10 a.m.–1 p.m. — Preconference Tour: JFK Library and Museum and/or EMKI
Enjoy a guided tour of the Presidential Library and get a special behind-the-scenes look at their operations and event spaces. The $30 tour fee includes admission to the library and lunch. Please indicate any dietary requirements.
10 a.m.–1 p.m. — Preconference Union Tour: Northeastern and Emerson
This tour makes stops at Northeastern University’s Curry Student Center and Emerson College’s Max Mutchnick Campus Center. The $30 tour fee includes a one-day Charlie Card and lunch. Please indicate any dietary requirements.
2–5:30 p.m. — Registration
2:30–4:30 p.m. — Campus Center Tours (2:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m.)
3:30–4:30 p.m. — Newcomers Welcome & Orientation
4:30–5:30 p.m. — Opening Reception & Networking
5:30–7 p.m. — Dinner and Welcome
7–8 p.m. — Keynote: Justin Jones-Fosu
8–8:45 p.m. — Case Study Overview & Introductions
Undergraduate participants will be divided into teams and provided with a case study. With the guidance from a graduate student mentor, undergraduate students will reflect on the case study scenario and work together to develop a presentation discussing possible strategies and solutions to the case.
8–9:30 p.m. — Evening Entertainment: Animal Adventures Zoo and Rescue Center
Ed's Animal Adventures is the only rescue sanctuary in the Northeast for exotic animals. Animal Adventures has taken in exotic animals from countless individuals, numerous institutions, as well as leading authorities including Tufts VeterinaryHospital, Harvard Museum of Natural History, the MSPCA along with many others. Their rescue facility never turns away animals. In many cases it means picking up the thousands of dollars in costs to have the animal flown or shipped legally to their rescue center.
8–9:30 p.m. — Networking Reception for Graduate Students and Professionals
- 8 a.m.–10 a.m. — Registration
- 8 a.m.–5 p.m. — Silent Auction, Hospitality, Vendor Expo Open
- 8:30–10 a.m. — Undergraduate, Graduate, and Professional Track
In the undergraduate track, student leaders will attend a presentation by Mathew Power- Koch, Manager of University Internships at UMass Boston, to discuss the significance undergraduate leadership experiences has on your future career! Learn how to market your experiences on your resume, in interviews, and when networking.
- 10:10–11 a.m. — Block 1 – Educational Sessions
- 11:10 a.m.–Noon — Block 2 – Educational Sessions
- Noon–12:30 p.m. — Conference Break – Silent Auction Bidding, Vendor Expo
- 12:30–1:50 p.m. — Conference Lunch
- 2–2:50 p.m. — Region VIII – Meeting of the Members
- 2–2:50 p.m. — Student Leadership Connections
Hear from a panel of past student leaders! Learn how they used skills they developed throughout their undergraduate experience and transformed them into professional practice.
- 3–3:50 p.m. — Block 3 – Educational Sessions
- 4–4:50 p.m. — All Conference: Town Hall on Bystander Intervention
- 5 p.m. — Hospitality and Silent Auction Closes
- 6:30–7:30 p.m. — Reception/Delegation Photos/Live Auction
- 7:30–9:30 p.m. — Mystery Dinner Theater and Awards Banquet
- 9–9:50 a.m. — Case Study Final Prep
Wrap it up! Case study teams will meet one last time before presenting to a panel of judges.
- 9–9:50 a.m. — Block 4 – Educational Sessions
- 10–10:50 a.m. — Case Study Presentations
Show time! Case study teams will present their ideas to the judges.
- 10–10:50 a.m. — Block 5 – Educational Sessions
- 11–11:50 a.m. — All Conference – PechaKucha 20 x 20 Talks
- Noon–1 p.m. — Brunch and Conference Wrap-Up
Education – Coordinator: Joe Campo, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Responsible for distributing call for programs; recruiting session presenters and planning schedule of sessions; all communication with session presenters; coordinates technical needs with host institution. Corresponds with educational programs and online learning programs coordinators; serves as lead for Conference Education Team.
Education – Professional and Graduate: Dezanae Boston-Bernier, UMass Lowell
Works as part of the Conference Education Team; focuses primarily on educational sessions, leadership track and programs for professional staff and graduate students; collaborates with student engagement for mentor/mentee program.
Education — Student Engagement: Kylie Bowen, Northeastern University
Works as part of the Conference Education Team; coordinates sessions focused on student interest (i.e., leadership track, case study program, mentor/mentee program, educational sessions, etc); works alongside registration, volunteer, scholarship, and entertainment Conference Planning Team members to help ensure programs are student focused. Works in collaboration with the student regional director as needed.
Programming and Communication Coordinator: Alyssa Frey, Merrimack College
Coordinates publicity for conference; conference booklet and guide; works with communication coordinator for publicity; coordinates social media, conference slide shows, social media challenge. Collaborates with social media and web coordinator. Team lead for Conference Programming and Communications Team.
Registration/Volunteer/Entertainment: Nora Molloy, University of New Hampshire; Daphney Voltaire, UMass Boston
Plans and oversees online registration and on-site registration alongside Central Office; provides participation lists for events; coordinates volunteers at conference, works collaboratively with volunteer coordinator; oversees Conference Management Team member recruitment; works collaboratively with host institution for logistics of entertainment and engaging/utilizing student/local talent.
Exhibits/Vendors/Hospitality: Mark Metevier, Curry College
Works as part of the Programming and Communications Team; recruit, coordinate, and host exhibitors and vendors; coordinates hospitality suite at conference, develops and leads newcomer orientation/program; may develop other programs/exhibits that facilitate idea-sharing. Works in collaboration with corporate partnerships coordinator.
Scholarship/Fundraising: Eric Bouchard, University of Connecticut
Works as part of the Programming and Communications Team; coordinates activities that will raise funds for scholarships; coordinates and implements both silent/live auctions; may develop other programs/initiatives to support scholarships/fundraising. Works collaboratively with awards and scholarship coordinator.
Preconference Program for Non-U.S. Delegates: Adam Dunbar, UMass Lowell
Develops, organizes, and leads program for non-US delegates; develops welcome/orientation; serves as liaison during conference; manages hotel, caterers, and bus logistics; arranges visits with colleges/universities; works with publicity and communication, registration, educational coordinators to ensure seamless program in the U.S.
2018 Conference Chair: Linda Bernazzani, Wentworth Institute of Technology
Assists the current conference chair with logistics, special projects, and other duties as assigned.
Conference Coordinator: Geoff Combs, University of Massachusetts–Boston
The regional conference coordinator provides leadership in the planning efforts for the premier educational and networking event of the region. The coordinator is responsible for recruiting, selecting, and leading a committee to plan the regional conference; establishing a planning team from the host institution in support of the conference committee; providing a cost-effective, educational, and engaging experience for professionals and students that supports and advances the mission of ACUI; working closely with the business manager to prepare a budget for the conference; collaborating with other members of the Regional Leadership Team for their needs related to the regional conference, including awards presentations, corporate involvement, membership, regional communications, volunteer recognition, and website; assisting the regional director in recruiting future regional conference locations.
Host Chair & Committee: Erin Dayharsh, UMass Boston and Team
Primary liaison to the university; liaison to hotel regarding contract and other needs; planning/liaison for catering and meals; organizes local transportation information and support; on-site logistics, space needs, signage, and AV support; collaborates with campus programming board/student organizations/departments for entertainment, support, or donations; gathers local information for distribution to conference attendees; plans any local regional trips/excursions alongside entertainment coordinator.