IPDS: New Professionals Orientation 2012

Core Competencies: Leadership, Marketing, Planning, Student Learning
June 21 – June 25, 2012
Purdue University, West Lafayette, Ind.

Program Description

As one of ACUI's premier programs, this seminar has been staple of new professional's introduction to college union and student activities management for decades. In 2012, participants will focus on enhancing their supervision, advising, budget development, assessment, marketing, and cultural awareness skills. Additionally, participants will have the opportunity to get to know colleagues from other schools and develop a network they can count on in tough times.



Tentative Schedule


June 21

Morning–Afternoon    Optional Community Service  
Evening    Welcome and Cookout 

June 22 

9–10 a.m.  Educational Session: Role of the College Union
Marsha Herman-Betzen, ACUI Executive Director
10 a.m.–Noon   Teambuilding Activity  
Noon–1:30 p.m.   Lunch 
1:30–3 p.m.  

Educational Session: What It Means to Be a New Professional
Danita Brown, Purdue University Dean of Students

3–4 p.m.   Small Group Discussions: Modern-Day Issues' Affect on the Role of the College Union 

4–5:30 p.m. 

 Purdue Memorial Union Building Tour 
6–8:30 p.m.   

Reception and Dinner at the Union


June 23 

9–10:30 a.m.  Workshop 
10:30 a.m.–Noon   Educational Session 
11 a.m.–Noon  



Noon–4 p.m.   

 Maximizing Your Employees and Student Leaders: Motivation and Performance Management
Debra Dunbar, Indiana University Director of Organizational Development Services

4–4:30 p.m.


4:30 p.m. 

 Educational Session 

June 24 


 9 a.m.–Noon


 Educational Session: Leveraging Assessment to Tell Your Union Story
Jason Simon, University of North Texas Division of Student Affairs Director of Research, Assessment, and Planning

Noon–2 p.m.


Progressive Meal at Purdue University Cultural Centers


2:30–4 p.m.    


Educational Session: Marketing and Fundraising
Kurt Foriska, The Ohio State University, Student Life Director of Marketing and Development


4:30–6 p.m. 

 Educational Session 

6 p.m. 

 Dinner on Own 

June 25

9–10 a.m.   

Panel Discussion: A Career in College Unions: Practical Advice for Taking the Next Step
Ian Crone, Elmhurst College Associate Dean of Students and Director of the Frick Center
Mulu Ferede, University of Illinois, Illini Union Senior Associate Director 
Eric Tammes, Roosevelt University Associate Vice President, Communication and Retention  
Jill Zambito, Northern Illinois University Director of Student Involvement and Leadership Development


10 a.m.–Noon



 Optional Tour of the Indiana University-Purdue University–Indianapolis Campus Center (with transportation to the Indianapolis airport afterward) 

   * All times and topics are subject to change.

** All breakfasts are on own.

Updated March 21, 2013