Holy Daft Punk surprise guest! It’s time to get ready for College Day at CMJ Music Marathon & Film Festival!

College Day, brought to you by Sounds Australia, is a full day—9:30 a.m through 5 p.m.—of programming designed for the special interests and needs of college and community radio personnel. There will be panels, breakfast, lunch, performances from Aussie bands and a whole room stacked with eager college radio and industry members. Think you couldn’t get a livelier education in one room on a college campus? Don’t forget the CMJ College Radio Awards, which honor the best and brightest, the movers and shakers of the college radio world (stay tuned: more information on the awards will be announced next week). The whole shebang will take place Thursday, October 20, in Rosenthal Pavilion in NYU’s Kimmel Center, New York City.

Be sure to check out these College Day panels.

Eventus Maximus: How To Organize, Plan And Host A Killer Event
What happens off-air? We have successful tips for you to bring back to your campus. Hear from those who use in-studios, on- and off-campus shows, record swaps, fundraisers and more to raise station awareness. Moderated by Rob Wilcox of The Syndicate

Music Directors’ Summit
Welcome to our always-controversial college radio music director forum. Volunteers acting up? Digital submissions? Bullying? No topic is off limits as past and present music directors tell all. Bring questions. Moderated by Greg Khaikin of The Planetary Group

Saving College Radio
It’s all over the news: Our college stations are in peril. But those on the front lines can help. Learn about the current state of college radio, how to best win university support and what to do if your station is threatened. Moderated by Ken Freedman of WFMU.

And don’t miss out on CMJ’s other important college radio events!

College Radio Mixer – Tuesday, October 18, at Le Poisson Rouge
Kick off the first day of CMJ Music Marathon & Film Festival with your college and community radio peers at this station-only meet-and-greet hosted by NZ Music Commission. This is a great opportunity to meet show-going buddies and to learn about—and learn from—fellow station members, because, hey, there’s strength in numbers (see “Saving College Radio,” above). Snacks and refreshments will be provided. You must be affiliated with a college or community station to attend. This is an 18+ event.

KEXP At CMJ – Wednesday, October 19, at the Ace Hotel
Seattle’s top tastemaker and lead college radio station, KEXP, is once again setting up shop in New York City to broadcast live sessions with CMJ performing artists. Broadcasts will happen Wednesday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., but college radio festival-goers are invited to stop by on Wednesday at 9:45 a.m. for a special presentation from KEXP staff and to watch a recording session in progress.

Official College Day Afterparty – Thursday, October 20, at Solas
After gettin’ your learn on at College Day, it’s time to relax with fellow radio cohorts. College radio message board and all-around station resource Medium Rotation is proud to present the official College Day afterparty. The shindig goes from 6 to 8 p.m. so you can catch all of the evening’s shows.

College Radio Mentor Sessions – Friday, October 21, at NYU’s Kimmel Center
You’ve got questions; we’ve got answers. Sign up to chat one-on-one with seasoned station and industry professionals.

CMJ Music Marathon & Film Festival 2011 takes place October 18-22 in New York City. Still need to buy badges? Click here or email collegeday@cmj.com for detailed information, pricing, invoices and marketing opportunities.