Region IV will gather at Gonzaga University, October 26–28 for the 2018 Regional Conference! 

More information will be coming soon. For more information about the conference or planning team, please contact Donnyale Ambrosine.


Sample Schedule

Find the schedule from the 2017 Regional Conference below to give you a sample of what to expect. 

All times are converted to Mountain Standard Time
Wed, September 27, 2017
11:00 AM

Proper Brewery Tour

11:00 AM - 1:30 PM

Come tour the Proper Brewery with us. The tour will depart at 11 am from the Union. Attendees will need to pay $35.00 and bring an ID as well as close toed shoes. http://www.properbrewingco.com/

3:00 PM

Conference Concierge Open

3:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Explore on Your Own

3:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Ray Olpin Student Union

Preconference: University of Utah Facilities Tours

3:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Tours depart hourly at 3 p.m. and 4 p.m.

Online Silent Auction Open

3:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Bid on fabulous auction items from Region IV institutions, delegates, and vendors to benefit the regional scholarship fund! Shipping options may be available.

6:00 PM

Region IV Welcome and Keynote: Dr. Marco Barker with Dinner

6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Dr. Marco Barker has more than 12 years of experience in higher education, 10 years of experience in diversity and inclusion, and nearly four years of experience in the corporate world. His research explores cross-race interactions and graduate education. His areas of administrative focus have included graduate diversity, leadership, minority male engagement, the role of diversity in the hiring process, operationalizing diversity, and engaging affinity groups. Currently the associate vice president for diversity, equity, and inclusion at Westminster College, Barker will share his expertise with us!

8:00 PM

Grads and New Professionals Meet and Greet

8:00 PM - 8:30 PM

This is an opportunity for new professionals and graduate students to learn how they can get the most out of the conference, while also having the chance to connect and network amongst each other. This is geared toward those who want to connect and interact with collegues from across the region.

Student Meet and Greet

8:00 PM - 8:30 PM

This breakout session is an opportunity for students to meet and greet. It will provide students with an overview of the student-specific sessions and opportunities happening throughout the conference. A Conference Planning Team give an overview of ACUI and provide students with ways to navigate the conference. During this time, students will also have the opportunity to sign up and be assigned to a group for the case student competition.

8:30 PM

Explore on Your Own

8:30 PM - 11:00 PM

Explore vibrant Salt Lake!

Free Bowling

8:30 PM - 11:00 PM

Conference attendees play free! Sodas and snacks available for purchase. All lanes (10) will be held for particpants. We will reduce the lanes if not being used by 10 p.m. If someone from the conference (with conference badge and ID) comes in and there is not a free lane, we will place them on the waitlist.

Region IV After Dark: Karaoke

8:30 PM - 11:00 PM

Come join us for some great karaoke!

Thu, September 28, 2017
6:00 AM

Breakfast On Your Own

6:00 AM - 8:00 AM

Enjoy breakfast on your own at your hotel, Union or area restaurant! For a list of ideas, see guidebook

Sunrise Hike or Activity

6:00 AM - 8:00 AM

Meet at Trailhead. Directions and sign ups will be available at Conference Concierge.
Location

8:00 AM

Conference Concierge/Registration

8:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Conference check in and registration, CVB information available, bicycle rental information, silent auction item registration and dropoff available.

Online Silent Auction

8:00 AM - 11:59 PM

Bidding for Good: Bid on fabulous auction items from Region IV institutions, delegates, and vendors to benefit the regional scholarship fund! Shipping options may be available.

9:00 AM

1 Educational Session Block 1

9:00 AM - 9:50 AM

Challenges of Developing and Managing an On-Campus Food Resource

9:00 AM - 9:50 AM

In 2016, 48% of 3,765 respondents to a College and University Food Bank Alliance survey reported experiencing food insecurity in the past 30 days. To address this issue, campuses around the United States have implemented different methods aimed to mitigate and resolve the negative impact food insecurity can have on a student's academic performance and personal health. The manner in which these solutions are actualized, developed, and, more importantly, sustained differ between institutions but are a common concern and difficulty. The challenges faced by the Feed U Food Pantry program at the University of Utah during its growth and development are unique in their own rights. However, elements of these challenges are ones that are likely experienced at other institutions that are developing and managing similar programs. By sharing the experiences of the Feed U Food Pantry program, attendees may become better equipped to handle similar challenges during the growth and maintenance of conjugate programs at their own institutions.

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Controversial Events: How to Support Students, Navigate Campus Politics, and Maintain Safety and Legality

9:00 AM - 9:50 AM

Student activism is alive and well on our university campuses. No matter how you feel about a particular event, all voices and ideas have the right to be heard and represented on our campuses, even when we do not always agree with them personally. This session will provide attendees the opportunity to hear how one campus handles large scale and controversial events while keeping the student voice as the center of the conversation and simultaneously navigating and labyrinth of often complex campus policies and procedures.

Evaluate this session here.



Hidden Diversity: A Lost Gem in Academic Inclusion

9:00 AM - 9:50 AM

In the 21st century, assessing someone's background from outward appearance isn't enough. Hidden diversity means people increasingly bring more to the table than meets the eye. Whether through travel, nationality, race or ethnicity, many of us straddle culture in one way or another. This session will provide a foundation of students higher education should consider when discussing inclusion and preparing institutions for our increasingly global, mobile world.

Evaluate this session here.

Pathways to the Profession: Various Paths to Student Union Careers

9:00 AM - 9:50 AM

This session will provide an opportunity for individuals interested in working in college union's to hear from four professionals in various stages of their careers. Presenters will share their education and work backgrounds, how they got into their roles, and suggestions for people interested in getting into the profession. Time will be provided for audience questions and informal conversation.

Evaluate this session here.

Student Case Study

9:00 AM - 9:50 AM

Students will engage in a session where they will have the opportunity to respond to an event or situation. This is in a competition format.

10:00 AM

2 Educational Session Block 2

10:00 AM - 10:50 AM

Audio-Visual for Administrators

10:00 AM - 10:50 AM

Do you know that you have audio-visual technology in your union but have no idea what it is and how it works? Come learn more about speakers, microphones, mixers, lights, lighting controllers, and more!

Evaluate this session here.

Creating a StrengthsQuest Culture

10:00 AM - 10:50 AM

How great would it be to have your team increase productivity by 12.5% or be six times more likely to engage in their job? Gallup's StrengthsQuest identifies the prevalence of 34 unique talents within an individual. However, most of our work is not individualized; we're working with peers, supervisors, supervisees, tenants, vendors, patrons, etc. This session will focus on the benefits of teams engaged in strengths-based culture. Employers who incorporate a strengths-based emphasis in their workplace are more likely to have productive teams that are engaged in their jobs and are ultimately more successful and profitable.

Evaluate this session here.

Intercultural Competence: Attitudes, Knowledge, and Skills to Create Inclusion with Your Students

10:00 AM - 10:50 AM

Intercultural competence is the skill set that enables individuals, teams, and organizations to implement inclusive practices. For individuals, intercultural competence reflects that ability to shift perspectives and adapt behavior in culturally productive ways. As higher education, social, and political climates continue to evolve, intercultural competence enables you to navigate our ever-changing world. This session will explore the foundational attitudes and skills associated with intercultural competence, provide resources to continue your intercultural competence development, and learn about how the University of Colorado–Boulder is utilizing the Intercultural Development Inventory to measure intercultural competence and guide development with staff. This session will focus primarily on the work that is being done with students and student staff, but can be utilized with professional staff as well.

Evaluate this session here.

Positive Leadership

10:00 AM - 10:50 AM

Focusing on positive leadership can lead to happier, more productive workers and teams. Leaders at all levels will receive an introduction to Howard Gauthier's The Positive Leader, including strategies and replicable exercises for reflection to explore and examine the impact we have on ourselves, students, colleagues, and communities.

Evaluate this session here.

Recreation vs Leisure: Living Well in the Union

10:00 AM - 10:50 AM

Where have conventional interpretations of recreation fallen short in addressing the shifting needs of students to relieve stress, expand inclusion, broaden community, and promote health and wellness? This research-driven workshop will examine the changing world of how students relax in the union and how professionals can prepare for what's next.

Evaluate this session here.

Student Case Study

10:00 AM - 10:50 AM

11:00 AM

Coffee Talk Mentor/Mentee

11:00 AM - 11:30 AM

Learn about ACUI and student affairs professions from those currently in them.

11:30 AM

Farmers Market/Food Truck Lunch

11:30 AM - 1:00 PM

Get your meal voucher at the Conference Concierge.

1:00 PM

3 Educational Session Block 3

1:00 PM - 1:50 PM

A Student's Story: Brave Versus Safe Spaces

1:00 PM - 1:50 PM

Through a guided interactive activity, self reflection, and facilitated dialogue, we will spend time unpacking the impact and implications of brave and safe spaces on college campuses. Is there truly a difference and are these spaces exclusive from one another? We hope to provide context to how these spaces impact the student experience and what we are doing as campus partners, students, and professional staff members to cultivate spaces of growth and healing.

Evaluate this session here.



Developing Purposeful Student Leaders

1:00 PM - 1:50 PM

Belief in the power of young people does not only come from the desire to see student leaders succeed, but also the responsibility campus leaders and developers have for action. This session hopes to increase knowledge of applicable training, importance of accessible and meaningful outcomes, methods and means of assessment, as well as encourage higher education leaders to model growth and development of student leaders through their own leadership practices. This session will explore the need for thoughtful training, experience, and feedback for student leaders. Campus leaders who currently work with student leader groups, would like to work with student leadership, or those exploring starting a student leadership program are encouraged to attend.

Evaluate this session here.



DiverseU: How a Student-Led Event Promotes Civil Discourse on Campus

1:00 PM - 1:50 PM

DiverseU is the University of Montana's annual student-led diversity conference. The event provides a space for campus and community groups to foster civil discourse on various topics of diversity. This presentation will touch on the planning process, the leadership, and best practices from 12 years of putting on this event.

Evaluate this session here.



Successful Halloween Haunting

1:00 PM - 1:50 PM

Halloween is a busy time on any college campus as students plan to dress up and go out to parties off campus. Oregon State University isn't alone in needing to provide creative alternative programming around this notorious holiday. Come see how we "Haunted" our Union and threw the best party in town last year. We aimed provide the students with a new and exciting event they wanted to attend and were rewarded when thousands of them lined up at our doorstep. Come learn how we planned, marketed, and carried out this event. Additionally, we'll provide examples on how our program partners marketed proactively to fight high risk and culturally insensitive behaviors during the holiday.

Evaluate this session here.

“Wait, That’s Actually a Job?” The Many Careers in Higher Education

1:00 PM - 1:50 PM

Until you are at an institution of higher learning, you don't realize all of the jobs that exist on a campus. Even when you're here, you don't truly realize all of the jobs that exist. This session is designed to help students recognize that their next step could be a continuation of the path they're already on. Aspects covered will include graduate assistantships/grad school, moving up/moving around, the different types of jobs that exist which best fit their interests/skills, the experiences they have that make them competitive, and the experiences that they could be getting from their role at their school/ACUI that maybe they don't quite have yet.

Evaluate this session here.

2:00 PM

Conversessions (Roundtables): Emergency Prepardness

2:00 PM - 2:50 PM

Join Campus Shooting Dialogue Team members as we explore preparation, response, and recovery to emergencies on your campus.

Conversessions (Roundtables): Hot Topic

2:00 PM - 2:50 PM

Bring hot topics from your campus to chat about with colleagues.

Conversessions (Roundtables): The Balancing Acts

2:00 PM - 2:50 PM

Going to college and getting involved? That must be crazy! Do you have time for that and everything else? If you need help on how to balance school, extracurricular activities, and life, then look no further! Let’s talk about how we can get you to maximize your efforts during your college career and prepare you for success!

Feed U Pantry

2:00 PM - 2:50 PM

Help the union's food pantry by organizing, cleaning, and packaging food into take home packages for students. These sessions are limited to 15 participants

Service Projects: Big Brother, Big Sister Cards

2:00 PM - 2:50 PM

Help encourage the kids waiting to get a big brother or big sister by writing them a letter!

3:00 PM

ACUI Involvement and You

3:00 PM - 3:50 PM

Get involved! Come to this session to find out how you can volunteer with ACUI

Conversessions (Roundtables): ACUI's Strategic Plan

3:00 PM - 3:50 PM

ACUI is in the middle of its three-year strategic plan: 2016–18. Attend this session to learn about accomplishments to date and what is underway for the future. Members will also be invited to contribute to a discussion about a new strategic planning process and priorities for the coming years. While conversations will also take place virtually allowing for broader participation, this is a convenient, face-to-face opportunity to engage with Association leaders during the regional conference.

EMS, 7 Point Ops, and Social Tables Knowledge Share

3:00 PM - 3:50 PM

This session will provide an opportunity for reservation, events, and operations specialists to come together and share knowledge about the various software we work with. The goal is to foster group learning through sharing various tactics or resources we have cultivated while working with these. This would be in a round table format with structured guidance.

Feed U Pantry

3:00 PM - 3:50 PM

Help the union’s food pantry by organizing, cleaning, and packaging food into take home packages for students.

Hot Topic

3:00 PM - 3:50 PM

Have a hot topic on your campus? Bring it to discuss with other universities.

Service Projects: Big Brother, Big Sister Cards

3:00 PM - 3:50 PM

Help encourage the kids waiting to get a big brother or big sister by writing them a letter!

4:00 PM

Snack

4:00 PM - 4:30 PM

Join us for a quick snack.

4:30 PM

Keynote: Lance Allred

4:30 PM - 5:30 PM

Lance Allred, the first deaf player in NBA history, will be one of the keynote speakers at this year's Regional Conference. Allred challenges his audience to identify their self-limiting beliefs by sharing how his experience of growing up in a polygamist culture created his own constricting psychological boundaries and how he eventually was able to break free. 

5:30 PM

Meet and Greet

5:30 PM - 6:15 PM

Come meet Lance Allred!

6:30 PM

State of The Region Video and Dinner

6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

Learn about Region IV over dinner.

8:00 PM

Bowling of the Regions: Tournament

8:00 PM - 11:00 PM

This bowling tournament is a $10 buy-in to play. Teams will have a minimum of three particpants and a maximum of five. You can drop lowest score for $20. There would be a prize awarded to the participant with the highest score.

Explore on Your Own

8:00 PM - 11:00 PM

Explore vibrant Salt Lake City!

8:30 PM

Tabernacle Choir Rehearsal Tour

8:30 PM - 11:59 PM

Watch the choir rehearse at Temple Square

9:00 PM

Movie

9:00 PM - 11:00 PM

The Nighmare Before Christmas

Fri, September 29, 2017
6:00 AM

Breakfast On Your Own

6:00 AM - 8:00 AM

Enjoy breakfast on your own at your hotel, Union or area restaurant! For a list of ideas, see guidebook

Sunrise Hike

6:00 AM - 8:00 AM

Meet at Trailhead; Directions and sign-ups will be available at Conference Concierge

8:00 AM

Conference Concierge Services/Lounge

8:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Online Silent Auction: Last Chance

8:00 AM - 6:00 PM

Bid on fabulous auction items from Region IV institutions, delegates, and vendors to benefit the regional scholarship fund! Shipping options may be available.
Bidding for Good

9:00 AM

4 Educational Session Block 4

9:00 AM - 9:50 AM

Building an "Escape Room" in Your Union

9:00 AM - 9:50 AM

Ever have a tennant space in your union become suddenly available or remain empty between contracts? We found that the perfect, low-budget, and temporary solution to the empty room is an Escape Room. This session will introduce the idea of creating an escape room for students and staff to play in at your union. It will go through the process of planning and marketing the idea, things to avoid, and how to create the room while on a budget. It will also teach attendees how to create puzzles on their own for the room, and show them how the puzzles would invoke critical thinking skills and team building among groups.

Evaluate this session here.



Get in Where You Fit in

9:00 AM - 9:50 AM

The right “fit" can be something very difficult to articulate, both for those in the established culture and those looking to fit in. In this session, I will share my personal professional journey and how I've learned to leverage success by defining my leadership space with the hope of helping you find the place where you, as a professional, can be your best self.

Evaluate this session here.



Preventing Fires: Planning, Workflow, and Execution for Marketing Projects

9:00 AM - 9:50 AM

Wouldn't it be great if marketing projects never went off the rails? If every graphic design/social media/promotional deliverable was completed on time, within budget, and hit your core messaging out of the park? This is far more difficult that it may seem on the surface, but proper planning and a solid workflow process can help! We will dive into the thought process, execution, and continuing discussions around the workflow process within Colab, the marketing office of the Lory Student Center at Colorado State University, and then open the floor for a discussion on others' insights and best practices.

Evaluate this session here.


Student Union Master Planning: A How-To Guide

9:00 AM - 9:50 AM

How does an institution build support to build/renovate its student center? It often begins with a master plan or feasibility study. This session will guide you through the steps to producing these documents. Learn: What's in it? Who needs to be involved? How much will it cost? How long will it take? Join us to learn how new unions and the re-invention of older unions get started!

Evaluate this session here.



Three Years In: How One Campus Planned, Implemented, and Continues to Evaluate Changes

9:00 AM - 9:50 AM

This session will examine the various processes undertaken by a large public, flagship institution in reviewing, and ultimately restructuring, how it manages and classifies its more than 450 student organizations. Student organizations serve a vital role on our campuses and in our unions at institutions of all sizes and missions. Student organizations serve as a gateway to involvement, the pulse of the student experiences, and a living lab for leadership and personal development of students. Over an almost three-year period, the University of Colorado–Boulder has undergone a complete restructuring of how it supports its student organizations. This session will address the many steps and considerations undertaken by one office in addressing a clear need to better serve its institution's students. This session will address a variety of factors related to a wholesale change in student organization support including: training and registration, legal and risk management implications, institutional advising and support, funding structure and models, and online organization management solutions. Many lessons were learned over a three year period of change; this session will highlight the successes and challenges, while giving participants the opportunity to reflect upon their own procedures and practices in regard to support of student organizations.

Evaluate this session here.

Turning Co-Curricular Experiences into Post Graduate Success

9:00 AM - 9:50 AM

This session will give campus administrators tools to help students turn their co-curricular memberships and attendance into marketable post-graduate resumes building statements.

Evaluate this session here.

10:00 AM

Keynote 3: Michele Davenport

10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Michele Davenport brings more than 20 years of experience working with young adults. As a personal strategist and executive coach, Davenport works virtually and in person with individuals and groups who are trying to get to the next level of productivity, fulfillment, satisfaction, efficiency, and more. Using the co-active model, Davenport's approach enrolls four core tenets, including a belief that each student has their own answers and are naturally creative, resourceful, and whole. She helps get them to that inner voice and put steps in place to inspire the best college experience ever. Learn more about Davenport on her website. ACUI Region IV wants to thank the Lory Student Center for sponsoring Davenport.

11:30 AM

Solution Center, Lunch, and Steal this Idea

11:30 AM - 1:30 PM

Have a problem? Need a solution? Talk to our vendor partners on how they can help find solutions for your student unions and centers.

2:00 PM

5 Educational Session Block 5

2:00 PM - 2:50 PM

Brand Messaging: Telling the Story of Your Union

2:00 PM - 2:50 PM

A branded environment tell a story, supports a common vision and mission, sparks emotional human connections, triggers pride and motivation, and creates a sense of belonging, excitement, engagement and ownership. This session will demonstrate how telling your institution's stories in your union can help strengthen the role of the union at any institution, as a recruitment and retention tool, as a development tool, and as the ultimate representation of student life.

Evaluate this session here.

Me, Myself, and I(dentity)

2:00 PM - 2:50 PM

This session will focus on the concepts of identity and intersectionality, how they dictate how we see ourselves and others, as well as how they impact our work. Through discussion and a reflective activity, attendees will leave with a better understanding of themselves and how identity shapes our personal impressions of work culture and service to the campus community.

Evaluate this session here.



Tatau: Storytelling on Their Bodies

2:00 PM - 2:50 PM

Tātau is the root origin of the English word tattoo. The educational session will recap the history and cultural significance of tātau in various Polynesian cultures. We'll engage in dialogue about the stories told through tātau as well as discussion about how tātau is perceived in today's society. We'll explore ways to unlearn the negative stereotypes surrounding tātau while specifically focusing on the impact such stereotypes have on people of color.

Evaluate this session here.

Town Halls: Professional

2:00 PM - 2:50 PM

ACUI wants to hear from you! Come to this session to let your voice be heard.

Town Halls: Students

2:00 PM - 2:50 PM

ACUI wants to hear from you! Come to this session to let your voice be heard.

3:00 PM

Mentor/Mentee Coffee Talk

3:00 PM - 3:50 PM

Learn about ACUI and student affairs professions from those currently in them.

4:00 PM

Free Time

4:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Enjoy this open time in the schedule to relax or prepare before the closing banquet.

6:00 PM

Region IV Reception

6:00 PM - 6:30 PM

Kick off the closing banquet with the best view of campus. No- host bar available.

6:30 PM

Region IV Banquet

6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

Dinner, awards, and 2018 Regional Conference reveal!

8:00 PM

Region IV After Dark: Dance

8:00 PM - 11:00 PM

Celebrate the closing of the conference with everyone by dancing the night away.