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Raleigh-Durham - June 21-23, 2019

Hello <<First Name>>!
In less than two months, we kick off the Raleigh-Durham session of Santa Nana’s Holiday University. We are thrilled and honored that you have chosen to be a part of Nana’s vision for holiday education. Your fellow classmates represent both newer and seasoned holiday performers, which will bring interesting and useful perspectives and insights for everyone.
We have planned an informative and fun-filled weekend experience, with practical tools you can use right away. We will use our newsletter and email to keep you informed about the upcoming session. You can expect another update in early June, with best guess weather forecast and any changes to the final schedule.
We sincerely thank you for joining us.

Deanna, Judi, Susan, and Gina

Travel, Hotel, and Transportation

Hotel: La Quinta Inn and Suites
4414 Chapel Hill Blvd., Durham, NC27707
919-401-9660, then option #5

(Mention Santa Nana’s Holiday University to get the discount rate)

For those flying into Durham, the airport is Raleigh-Durham International Airport in Morrisville, NC. Use the Facebook page at to coordinate travel with each other if you need transportation to the hotel. 

If you are looking for someone to room with at La Quinta, post that as well. There are reserved room blocks for single and double, and please let us know if you need any assistance.

For making travel arrangements, please know that we expect Sunday’s class schedule to go at least until 4:00, followed by a graduation celebration and photos. If you need to leave before then to make your flight, let us know so we can adjust your photo time.

What to Send Ahead

If you have any of the following, please send them so we can include examples in our discussions. One of our goals with SNHU is to share and get feedback on what we are currently doing or planning to do, sharing best practices, and learning from each other. We realize each of us is at a different stage of professional development, so please do not worry if you have not yet created them.
  • Photo(s) of you in character—it can be a head shot, full shot, in casual wear, business wear, formal wear, etc. We want to build in a showcase of your different looks for different venues. You can also send some photos you are not that happy with and are willing to share as an example of a lesson learned, like the shiny face, the bad angle, the awkward pose, etc.
  • Business Card—scan your current business card for a show and tell of how you advertise and market yourself.
  • Resume/Bio—if you have one, send a copy we can share as an example, and we can also give you some feedback.
  • Links—to your character Facebook page(s) and website.
  • Three pieces of advice you would share with a colleague:
  • --What you wish you knew now that you didn’t know when you started.
  • --The most important piece of advice you have ever given to someone, and/or have been given.
  • --The one accessory you never leave the house without.
 Send what you have to

What to Bring with You

  • An Accessory—bring your favorite (travel-worthy) accessory to show your classmates the type of accessories you add to your attire that help you stand out from the crowd.
  • Business Cards—bring a few extra business cards to exchange with your classmates to build your networking directory.

Dress Code

  • Casual and comfortable for class time.
  • Photo-worthy clothing for your photo shoot. You do not need to bring your full gear unless you want to wear it for your photo shoot.
  • Graduation—we would love to see everyone wear a red top and black pants/skirt for our group graduation photo, which we will take Sunday morning. Not required, but we like the idea of carrying on the theme that Santa Nana had when she presented her first class in 2016. We all look fabulous, do we not?!

Bringing a Guest?

If your spouse or partner plans to come to Durham but doesn’t plan to attend class, let us know if you want to include him/her with meals. We can send a separate invoice for the Saturday lunch and Sunday graduation celebration ($15 each). Guests are welcome to join us at the group dinner Saturday night (separate checks). Write to us at

Your Planning Team

Deanna Golden, Judi Broderick 
Susan Lebkes, Gina Happ
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