"It Starts With Us," October 20–22 at the University of Florida!

The University of Florida is home to the J. Wayne Reitz Union, host site of the ACUI Region III Conference, a newly renovated facility boasting 350,000+ square feet of space, including 126,000 square feet of new space and 90,000 square feet of renovated space. 

The Conference Planning Team has been hard at work developing a schedule that “Starts With Us” to maximize your potential, with educational sessions that not only explore the role of the college union but also encompass the Association’s core competencies.

Educational Sessions

The educational session proposal deadline is Friday, July 21. Submit a proposal or encourage a friend/colleague by visiting the submission page.



Justin Jones

In 2015, Justin Jones was voted as a “HOT ACT” by Campus Activities Magazine, and in 2008, he was named one of Ebony Magazine’s “30 Young Leaders Under 30 On the Rise.” He is the author of two books—the most recent focusing on values-based success—an award-winning entrepreneur, and a professional speaker. 

While in college, Jones was a fraternity leader, president of three campus organizations, and served on the SGA Executive Board. He has earned his MBA focused on leadership and organizational learning and is passionate about combining high-energy, humor, and practical content in all of his presentations to help students reach their goals, achieve better results, and become better leaders.

Justin Jones
Dr. David Parrott

Dr. Dave Parrott is the vice president for student affairs at the University of Florida. He joined the Gator Nation from Texas A&M, where he served as executive associate vice president and chief of staff for student affairs in addition to teaching in the Department of Educational Administration. Prior to his arrival at Texas A&M, Parrott was the associate dean of students and later the assistant vice president for student affairs at Western Michigan University.

He has a doctorate in educational psychology with an emphasis in student affairs administration from the University of Louisville. Additionally, he holds a master's degree in college student personnel and a bachelor's degree in business management from Western Kentucky University. Parrott is married to Dr. Kelli Peck Parrott, and they have two sons, Jackson (11) and Jason (9).

Dave Parrott


(through September 7)
(September 8–28)
(September 29–October 8)
Professional Member$220$245$295
Graduate or Undergraduate Student Member$200$200$200
Professional Nonmember$280$305$355
Graduate or Undergraduate Student Nonmember$260$260$260



Lodging and Local Area


Accommodations will be available at the Holiday Inn Gainesville—University Center.

Online Booking
You can book online using this link. On the booking screen, enter arrival and departure dates. Then under "More Options," ensure the group code is listed (ACU). 

You may call the hotel directly and book via telephone at 352.376.1661. Ask for the booking code "ACU."

Visit Gainesville and Local Attractions 

The conference hotel is surrounded by shops, restaurants, and boutiques and sits in the heart of Gainesville. Local attractions include Kanapaha Botanical Gardens, Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings Historic State Park, and the Gainesville-Hawthorne Trail. Find out more about what Gainesville has to offer at visitgainesville.com. Region III extends a special thank you to visitgainesville.com for their support.