Dear ACHE Colleagues.
Our 78th Annual Conference and Meeting in New Orleans will be here in only four short weeks. The Conference Planning Committee has been working hard all year to plan an annual meeting that will celebrate our collaborative successes, and provide strategic connections and great networking opportunities. We are excited to see names both familiar and new among the registrations. Don’t forget the deadline for booking hotel reservations with the ACHE discount is Sunday, September 25. After September 25, rooms will raise to $219 if booked online and $229 if booked on the phone. If you have not already done so please book your room now!
This year’s keynote speakers and presenters have been chosen to both inspire and engage. Visit our Program Details page for more information on our speakers.
To provide you with more time to share with your colleagues the depth and breadth of the conference concurrent sessions and workshops, we have extended our registration deadline by one week to October 3rd. Keep checking ACHE’s Facebook page or our LinkedIn Group page for updates.
As we begin our countdown to meeting in New Orleans, I want to recognize and express my sincere appreciation to conference co-chairs Amy Johnson and TinaMarie Coolidge and to the entire conference planning committee for their dedication and commitment to the success of your 2016 conference. I would like to give a special mention and a big thank you to Lisa Graves and to Louisiana State University for taking on the enormous task of heading up the local arrangements committee. Additionally, it would be remiss of me if I did not recognize the hard work and support of the ACHE Home Office: Dr. Jim Pappas, Rebekah Law, and through July of this year, Ynez, they have worked so hard behind the scenes to provide outstanding support to the conference planning committee and me.
In New Orleans I will hand the presidential gavel over to President Elect Clare Roby, but before I do this I want to take a moment to thank each and every one of you for what you do for our profession and for our adult and non-traditional students in higher education. As part of my presidential duties, I travelled throughout the spring, attending our regional meetings, where I got to meet so many of you and learn first-hand the impact you are making across our regions for our communities, our students, and our campuses.
It has been an honor and privilege to serve as president of ACHE this year, and to represent the association among peer associations. Thank you for all that you do and for welcoming me so warmly. Please join me in New Orleans for an outstanding Annual Conference and Meeting.
Laissez les bons temps rouler!
ACHE President, 2016
Each year during our Annual Conference, we take a few minutes to recognize ACHE members who have retired or passed away since our last meeting. Please let us know about anyone we should add to this year’s resolutions.
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Each year, ACHE funds grants, scholarships, and awards that encourage research, educational attainment, and professional development. Like most years, recipients of the ACHE scholarships and awards for 2016 are some of the best and brightest minds in our field. Please help us celebrate the 14 deserving individuals who will receive recognition for their excellent work at the ACHE 2016 Conference & Meeting!
Dean of the School of Continuing Studies and Academic Research, East Tennessee State University
The Leadership Award is the highest award presented by ACHE and recognizes an individual who has made extraordinary contributions in leadership, theory, and practice in continuing higher education.
Meritorious Service Award
Director of Research, Development, and Assessment, Grand Valley State University
The Meritorious Service Award recognizes individuals for their outstanding leadership, performance, and service to continuing higher education at their own institution and within the Association.
Emeritus Service Award
Associate Dean, Kansas State University Global Campus
This award provides recognition to Association members upon their official retirements from their major continuing education roles at their institutions.
Rising Star Award
The Rising Star award recognizes an individual new to continuing education who has either developed or extended an outstanding program or division within a CE unit, or conducted research or published on a top that has enhanced or advanced the field. This year’s Rising Star Award goes to two recipients, Jo Maseberg-Tomlinson and Vyacheslav Khrapak.
Program Coordinator, Kansas State University Global Campus
Associate Enrollment Counselor, Colorado State University – Global Campus
Outstanding Communication Awards
Crystal Marketing Award
Sarah Billingsley, Sharon Ito
Summer Academies for High School Students, College of Continuing Education at Sacramento State
The Crystal Marketing Award recognizes an ACHE institution that achieves significant results from a marketing communications tool through a print, broadcast or electronic medium.
Scholarships and Grants
Graduate Student Conference Grant
The ACHE Graduate Student Conference Grant provides financial support to graduate students interested in attending the annual ACHE meeting. The Association members believe that their interest and future contributions to the field of continuing higher education will help maintain the vitality of the organization.
The Center for Workforce Development, Nassau Community College
The Institutional Minigrant helps support a special initiative, project, or research effort that would advance the delivery of continuing education.
Memorial Staff Development Grant
Rose State College
The Memorial Staff Development Grant helps CE staff members attend an ACHE professional development event to further their professional development growth and hone their skills.
Alex Charters Research Grant
Undergraduate Adult Learners’ Perceptions of Blended Learning Classes, Tulane University
The ACHE Alex Charters Research Grant promotes the development and dissemination of new knowledge, theories, and practices in adult and continuing education.
Creative Use of Technology Award
Kate Kearney and Angela Tekely
Team, Talk & Text Program, Immaculata University
The Creative Use of Technology award recognizes ACHE members for their innovative uses of instructional and distance learning technologies in lifelong learning.
Distinguished Credit Program Award
Susan Elkins, Alice Taylor-Colbert
Palmetto College: The Dream Realized, University of South Carolina/Palmetto College
Distinguished Credit Program Awards recognize an outstanding credit program. To be eligible, the credit program must have been in existence for two or more years.
Distinguished Non-credit Program Award
Mike Pugliese, Rylee Ketcher
Crime Scene Investigator Program, Northeastern State University
Distinguished Non-credit Program Awards recognize an outstanding non-credit program. To be eligible, the credit program must have been in existence for one or more years.
Outstanding Services to Underserved Populations Award
Linda Teener, Rosanna Vail
Project EXCELL: UFM Community Learning Center, Kansas State University Global Campus
This award recognizes ACHE members for innovative lifelong learning programs that demonstrate outstanding service to underserved populations.
Help Us Plan for ACHE 2017
These scholarships are made possible through the generous contributions of our ACHE membership. Those interested in helping us continue to make a difference in the lives of continuing education professionals are encouraged to please take part in one or both of our fundraising initiatives. Donations are invited online through our grants and scholarships page, or in person at this year’s conference at one of our exciting fun’raising tours.
New Orleans is a city of music, art, entertainment, and good times. While we anxiously wait for the ACHE 2016 Conference & Meeting, why don’t you plan to round out your trip with some cultural festivities? Whether you’re planning on staying just for the conference, or have already made plans to spend an extra day or two in NOLA, there are plenty of things to do in New Orleans this October!
October 14-16 – Crescent City Blues & BBQ Festival
Take advantage of the cool weather while enjoying live music and authentic New Orleans BBQ at the 11th annual Crescent City Blues & BBQ festival. Taj Mahal, Jon Cleary & the Absolute Monster Gentleman, The Suffers, Tab Benoit, and Nikki will headline the event this year.
The festival will take place in Lafayette Square Park, where various food and craft vendors will line the park alongside 24 of the best local handcraft and home furnishing artists. Admission is free and open to the public. No outside food and drink are permitted.
Where: Lafayette Square Park
For the festival’s full schedule, please visit the Jazz and Heritage Foundation website.
October 12-20 – New Orleans Film Festival
The annual New Orleans Film Festival is an Oscar-qualifying event that has become one of the nation’s top-ranked film festivals, attracting thousands of producers, directors, writers, actors, and actresses each year. The festival is best known for its commitment to discovering new voices in the film industry; according to the festival website, more than 90% of the event lineup comes directly from submissions. The festival is also committed to spotlighting work by diverse of filmmaking voices, promoting inclusivity, and promoting many different types of stories.
In addition to esteemed film screenings that allow new and established filmmakers to premiere their latest works, the festival also presents a series of mentor sessions, workshops, and panel discussions featuring industry leaders. Opportunities for guests to connect with industry professionals, meet with companies like Paramount, The Weinstein Company, FilmBuff, and the Orchard, as well as funders and broadcasters are a major draw of the event. Cinema fans, established filmmakers, and aspiring professionals alike can delight this unique creative outlet in a city well known for letting the good times roll.
Where: Venues throughout New Orleans
When: October 12-20
More information about tickets and line up can be found on the New Orleans Film Festival website.
October 21-22 – Oktoberfest
Enjoy a piece of Germany at Oktoberfest in the Rivertown section of Kenner. Live traditional music, traditional German folk dancing, beer, authentic German cuisine, German wines and liquors, and an Oktoberfest parade will all be cause to celebrate at the Deutsches Haus in New Orleans!
Attracting up to 15,000 visitors every year, Oktoberfest in New Orleans includes a courtyard and Biergarten from which to enjoy live music from German bands. Many traditional dances include knee-slapping, twisting, and chanting.
Where: Deutsches Haus in the Rivertown section of Kenner
More information can be found on the Oktoberfest NOLA website.
October 22 – Krewe of Boo Halloween Parade
Participate in the official Halloween Parade of New Orleans by attending the annual Krewe of Boo Halloween Parade. Featuring 3-dimensional fiberglass and papier mache floats constructed by Kern Studios, the parade frightens and excites the crowd it draws.
Parade riders will throw various items to onlookers as they pass by, including candy, chee wees, pralinettes, light-up medallion beads, voodoo doll pins and magnets, doubloons, and children’s toys. Krewe of Boo also accepts new members for each year’s event, so you can even ride in the parade yourself! Visit their membership page to register.
Where: The parade will begin at Elysian Fields in the Marigny and progress through the French Quarter
When: Saturday, October 22 at 6:30 p.m.
Find the parade route, schedule, and more information on the Krewe of Boo website.
Each year, ACHE holds a fundraising drive as a part of the Annual Conference to raise money for grants and scholarships. All of the proceeds go toward supporting the educational needs of graduate students studying in adult and continuing higher education. Donate today and help us reach our goal of $3,500 to help empower the best and brightest students to spearhead a positive future for our field.
Each tax-deductible $5 donation will earn the donor one entry into a drawing for a $500 gift card. The winner of the gift card will be will announced during the 2016 Annual Conference & Meeting in New Orleans. The winner need not be present. Donate now.
This year, we’re also providing other ways to get the most bang for your fun’raising buck. ACHE conference attendees are invited to participate in hair-raising Tour Tuesday options to make their donations in true New Orleans spirit.
French Quarter History Tour (1 Tour)
Take an afternoon stroll with Terrence Fitzmorris, Associate Dean, School for Continuing Studies and Tulane Professor of Louisiana History, as he takes you back to the sights and sounds of old New Orleans. This tour is limited to 20 participants, and $10 of the $25 registration fee is tax-deductible.
French Quarter Ghost & Vampire Tour (2 Tours)
Disease, disaster, sinister spirits, and murder most foul: French Quarter Phantoms' New Orleans Ghost tour and Vampire Tour combo is spooky fun! Join us on one of our two walking tours for historically accurate tales of local hauntings and vampire lore.
Ghost & Vampire Tour 1 - $10 of the $25 registration fee is tax-deductible
Ghost & Vampire Tour 2 - $10 of the $25 registration fee is tax-deductible
For questions or details, email Lisa Graves (email@example.com) or by phone 225-578-3506. For registration assistance, call 225-578-2500 between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m EST.
Want to see how we’re doing? Look for the progress bar on our grants and scholarships page!
ACHE is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. All donations are tax deductible.
Some say the French Quarter begins at the luxurious Hotel Monteleone. So, too, will the 2016 ACHE Annual Conference and Meeting. Located at the foot of Royal Street, the luxury hotel boasts a one-of-a-kind carousel bar, a heated rooftop pool, and a full-service day spa. Located near Jackson Square, Bourbon Street, the French Market, and the Riverwalk, it will serve as an excellent point of department for conference attendees interested in exploring all things New Orleans.
If you’ve already registered for the conference, or if you were looking for more reasons to attend, we would like to take a moment to help you get to know the location of this year’s conference venue. The hotel’s 24 meeting and reception rooms will be the perfect backdrop for all of our exciting sessions this year.
About the Hotel Monteleone
Like the world-famous French Quarter in which is located, Hotel Monteleone has a rich history of its own. Since 1886, Hotel Monteleone has stood proudly as one of the first landmarks in the French Quarter. Today, it is a member of Historic Hotels of America – and for good reason!
The hotel is one of the last great family-owned-and-operated hotels in the city, remaining in the Monteleone family for the five generations since its opening. Through its many expansions, the hotel has been a favorite haunt of distinguished authors like Ernest Hemingway, Tennessee Williams, and William Faulkner, as well as contemporary greats like Anne Rice and John Grisham. In 1999, it was designated an official literary landmark by the Friends of the Library Association and became one of only three hotels in the U.S. to share this honor.
In addition to its rich literary tradition, the hotel is said it be haunted by its history. Generations of hotel guests and staff claim to have witnessed haunted events, and the hotel is known for being one of the premier haunted hotels in New Orleans.
Read more about the history of the Hotel Monteleone.
Hotel Reservation Information
Reflecting the grandeur of the Hotel Monteleone itself, many of the hotel’s guest rooms feature high ceilings, crown molding, and traditional decor. Each room offers in-room safe, refrigerator, complimentary high-speed Internet access, large-screen cable television, iHome audio system, phone with voice mail, Keurig coffee maker, and more.
A dedicated room block has been reserved for arrivals beginning Saturday, October 15 through departures on Thursday, October 20. The deadline for booking room reservations is September 25.
Click here to reserve your room.
When making your reservation, use the code “ACHJ08” to book a room in our block. Special hotel rates for ACHE attendees are $189 per night ($469 off regular rates).
If you require assistance, please call Hotel Monteleone directly at 504-523-3341 or 1-800-217-2033. Be sure to identify yourself as Association of Continuing Higher Education (ACHE) to ensure you receive the group rate.
Hotel Monteleone is located at
214 Royal Street,
New Orleans, LA 70130-2201
Individual guest room deposits will be refunded if the reservations are canceled 72 hours prior to the date of arrival.
Experiential Learning, Competency Based Education, Predictive Analytics, Matching Degree Completion Pathways with Community Needs, Workplace Learning and Corporate Partnerships, Online Learning, Adult Student Programming, Microsites and Landing Pages, Assessing your Leadership Style, Lateral Leadership and Pathways to Meaningful Career Progression, Recruitment and Success of Transfer Students…
These are just a few of the excellent professional development presentations that we have planned for you at the 2016 ACHE National Conference. Have you registered yet? I encourage you to take some time out of your day to review the conference schedule and determine which sessions apply directly to you. You can visit the schedule here.
This year, the conference takes place in New Orleans October 17 – 19 at the historic Hotel Monteleone, New Orleans.
Our keynote speakers have been finalized. They are all distinguished thought leaders in their fields and will bring focused tools and tips to you, as the practitioners who make daily strategic connections, demonstrate successes, and change lives. From a university president who the Washington Monthly suggests could save the Public University, Dr. King Alexander, to the co-founder and Chief Strategy Officer of Red-Kite Consulting Inc., the world's first workforce development firm that uses methods built in war zones to help professionals in the harshest jobs to survive and thrive, to Kim Weitcamp, who uses storytelling as a tool for learning… there is an abundance of knowledge and inspiration waiting for you in New Orleans this October.
Networking and learning from colleagues is at the heart of ACHE and something the organization does exceptionally well. Make new connections and strengthen existing relationships with colleagues who share your passion for continuing higher education.
You will find the ACHE National Conference to be of great value. Find out more about our conference location, the beautiful Hotel Monteleone in the heart of the New Orleans, travel details, and registration on our conference website.
I hope to see you in New Orleans.
Preparations for the ACHE 2016 Annual Meeting & Conference in New Orleans, Louisiana are in high gear. The list of keynote speakers has been finalized, the schedule has been published, and ACHE attendees across the U.S. are booking their stay at the historic Hotel Monteleone. There are many behind-the-scenes volunteers who help make all of this happen. From the conference planning committee to on-site coordination, the annual meeting and conference truly could not be as exceptional an event as it is without our extraordinary colleagues and friends. To help put the finishing touches on this event, however, we are calling on our member volunteers and asking for your help.
How You Can Help
The 2016 Annual Meeting & Conference will run October 17-19. We are currently seeking volunteers to donate a bit of their time during the conference in one of two ways:
Session Presider (2 hours)
Session presiders are present during an assigned concurrent or roundtable session. They introduce speakers, coordinate session evaluations, and help keep session speakers on time. If you choose to volunteer to be a session presider, you will be asked to preside at one of the sessions during the conference.
Sign up to preside at a specific session
On-Site Registration Table Volunteer (2-4 hours)
The registration/information table at the annual conference is staffed during all open hours of the conference, so someone must always be there. It’s a big job, and we need your help! Registration table volunteers will be asked to give between 2-4 hours of their time to assist our home office staff and planning committee volunteers.
As a small thank you, we will be listing the names of all of our volunteers’ institutions in the ACHE conference program as hosts of our 2016 Meeting & Conference. Come to New Orleans and help us make this conference our best yet!
“Volunteers don't just do the work ~ they make it work." –Carol Pettit
As you may have heard, the Association for Continuing Higher Education (ACHE) is currently preparing to release a Request for Proposal for the relocation of the home office. ACHE and the University of Oklahoma have enjoyed a strong partnership in offering services and educational opportunities for our field over the last eight years. Timing and circumstances are now appropriate to consider moving the home office to another institution. With Ynez Henningsen stepping away as Operations Manager and changes at the University of Oklahoma due to the state’s weak economy, it seems appropriate to seek new ideas and new energy at another institution. Additionally, we have many new members who can bring new perspectives and resources to home office activities. One of the characteristics of ACHE has always been its volunteer leadership both in its elected officers and the work of the Executive Vice President of the home office. This characteristic of the Association, we believe, sets it apart from other Associations in the educational field. Given the circumstances and this approach, releasing an RFP will continue to strengthen the tradition of how the Association membership is managed.
Equally exciting is the fact that a number of institutions seem to be interested in hosting the Association’s activities. Given that, we also wish to encourage any institutions that may have an interest in responding to review the RFP as soon as it is released. While the timelines for the full process will be in the RFP, the deadline for the submission is anticipated to be September 23, 2016. There are obviously a number of positive aspects to being the host institution, e.g., enhancing institutional reputation, utilizing staff skills, supporting the profession, increasing inter and intra-institutional status. We hope that institutional members who “want to make a difference” will seriously consider making a bid.
This has been an exciting endeavor for the University of Oklahoma, fostering an in-depth participation in ACHE; and, learning from observing ideas across the field, it has increased CE’s professional development. Additionally, this partnership has responded to our organizational mission of transforming lives through the use of knowledge. The University of Oklahoma believes that being a servant leader in the field, like other work in continuing education, is very gratifying and empowering. We, the Association and OU’s leadership, are pleased with the relationship that we have had and look forward to a strong future for ACHE at whatever institution is selected to host this important work.
Jim PappasACHE Executive Vice President
Paula Hogard ACHE President, 2016
For many friends and members of ACHE, Ynez Henningsen has become the face and voice of our organization. Through her tireless efforts as our home office Operations Manager and Executive Secretary, Ynez has served as the main point of contact for the Association over the past eight years. Since ACHE is a volunteer-led organization, the person who sits in the Operations Manager’s seat has a role in everything that happens in the organization. For that reason, Ynez says, she has had to always be thinking simultaneously about both the big picture and the minute-to-minute details. Ynez has committed herself to the Association and to the field of continuing education as a whole, which is shown even through her pursuit and completion of a master’s degree in Adult and Higher Education with a focus on serving military-connected students. This week, ACHE bids her farewell as she prepares to move to Cleveland, Ohio, with her family.
Ynez joined ACHE in 2008 when University Outreach at the University of Oklahoma was awarded the home office contract for the association. As a national organization with a network that encompasses continuing education leadership across the United States and Canada, Ynez expected the experience of working with ACHE to expand her skill set and knowledge of continuing and higher education administration. What she didn’t expect was the impact her presence at ACHE would have on the association.
“I inherited an organization that used paper accounting ledgers to track finances and an Access database to manage membership, which was completely the norm for many small associations in the mid 2000s,” she said. “But we’ve had to learn to do more with less in order to compete, and I’ve had the support of my leadership at every step of the way as I’ve tried out new and different technologies, modes of collaboration, and ways to connect members so they can continually grow as professionals. From social media to a cloud-based association management system... from webinars to using Google Apps: our teams are now able to work better together regardless of distance. Things that were not possible 10 years ago for this organization are now the standard,” Ynez said.
“Ynez is the type of boss that allows you to run with ideas and fully supports you on your professional and educational goals,” said Rebekah Law, who served as ACHE Operations Assistant from 2009 to 2012 and who is taking the role of Interim Operations Manager. “As a result, I was able to get my master’s and to launch into my own career. Now, I get the privilege to come back and be the interim in Ynez’ place. I get to profit from the system that Ynez has largely built. I told Ynez just this week that most people get complacent in a job after 8 years, but it is obvious by processes she has created that she’s always thinking about what can be better.”
Relationships with the people in the organization are what Ynez says she’ll miss most. “Without a doubt, my favorite part of working with ACHE has been the people I’ve had the privilege to get to know,” she said. “They are remarkable servant leaders who care deeply about adult and non-traditional students. They often toil with few resources and little thanks, but they carry on because the work they do matters so much.”
Thank you, Ynez. Good luck and a fond farewell. Your service to ACHE and the field is a significant legacy you have given us who are professionals in continuing education. May your new start be as bright as your work has been for us.
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