You’re invited to the 2019 ACUI Regions I & IV Joint Regional Conference! 

ACUI Regions I & IV are joining together to host this year’s joint Regional Conference in Reno, Nevada. Please join us November 14–16 at the Joe Crowley Student Union at the University of Nevada–Reno and Grand Sierra Resort to reflect our collective and individual goals, passions, and purposes.

The Regional Conference has always been a place to come together to learn from one another, reconnect with colleagues and friends, create new relationships, celebrate achievements, and highlight the outstanding work that our regions are accomplishing. 

This year’s Conference Planning Team would like to engage you on the theme: Collaborations for a Common Vision. 

Consider the following questions as we address this theme:

  • How do we create a shared vision?
  • What are the most essential elements of a collaboration to you?
  • How can individuals draw upon their own strengths to lead a collaboration?

Through educational sessions, social events, dialogues, and speakers, we will provide opportunities for networking and connections across two ACUI regions for students and professional members. 

We hope all participants will leave the Regional Conference with renewed energy and passion for their work and for improving the lives of their students.

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Schedule and Education


The schedule is now available through Eventsential, via the mobile and desktop app.

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To add the app to your smartphone:

  • Download Eventsential from your smartphone's app store
  • Create an account using the same email as you have on your ACUI account
  • Confirm your email address via a confirmation email from Engagefully (be sure to check spam)
  • Search for "ACUI"
  • Add "2019 ACUI Regions I & IV Joint Conference"
Preconference Offerings
Enhance your experience by adding one of these optional activities on Thursday, November 14, before the conference kicks off!
Craft Brewery Tour

Thursday, November 14, 1–4 p.m.
Cost: $55 (lunch not included)
Shuttle leaves Grand Sierra Resort at 1 p.m. Attendees will visit three local craft breweries and spend 50 minutes at each stop. Cost includes brewery tours, tastings, and shuttle.

First stop: IMBĪB Custom Brews
Second stop: Revision Brewing Company
Third stop: The Depot

Facilities Tour Around Downtown

Thursday, November 14, 1:30–4 p.m.
Cost: $25 (lunch not included)

Downtown Reno is a 24/7 lively district lit up by the iconic “The Biggest Little City in the World” arch. Abundant restaurants and bars, shopping, museums, live music venues as well as casinos make up the district. Attendees will get to tour two event venues in the heart of downtown. Wear comfortable walking shoes.

Reno Events Center

Located in the heart of downtown, Reno Events Center offers 118,000 square feet of space for top-notch entertainment and conventions.

National Bowling Stadium
Referred to as the “Taj Mahal of Tenpins” by the Los Angeles Times, the stadium was designed with the tournament bowler in mind but is versatile enough to be transformed to suit any event, from private parties, business meetings, and bowling functions.


What Comes After Director? Looking Beyond to Senior Leadership Roles

Thursday, November 14, 1–4 p.m.
Cost: $25 (lunch not included)

In partnership with the Community of Practice for Senior Professionals and Retirees, this preconference session will feature a panel of senior leaders from institutions within Regions I & IV. The panel will share their experiences, discuss career advancement opportunities, and explore other institutional service areas. Attendees will examine their own career advancement goals, discuss strategies with seasoned professionals, and consider advancement possibilities outside of positional responsibility. Attendees can also expect to learn from and build relationships with aspiring senior leaders!

L. Lincoln Johnson, Associate Vice President for Student Life
University of Washington

Lincoln JohnsonLincoln Johnson serves as the associate vice president for student life at the University of Washington, where his portfolio centers primarily on campus and student engagement. His responsibilities include commencement, recreation, the Husky Union Building (HUB), student activities, fraternity and sorority life, the LGBTQ Center, student veteran life, student publications, the Student Fee Committee, and student government (ASUW and GPSS). Prior to his arrival in Seattle, he served at Louisiana College, Baylor University, and Mississippi State University. He received his undergraduate degree (music education) and graduate degree (higher education) from Baylor University. Over the years, Johnson has served in a variety of leadership roles regionally, nationally, and internationally with the ACUI and Student Affairs Professionals in Higher Education (NASPA).

Jan Javinar, Assistant to the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs
University of Hawaii–West Oahu

Jan JanvinarJan Javinar has held leadership positions in student affairs administration for over 30 years, including the last 24 years overseeing student life, student activities, and college union administration. From 2012–2013, he served as the vice chancellor of student affairs at the University of Hawaii–West Oahu, and became interim associate vice president for student affairs for the University of Hawaii System in 2013, serving until 2015. Beginning in 2016, Javinar returned to the University of Hawaii–West Oahu campus as a student affairs faculty member and serves as assistant to the vice chancellor for student affairs. Javinar has been active with the ACUI and with the National Association of Student Personnel Administration (NASPA). He also provides facilitation and planning consultation for non-profits, governmental agencies, etc. He earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in education and doctorate of education in educational administration from the University of Hawaii–Manoa.

Sarah Comstock, Associate Dean of Students for Involvement & Programs
University of Puget Sound

Sarah ComstockSarah Comstock is the associate dean of students for involvement and programs at the University of Puget Sound. As an undergraduate, her first student union job was in the bowling alley, and she has spent the next 20-something years being thankful that she still has all of her fingers. Two of the other panelists, Lincoln Johnson and Mandy Ellertson, can be thanked for Comstock's 20-year involvement with ACUI. Johnson welcomed her into ACUI at a Regional Conference at Oregon State University in 1999, and at that same conference, Ellertson "voluntold" her for a role on the Regional Leadership Team. Comstock counts her involvement in ACUI as some of the most cherished parts of her professional career.

Amanda “Mandy” Ellertson, Director of Student Life and Leadership (retired)
Portland Community College

Mandy EllertsonMandy Ellertson worked in higher education for 33 years. She recently retired in October 2019, after serving as the director of student life and leadership at Portland Community College for 27 years. Ellertson also teaches history and humanities at the college, where she advocates for the importance of studying these topics as a way to become a better citizen in our country and of the world, encouraging her students to take responsibility for their own education. To her, a huge part of the learning journey includes taking risks and seeking to understand as opposed to accumulating a bunch of facts. Ellertson strives to work with others in the community, and volunteers for a variety of organizations including ACUI, the Coalition Against Hate Crimes, Coffee Creek Correctional Facility, SOLVE (Stop Oregon Litter and Vandalism), the Oregon Food Bank and St. James Lutheran Church in downtown Portland. Her students inspire her to invest in the local community and never quit seeking justice.

Grand Sierra Resort Social Hour

Thursday, November 14, 4–5 p.m.
Cost: Free

Come socialize with colleagues at this pre-dinner mingle; there will be a cash bar available.


Regional Steal this Idea

ACUI Regions I & IV are accepting submissions for the Steal this Idea. In the spirit of collaboration and the sharing of ideas, entries will be displayed at a slide show during lunch on Friday, November 15. There is no formal contest. We look forward to being inspired by your great work!

To submit entries, email Danielle Mancuso with the subject line Steal this Idea. Entries must be JPG files no larger than 5 MB.


(Through September 12)
(September 12–October 9)
(After October 9)
Professional Member$225$275$375
Professional Nonmember$299$325
Graduate Student Member$224$224$299
Graduate Student Nonmember$229$229$424
Undergraduate Student Member$198$198$274
Undergraduate Student Nonmember$274$274$349
Member One-Day (November 15)$148$158$174
Nonmember One-Day (November 15)$174$184$200


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The Regional Conference will take place at the University of Nevada—Reno's Joe Crowley Student Union. The Joe offers everything from study spaces, retail vendors, to event and meeting spaces, and more. As the living room of campus, we are committed to providing a safe, inclusive and comfortable space for all members of our diverse Wolf Pack community. 

Highlights include:

  • Shuttle route between the union and resort
  • 219-seat theater
  • 10,000+ square foot ballroom
  • Cozy Great Room with a fireplace feature
  • Eight different food vendors
  • Student services and campus departments
  • Lounge areas with five fireplaces
  • Gender inclusive restrooms
  • Lactation room on the Third Floor

The University of Nevada— Reno was founded in 1874 and offers degrees in the undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral levels. As a land-grant institution, the university emphasizes making a college education a realizable goal for those who apply. Through a focus on experiential learning, high-impact research opportunities and community outreach, an education at the University prepares students for academic, personal, and future career success. With a diverse student body representing all 50 states and 96 countries, we are truly a diverse and dynamic Pack.

“Reno Tahoe isn't your basic vacation destination. It's a collision of contrasts, where majestic mountains converge on desert. Discover Lake Tahoe and Reno.” 

– The Reno-Sparks Convention and Visitors Authority, RSCVA


Grand Sierra Resort
2500 E 2nd Street
Reno, NV 89595

The Grand Sierra Resort has been voted Best Hotel in Reno, Nevada! At the center of all Reno has to offer, the Grand Sierra Resort provides the most accommodations of any resort casino hotels in Reno. Use the code "ACUI19" to receive the conference rate.

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Highlights include:

  • Airport shuttle to and from hotel
  • Shuttle route between the union and resort
  • More than 1,900 elegantly appointed rooms and suites
  • Access to 80,000-square-foot casino
  • Large selection of restaurants, cafés, bars, and lounges
  • More than 200,000-square-feet of meeting space
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