January 17 - January 19th, 2020

What is SITE?

Students in Themed Entertainment (SITE OSU for short) is a Themed Entertainment conference specifically designed for university students. Bringing together Themed Entertainment clubs across North America, we aim to inspire and support those with aspirations to pursue a full-time professional career in the Themed Attractions/Entertainment Industry. 


In January 2019, professionals and students alike gathered at Ohio State's campus to share their stories, and uniting our favorite industry with three days of unparalleled networking potential. We're glad you came!

Meet our 2020 industry professionals

Adam Pooch

Cedar Point

Jefferson Richardson

Kentucky Kingdom

Danielle Heffernan

Cedar Point

Ed Herderick

Ohio State CDME

Also Featuring:

  • Scott O'Donnell

    • Electronic Theatre Controls​

  • Dave Elswick

    • Cedar Point Maintenance 

Three Days

of unparalleled networking potential.


As groups arrived, a relaxed social mixer proceeded the lively kickoff event in the Ohio Union.


Our main program: Marvel at our keynote's story, engage in meaningful conversation in breakout sessions, and discover answers from professionals at Q&A panels.

Concluded with a signature professional networking event and after-party at Scene75!


Inspire fellow students with your work at the project fair, delight in the closing banquet lunch, and relish in the encouragement to pursue your dreams.


Jared Rosenburg

TPEG @ University of Michigan

"When I first saw this event advertised, I was really excited because there are a lot of industry events that you can go to that are hosted around the country, but it was really refreshing to see one that was hosted by a fellow university and a fellow TPEG."


Nick Weisenberger

Coaster 101

"Many professionals including myself used the phrase “I wish we had this when I was in school.” The information and contacts you make are invaluable and are not easily found elsewhere."


Chay Gruber 

TEA @ Carnegie Mellon University

"It's just been really cool to see all the ways that people have connected in this industry. A lot of them have actually become really great friends of mine, and it makes me really excited to see what the future holds, doing what I've been dreaming about since I was young."

2020 Sponsors

Nearby Hotels


4-Start Hotel

Operated by Ohio State's very own Hospitality program

(614) 247-4000


3-Star Hotel

Located just across the river from Ohio State

(614) 297-9912


2-Star Hotel

Located just across the river from Ohio State

(614) 291-2983


* This list is not comprehensive. The above hotels are not sponsors of the event and group rates at these locations are not available for SITE 2020.

2019 Photo Gallery

Frequently asked questions

What was the motivation for this event?

In 2006, Theme Park Engineering Group was founded at Ohio State as the first student-led theme park group. In recent years, many similar student groups have popped up at universities across the nation. We are enthralled that other students were also taking action to follow their interests and get involved in such an exciting industry! In an industry as small as ours, it's important to stay connected. One day, many of us will have careers in the industry, and we believe in the value of networking, learning from one another, and creating a community that supports helping their peers by whatever means possible. Ohio State's TPEG saw a gap in connecting themed entertainment clubs accross the country in a meaningful way. So we decided it was time to take action, and we hosted our first SITE OSU in February of 2019.

Is this event for me?

If you are a student looking to enter the Themed Entertainment Industry, are part of a themed entertainment club, or are just now starting to get involved, SITE OSU is the conference for you! By attending this event you will get an inside look at how Themed Entertainment clubs throughout the nation contribute to our ever-growing industry. You will get the opportunity to see the projects and skills university students have been working on in preparation to one day get the job of their dreams. This event will be a great networking opportunity for professionals and students alike as well as a more intimate breakout sessions to share projects and expertise!

What kinds of events and speakers can I expect at SITE 2020?

We are delighted to announce that Sarah Kelley of Universal Creative will be one of our key speakers this year. You can expect a mix of professional keynotes, breakout sessions, Q&A panel, and relaxed social mixers. Please see SITE 2020 schedule's here. This website will be updated as more professionals and activities are confirmed. We will also email updates out to our mailing list.

Do I have to attend all three days?

Nope! The event will start Friday night with a social mixer for those who can make it, but if you cannot make it for the mixer Friday night, you're more than welcome to join us on Saturday or Sunday! The event should wrap up early afternoon on Sunday, January 19th.

Who do I contact with more questions about this event?

If you have any questions, don't hestiate to reach to us: Your questions will help us further improve our FAQ! Thank you!

Do I need to be in college to attend? Do I have to go to The Ohio State University?

Yes and no. SITE OSU is specifically designed for university students attending an accredited institution currenlty pursuing an associates, bachelors, graduate, or post-doctorate degree. Recent graduates within 1 year can also attend. We encourage graduating high school seniors to consider universities that have Themed Entertainment support groups if they know that this industry is what they want to pursue.

My company wants to send a representative to attend this event. Should I use the regular registration form?

We are enthralled that you want to attend our event! If you or your company wants to be involved at SITE, please email and we will coordinate with you personally. If you wish to experience SITE as an attendee, please use the normal registration form.

Does TPEG @ OSU help with lodging?

Unfortunately, since Ohio State's TPEG is a self-funded student organization, we are unable to assist with transportation and lodging. We encourage particpants to coordinate travel in the event Facebook group.

The schedule doesn't show any locations. How do I know where the sessions are taking place?

We will be emailing out a full schedule with locations within a week of the event. Keep an eye on the email you used when registering for SITE!