Region III Q1 2022 Recap

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NEWSLETTER May 2022

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GET TO KNOW YOUR 2022 REGIONAL LEADERSHIP TEAM ALISON WARD (SHE, HER, HERS)

REGIONAL DIRECTOR

Assistant Director, Facilities and Operations University of Tennessee, Knoxville What has been your favorite ACUI Memory? My favorite moment is recent. It is when we were finally able to see each other in person at March’s Annual Conference.


GET TO KNOW YOUR 2022 REGIONAL LEADERSHIP TEAM KATHRYN-RUTH SASSER (SHE, HER, HERS)

COMMUNICATIONS COORDINATOR

Manager, Student Center Reservations - Auburn University What has been your favorite ACUI Memory? Handsdown the 2019 Region III Conference in Knoxville, TN. I met so many wonderful people and had a great time!


GET TO KNOW YOUR 2022 REGIONAL LEADERSHIP TEAM LAUREN ADAMO (SHE, HER, HERS)

COMMUNICATIONS COORDINATOR

Student Life Director - Broward College Central Campus What has been your favorite ACUI Memory? My favorite memories are all centered around the amazing friends and colleagues I have met through conferences and volunteer experiences. Most recently, reconnecting with some of them in Chicago, exploring the city and karaoke.


GET TO KNOW YOUR 2022 REGIONAL LEADERSHIP TEAM CHRISTINA SCHAEFER-CRAWFORD

STUDENT INVOLVEMENT COORDINATOR

Assistant Director, Oglesby Union - Florida State University What has been your favorite ACUI Memory? I’ve enjoyed getting to know everyone. The team has been really nice and welcoming. I feel like I belong!


GET TO KNOW YOUR 2022 REGIONAL LEADERSHIP TEAM STEPHEN R. MCCAY (HE, HIM, HIS)

2022 REGIONAL CONFERENCE COORDINATOR

Associate Director for Operations - The University of Southern Mississippi What has been your favorite ACUI Memory? I have enjoyed getting to watch students attend events over the years and feel empowered to go back to their institution and make a difference in the area.


GET TO KNOW YOUR 2022 REGIONAL LEADERSHIP TEAM KYLE MCALEAR

2023 REGIONAL CONFERENCE COORDINATOR

Assistant Director for Event Services- University of Tennessee, Knoxville What has been your favorite ACUI Memory? No one specific memory, but I love the relationships created through my involvement with ACUI!


GET TO KNOW YOUR 2022 REGIONAL LEADERSHIP TEAM LESLEY NICKELS (SHE, HER, HERS)

EDUCATIONAL PROGRAM COORDINATOR Assistant Director of Student Involvement - New College of Florida What has been your favorite ACUI Memory? Being on Grad Staff for the Annual Conference, my fellow grads were amazing! I loved meeting all the volunteers and staff, and learning about the many programs and opportunities ACUI provides. It was so fun getting a behind-the-scenes peek at what it's like working at a professional organization and running a massive conference!


GET TO KNOW YOUR 2022 REGIONAL LEADERSHIP TEAM DARIEN GARRISON (SHE, HER, HERS)

MEMBERSHIP EXPERIENCE COORDINATOR Assistant Director, Hill Student Center - University of Alabama at Birmingham What has been your favorite ACUI Memory? One of my favorite memories with ACUI was serving on the 2019 Region III CPT. Working collaboratively with the team throughout the year and then all coming together at the University of Tennessee was an enriching experience as a new professional and a transplant to Region III.


GET TO KNOW YOUR 2022 REGIONAL LEADERSHIP TEAM JEREMIAH JOHNSON

CORPORATE SPONSORSHIP COORDINATOR Director, Hill Student Center - University of Alabama at Birmingham What has been your favorite ACUI Memory? I can’t identify one specific memory, but I would say my favorite thing about volunteering and being a part of the RLT are the friendships I’ve developed, laughs I have shared, and memories I’ve created with colleagues across the region.


GET TO KNOW YOUR 2022 REGIONAL LEADERSHIP TEAM BROOKLYN BARNES (SHE, HER, HERS)

STUDENT MEMBER Student Building Manager - University of Tennessee, Knoxville What has been your favorite ACUI Memory? My favorite ACUI memory comes from the annual conference held in Chicago this past March. Being back in action as a large group since the spread of COVID-19 began was heartwarming and exciting. The best part was the time we took as an ACUI community to do some service work for local nonprofit organizations in the Chicago area!


ACUI Region III

2022 ANNUAL CONFERENCE REVIEW After 3 years apart, the ACUI community was able to gather in person again in Chicago from March 13 - 16. The conference kicked off with a conference-wide service project that benefitted local partners in the Chicagoland area. We, as a Region then gathered for a quick get together where we were able to catch up with new and old friends alike! Day 1 ended with a reception highlighting the rich food and music culture of Chicago. Day 2 featured many wonderful educational sessions and an All-Conference Session featuring Patrisse Cullors as the Keynote Speaker. Cullors is an author, educator, artist, and abolitionist. During the keynote, Cullors highlighted best practices from her lived experiences. Day 3 began with one of ACUI's favorite traditions - the FUNd Run; which was planned this year by Region III's own James Contratto (University of South Alabama). The Day's AllConference Session was a student panel featuring two students from Region III; Dana London (Kennesaw State University) as the moderator and Tiffany Howard (University of South Alabama) as a panelist. Day 4's All-Conference Session featured Krista Harrell, Ph.D. (University of South Alabama) sharing her experience of what "resilience" means to her in an authentic and encouraging way. The conference ended with a closing banquet highlighting all the wonderful bonds that were made throughout the week as well as honoring this year's award winners and those community members who have passed. Article written by Communications Coordinator, Kathryn-Ruth Sasser


2022 ANNUAL CONFERENCE REVIEW IN PHOTOS


REGIONAL CONFERENCE UPDATE EMORY UNIVERSITY ATLANTA, GA: NOVEMBER 10-12,2022

Stephen McCay 2022 Conference Coordinator

The 2022 Regional Conference will be the first time in 3 years that Region III is together. This year's CPT is planning a great event for everyone to gather, share knowledge, and advance our community. Student attendees will be a focus of the regional conference and we hope your students will attend. Emory is great site, as their student center is only a few years old. This conference is one you do not want to miss!

2022 Region III Conference Planning Team 2022 Conference Coordinator: Stephen McCay (University of Southern Mississippi) 2023 Conference Coordinator & Keynotes: Kyle McAlear (University of Tennessee at Knoxville) Host Site & Volunteering: Jackie Grinvalds (Emory University) Registration and Hospitality: Ashton Reno (University of Alabama at Birmingham) Educational Sessions: Lauren Adamo (Broward College) Fundraising: Sammie Kunz (East Carolina University) Conference Engagement: Adam Carlson (Clemson University) Corporate Sponsors: Dean Smith (East Carolina University) Central Office Liaison: Victoria Moulterie (ACUI)


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