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ACUI Region 8 Newsletter • Fall 2008

Regional Conference Preview Edition Come to the 2008 Region 8 ACUI Conference in River Falls, Wisconsin! November 7-9, 2008

Mark your calendars…The University of Wisconsin-River Falls is the place to be this November. Come for the educational sessions and stay for the excitement! There will be a full line up of key-note speakers covering topics that address ACUI’s core competencies: communication, facility management, fiscal management, human resource development, intercultural proficiency, leadership, marketing, management, planning, student learning, and technology. Learn about what’s on the cutting edge of sustainable living, leadership across the generational divide, and much, much more! Professional and student staff will find a variety of beneficial sessions to attend. Also, round table discussions will provide an opportunity to share “best practices” from your institution. If that’s not enough, there will also be a graphics competition, a vendor fair with information booths, and even a (silent) auction. The UWRF team is working hard to ensure that every moment of your experience will be filled with valuable

information, social networking opportunities, and a lot of fun too! We sincerely hope to see everyone from the tip of the Upper Peninsula of Michigan down to the Chicago metropolitan area, and all points in Wisconsin to join us in River Falls. “Together, We Light the Way!”

Conference Registration Open Register for the conference online at: Early Bird registration deadline is Sept 19, 2008

In this Edition: Stop the Hate Recap.........2 I-LEAD Experiences...........3 Region 8 Conference.....4-7 Rec. Tournament Interest....8

From the Director: Ian Crone, Region 8 Director

As we race into the 2008-2009 academic year, I hope you can find time to enjoy this, the Fall 2008 Communique, the ACUI Region 8 Newsletter. Inside you will find valuable information about important opportunities for you and your students to engage in community and professional development regionally and nationally. Whether through our programming, like the upcoming Regional Conference on November 7-9, 2008 hosted by the University of Wisconsin - River Falls, or through our scholarships, designed to encourage student and staff engagement in ACUI, Region 8 strives to improve the experience of member institutions. It’s been an exciting year for ACUI on an international scale. Some of you may have heard about an exciting new partnership, enabling ACUI Central Office to expand its staff, enrich its services, and better serve its member institutions and members. As of September 1, 2008, ACUI Central Office will be providing association management services for Campus Safety, Health, and Environmental Management Association (CSHEMA). Five additional staff positions have resulted from this agreement: a director of business services, a CSHEMA member services manager, an educational program coordinator, a corporate services and sales

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Stop the Hate Recap

manager, an educational program coordinator, a corporate services and sales manager, and an associate editor. This agreement reflects a positive step for our Central Office, both enhancing their ability to serve the ACUI membership and reflecting their respected role within the field of association management. Likewise, you may have also learned that the College Bowl company has discontinued the collegiate College Bowl Tournament. Please know that a Special Project Team has been assembled to identify a long, and short term, resolution to this challenge. If you would like to contribute your time, or input, to this team, please do not hesitate to contact me at Finally, mark your calendars for the 2009 Annual ACUI Conference in Annaheim, CA from April 5 – 9, 2009. In keeping with the conference theme of “Where Tradition meets Tomorrow” the conference planning team will be recognizing “seasoned veterans” and “up-and-coming leaders, or undergraduate and graduate student leaders.” We encourage you to nominate veterans and young leaders to be recognized! Please forward their names to me at Have a great year!

Regional Recap

Back in May at UW Platteville, we filled the Stop the Hate Train the Trainers class with 33 participants, two hosts and two trainers. Shane Windmeyer, founder of Stop the Hate along with Brandon Wilson from the Wilbron Institute trained the participants from all over the country. Val Wetzel and Anna Mroch from UWP served as hosts and assistants in the training. UWP had 10 campus scholarship winners noted as italicized. UWP Student leaders included: Ariel Helt, Andrew Lewis, Maria Lopez, Devine Nzegwu, Vinny Oliveri and Chris Smith. UWP Graduate Students included: Callie Clark, Karl Constant, Abby Felix, Nicole Jellison, Elaina Knoble-Janney, Jenny Mason and Lisa McLean. UWP Residence Hall Directors included: Coree’ Burton, Hal DeLaRosby, Jen Little, Trapper Mitchell, John Sagehorn and Artanya Wesley. UWP Faculty included: Garnet Wind. Other Region 8 participants were: Justin Hager (UW Madison), Mike King (UIC), Mai Lo (UWGB) and Jeff Willems UWGB). And yet everyone else from around the country were: Craig Cullinane (Amherst College), Matthew Foster (SUNY Fredonia), Denise Hinds-Zaami (Penn State), Joe Kaufman (Macalester College), Shari Klippenstein (Idaho State U.), Bradley Pearson (Denison University), Andrew Platt (SUNY Fredonia), Marcia Purdy (Iowa State U) and Ben Vincent (Amherst College).

Program feedback included from 32 individuals on how well did “Stop the Hate” meet your needs, 21 extremely well, 10 very well and 1 well. Comments included: • This training surpassed anything I could imagine. And to be in the same room with so many like thinkers was invigorating • It rocked my socks • It gave me incite on some things that I never thought of, Thank you • I have learned so much; I feel like my ‘toolbox’ is now full of tools to help me not only respond to, but help prevent and educate others on hate/bias incidents • Camaraderie of others-knowledge sharing provision of framework • The fact that 30 + people can come together with the same determination to put an end to hate. It’s truly remarkable • Very worthwhile! Great ideas of how to implement practices back on our campuses!! Thank you to the Region and the Association for their support with the program. UWP appreciates the opportunity to be a leader in Stopping the Hate or as Mike King said, “Let’s Plant the Love!!” Want more information on Stop the Hate - Look for Educational Session at Regional Conference in River Falls or you can contact Valerie Wetzel at

In their own words: I-LEAD ‘08 As I think back over the week I attended I-LEAD, nothing but positive memories flood my mind. Bits and pieces of the week stick out, like the many times when I laughed until I was hunched over in pain, wiping tears from my face. Or when I was so exhausted but didn’t want to go to bed in fear of missing out on another awesome conversation, game of tag in the dining room, or mini dance party. The phenomenal people I was surrounded by, especially those in my small group, were truly the most fantastic aspect of the week, though, and by about the second day together I felt as though I had known them for most of my life.

I could go on about the many new friends I made. Because of how the institute was set up, we got to know each other extremely quickly and I really appreciated how close-knit our community became. Especially in my small group, “The Curious Mindz,” we were able to learn about one another’s strengths and weaknesses, roles at institutions, and general outlook on life, and then challenge and encourage one another while joking, laughing, and just having an overall great time together. It was truly amazing to be surrounded by other students who were passionate about leading and making a positive impact on their own campuses.

“It was an absolutely incredible experience,” I said to many friends and family members upon returning home from Bloomington, IN. Their follow-up question to this statement was always the same: “What did you do there?” This is where it got tricky for me.

Finally, I could tell about how much I learned about myself and my own leadership capabilities. The sessions made me really sit down and analyze how I work as a leader right now, what I need to focus on more, and how I can encourage others to be leaders as well. As a result of I-LEAD, I feel motivated to accomplish things on my campus I had previously thought impossible as well as challenged to step outside of my own comfort zone to lead in different ways than I ever have. It is wonderful to know that I also have a network of friends all across the United States to turn to when I need encouragement or inspiration.

How could I possibly explain all that we had done and why it was such a motivating experience without standing there talking at them for a half hour? Well, I could start with the format of the institute. We had large group sessions, with all 55 of us, small group sessions, where we broke up into groups of 11, and reflection times, where we worked individually. In all three, though, we focused on things such as our own leadership potential, how to positively influence our school, and working with others in a group to get tasks completed successfully. I could talk about I-LEAD’s day of service. We all helped at a camp for nonverbal disabled adolescents and were able to play and interact with them in a variety of ways. Following that we got a little dirty and cleaned up one of the nearby highways. I could also discuss meal times. Each group was in charge of one breakfast, lunch, and dinner, and so every meal was set up differently with fun themes, costumes, and music. It made for great conversations starters and just an overall fantastic time.

My typical response to the question “What did you do at I-LEAD?” has become a short summary of the week followed by, “It was incredible. It’s just something you need to experience for yourself to really understand.” Danielle Cifonie North Central College I remember sitting in on my first small group discussion at I-Lead and we all were sharing what we expected from ILEAD. One of my group member’s answers truly and simply sums up I-LEAD, “A life changing experience.” When I first heard that I was both doubtful and excited at the same time. In the

days that followed I began believing more and more that it was true. I-LEAD opened my eyes and taught me not only about leadership and what makes a good leader, but about myself. I-LEAD taught me there are many aspects of a person that make a good leader. As a leader it taught me to encourage the heart, but to remember to challenge the process. Refrain from making assumptions. It made me realize that my morals make me who I am and not to take them or myself for granted. I created relationships with other participants that are deeper and stronger than some I’ve had for years. It showed me that students truly have a voice on campus and are able to make a difference and an enthusiastic attitude can make all the difference. It allowed me to have truly meaningful discussion and learn about other campuses, lives, and places. Most important of all I have learned that leadership is not something that can fit nicely into a perfect box that every leader needs to fit in. A true leader is someone who can create a supporting community by realizing that the whole is more important than the individual. I first came to I-LEAD not knowing what to expect or what the week would entail or how it would teach me about leadership. Some how in that week, I came out of the experience with a better understanding of myself, life, friendship that are deeper than I’ve ever known and most of all a better view of a true leader. Kayla Denu University of Wisconsin Oshkosh

Regional Conference Preview Edition Registration Now Open! Register online at Early Bird registration deadline is September 19, 2008

Call For Ed. Sessions You have something special to share - so share it! Submit your Educational Session Proposal online at Submission Deadline: Thursday, September 25, 2008

Entertainment Don’t be late for dinner on Friday, November 7th as the UWRF Masquers Theater Troupe will be your host at Dinner Theater in-the-round. You will have an opportunity to start the conference off right by “building community” at your table during a family style served meal and fun entertainment by Masquers. On Saturday November 8, we will be featuring a high-energy show by Street Beat Remixed. The Street Beat Remixed performance includes break dancing, industrial drum corps, urbanized taiko drumming, stunts, theatrics, and audience interaction while using recycled, reclaimed, and found pieces of materials from the environment. This performance is a collaboration between Vater artist and Street Beat founder Ben Hanse, Chris Mendez and DJ Lee Dyson. You can check out their website at to get a sneak preview of the Saturday night entertainment! Make sure you don’t miss the opportunity to see this performance with your conference family members and other UWRF students.

Hotel Information Country Inn & Suites By Carlson River Falls 1525 Commerce Court River Falls WI 54022 Reservations: (715) 425-9500 Group Name: Region 8 ACUI Conference Check-In: 3 p.m. $70/night

Super 8 Motel - River Falls 1207 St Croix St River Falls, WI 54022 US Reservations: 715-425-8388 Group Code: CGLEVE Check-In: 3 p.m. $55/night

**Any rooms still available 2 weeks before the date of the conference will be released to the public

$cholarships & Awards Let the Region Pay Your Way: Scholarships for this fall’s Conference Region 8 supports involvement and professional development of its members by offering scholarships to cover registration to a variety of conferences and events. The region will be offering a number of scholarships that cover the cost of registration to students and staff to attend the Regional Conference hosted by UW River Falls November 7-9, 2008. Applications are due on October 10 by 4 pm and should be sent directly to Recognition Coordinator, Sara Ann Suwalski, at / fax: 920-424-2122. Applications for staff & students can be found online:

Recognize Outstanding Folks in the Region Region 8 has three awards that are presented at the Regional Conference for outstanding student, staff and new professional. Please take a moment to reflect on your staff and consider nominating them for one of the following awards.

Richard L. Christie Staff Leadership Award The Richard L. Christie Staff Leadership Award is named in honor of Richard L. Christie, former Director of Student Life at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay.

Michael H. Poe Student Leadership Award The Michael H. Poe Student Leadership Award is named for Michael Poe who, as a student, was dedicated to the ideals of ACUI.

Gary E. Bartlett New Professional Leadership Award The Gary E. Bartlett New Professional Leadership Award honors newcomers to the field who share Gary Bartlett’s commitment to professional development in ACUI and the college union/student activities field.

The nomination process requires the completion of a Nomination Form and letter that addresses four questions. Nominations will be accepted via email and fax until Thursday, November 6 at 12:00 pm to Sara Ann Suwalski ( / Fax: 920-424-2122) or until 12 pm on Saturday, November 8 at the Regional Conference. Recipients will be honored at the Awards Banquet at the Regional Conference hosted at UW River Falls. If you would like more information contact Sara Ann Suwalski, Recognition Coordinator at the email above. More information about the awards.

2008 Region 8 Conference UW-River Falls University Center

November 7 - 9, 2008

Together, We Light the Way

Meet the Keynote Speakers Leslie Bleskachek is a Generation X leader who received her Master’s Degree in Organizational Leadership and her Doctorate in Educational Leadership. With over a decade of experience in higher education, both in teaching and administration, she has taught workshops on team building, conflict resolution, communication, ethics, change management, and leadership development. However, her favorite topic by far is intergenerational dynamics and leadership. She is currently conducting research on the shifting dynamics of the workplace due to the retirement of the Boomers and the entry of the Millenials. Leslie currently serves as the River Falls Campus Manager at Chippewa Valley Technical College. Starting on August 28, 2008, Leaslie will return to a former employer, Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College, as its Divisional Dean of Business. In this new position, Leslie will oversee the business program throughout a district that includes New Richmond, Ashland, Rice Lake, Superior, Ladysmith and Hayward. Leslie resides in River Falls, WI with her husband Gary of 13 years.

Leslie Bleskachek

Karen I. Halbersleben is a child of the Great Lakes and a student of social reform, qualities that make the Presidency of Northland College an exciting calling for her. She received her B.A., M.A., and Ph.D. in History from the State University of New York at Buffalo, after which, she accepted a teaching position at the State University of New York at Oswego. Halbersleben’s motivating interest as a historian has been the study of social reformers -- people who actively try to make their world a better place, a feat she has sought after herself during her career in higher education. While at SUNY-Oswego, Halbersleben was asked to make the transition from the classroom into the administrative office, becoming Executive Assistant to the President. She applied for and received a fellowship from the American Council on Education, the premier leadership development program in the United States. She spent her fellowship year learning from the leadership team at the University of Richmond, and traveling to many colleges and universities across the country. After her fellowship year, Halbersleben accepted the position of Vice President of Academic Affairs and Dean of Faculty at Buena Vista University in Storm Lake, Iowa. While at BV, she led comprehensive reforms of the undergraduate curriculum and faculty personnel policies as BV became the nation’s first totally wireless laptop campus, and supervised an extensive off-campus adult education program and a 19-sport NCAA program. Halbersleben served at Buena Vista University from January 1998 until accepting the Presidency of North-land College, beginning July 1, 2002. Her goals as President are to make Northland a leader in sustainability in every sense, and to help Northland continue toward its goal to be the nation’s leading environmental liberal arts college.

Karen I. Halbersleben

ACUI Region 8 Conference Schedule at a Glance Friday, November 7

2:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.    2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.    2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.    5:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.    6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.    8:30 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.    8:30 p.m. – 12:30 a.m.    10:00 p.m. – midnight    

Saturday, November 8

Conference Registration  University Center Tours  Hotel Check‐In  Opening Reception  Welcome/ Dinner  Reception/Entertainment  Shuttles to Hotels   Movie 

7:30 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.    8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.    8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.    8:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.    9:30 a.m.      10:00 a.m. – 10:50 a.m.  10:50 a.m. – 11:10 a.m. 11:10 a.m. – noon    Noon – 1:00 p.m.    Noon – 2:00 p.m.    Noon – 6:00 p.m.    12:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.    2:00 p.m. – 2:50 p.m.    2:50 p.m. – 3:10 p.m.    3:10 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.    4:15 p.m. – midnight    4:15 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.    5:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.    6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.    8:30 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.     

Shuttles to University Center  Breakfast  Conference Registration  Keynote Speaker  Graphics Competition Entries Due  Educational Session I  Break  Educational Session II  Lunch/National Conference Presentation  Vendor Fair   Silent Auction  Graphics Display  Educational Session III  Break  Educational Session IV  Shuttles to Hotel  Region 8 Business Meeting  & 2009 Regional Conference Preview  Reception  Dinner/Keynote/Awards  Entertainment 

7:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.    8:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.    9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.       

Shuttles to University Center  Behind the Scenes Food Service Tour  Breakfast 

Sunday, November 9

2009 Region 8 Recreation Tournament Interest Form Please indicate your team’s OFFICIAL INTEREST in the ACUI Recreation Tournament on February 20 - 21, 2009 at University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC). Return this form to your Regional Coordinator by e-mail or fax before November 28, 2008 so that he may efficiently proceed with tournament plans. School Name Name of Union


Recreation Contact Name Title

Is this person Staff or Student?

Address Address City




Fax Number


Alternate Telephone

Please check the events and write in the number of participants you reasonably expect to send to the regional tournament. Also, if you have any additional events that are not listed, feel free to let me know.

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Chess Table Soccer Table Tennis Euchre Video Games Texas Hold ‘Em

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Darts Billiards (Men’s) Billiards (Women’s) Bowling (Men’s) Bowling (Women’s) Other:

Return by Friday, November 28, 2008 to: Karl Constant, Region 8 Recreation Coordinator University of Wisconsin-Platteville Pioneer Involvement Center Graduate Assistant 1 University Plaza Platteville, WI 53818

E-mail: Phone: Fax: (608)342-1093 (608)342-1084

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