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.
ACHE is excited to announce that our team of keynote speakers for the 2016 ACHE Conference & Meeting has been finalized. These individuals are all distinguished thought leaders who strive to innovate, transform, and provide excellence in service.
Look for more information about each of these individuals and their speaking topics in coming weeks, and don’t forget to visit our conference website to register to attend!
F. King Alexander, President, Louisiana State University
A Kentucky native who grew up in north Florida, F. King Alexander has enjoyed a long career in higher education that includes many accomplishments and honors.
Alexander has been asked to represent public higher education colleges and universities on numerous occasions to the United States Congress on issues of college affordability, student indebtedness, and institutional efficiency and effectiveness in efforts to address many of the growing challenges facing American higher education. Due to his national recognition and involvement on higher education issues, Alexander has served on numerous U.S. higher education and statewide organizational leadership boards where he remains very active. He was named the president of Louisiana State University in 2013.
Before accepting his current position as president of Louisiana State University, Alexander served as president of California State University, Long Beach (2005-2013), one of the nation’s largest public universities located in Southern California. During his more than seven-year tenure there, Alexander was twice named the California State University Association (CSSA) “President of the Year,” which represents all 23 California State Universities and its more than 440,000 students.
As a teacher and administrator, Alexander received the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Education Alumni Achievement Award (2002). He has research university faculty affiliations at the University of Wisconsin-Madison Center for the Study of Postsecondary Education (WISCAPE) and Cornell University Higher Education Research Institute (CHERI).
Alexander received his Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in higher education administration with a focus on finance and educational policy analysis, and a Master of Science degree from the University of Oxford, Oxford, England in comparative educational studies. Alexander and his wide, Shenette, have three children: Kylie, Savannah, and Madison.
Kim Weitkamp, Owner, TreeHouse Artists
Humorist, keynote speaker, presenter, coach, singer, songwriter, producer, and spoken word artist. Kim Weitkamp might be known by many titles, but one theme ties them all together: Story.
For more than 23 years, Weitkamp has been helping educators, organizations, and businesses utilize the power of story.
Weitkamp has been a keynote speaker for some of Forbes most recognized companies and has been the closing speaker for many high profile charity events, helping organizations reach their financial goals. She regularly works as a coach and consultant for companies and nonprofits such as Purina, Nestle, Edward Jones, Habitat for Humanity, Feeding America, International Storytelling Center, and many others.
Weitkamp speaks and performs to tens of thousands of people each year. She is a storyteller at the top of her craft, and whether the story is tucked into a speech, performed from stage, or used as a tool for learning, Weitkamp blends her mastery of humor, story, and communication into her presentations, making them entertaining, enlightening, and educational.
She is a recipient of the prestigious Leadership in Communication Award from Toastmasters Int’l, the Blue Ridge Excellence in the Arts Award, and several Storytelling World Awards. She is the owner of a design company, Treehouse Artists, and a record label, Road Candy Records. She has written, produced, and recorded eight audio collections, six of them award winners. She is also the founder of the Wrinkles Project and creator of the Peace by Piece project in conjunction with the Taubman Museum of Fine Art.
Zach Stone, Cofounder and Chief Strategy Officer, Red Kite Consulting, Inc.
Having spent 16 years as an educator, mediator, facilitator, and corporate coach, Zach Stone has worked in the juvenile justice system, the NGO and nonprofit sector, the private sector, and has trained more than 5,000 first responders in the medical, transportation, and social services community.
Stone helped found the world's first workforce development based resiliency building firm that uses methods built in war zones to help professionals in the harshest jobs to survive and thrive.
He has been a featured lecturer for the Association for Conflict Resolution, the International Coaching Federation, the American Public Transportation Association, the Department of State, and the International Trauma Conference. He has been featured by Apple Inc. twice for innovation in the field of training and education, and he recently developed and delivered curricula for the Department of State-sponsored program, the American Field Service, in both New York City and Washington D.C.
Stone holds a degree in counseling and behavioral health from Drexel University, certificates in crisis intervention and human services, and is a graduate of the Entrepreneurship and Organizational Development program at Babson College and Goldman Sachs. He is passionate about the use of martial arts to help heal trauma, and he loves adventuring with his wife and Akita Shepherd through New England whenever they have the chance.
Before implementing Entrinsik Enrole, the Continuing Education department at Texas A&M International University (TAMIU) were managing the registrations and payments using only their Touchnet® storefront. Capabilities were limited and employees spent a lot of time on repetitive, manual data entry.
After researching several other products for budget and essential features, TAMIU purchased Enrole. Implementation and training was very quick and TAMIU started using Enrole right away. “We literally went live in 10 working days,” said Kimberly Martin del Campo, former Director of CE.
With Enrole, staff at TAMIU saw an immediate improvement in their daily workloads. Information, students, and classes are entered into Enrole once and the data dynamically populates the external shopping cart and portals, eliminating duplicated effort. “We have to add classes all the time, which is really easy now with Enrole. We added maps, syllabus info and links onto the customer cart. I don’t think there’s one feature we are not using,” said Jacqueline Arguindegui, Associate Director, CE.
Creating and viewing data is an easy task with Enrole’s integrated reporting tool. “It’s fantastic. When it comes to reporting, you’re not having to go to two or three other systems in order to pull reports, you can create one report and it pulls everything.”
This Five Minutes post is sponsored by Entrinsik, an exhibitor for the ACHE 2016 Annual Meeting & Conference.
Whether returning for basic skills, professional certifications, or degree completion programs, adult learners are becoming more prevalent on today's campuses. These learners bring with them unique characteristics and skill sets, and have different wants and needs than typical college students. We are pleased to announce that we are partnering with the School of Education at Regent University to bring a session over this very topic to our Summer Webinar Series.
The key to successful programs and satisfied adult learners lies in understanding what motivates them. During this session, a leader in higher education will discuss the unique characteristics of adult learners and of those who teach them.
During this webinar, Don Finn will provide:
For more information about the webinar and how to register, please visit the webinar event page. Members can also view resources from past ACHE webinars by visiting our Webinar Catalog.
Please join us July 27 at 1:00 pm Central Time to participate in this lively professional development opportunity.
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About the Speaker
Don Finn, Ph.D. is Dean of the School of Education at Regent University in Virginia Beach, Virginia. He has been an educator for more than 25 years and specializes in adult learning. Don currently serves on the board of directors for the Commission on Adult Basic Education (COABE) and has served on other state and national boards and committees. He has consulted with local, state, and national organizations on effective adult learning principles and has provided professional development opportunities for these groups and stakeholders. Additionally, Don has presented in numerous state, regional, and national conferences on topics related to working effectively with adults in various learning settings. Don holds a B.S. M.S. in Education from Radford University and a Ph.D. in Adult Education and Organizational Development from Virginia Commonwealth University.
ACHE held our inaugural Emerging Leader Institute June 12-16 on the campus of Loyola University Chicago in the heart of the Windy City’s downtown. The Institute was an exciting event that provided higher education professionals with the opportunity to meet with leaders in higher education innovation, network with other emerging continuing education leaders from across the country, and sharpen focus on professional pathways in higher education.
For the first inaugural session, we welcomed 15 emerging leaders from across the continuing higher education spectrum in our initial cohort. These included professionals in the fields of higher education and continuing education, among others.
During the three-day institute, participants attended sessions led by higher education leaders and participated in supporting seminars for professional development. Each day of the Institute highlighted a different keynote speaker who introduced a distinct and valuable perspective for consideration.
For the first keynote, Dr. Paula Peinovich spoke on the topic of “Composing a Career as a Leader.” Throughout the session, Peinovich described to the participants how she developed a personal “mission” focused on serving underserved adult learners, a mission that eventually led her to the helm of the National Labor College. She has devoted her career to institutions that have a mission of access for underserved adult learners and are themselves agents of social change.
In developing her talk, Peinovich wrote in her session summary that she was inspired by Mary Catherine Bateson’s book, Composing a Life, in which Bateson observes that “it is no longer possible to follow the paths of the previous generation” (p. 2). Peinovich wrote, “this is especially true in higher education, where the landscape is now changing at an increasingly frantic pace: not in a generation or even a decade but rather almost annually. Careers, therefore, can seldom be defined by a single goal derived from paths of the past, or even a fixed group of goals. Leaders must grow into wisdom and find their way in a fluid and ever-changing world, without becoming aimlessly lost.
Following the keynote, afternoon facilitators included Dr. Jim Pappas from the University of Oklahoma and Jan Asnicar, Senior Vice President and Managing Director at EFL Associates. Pappas talked with participants about strategies to get a seat at the table with other administrative and academic departments on campus, while Asnicar held a workshop titled “What Employers are Looking For.” Her workshop focused on positioning and marketing oneself for future professional opportunities. Participants ended the day by meeting one-on-one with Asnicar in individual reviews of their résumés and CVs.
Loyola University Chicago’s Dr. John Pelissero began day two of the Institute by leading an open discussion with the participants on the topic of applying key leadership principles to their own careers. Pelissero reflected on his path from Army officer to faculty member on to his current position as interim president of Loyola University Chicago. He asked the participants to envision their personal paths and what those paths might look like.
After Pelissero’s keynote, Walter Pearson from Loyola University Chicago began the day’s skill-building activities with a workshop titled "How to Hire Good People and Help Them Succeed." Then, Dr. Roxanne Gonzales of Clarion University challenged participants to assess themselves and their personal leadership styles and philosophies during her session “Leadership: Assess Self and Your Road Ahead.” Day two closed with Walter Pearson facilitating an interactive session on ways emerging leaders can better serve adult students.
For the last keynote of the Institute, Dr. Roger Maclean from The University of Montana spoke on an increasingly relevant topic—"Power, Scarce Resources, and Life Balance." His session included discussions of institutional culture, leadership power and influence, dealing with change and scarce resources, negotiating challenges to navigate success, and strategies for work/life balance.
Team Building and Final Thoughts
On each day of the Institute, participants were invited to engage in various networking and team building exercises. These ranged from formal meetings at Loyola University Chicago, to informally gathering for dinner, a baseball game, and at various locations in the Windy City. Throughout the event, the cohort developed valuable relationships with their peers and shared insights and experiences that will help them continue to grow into their roles as innovative higher education professionals.
Kathy Burkholder, an ELI participant from Kansas State University, said after the Institute, “I learned a lot and appreciated the diversity of our cohort. The speakers and leaders were top notch, each day ‘flowed’ easily into the next, and the overall agenda was well thought out.”
Want to share your experience from the Emerging Leader Institute? Please feel free to comment below or connect with us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Photos of the event can be found on the ACHE Flickr account as well as on our Facebook and Twitter pages.
The academic year has come to a close and the summer sun is high. Now is the perfect time to start thinking ahead about how you want to spend the next academic year furthering your education goals or professional development—and we’re here to help.
Each year, ACHE funds grants and scholarships that encourage research, educational attainment, and professional development in the field of adult and continuing higher education by supporting graduate students, staff, and programs in this area. Recipients of these awards have been some of the best and brightest in the field of continuing education. Put simply, recipients of ACHE grants and scholarships have been those just like you.
ACHE members or those with sponsorship from an ACHE member institution can now apply for one or more of ACHE’s scholarships and grants, which are intended to help fund members’ educational or professional goals as well as help us accomplish our own—to promote new knowledge, student success, and innovative practices in the field. This is your opportunity to gain recognition for your work, contribute to the continuing education conversation and your organization’s success, and to gain the support you need to make innovative discoveries and progress in the field.
If this is your first time applying, there are several award opportunities from which you can choose. In 2016, ACHE will offer six different grants and scholarships ranging from $1,000 to $1,500.
Alex Charters Research Grant
Open to: ACHE members who have maintained a membership for at least one year immediately preceding application or doctoral students with sponsorship from an ACHE member institution
Focus: Research in adult and continuing higher education
Submission period: May 15 - July 31, 2016
The ACHE Alex Charters Research Grant promotes the development and dissemination of new knowledge, theories, and practices in adult and continuing education. In 2016, up to two grants of $1500 each may be awarded.
Wayne L. Whelan Scholarship
Open to: ACHE members who have maintained a membership for at least one year and are studying in the field of adult continuing higher education
Focus: Graduate study in adult and continuing higher education
Each year, the Association awards one scholarship to a deserving member who has held membership in ACHE for at least one year immediately preceding application and who is engaged in graduate studies on either a full-time or part-time basis. In 2016, one scholarship in the amount of $1,000 may be awarded.
Graduate Student Conference Grant
Open to: ACHE members who have maintained a membership for at least one year immediately preceding application and are working in the field of adult continuing higher education
Focus: Travel to and attendance at the ACHE Annual Conference for a graduate student having a focus in the field of adult and continuing higher education
The ACHE Graduate Student Conference Grant provides financial support to graduate students interested in attending the annual ACHE meeting. The grant covers the awardee's conference registration fee, travel and lodging up to a maximum of $1,500.
Memorial Staff Development Grant
Open to: Staff from an ACHE member institution that has maintained a membership for at least one year immediately preceding application. The staff member’s primary focus must be adult continuing higher education.
Focus: Travel to and attendance at an ACHE professional development event for a staff member from an ACHE member institution whose primary focus is the field of adult and continuing higher education
Submission period: May 15 - July 31, 2016
Each year, ACHE awards one grant in an amount not to exceed $1,500 for a CE staff member to attend an ACHE professional development event in order to further their professional development growth and hone their skills.
Open to: ACHE Institutional Members who have maintained a membership for at least one year immediately preceding application and are applying the funds toward a program with focus on adult continuing higher education
Focus: Programs in adult continuing higher education
Submission period: Rolling
A member institution can apply for an Institutional Minigrant to support a special initiative, project, or research effort that would advance the delivery of continuing education. The maximum award amount for an Institutional Minigrant is $1,500.
Dear ACHE Colleagues,
Greetings from Framingham State University in Massachusetts. June is upon us and it is time to share the results of the ACHE 2016 Election.
First, let me express my deepest appreciation for all of the candidates who ran for ACHE national leadership positions this year. Although only one candidate for Vice President and two Board Directors could be selected, all of the leaders on the ballot showed great enthusiasm to continue their dedicated support for the association.
It is with great pleasure that I announce the newly elected Vice President and Directors at Large for ACHE:
Pamela J Collins, Academic Dean and Executive Director at Philadelphia University
Directors at Large
Tina Marie Coolidge, Manager, Academic and Support Services Center Academic Advisor for Nursing Undergraduate Program at Drexel University
James E. Shamlee Jr., Program Coordinator, Military Services & GoArmyEd POC at The University of Alabama
We welcome the new members of the Board and Vice Presidency and we feel privileged to be guided by the commitment and leadership that they offer to the association.
Thank you for all you do in our field.
ACHE President, 2016
The ACHE Spring Regional Meetings have concluded and I am back on campus. My travels took me to Durant, Oklahoma; Chicago, Illinois; Ocean City, Maryland; Charleston, South Carolina; and Hooksett, New Hampshire. Each region had its own unique conference theme with outstanding presentations and keynote speakers. Common to all regions was the dedication and commitment of ACHE members to our profession, to our communities, and the students we serve. ACHE is a volunteer organization; it would not exist without the hard work of its members. My heartfelt thanks go out to all who worked so hard to make each of the Regional Conferences so successful and productive.
For me, this is an emotional time of the year. It’s that time of the year where we hear through our commencement ceremonies stories of lives changed. We know the stories because we have worked alongside many of the graduating students, doing what we could to help them overcome obstacles and stay the course. Who among us does not melt at the look on the faces of children standing proudly to clap and cheer parents, grandparents, aunts, and uncles who stand as role models? This is when we know we make a difference through the work that we do.
Preparations are well underway for ACHE’s 2016 Annual Meeting & Conference which will take place October 17-19 at the historic Hotel Monteleone in New Orleans. This year’s theme is “Innovation, Transformation, and Service in Higher Education: Creating Pathways to the Future.” Registration is now open, and you can find out more and register at acheconference.org. Please mark your calendars for October. I look forward to meeting you all in New Orleans.
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