The 2018 Conference Program Team will bring you a fresh experience, complete with invigorating keynote addresses, thought-provoking educational sessions, and connections that transcend the college union profession.


Schedule

All times are converted to Pacific Standard Time
Tue, March 20, 2018
12:00 PM

ACUI Marketplace Open

12:00 PM - 6:00 PM

4:00 PM

Senior Management Professionals Program

4:00 PM - 10:00 PM

Preregistration required.
Senior leaders will have the opportunity to tour Chapman University, including the Argyros Forum Student Union and a newly constructed Cross-Cultural Center. Participants will enjoy a welcome reception, dinner and presentations from senior managers from the Disneyland Resort. Additionally, participants will enjoy a networking opportunity with delegates attending the Mid-Level Managers program and enjoy a presentation on organizational development over a continental breakfast at the Anaheim Marriott. The program will close with a panel discussion on topics surrounding campus safety, freedom of speech and protest management.

Wed, March 21, 2018
7:30 AM

Tour: California State University-Northridge

7:30 AM - 2:00 PM

Preregistration required.
The University Student Union (USU) at California State University–Northridge is a student-centered, auxiliary, nonprofit organization that works to expand the college experience through various programs, services, employment, and involvement opportunities. This tour will include lunch; back- and front-of-the-house tours of the USU, SRC, and OASIS; and an informative meet-and-greet session with the USU professionals and students. Travel to the institution is provided.

8:00 AM

Conference Concierge Open

8:00 AM - 6:00 PM

ACUI Marketplace Open

8:00 AM - 8:00 PM

8:30 AM

Senior Management Professionals and Mid-Level Managers Program Breakfast

8:30 AM - 9:30 AM

Preregistration required.

Preconference: Emergency Preparedness

8:30 AM - 12:30 PM

Preregistration required.
Presented by Pat Brown, University of Vermont; Dan Foley, Northwestern University; Mike Makoski
Union professionals play a critical role in emergency prevention, response, and post-response. We are often the front line when it comes to student life on our campuses. At this session, participants will learn from colleagues who have experienced campus emergencies, as well as from volunteers who actively lead and participate in regular emergency preparedness trainings. Join the content leaders as we explore active threat response and recovery models and work together to make all of our campuses safer. Participants will learn more about incident management systems to create more consistent responses across campus, learn ways of practical implementation, experience an interactive table-top exercise, and work together to solve problems and respond to campus crises.

Preconference: Men of Color Leadership Workshop

8:30 AM - 12:30 PM

Preregistration required.
Presented by Johnny Garcia, University of Buffalo; Anthony Otero, Barnard College
Leadership is key aspect in our industry. Moving forward and meeting our personal expectations takes experience and knowledge, but how do we achieve those goals and become better leaders on our campuses? We will explore and discuss this topic with a panel of student affairs professionals.

Preconference: Womyn of Color: Navigating Your Career Authentically

8:30 AM - 12:30 PM

Preregistration required.
Presented by Tari Hunter, San Jose State University; Guadalupe Nieves, University of Chicago; Brittany Williams, Northwestern University
For many women of color, the colloquialism “reclaiming my time” has emerged as a declaration of empowerment and a clarion call for being unapologetic in the workplace. Through large group conversations, panel discussions, and interactive presentations, participants will glean useful self-care strategies, acquire a practical understanding of how they can identify and/or reclaim their voice within the workplace, and leave empowered with the agency to navigate their chosen career trajectory within higher education.

9:30 AM

Mid-Level Professionals Program

9:30 AM - 12:45 PM

Preregistration required.
The mid-level manager’s experience that will include featured presenters who will provide tools for navigating organizational climate, using pivotal leadership challenges as a way to refine your leadership style and how to tackle issues surrounding the four areas of management.

Senior Management Professionals Program

9:30 AM - 12:45 PM

Preregistration required.
Senior leaders will have the opportunity to tour Chapman University, including the Argyros Forum Student Union and a newly constructed Cross-Cultural Center. Participants will enjoy a welcome reception, dinner and presentations from senior managers from the Disneyland Resort. Additionally, participants will enjoy a networking opportunity with delegates attending the Mid-Level Managers program and enjoy a presentation on organizational development over a continental breakfast at the Anaheim Marriott. The program will close with a panel discussion on topics surrounding campus safety, freedom of speech and protest management.

10:00 AM

ACUI Benchmarking Info Center Open

10:00 AM - 1:00 PM

ACUI Volunteer Area Open

10:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Career Center

10:00 AM - 5:00 PM

The Career Center will serve as all things job related. From job postings to career path chats, the Career Center will provide the location for delegates to search for jobs, have their resume reviewed, participate in career path chats with seasoned professionals, mock interviews, and the opportunity to connect with potential candidates to ask questions related to specific postings. The Career Center will provide a communication board for delegates to contact individuals with direct knowledge regarding postings. You can sign up for any of the following services: Resume Review, Career Path Chats, Mock Interviews, Business Photos, Job Postings, and Career Skills Resources.

11:00 AM

Career Center Orientation

11:00 AM - 11:30 AM

12:00 PM

Undergraduate Student Network Welcome

12:00 PM - 12:45 PM

The experiences enhances the conference for current undergraduate students through a welcome, evening debrief groups, recommended educational programs, and an optional tour. Preregistration required.

Regional Corporate Partnerships Coordinators Meeting

12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

1:00 PM

Graduate Student Network Welcome

1:00 PM - 1:45 PM

The Graduate Student Network enhances the conference experience for current graduate students through a welcome, Career Center orientation, recommended educational programs, and an optional tour.

Small Delegations Welcome

1:00 PM - 1:45 PM

Volunteer Welcome

1:00 PM - 1:45 PM

Current ACUI volunteers are invited to join the Volunteer Development Team in this interactive welcome to network with other volunteers and to celebrate their contributions to the success of ACUI.

2:00 PM

Newcomers Welcome

2:00 PM - 2:45 PM

3:00 PM

All-Conference Session: W. Kamau Bell

3:00 PM - 4:45 PM

5:00 PM

Region I Meeting

5:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Region II Meeting

5:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Region III Meeting

5:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Region IV Meeting

5:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Region V Meeting

5:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Region VI Meeting

5:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Region VII Meeting

5:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Region VIII Meeting

5:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Regional Meetings

5:00 PM - 6:00 PM

6:00 PM

Opening Event

6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

8:15 PM

Undergraduate Student Network Evening Recap

8:15 PM - 8:45 PM

Thu, March 22, 2018
7:00 AM

Meditation/Reflection Space

7:00 AM - 8:00 PM

8:00 AM

A Campaign to Remember: Engaging Students with Targeted Content Multi-Platform Campaigns

8:00 AM - 9:00 AM

  • Lauren Henry, Virginia Commonwealth University
  • Miles Hopkins, Virginia Commonwealth University
  • Annie Maddox, Virginia Commonwealth University
  • Omoze Oyofo, Virginia Commonwealth University
  • Francis Stephens, Virginia Commonwealth University
Targeted content multi-platform campaigns are extremely effective in generating interest and developing loyalty within a target audience base. Using Virginia Commonwealth University's campaign for new and transfer students as an example, this session will focus on how best to utilize the strengths of multi-platform campaigns to make purposeful and long-lasting impacts on how students seek and receive information.

Budgeting for the Times: How Your Budget Can Make the Impossible Possible

8:00 AM - 9:00 AM

  • Rob Tedesco, Tufts University
In this session, budget development and management will be focused on. The session will first go over bookkeeping and basic budget concepts. It will then explore how to account for what a department actually fiscally needs and how to record such information in profit/loss statements. Three major types of line items that are focused on in budgets will be focused on in this tals--salaries, benefits, and departmental spending (for projects and other-like spending). Using these items, we will then discuss how this information should be recorded and how calculations should be add to develop budgets for subsequent years, especially for capital planning. Finally, what format should budgets look like and what items they should include will be discussed.

Educational Session Block 1

8:00 AM - 9:00 AM

Elegant and Efficient: How Campus Centers Can Support a Rich Mix of Uses for Greater Impact

8:00 AM - 9:00 AM

  • Joe Atkins, VMDO Architects
  • Bart Hall, Brailsford & Dunlavey
  • Debra March, Young Harris College
When it comes to spaces for gathering and study, the student union and library share remarkable similarities. They each promote student development and engagement in a variety of settings. When the two are also supported by a robust dining program, a promising Campus Center emerges--one that draws students and faculty in and encourages them to stay, to gather, and to build an educational and cultural community together. Through a case study of the new Rollins Campus Center at Young Harris College, participants will learn key programming and design strategies to employ in successfully merging a student union, library, and dining programs into one dynamic hub of activity.

First Amendment 101: Student Union Style

8:00 AM - 9:00 AM

  • Jeni Eltink, University of Minnesota–Duluth
  • William Tourville, Minnesota State University–Mankato
Many people know that the First Amendment of the Constitution of the United States discusses freedom of speech. But what does that mean for student unions and college campuses? Take a deep dive into the First Amendment and its role on public and private college campuses. This session will review what the First Amendment actually says (and doesn't say), the student union's role in First Amendment speech and expression, public forums, and a state by state review of the First Amendment. Come explore how other unions handle First Amendment rights on their campus.

Generation Z and Me (and We)

8:00 AM - 9:00 AM

  • Patrick Wallace, Rutgers University–Camden
Move over millennials, there is a new generation at college. This session will discuss some key differences between the two generations while attempting to search for cross-generational connections. And while there is not a ton of research and information on the college habits, specific-learning styles, or desired outcomes of Gen Z, there are some key characteristics emerging that are relevant for all of us in higher education. This session will be relevant and helpful for anyone who is planning for quickly approaching or future renovations, discussing the best forms of communication with students, trying to better understand your student employees and student leaders, or just hoping to find some common ground with our incoming, traditional first-year students.

Individual Development Plans: Maximizing the Student Employement Experience

8:00 AM - 9:00 AM

  • Krystal McCain, University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee
This session will explore how to use individualized development plans with student workers to maximize their learning and skills aquisition during their employment. Individual development plans help students build on their skill set and make connections between their current position and their academic majors and intended career path. Additionally, they help foster leadership and engagment amongst returning employees and increase initative and sense of ownership amongst the team. Attendees will receive examples and resources to implement these plans with their own student employees.

Keeping Up with the Commuters

8:00 AM - 9:00 AM

  • Casey Coleman, Montclair State University
  • Antonio Talamo, Montclair State University
How do you connect with students who are constantly on the go? The Center for Student Involvement was tasked with trying to find a way to connect with a robust student population of nearly 15,000 students who commute to campus. Through recent efforts, the coordinator of commuter life and the coordinator of student activities at Montclair State University has provided a fresh perspective through innovative programming, campus collaboration, and student connections. In this presentation, the presenters will discuss their efforts and what they have done collectively to help change a campus culture for commuters. Presenters have identified key challenges to being a commuter and developed strategic initiatives to combat these issues. The Center for Student Involvement is committed to captivating, connecting, and engaging commuter students who take trains, buses, bikes, and cars to campus. In this session, attendees can expect to walk away with ideas on how to keep up with the commuters.

Leadership and Service Education Community of Practice Meeting

8:00 AM - 9:00 AM

Mental Health & Wellness: Unique Ideas, Programs, & Services

8:00 AM - 9:00 AM

  • Geoff Combs, University of Massachusetts–Boston
How are universities providing mental health and wellness support? This workshop features 50 unique ideas and programs gathered from student union professionals, publications, newspaper articles, and universities throughout the U.S. The workshop promises to deliver unique and creative program ideas you can implement on your campus.

New Strategies for Job Searching and Hiring

8:00 AM - 9:00 AM

  • Abby Feenstra, University of Utah
  • Chuck Price, University of Nevada–Reno
  • Corey Williamson, Iowa State University
How do you recruit the top talent? On the other side, how do you convince people that you are the right person for their position? What are the tricks to negotiating salary? This session is geared toward helping current and future student union professionals recognize the unique skills necessary to be successful in their job search, whether as an applicant or a hiring officer.

Small Schools Community of Practice Meeting

8:00 AM - 9:00 AM

Student Organization Accountability: A Peer/Staff Review Model

8:00 AM - 9:00 AM

  • Anna Hall, Dartmouth College
  • Steve King, Dartmouth College
How do we make organizations more accountable for their behavior and contribute to the community in positive ways? Dartmouth College has implemented a new Student Organization Accountability Program that seeks to strengthen accountability for student organizations and hold them to a much higher standard. The program has produced a unified set of privileges and expectations for student organizations and a student board to conduct reviews of all groups. The goal of this program is to create a more holistic approach to holding student organizations accountable and to encourage a safe, inclusive, and positive student organization presence on campus. Come learn about how and why this program was created and how it has been implemented on Dartmouth's campus.

Technology Community of Practice Meeting

8:00 AM - 9:00 AM

Career Center

8:00 AM - 6:00 PM

The Career Center will serve as all things job related. From job postings to career path chats, the Career Center will provide the location for delegates to search for jobs, have their resume reviewed, participate in career path chats with seasoned professionals, mock interviews, and the opportunity to connect with potential candidates to ask questions related to specific postings. The Career Center will provide a communication board for delegates to contact individuals with direct knowledge regarding postings. You can sign up for any of the following services: Resume Review, Career Path Chats, Mock Interviews, Business Photos, Job Postings, and Career Skills Resources.

Conference Concierge Open

8:00 AM - 6:00 PM

ACUI Marketplace Open

8:00 AM - 6:15 PM

Silent Auction Open

8:00 AM - 6:15 PM

9:15 AM

The Honors and Breakfast

9:15 AM - 11:15 AM

11:30 AM

Educational Session Proposal Writing 101

11:30 AM - 11:55 AM

  • Kristine Day, University of Michigan–Dearborn
  • Eric Margiotta, Virginia Tech
A key component of the ACUI Annual Conference is member-presented education sessions that are timely, relevant, and engaging. Come talk with members of the ACUI Education Council as they guide you step by step through the ACUI conference session submission process to ensure that all proposals are highlighting the best resources and knowledge the Association has to offer.

Flash Session 2A

11:30 AM - 11:55 AM

#ThanksIrma: Lessons Learned Before, During, and After in Emergency Preparedness

11:30 AM - 12:30 PM

  • Nicholas Rau, University of Miami
  • Jesus Santiago, University of Miami
Late 2017 was marked by large storm systems that pummeled parts of the Atlantic and Gulf Coast regions of the United States. Hurricane Irma made landfall on the coast of Florida, stretching 300 miles and effecting the entire state of Florida less than thirty days after the 25th anniversary of Hurricane Andrew, which devastated much of the South Florida region in 1992. Hurricane Irma flooded the streets of Miami, rendered millions of people without power for days, and forced classes to be cancelled for 18 days. This presentation examines the preparation, planning, and recovery of the University of Miami. We also review our previous experience in preparation of earthquakes and blizzards, as each region experiences different natural phenomena. We will offer some insight on lessons learned and how the role of a student center is essential during a natural disaster or campus emergency.

Audio-Visual Training: From Zero to HERO!

11:30 AM - 12:30 PM

  • Kimberly Turner, Texas Christian University
  • Kent Mire, Texas Christian University
With technology ever changing, it is necessary to ensure that all staff members are knowledgeable and effective with technology. Re-addressing how we plan and execute audio-visual training, in a way that does not require advanced audio-visual knowledge before training, is inherently necessary. No matter how great events, spaces and sets up are, if technology fails then it is not seen as a success. Finding a way to take an individual with no knowledge and turn them into a confident and effective audio-visual technician seems too good to be true, but individuals attending this session will leave with a strong base level of audio-visual knowledge that can be relied on for further growth and skill development. This session will take technology to its most basic level and explain how all technology is inter-connected and will ensure that individuals are knowledgeable and confident when working with audio-visual equipment. Attendees will also develop ways think critically and to identify and prepare for new developments in technology and ensure their facility is prepared for the equipment that will be entering their space.

Booking Speakers and Entertainers: Best Practices

11:30 AM - 12:30 PM

  • Alec Melman, Gotham Artists
In this session, you will learn from ACUI sponsor and partner Gotham Artists on what to do (and what not to do) when inviting guest speakers, bands, comedians, and any other type of talent to your campus.

Developing and Evaluating Learning Outcomes for Student Employees

11:30 AM - 12:30 PM

  • Vincent Bowhay, Campus Labs
  • Edie McCracken, Fort Hays State University
By empowering student employees, unions provide a high-impact practice that enhances the educational and development experiences of students. In this session, participants will learn how to effectively develop and assess learning outcomes for student employees and explore how to create and maintain a supportive learning environment for student employees. See how Fort Hays State University operationalizes these strategies through assessment and the use of intentional on-boarding and supervision techniques.

Educational Session Block 2

11:30 AM - 12:30 PM

Exploring the Vortex of Student Leadership Models: Linking Theory to Reality

11:30 AM - 12:30 PM

  • Stacey Fisher, University of Rochester
  • Brian Magee, University of Rochester
  • Erin Murphy, University of Rochester
Students are not adequately prepared for the demanding and diverse leadership roles and responsibilities that are essential to their success. Student life administrators at the University of Rochester worked together to create a new initiative that utilized four leadership standards, models, and principles as a foundation. What transpired was a comprehensive three-tiered student leadership experience. This workshop highlights the strategies of creating and implementing this new initiative and aligning it with the broader university community.

Facilities and Operations Community of Practice Meeting

11:30 AM - 12:30 PM

Helping College-Aged Men Thrive: Exploring How Men Interact with the College Union

11:30 AM - 12:30 PM

  • Ian Crone, Northern Illinois University
  • Meredithe Mimlitz, Northwestern University
As campuses increasingly recognize a "male problem" involving increased judicial incidents, low graduation rates and co-curricular involvement, campus violence, and anxiety, the need to help college-aged men thrive is clear. This session will explore how undergraduate men interact with the college union and its various entities. This session aims to explore gender socialization and provide tools for developing healthy masculinity. Specifically, this session will provide professionals with tools to support young men who are interacting with the college union.

On-Campus Recreation & Leisure Community of Practice Meeting

11:30 AM - 12:30 PM

Rebooting Institutional Culture and Promoting Inclusion

11:30 AM - 12:30 PM

  • Jeni Eltink, University of Minnesota–Duluth
  • Peter Van den Kieboom, Workshop Architects Inc.
  • Angela Van Dyke, Workshop Architects Inc.
In 2012, University of Minnesota-Duluth (UMD) was afforded an opportunity to refresh their Kirby Student Center. However, before leveraging an immediate investment for furniture and finishes upgrades, leadership challenged the university to take a more intentional look at the needs of the campus community. UMD embarked on a renovation, encompassing 22,000 sq. ft. on a $5M budget, with the added challenge of a tight schedule and limited time to bring student voice into the design. The campus engaged Workshop to lead them through multiple phases of planning and design with a process that has become a model for how the design team approaches other projects and is the current standard for the institution on how planning and design of student-focused spaces should be approached. The result of the collaboration led to a reinvigorated Kirby Student Center that has elevated the sense of inclusivity on campus, reinforced UMD's institutional mission and core values, and created a social hub that attracts students to visit and linger.

Strategies to Address the Breadth of Wellness

11:30 AM - 12:30 PM

  • David Damon, Perkins+Will
  • Diana Davis, University of Massachusetts–Lowell
  • Brenda Evans, University of Massachusetts–Lowell
  • Paulette Renault-Caragianes, University of Massachusetts–Lowell
Trends have shown that today's student need different strategies for success. The proportionate higher number of wellness-related needs has led to higher frequency in appointments for assistance related to interpersonal challenges and has influenced how cross-campus departments partner together to provide help. This rise of the value of wellness in student life has had many positive influences in higher education, and if it continues as expected, what lessons can we learn from how we practice, how we organize, how we plan spaces to support student needs, and how we can improve student services to be more effective? Campus partnerships between affinity departments has proven to be a necessary path forward. Wellness as defined by a vast range of services, from clinical to counseling to reflection to recreation to diet, has had much more of a recognized value for students and culture than in the recent past. The ultimate goal is to give students the tools they need to succeed while in college and also into their careers. Join us for a discussion on this timely topic!

Student Organization Advisors Community of Practice Discussion

11:30 AM - 12:30 PM

  • Tammy Lambert, University of North Carolina–Chapel Hill
  • Alexandra Marchesano, University of North Carolina–Greensboro
Join us for a facilitated conversation of session attendees focusing on risk management of student group events and student group training and transition. We plan to walk away from this session with ideas based on best practices as well as future plans for these topics.

Transatlantic: Understanding Common Issues and Trends from the UK

11:30 AM - 12:30 PM

  • Simon Blake , National Union of Students
  • Yemi Gbajobi, London School of Economics and Political Science Students' Union
In this session, you'll "travel" 5,000 miles to the United Kingdom, where we will share contemporary issues and trends that face higher education and college/students union in the UK. We'll challenge your thinking about the experience of students, exploring the commonalities that all our students face currently and in the next 10 years. We will leave you with new ideas and vigor about how tackle these challenges and form international relationships.

Tour: Chapman University

11:30 AM - 2:30 PM

Preregistration required.
Chapman University is a mid-sized private university with a total undergraduate and graduate enrollment of 8,305 students from 49 states, the U.S. territories, and more than 60 different countries. This tour will include lunch on your own; back- and front-of-the-house tours of the Argyros Forum Student Union and Cross-Cultural Center; and a meet- and-greet session with the Chapman University professionals and students.

12:00 PM

Tour: Angels Stadium

12:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Preregistration required.
Angel Stadium is the fourth-oldest active Major League Baseball stadium, behind Fenway Park, Wrigley Field, and Dodger Stadium. It has been the home of the Angels since their move from Los Angeles following the 1965 season. The stadium tour is both an enjoyable and educational experience! You will be invited to view areas that are normally restricted to the public. Highlights of this 75-minute tour include a trip down to the field, a visit into the Angels Dugout, walk through the Visitors’ Clubhouse, a close up look at the Mike Sciscia interview room, and an exclusive look at suites boxes throughout the stadium.

12:05 PM

Flash Session 2B

12:05 PM - 12:30 PM

Getting Involved with I-LEAD and I-LEAD Connect

12:05 PM - 12:30 PM

  • Angel Flowers, Indiana University - Bloomington
  • Gillian Perry, University of North Carolina–Wilmington
  • Kim Pho, ACUI
This session will be focused on the Institute for Leadership, Education, and Development (I-LEAD) and I-LEAD Connect and the experiences offered to students attending as well as to professional staff looking to get engaged in the facilitation of the institute. This session will highlight the benefits of sending students to I-LEAD, bringing I-LEAD Connect to your campus, and of facilitating at one of the programs as a small-group facilitator.

12:30 PM

Career Center Orientation

12:30 PM - 1:00 PM

Battle of the Regions: Four Square

12:30 PM - 1:30 PM

1:30 PM

Getting Involved: Opportunities for Corporate Partners to Volunteer and Engage with Members

1:30 PM - 1:55 PM

  • Justin Rudisille , ACUI
  • Erin Morrell, Albertus Magnus College
This flash session will be an opportunity to share the volunteer opportunities that are available to ACUI corporate partners and give them a chance to engage with other members.

Are Student Unions Public Spaces? How One Student Union Changed a Building Access Policy

1:30 PM - 2:30 PM

  • Claudette Campbell, University of Texas–Austin
After a violent incident on campus invovling someone who was not a member of the campus community, the student union worked with campus partners to analyze its building access policy. Through this collaboration with the Campus Safety and Security Office, the University Police, the VP of Student Affairs Office, University Communications, and the Legal Office, a comprehensive policy change was drafted and implemented to prohibit the use of the student union by non-university individuals. This session will include history of building access policy, research and data collection used to propose policy change, steps taken to implement change, implementation of new policy, and results. Recommendations to the student union by the Texas Department of Public Safety will be presented as well.

Building a Culture of Belonging

1:30 PM - 2:30 PM

  • Cherie Wilson, Central Washington University
  • Lola Gallagher, Central Washington University
  • Jeff Rosenberry, Central Washington University
Opened in 2006, the award-winning the Student Union and Recreation Center at Central Washington University was the first "fusion" facility of its kind, combining student union, recreation center, university bookstore and residential dining all under one roof. Fast forward 12 years and each of these areas, along with student government, still comprise a partnership dedicated to maintaining an environment that promotes "Wildcats Belong Here." But how do we keep it fresh and relevant? Learn how we've worked to have a facility that evolves with the changing needs of our students and campus. From interior updates, technology and aesthetic enhancements to a comprehensive branding initiative for the largest building in the county, the Student Union and Recreation Center strives to live by its core values – innovation, integrity, service and community – to create a culture of belonging.

Catholic Colleges and Universities Community of Practice Meeting

1:30 PM - 2:30 PM

Educational Session Block 3

1:30 PM - 2:30 PM

Green Zone: Providing Veterans a Safe Space

1:30 PM - 2:30 PM

  • Lincoln Walburn, Miami University
Green Zone Training is modeled through the Safe Zone program where volunteers will receive training about issues potentially facing student veterans. This program will cover ways to assist student veterans and military-affiliated students in the transition to higher education. Participants will learn about the deployment cycle as well and some of the ways that veterans experience the transition. This training is for whomever would like to learn more about veterans and how to work with this unique demographic.

Increased Customer Satisfaction and Financial Return Through a New Food Service Model

1:30 PM - 2:30 PM

  • William Smriga, Kansas State University
  • Rob White, Envision Strategies, LLC
The food service operation in the K-State Student Union was managed by an outside contractor and subsidized annually to the tune of $230,000. Moving from a contract-managed program to a new operating model for dining erased this subsidy and generated a positive return of several hundred thousand dollars for the union. This was achieved by creating a portfolio of tenant-operated restaurants under agreements made directly with the union, managing several self-operated units, and providing catering services by a number of pre-qualified caterers from the surrounding community. This new model presented significant advantages besides providing a positive net financial return. New tenants funded portions or all of their build out. A choice of caterers provided customers with flexibility and the opportunity for student-friendly policies for student organizations. The union was able to choose a complementary set of restaurants to replace the old food court.

More Than a Paycheck: Student Employment for the Real World

1:30 PM - 2:30 PM

  • Chris Fishpaw, University of Dayton
  • Gwyn Fox Stump, University of Dayton
In this session, we will explore the development of student learning outcomes, creating an extended training and development program, and conducting ongoing student learning assessment. There will be a focus on minimizing staff time commitment and maximizing results. The winner of the 2017 NASPA Grand Gold Excellence Award, Student Employment for the Real World, was designed in 2011 to help hundreds of student employees to realize, reflect upon, and enhance the practical and transferrable skills learned through their employment in the Center for Student Involvement at the University of Dayton. Since that initial iteration, the program has been expanded and improved using assessment data and student feedback. Grounded in student learning and development theory and realized through active participation of students and staff members, this project has allowed us to impact and document student growth and development on an individual and programmatic level.

Reflecting on Meditation Spaces

1:30 PM - 2:30 PM

  • Cara White, West Chester University
  • Derek Eversmann, WTW Architects
  • Joseph Sabbat, Towson University
  • Allie Chornick, University of Pittsburgh
From stress reduction to faith practices, meditation suites are fulfilling a growing need within the evolving diversity of our campus communities. Talk with our panel about the conceptual commitment, planning strategies, and programmatic outcomes for several recent meditation suites in student centers.

State Legislation and Higher Education 2.0

1:30 PM - 2:30 PM

  • Trinity Gonzalez, Florida State University
  • Alison Ward, University of Tennessee
State legislation significantly impacts higher education. Bills continue making headlines around the United States due to their impact on our campuses. This session will provide updates to previous legislation, an overview of new legislation, and how they influence the work we do as student affairs professionals.

The Intersection of Multicultural Competence and Emotional Intelligence in the Supervisory Relationship

1:30 PM - 2:30 PM

  • Matthew Shupp, Shippensburg University
While previous research on supervision in higher education has described a collaborative and developmental model, the topic has received little attention in the literature even though practitioners spend substantial time on it. Although an important role, many professionals are ill-prepared for this task. Emotional intelligence is the capacity to differentiate and define one's emotions. Similarly, multicultural competence is a level of consciousness that involves our self-awareness, knowledge of others' lived experience, and skills necessary to transcend differences. Both are profoundly important in our practice. This presentation introduces audience members to key components integral to both and their important intersections in our work. Participants will be asked to examine their own supervisory strengths and weaknesses and to begin to make adjustments in their behaviors and attitudes as they experience and examine individuals and organizations that may be, at times, significantly different from their own life experience.

Where's Da Aloha?

1:30 PM - 2:30 PM

  • Ellen Kusano, University of Hawaii–Hilo
These are challenging times for our students, our fellow professionals, our administrators, and ourselves. The decreasing civility on our campuses, in our workplaces, in our families, and in our communities requires us to be proactive in practicing acts of aloha daily. Aloha is a way of life that, even in Hawai`i, is threatened as we get caught up in every day actions to preserve our positions and our egos. During this session, the presenter will share what aloha is, how we live and lead with aloha, and what we can do to always find our aloha. Included in the session is a summary of Ka Lama Ku, a hybrid leadership development program that integrates the Leadership Challenge Practices with the Hawaiian traditions embodied in Ka Lama Ku.

Women's Leadership Community of Practice Meeting

1:30 PM - 2:30 PM

2:05 PM

Extend Your Brand With ACUI

2:05 PM - 2:30 PM

  • Elizabeth Stringer, ACUI
ACUI staff review will review how corporate partners can connect with the ACUI membership through different platforms, including email, social media, print, and direct mail advertising.

2:45 PM

All-Conference Session: Celeste Headlee

2:45 PM - 4:00 PM

4:00 PM

ACUI Benchmarking Info Center Open

4:00 PM - 6:00 PM

ACUI Volunteer Area Open

4:00 PM - 6:00 PM

4:15 PM

Undergraduate Student Network Expo Walkthrough

4:15 PM - 4:45 PM

Expo Hall and Happy Hour

4:15 PM - 6:15 PM

4:45 PM

Community of Practice Fair

4:45 PM - 5:45 PM

8:30 PM

Battle of the Regions: Talent Show

8:30 PM - 9:30 PM

9:30 PM

Battle of the Regions: Trivia

9:30 PM - 10:30 PM

Fri, March 23, 2018
6:30 AM

ACUI Education and Research FUNd Run/Walk/Roll

6:30 AM - 8:00 AM

7:00 AM

Meditation/Reflection Space

7:00 AM - 8:00 PM

8:00 AM

Career Center

8:00 AM - 5:00 PM

The Career Center will serve as all things job related. From job postings to career path chats, the Career Center will provide the location for delegates to search for jobs, have their resume reviewed, participate in career path chats with seasoned professionals, mock interviews, and the opportunity to connect with potential candidates to ask questions related to specific postings. The Career Center will provide a communication board for delegates to contact individuals with direct knowledge regarding postings. You can sign up for any of the following services: Resume Review, Career Path Chats, Mock Interviews, Business Photos, Job Postings, and Career Skills Resources.

ACUI Marketplace Open

8:00 AM - 6:00 PM

Conference Concierge Open

8:00 AM - 6:00 PM

Silent Auction Open

8:00 AM - 6:00 PM

8:30 AM

Educational Sessions 101 for Corporate Partners: How to Improve Your Chances of Being Accepted

8:30 AM - 8:55 AM

  • Missy Burgess, University of Wisconsin–Oshkosh
Member-presented educational sessions are a vital part of the ACUI story. This includes sessions submitted by our corporate partners! Learn how to partner with ACUI member institutions to share your expertise and enhance the college union story and the value of your ACUI membership. This session will give you insight into the educational session submission process and how to increase your chances of having an accepted proposal.

Flash Session 4A

8:30 AM - 8:55 AM

Abilities at Work: Supervising Students on the Autism Spectrum

8:30 AM - 9:30 AM

  • Kaitlyn Howarth, Temple University
Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is more prevalent than ever and more students diagnosed with ASD are entering higher education. As these students come to campus, they bring with them their unique strengths and weaknesses. Learn how Student Center Operations at Temple University has partnered with the Office of Disability Resource Services to create the Abilities at Work in Student Affairs program that provides job experience to individuals with ASD. Get the latest definition, learn the characteristics of ASD, and discover how you can create a successful work opportunity for students that are often overlooked for on campus jobs. Hear about the impact this program has had on the staff at Temple and ways you can make your staff more inclusive.

Addressing Microaggressions on Campus

8:30 AM - 9:30 AM

  • Dana Fusco, University of Maryland, Baltimore County
Take the current racial and political climate and mix in the booming access to others via social media and we have macrocosm of opinions at our fingertips. Without diving into our own political beliefs, it is important to learn how to identify and confront micro (and increasingly macro) aggressions on campus. These skills can be taken into the workplace, family encounters, even to the bus stop. Recognizing the role of the individual in the civic engagement is critical in educating and holding our community accountable.

Crafting Professional Development for Graduate Students and New Professionals

8:30 AM - 9:30 AM

  • Kelly Chambers, University of Virginia
  • Jeremy Dale, University of North Carolina at Charlotte
  • Ashley Holland, University of Virginia
It can be hard to find the time, money, and resources to intentionally support graduate students and new professionals with their professional development. That being said, we have done the research for you and are ready to share some new strategies, ideas, and models for professional development that could help you support your newer employees. This means taking into account how you are modeling professional development for them and how you are catering opportunities to meet their needs, especially considering that the majority of current graduate students and new professionals are millennials. The research shows that millennials desire a purposeful work experience. Let's be purposeful about helping them craft a meaningful work experience that will be rich with creative opportunities for learning and growth.

Educational Session Block 4

8:30 AM - 9:30 AM

Increasing Deposits and Spending of University Dollars

8:30 AM - 9:30 AM

  • Heather Bilodeau, Louisiana State University
How to keep the University Dollar program a viable purchasing option in today's world when students have such a large variety of purchasing options to choose from.

LGBTQ+ Community of Practice Meeting

8:30 AM - 9:30 AM

Late, Late Night with Orange After Dark

8:30 AM - 9:30 AM

  • Courtney Jones, Syracuse University
  • Lorena Silva, Syracuse University
This program will look at Orange After Dark, the late-night event series at Syracuse University and how we successfully implemented a team of student volunteers into an established program. Before we started the OAD Student Event Board, the program was run solely by administrators for five years and was hosting events that were routinely sold out. We will share our challenges and successes in recruiting board members, creating buy-in, providing a worthwhile experience, and training them to execute events.

Our Food Court & Atrium Story: Medium-Sized Project Planning and Execution

8:30 AM - 9:30 AM

  • Jason Levy, Temple University
  • Amy Maceyko, WTW Architects
This session will share the exciting and challenging process and outcomes of our recent food court and atrium renovation project. In conjunction with Aramark and WTW, the Temple Student Center planned and executed a mid-sized project to gut and rebuild our food court and reface our atrium, with the addition of a Starbucks. This session will share pre-planning info, project process and deliverables, and project documentation so that participants learn about the project planning and management process. As the Student Center remained open during the project, we will also talk through way-finding, event management, and other operational challenges and successes as part of the presentation.

Putting it into Practice: Future Priorities for Leadership Education

8:30 AM - 9:30 AM

  • Missy Burgess, University of Wisconsin–Oshkosh
  • Brian Magee, University of Rochester
  • Kim Pho, ACUI
Discourse, programming, and resources around leadership education seem to be everywhere. Our challenge as practitioners is to develop a holistic understanding of leadership education, and apply that to our practice for the benefit of both student learning and our own professional development. Join us for a thorough review of the Inter-Association Leadership Education Collaborative, its recommendations for future priorities, and an examples from two campuses that has started this work. Attendees will consider relevant research and recommendations to develop their own plan for action, as well as reflect on the role of ACUI in advancing this important work.

Student Employee Supervisors Community of Practice Meeting

8:30 AM - 9:30 AM

They Did What? The Unique Challenge of Caring for Your Union

8:30 AM - 9:30 AM

  • Merrilee Hertlein, Mackey Mitchell Architects
  • Eric Margiotta, Virginia Tech
Maintaining your campus union is not like caring for other campus facilities. As the living room of campus, students want and need a comfortable respite, but sometimes we can be a victim of our own success. More bodies in the space and more new finishes and equipment (or continually aging buildings), means more things to break. With unions being occupied almost 24/7, how will those mends be made without compromising student safety and comfort? Join us to discuss and review the results of a survey of union professionals experiences with planning and executing daily and larger-scale maintenance and renovation.

What's Next? Planning for and Enjoying Your Retirement

8:30 AM - 9:30 AM

  • Sally Hammock, Retired
  • Jerry Mann, Retired
  • Susan Yung Maul, University of Illinois–Urbana-Champaign
  • Susan Payment, Retired
Whether you are a new professional in your first full-time position or a seasoned veteran with multiple decades of experience, it is never too early to start planning for what's next. A panel of experts will share their personal stories and insights on how they wrote their own next chapters and are able to utilize knowledge and skills gained during their college union and student activities careers to lead purposeful and joyful lives. Topics will include financial planning, succession/transition development, second careers and quality-of-life jobs, service and volunteer opportunities, and travel and leisure.

9:00 AM

ACUI Benchmarking Info Center Open

9:00 AM - 1:00 PM

ACUI Volunteer Area Open

9:00 AM - 1:00 PM

9:05 AM

Communities of Practice: What's My Fit?

9:05 AM - 9:30 AM

  • Mandi Bryson, College of Charleston
  • Trinity Gonzalez, Florida State University
With 21 Communities of Practice with ACUI focusing on various college union and student activities service areas, there are many opportunities to enrich your current practices through community of practice involvement. Join us to explore how communities of practice can enhance your professional development experience and expand networking opportunities with professionals doing similar work.

Flash Session 4B

9:05 AM - 9:30 AM

9:30 AM

Expo Hall Open

9:30 AM - 1:30 PM

10:00 AM

Innovation Stage 1

10:00 AM - 10:20 AM

10:30 AM

Innovation Stage 2

10:30 AM - 10:50 AM

11:00 AM

Innovation Stage 3

11:00 AM - 11:20 AM

Region III Lunch Departure

11:00 AM - 11:30 AM

Region VII Lunch Departure

11:00 AM - 11:30 AM

Regional Lunches

11:00 AM - 1:00 PM

11:30 AM

Innovation Stage 4

11:30 AM - 11:50 AM

Region II Lunch Departure

11:30 AM - 12:00 PM

Region VI Lunch Departure

11:30 AM - 12:00 PM

12:00 PM

Region I Lunch Departure

12:00 PM - 12:30 PM

Region VIII Lunch Departure

12:00 PM - 12:30 PM

12:30 PM

Region IV Lunch Departure

12:30 PM - 1:00 PM

Region V Lunch Departure

12:30 PM - 1:00 PM

1:45 PM

Community Service: University of California–Irvine Food Pantry

1:45 PM - 4:15 PM

Preregistration required

Tour: California State University–Fullerton

1:45 PM - 4:15 PM

Preregistration required.
The Associated Students, CSU Fullerton, Inc. (ASI) is a 501 (C) 3 nonprofit corporation and operates as an auxiliary organization of the university. ASI consists of two major components, the Associated Students and the Titan Student Centers. All regularly matriculated students are members of the ASI. This tour will include a back- and front-of-the-house tour of the Titan Student Center and an informative meet-and-greet session with professionals and students.

Tour: University of California–Irvine eSports Arena

1:45 PM - 4:15 PM

Preregistration required.
The University of California–Irvine eSports Arena is a home for gamers, located at the heart of campus on the Student Center Terrace. Students, staff, faculty, alumni, and guests are welcome in the arena, where they are provided a variety of the most popular games. This tour will include the arena, a meet-and-greet session with the eSports Arena professionals and students, and free play time, including on the state-of-the-art virtual reality system. Get a glimpse into what your campus could be hosting in the future.

2:00 PM

Flash Session 5A

2:00 PM - 2:25 PM

Is This Space Really Safe? An Exploration of Academic Safe Spaces

2:00 PM - 2:25 PM

  • Francesqa Santos, North Carolina State University
In this session, we will discuss the notions of the "safe space" and what that actually translates to in the modern world. Is the space we create for students actually safe beyond the borders of linguistic determination? How do we protect identity in safe spaces while also facilitating discussion and growth? For whom is our space safe?

Research With ACUI As A Corporate Partner

2:00 PM - 2:25 PM

  • Daniel Maxwell, University of Houston
  • Matthew Shupp, Shippensburg University
Learn more about ACUI's research agenda which is focused on the development and dissemination of knowledge that supports the work of college union and student activities professionals, creates theoretical frameworks that inform practice, addresses gaps in literature, and links practitioner and scholar.

The Association’s research agenda is aligned with the strategic direction of the Association and responsive to issues facing the profession with the goal of contributing to and improving the work of college union and student activities professionals. Find out how you as a corporate partner can get involved.

Managing Transitions with Student Teams

2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

  • Juliana Jalal, Indiana University-Purdue University–Indianapolis
  • Brian Starkel, Indiana University-Purdue University–Indianapolis
In the fast-moving world of student organizations and student employees, success or stagnation is often contributed to how a plan of transition is implemented within our student teams. Change within an organization can be frustrating and stressful. We will share a model that allows you to navigate an ending through a time of transition and into a new beginning. You will work within the presentation to create a plan of action to begin taking a year-long approach to student transition with a focus on resource building, technology, and understanding your role as a supervisor or advisor.

Adventures and Missteps in Lost & Found

2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

  • Spencer Stidd, Virginia Tech
A story of how trying to implement a lost-and-found system for Virginia Tech's Student Centers became a two-year project, and we ended up being the unofficial campus lost and found. Learn how we leveraged technology to promote efficiency in logging and claims, navigate state policy, write our own policy, build partnerships, and our missteps along the way. There will be opportunity for discussion and sharing of ideas.

College Unions and First-Year Students: Results from an Online Mapping Survey

2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

  • Ever Clinton, Workshop Architects Inc.
  • Mahshid Jalalianhosseini, University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee
  • Brian Schermer, Workshop Architects Inc.
The first year of students' experience in college is often a challenging transition from the convenient and familiar atmosphere of high school to the unknown environment of the university. For many students, this experience is an important determinant in deciding whether or not to spend the next four or five years of their lives in the same institution. The physical setting of a campus, including the college union, may play an important role in first-year student retention. This session focuses on how first-year college students explore the campus, expand their life space, find people with whom they are comfortable, and places where they feel they belong. The research is based on data from an online mapping survey developed by Workshop Architects, the Campus Capital Framework. The research suggests that student unions play an especially valuable role for first-year students relative to upperclassmen and graduate students. Student life professionals will gain important insights about how first-year students view their campus union and contemplate ways in which these facilities can perhaps play an even more vital role for them.

Creating Space for Transfer Students in the Student Union

2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

  • Kelsey Palmquist, University of Missouri
As the number of first-time, first-year continues to decrease in the United States, it will be key that colleges and universities begin to pay special attention to the recruitment and retention of transfer students. We know that transfer students have challenges becoming socially integrated into the four-year campus, but how can the student union help in the effort to recruit, retain, and socially engage transfer students? This session will tie in works of Astin (1999) and Tinto (1975), as well as best practices from other institutions throughout the United States, to answer this question.

Educational Session Block 5

2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Ghosting Koyaanisqatsi

2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

  • Lina Balcom, University of Vermont
  • Patrick Brown, University of Vermont
Ghosting Koyaanisqatsi is the process of dodging, what in the Hopi language means, an "unbalanced life." The student affairs profession can be known for long hours, at times crushing any attempt for a personal life. Through personal stories from the presenters and the challenging of participants to explore their own personal experiences, this session strives to focus attendees vision of their own life--work and non-work. From hot air ballooning to garlic farming, the presenters will share how they have been successful in finding, at times, a balanced life.

Graduate Students and New Professionals Community of Practice Meeting

2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Growing Pains: Learning to Lead

2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Managing Risk & Liability Involved In Student Organization Events

2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

  • Juliana Jalal, Indiana University-Purdue University–Indianapolis
There is little doubt that student organizations events often involve risk and liability. In response to the significant level of Indiana University policies on student organization programming, IUPUI has created an innovative, effective, and main-streamed process that minimizes the risk and liability involved in these events and allows for significant data collection and educational opportunities for all stakeholders in student organization events/programs/activities. Join us as we take a critical look at risk management, which we approach proactively with solutions and use to preemptively avoid conduct issues.

Plan B: How to Improve Your Student Union When Your Plans are Derailed

2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

  • Sylvana Cicero, California State University–Long Beach
  • Marcy Maloney, California Polytechnic State University - ASI
  • Chuck Price, University of Nevada–Reno
  • Richard Bamburak, WTW Architects
So you prepared exceedingly well. Had all your ducks in a row. Had the perfect marketing plan. Had support at every level of the university. Then bam! Students do not want another fee increase. Plans for your major student union project or renovation are defeated. Where do you go from here? How do continue to listen to students while also improving your facility? Are there alternative sources of funds besides student fees? What is your Plan B? Please join three student center directors as they discuss the steps they have taken to regroup and respond to just this situation at their institutions. Hear about the strategies, the roadblocks, and the victories in a roundtable discussion after presentation of their halted projects. They will then present the innovative ideas that they have implemented to continue improvement with minimal support and/or funding.

Say What? Free Speech and Activism Policies at a Private School

2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

  • Steve Hirst, Wake Forest University
  • Nicholas Rau, University of Miami
Student activism has a long history at colleges and universities, and many institutions experienced a sharp increase in student activism and political speakers beginning in late 2015. Student centers and unions are in a prime position on campus to promote a positive, student-centered approach to activism and political debate. As more protests continue to occur on campus, it is critical that students have the education and space to create dialogue. Equally critical is an institution having procedures in place to maximize positive interactions with students, ensuring student safety, while minimizing disruption.

Seasoned Professionals and Retirees Community of Practice Meeting

2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Transitioning from Director to AVP: Building Community in the "Number Two" Role

2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

  • Lincoln Johnson, University of Washington
  • Thomas Lane, Missouri State University
A recent review of ACUI's Wire Clips shows several college union professionals assuming the "number two" role in student affairs. Though different from the director role, the assistant/associate vice president (AVP) role provides unique opportunities for building campus community. This session explores competencies and characteristics of the AVP role, shares benefits and challenges in transitioning from director to AVP from the perspective of two former directors now serving as AVPs, and offers best practices for enhancing student-centered community and positive organizational change through the AVP role.

2:35 PM

ACUI Associate Membership

2:35 PM - 3:00 PM

  • Charles Farrell, University of Illinois at Chicago
  • Michelle Smith, ACUI
ACUI volunteers and staff review key benefits of corporate partner membership with the Association.

Flash Session 5B

2:35 PM - 3:00 PM

What is the Difference Between Sex & Gender?

2:35 PM - 3:00 PM

  • Jenny Koehn, Appalachian State University
  • Kathleen McGirty, University of North Carolina–Greensboro
Brush up on your language and meaning! Ableism? Cisgender? Cultural appropriation? Transgender and transsexual? It's hard stay current sometimes. Here's a chance to learn some basics and gain comfort.

3:15 PM

Brave Space vs. Safe Space: A Student's Story

3:15 PM - 4:15 PM

  • Blake Bratcher, University of Utah
  • Marcos Garcia, Florida International University
  • Joren Plunkett, University of Utah
Through a guided interactive presentation, self-reflection, and facilitated dialogue, we will spend time unpacking the implications and impact of brave and safe spaces on college campuses. The discussion will review how words influence and frame the differences in a brave vs. safe space. We will also present guidelines that they may use as resources to frame a brave space at their own institution. At the end, we open the presentation up to more dialogue that will enhance their learning by creating a call to action for everyone to take back to their individual institutions. We hope to provide context to how these spaces impact the student experience and what we are doing as campus partners, students, and professional staff members to cultivate spaces of growth and healing.

Community of Scholars Community of Practice Meeting

3:15 PM - 4:15 PM

Creative Places for Marketing Spaces: Inspired Storage & Effective Small Spaces

3:15 PM - 4:15 PM

  • Donnyale Ambrosine, Colorado State University
Union marketing often struggles with places to organize and store multiple tools, equipment, and people. This workshop will provide a framework to put the "wow" in to limited spaces, while working to meet all human resource and physical resource needs and paying attention to efficiency, space allotment, ergonomics, and safety with case studies and visuals from real spaces.

Educational Session Block 6

3:15 PM - 4:15 PM

From Day One: Training and Developing Multiple Levels of Student Employees

3:15 PM - 4:15 PM

  • Beth Galatis, University of Minnesota–Twin Cities
  • Becca Simon, University of Minnesota–Twin Cities
This session focuses on training and developing multiple levels of student employees from day one of employment through the end of their time in the union. This includes organization-wide trainings as well as approaches from three different areas of student staffing: HR, Retail, and Facilities. Our approach includes orientation, individual training, staff meetings, performance development process, and use of our student development outcomes. All approaches focus on keeping student employees engaged while getting them relevant information. These approaches are used for training as few as one student employee to working with our entire department's 200-plus student employees and can be scaled to work with any organization.

Google It: Using Google Apps to Improve Operation Efficiency

3:15 PM - 4:15 PM

  • Stephen Clarke, Fordham University
  • Mark Gegeny, Western Connecticut State University
Technology is great, but not always affordable for small schools. Learn how Western Connecticut State University and Fordham University utilized Google's free app suite to resolve operational difficulties and improve efficiency. Learn how these departments approached their unique problems and solved them. See demos of Fordham's QR-based inventory tracker and WCSU's Concessions control sheet. Learn how to utilize these free apps to improve your operation while keeping costs down and how to train your student staff to get the most out of these applications.

In the Box Thinking: The Phased Renovations of Sykes Union

3:15 PM - 4:15 PM

  • Kevin Nowak, Ewing Cole
  • Charles Rudalavage, EwingCole
  • Dave Timmann, West Chester University
West Chester University's Sykes Union, last renovated in the early 1990s, was no longer sufficient to serve the program needs of the university. Students experienced inadequate club meeting spaces, long lines for food venues, and subpar lounge seating. As a result, student satisfaction surveys declined. Simultaneously, the university experienced rapid enrollment growth, increasing the strain on a facility that was sorely undersized compared to industry space metrics. Expansion of the facility was not an option due to land development constraints and a challenging zoning environment. This session is a case study exploring the renovations to Sykes. Given the inability to expand, the team looked at ways to activate underutilized portions of the building to wring efficiencies from "found" space and add flexibility wherever possible. Branding of the facility to create a cohesive appearance was also considered.

Intercultural Competence: Attitudes, Knowledge, and Skills to Create Inclusion with Your Students

3:15 PM - 4:15 PM

  • Erin Dewese, University of Colorado
  • Kristen Rollins, University of Colorado
Intercultural competence is the skill set that enables individuals, teams, and organizations to implement inclusive practices. For individuals, intercultural competence reflects that ability to shift perspectives and adapt behavior in culturally productive ways. As higher education, social, and political climates continue to evolve, intercultural competence enables you to navigate our ever-changing world. This session will explore the foundational attitudes and skills associated with intercultural competence, provide resources to continue your development, and share how the University of Colorado-Boulder is utilizing the Intercultural Development Inventory to measure and guide development with staff. This session will focus primarily on the work that is being done with students and student staff, but can be utilized with professional staff as well.

International Education Community of Practice Meeting

3:15 PM - 4:15 PM

Nonviolence as a Tool for Student Advocacy

3:15 PM - 4:15 PM

  • Kerry Spicer, University at Buffalo
Nonviolence is not simply the absence of violence or conflict but means compassion, understanding, and goodwill. College campuses are experiencing students upholding their right to free speech and an increase in the level of student advocacy. This session will explore the principles and steps of nonviolence as an approach to our work on a college campus. We will use this theory to highlight ways to build inclusive communities through our work with various campus constituents (student advocates, emergency teams/campus responders, departments, student organizations, etc.).

Oh the Places We'll Go in Job Search 2.0

3:15 PM - 4:15 PM

  • Jackie Grinvalds, Northeastern Illinois University
  • Gillian Perry, University of North Carolina–Wilmington
Many resources and tips exist for finding that first job in student affairs, but what about the second or third or fourth job? The presenters in this session will share their personal experiences about job searching for their second jobs in the field. They will also share data collected from a survey of professionals who have been second job seekers and the hiring manager or supervisor of the job seekers. The session is meant for both new professionals and their supervisors to learn from the presenters and weigh in on their experiences.

Women's Leadership in Student Unions: Breaking Down Stigma

3:15 PM - 4:15 PM

  • Candice Johnson, University of North Carolina–Greensboro
  • Alexandra Marchesano, University of North Carolina–Greensboro
Please join us for this educational session which will focus on women and the barriers women have faced throughout the years working in the student union. We will discuss where women started, where they are now, and what are the next steps for women working in the student union? Women's leadership in the union has been on the rise and many of these women have changed the student union for the better due to their leadership.

Writing's on the Wall: Incorporating Your Brand into Your Facility

3:15 PM - 4:15 PM

  • Jessi Eaton, University of Minnesota–Duluth
  • Gina Pudlick, University of Minnesota–Duluth
This session will guide you through a quick group exercise to help you identify and focus on your brand promise. Then, we will show you how we have used the writing (and pictures and colors and artwork!) on our walls to create a sense of belonging and action in our building.

Yeah, But Did You Die?: Lessons Learned from Onboarding EMS at Valparaiso University

3:15 PM - 4:15 PM

  • Michelle Lawson, Valparaiso University
  • Jessica Wilson, Valparaiso University
Ever wonder what it looks like to wander into a huge project while it is happening with no idea what is going on but you are expected to take the reins? Well wonder no more for Jessica and Michelle are here! Join us as we recap our last year navigating the EMS onboard process at Valparaiso University. We will discuss our struggles, wins, and lessons learned from managing a campus-wide project. Our hope is that you will be able to walk away from this session with practical steps in hand as you take on new projects and navigate the politics of campus change.

4:30 PM

All-Conference Session: Student Voices Panel

4:30 PM - 6:00 PM

6:00 PM

Undergraduate Student Network Evening Recap

6:00 PM - 6:30 PM

6:30 PM

Education & Research Fund Signature Event: Craft Beer 101: Tasting and Lecture

6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

Sat, March 24, 2018
7:00 AM

Meditation/Reflection Space

7:00 AM - 8:00 PM

8:00 AM

Administration, Finance, and Auxiliaries Management Community of Practice Meeting

8:00 AM - 9:00 AM

Breaking the Barriers: Tech for Non-Tech People

8:00 AM - 9:00 AM

  • Jackie Buczkowski, Frostburg State University
  • Thomas Downey, Frostburg State University
Have you ever had issues hooking up a laptop to a projector? Did you ever wonder what all the knobs on a sound board do? Would you like to know how a show comes together? In this session, you will gain an understanding of technical equipment and how it is used to produce a variety of events. This session breaks down technical terminology as it relates to event production and audio-visual components. Included within this session are handouts of typical A/V cables and microphones, organizing/managing technical items, creating relationships between technology and reservations, dissecting a technical rider or event timeline, and the different categories of event technology.

Campus Life and Program Management Community of Practice Meeting

8:00 AM - 9:00 AM

Controversial Events: How to Support Students, Navigate Campus Politics, and Maintain Safety and Legality

8:00 AM - 9:00 AM

  • Erin Dewese, University of Colorado
  • Colin Spaulding, University of Colorado
Student activism is alive and well on our university campuses, which means you can find events people are excited about and events people do not want to see come to campus at any given time of the year. No matter how you feel about a particular event, we believe all voices and ideas have the right to be heard and represented on our campuses, even when we do not always agree with them personally. This session will provide attendees the opportunity to hear how one campus handles large scale and controversial events while keeping the student voice as the center of the conversation, and simultaneously navigating and labyrinth of often complex campus policies and procedures.

Educational Session Block 7

8:00 AM - 9:00 AM

Game On! How Playing Leads to Learning

8:00 AM - 9:00 AM

  • Chelsea Kimmett, Portland Community College
  • Becky Springer, Portland Community College
Training student staff on project management and event planning can be a drag. PowerPoints and Prezi are losing their luster. Board games are so out they are in. Come and play The Event Planning Game and Let's Talk About Sex, Baby (and Gender and Sexuality). These games, developed by Portland Community College staff, build project management skills and increase cultural competency. Come play with us for an hour and be inspired to take these games back to your campus community.

Helping Students Apply Job Skills Outside of Higher Education

8:00 AM - 9:00 AM

  • Jillian Cruser, Georgia Institute of Technology
  • Nick Elliott, Southeastern Louisiana University
Students work in a multitude of jobs in the student union and programming field, but how do they relate their skills to their future career? This session will help students and supervisors connect the skills that are learned in these positions to the job search and career outside of higher education. This session will focus on key skills that union and programming students can use toward many different positions outside of higher eudcation. This session will also touch on how supervisors can help their students connect their job duties to their future employment on a daily basis.

Keep the Spark Alive: How to Avoid Burnout

8:00 AM - 9:00 AM

  • Elizabeth Rockstroh, University of Texas–San Antonio
We are all far too familiar with the feelings of burnout and stress. College union professionals are continually asked to do more with fewer resources. With so much pressure to perform, how can you stay connected to your work and remember the passion for your job? This session will give practical tips for staying engaged with your work year after year. Through real examples and interactive discussion, this educational session will coach participants on finding and maintaining work-life balance, focusing on priorities, and effectively managing day to day responsibilities. Combined, the material presented in this session has the potential to transform the way you view your work and help keep the passion for work in college unions alive!

Lead, Plan, Serve, Contribute, Engage: ACUI Volunteers Drive the Association

8:00 AM - 9:00 AM

  • Alison Brown Ward, The University of Tennessee
  • Vincent Jackson, University of Delaware
  • Katie Junot, University of the District of Columbia
  • Kerry Spicer, University at Buffalo
Learn about current and upcoming volunteering opportunities that develop new skills beyond current responsibilities on campus and build a network of colleagues to call on for advice.

Planning a Union Facility Transformation: Garnering Campus-wide Support Using the Comprehensive "Alternative Consultation" Process

8:00 AM - 9:00 AM

  • Aaron Burgess, California State University–San Bernardino
  • Brian Haynes, California State University–San Bernardino
  • Mellissa Patton, California State University–San Bernardino
  • Dr. Alysson Satterlund, California State University–San Bernardino
In 2016, California State University-San Bernardino's (CSUSB) Associated Students, Inc. (ASI) and Santos Manuel Student Union (SMSU) Board facilitated a successful alternative consultation to expand the SMSU and 5,004 currently enrolled students participated. The level of participation resulted in one of the largest alternative consultations in the history of CSUSB and in the California State University System. This session offers attendees an in-depth "nuts and bolts" overview into the strategic planning and collaborative efforts required to lead a student-centered, student-driven alternative consultation process.

Strategies Utilized by Student Activites and Campus Reservations to Improve Relations

8:00 AM - 9:00 AM

  • Taylor Cain, University of Georgia
  • Whitney Cain, University of Georgia
Student activities staff plan the event, and the campus reservations personnel coordinate the use of the space. But what if it could be more than that? Join two colleagues from the University of Georgia as they share their successful methods that have led to mutual respect, more meaningful partnerships, better events, and easier logistics.

The "E" Battle: Empowering Ethical Student Leaders vs. Entitlement Struggles

8:00 AM - 9:00 AM

  • Lanita Legan, Texas State University–San Marcos
  • Dusty Vaught, Texas State University–San Marcos
Empowering students is what we do in student affairs. Creating an environment where learning and leadership go hand in hand with self-discovery is part of our mission. What happens when that empowering culture collides with an attitude of entitlement? What does an empowered student leader do in an ethical dilemma? If one feels entitled in the same situation, is the reaction/outcome different? This session will explore the current definitions and examples of both behaviors and link them to the ethical decision making process. Case studies, trends, and advising techniques will be discussed. This will be a participatory session, so come ready to dig in and win the "E" battle!

Wisdom: Road to Success for African American/Black Woman Students

8:00 AM - 9:00 AM

  • Pero Akinbohun, California State University–Northridge
  • Devin Barnett, California State University–Northridge
  • Monica Benavides, California State University–Northridge
  • Freddie Sanchez, California State University–Northridge
The University Student Union at California State University, Northridge launched the WISDOM program during the 2016-2017 academic year to support African American/Black female students through an intentional staff/faculty and student mentoring program. This session discusses strategies based on research that support retention, persistence and graduation rates among enrolled African American/Black female students. Participants will be guided through the framework of the WISDOM program and be provided with data collected from the pilot study. This workshop will be informative and it is designed to help individuals interested in developing a similar program at their institution.

Silent Auction Open

8:00 AM - 1:30 PM

ACUI Marketplace Open

8:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Career Center

8:00 AM - 5:00 PM

The Career Center will serve as all things job related. From job postings to career path chats, the Career Center will provide the location for delegates to search for jobs, have their resume reviewed, participate in career path chats with seasoned professionals, mock interviews, and the opportunity to connect with potential candidates to ask questions related to specific postings. The Career Center will provide a communication board for delegates to contact individuals with direct knowledge regarding postings. You can sign up for any of the following services: Resume Review, Career Path Chats, Mock Interviews, Business Photos, Job Postings, and Career Skills Resources.

Conference Concierge Open

8:00 AM - 6:00 PM

9:15 AM

Campus Capital Framework: Research-Driven Planning and Design for Renovations

9:15 AM - 10:15 AM

  • Susan Pile, University of Michigan–Ann Arbor
  • Brian Schermer, Workshop Architects Inc.
  • Jamie Singson, University of Illinois–Urbana-Champaign
  • Jan Van den Kieboom, Workshop Architects Inc.
The University of Michigan-Ann Arbor and the University of Illinois-Urban-Champaign recently completed research-driven planning and design studies to renovate their historic student union buildings. The research included an online mapping survey developed by Workshop Architects, the Campus Capital Framework (CCF), that highlights the significance of these buildings relative to other places on campus. The CCF measures student perceptions of a university's physical campus in terms of places that help generate four forms of capital: (1) social, (2) intellectual, (3) symbolic, and (4) restorative. Results showed that the Michigan Union ranks among the most significant places on campus and is also the only one that ranks among the top settings for each form of capital. Similarly, the Illini Union is the number one generator of campus capital and the most significant building on campus. Both facilities are especially significant for underrepresented minorities, albeit with some important differences. These findings provided administrators and designers with a baseline understanding of each campus as a social ecology and a basis for programming and design decision-making. Attendees from campuses that are contemplating building a new college union or renovating an existing one will learn valuable lessons about research-driven planning and design.

Campus Food Pantries: A Panel of Campus Food Pantry Professionals

9:15 AM - 10:15 AM

  • Heather Nunes, Virginia Commonwealth University
  • Joshua Peters-McBride, Portland Community College
Join campus colleagues from across the United States as they talk about their campus food pantries. From successes to challenges, this session will host a panel of student affairs professionals as they work to address food insecurity on their campuses. In partnership with the Annual Conference community service opportunity, this panel will also feature representative from the University of California-Irvine to feature the unique structure of their campus pantry.

Co-Curricular and Canvas

9:15 AM - 10:15 AM

  • Tyler Ratkowski, Carroll University
Too often we hear about the disconnect between the academic side of the house and student affairs/co-curricular side of the house. This session will dive in to how the Carroll University Campus Center engaged with the academic side when the new campus eLearning software Canvas was introduced in 2017 and how it could be used as an effective student employee training tool.

Educational Session Block 8

9:15 AM - 10:15 AM

Enhancing Hiring Practices through Student Development

9:15 AM - 10:15 AM

  • Christine Amendola, North Carolina State University
  • Erica Epps, North Carolina State University
Join us while we share how a student-led hiring process has transformed NC State Student Centers' student employment program. A consistent and equitable hiring process, driven by student employees and led by a student hiring manager, can benefit student learning and human resources development. In addition, we have noticed positive impacts on our operations and overall community. By going through a mock application with our hiring software, Jazz, session attendees will experience what it is like to be a candidate moving through this process.

Fiscal Bootcamp: Preparing to Tackle Finances and Contract Management

9:15 AM - 10:15 AM

  • Jeremy Hamlett, California State University–Northridge
Do quarterly budget reports and contract addendums make your knees shake? Does the thought of analyzing an income statement feel like running a marathon? Join this educational session and get ready to hit the "mental" weights to help you attack budgets with more confidence. This session will provide attendees with information on the principles of budgeting including budget development, monitoring, and reporting. Attendees will also learn about drafting contracts and leases, identifying insurance needs, and developing positive tenant relationships. After this fiscal workout, you will be more fit and balanced--and so will your budget!

Late-Night Programming Panel

9:15 AM - 10:15 AM

  • Tiffany Brodner, SUNY–Geneseo
  • Jordy Dickey, Baylor University
  • Lauren Kuski, Rowan University
  • Veronica Perondi, San Diego State University
  • Nikki Williamson, Clemson University
  • Katie Cannella, Tulane University
  • Tom Marsella, Rowan University
Interested in learning more about late-night programming? Join colleges and universities from around the United States as they host a panel discussion on late-night programming models. Topics of interest will include consistency of programming, typical days and hours of events, student and graduate staffing, professional staff concerns, student clubs and departmental co-sponsorships, marketing techniques, educational opportunities, and more! Explore the unique and dynamic challenges and successes of late night programming that has grown drastically in the past 10 years.

Making the Most of What You Have

9:15 AM - 10:15 AM

  • David Marquis, George Washington University
Providing adequate student space within an urban campus is a long-standing issue of student affairs practitioners. In this session, learn how utilizing traditionally hidden facilities within residence halls, such as basements, and making the most of the resources on hand has transformed a campus culture.
Basement spaces are often thought to be dark, cramped, and inaccessible; however, the construction of a new campus residence hall, District House, has provided GW the opportunity to change this paradigm. The 40,000 square foot basement footprint was designed, opened, and now operated as a pseudo student center space to supplement other campus facilities. With a business model that maximizes the limited resources, personnel, and square footage devoted to this experiment, the space hosted a staggering 5,000 events in its first year and is now widely considered the new hub of campus.

Marketing for the Campus Community of Practice Meeting

9:15 AM - 10:15 AM

Non-Traditional Student Supervising: The Good, the Bad, and the Lessons Learned

9:15 AM - 10:15 AM

  • Katie Junot, University of the District of Columbia
  • Andrea Jenkins, University of the District of Columbia
Most student development classes and theories focus on how to grow students as they enter their early 20s. Non-traditional students usually come to be part of your staff with developed skills and previous life experiences. They can be a great asset to your team as well as require specialized attention when it comes to scheduling, training, and development. Non-traditional students should be seen as a great asset to any team as they bring a wealth of experiences outside of their current working environment. This session will discuss our experiences working with non-traditional students who include parents, active duty military, and returning students. We will discuss how we incorporate training practices, scheduling challenges, and student development with our students. We will also have small group discussions to give participants time to strategize how they would incorporate non traditional students into their staff systems.

River Hawks Analyzing Whiteness: Exploring a White Affinity Group on Your Campus

9:15 AM - 10:15 AM

  • Brenda Evans, University of Massachusetts–Lowell
  • Amy Liss, University of Massachusetts–Lowell
  • John Romano, University of Massachusetts–Lowell
River Hawks Analyzing Whiteness is a semester long program created to educate white students about the concepts of race, privilege, white fragility, and how to utilize this knowledge to be an ally to people of color. This session will explore mission, stakeholders, challenges, and successes.

Silently Suffering from Too Much of a Good Thing: The Perils of Over-Involvement

9:15 AM - 10:15 AM

  • Matthew Couch, The Ohio State University
We know from our work with students how important co-curricular engagement can be, but have you ever encountered students constantly overwhelmed by their activities? When mental and physical health, relationships, and academic performance suffer as a direct result of non-stop involvement, our students may be getting too much of a good thing. In this presentation, we will explore the findings of a phenomenological study of over-involvement, including the specific challenges students described, their motivations for maintaining unhealthy levels of engagement, and connections with lifelong patterns of high involvement. Join a discussion about how we can work with students to make them aware of the potential consequences of taking on too much outside of class and how we may be unwittingly feeding the involvement frenzy.

Student Organization Advisors Community of Practice Meeting

9:15 AM - 10:15 AM

10:30 AM

Meeting of the Delegates

10:30 AM - 11:15 AM

11:15 AM

All-Conference Session: Shabnam Mogharabi

11:15 AM - 12:30 PM

12:30 PM

Lunch on Own

12:30 PM - 2:00 PM

12:45 PM

Diversity and Inclusion Discussion

12:45 PM - 1:45 PM

2:00 PM

Disability on Campus: Engaging and Supporting Communities of Students with Disabilities

2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

  • Lesley Ellis, University of Washington
Historically, students with disabilities have experienced barriers to accessing higher education in the United States. The passing of the Americans with Disabilities act in 1990, coupled with the Disability Rights Movement, has resulted in larger numbers of students with disabilities attending and thriving in higher education institutions over the past 20 years. While universities offer legally mandated services in managing access on campus and in the classroom, there is still often a gap in formalized support for community building or an effort to acknowledge and celebrate disability identity and culture on college campuses. Increasingly students have been developing their own groups of peer support and looking for leadership in university administrations in recognizing and celebrating their community. Our presentation will discuss some of the central issues surrounding building and supporting communities of students with disabilities on campus, reflecting on specific programs at the University of Washington. The presentation will provide education on understanding ableism and how it can be challenged in campus culture. The presentation will also reflect on how communities of students with disabilities intersect with other cultural and social justice groups on campus and the importance of these intersections.

Educational Session Block 9

2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Emergency Management Community of Practice Meeting

2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

From CAS Review to Strategic Plan: A Journey Explained

2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

  • Terry Weber, Missouri State University
Challenged by our vice president of student affaris to complete a CAS review, the Plaster Student Union at Missouri State University was driven to conduct the review and use it to craft a new strategic plan for the organization. This session will outline the process used and lessons learned from start to finish.

Homelessness within Our Unions: Challenges or Opportunities?

2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

  • Su Hoon Tan, University of Nevada, Reno Joe Crowley Student Union
  • James Cox, University of Nevada, Reno Joe Crowley Student Union
  • Jason Hancock, University of Minnesota–Twin Cities
  • Keith McMath, University of Nevada–Las Vegas
Is your facility an open, public, and welcoming place? What do you do when persons with no association to your facility use services or areas and "attract" concerns from students/employees? Homeless individuals pose a unique encounter challenge for many student union staff. While the building is an open and welcoming place, homeless individuals may make others uncomfortable based on appearance and/or personal belongings. Is this a problem or is it perception? Is this an opportunity for staff to learn more about themselves and their community? Presenters will discuss how this issue is addressed in their student unions and host a dialogue with session attendees on challenges, opportunities, practices, and policies at institutions across the world.

How One Campus Planned, Implemented, & Continues to Evaluate Wholesale Changes to Student Organizations

2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

  • Colin Spaulding, University of Colorado
This session will examine the various processes undertaken by a large, public, flagship institution in reviewing, and ultimately restructuring, how it manages and classifies more than 450 student organizations. Student organizations serve a vital role on our campuses and in our unions at institutions of all sizes and missions. Student organizations serve as a gateway to involvement, the pulse of the student experiences, and a living lab for leadership and personal development of students. Over an almost three-year period, the University of Colorado-Boulder has undergone a complete restructuring of how it supports its student organizations. This session will address the many steps and considerations undertaken by one office in addressing a clear need to better serve its institutions students. This session will address a variety of factors related to a wholesale change in student organization support, including: training and registration, legal and risk management implications, institutional advising and support, funding structure and models, and online organization management solutions. Many lessons were learned over a three-year period of change, this session will highlight the successes and challenges, while giving participants the opportunity to reflect upon their own procedures and practices in regard to support of student organizations.

I Used to Quote Theory

2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

  • Tasha M. Myers, University of Utah
Vectors, stages, and orders taught professionals how to be intentional with our students, but now these concepts are just memories from graduate school. This session offers a refresher course in student development theory and a general overview for those that do not have degrees in higher education, including an opportunity for dialog to reflect on student development theory.

Invest in Your Students So they Invest in You!

2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

  • Carly Samuels, Rowan University
  • Megan McHugh, Rowan University
  • Constantine Alexakos, Rowan University
How meaningful are trainings, recognition programs, and other student development initiatives to your students? What are your students taking from this experience to their next career? Preparing your students for their professional future is a yearlong process that benefits both you and your students, so make the investment!

Multi-Ethnic Professionals and Allies Community of Practice Meeting

2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Our 10-Year Journey

2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

  • Mark Guthier, University of Wisconsin–Madison
For most of the last decade, the Wisconsin Union has engaged in a progressive and deliberate course of reflection, discovery, and growth. Centered equally on the historic restoration of Memorial Union and the re-imagining of Union South, the process has positioned the union to meet the ever-increasing needs of students, build a stronger campus community, and inspire a renewed sense of ownership among its members. From master planning to feasibility studies, from student referenda to capital campaigns, from design committees to construction firms, the $200 million project transformed more than our physical spaces. Listening to and incorporating more than 30,000 voices in the process allowed us to build community as we rebuilt the campus' community center. These are highlights and lessons learned from our decade-long journey, from the first shovel of dirt to the final ribbon cutting.

Student Training Best Practices Forum

2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

  • Chris Burpee, Northwestern University
This session will begin with a presentation of examples of best practices and strategies for student employee training programs, based on the training program in place at the Norris University Center at Northwestern University. Emphasis will be placed on training student supervisors and leaders within the union. Participants will find strategies and ideas to implement in their student training programs. After the presentation, participants are invited to engage in debate and conversation, sharing their successes, and failures in training student employees.

Swipe Right on Your Job Search: Using the Tinder Method to Work through Job Search Depression

2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

  • Jamie Jones, SUNY-Old Westbury Billiards
The job search can be a time consuming and depressing process. The same can be said for online dating. This session will explore the parallels between job search and dating depression and the skills needed to succeed in both. Through the example of personal experience, the session will leave attendees with skills to implement in their personal and professional lives.

Telling Our Stories

2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

  • Clayton Kolb, Virginia Tech
This session is an opportunity for LGBTQ+ conference attendees to literally tell their stories of coming out or being out or not on campus, in ACUI, and in their lives. The session will employ a powerful and affirming format, using a talking-stick style of storytelling. Meet your family and friends; hear their stories of pride, passion, and perseverance. Confidentiality will be maintained.

The Age Cage: Embracing Inter-Generational Dynamics in Student Affairs

2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

  • Amanda Ellertson, Portland Community College
  • Andrea Salyer, Portland Community College
  • Becky Springer, Portland Community College
  • Jeanni Winston-Muir, Frederick Community College
  • Nora Hernandez, Portland Community College
  • Kien Truong, Portland Community College
Generational attitudes, ideas, and realities play a role in team dynamics and group outcomes. This session will focus on the experiences of an inter-generational group of community college professionals exploring how stereotypes about maturity, innovation, and change relate to perceptions of age. We will discuss the differences in long-term, mid-life, and youthful experiences and how that impacts our work in student affairs. What does it mean to stay relevant? How do we respect experience, while at the same time, challenge each other with grace?

Tour: California State University–Long Beach

2:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Preregistration required.
Associated Students, Inc. (ASI) is a nonprofit association organized under the university umbrella that is run for students by students. The mission of ASI is to improve the quality of campus life for students while enhancing their educational experience. This tour will include lunch on your own, informative meet-and-greet session with professionals and students, and both back- and front-of-the-house tours of the University Student Union, including conference space, games area, food pantry, and outdoor venues.

2:15 PM

Tour: Marriott Hotel Back of House

2:15 PM - 3:15 PM

Preregistration required.
Throughout the tour, the hotel staff will discuss their efforts in implementing the corporate sustainability mantra for Marriott. Enjoy behind-the-scenes access to all areas of the hotel.

Tour: Marriott Hotel Food Services

2:15 PM - 3:15 PM

Preregistration required.
Learn about Marriott’s unique culinary endeavors and the effort they take to infuse the unique feeling of Anaheim.

3:00 PM

ACUI Benchmarking Info Center Open

3:00 PM - 5:00 PM

ACUI Volunteer Area Open

3:00 PM - 5:00 PM

3:15 PM

Educational Session Block 10

3:15 PM - 4:15 PM

Ethical Leadership in Action

3:15 PM - 4:15 PM

  • Amy Lebrecht, James Madison University
  • Michael McCleve, James Madison University
  • Erin Sullivan, James Madison University
Often the ideas of ethics and leadership are disjointed, and we find it challenging to bring them together in a meaningful way to help students understand and apply them effectively. This past year at James Madison University, undergraduate student facilitators from an ethical reasoning program and a leadership development center collaboratively developed a program to help students become better leaders. The innovative ethical leadership program used a common language, experiential and application-based sessions, and reflection opportunities about in-the-moment decisions and experiences. The program included training workshops and an alternative break experience. Students participating in the program were enabled to practice ethical leadership while giving service to seven different communitiess. This session will present the collaborative methodology used to integrate Kouzes and Posner's Student Leadership Challengewith JMU's inquiry-based ethical reasoning program. Come participate in this interactive and engaging discussion with two of the JMU undergraduate student facilitators and one of the professional staff. Explore the intense collaborative effort used to bring two very disparate offices together to plan, develop, and implement this innovative, hands-on program. There will also be some discussion of the assessment methods used to identify what participants were learning and applying.

Inclusive Hiring Practices

3:15 PM - 4:15 PM

  • Jeremy Dale, University of North Carolina at Charlotte
  • Ashley Rutledge, University of Michigan–Ann Arbor
As professionals dedicated to community building, innovation, inclusion, and excellence in our field, it is vital that we lend a critical eye to our hiring practices. The process of hiring staff is full of opportunity and also rife with potential pitfalls. Without careful attention to how we recruit and evaluate through hiring, we leave ourselves vulnerable to making biased decisions that may exclude qualified candidates. This presentation is provided as a broad resource for creating better, more inclusive hiring practices. We will discuss topics ranging from writing a job description to recruiting candidates, from the interview and selection process to hiring and negotiations. Whether you are hiring student staff, bargaining for positions, professional staff, or upper level administration, we think there is something here for everyone.

It's All About the Hype: Street Team & Social Media Marketing

3:15 PM - 4:15 PM

  • Hayley Harrell, Central Washington University
  • Ricki Towner, Central Washington University
  • Keahi Wong, Central Washington University
As the face of campus event promotion at Central Washington University, the CWU Hype street team is a five-member group whose sole purpose is to get the word out about events and encourage student involvement. CWU Hype takes full advantage of many tools, from distributing materials created by an award-winning student design and video team to pre-recording announcements for campus radio, hosting a weekly Hype table, and posting on social media. This quick-hitting presentation will highlight how we are building our following and brand, the social media platforms we use, the effectiveness of balancing scheduled and live posts, and examples of successful posts and campaigns.

It's Raining Cats & Dogs: Why are Animals in My Building?

3:15 PM - 4:15 PM

  • Kim Celano, Temple University
Dogs in the food court? Ponies in the games room? Do you know what animals can be where on your campus? This session will demystify stereotypes surrounding service animals, clarify terminology, discuss etiquette, and provide training recommendations for your staff. From the student center to residence halls to office spaces, you will learn about the different ways these animals can be on campus and in your facilities.

Late-Night Programs Community of Practice Meeting

3:15 PM - 4:15 PM

Managing Student Union Operations through a Budget Crisis

3:15 PM - 4:15 PM

  • Tena Bennett, Southern Illinois University–Carbondale
  • Kyle Burke, Northeastern Illinois University
  • Ian Crone, Northern Illinois University
  • Ann Comerford, University of Illinois–Springfield
The State of Illinois recently experienced an unprecedented two-year budget crisis. Public universities were left without a state appropriation for two full budget cycles. Come and find out how four student union directors navigated their operations and supported their students and staff through severe budget cuts, declining enrollment, reduced fee revenues, staff furloughs, and even layoffs. This panel will discuss what they did to adjust to all of these factors, lessons learned, and how their union operations plan to move forward through even more uncertain times. If there is a silver lining to a financial crisis, these presenters have found it. Each presenter has grown stronger as a practicing professional in the field of union administration. Stories will be told, but more importantly, information will be shared on ways to navigate a financial crisis.

Managing Your Peers (A Paraprofessional Position)

3:15 PM - 4:15 PM

  • Brayden Antonio, California Polytechnic State University - ASI
  • Cassie Olovsson, California Polytechnic State University - ASI
  • Claire Blachowski, California Polytechnic State University - ASI
  • Sierra Taylor, California Polytechnic State University - ASI
Associated Students, Incorporated (ASI) at Cal Poly offers a unique experience for student leaders, giving them the opportunity to manage program areas and facility operations. Join us to experience a student manager's perspective of development opportunities from how they supervise peers and manage stress to making decisions regarding their programs and facilities. These student professionals will give you insight into our teach, mentor, empower model, and student learning outcomes that student staff develop through employment with ASI.

Protest Response and Management While Supporting Students

3:15 PM - 4:15 PM

  • Suzanne Halpin, University of California - Berkeley
  • Monica Duran, University of California–Berkeley
At UC-Berkeley, student activism is a constant part of campus culture. Add to that fact that our union is located near where the Free Speech movement began, as well as where historic Telegraph Avenue meets campus. This has given our department front row seats to demonstrations both small and large and has taught us quite a bit about how to support students in our buildings while providing a safe space for these activities. In this session, you can hear about what strategies have worked for managing these events, along with what we would do differently in the future.

Sustainability Community of Practice Meeting

3:15 PM - 4:15 PM

Urban Unions Community of Practice Meeting

3:15 PM - 4:15 PM

Volunteer Management Systems and Student Programming Boards

3:15 PM - 4:15 PM

  • Morgan Bell, University of North Carolina–Charlotte
We will talk through our entire volunteer management program, from recruitment to training, from retention to recognition, and how we make them feel like a part of the family!

What's new? How to set your own trends in the Union

3:15 PM - 4:15 PM

  • Kathleen Hurley, Wake Forest University
As facility managers we aren't just tasked with maintaining the status quo; we also need to keep our facilities interesting and useful to campus populations. As higher education trends and student populations change, the Union should to. Learn how to find inspiration from outside of higher education for creative new ideas to build services and revenue generation in your facility.

3:30 PM

Tour: Marriott Hotel Back of House

3:30 PM - 4:30 PM

Preregistration required.
Throughout the tour, the hotel staff will discuss their efforts in implementing the corporate sustainability mantra for Marriott. Enjoy behind-the-scenes access to all areas of the hotel.

Tour: Marriott Hotel Food Services

3:30 PM - 4:30 PM

Preregistration required.
Learn about Marriott’s unique culinary endeavors and the effort they take to infuse the unique feeling of Anaheim.

5:45 PM

I-LEAD Alumni Reunion

5:45 PM - 7:00 PM

7:00 PM

Closing Banquet

7:00 PM - 10:00 PM

10:00 PM

ACUI After Dark

10:00 PM - 11:59 PM

Sun, March 25, 2018
10:30 AM

Tour: Nixon Library

10:30 AM - 1:45 PM

Preregistration required.
The Richard Nixon Presidential Library and Museum is the final resting place of Richard Nixon, the 37th President of the United States (1969–1974), and his wife, Pat Nixon. This tour will include transportation from and to hotel, a 90-minute docent tour, and some free time to explore.

Newcomer?

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Registration

Annual Conference registration includes access to all-conference sessions, educational sessions, ACUI Expo, opening and closing events, The Honors, ample networking opportunities, and two dinners and two lunches. 

Registration Fee
Professional Member$895
Graduate or Undergraduate Student Member$495
Honorary Member/Union Veteran$395
Professional Nonmember$1,195
Graduate or Undergraduate Student Nonmember$549

 

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All-Conference Session Speakers

Celeste Headlee
Shabnam Mogharabi
W. Kamau Bell

Celeste Headlee

Celeste Headlee is the award-winning host of “On Second Thought,” a daily news talk show on Georgia Public Broadcasting. Headlee will provide attendees with stories and communication tips to use to enhance their work as college union and student activities professionals. Find about more about Headlee and her career at celesteheadlee.com.

Shabnam Mogharabi

As CEO and executive producer at SoulPancake, Shabnam Mogharabi works to spread joy and to celebrate the human experience. Mogharabi will engage attendees in discussing the importance of discussing life’s big questions, the science of happiness, and being an ambassador of joy. Find out more about Mogharabi here.

W. Kamau Bell

W. Kamau Bell is a sociopolitical comedian and host of the hit CNN docuseries United Shades of America. Bell will bring a fresh, candid, and comedic commentary about current events as he strives to promote understanding, start conversations, and make people laugh. Find out more about Bell and his career at wkamaubell.com.

Student Voices Panelists

Eneyat, Mercelle

Mercelle Enayat

Mercell Enayat is a junior at University of Colorado–Boulder, serving as president of the Middle Eastern Student Association and an employee at the Center for Student Involvement. Originally, her family immigrated from Afghanistan, but she was born and raised in the United States. Planning cultural programs and forming partnerships across campus has allowed her to promote multiculturalism and break stereotypes. Enayat is proud to be Middle Eastern/American and a female with a voice.

Ntagu, Beverly

Beverly Ntagu

Beverly Ntagu is a fourth year at California State University–Northridge and works in the University Student Union as a student operations assistant. Her campus involvement ranges from the student government and new student orientation to various student assistant positions. Two years ago, Ntagu experienced a tragedy that changed her life. Through resources on campus, connections with the staff and faculty in the union, and perseverance, Ntagu was able to succeed in academics and as the president of the newly reactivated Tau Zeta Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority.

Truong, Kien

Kien Truong

Kien Truong immigrated with his family from Vietnam in 2014 and is attending Portland Community College. Directly affected by the high cost of textbooks, Truong established strategies to promote affordable textbooks on campus. He also organized programs that foster a sense of welcoming and belonging for all students. Truong's passion for serving students from the underserved communities led him to his current role as the District Student Council chair and the student trustee on the college's Board of Directors.

Yong, Ashley

Ashley Yong

Ashley Yong is the president of the Student Unions Programming Board and a unions ambassador at University of Missouri–Columbia. While currently a junior at Mizzou, prior to coming to college, she established a nonprofit addressing homelessness in her hometown of Chicago. Yong is the outreach coordinator of Black Honey Bee Cosmetics, a student business housed in the Student Center. She believes that compassion and empathy are at the heart of altruism.


Educational Enhancements

Take full advantage of all the conference experience has to offer! Add a preconference session, tour, or Peer Learning Network to your time in Anaheim!

Preconference Sessions
Emergency Preparedness | Wednesday, March 21, 8:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. 

Member: $35 | Nonmember: $65
Presented by Pat Brown, University of Vermont; Dan Foley, Northwestern University; Mike Makoski
Union professionals play a critical role in emergency prevention, response, and post-response. We are often the front line when it comes to student life on our campuses. At this session, participants will learn from colleagues who have experienced campus emergencies, as well as from volunteers who actively lead and participate in regular emergency preparedness trainings. Join the content leaders as we explore active threat response and recovery models and work together to make all of our campuses safer. Participants will learn more about incident management systems to create more consistent responses across campus, learn ways of practical implementation, experience an interactive table-top exercise, and work together to solve problems and respond to campus crises.


Men of Color Leadership Workshop | Wednesday, March 21, 8:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. 

Member: $35 | Nonmember: $65
Presented by Johnny Garcia, University of Buffalo; Anthony Otero, Barnard College
Leadership is key aspect in our industry. Moving forward and meeting our personal expectations takes experience and knowledge, but how do we achieve those goals and become better leaders on our campuses? We will explore and discuss this topic with a panel of student affairs professionals.


Womyn of Color: Navigating Your Career Authentically| Wednesday, March 21, 8:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.

Member: $35 | Nonmember: $65
Presented by Tari Hunter, San Jose State University; Guadalupe Nieves, University of Chicago; Brittany Williams, Northwestern University
For many women of color, the colloquialism “reclaiming my time” has emerged as a declaration of empowerment and a clarion call for being unapologetic in the workplace. Through large group conversations, panel discussions, and interactive presentations, participants will glean useful self-care strategies, acquire a practical understanding of how they can identify and/or reclaim their voice within the workplace, and leave empowered with the agency to navigate their chosen career trajectory within higher education.

Peer Learning Networks
Undergraduate Student Network

Free
The experiences enhances the conference for current undergraduate students through a welcome, evening debrief groups, recommended educational programs, and an optional tour.


Graduate Student Network

Free
The Graduate Student Network enhances the conference experience for current graduate students through a welcome, Career Center orientation, recommended educational programs, and an optional tour.


Mid-Level Managers Program | Wednesday, March 21, 8:30 a.m.–2 p.m.

Member: $100 | Nonmember: $150
The mid-level manager’s experience that will include featured presenters who will provide tools for navigating organizational climate, using pivotal leadership challenges as a way to refine your leadership style and how to tackle issues surrounding the four areas of management.


Senior Management Professional Program | Tuesday, March 20, 4–10 p.m. and Wednesday, March 21, 8 a.m.–1 p.m.

Member: $125 | Nonmember: $165
Senior leaders will have the opportunity to tour Chapman University, including the Argyros Forum Student Union and a newly constructed Cross-Cultural Center. Participants will enjoy a welcome reception, dinner and presentations from senior managers from the Disneyland Resort. Additionally, participants will enjoy a networking opportunity  with delegates attending the Mid-Level Managers program and enjoy a presentation on organizational development over a continental breakfast at the Anaheim Marriott. The program will close with a panel discussion on topics surrounding campus safety, freedom of speech and protest management.

Campus Tours
California State University–Northridge | Wednesday, March 21, 7:30 a.m.–2 p.m.

Member $40 | Nonmember: $55
The University Student Union (USU) at California State University–Northridge is a student-centered, auxiliary, nonprofit organization that works to expand the college experience through various programs, services, employment, and involvement opportunities. This tour will include lunch; back- and front-of-the-house tours of the USU, SRC, and OASIS; and an informative meet-and-greet session with the USU professionals and students. Travel to the institution is provided.


Chapman University | Thursday, March 22, 11:30 a.m.–2:30 p.m.

Member: $30 | Nonmember: $40
Chapman University is a mid-sized private university with a total undergraduate and graduate enrollment of 8,305 students from 49 states, the U.S. territories, and more than 60 different countries. This tour will include lunch on your own; back- and front-of-the-house tours of the Argyros Forum Student Union and Cross-Cultural Center; and a meet- and-greet session with the Chapman University professionals and students.


California State University–Fullerton | Friday, March 23, 1:45–4:15 p.m.

Member: $30 | Nonmember: $40
The Associated Students, CSU Fullerton, Inc. (ASI) is a 501 (C) 3 nonprofit corporation and operates as an auxiliary organization of the university. ASI consists of two major components, the Associated Students and the Titan Student Centers. All regularly matriculated students are members of the ASI. This tour will include a back- and front-of-the-house tour of the Titan Student Center and an informative meet-and-greet session with professionals and students. 


University of California–Irvine eSports Arena | Friday, March 23, 1:45–4:15 p.m.

Member: $30 | Nonmember: $40
The University of California–Irvine eSports Arena is a home for gamers, located at the heart of campus on the Student Center Terrace. Students, staff, faculty, alumni, and guests are welcome in the arena, where they are provided a variety of the most popular games. This tour will include the arena, a meet-and-greet session with the eSports Arena professionals and students, and free play time, including on the state-of-the-art virtual reality system. Get a glimpse into what your campus could be hosting in the future.


California State University–Long Beach | Saturday, March 24, 2–5 p.m.

Member: $25 | Nonmember: $35
Associated Students, Inc. (ASI) is a nonprofit association organized under the university umbrella that is run for students by students. The mission of ASI is to improve the quality of campus life for students while enhancing their educational experience. This tour will include lunch on your own, informative meet-and-greet session with professionals and students, and both back- and front-of-the-house tours of the University Student Union, including conference space, games area, food pantry, and outdoor venues.

Marriott and City Tours

Marriott Tours

Marriott Hotel Back-of-House Tour | Saturday, March 24, 2:15–3:15 p.m. or 3:30–4:30 p.m.

Member: $15 | Nonmember: $20
Throughout the tour, the hotel staff will discuss their efforts in implementing the corporate sustainability mantra for Marriott. Enjoy behind-the-scenes access to all areas of the hotel.

Marriott Hotel Food Services Tour  | Saturday, March 24, 2:15–3:15 p.m. or 3:30–4:30 p.m.

Member: $15 | Nonmember: $20
Learn about Marriott’s unique culinary endeavors and the effort they take to infuse the unique feeling of Anaheim.


City Tours

Angels Stadium | Thursday, March 22, Noon–2 p.m.

Member: $30 | Nonmember: $40
Angel Stadium is the fourth-oldest active Major League Baseball stadium, behind Fenway Park, Wrigley Field, and Dodger Stadium. It has been the home of the Angels since their move from Los Angeles following the 1965 season. The stadium tour is both an enjoyable and educational experience! You will be invited to view areas that are normally restricted to the public. Highlights of this 75-minute tour include a trip down to the field, a visit into the Angels Dugout, walk through the Visitors’ Clubhouse, a close up look at the Mike Sciscia interview room, and an exclusive look at suites boxes throughout the stadium.

Nixon Library | Sunday, March 25, 10:30 a.m.–1:45 p.m.

Member: $40 | Nonmember: $55
The Richard Nixon Presidential Library and Museum is the final resting place of Richard Nixon, the 37th President of the United States (1969–1974), and his wife, Pat Nixon. This tour will include transportation from and to hotel, a 90-minute docent tour, and some free time to explore.


ACUI Expo

During the Annual Conference, you will have dedicated time to visit with vendors in the ACUI Expo. This is your opportunity to find solutions and touch base with current partners. Even if you are not in a position to make a purchasing decision, you can take valuable information back to campus and build your networking skills by spending time in the exhibit hall.

Interested in exhibiting? Find out more about ACUI's opportunities for corporate partners.

Exhibitor Listing
  • ACUI
    Advancing campus community since 1914, ACUI is the professional home to thousands of campus community builders around the world. Primarily focused on the work of those within the college unions and student activities field, the Association strives to provide an inclusive, welcoming community for all those who choose to belong. Stop the ACUI Expo in Anaheim to learn more about key benefits of being a member specifically ACUI Promos and ACUI Procure.
  • 7 Point Solutions
    7 Point Solutions offers a portfolio of value-add applications, tools and utilities that integrate with your scheduling software including our popular mobile service operations app (OPS) , payment portal, and affordable electronic room card and event displays.  7 Point can also help your Student Union operation with occupancy sensing, custom data reporting, and financial systems integration.

  • American Hotel Register Company
    American Hotel's Education Division offers 50,000 items including our value-priced Registry brand. As your total solution for residence hall mattresses and accessories, summer conference towels and linens, and cafeteria food service products, we serve customers through our state-of-the-art website; americanhotel.com/education and expert sales teams focused on YOU. Call today!
  • Au Bon Pain
    Cafe bakery serving health smart and flavorful food, and currently operation on over 30 campuses.
  • Bakergroup Foodservice
    FOODSERVICE & HOSPITALITY CONSULTANTS: 1,500+ projects strong. Master planning and design support for student centers and unions, residence facilities, recreation centers, restaurants, catering, retail stores, university clubs. 3-D visualization and BIM; interior design; energy reduction analysis and reporting; menu development; sustainable program development. Award-Winning & LEED accredited.
  • Barron Games
    Barron Games International is a family-owned company based in Buffalo, New York. We have quickly earned a top spot in the amusement industry, providing the market with high quality, entertaining, and profitable games. We specialize in customization and can extend your brand recognition by placing your logo on any of our best-selling games such as Air Hockey, Foosball & Ping-Pong tables.
  • Brailsford & Dunlavey
    Brailsford & Dunlavey is a program management firm with comprehensive in house planning capabilities. We have worked with more than 400 colleges and universities and completed in excess of 150 student union/center projects. Our services include strategic planning, programming, financial analysis, among others.
  • Campus Labs
    Campus Labs empowers institutions to make valuable connections with their data. We offer a complete set of integrated solutions for areas such as assessment, retention, teaching and learning, student engagement, and institutional effectiveness. We’re proud to serve more than 1,000 public and private colleges and universities. To learn more, visit campuslabs.com.
  • Campus Sonar
    Campus Sonar is a specialized social listening agency that empowers colleges and universities to find and analyze conversations that matter, seize engagement opportunities, and develop data-informed strategies.
  • Cannon Design
    CannonDesign creates spaces to support meaningful academic and social student interactions.
  • Chick-fil-A
    Nearly 300 college campuses around the country have an original Chick-fil-A Chicken Sandwich available just across the quad that serves as a friendly reminder of home – or just a quick snack in between classes.
  • CollegeNET, Inc.         
    CollegeNET improves efficiency and communication for higher education with advanced SaaS technologies that support class and event scheduling, space and resource management, and admissions and course evaluations. See us at ACUI 2017 to learn more about our exceptional solutions.
  • Cooper Carry
    Architecture, Planning, Interior Design, Landscape Architecture, Environmental Graphic Design
  • Crestron, Inc.
    Crestron is the smart way to integrate disparate systems across campus on one platform. Network all of your multimedia, environmental, and room-scheduling technology using your existing IT infrastructure, and Crestron Fusion™ enterprise management platform will let you monitor and control these systems together from anywhere. No matter the campus size, Crestron Fusion will save you time and money with easier and more efficient management of your resources.
  • Denny's
    The Den by Denny’s. Come in and you’ll see that is not your dad’s diner. This is a place with a vibe. Where you step right up to the counter and order a hand-smashed burger. For breakfast. Or a Grand Slamwich. At midnight. This is the local hang-out where friends meet up to chow down. Whenever. Whyever. The look is lounge. The feel is easy-chair communal comfort zone.
  • Design Materials Inc.
    After more than thirty years of business growth, Design Materials Inc operates on national and international level. Longevity translates into better product quality, excellent customer service, and experienced product knowledge. Visit DMI for your Natural, Wool, and Tuuli Flooring and Sisal Wallcovering.
  • DLR Group
    DLR Group is an integrated design firm delivering architecture, engineering, interiors, planning, and building optimization for new construction, renovation, and adaptive reuse. DLR Group is a 100 percent employee-owned firm.
  • Duda|Paine Architects
    Duda|Paine Architects presents clients with the opportunity to create meaningful, purposeful and transformative spaces inspired by their vision and goals. We harness the essence of an organization’s character and a project's purpose to shape spatial experiences that expand and advance institutional, business, organizational and community models. Our work realizes and elevates clients’ goals for success in the twenty-first century.
  • EMS Software
    EMS Software is an enterprise room and resource scheduling platform for large organizations. EMS solves the difficult problem of scheduling space and resources while also gathering meaningful data that helps to increase productivity and reduce costs. AIG, Yale University, Accenture, and thousands of others rely on EMS because it offers the greatest depth and breadth of functionality, the fastest and easiest way to schedule a meeting, and an exceptional customer experience. For more information, please visit https://www.emssoftware.com.
  • Envision Strategies
    Envision Strategies provides food services master planning, facility planning, market research, feasibility studies, RFP development and evaluation for colleges and universities worldwide as well as healthcare, corporate, entertainment and hospitality environments. We partner with our clients in delivering innovative, high-performing hospitality solutions.
  • Eustis Chair    
    Eustis Chair designs and manufactures hardwood chairs for university dining halls, study areas, and function space, including stacking hardwood chairs. Our chairs are designed for elegance, comfort, and engineered for truly superior durability. They are sustainably built by American craftsmen in our US factory, using solid hardwoods and other premium-quality materials.
  • EwingCole
    Architects, Engineers, Interior Designers, Planners in Irvine, New York City and Philadelphia. EwingCole is an American firm founded in 1961 as Alexander Ewing & Associates.
  • Flexsteel Industries   
    Flexsteel, rethinking design while leveraging proven products by DMI and the strength of the Flexsteel brand.
  • FOCUS
    Brands Franchisor to Carvel, Cinnabon, Schlotzsky's, Moe's Southwest Grill, Auntie Anne's, and McAlister's.
  • Freshens Quality Brands

    Freshens Fresh Food Studio is Healthy, Fast Casual Concept offering a variety of prepared to order Crepes, Salads,Rice Bowls, Flatbreads, Smoothies and Yogurt. Launched in 2014, Burritobowl is a fresh new concept from Freshens. Burritobowl is a Fast Casual Concept, offering internationally inspired Burritos, Salads, and Rice Bowls.

  • Gotham Artists
    How to book a keynote speaker? Gotham Artists enables you to hire a speaker, represents best entertainers, keynote & leadership speakers in the world.
  • Hart Linen & Textiles
    Hart Linen manufactures and sells all textile and linen related items for banquet linen, pipe and drape, in-room textiles, and audio-visual covers
  • IMEG Corporation
    IMEG Corp is one of the largest engineering consulting firms in the U.S. specializing in high performing building systems, infrastructure, and construction-related services.
  • Integra Seating
    Integra has specialized in manufacturing lounge seating and tables for over 30+ years. Integra’s offerings withstand the unique requirements of high-use student environments such as Student Unions, Lounges, Housing, Libraries, Dining and Common Areas. Integra Seating provides sustainability and a value-oriented solution to your lounge seating needs. Innovative products include tablet arms tested to hold 300 lbs. and Hide n Go Leg mobility option that provides beautifully concealed mobility that saves wear and tear on flooring. Modular design allows for replaceable components which is more cost effective and sustainable. Integra offers a Lifetime Warranty on all components. Integra is a US, Woman and Family Owned Manufacturer. When partnering with Integra you can expect excellent Customer Service and Support. Integra Seating PO Box M Walworth, WI 53184 800-235-0234 www.integraseating.com
  • Mackey Mitchell Architects
    Mackey Mitchell Architects has been bringing architectural vision to college campuses for decades. With an in-depth understanding of the implication of the campus's built environment on students' successes, we provide designs that foster an atmosphere where students learn to balance their lives, equally rich in academic, recreation, and social activities.
  • Madrax/Thomas Steele
    Madrax is the industry leader in bicycle parking and custom designs to reflect your vision. Thomas Steele is the premier choice for hand crafted benches, table, litter, receptacles and planters. All products are fabricated with care from the finest materials available.
  • Max-R
    As the innovator of the customized waste and recycle bin, we'll partner with you to create a bin that is not only specific to your waste streams, custodial needs, and design requirements, but one that will also increase awareness of your sustainability program and its goals.
  • MHTN Architects
    MHTN focuses on enhancing the student experience by producing cutting-edge architectural design solutions, master plans, programs, feasibility studies, landscape designs, and interior designs for student life. MHTN is respected as a national thought leader in Student Union and Student Center Design for higher education campuses.
  • Mity-Lite
    Mity Lite is known for incredibly light and durable tables that are easy to fold and stack. We also offer portable dance floors, staging, partitions, and carts. Our award-winning products come in a wide variety of sizes and styles, backed by a generous warranty and factory direct customer services. Call 1-800-327-1692.
  • Moody-Nolan
    For more than 30 years, national design firm Moody-Nolan has been considered a leader in industry best practices and client satisfaction. The firm has won numerous national awards for its innovative, functional and aesthetically pleasing solutions to achieving client goals in the design of student centers and unions.
  • MTS Seating  
    MTS Seating is the leading manufacturer of premium quality metal framed seating for the hospitality market. Our wide selection of made in the USA products include extensive lines of stackable banquet, meeting and convention chairs, folding products, ergonomic seating, restaurant dining seating and tables, and guest room and public space seating. MTS thrives on relationships and collaboration, excels with customization and partnering, is focused on continuous sustainability improvements and is artistically inspired and driven by design.
  • MTVU
    MTVU… The Power of MTV. The Voice of College. MTVU is MTV’s college network, broadcasting to over 8 million students at over 700 colleges nationwide. The content on MTVU speaks to the moments that define the college experience and matches the unique rhythm of life on campus. From fitness tips and meal planning, to social initiatives and senior advice, MTVU lives inside the college bubble, putting real students and their issues first. Like our audience, MTVU is smart sophisticated, and always willing to reshape the boundaries.

  • Panda Restaurant Group
    Panda Restaurant Group, Inc. operates multiple Asian brands, the largest being Panda Express. Panda Express is a quick serve Asian concept that serves Chinese American favorite dishes, such as Chow Mein, Orange Chicken, and Broccoli Beef. Based in Rosemead, California, Panda Express has over 100 university locations and is rapidly expanding in this venue in the coming year.
  • Perkins+Will   
    At Perkins+Will, we believe in the power of education to elevate the human condition – to create innovators and leaders who can resolve the challenges of the 21st century. We believe in the power of great design to shape the educational experience and inspire human success.
  • PS Furniture
    PS Furniture manufactures furniture for flexible spaces; tables, chairs, lecterns, portable WALS and flooring, along with transport and storage solutions in Conneautville, Pennsylvania.
  • Ricca Design Studios 
    Ricca creates culinary spaces that enhance the dining experience by increasing back-of-house efficiencies and catering to chefs’ unique needs. We design open-kitchen concepts that complement the aesthetic intent of the space, allowing guests to experience the action. Our hospitality experience allows us to bring the latest trends to university dining.
  • Sasaki 
    Sasaki has over 60 years of experience working on campuses. Our experience has focused on understanding the culture of each institution, creating a design that evokes its unique qualities. Sasaki pioneered interdisciplinary sustainable design and planning as a national leader in the research, programming, and design of college unions.
  • Sauder Education
    An American-based furniture manufacturer with over 70 years’ experience, Sauder Education®, a brand of Sauder® Manufacturing Co., is a leading provider of durable, functional seating, tables and casegoods, including renewable lounge seating, for application across campus, including residence halls, student rooms, dining, student unions, classrooms, computer labs, libraries, and chapels.
  • Screenflex Portable Room Dividers
    Screenflex manufactures QUALITY, USA made portable room dividers. Our accordion folding dividers are available in fabric, vinyl, and clear acrylic finishes. Many heights, lengths, and options available. All models help you economically make better use of your facility.
  • Seating Concepts, Inc.
    Dining room furniture and interior design services.
  • SenSource
    Make better decisions with SenSource traffic monitoring and analytic solutions utilized by successful student unions all over the US, our software helps to evaluate staffing levels, predicts expansion needs and justify funding requests. Integrate with HVAC systems and room scheduling software to complete the solution for your facilities operational efficiency.
  • Skyfactor
    Skyfactor Mapworks Student Retention System includes proven predictive analytics, alerting staff of at-risk students. Skyfactor Benchworks, student affairs, and academic program assessments are aligned with accreditation and professional standards.
  • SICO America
    SICO manufactures, "top-quality," mobile-folding equipment, used by busy facilities throughout the world. SICO products provide the flexibility needed to maximize the efficient use of space. SICO provides stages, staging accessories, choral risers, tables (catering, banquet, seminar, cocktail), dance floor systems, deco buffet stations. Please see our complete line at www.sicoinc.com.
  • StageRight Corporation
    For every event, StageRight has versatile, lightweight staging. Assembly is easy, with no tools required. With Choral and Band Risers, ADA Ramps, Graduation Stages, Pit-Fillers and Stage Extensions, Acoustical Shells and Ceilings and more, we can assist in all your staging needs. Call StageRight at 800-438-4499, info@stageright.com, www.stageright.com
  • SUBWAY
    The SUBWAY® brand offers a variety of great tasting sandwiches and salads with menu options for multiple day-parts. Your students and faculty want a quick and portable meal, freshly prepared and made to order just the way they like it. When you either own or host a SUBWAY® Restaurant inside your campus, you become part of one of the world’s most recognized brands with over 600 locations in colleges and universities worldwide.
  • Traf-Sys Walker Wireless
    The creators of traffic counting for the college marketplace, Traf-Sys Walker Wireless, bring you cloud-based reporting and accurate traffic counting systems to fit any situation. Assess traffic flow, control operating costs, justify expansion projects, and increase your level of service with a system from the experts at Traf-Sys Walker Wireless.
  • Transformations Furniture
    Transformations Furniture manufactures truly renewable upholstered seating that's unrivaled in the marketplace. Our premium products preserve your facilities image longer to provide a superior solution for everyday use and abuse.
  • Unique Venues
    Marketing Services for Unions
  • University Tickets
    UniversityTickets provides ticketing and box office technology to colleges and universities across the U.S. and Canada.
  • Workshop Architects
    Workshop is an architecture, design, and strategic planning studio specializing in the design of spaces for student development, success, and engagement, with an emphasis on student unions.
  • WTW
    Architecture, Planning, Interior Design for Higher Education.

Travel

Conference Hotel

Anaheim Marriott
700 West Convention Way
Anaheim, CA 92802

The Anaheim Marriott is an inclusive venue with large event spaces, tech-enabled meeting rooms, and essential amenities. Whether it be through the conference program or self-discovery, connecting in Anaheim promises to be a memorable experience. By staying in the convention hotel, you help offset convention and service fees for this important program. The deadline to receive the conference rate has passed, but rooms are still available by contacting Marriott directly. If you have additional questions about hotel options, please contact the ACUI Central Office at acui@acui.orgor 812.245.2284.


Airport

Four major airports service the Anaheim area. Delegates are encouraged to balance airfare with the transit time and costs associated with each airport arrival.

John Wayne/Orange County (SNA): 14 miles
Long Beach (LGB): 18 miles
Ontario (ONT): 35 miles
Los Angeles (LAX): 35 miles