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Fall 2011

ACUI-Value Added By Trish Dillenbeck, Assistant Director, Orientation & New Student Programs at Buffalo State College and Region 2 Interim Director

Inside this issue: Benefits of ACUI Conference




ACUI Experience to Work


Favorite CU Fall Event


Most Valuable ACUI Benefit


Professional Development


Region 2 Leadership Team


Role of the College Union


Through regional communities, conferences and newsletters, students and staff learn about the role of the college union on campus and share in fulfilling that role.

In these times of budgetary stress, we are all forced to justify how ACUI is valuable to our institutions and our students. We talk about the endless educational opportunities – webinars, conferences, drive-ins. We defend the recreation tournaments, NAQT quiz bowls, and Poetry Slams as opportunities for our students to network with other students, develop themselves holistically, and showcase their talents. We use the online tools like ACUInfo, ACUI Salary Survey, and the College Union and Student Activities (CUSA) Evaluation Program to enhance our programs and services. We highlight the importance of ACUI Procures and ACUI Procures Promos, and the money they save our institutions by ordering supplies and promos through ACUI instead of an outside vendor. It’s clear that we have all learned how to justify to our institutions why ACUI is so valuable to our institutions and our students. What we don’t always take the time to talk about, is how ACUI is valuable to us personally, and it raises the questions – What does ACUI mean to me? How has it impacted my life? Why do I personally feel connected to ACUI? When I tell my colleagues about my involvement in ACUI, they say, “College Unions? Your office isn’t even located in a col-

lege union… why are you involved in that Association?” My answer time and time again is “the people.” The educational experiences and leadership opportunities that I have been privileged enough to be involved in are invaluable; however, it is the friendships, amazing colleagues, and mentoring relationships that I have developed through ACUI that keeps me in love with ACUI. Being Interim Regional Director, serving on an annual conference planning team, and being a part of the Regional Leadership Team have been some of the best experiences of my professional career. It is largely in part due to the people I work with on these committees. It is the commitment of the Central Office, the passion of the Regional Leadership Team, and the talent of the annual and regional conference planning teams that motivate me and keep me involved in ACUI. It’s an honor to work with such a talented group of professionals and students. Take the time this month to think: How is ACUI valuable to you?

2011 Region 2 Conference November 4 – November 6, 2011 Clarkson University, Potsdam, NY Regular Registration Deadline: October 21, 2011 Join colleagues and students from around Region 2 for two days of enriching conversations, tours, and experiences designed to enhance the College Union profession.

Clarkson Inn 315-265-2050, $129 a night, 15 rooms held until 10/3/11 Super 8 Massena 315-764-1065, $65 a night, 17 rooms held until 10/20/11

Undergraduate Benefits from Involvement in ACUI Regional Conference By Karan Datta, College Union Manager, SUNY Geneseo The ACUI Regional Conference was a great experience for me and it helped me develop, both as a student and a College Union Manager. The whole experience of traveling to Ithaca with my co workers was rewarding. It helped us form closer bonds outside of my Campus College Union. It was also really neat to meet the managers and professional staff from other college unions. I also enjoyed the tours of the College Unions of Ithaca College and Cornell. One of my favorite things to do is to travel to new places and to meet new people, ACUI provided this great opportunity. I learned a great deal from the conference that I used to help better me as a student and manager. By interacting with managers from other schools, I learned more “The ACUI Regional ways of dealing with Conference was a great the daily challenges I experience for me and it encountered. helped me develop, both I was also able to learn as a student and a College from the keynote Union Manager.” speakers at

the conference. I learned from one of them how to properly convey certain emotions in certain situations and how that would not only help at work but also in everyday life. Through another keynote speaker, I was able to develop the theme of sustainability. Being sustainable does not just pertain to how “green” you can be; however it also pertains to how efficient you are in terms of time and effort. Overall, I really enjoyed the ACUI Regional Conference. It was one of the most unique experiences. It combined the excitement of going to new places and meeting new people, with the wisdom provided by the speakers and activities. I highly recommend it to anyone, regardless of their position.

The Association of College Unions International supports its members in the development of community through education, advocacy, and the delivery of services. ACUI is your association if your institution offers programs, activities, services, and facilities that, when taken together, represent a well-considered plan for the community life of the college. Providing these programs complements the academic experience by balancing coursework with out-of-classroom experiences to develop well-rounded, intellectual individuals. While having a building creates space for events, a union is not just a building. A union is the building and strengthening of a community that encourages individual growth, social competency, and group effectiveness. Any college or university that presents a general program for the cultural and recreational life of the student body as a primary activity is invited to join the Association as an institutional member. Individual membership is open to professionals whose institution is not a member, students, retirees, professionals not listed on an institutional member’s roster, and faculty members. Commercial organizations providing goods and services and supporting the policies, purposes, and activities of ACUI are eligible for associate membership.

I-LEAD® 2011 Experience By Kim Harvey , Director of New Student Programs, SUNY Geneseo During the month of July, I had the opportunity to travel to The College at Brockport to serve as a small group facilitator for ACUI’s I-LEAD® program. Approximately 100 student leaders from across the United States traveled to Western New York to participate in this intensive, five day, living-learning premiere student leadership program that focused on areas of leadership, community development, and change. Prior to the student’s arrival, 24 professionals from across the U.S., including student interns, gathered for four days to train in the curriculum and to prepare for the arrival of the student leaders. Students were divided into small groups and assigned to two facilitators. Each group then formed its own identity. My co-facilitator, Brian Magee from Hobart and William Smith Colleges, and I worked collaboratively to present the curriculum, based on The Leadership Challenge, to our group of 13 student leaders. While we started out as a group of strangers, throughout the week we developed strong bonds as we discussed tough topics and shared our stories and journeys as leaders. Together we created a mission statement by reflecting on and discussing our values. This mission statement helped to guide our work and discussion throughout the week. This professional development opportunity helped to reinforce my facilitation skills and ability to have a positive impact on students. By opening up and sharing my leadership journey—the successes and challenges—I was able to lead a group of complete strangers through a process that reinforced their leadership capabilities and empowered them to create change on their campuses. As I returned to my campus and had the time to reflect on this experience, I was so moved by their motivation to create change on their campuses and their leadership journeys. Three months later, I am still in contact with the student leaders who I had the wonderful opportunity to work with—thanks to a Facebook group affectionately known as The Sealeads, our group identity. This was by far one of the most rewarding professional development opportunities that I have participated in. Through participating in I-LEAD®, I learned that you never quite know what kind of an impact that you may have on others—make every interaction count! “Leadership and learning are indispensable to each other.” – John F. Kennedy For information about the I-LEAD® curriculum, facilitation team, or getting involved, contact the ILEAD® Program Team leader: Heather Magalski Georgia Institute of Technology 404.894.9374

RD Elections RD Elections will be held in November/December 2011. If you are interested in running for Regional Director or know someone who would be great in that role, please contact Interim Regional Director Trish Dillenbeck directly at The Regional Director job description can be found in our region’s Operating Procedures.

Putting the ACUI Experience to Work By Elliot Zenilman, Residence Director, College Union & Activities, SUNY Geneseo When I first started as a Graduate Assistant in the Wilson Commons Student Activities at the University of Rochester, I was unsure as to what direction my career would take me. Advisors and mentors encouraged me to get involved in a professional organization so I could network and meet other professionals in the field. In Fall 2009, I joined ACUI and attended the regional conference, which was held in Rochester. At the conference, I met people from all across the region including people from the University at Buffalo, Buffalo State College, SUNY Geneseo, as well as reconnecting with staff members from my almamater Binghamton University. My experience in ACUI made the transition of becoming a new professional much easier. Being involved allowed me to meet and work with Charles Matthews, the Director of College Union & Activities at SUNY Geneseo. Chip and I met at the 2009 Regional Conference during the Checkers tournament, where he not only beat me, but destroyed me in two straight games. Nevertheless, Chip and I talked about ACUI and he encouraged me to get more involved in our region. This conversation led me to start getting more involved and joining the Regional Leadership Team.

“ACUI helped me strive to be better and challenged me to step outside of my comfort zone. ”

ACUI helped me strive to be better and challenged me to step outside of my comfort zone. The organization allowed me the opportunity to lead a round-table discussion at a regional conference, to network with colleagues from various campuses, and to learn about the many different opportunities available in the field of student affairs. Through the 11 Core Competencies, ACUI was able to provide me with the professional development and skills that I am currently using in my role as a Residence Director at SUNY Geneseo.

ACUI 2012 Annual Conference From March 18–22, 2012, the ACUI community will gather for Our Revolution, an opportunity to Relate, Reflect, and React.

My most favorite College Union fall event is? The Welcome Weekend Street Fair is great, especially when the weather cooperates. The event runs from 10pm-2am on the first Saturday after classes begin. The event can include carnival games, cotton candy, sno cones, street magician, a clown who makes balloon animals and more, music, student performances, karaoke, dee jays, novelty activities and more. The electric shop strings up lights in the trees along Ho Plaza (a pedestrian walkway) that runs in front of the student union and it looks really festive. We can get up to 4,000 attendees who enjoy the activities on the plaza and inside Willard Straight Hall. All free and paid for via the student activity fee!

Cornell University

David Pennock

We do a pumpkin carving contest between all the offices in the Schine Student Center. Syracuse University Each office themes their pumpkin which includes costumes. The pumpkins and costumes are always great and we award a trophy to the winner each year.

Kerry Spicer

University at Buffalo

Haunted Union - we build a GIANT haunted house which sees over 1300 students through it, do a pumpkin drop from our terrace, have a office decorating contest and more!

Lauren Dougherty

SUNY Geneseo

Haunted House and Halloween Dance Party in the Knightspot on the Friday before Halloween. This event is put on by two of our cultural organizations and allows for students to enjoy Halloween festivities in a fun and safe way.


Catherine Holmes

College Confidential - Fast Company - Mashable - mental_floss - Mindset List - USA Today College - WIRED -

Being a member of ACUI has many professional benefits for Student Affairs practitioners. What is the most valuable benefit ACUI offers you? Lauren Dougherty SUNY Geneseo

ACUI has many valuable benefits, but I think the most valuable for me is the networking and sharing of ideas.

Laura Ballou

The network of people that I have met through ACUI. All of the people are willing University of Rochto share resources and what has worked for their building or their program with ester others who are facing a similar challenge or situation.

Kristen Mruk

Niagara County The most valuable benefit ACUI offers me is a regional network of professionals Community College that I can rely on for ideas, advice, and support. Networking and sharing ideas for creative programs and creative solution to problems. Having other professional staff and students who get it! Also, access to resources and professional development opportunities that we could never afford and/or access alone.

Kris Corda


Kerry Spicer

I have a great group of peers in Region 2 who I can call on anytime for informaUniversity at Buffalo tion, assistance or just to chat. I love that I have a group that understands completely what I do on a daily basis!

David Pennock

I think the most valuable part of ACUI for me is the networking opportunities. They exist on multiple levels as there are conferences and workshops to attend, Syracuse University as well as on-line options including the ACUI Forum. It is great to be able to put questions out to colleagues and get instant answers to issues I am facing.

Catherine Holmes Cornell University

Brian Magee

Hobart & William Smith Colleges

Networking with colleagues from other colleges and universities. I have also always enjoyed attending and presenting at conferences.

The ability to network and learn from the best college union and activities practices across the world.

ACUI Online Programs Follow the link to see what is upcoming! In addition to in-person seminars and institutes, ACUI regularly coordinates a variety of opportunities for professional development online, through webinars or virtual round-table discussions. There are a variety of formats for the online programs that attendees can choose from, based on their learning style preferences. Currently, ACUI offers: ACUI Online Learning Programs These lecture-style programs are delivered by a content expert or panel to address the core competencies of the college union and student activities profession. These traditional webinars are included in your ACUI membership, so members can register at no additional fee.

Student-Run Video Marketing Oct. 18 The RFP: Managing the Process Nov. 2 Virtual Round-Table Discussions Hot topics in the college union and student activities field are discussed on an open phone line with a moderator to keep the conversation going. These discussions are included in your ACUI membership, so members can register at no additional fee.

Hot Topic: Queering the Unions: Working with All Student Populations Nov. 9 Hot Topic: Handheld Devices in Union Building Operations Dec. 14

Association of College Unions International Region 2 Contact Information Region 2 Website: Region 2 Facebook Group: 2011 ACUI Region 2 Leadership Team Position




Regional Director

Trish Dillenbeck

Buffalo State College


Finance Manager

Laura Ballou

University of Rochester

Communication Manager

Brandi Smith

Cornell University

Education Manager

Kerry Spicer

University at Buffalo

2011 Conference Chair

Jason Enser

Clarkson University

2012 Conference Co-Chair

Mike Patterson

SUNY New Paltz

2012 Conference Co-Chair

Michele W illiams

Maris t College

michele.williams @maris

Syracuse University



Conference Chairs

Program Team Leaders & Hosts Leisure Actv. & Rec. Coord Cas ey Morris Membership Coordinator

Kim Haines

SUNY Brockport

W ebmas ter Acad. Challenge Coord.

Ryan O'Connell


Chip Matthews

SUNY Genes eo

Poetry Slam Coordinator Newsletter

Business & Finance Action Group - Led by Laura Ballou Elizabeth Desimone

Buffalo State College

Alyssa Shoup

University of Rochester

Chris topher Reybrouck StudentVoice


Communications Action Group - Led by Brandi Smith Chip Matthews

SUNY Genes eo

Kristen Mruk

Canisius College

Elliot Zenilman

University of Rochester

Ryan O'Connell


Education Action Group - Led by Kerry Spicer Denice Cass aro

Cornell University


Sybil Conrad

Ithaca College

Kimberley Haines

SUNY Brockport

Brian Magee

Hobart&W illiam Smith

BMAGEE@hws .edu

Role of the College Union The union is the community center of the college, serving students, faculty, staff, alumni, and guests. By whatever form or name, a college union is an organization offering a variety of programs, activities, services, and facilities that, when taken together, represent a well-considered plan for the community life of the college. The union is an integral part of the educational mission of the college.


As the center of the college community life, the union complements the academic experience through an extensive variety of cultural, educational, social, and recreational programs. These programs provide the opportunity to balance course work and free time as cooperative factors in education.


The union is a student-centered organization that values participatory decision-making. Through volunteerism, its boards, committees, and student employment, the union offers first-hand experience in citizenship and educates students in leadership, social responsibility, and values.


In all its processes, the union encourages self-directed activity, giving maximum opportunity for self-realization and for growth in individual social competency and group effectiveness. The union's goal is the development of persons as well as intellects. Traditionally considered the "hearthstone" or "living room" of the campus, today's union is the gathering place of the college. The union provides services and conveniences that members of the college community need in their daily lives and creates an environment for getting to know and understand others through formal and informal associations. The union serves as a unifying force that honors each individual and values diversity. The union fosters a sense of community that cultivates enduring loyalty to the college.

ACUI Core Competencies for the College Union and Student Activities Profession ACUI has identified 11 core competencies for college union and student activities profession. Regardless of job responsibilities or position level, these 11 competencies permeate all work in the profession, though prioritization may differ. Defining the Core Competencies Core competency refers to a set of composite skills, knowledge, and behaviors that provide the basis and form the foundation for successful professional practice in college union and student activities work. Communication (COM): Ability to successfully exchange information through verbal and nonverbal symbols and behaviors. Facilities Management (FAM): Ability to successfully maintain attractive, safe, fully operable built environments. Fiscal Management (FIM): Ability to develop and manage financial systems through responsible stewardship of fiscal resources. Human Resource Development (HR): Ability to interact with staff members and to manage staff resources in a consistent and equitable manner. Intercultural Proficiency (IP): Ability to successfully communicate, understand, and interact among persons with differing assumptions that exist because of ethnic and cultural orientations Leadership (L): Ability to develop and communicate a vision so that others commit to fulfilling the mission and goals of an organization. Management (MGMT): Ability to coordinate, oversee, administer, and evaluate the daily operations of our facilities, programs, services, and activities. Marketing (MKTG): Ability to identify primary markets and to develop and use effective promotions, communications, and informational pieces in a variety of media and formats. Planning (P): Ability to identify organizational needs and initiate strategies aligned with the institutional mission, strategic directions, and values. Student Learning (SL): Ability to create educational environments and experiences that intentionally provide students with opportunities for acquiring intellectual and interpersonal skills, beyond the traditional place and time boundaries. Technology (T): Ability to understand the overall intent and to choose from appropriate tools, equipment, and procedures for service delivery and problem-solving.

ACUI Region 2 Fall 2011 Newletter  

ACUI Region 2 Fall 2011 Newletter

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