"Discover Your Anthem"
November 3–5, University of Maryland–Baltimore County

Baltimore is a major city in Maryland with a long history as an important seaport. Fort McHenry, birthplace of the U.S. national anthem, sits at the mouth of Baltimore’s Inner Harbor. Today, this harbor area offers shops, upscale crab shacks, and attractions like the Civil War-era warship the USS Constellation and the National Aquarium, showcasing thousands of marine creatures. It is home to the open-air walkways and shops of Baltimore’s Harborplace, as well as Camden Yards, home of the Orioles, and M&T Bank Stadium, home of the Ravens.

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Registration

Early registration ends on September 30 with regular registration starting October 1. We encourage our members to take advantage of the discounted rates being offered during early registration!

Early (through September 30)Regular (October 1–19)Late (October 20–27)
Professional Member$235$255$275
Graduate or Undergraduate Student Member$230$230$230
Professional Nonmember$300$300$300
Graduate or Undergraduate Student Nonmember$300$300$300


Register

Find out more about institutional membershipShould you have any questions, please feel free to contact Region VII Conference Planning Team member Katy Fagan katy.fagan@temple.edu.


Funds for Fitness

Register now for fundraising events that will take place at the conference. Below you will find some fun-filled options that provide our region with scholarship opportunities and more.

Friday, November 3 – AQUA ZumbaAquaZumba
This class is located in the Marriott Pool and will be led by Kaitlin Shaginaw, a licensed Zumba and STRONG by Zumba instructor. This class will definitely wake you up in the water and provide Region VII with a splash of fun and funds for scholarships.

Saturday, November 4 – Trail FUNd Run/Walk/Roll
Join fellow attendees on the BWI Trail for the Regional FUNd Run/Walk/Roll. Enjoy your morning on the scenic trail with a brisk jog or casual walk. T-shirts are also included in the registration of this event.

Pay to Sleep In
Want to stay dry or avoid running and still support the region? Use the “Pay to Sleep In” option for both events. You will still receive a T-shirt for the Trail FUNd Run/Walk/Roll!

Should you have any questions, please feel free to contact Region VII Conference Team Member Kaitlin Shaginaw at shaginaw@rowan.edu.

Schedule

All times are converted to Eastern Standard Time
Thu, November 02, 2017
4:00 PM

School Tour: Bowie State

4:00 PM - 7:30 PM

Registration Required, $25 fee. Shuttle will depart from BWI Airport Marriott hotel at 4 p.m. and return at 7:30 p.m.

School Tour: College Park

4:00 PM - 7:30 PM

Registration Required, $25 fee. Shuttle will depart from BWI Airport Marriott hotel at 4 p.m. and return at 7:30 p.m.

School Tour: Morgan State

4:00 PM - 7:30 PM

Registration Required, $25 fee. Shuttle will depart from BWI Airport Marriott hotel at 4 p.m. and return at 7:30 p.m. Dinner included.

5:00 PM

Registration & Conference Concierge

5:00 PM - 10:00 PM

Welcome to Baltimore! Join us in the lobby of the Marriott at BWI for all of your registration and conference needs.

Silent Auction Drop Off

5:00 PM - 10:00 PM

Have a donation for the silent or live auction? We can take that off your hands in the lobby of the Marriott at BWI! If you can't drop by tonight, don't worry! Items can be dropped off tomorrow in The Commons at UMBC.

8:00 PM

Student Mixer

8:00 PM - 10:00 PM

Calling all undergrad and graduate students! Come check us out in Champions Bar and Grill! Kick off the conference by connecting with students from all across the region!

9:00 PM

Meet the Regional Leadership Team Mixer

9:00 PM - 10:00 PM

Come meet the Regional Leadership Team in the hotel lobby at Champions Bar and Grill, learn about ACUI and explore your opprotunities to volunteer!

Fri, November 03, 2017
6:45 AM

Shuttle to UMBC

6:45 AM - 9:00 AM

Shuttles depart every 15 minutes from Marriott to UMBC.

7:00 AM

Fund$ for Fitne$$ – Aqua Zumba

7:00 AM - 8:00 AM

Suit up and dive right in! Join Kaitlin Shaginaw from the Conference Planning Team for ACUI's first-ever Aqua Zumba! Registration Required.

Breakfast

7:00 AM - 9:00 AM

It's time to charge up for the day. Check out your breakfast options on and off campus using the "Breakfast Options" menu in the conference guide.

8:00 AM

Expo Check-In

8:00 AM - 3:00 PM

Welcome vendors! Please check in at the registration table in The Commons' lobby.

Registration & Conference Concierge

8:00 AM - 3:00 PM

We're ready to take on UMBC, are you? Stop by The Commons' lobby for all of your conference needs.

Silent Auction Drop Off

8:00 AM - 3:00 PM

It's almost time to bid, but first, donate! Stop by the Registration table in The Common's Lobby to drop off any donation items. Don't forget to check out the Fireside Lounge for bidding!

Take a Chance Board

8:00 AM - 10:00 PM

Take a chance with ACUI! Stop by the region's Take A Chance Board for challenges, surprises, and more. Within the envelopes are quotes, suggestions for conference activities, and prizes!

Please limit yourself to one "chance" per day.



9:00 AM

UMBC Welcome Address & Groundbreaking

9:00 AM - 9:30 AM

Jen Grossman Leopard and Abdias Irizarry welcome you to UMBC. Celebrating our 51st year of Grit & Greatness, UMBC is excited to host Region VII! We hope you brought your ACUI spirit to Baltimore! Kicking off the conference and giving a warm welcome is Poulomi Banerjee, former student turned union staff member.

9:30 AM

Opening Keynote: Justin Jones-Fosu

9:30 AM - 10:30 AM

Justin Jones-Fosu, nationally recognized college leadership, diversity, and student success speaker, brings his years of experience in public speaking addressing cultures of respect to ACUI. Kicking off the conference, Jones-Fosu will give you a starter kit to discovering your anthem so get ready for a high energy presentation filled with laughs and self reflection.

10:45 AM

Are You New Here? Being Aware of New Professionals and their Identity Development

10:45 AM - 11:35 AM

Sometimes as established professionals, it is easy to overlook the challenges that new professionals may be facing during their adjustment to their new role. In this workshop, Chickering's Theory of Identity Development is used as a framework to provide insight on how new professionals may see themselves in relation to their new coworkers and how to support them. Come explore Chickering's seven vectors to see where new professionals may be mentally, emotionally, and how intersecting identities can impact how they navigate their new work space.

Budgeting: Do You Have to be a Numbers Person to Excel in Budget Planning and Implementation?

10:45 AM - 11:35 AM

Every institution develops and plans budgets a bit differently, but there are those basic practices that all should follow. This session will outline basic budget and funding principles. Please come prepared to share your budgeting practices and challenges as we explore handling finances in an increasingly difficult budgeting landscape.

Conversession: Creating Safe Spaces

10:45 AM - 11:35 AM

Conversessions are spaces designated for open conversation about a current topic. These sessions are generally unstructured but provide participants the opportunity to discuss issues

Invest in Your Students So They Invest in You!

10:45 AM - 11:35 AM

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!

It's Raining Cats & Dogs... and Miniature Horses? Why Are Animals in My Building?

10:45 AM - 11:35 AM

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.

Marketing Infinity

10:45 AM - 11:35 AM

Learn about social media and marketing with members of the Conference Planning Team and Regional Leadership Team with this interactive presentation

New Building, New Everything

10:45 AM - 11:35 AM

Explore the newly renovated Brower Student Center at the College of New Jersey with your presenter. Going through a renovation? This session will review how to make the most of operational parts of the building, fostering relationships with construction and administration, and keeping a full student staff in tact.

11:45 AM

Lunch

11:45 AM - 1:00 PM

Silent Auction Section 1

11:45 AM - 5:30 PM

Come check and see if you won!

1:00 PM

Community Service Project: Art With A Heart

1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Art with a Heart is a nonprofit organization; its mission is to enhance the lives of people in need through visual art. Art with a Heart is always in need of help to prepare for future projects. Today we will be doing a variety of things that range from coloring pop art for merchandise, cutting mirror, breaking tiles, making samples for classes, and completing projects for our community partners. Stations will be available so that volunteers have a variety of fun and engaging options to choose from.

1:30 PM

Volunteer Reception: Invitation Only

1:30 PM - 2:00 PM

Invitation Only

2:00 PM

Conversession: University of Virginia-Charlottesville (Free Speech on Campus)

2:00 PM - 2:50 PM

Conversessions are spaces designated for open conversation about a current topic. These sessions are generally unstructured but provide participants the opportunity to discuss issues

Holding Space: Advising Student Leaders for Social Change and Social Justice

2:00 PM - 2:50 PM

Supporting student activism for social change and social justice can be overwhelming. Staff and faculty committed to student social justice on behalf of students from under-represented heritage and social communities on predominately white college campuses need support and advising structures that help them manage their professional personal poliltical passions. Holding Space will present best practices for working with the American University Black Student Alliance as an advisor during their social justice work for campus community and insitutional reforms to address social inequities.

Leading Others in Their WHY and NOW

2:00 PM - 2:50 PM

Would you like to see your staff more motivated and inspired to do the work that really matters? If so, in this session, Justin will help you have the conversations that matter and create environments where their why's and your goals can both succeed.

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

2:00 PM - 2:50 PM

Most student development classes and theories focus on how to grow students as they enter their early 20s, but that's not always the case with non-traditional students. They can be a great asset to your team as well as require specialized attention when it comes to scheduling, training, and development. This session will discuss our experiences working with non traditional students who include: parents, active-duty military, and returning students. Followed by small-group discussions, participants will have time to strategize how they would incorporate non traditional students into their staff systems.

Proper Etiquette and You

2:00 PM - 2:50 PM

Tables manners, social media, and more! Come learn the forms of etiquette including the proper use of email, communicating with students, staff and faculty, and social media. Come learn the ins and outs of navigating an RSVP.

Reflecting on Meditation Spaces

2:00 PM - 2:50 PM

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.

Use What Ya Got!

2:00 PM - 2:50 PM

Creativity in student affairs entails using the skills that you have in the most effective way to connect with students. This session is a case study discussion on how Hayden M. Greene and the Manhattan College Multicultural Center used one of his skills, photography, to spread the philosophy of multiculturalism and inclusivity on campus. The project was called the Halo Project and is now being using across the campus to communicate messages of solidarity and community.

3:00 PM

Bridging The Gap: Teamwork Between Programming and Operations

3:00 PM - 3:50 PM

Teamwork between student union operations staff and campus programming boards can be challenging. At Radford University, our main campus programming board puts on 200 events per year, many of those are in the Bonnie Hurlburt Student Center, putting operations staff to the test. With careful planning, we have mastered the teamwork it takes to successfully collaborate and provide high-quality programs for the Radford University community.

Conversession: 2016 Election, One Year Later

3:00 PM - 3:50 PM

Conversessions are spaces designated for open conversation about a current topic. These sessions are generally unstructured but provide participants the opportunity to discuss issues

Discover Your Marketing Anthem

3:00 PM - 3:50 PM

As technology continues to evolve and students become increasingly distracted with multiple communications from every direction, how can you effectively and efficiently get your message across to the student body about campus events and your union? This educational session will explore non-traditional marketing techniques, including grassroots marketing and how to think outside the box to develop a creative marketing plan. Participants will examine how to effectively utilize their student groups and/or student organizations when developing a marketing campaign for their campus events. Bring your stories and experiences to share and get some great ideas from other campuses during this informative group discussion. What are some of the challenges you face in your union? What has worked well for you in your union?

Embracing EVERYDAY Diversity: The Journey from Head to HEART!

3:00 PM - 3:50 PM

Using music, movement, and a substance-packed presentation, Justin will give your audience an experience they'll never forget! They will reflect and have fun while realizing the power that a diverse, engaged, and respectful workplace offers, and they will understand their role in helping to create an environment where everyone matters and feels empowered to shape their landscape. This diversity conversation is much better with Justin's unique blend of high-energy, humor, practical content, and in-depth vulnerability. It's time to inspire people toward EVERYDAY DIVERSITY!

Lead, Plan, Serve, Contribute, Engage: ACUI Volunteers

3:00 PM - 3:50 PM

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.

Rediscovering Social Media: 7 Trends in 2017

3:00 PM - 3:50 PM

Not just for students anymore, social media has come a long way since Facebook was founded in 2004. Social media is woven into our everyday lives, mainly through our mobile devices. Come rediscover trends in social media, and learn how to create a social media strategy for yourself, and your department.

Singing About Student Employment

3:00 PM - 3:50 PM

Join me to learn about our Student Employment Program that we have at Rutgers University-Camden. I'll take you through the melody of hiring and training new students, along with some of our best practices that will help sing a sweet tune for any new employee!

What is Mental Health First Aid & How To Bring it to Your Campus?

3:00 PM - 3:50 PM

Mental health is a vital component of everyday life and something that has a strong stigma associated with it. In the academic environment, we encounter people from all walks of life who at any moment could need assistance with a mental health concern. Mental Health First Aid is a program designed to promote awareness and provide individuals with the tools needed to help an individual in a moment of need. This session will give a brief overview of the program, how it's used at UMBC, and how you can adopt it on your campus.

4:00 PM

Building Bridges

4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Building Bridges, an ACUI tradition! Facilitated by Clifton Johnson, this session will provide through provoking questions, networking opportunities, and much more!

4:45 PM

Shuttle to Hotel

4:45 PM - 6:00 PM

Shuttles depart every 15 minutes from UMBC Commons to hotel.

Shuttle to UMBC

4:45 PM - 6:30 PM

Shuttles depart every 15 minutes from Marriott to UMBC.

5:00 PM

Optional: UMBC Union Tours

5:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Come on a guided tour through UMBC's student union, The Commons! Led by Abdias and Dana, tours will depart at 5pm and 5:30pm from the University Center Ballroom.

Break

5:00 PM - 6:30 PM

Take a quick break before dinner. Check out the snack options on campus or head back to the hotel to recharge. See you when you get back in the Ballroom!

6:00 PM

Silent Auction Check Out

6:00 PM - 6:30 PM

You gotta bid to win! Swing by the Fireside Lounge to see if you get to bring home an auction item.

6:45 PM

Dinner & Awards

6:45 PM - 9:00 PM

Sit next to someone new and settle in for dinner as we welcome UMBC's President, Dr. Freeman Hrabowski, networking, and our favorite fundraiser, heads or tails!

9:00 PM

Discover Your Anthem: Karaoke

9:00 PM - 11:00 PM

Stop by The Commons for some late night fun! Hit up karaoke in Flat Tuesdays and show us your anthem with bubble tea and smoothies.

Late Night Program: DJ and Games

9:00 PM - 11:00 PM

One day down, one more to go! Stop by The Commons for some late night fun! Come hang out with DJ Sole in The Gameroom for music, billards, table tennis, and more.

Late Night Program: ThinkFast Trivia

9:00 PM - 11:00 PM

Want to show off your knowledge? ThinkFast Trivia will be in the Skylight Room with tough questions, cash prizes, and lots of laughs!

9:15 PM

Shuttle to Hotel

9:15 PM - 10:15 PM

Shuttles depart every 15 minutes from UMBC Fine Arts to hotel.

10:15 PM

Shuttle to Hotel

10:15 PM - 12:15 AM

Shuttles depart every 30 minutes from UMBC Commons to hotel.

Sat, November 04, 2017
6:00 AM

Funds for Fitne$$ Trail Walk/Run Registration

6:00 AM - 6:30 AM

Didn't get to register in advance? Don't sweat it! Registration is open in the hotel lobby until 6:30 a.m. Prefer to stay in your warm, comfortable bed; have at it! The Trail Run/Walk has a pay to sleep in option. Just ask the Conference Concierge!

6:30 AM

Funds for Fitne$$ Trail Walk/Run Shuttle

6:30 AM - 6:35 AM

Just a short ride before you run! Be sure to catch the shuttle to the Observatory Trail at BWI. Enjoy the scenic trail while you view the planes landing at BWI Airport. Registration Required.

7:00 AM

Funds for Fitne$$ Trail Walk/Run Start

7:00 AM - 7:05 AM

It's time to get going! Shuttles will return at 8 a.m. Registration Required.

Breakfast

7:00 AM - 9:00 AM

Gear up for Day 2! Check out your breakfast options on and off campus using the "Breakfast Options" menu in your conference mobile guide.

NOTE: There is no breakfast options available On-Campus on Saturday Nov 4.



7:45 AM

Shuttle to UMBC

7:45 AM - 9:00 AM

Shuttles depart every 15 minutes from hotel to UMBC.

8:00 AM

Funds for Fitne$$ Trail Walk/Run Return Shuttle

8:00 AM - 8:05 AM

Shuttles departs at 8 a.m. from BWI Trail to hotel.

Registration & Conference Concierge

8:00 AM - 2:00 PM

We're ready for day two, are you? Stop by the 3rd Floor right off the elevator for all of your conference needs.

Silent Auction Section 2

8:00 AM - 3:00 PM

Come bid on the second batch of auction items. Bid high and bid often to help you win one (or more!) of our wonderful items!

Take a Chance Board

8:00 AM - 10:00 PM

Take a chance with ACUI! Stop by the region's Take A Chance Board for challenges, surprises, and more.

9:00 AM

Opening Remarks

9:00 AM - 9:15 AM

Time for day 2- Welcome to the Fine Arts Recital Hall, one of the original performance spaces at UMBC! Followed by our keynote, Paul Gordon Brown, start your day off right with remarks from members of the Conference Planning Team and Regional Leadership Team.

9:15 AM

Keynote: Paul Gordon Brown

9:15 AM - 10:15 AM

Dr. Paul Gordon Brown is a scholar, consultant, and speaker, specializing in student learning and development۪s intersection with technology, social media, and design. Listen up, he knows a thing or two!

10:30 AM

"Got a Story To Tell ..."

10:30 AM - 11:20 AM

Our stories connect us. The more we tell them, the more people identify with us. Learn how Hayden M. Greene uses stories to connect with students and to deepen learning. This session is a companion to Hayden's September/October 2016 Bulletin article and is suitable for all audiences.

Conversession: The Death of Email? Where is Technology Headed?

10:30 AM - 11:20 AM

Conversessions are spaces designated for open conversation about a current topic. These sessions are generally unstructured but provide participants the opportunity to discuss issues

Emergency Preparedness

10:30 AM - 11:20 AM

Join Campus Shooting Dialogue Team members as we explore preparation, response, and recovery to emergencies on your campus.

Finding Your Voice Online and on Social Media

10:30 AM - 11:20 AM

In this session, participants will be challenged to examine the voice and persona they present online and the opportunities and challenges of expressing their identities on social media.

I'm Not Racist, I Have A [insert adjective here] Friend! Addressing Micro-Aggressions on Campus

10:30 AM - 11:20 AM

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.

Nonviolence as a Tool for Student Advocacy

10:30 AM - 11:20 AM

Peace is not the absence of conflict but the presence of creative alternatives to violence (Dorothy Thomas). 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.).

Student Organization Advising and Its Impact on Individuals, Organizations, and Their Advisors

10:30 AM - 11:20 AM

This presentation will be based on my doctoral degree dissertation. The purpose of this study was to examine the contributions student organization advisors make towards successful student organizations. The current research on student organization advising mainly consists of guidebooks or articles on specific types of student organization advising. Any current resources that are available are mainly grounded in anecdotal experiences, providing advisors with little guidance supported with empirical evidence. This study used a multi-case study research design focused on student organization advisors and student leaders from organizations recognized by a large, public, four-year, primarily residential, high research activity university. The results of this research confirmed findings from the current student organization advising literature that there are a variety of advisor approaches and roles and the fact that the student-advisor relationship can directly impact individual student development. This study also deepened the understanding of student organization advising. The findings show the various ways advisors impact individual student leaders through developing open-relationships and knowledge, skills and life strategies. The research also exhibited how advisors impact organizations through the various roles they fulfill. Finally, the study demonstrated that the act of advising a student organization impacts the advisor, as well. Advisors were impacted in that they found themselves setting and navigating personal and professional boundaries and determining when and when not to intervene. These results can be used to better inform and prepare advisors to help an organizations continued success.

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

10:30 AM - 11:20 AM

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.

Unleash Your Potential: Developing a Strengths-Based Culture

10:30 AM - 11:20 AM

Gallup has completed decades of research on strengths and that focusing on an individual۪s strengths can help organizations improve efficiency, productivity, and overall employee engagement. Gallup has found when employees are given an opportunity to do what they do best every day, the effect on individual, team, and organizational performance is powerful. The StrengthsFinder assessment is a tool that College Unions can use to build a culture of collaboration and partnership which leads to positive outcomes and success. This session will introduce participants to Gallup and the StrengthsFinder assessment and explore how one Student Center infused strengths into their operations to enhance student learning and development. Through an interactive approach, participants who have completed the StrengthsFinder assessment will have an opportunity to develop a deeper understanding of their strengths and talents and learn how they can be applied in their current role or position. By the end of this session, participants will understand the value and benefits of creating a strengths-based culture and leave with tools and resources that can assist with integrating strengths into their own programs and operations. Prior completion of the StrengthsFinder assessment is strongly encouraged, but not required. Visit www.gallupstrengthscenter.com to take the assessment and get your results.

11:00 AM

UMBC Bookstore Open

11:00 AM - 2:00 PM

Bring you ACUI coupon and scope out all the great UMBC swag!

11:30 AM

Grad Student Case Study Poster Session

11:30 AM - 1:30 PM

Witness applied learning at its best at the case study presentation! Graduate students from across the region have researched a wide array of topics. Stop by and check it out!

Lunch

11:30 AM - 1:30 PM

Enjoy a grab-and-go lunch option and explore the vendor expo, graduate student case study session, and the UMBC Bookstore!

Vendor Expo

11:30 AM - 1:30 PM

Check out our great vendors!

2:00 PM

FLASH SESSION: Adjust Your Organization Members' Altitude

2:00 PM - 2:20 PM

Organization members are what keep the internal wheels rolling, and without them, your organization would simply not be able to function properly. General body members are going to be the focus of this session as an organization must be able to demonstrate to its members that they are appreciated and a necessary asset to the group. This presentation will include ways to show your members that they are not being overlooked and will demonstrate multiple ways to capture students' attention, making them want to join your organization. A detailed description of R-SPaCE current incentive plan will be described, as well as, other ways R-SPaCE displays its need for student involvement. At the end of this presentation, students, faculty, and staff will be shown different techniques in manipulating the examples shown to cater to his or her organization.

FLASH SESSION: I-LEAD®

2:00 PM - 2:20 PM

I-LEAD® is ACUI's premier student program, designed to emphasize the key concept areas of leadership, community development, and change.

Addressing the Elephant in the Room: Peer Supervision Strategies

2:00 PM - 2:50 PM

As a Student Building Manager, supervising student workers who are also your peers can sometimes be a challenging and awkward experience -- but it doesn't have to be! We will share tips and strategies that can help you be a more effective supervisor of your peers, and participants are encouraged to share their experiences with the group. With some preparation and confidence, you can address that elephant in the room.

An "Event"ful Experience: Building an Events Team

2:00 PM - 2:50 PM

This session will give you an inside look at how Rowan University Chamberlain Student Center & Campus Activities built a unique events team from the ground up after years of planning and visions.

Conversession - Millennials: The Future of Higher Education

2:00 PM - 2:50 PM

Conversessions are spaces designated for open conversation about a current topic. These sessions are generally unstructured but provide participants the opportunity to discuss issues

Engaging the Modern Student in On-Campus Student Activity Programming

2:00 PM - 2:50 PM

Due to the multitude of off campus options for entertainment and advances in technology, student activities departments across the United States are scrambling to find new and innovative ways to engage the modern student in on campus activities. This session will examine student the Bloomsburg University's student activities department shortcomings and will seek out new programming that can help to engage the modern student and provide them a more holistic "college experience."

Inclusive Programming: An Undergraduate Perspective

2:00 PM - 2:50 PM

This session plans to discuss the impacts of active inclusivity in a college environment. Through personal experiences and anecdotes an undergraduate student will share the importance of empowering others to make an influence on their campus, the importance of prioritization, and the highs and lows of programming for a diverse and vocal university.

When Students Are Our Greatest Resource: Implementing Policy Change in Student Organizations Using HR Theories

2:00 PM - 2:50 PM

Policy change for student organizations in higher education is often met with frustration and disapproval from students it affects, and can be an overall negative experience. Using organizational change theories from human resource management, and implementing them can change the success rate and make the process significantly more positive! This session hopes to highlight some factors that can influence the success of the change, and discuss how using students as a resource to help make the change positive and effective!

2:30 PM

FLASH SESSION: Practice Makes Perfect: Creating a Cohesive Unit

2:30 PM - 2:50 PM

Constant learning helps one to never forget the initial goal of an organization. In this session, different forms of training that can be completed throughout the year will be discussed and explained. The structure of an organization that implements these multiple training opportunities will be explained and results of this structure will be displayed. Most organizations provide initial training in the beginning of the position, but then that drive built up at said training dampens as the year progresses. By implementing multiple training sessions during the academic year and over the summer, the drive to sustain the initial goal will remain, or potentially increase. Following the detailed discussion, the floor will be open for questions or comments regarding the constant learning structure discussed. A final breakdown of the structure timeline will end the session to show the participants one example of how to implement this constant learning approach.

Humans of ACUI: Student Programming for Diverse Populations

2:30 PM - 2:50 PM

Come learn about two programs at Rowan University that highlight our diverse campus population. Humans of Rowan and RAH Around the World are two different types of programs held each year that allow students to share their stories and culture with our campus community. This session will highlight diversity programming tips and tricks for you to bring back to your campus and allow students the opportunity to begin the planning process for your own diversity program.

3:00 PM

Abilities at Work: Supervising Students on the Autism Spectrum

3:00 PM - 3:50 PM

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.

Conversession: ACUI's Strategic Plan

3:00 PM - 3:50 PM

Conversessions are spaces designated for open conversation about a current topic. These sessions are generally unstructured but provide participants the opportunity to discuss issues

Gonna Make You Sweat

3:00 PM - 3:50 PM

Research shows that Generation Z values authenticity, and this session hopes to inform attendees on why authenticity matters now more than ever. True leadership demands the expression of an authentic self. Attendees are invited to break out of their comfort zone and learn about how authentic leadership can allow for a powerful transformation in their work place.

Navigating the Waters of a Pond Already Full

3:00 PM - 3:50 PM

In this session, Ashley will talk about her transitions as a staff member at American University. From vacating a position to starting a new role with students who were already established in their roles. The journey through this 'pond' can sometimes get murky but in the end, you are always left above the water.

PERMA: Using Positive Psychology to Teach Well-Being (and Improve Educational Outcomes): A New Perspective in Student Affairs Programming

3:00 PM - 3:50 PM

Positive Psychology has developed evidence-based models that have proven to enhance well-being in individuals and which can be adapted to a large scale. Perhaps most significantly when well-being increases, educational outcomes improve dramatically as well holding everything else constant. The Division of Student Affairs at the University at Albany is committed to promoting an outstanding, intentional and inclusive student experience through strategic, impactful programming across the University. Guided by Dr. Martin Seligman's PERMA Model of Well-Being, our new programming philosophy provides a means for our students to flourish through programming elements. These elements and their definitions are an adaptation of Seligman's elements of well-being.

Tribal Leadership: Finding Your Stage in the Campus Center

3:00 PM - 3:50 PM

Inspired by David Logan and his book Tribal Leadership, this session explores the five sequential stages organizations can find themselves in and how personal mantras and outlooks on life can effect their organization's effectiveness. This session will educate professionals and student leaders on how to evaluate their group's stage along with tools on how to increase their leadership and furthering their groups success.

Unifying Student Life and Dining through Design

3:00 PM - 3:50 PM

When it comes to places for gathering, the student union and venues for dining are similar in how they promote interaction and collaboration and foster meaningful relationships. When the two are also supported by a robust student life program, a promising campus destination emerges one that draws students and faculty in and encourages them to stay, to gather, and to build an educational and cultural community together. This session, we will explore how the Student Union at Liberty University interweaves student life dining programs to provide a dynamic, state-of-the-art facility for students.

You Want Me to Do What?

3:00 PM - 3:50 PM

The session will focus on emergency response teams from a student affairs perspective and how they fit in with a larger campus response. Support for students during an emergency is crucial. But what about after? Might they need additional support? Come see one model where staff at the University at Buffalo are committed to helping students and their families in many ways from the onset of the crisis until they graduate.

3:45 PM

Shuttle to Hotel

3:45 PM - 5:15 PM

Shuttles depart every 15 minutes from UMBC Commons to hotel.

4:00 PM

Silent Auction Check Out

4:00 PM - 4:30 PM

You gotta bid to win! Swing by the Fireside Lounge to see if you get to bring home an auction item.

Shuttle to UMBC

4:00 PM - 6:30 PM

Shuttles depart every 15 minutes from hotel to UMBC.

6:00 PM

Live Auction

6:00 PM - 6:30 PM

Missed out on the silent auction? Get ready for the live auction! Help us raise money for ACUI's scholarships and initiatives by bidding on our high ticket items!

Closing Banquet

6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Wear your black and purple and join the Conference Planning Team and Regional Leadership Team in the University Center Ballroom to cap off another wonderful conference. Come hungry for a Maryland themed meal and *drum roll please* the announcement of next year's host institution.

9:15 PM

Shuttle to Hotel

9:15 PM - 10:15 PM

Shuttles depart every 15 minutes from UMBC to hotel.

Sponsors

WTWSilver

WTW Architects

Other

MtvU
ThinkFast


Graduate Case Study Competition

Graduate students who want to demonstrate their knowledge and understanding of college unions and student affairs can fill out the Case Study Registration Form. The Case Study Document provides the relevant background information as well as some of the challenges and questions that should be addressed.

Posters will also be evaluated on the overall design and organization, use of literature, and integration of the conference theme and ACUI core competencies. Students can participate as an individual or as a team with another graduate student from the same institution by completing this Presentation Submission Form.

Region VII has partnered with the Student Marketing Agency, CommonVision, at the University of Maryland–Baltimore County to print posters free of charge. Participants will follow specific guidelines for creating and submitting the case file that will be printed. All graduate students are encouraged to participate.  


Silent and Live Auctions

Donate item(s) for the Silent and/or Live Auction to be held during the Regional Conference!

Donate

Volunteer

Be sure to check out the awesome volunteer opportunities available during the conference. 

Volunteer   Conference Planning Team

Conferece Planning Team

Lodging

The BWI Airport Marriott is less than 7 miles from campus with easy access from the airport and train station. There is a Starbucks in the lobby and several food stops on the way to UMBC. Stay in shape with their fitness center and swimming pool.

The deadline to book a room at the conference rate has passed. Pricing and availability at this hotel can no longer be guaranteed. If booked, please consider one of these nearby locations:

La Quinta Inn & Suites (right across the street from the Marriott)
1734 W. Nursery Rd. Linthicum Heights, MD 21090
410.859.2333 

Courtyard Inn & Suites (right next to the Marriott)
1717 W. Nursery Rd. Linthicum Heights, MD 21090
443.577.1036 

Holiday Inn Baltimore BWI Airport (caddy corner from the Marriott)
815 Elkridge Landing Rd. Linthicum Heights, MD 21090
410.691.1000


Transportation

Parking will be free on Friday and Saturday in the Stadium Lot. Follow directional signage on campus. You may find a campus map here. Shuttle services will be available from the BWI Marriott to UMBC.