Another academic year is winding down, which means our energy levels are up and things are busier than ever (just when we thought things could never get any busier!) Yet here we are at that time when the seasons turn another corner, our academic calendars turn another page, and teaching-advising-marketing-budgeting-enrolling-developing-evaluating-researching-and-meeting turn into celebrations of student success. For many of us, the end of spring is also a time for both reflecting and looking ahead.
Storyteller KimWeitcamp delivered an inspiring keynote presentation about the power of story at the 2016 national conference in New Orleans. She also made an encore appearance at the ACHE South Regional Conference in Memphis last month. Listening to Kim share her stories was an entertaining and educational experience. From her, we learned that stories tap into our emotions and help us frame the way we think and feel. Stories help us manipulate with positive intentions, whether it’s to move a perspective student to apply for that degree program that will open doors to a new career or reinforce with our campus colleagues the tremendous value CE brings to our institutions. Stories help us learn and put new information into perspective and make sense of how we experience our work and our world. Stories inspire and delight.
As you reflect on what you’ve accomplished this year, I encourage you to tell your stories. Tell the story of how you and your organization did something no one else thought you could do. Tell the story of how the programs you work so hard to develop and deliver have helped transform lives. Tell the story of your amazing students who achieve their goals despite daunting odds. And tell the story of flexibility, determination, and responsiveness that are the hallmarks of our teams.
And if you’re looking for a great way to share your story, consider submitting a proposal for the 2017 annual conference in Portland! The Call for Proposals is open, and we’d love to hear your stories and help you celebrate what makes you and your organization proud!
As things start to settle after the mortar boards have been tossed and you’ve dusted off your academic regalia, look ahead to the next year and plan to join us in Portland October 23-25 for the 79th Annual Conference where you can hear more stories be delighted and inspired by your network of colleagues! Registration is open, and details about the program will be posted as the story unfolds……
Stay tuned and stay in touch!
ACHE President, 2017