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  • December 11, 2015 9:41 AM | ACHE Home Office (Administrator)

    Paula HogardDear Colleagues,

    Greetings from Framingham State University in Massachusetts. It was wonderful to reconnect with old colleagues and to make new friends and strategic connections at the 77th Annual Conference and Meeting in St Louis. I would like to extend a personal thank you and congratulations for an outstanding conference to Dr. Regis M. Gilman, ACHE’s 2015 president; the conference co-chairs Pam Collins and Tina Marie Coolidge; and the entire 2015 Conference Planning Committee. I found the content this year to be outstanding, with the speakers and presenters some of the most knowledgeable in the field.

    And so we begin preparing for our 2016 Conference, which will take place October 17-19 at the historic Hotel Monteleone in New Orleans. One of the first responsibilities for a new ACHE president is to decide on the theme for the upcoming year and annual conference. For me, this was not a difficult task. I am excited to announce that next year’s theme will be: "Innovation, Transformation and Service in Continuing Higher Education: Creating Pathways to the Future." The 2016 conference will demonstrate the many ways that continuing higher education professionals are leading initiatives within their institutions and responding to rapid technological changes, the demands of a knowledge-based economy, and the disruptive shifts of changing demographics and learner needs.

    Teaching, Research, and Service are the three primary functions for most universities. Service is the function that so often has to compete for attention and resources. We should not ignore the value and significant role that continuing education can play within our institutions in contributing to the well-being and improvement of the campus, community, state, nation, and even the world. For this reason, “Service” is included in the conference theme as we focus on how continuing education is responding to and meeting public service needs in the 21st century institution.

    It is evident to all of us working in higher education that “Innovation” has become the catchphrase for 21st century academic institutions. Nationally and globally, innovation drives productivity, economic growth, and job creation, and creates a need for individuals who possess both intellectual knowledge and the skills to put this knowledge to work. Alongside this is an emerging cross-generational demand for customized education experiences together with a desire to integrate life and workplace experience and education into a tailored learning process. Included in this is the need to validate learning that is occurring in the non-credit environment.

    Where is continuing education’s role in all of this? Increasingly we see our role and value being questioned within our institutions. Continuing to do what most of us are already doing is not going to work and may in fact result in our work being increasingly devalued. But if we can recognize and respond to the expanding and diverse knowledge needs that are emerging in this era of rapid technology gains and disruptive shifts in global markets, we will not only have a continuing role but a real opportunity for leadership. However, to be effective leaders within our organizations, we need to embrace new concepts, employ new tools, and form partnerships more appropriate for 21st century economies and societies.

    Mark October 17-19, 2016 on your calendar now, and then take the first step in joining us in New Orleans by submitting a proposal to present. Click here for details and guidelines for this year’s Call for Proposals, or visit our website at www.acheinc.org and look for the Call for Proposals announcement under the "Take Note" section on our homepage. As one St. Louis conference attendee shared with us, our 2015 Annual Conference was one of the most informative and well-run conferences she’d attended in years, so don’t miss out on this top-notch professional development opportunity.

    I am honored to represent the Association for Continuing Higher Education for the next year. If there‘s anything I can do to help you in your job or in your career, feel free to call me at 508-626-4034 or email me at phogard@framingham.edu. I look forward to meeting you at your regional conferences this coming spring to continue this conversation and to hear your thoughts on how ACHE can help you to continue to make a difference within our institutions, our communities, and to the lives of those we serve.

    I wish you and your loved ones a safe, peaceful, and joyous holiday season.


    Paula Hogard
    ACHE President, 2016


  • November 19, 2015 2:09 PM | ACHE Home Office (Administrator)


    ACHE will hold it's first annual Emerging Leader Institute in Chicago, Illinois, June 13-16 on the campus of Loyola University Chicago. Announced during the ACHE Annual Conference in St. Louis, the Institute continues the association's commitment to investing in our collective expertise to engage in the ongoing development of continuing education leadership; mentoring new leadership with a combination of best practice and learning from the experience of seasoned professionals; and facilitating access to our international network of higher education experts.

    The inaugural 2016 Emerging Leader Institute enables our best and brightest, whether new to the CE field or new to leadership, to learn, network and dialogue with a full agenda of national experts, as well as engage in guided career development.

    Seminar Speakers include:
    • Rev. Michael Garanzini, SJ. Chancellor, Loyola University Chicago
    • Dr. Paul Leblanc. President, Southern New Hampshire University
    • Dr. Roger MacLean. Dean, School of Extended & Lifelong Learning, University of Montana
    The Emerging Leader Institute will provide the opportunity to:
    • Meet leaders in higher education innovation for discussion of relevant, contemporary issues.
    • Network with other emerging continuing education leaders from across the country.
    • Sharpen focus on professional pathways in higher education.

    In this three-day institute, participants will attend sessions led by leaders in higher education, as well as supporting seminars for a combination of practical and theoretical approaches to professional development.

    Tuition:

    $1950 for ACHE Members ($2450 for Nonmembers), includes program, room and board.



    Interested applicants are asked to submit the following materials for consideration in the 2016 ACHE ELI cohort:

    1) A 250-500 letter of introduction, providing background, including:

    • A short biography
    • Description of your current professional role, as well as your professional goals
    • Personal philosophy on higher education leadership

    2) A resume or CV

    3) A letter of recommendation from one of the following:

    • A direct supervisor
    • An ACHE colleague
    • A Dean, Provost or President

    4) Letter of support to finance participation in ELI from your institution, OR a letter stating your intention to personally finance participation



    Please submit materials to admin@acheinc.org by January 29, 2016.

    Questions? Please email Bill Boozang (bill.boozang@newbury.edu).

  • October 20, 2015 10:05 AM | ACHE Home Office (Administrator)


    Each year, ACHE offers workshops and events that happen during the conference. There are so many, in fact, that it may all seem like a blur with so much that’s happening. This year, we’re trying something different. We’ve added a panel of experts who are going to ask a simple, but significant, question: what would they do if they were in charge?

    We've invited three panelists from companies that represent areas in which continuing education units often partner: CRM, research, and marketing. During this keynote panel, they will share effective practices they’ve seen in their university partners, challenges they have observed that their partners often face, and what they would do if they could change something in their organization. The goal: dig into what's real, explore what's holding schools back, and gather insights about which strategies these experts have seen work best.

    We asked Clare Roby, Associate Dean of Regional and Continuing Education at California State University- Chico, to give us a little insight to this controversial panel.


    What is the format of the panel?

    The panel moderator, Dr. Jim Pappas, will engage the audience in a Q & A format with the panelists. Each panelist has been invited to share some remarks as well, but the format is intended to address what the audience would like to hear from the panelists.

    What are some topics that the panel will cover?

    The panelists will speak to their experiences partnering with continuing education organizations in the areas of marketing research, customer relationship management, and learning management. The audience will hear about what makes a good partnership and what we in continuing education can do to invest in the most appropriate vendor relationships.

    ACHE hasn’t highlighted a panel event before. Why now? What makes this special?

    We have had panels in the past. The most recent I recall was a panel of military students last year. When we were thinking about keynote sessions for this year, we thought that hearing from companies who provide us with valuable services to learn how we can work with them better, what we’re doing well, and what we could change would be a good take-away for conference attendees. So many CE organizations are partnering with vendors for a variety of tools and services that knowing what to look for in a partner and how to get the most out of those investments is important.

    The speakers for this panel are Dr. Brenda Harms, Colin Irose, and Loren Pace.

    Dr. Brenda Harms is an experienced higher education administrator with a diverse marketing and admissions background. Her perspective on higher education marketing and recruitment is strengthened by her hands-on experience serving in both academic and administrative roles in higher education. During that time, she was also involved in the development and delivery of accelerated on-campus and online courses.

    Colin Irose has been working in the educational environment for over a decade across several areas, including: eportfolio initiatives, marketing/best practices/benchmarking research, and international student recruitment.

    Loren serves as CEO of CampusCE. Their enrollment management system is provided through a Software as a Service platform (SaaS) that enables institutions to electronically connect students, faculty, and administrators throughout the complex registration, academic scheduling, student relationship, and education management processes.


    This is sure to be an exciting panel, so hopefully we’ll see you there! What would YOU do if you were in charge?


  • October 11, 2015 11:42 AM | ACHE Home Office (Administrator)

    Regis M. GilmanDear Friends,

    ACHE’s 77th Annual Conference & Meeting in St. Louis, Missouri is only four short weeks away. We’re excited to see among those registered names both familiar and new, and we can’t wait to see you in St. Louis! The Conference Planning Committee has been working for months, even before last year’s conference in Las Vegas ended, planning an annual meeting that will provide networking opportunities, strategic connections, and celebrations of our collaborative successes. Our plans are for you to reconnect with old colleagues and to make the new, strategic connections that happen when we meet together, face-to-face, relaxing with and learning from each other.

    Certainly the biggest strength of any conference is the content. This year’s speakers and presenters are some of the most knowledgeable in the field, chosen specifically to inspire and engage. It is in professional retreats such as this where I know I can find and take away exemplars that I can use immediately and where I connect with colleagues who can assist me in challenging times. I know you will find the same.

    As we begin our 30-day countdown to meeting in St. Louis, I want to recognize and express my sincere appreciation to conference co-chairs Pam Collins and Tina Marie Coolidge along with the entire Conference Planning Committee for their dedication and commitment to the success of your 2015 Annual Conference & Meeting. I also want to thank my staff at Eastern Illinois University: Peggy Hickox, Peggy Brown, Cheryl Clapp, Diane Highland, Ryan Boske-Cox, and Bianca Tomlin. Additionally, I would be remiss if I did not include the staff of the ACHE Home Office: Dr. Jim Pappas, Ynez Henningsen, and through August of this year, Stan Khrapak, who have diligently worked behind the scenes to support the efforts of the Conference Planning Committee and me, making sure everyone had the necessary resources… many times even before they were asked.

    It has been an honor and privilege to serve as president of ACHE this year, and to represent the association among peer associations. Before I hand the presidential gavel to President Elect Paula Hogard in St. Louis, I wanted to make sure to take a moment to thank each and every one of you for what you do for adult and non-traditional students in higher education. You, as leaders and practitioners in the field, have the vision, the knowledge, the wherewithal, and the experience to help strategically strengthen America’s competitiveness in the global economy.  As part of my presidential duties, I traveled throughout the spring, attending our regional meetings, where I got to meet many of you and learn first-hand the impact you are making across our regions for our students, our campuses, and our communities. With the post-traditional student population having grown to over 70%, what we do every day in our institutions is essential to the economic growth of our communities.  Where we used to lie at the periphery, we are now much nearer the center, invited into the conversations being had as the landscape of higher education shifts.

    Again, words cannot express my sincere gratitude for the opportunity to serve as President of ACHE and to work in a profession with colleagues who daily make a difference in the lives of generations. Join me in St. Louis for an outstanding Annual Conference and Meeting, for professional development, for networking, for renewal, for Strategic Connections and Collaborative Success!

    Regis M. Gilman

    Regis M. Gilman
    ACHE President, 2015

  • September 29, 2015 7:27 AM | ACHE Home Office (Administrator)

    Dr. David Donathan will be joining us in St. Louis to discuss a hot topic that's on the minds of many student services and academic support professionals: how to best support the transition of military members from service to campus. His presentation will cover how to look beyond the ACE Military Guide and begin assessing military jobs and job performance for academic credit. 

    Veterans dedicate their lives to protect our nation and us. However, adjusting to civilian life can be difficult, especially when they apply to your institution.

    From servicemember...Does your institution struggle with transfer credits for veterans? Are ACE, AARTS, JST, EER, and OER foreign acronyms to you and your staff? Most reporting systems only evaluate formal military schooling. What about competency-based (experiential) credit?  

    The ACE Military Guide covers formal military training for service connected academic credit. However, no standard guide assesses credit for veterans that is comparable to institutional award of credit for life or work experience. Assessing performance in military assignments for academic credit is critical in fast tracking students with military service to degree completion.

    Many institutions of higher education already have a life/career experience for academic credit program available. In many cases this experiential credit can be requested through an evaluated portfolio system. 

    If you know some basic military terminology and how to read military documents for key evaluative points correlating military experience to course outcomes, you will be able to save veterans time on the way to their degree. In this session, you'll get not only get your "basic training," but you will also complete a hands-on exercise in evaluating military service from service records.

    ...to graduateThe session will be a “no frills” paper drill. Instead of a Powerpoint presentation, participants will be issued a document set of military forms and examples of course descriptions. We will walk through a discussion of how to evaluate the critical key components of military job descriptions and evaluation reports course outcomes to determine whether or not academic credit standards for career experience have been met. 

    In addition, participants will receive information on web sites that contain useful information on military training and schools recommendations, the military joint transcript program, and other helpful resources.

    ACHE Conference Presentation Details: 

    Session Title: Beyond ACE: Assessing Military Service for Academic Credit

    Time: Monday, November 9, 2015, 3:00–4:00 pm

    To discover more conference presentations relevant to you, view our conference schedule here

    Conference Presenter: 

    Bio: Dr. David Donathan has an extensive background in education, training and leadership. During his military career, he served in positions of increasing responsibility and authority, successfully completing tours of duty as a Combat Engineer squad leader; US Army instructor; US Army Drill Sergeant; Company Commander; NATO Staff Officer: and staff officer/training officer at the Defense Language Institute Foreign Language Training Center. He holds a master’s degree in Human Resource Management and Development from Chapman University, and a PhD in Professional Studies from Capella University. He has over 40 years of experience in academic and career counseling/advising, has taught in both public and private schools, has been a Kentucky Governor’s Scholars faculty, and is currently the Administrative Coordinator for Elizabethtown Community & Technical College’s Springfield Campus.


    Each year, ACHE conference presenters find innovative ways to connect with their audience prior to the conference. Leading up to the event, presenters will share their outlooks on various continuing education topics by writing blog entries in order to provide informative insights about their presentations and the field.

  • September 21, 2015 11:41 AM | ACHE Home Office (Administrator)

    You (or your boss) may be asking, why should I / you attend? In these turbulent times, continuing higher education presents daily opportunities for strategic connections within and among institutions, communities, and regions, while strengthening America’s competitiveness in the global economy. Your ACHE conference experience will provide you with the opportunities to build relationships and share ideas with fellow attendees from across the spectrum of adult continuing higher education. 

    So without further ado, here are the top 5 reasons to join us in St. Louis for the 2015 ACHE Annual Conference & Meeting:

    1. LEARN. 

    Expert Speakers! We have a great lineup this year with a diverse range of experiences.

    Barbara Vacarr, Director, Encore Higher Education Initiative

    Barbara Vacarr

    As a former college president, adult educator, and psychologist, Barbara is committed to learning that makes a difference in the world. Over the course of her 27-year career, she has developed programs for adult and non-traditional learners to develop and transform themselves as they strengthen the connections between their learning, their living, and their livelihoods.

    Christie Vilsack, Senior Advisor for International Education, U.S. Agency for International Development

    Christie Vilsack

    In her current role at USAID, Christie works with education sector partners and education leaders worldwide to build understanding of and support for international education solutions. She travels the world visiting and learning about USAID programs so she can tell the story of USAID Education to anyone she meets, from Main Street to the halls of Congress.

    Carol Aslanian, EducationDynamics

    Carol AslanianThe term "adult student" is often loosely applied to define a large and growing population of students being served in higher education. If you consider that the post-traditional student population has grown to over 70% of all students enrolled in higher education, the impact this group has not only on each institution's bottom line but also on the dynamics of how material is taught and disseminated presents a significant challenge for faculty and administrators alike.

    Carol Aslanian will join ACHE to discuss this group of students and look in much greater detail at what the make-up of this group is, as well as discuss how a growing number of institutions are now engaging them.

    Carol’s national reputation as an authority on adult higher education is an invaluable asset in creating market studies and institutional audits for colleges, and developing partnerships between them and employers.

    Brenda Harms, Harms Consulting

    Brenda Harms

    Nationally recognized as a leading expert in serving adult students within the higher education industry, Dr. Brenda Harms has assisted dozens of colleges and universities in successfully and strategically growing their enrollments through evaluation of key metrics, implementation of proven processes, design and execution of successful marketing strategy and tactics, and training for both management and staff.

    Colin Irose, Seelio

    Colin Irose

    Colin Irose has been working in the educational environment for over a decade across areas like: eportfolio initiatives, marketing/best practices/benchmarking research, and international student recruitment.

    As Director of University Partnerships at Seelio, Colin works with institutions in both New England and on the West coast to harness Seelio's services-based student life cycle portfolio. By focusing on career development and preparation for the students, Colin is able to assist schools in utilizing Seelio to impact initiatives like marketing/enrollment, engagement/retention, Learning outcomes/assessment, and ultimately helping students find meaningful work in their chosen field.

    Loren Pace, CampusCE

    Loren Pace

    Loren serves as CEO of CampusCE. Their EMS is provided through a Software as a Service platform (SaaS) that enables institutions to electronically connect students, faculty, and administrators throughout the complex registration, academic scheduling, student relationship, and education management processes.

    Chris Miller, Education Advisory Board (EAB)

    Chris Miller

    Chris Miller is Executive Director of the Education Advisory Board (EAB). In this role, Mr. Miller has led in-depth research efforts around critical college and university strategic priorities, including globalization strategy, elevating student retention and graduation performance, fostering large-scale multidisciplinary research, and engaging faculty in online education and administrative efficiency initiatives.


    Connect2. ENGAGE. 

    We promise you won’t just be sitting and listening to people talk all day. There are many sessions in which you can take an active part!

    Promoting “Traditional” Student Services to Degree-Seeking Evening Students
    Monday, November 9, 3:00 – 4:00 p.m., Breakout 3 - Roundtable

    A roundtable discussion, hosted by Kayla Ohmes and Farah Habli from St. Louis University. 

    This roundtable presentation will cover promoting student services that are considered “traditional” to degree seeking evening students. For many institutions the extent of their evening student offerings are simply to extend their office hours. Is this really the best strategy?

    Mentoring Fundamentals: Training for Effective Mentor-Mentee Relationships
    Tuesday, November 10, 10:45 a.m. – 12:15 p.m., Breakout 4 - Workshop

    A Workshop hosted by Kevin Schwenker, Saint Mary's University.

    There is quite a buzz of mentoring going on; most organizations claim to or want to be doing it. However there is much confusion as to what mentoring is and what direction and support it needs to be successful. In this interactive workshop, participants will learn about the purpose, stages, and goals of a mentoring relationship, mentor roles and competencies, and what else should be covered in a well-founded mentor/mentee training program.

    Advising Strategies for Supporting Post-Traditional Learners in the Changing Landscape of Higher Education
    Tuesday, November 10, 10:45 a.m. – 12:15 p.m., Breakout 4 - Workshop

    A Workshop hosted by Shelley Price-Williams, Saint Louis University. Additional presenters include: Katherine O'Connor, Webster University; Tyann Cherry, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville.

    As a result of a narrowing high school pipeline to higher education and societal demands for a more educated workforce, post-secondary institutions must look beyond traditional students to sustain enrollment and meet the economic demands of society. Enrollment of post-traditional students will result in a more diverse student body. This session will expand participants’ knowledge base of adult learning theory and provide advising strategies for supporting post-traditional learners in higher education.


    3. CONNECT. 

    Be prepared, because you’ll be meeting a lot of new people!

    When you’re at the conference, you’ll be networking, a lot. Networking allows us to develop relationships that can last a lifetime!

    Meeting and sharing with others who do the work you do benefits both us and the constituents we serve. You will grow personally and professionally through the connections you'll make.


    St. Louis Gateway Arch4. DO. 

    On their Explore St. Louis website, the St. Louis Convention & Visitors Commission lists their top 25 things to do and see. Some of our favorites include:

    Walk down the Delmar Loop

    Make a day of it at the Delmar Loop. This six-block entertainment and shopping district is packed with hip bars, eclectic restaurants, live music venues, vintage clothing boutiques and a Hollywood-inspired walk of fame featuring St. Louis celebrities. Catch a show at the historic Tivoli Theatre or learn about our solar system along the outdoor Planet Walk exhibit. Shop for quirky gifts or souvenirs and grab a bite to eat at one of the dozens of restaurants and outdoor cafés, from Turkish and Thai delights to Mexican and American classics.

    Take an interactive history lesson

    Walk the halls of the Old Courthouse featuring restored courtrooms and galleries that depict significant moments in St. Louis history. Take an exciting and educational trip through the past at the Missouri History Museum where guests can also join a local excursion to various historical points of interest in the city. Visitors can see the home of Ragtime legend Scott Joplin, walk through a world heritage site and ancient civilization at Cahokia Mounds and pay their respects at the resting place for many St. Louisians at Bellefontaine Cemetery.

    Indulge your inner gearhead

    Rev up your engine at the Kemp Auto Museum marveling at the beauty and craftsmanship of the finest European automobiles, from the classic early models to contemporary designs. Tour a collection of rare and vintage motorcycles at the Moto Museum, or explore the history, mechanics and design of the cart and buggy, planes, trains or anything else with wheels at the St. Louis Museum of Transportation. If you want to get behind the wheel don’t miss Pole Position Raceway for some world-class indoor carting action. And if you’re visiting in the late winter, be sure to stop by the St. Louis Auto Show and Boat Show at America’s Center.

    Embrace spirituality through creative expression

    Visit Saint Louis University’s Museum of Contemporary Religious Art (MOCRA), a venue committed to peaceful interfaith dialogue and understanding. Take in the beauty of one of the largest mosaic collections in the western hemisphere inside the spectacular Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis or see the historic Old Cathedral and St. Ferdinand Shrine, both constructed in the early 19th century with ties to the oldest Catholic congregation in St. Louis. Across the river, attend mass, walk the grounds and have a delicious meal at the National Shrine of Our Lady of the Snows.

    (all DOs courtesy of Explore St. Louis and the St. Louis Convention & Visitors Commission)


    5. GET AWAY. Cube farm

    Catch your breath away from the office or classroom.

    Why stay cooped up in the office when you can travel to a new city, meet new people, enjoy a new environment, and catch some fresh air! With so much history and culture in St. Louis, prepare for an informative and fun conference!



  • September 11, 2015 11:15 AM | ACHE Home Office (Administrator)

    I love flowers because, like people, each one is a little different with its own special characteristics. And, like people, some flowers are special. The special ones can bend in the wind and then rise up again. They quietly stand out in some unexplainable way and seem to be supporting the other flowers all the time. They make all the other flowers around them seem prettier and bolder and stronger and more special. They are the ones that florists seek to complete bouquets as they look for that one final, finishing, special touch that will take the bouquet from good and past great to excellent. Not so much to be the star or centerpiece, but in many ways the one part of the whole that will make it all go together and then hold it all together. Or they are the flower that makes the others look better or just seem to be in their place because that last one – the one that doesn’t want to be or need to be in the spotlight – is there.

    Charlee LanisMy friend Charlee Lanis was one of those special flowers of which the florist wishes they had a never ending supply. She passed away on Sunday after just over a year of battling cancer. But, despite the cancer, she stood tall and was strong and held things together until the greatest florist of all decided he needed her for, no doubt, a very special bouquet.

    In 1998 Charlee joined her husband Tom as an ECU employee. He is a professor in the Stonecipher School of Business and her very fitting job title was simply, “Coordinator, Community Education Program.” And man was she ever a coordinator. An award winning and nationally, state and locally recognized coordinator. Her “coordinations” were recognized time and time again as being or being among the best of the best of the best. She could and did coordinate just about any and every kind of workshop, seminar, continuing education event, class or anything else anyone could come up with in her time at ECU.

    While she was employed as a coordinator she was also a volunteer leader in a number of campus, state and national efforts, activities and organizations. If something needed to be done or someone needed to step up she never hesitated to take the lead or, if the situation better called for it, to be a valuable and tireless helper.

    More than anything else Charlee Lanis was a wonderful wife, mother and grandmother. Our hearts are heavy for and our prayers go out to husband Tom; daughters Jordi and Cristin; son Alex; little grandson Kason and son-in-laws Bret and Hugh. We know your lives will never be the same, but we also know you – her family - were her life and greatest joy. No doubt little Kason will get to know his grandmother well through all your stories and memories of one of the most special flowers God ever made.

    I, and everyone everywhere, loved to work with Charlee. It seemed like there was no obstacle she couldn’t get around or anything she couldn’t find or make happen. And she always did this with a big smile and gentle voice and a heart that you knew thrived on a love of helping others. There was never a complaint or hint of pessimism or doubt. When you worked with Charlee she made you believe anything was possible and always took you and your ideas, hopes, dreams and plans to never imagined heights.

    She always put everything she had into everything she did with the goal of making whatever it was in which she was involved the best it could possibly be. Whether it was a workshop, program, meeting, organization, fundraiser, party, brochure, flyer or anything else, if she was involved she was the first one there and the last to leave. It didn’t matter if the event was early or late, a weekday or a weekend, on campus or anywhere else the doors were always open early and everything else was always ready.

    The sad, but wonderful, part is that she made it look so simple that she was, in my opinion, vastly under appreciated. No one saw the emails, phone calls, visits, negotiating, early morning and late nights it took to make things all come together. And in the end, usually at the back or side of the room, was Charlee. And at the front would be someone like me welcoming the crowd and basking in the glory of what was about to be a wonderful event. Anytime I was in a spotlight she made shine – even though I knew she didn’t want or expect it – I always had it in my notes to, before she could slowly and quietly disappear as she was prone to do, say thank you to her and to let all the others benefiting from her efforts recognize and thank her. More than once I got excited and didn’t follow my notes and more than once she slipped away before I could.

    And so, for those times I didn’t say it, let me say it now. Thank you Charlee Lanis for all you did for me and for all of us. You were a special friend and special flower to all who knew you and you won’t be soon forgotten.


    Patrick D. “Pat” Fountain, DBA
    Boswell Professor of Business Administration and Proud to be the ENACTUS Sam Walton Fellow
    East Central University

  • September 09, 2015 4:07 PM | ACHE Home Office (Administrator)

    Regis M. GilmanDear Friends,

    Our Annual Conference & Meeting of the Association for Continuing Higher Education will be here in just two short months.  The visioning, the planning, the connections within and among regions, committees, colleagues, and teams are bringing together one of the finest conferences I have seen in all the years I’ve been a member of this great body.  And there is one reason for that: You! The members are the heart of ACHE.

    I’m excited to announce that our cadre of keynote speakers and panelists has been finalized. They are all distinguished thought leaders who bring focused tips and tools to practitioners who make daily strategic connections, change lives, and demonstrate successes. From an expert in ‘encore learning’ – Barbara Vacarr – to the distinguished Christie Vilsack of the U.S. Agency for International Development; from a research expert at the Education Advisory Board – Chris Miller – to a panel of CRM, marketing, and research professionals… there is a plethora of knowledge and inspiration on awaiting you in St. Louis this November. Please visit our Program Details page for more information on our speakers. 

    Also, have you shared with your colleagues the depth and breadth of the conference concurrents and workshops?  I encourage you to introduce to colleagues both new and long-standing the ways in which ACHE members who present at and attend the Annual Conference demonstrate and share how we can all do what we need to do better in these challenging times. 

    And, I can hardly wait to share the stories from our award winners this year! I recently had the pleasure of corresponding with this year's awardees.  You'll get to meet them during our Annual Luncheon on Tuesday, November 10, and learn how they are changing lives through the work they do every day. They are wonderful inspirations for each of us.  

    ACHE is the place where I find engaging professional and personal development, where I invigorate my energies and affirm my commitment to my field, my campus, my students, and my community. I know you will too. Keep checking ACHE’s Facebook page or our LinkedIn Group page for updates.  

    I can hardly wait to see you in St. Louis!

    Regis M. Gilman

    Regis M. Gilman
    ACHE President, 2015

  • August 31, 2015 2:06 PM | ACHE Home Office (Administrator)

    For many of us, August is a time of both endings and beginnings. The sadness that comes with the end of the summer break gives way to a new semester, new students, and possibly new colleagues. Change is definitely in the air. And this August, change is once again upon us at the ACHE Home Office. Our home office Operations Associate and Graduate Assistant, Vyacheslav “Stan” Khrapak, recently moved to Colorado, where he has accepted a position with Colorado State University – Global Campus as an enrollment counselor.

    Stan joined us in May 2013 as our graduate assistant while enrolled at the University of Oklahoma’s Master of Education program with an emphasis in Administration. His dedication to the field of adult continuing higher education meant that he has been a critical part of our success over the last two years. While he’s been with us, he’s assisted with writing the association’s newsletters, supporting our national conference, overhauling the national website, managing our financial and administrative databases, and expanding ACHE’s outreach substantially through various social media outlets.

    Stan also leveraged his experiences to publish a number of articles relevant to both his involvement with ACHE and his graduate work:

    Along with his new professional duties at CSU, Stan plans to continue to serve as Managing Editor of the Journal of Thought, a refereed biannual publication devoted to the reflective examination of educational issues and problems from the perspective of diverse disciplines. The journal welcomes scholars whose work represents varied viewpoints, methodologies, disciplines, cultures, and nationalities as it seeks to treat the most comprehensive issues and problems confronting education throughout the world.

    Additionally, Stan will continue his work as Senior Director of the Garden Your Own Growth program, a nonprofit endeavor which establishes gardens at K-12 schools. As Senior Director, Stan supervises undergraduate university interns and raises funds for programming which allows elementary, middle, and high school students to have experiential learning opportunities in sustainability, biology, and engineering. 

  • August 24, 2015 2:56 PM | Anonymous

    ACHE's Grants & Scholarships Program serves the an important purpose: encouraging research and educational attainment in the field of adult and continuing higher education by supporting graduate students studying in this area. To do this, we need your help! Each year, we offer grants and scholarships aimed at promoting new knowledge, student success, and innovative practices, and we do this through our annual Fundraising Drive that takes place during our Annual Conference & Meetings. 

    This year, however, we wanted to do more. To this end, our fundraising committee has organized a pre-conference donation drive so that we can offer more awards to more students in 2016. As a thank you for helping to support our efforts, for each $5 you donate, you will receive one ticket to enter a drawing for a $500 gift card. 

    What could you do with $500?

    You can donate online now; it's quick and easy! The winner of the gift card will be announced during the Closing Ceremony at the Annual Conference & Meeting on Wednesday, November 11, 2015. The winner need not be present.

    Additionally, the largest donor to our 2015 Fundraising Drive will receive an engraved trophy, illustrating invaluable support for adult and continuing education students and programs throughout the United States and Canada. 

    All proceeds go to to fund our Grants and Scholarships. View the Grants and Scholarships page for more details. Additionally, ACHE is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization and all donations are tax deductible

    Donate Today!

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