Region VII October 2022 Newsletter

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JOIN THE FUN ONLINE @acuiregionvii October 2022

Updates from our


I am excited. Maybe it's because I survived a very tough school year or, possibly, it’s because I went on a much need vacation While I think it is a combination of the two, I am really excited for this summer.

The summer brought a lot of hope. While much of it brings the sun and thoughts of why we even do what we do, there is always a calm bliss before things get back to the normal pace of busyness that our profession provides us With that comes the planning and the forecasting as we close out the previous year and that is where the fun begins because I know that this summer is more of a reset for many of us. We have new jobs, new colleagues, or perhaps involved in the hiring process in some way. It is a new beginning. We made it through that dark tunnel of lofty expectations with little to no staff to (hopefully) a place where we can begin the planning process for change.

So I encourage you to take a step back and reflect on the changes that this academic year will bring and be mindful of opportunities that may come across your path Change is a good thing when you embrace the challenges that come with it.

Binghamton University is located in the Southern Tier of upstate New York, just one mile west of the city of Binghamton and a short drive from major urban centers in New York and neighboring states.

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5 hour drive REGIONAL CONFERENCE 101 WHEN: November 3-5, 2022 WHERE: Binghamton University WHAT: 3 days filled with amazing educational sessions, networking, new and old friends, fall foliage, and more! Binghamton, NY HOTEL INFORMATION A block of rooms has been reserved at the Quality Inn & Suites in Binghamton. Check out the Conference website for booking link for rates and more information!


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Thank You!

On behalf of the Regional Leadership Team, I would like to send a HUGE shout out to our recent graduating Student Member, Mustafa Abdus Sabuur. Mustafa joined the Regional Leadership Team in March 2021 as a graduate student from Rowan University. Although Mustafa joined in uncertain times, he jumped head first into the Student Member position and quickly became an essential part of the Regional Leadership Team. Mustafa has brought amazing ideas to our team, including helping to create the Region VII Discord, planning our first E-Sports Invitational, and working on gathering research on how to better include students in the ACUI website.

Mustafa exudes all of the ACUI values and has been a joy to work with. I always looked forward to our bi-weekly meetings where we would feed off of each other’s energy, create humongous tasks lists and always have a great time. Know that no matter where he lands in our higher education field, he will create great things. Thank you Mustafa for all of your love, dedication, excitement, and energy that you have brought to the team this past year and a half. You will be missed!!!



Region VII is so proud of one of our outstanding volunteers! Sharon (Chickie) Silverstein, Director of Campus Activities and Student Leadership Development, from Suffolk County Community College was honored at the Annual Conference in Chicago as a recipient of the ACUI Legacy Award. She has a long and distinguished career in the field and as an ACUI Volunteer where she has served as a volunteer both on the regional and international level. Although she has served on the Board of Trustees and Conference planning teams, she is probably best known for her College Bowl contributions. “Passionate, loyal, ambassador, champion for all students, fun, motivated, caring, role model, positive legacy, advocate, leader, humble, engaging, loving, dedicated, friend, special, mentor, appreciative, committed” are just some of the words and phrases used to describe our recipient. In a letter of nomination this person was described as “the epitome of what this award represents.” Another wrote, “She was one of the first people I met at ACUI, and she was so welcoming to me and so many others, I can think of no other colleague more deserving.” Sharon was so loved and respected that over 80 colleagues, friends and students raised money on her behalf for scholarships for the Education and Research Fund. Please join Region VII in congratulating one of our own, Sharon “Chickie” Silverstein of Suffolk County Community College a 2022 Legacy Leader.


My name is Alexis Robinson and I am a current graduate student studying Higher Education: Administration at Rowan University. Along with obtaining my masters degree, I am also the Graduate Coordinator of Marketing for the Chamberlain Student Center and Campus Activities. This past July, I was able to attend the very first ever, Grad and Grow Institute through ACUI. During the virtual conference, I was able to connect and network with other graduate students while attending relevant sessions that helped me develop my skills and career within student affairs. What I enjoyed most about the conference was networking with other graduate students around the country. As a first year graduate student and someone who has never attended a conference, I went into this feeling very intimidated. I commend Antonio Talamo, Chrissie King, and all of the other graduate students for their efforts in making the Zoom room a comforting and supportive space. The advice I was able to receive from second year graduate students has been able to assist me in my current role as the Marketing Graduate Coordinator at the SCCA. Not only was I able to walk away from this experience with new connections within higher education, I was able to explore my why. I was enlightened to hear the attendees share their ‘why’. It has inspired me to recognize my ‘why’ more often throughout the work week. Grad and Grow Institute has helped me grow into a better employee, supervisor, and student. It came around as a full circle when I was able to take all of the skills and perspectives I learned at the conference and apply them to my life the very next day. I am extremely grateful that I was able to attend this conference and plan on staying in touch with the attendees in the future.



Montclair State University


Sidra Habal, M.A. in English

Penn State University


Gabbi Pettineo

Ava Delargy

Sydney Baird

Jeremiah Hooks

Temple University


Elizabeth Jackson

Layah Taylor

Lexi Albuck

Peter Gardner

Isabel Hunt

Quinn Litsinger

Olivia Mianulli

Will Shires

Anna Stopfel

Caitlin Irwin

Isak Gomez

Gabbi Ott

Djimon Wilkins

Samra Smajlovic

Rutgers University-Camden


Doris Zheng, Masters of Business Administration


Franky Reyes

Jennifer Rodriguez

Christian Jung

Alexis Hopkins

Molly Buechele

Myesha Sapp

Ethan Druce

Siani Davis

Meghana Vasa

Emily Quirk

Shaelyn Fabik

Erika Leinhauser

Carly Steiner

Robert Vaccola

Olivia Young

Carys Shearer

Sophia Foti

Fabian Banks

Allen Hall De'Javu Thomas


Rowan University


Caitlyn Burns, MBA Business Administration

Mustafa Sabuur, M.A. in Higher Education Administration

Brigitte Bedoya, M.A. in Higher Education Administration


Carly Weinstein

Justin Seiber

Annie Tran

Jon Marcolongo

Rana Sarwatejas

Sofia Monaco

Liliana Brewer

LJ Wilson

Nat Young

Katrina Gallagher

Lornelle Meddoza

Natalie Smith

Sean Dickenson

Nic Lawniczuk

Patrick Egar

Zayna Snyder

Evangeline Li

Dominique DiGiacomo

Yoosuf Byrd

Arely Medina-Espinosa

Arush Nakhre

Sophia Zorzanello

Lexi Jubin

Shaan Desai

Molly Dente

Sydney Ramos

Victoria McClendon

Hamza Khan

Nelson Mendez

Stephanie Sanders

Macy Shoemaker

Rutgers University-New Brunswick


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Ashley H.

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Brittany R.

Caitlyn H.

Carlos O.

Caroline B.

Cayla G.

Chris T.

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Nala P.

Seth S.

Christopher M. Claire D.

Dahyo C.

Dalton A.

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David S. Derek F. Dominick C.

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Jacqueline T.

Jake R.

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John K.

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VII OPPORTUNITIES Check out these lunteer Conne Now's a great time to reach out to a colleague to encourage self-care and stress management. Take a moment to touch base with one another. Kind people are our kind of people! Volunteering for Region VII is a great way to expand your network, develop your skills, and give back to your professional association of choice. Volunteer opportunities can be found at Nominate Nominateacolleagueforopportunitiesor recognition!Volunteernominationsarean opportunityforACUItodiscoverthetalentsand skillsofourmembershipthatwillhelpthecontinued successofourorganization.Nominatingcolleagues andstudentsforawardshelprecognize achievementswithintheregion!

ACUI Glossary

We understand that sometimes folks in ACUI use acronyms or terms that not all members are familiar with. While we try our hardest to avoid this, you still may hear these terms and phrases and not be sure what they mean. To help everyone stay in-the-know, here is a glossary of commonly used ACUI acronyms or terms that you may hear in the future.

ACUI-The abbreviation for Association of College Unions International Annual Conference- Association-wide meeting held each year Board of Trustees Volunteers that work on determining and advancing strategic directions, governing over long term goals, representing the association to other members, and setting the tone for member experiences.

The Bulletin- ACUI's online member magazine. CAS Council for the Advancement of Standards CO Central Office Community of Practice- A term referring to networks of members that share a common interest.

CPT Conference Planning Team (team planning Regional Conferences) or could refer to Conference Program Team (team planning Annual Conferences) CUPSI-The abbreviation for College Unions Poetry Slam Invitational

ERF Education and Research Fund

ILEAD® Institute for Leadership Education and Development. I LEAD® is ACUI's premier student program, designed to emphasize the key concept areas of leadership, community development, and change.

IPDS IPDS: New Professionals Orientation is an introduction to the profession that offers ample idea sharing, discussion of theory and skills, and opportunities to network.

RD- Regional Director. Regional directors serve as the chief administrator of their region, representing regional activities to other ACUI leaders and members

Region VII ACUI is broken down into eight separate regions that covers the globe. Region VII is made up of Delaware, District of Columbia, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, and Quebec.

RLT Regional Leadership Team


Volunteer Development Team

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Takeover our Story!

We want to showcase your work in union or activities in action! Email Dawn Savage at for the opportunity to take over our Instagram account for a day or two. This is a great way to highlight unique staffing practices, fun events, or building improvements We're open to whatever!

A past takeover was from Penn State! Viewers were able to follow along for a make and take program! Students made blankets that were later given to a local shelter.

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