Conference Schedule

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Tentative Schedule
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Saturday, March 18

12:00 to 5:00 p.m. Franklin Hall A Fourth Floor
ACUI Marketplace Open

12:00 to 5:00 p.m., Franklin Hall A, Fourth Floor
Conference Concierge Open

Sunday, March 19

8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Franklin Hall A Fourth Floor
ACUI Marketplace Open

8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., Meeting Room 407, Fourth Floor
+ Career Center Open
Looking for professional development opportunities, your next career move, or a second set of eyes on your resume? The career center is the place for you! Open throughout the conference, we are here to help you continue to grow in the Association and our field. Sign up in advance or on the spot for resume reviews or just to chat with a senior professional in the field. Included on Sunday will be: Resume drop off for review; On-site sign up for career path chats with senior professionals; On-site sign up for business photos.

8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., Franklin Hall A, Fourth Floor
Conference Concierge Open

1:00 to 1:45 p.m., Salon J, Fifth Floor
+ Graduate Student Network Welcome
Preregistration Required Graduate Student Network attendees will walk away with a greater knowledge of the professional opportunities available in the college unions and student activities fields, gain access to other professionals with a broad professional background, and become more connected to ACUI. The program will consist of four parts: a welcome, a career-focused educational session, two tours, and a recommended educational track. Sunday, March 19, 1–1:45 p.m. Welcome Monday, March 20, 2–4 p.m. Tour: The Howard Gittis Student Center at Temple University Career Focused Ed Session: Funemployment: The Hidden Truths of the Job Search Recommended Educational Sessions 1 Department, 2 Campuses, 3 Buildings Active Threat Response Somehow We Manage Leaning into Chaos Help Students Orgs be Financial Competent

1:00 to 1:45 p.m., Salon I, Fifth Floor
+ Undergraduate Student Network Welcome
Preregistration Required The Undergraduate Student Network creates a sense of community for students within the conference in which they can learn more about ACUI and higher education/union operations/student activities and professional opportunities. The program will consist of four parts: a welcome, an extended educational session, two tours, and a recommended educational track. Sunday, March 19, 1–1:45 p.m. Welcome Monday, March 20, 2-4 p.m Tour: The Howard Gittis Student Center at Temple University Undergraduate Extended Learning Session: Crucial Conversations In a world of 24/7 news and responses triggered by social media, emotions, and experiences, we are often afraid to express our opinions due to anticipated response. This workshop will allow participants to explore their own values and implicit biases around current issues to learn how to respectfully engage in both conversation and action. Recommended Educational Sessions 1 Department, 2 Campuses, 3 Buildings Addressing the Needs of LGBTQ – ASD Students Everything is Awesome! Engaging Tabling and Outreach Leading with Intention: A Better Student Leader

2:00 to 2:45 p.m., Salons A/B, Fifth Floor
+ Newcomers' Welcome
If this is your first time attending an ACUI annual conference, this session is for you. This informative, interactive session will outline the various components of the conference, provide introductions to the ACUI Leadership Team, and give you a chance to get to know fellow attendees.

5:45 to 7:30 p.m., Offsite
+ All-Conference Session 1: Shaun Harper
The first all-conference session will be at Houston Hall, the first student union in the United States. Keynote Dr. Shaun Harper will present "Race Matters in College Unions and Student Activities." Harper will offer amazing insight as to the role of the college union as it relate to this topic. Recognized in Education Week as one of the 12 most influential professors in the field of education, Harper is an expert on race, gender, and student success in U.S. colleges and universities. He is a professor at the University of Pennsylvania, where he founded and serves as executive director of the Center for the Study of Race & Equity in Education. He has published 12 books and more than 100 peer-reviewed journal articles and other academic publications and received more than $12 million in research grants. His research has been cited in nearly 5,000 published studies. Nearly two decades ago, he was an intern in the ACUI Central Office. He also served as an elected member of the ACUI Board of Trustees from 2001–03 and is now president of the Association for the Study of Higher Education. The New York Times, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, Chronicle of Higher Education, Inside Higher Ed, and more than 11,000 newspapers have quoted him and featured his research.

7:30 to 9:30 p.m., Offsite
+ ACUI FanFest
Join the ACUI delegation for a spirited tailgate-style experience at the nation’s first student union, Houston Hall at the University of Pennsylvania. ACUI is pleased to have Temple University's 2016 CUPSI champions, comprised of Kai Davis, Jamal Parker, Nayo Jones, Jasmine Combs, Nick Stanovick and coached by Miriam Harris, performing during FanFest. Some local school mascots will also make an appearance. Be sure to wear your school gear and show your pride! Go ACUI!

Monday, March 20

8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Franklin Hall A Fourth Floor
+ ACUI Marketplace Open

8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., Meeting Room 407, Fourth Floor
+ Career Center Open
Looking for professional development opportunities, your next career move, or a second set of eyes on your resume? The career center is the place for you! Open throughout the conference, we are here to help you continue to grow in the Association and our field. Sign up in advance or on the spot for resume reviews or just to chat with a senior professional in the field. Included on Monday: (8:15-9:15am) Funemployment: The Hidden Truths of the Job Search; (11am-2pm) Career Path Chats, Resume Reviews; (2:15-3:15pm) Living Your Journey: Some Assembly Required; (3:30-4:30pm) From Pipe Dream to Pipeline: Creating a Villlage…; (4:45-5:45pm) 1967 ACUI Annual Conference - Philadelphia, PA.

8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., Franklin Hall A, Fourth Floor
Conference Concierge Open

8:15 to 9:15 a.m., TBD
Educational Session Block 1

8:15 to 8:40 a.m., TBD
Flash Session 1A

8:50 to 9:15 a.m., TBD
Flash Session 1B

9:30 to 11:00 a.m., Grand Ballroom E/H, Fifth Floor
+ All-Conference Session 2: ACUI Talks
In this modified ACUI Talks presentation, you will hear various viewpoints on inclusion issues and how a college student union can help to break down these barriers. Laci Green Laci Green is a YouTuber, public speaker, and activist from Oakland. She is best known as the woman behind the Internet’s most popular sex education show: Sex Plus, which reaches 5 million young adults every month and is viewed in all 196 countries. In 2011, Green graduated with highest honors from the University of California–Berkeley and currently holds a certificate in rape and dating violence crisis counseling. Since graduating, she has worked with more than 100 universities, conferences, military groups, and government offices on sexual health and sexual violence prevention efforts. She is also the host/writer of MTV Braless and produces an educational series for Planned Parenthood. Benjamin O’Keefe At only 21 years old, Benjamin O’Keefe is already taking the world by storm as a speaker, Internet personality, and leader in progressive politics. O'Keefe gained international acclaim after beginning a global movement against the clothing company Abercrombie & Fitch and their company’s size-based discrimination and went on to launch body positive campaigns with some of the largest clothing and beauty companies in the world. Since then, he has continued advocating to lift up the voices of marginalized communities and create systemic change. O'Keefe currently works as the social and cultural producer at MoveOn.org, the largest progressive nonprofit in America. Benjamin is passionate about starting conversations, especially with young people, about the power of our voices to create change in our lives and in the lives of others. Davin Searls A deaf person and native American Sign Language user who comes from a culturally deaf family, Davin Searls is the executive director of Discovering Deaf Worlds, a non-profit organization that provides organizational management and leadership training to deaf advocates in developing countries. Davin joined this organization in 2008 after spending nearly a year teaching at a deaf university in Changchun, China, and was the catalyst behind DDW’s move to non-profit status. Davin has given presentations on human rights, advocacy, and diversity within the global deaf community to audiences from around the world. He has also conducted leadership, teambuilding, and organizational development training with deaf community leaders in several countries, including a 2.5-year program in the Philippines that ultimately trained over 1,700 deaf people. Davin formerly chaired the International Experts Group of the National Association of the Deaf, the premier civil rights organization of, by and for deaf and hard of hearing individuals in the United States. He is currently a member of the Human Rights Experts Group under the World Federation of the Deaf, an international non-profit and non-governmental organization of deaf associations from 133 countries and a Diversity Executive Leadership Program Scholar for the American Society of Association Executives.

11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., Franklin Hall B, Fourth Floor
+ Expo Hall Open
The ACUI Expo is an integral part of the conference and delegate experience that will provide ample opportunities to interact with companies from across the United States and to learn about the latest trends. Attend the show, and you can: Talk with industry experts about trends in the marketplace Sample cuisine from a wide range of food service franchises Check out advancements in software and media platforms in the Interactive Hive Discover some Inter-Activities brought to you by ACUI programs and services Find new ideas for student programming and leisure-time activities Visit with architects, consultants, and planning firms about important information about designing space that students are attracted to Experience the newest furnishings and interior designs for college campuses Take advantage of the show's special discounts and prize drawings from your fellow associate members Visit the Furniture Showcase in the ACUI Marketplace The ACUI Expo is an essential component of a well-rounded conference experience that provides engagement with various companies that are matched to attendees' needs and interests.

11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., Grand Ballroom Foyer, Fifth Floor
Community of Practice Fair

12:00 to 2:00 p.m., Grand Ballroom E/H, Fifth Floor
+ Expo Lunch
Lunch will be served during four periods, starting at Noon, 12:30 p.m., 1 p.m., and 1:30 p.m. You should have received a ticket with your lunch time when you checked in for the conference. If you did not receive a ticket or would like information about changing times, please see Member Services in Franklin Hall A. Please arrived at your assigned lunch time to help us expedite service.

2:15 to 3:15 p.m., TBD
Educational Session Block 2

2:15 to 2:40 p.m., TBD
Flash Session 2A

2:15 to 5:45 p.m., Meeting Room 305/306, Third Floor
+ Mid-Level Managers Program
Preregistration required A mid-conference program track is being offered to for mid-level managers to learn tips for managing up, down, and across organizations. Sessions will include roundtables and open dialogue to determine what core competencies and skill sets are needed for mid-level managers to move to the next level as well as a brief presentation and Q&A with executive and senior-level administrators. Anyone who supervises two or more full-time staff and has a minimum of five years experience would benefit from this program. Schedule Monday, March 20 2:15–3:15 p.m. Presentation: Managing in All Directions 3:30–4:30 p.m. Small Group Discussions 4:45–5:45 p.m. Panel with Executive/Senior-Level Administrators Tuesday, March 21 11:15 a.m.–12:15 p.m. Presentation: Generation Z

2:50 to 3:15 p.m., TBD
Flash Session 2B

3:30 to 4:30 p.m., TBD
Educational Session Block 3

3:30 to 3:55 p.m., TBD
Flash Session 3A

4:05 to 4:30 p.m., TBD
Flash Session 3B

4:45 to 5:45 p.m., TBD
Educational Session Block 4

4:45 to 5:10 p.m., TBD
Flash Session 4A

5:20 to 5:45 p.m., TBD
Flash Session 4B

9:00 to 10:30 p.m., Salons C/D, Fifth Floor
+ Battle of the Regions: Story Slam
ACUI will present its first story slam in the spirit of poetry slam! The loose theme for this competition will be "(Strange but True) College Union Stories." Regional storytellers will have 5 minutes to tell a story! The story can be told by an individual or up to four persons (group piece) from a region. The evening will kick off with a feature by local Philadelphia storyteller, R. Eric Thomas, the regular host of The Moth StorySlam of Philadelphia and daily contributor to the humor column for ELLE.com, covering current events and pop culture.

Tuesday, March 21

6:30 to 8:00 a.m. Franklin Hall A Fourth Floor
+ FUNd Run/Walk/Roll
Take in the sights of the city while pounding the pavement for the profession! The annual FUNd Run/Walk takes you to a part of the city that you might not have seen. Collect pledges to enhance your $20 donation entry fee. Does the idea of getting out of bed at 6 a.m. to run/walk 3.1 miles sound dreadful, but you still want to support the Education and Research Fund? Then pay to sleep in! With your $20 donation, we will provide you with a door hanger for your hotel room indicating you paid good money to stay in bed. Visit the Education and Research Program Team at the conference to make your donation and receive your door hanger.

8:00 to 9:00 a.m., TBD
Educational Session Block 5

8:00 to 8:25 a.m., TBD
Flash Session 5A

8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., Franklin Hall A, Fourth Floor
ACUI Marketplace Open

8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., Meeting Room 407, Fourth Floor
+ Career Center Open
Looking for professional development opportunities, your next career move, or a second set of eyes on your resume? The career center is the place for you! Open throughout the conference, we are here to help you continue to grow in the Association and our field. Sign up in advance or on the spot for resume reviews or just to chat with a senior professional in the field. Included on Tuesday: (8-9am) Educational Session; (11:15am-12:15pm) 2016 Educational Council Highlights; (1-2pm) Managing the Middle without Getting Muddled; (2-5pm) Career Path Chats, Resume Reviews.

8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., Franklin Hall A, Fourth Floor
Conference Concierge Open

8:35 to 9:00 a.m., TBD
Flash Session 5B

9:00 to 11:00 a.m., Grand Ballroom E/H, Fifth Floor
The Honors Breakfast

11:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m., TBD
Educational Session Block 6

11:15 to 11:40 a.m., TBD
Flash Session 6A

11:50 a.m. to 12:15 p.m., TBD
Flash Session 6B

12:15 to 1:00 p.m., Offsite
Lunch on your own

1:00 to 2:00 p.m., TBD
Educational Session Block 7

1:00 to 1:25 p.m., TBD
Flash Session 7A

1:00 to 2:00 p.m., Franklin Hall, Fourth Floor
Architecture and Design Showcase

1:35 to 2:00 p.m., TBD
Flash Session 7B

2:00 to 5:00 p.m., Franklin Hall B, Fourth Floor
+ Expo Hall Open
The ACUI Expo is an integral part of the conference and delegate experience that will provide ample opportunities to interact with companies from across the United States and to learn about the latest trends. Attend the show, and you can: Talk with industry experts about trends in the marketplace Sample cuisine from a wide range of food service franchises Check out advancements in software and media platforms in the Interactive Hive Discover some Inter-Activities brought to you by ACUI programs and services Find new ideas for student programming and leisure-time activities Visit with architects, consultants, and planning firms about important information about designing space that students are attracted to Experience the newest furnishings and interior designs for college campuses Take advantage of the show's special discounts and prize drawings from your fellow associate members Visit the Furniture Showcase in the ACUI Marketplace The ACUI Expo is an essential component of a well-rounded conference experience that provides engagement with various companies that are matched to attendees' needs and interests.

5:05 to 6:30 p.m., Grand Ballroom E/H, Fifth Floor
+ All-Conference Session 3: Community Builders Panel
We have assembled a panel of community builders from the Philadelphia area. These leaders are engaging their community to be more active, philanthropic, or simply finding their place. By assembling this panel, we hope you find new inspiration to renovate that unused space, create more diverse student programming, or turn that one crazy idea into something that will benefit your campus. Our panelists include: Mason Wartman Philadelphia native Mason Wartman returned to his hometown after working in Manhattan in 2013 to start Rosa’s Fresh Pizza, a pizza shop modeled after the $1 slice joints he admired in NYC. Opening and managing a pizza shop was a dramatic change from his daily routine of formatting reports and crunching numbers on Wall Street as an associate at a young equity research company. Several months into the operation, a customer asked to prepurchase a slice of pizza for one of the many homeless people that Rosa’s served. Wartman liked the idea and made the pay-it-forward program—a prominent part of his business model. Since that first slice, Rosa’s now feeds about 100 homeless people every day and has expanded to sell T-shirts, sweatshirts, hats, gloves, and socks to support the neighborhood’s homeless population. Wartmen attended high school at Germantown Academy and went on to get a bachelor's degree in business administration with a concentration in finance at Babson College. Ariell Johnson A true child of the 80s, Ariell Johnson grew up on a diet of He-Man, She-Ra, Thudercats, and Transformers. This would be the gateway to a lifelong love of superpowers, superheroes, and comics. She turned this passion into a career at the age of 33 when she opened the Amalgam Comics & Coffeehouse in Philadelphia, the only black-woman owned shop of its kind, and the only black-woman owned comic book store on the East Coast. The Baltimore/Glen Burnie, Md., native was introduced to Philadelphia in 2001 as a student at Temple University. Johnson majored in accounting at Temple’s Fox School of Business and graduated in 2005. She made Philadelphia her permanent home in 2007. She balances her busy work life with dance, gymnastics, and circus aerials—just to keep things interesting. Johnson has a strong passion and commitment to diversity, representation, and inclusivity. It is the goal of her shop to showcase works that are created by and feature characters of color, women, and the LGBTQ+ community. Jeffery Barg Jeffery Barg is the associate director of planning and external policy relations at the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society. His work includes planning and implementation of pop-up gardens, government affairs, policy, and research related to the organization's work in community gardens, vacant land management, tree planting, storm-water management, and more. He previously spent seven years as a writer and editor for Philadelphia Weekly newspaper. He holds a master's degree in urban planning and a bachelor's degree American history, both from the University of Pennsylvania. The Pennsylvania Horticultural Society (PHS) connects people with horticulture. The growth of PHS reflects the changes in horticulture itself, from an early focus on specimen plants and ornamental gardens viewed alone in their majestic beauty, to a more holistic understanding of plants as a tool for urban transformation. Since PHS began its highly effective greening programs in the mid-70s, the impact on communities throughout the region has been dramatic. PHS understands that plants and gardens are linked to the health of people, the environment, and the economic vitality of Philadelphia. Programs like Tree Tenders, Plant One Million, Philadelphia LandCare, Civic Landscapes, and City Harvest are changing the conversation on urban decay to a story of hope and transformation, one of renewal and civic pride.

8:30 to 11:00 p.m., Salons C/D, Fifth Floor
+ Battle of the Regions: Around the Hearth Debates
We return to our roots and history with debate societies, and in this spirit, we will foster an informal but lively series of dialogues to include as many regional members and viewpoints as possible. The Around the Hearth Debate is an amalgamation: part ESPN’s "Around the Horn" and a fireside conversation among friends. No research is required. Topics will not be made available to participants in advance. The program will be staged in four preliminary rounds with topics to be discussed. Debaters will have 8 minutes per series of topics and will be scored by two judges. The top four regions will move on to the final dialogues. Judges will loosely base scoring on the debater’s presentation, content, and reactions/rebuttals. Regions should be prepared to have three members on their teams. The moderator is ACUI CEO John Taylor. The points are not the point; the point is exchanging ideas and perspectives in a civil matter.

Wednesday, March 22

8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Franklin Hall A Fourth Floor
+ ACUI Marketplace Open

8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., Meeting Room 407, Fourth Floor
+ Career Center Open
Looking for professional development opportunities, your next career move, or a second set of eyes on your resume? The career center is the place for you! Open throughout the conference, we are here to help you continue to grow in the Association and our field. Sign up in advance or on the spot for resume reviews or just to chat with a senior professional in the field. Included on Wednesday: (8:15-9:15am) Navigating During Difficult Times: An Open Forum; (12:30-1:30pm) Career Path Chats, Resume Reviews; (1:30-2:30pm) Navigating Your Career Journey with Purpose; (2:45-3:45pm) Other Duties as Assigned.

8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., Franklin Hall A, Fourth Floor
Conference Concierge Open

8:30 to 9:30 a.m., TBD
Educational Session Block 8

8:30 to 8:55 a.m., TBD
Flash Session 8A

9:05 to 9:30 a.m., TBD
Flash Session 8B

9:45 to 10:45 a.m., Grand Ballroom E/H, Fifth Floor
Meeting of the Delegates

11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Grand Ballroom E/H, Fifth Floor
+ All-Conference Session 4: Alex Sheen
Alex Sheen is the founder of because I said I would, a social movement and nonprofit dedicated to the betterment of humanity. Its mission is to strengthen humanity’s will. Because I said I would encourages and supports making and keeping promises to end suffering, establish peace, and build happiness. Sheen's work has been featured on CNN, ABC World News with Diane Sawyer, TODAY Show, Good Morning America, NPR, Fox News, Los Angeles Times, CBS Nightly News, and many other programs. He has been featured on the cover of Spirit Magazine, honored as a Steve Harvey "Harvey’s Hero," and was the closing TED speaker at TEDxUtica and TEDxYouth@Austin. Sheen's efforts in social media were featured in BuzzFeed’s "Most Important Viral Videos of 2013." His posts have made the No. 1 spot on the front page of Reddit.com more than 10 times.

12:30 to 1:30 p.m., Offsite
Lunch on your own

1:30 to 2:30 p.m., TBD
Educational Session Block 9

1:30 to 1:55 p.m., TBD
Flash Session 9A

2:05 to 2:30 p.m., TBD
Flash Session 9B

2:45 to 3:45 p.m., TBD
Educational Session Block 10

2:45 to 3:10 p.m., TBD
Flash Session 10A

3:20 to 3:45 p.m., TBD
Flash Session 10B

7:00 to 10:00 p.m., Grand Ballroom E/H, Fifth Floor
Closing Banquet

10:00 to 11:59 p.m., Salons A/D, Fifth Floor
+ ACUI After Dark: RAD, White, and Blue Dance Party
Join the delegation for one last patriotic "hurrah" before heading home from Philadelphia. This red, white, and blue bash will certainly have you partyin’ in the USA!