2021 Super Regional Post Conference Newsletter

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NEWSLETTER November 2021

Super Regional Wrap Up

Updates from our


Congratulations! You have almost completed the marathon race of another calendar year. And, if your fall was anything like mine, it was quite the marathon. My campus wraps up classes this week with finals just after and then our students are gone until January. And once again, if your Union/office is anything like mine, you are about to begin the planning/cleaning/let’s get everything we didn’t get done yet, done mode. However, you need to make some time for things you enjoy, things that re-center you, things that cause you to take a deep breath and offer yourself forgiveness. And if you are interested in having a few professional laughs along the way, you should join us for “Worst Practices - What Not to Do and How Not to Do It!” on December 6 at 3pm EST. These are the stories you can never present at a conference but enjoy retelling during social hours at conferences.

Alison Ward Regional Director

Are you a person that sets New Year's Resolutions? A great resolution includes building your skills and expanding your network through volunteering. Additionally, research from the Mayo Clinic found that volunteering offers many benefits, such as Improves physical and mental health, Provides a sense of purpose and teaches valuable skills Nurture new and existing relationships I know I am biased, but ACUI offers a variety of opportunities for involvement but if you want something closer to home, try your PTA, your local Kiwanis, or even a community youth-oriented board. There are volunteer positions for everyone but always remember, find one that you will enjoy! Happy New Year to all, Alison

Thank You to All of Those That Volunteered at This Year's Super Regional! Kyle McAlear University of Tennessee

Stephen McCay University of Southern Mississippi

Jamie Alt University of Michigan

Sara Cope Vanderbilt University

Molly Bower Virginia Tech

Travis Peters Ball State University

Jeremiah Johnson University of Alabama at Birmingham Brittany Wildman Translyvania University

Faith Renken Ball State University

Jackie Grinvalds Emory University

Kathryn-Ruth Sasser Auburn University

Darin Martin University of Michigan

Erik Johnson Georgia Tech

Emily Reynolds East Carolina University

Chris Marshall Valparaiso University

Stan Sweeney Youngstown State University

We are looking for our next



"I would encourage someone to apply for a volunteer role with ACUI to get better connected with the Association. It is a great way to work on a team with peers from other institutions to reach a common goal (project, conference, work group, etc.). You also can have the ability to try something new that you do not do regularly in your institutional role. There are so many ways to get involved and make a different through volunteering."

Stephen R. McCay Regional Conference Chair 2022 Positions We Are Looking to Fill Registration & Hospitality: oversees online registration, web app for conference, hotel matters, and general information at the conference Educational Sessions: oversees selection and execution of educational sessions Keynotes: oversees selection and execution of keynote(s) Community Service & Volunteering: oversees community service project for conference, coordinates volunteering at conference Fundraising: oversees silent auction, live auction, and other money makers for scholarships Conference Engagement: oversees ways to connect at the conference outside of traditional events (evening activities, games, etc.)

Thank You To This Year's


Thank You To This Year's


Couldn't make it to this year's regional conference?

10 -12, 2022

Join us next year!

Recognizing the achievements of oustanding

REGION III MEMBERS Presented at the 2021 Super Regional

Smith-Steele Award for Professional Staff Dwayne Isaacs University of South Florida St. Petersburg

Outstanding Volunteer Award Jennifer Duncan Agnes Scott College

Recognizing the achievements of oustanding

REGION III MEMBERS Presented at the 2021 Super Regional

Student Union/Campus Activities Program of the Year U-Nites! Programs Clemson University

Outstanding Mentor-Advisor Award Shane Farmer Clemson University

Outstanding Undergraduate Student Leader Ben Helms Western Carolina University


Please take a few minutes to share feedback with us about your conference experience. This information is used by volunteer teams to inform planning of future regional events.


Funds Raised Thank you to everyone that participated in the silent auction.

We were able to raise $896 to support the Educational Research Fund for scholarships in both Region III and Region VI.

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UPCOMING EVENTS In these "unprecedented times", ACUI has ramped up its online learning opportunities! There's a full calendar of seminars and institutes, as well as opportunities to connect regionally and virtually. Visit www.acui.org/events and www.acui.org/onlinelearning for details. Worst Practices - What Not to Do and How Not to Do It! December 6 at 3 p.m. eastern Join Region III for a fun, end of the year program called, "Worst Practices - What Not to Do and How Not to Do It!" This will be a casual conversation via Zoom on Monday, December 6 at 3pm eastern. We all have stories of our less than shining moments. This program is an opportunity to share the story told to friends at the conference bar but never presented at the conference. Join us for a few laughs to close out the semester.

The Psychology of Money December 8 at 2 p.m. eastern As part of the 8 Dimensions of Wellness series, we will dive into the topic of “The Psychology of Money.” This presentation will cover the difference between financial literacy and financial wellness, as well as demonstrating how understanding the psychology of financial decision making can lead to healthier financial choices.

Join the Regional Leadership Team to Help Advance Campus Community! Applications for the Region III Leadership Team and Conference Planning Team are now being accepted! The deadline to submit is November 30 at 11:59 p.m. Eastern. Applications are being accepted for the following positions: 2022 Regional Conference Planning Team 2023 Regional Conference Chair Business Manager Communications Coordinator Educational Program Coordinator Inclusivity Coordinator Recognition Coordinator Student Member

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OPPORTUNITIES Volunteer Looking to get involved? Serving as an ACUI volunteer is a great way to connect with peers at other institutions, build on skills, and grow as a professional! Various opportunities are posted throughout the year at https://www.acui.org/volunteer/. Short-term opportunities are also available on occasion for volunteers to assist with various Region III initiatives. Any questions about these opportunities can be directed to Darien Garrison at dmgarrison@uab.edu.


Know of someone who advances campus community and would be a great addition to the ACUI volunteer roster? Nominate them here:https://www.acui.org/volunteer/nominate.

FOLLOW US ON Social Media @acuiregioniii Would you like to be featured in our next newsletter? Are you working on anything exciting that you would like to share with the region? Fun project on your campus? Research that you believe will help colleagues? New programming idea?

Send it to us! Please contact Regional Director, Alison Ward at alisonward@utk.edu with any questions.

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