, additionally, a pamphlet is available from Campus Safety with important summary information.

Security Procedures and Services

If you notice any suspicious or inappropriate activity, please notify the Security office (extension 7444, Ford Campus or extension 1444, Taubman Campus) immediately, or push the red “assistance button” on one of the Emergency phones located around each campus and in the parking decks. When Campus Safety is notified of an incident, they will take the appropriate action to ensure your safety on campus.

In addition to the emergency phones and patrols, activity on campus and in the parking deck at CCS is monitored and digitally recorded by 250 closed circuit television cameras strategically placed on the campuses.

If you become a victim of a crime while on campus or in the vicinity of campus, call Security immediately or report to the Campus Safety office on the main level of the Kresge-Ford Building, across from the CCS bookstore or on the main floor of the Taubman Center. Campus Safety will provide immediate assistance and first aid if required.  If additional assistance is needed, the shift supervisor will make the necessary notifications.

If at any time you would like an escort anywhere on campus, dial extension 7444 at the Ford Campus and 1444 at the Taubman Center and let the Campus Safety officer know your location.  The on duty supervisor will send a Campus Safety officer to escort you to your indicated destination on campus.

A pamphlet on emergency procedures is available in each administrative office.  Additional copies can be obtained from the Office of Campus Safety and Security or the Human Resources office.


The emergency notification system, Everbridge, is maintained by the Security administrative staff to send out emergency notifications to all personnel enrolled in the program. In addition to electronic notification, the system has the capability to send emergency messages to computer labs and electronic information monitors on both campuses in case of a critical incident.  To enroll, log on to Blackboard, locate the Quick Links menu on the left hand side, select Alert Notifications, and click on “SIGN-UP NOW” for Everbridge.