2016 ACHS Annual Council Meeting

Hilton

HILTON SAVANNAH DESOTO

15 East Liberty Street, Savannah, GA  31401

February 10 – 14, 2016

Theme: Engagement is Our Key to Success

 

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Tentative Progam (Updated Jan 27, 2016)

Wednesday, February 10

4:00pm Board Meeting
6:30pm Board Dinner

Thursday, February 11

8:00am Board Meeting
1:00pm Registration
2:00pm Dorothy Mitstifer Distinguished Lecture
Liability Issues & Concerns for Non-Profits and Honor Societies
Peter Wolk
4:00pm Break
4:30pm Motivating the Middle; Fighting Apathy in College Student Organizations, Casey Cornelius
6:00pm Welcome Reception
7:00pm Dinner on your own

Friday, February 12

8:00am Breakfast Roundtables
1 Hi-Ed Trends (Current and Looming) that Threaten Honor Societies Dennis McSeveney-
Alpha Kappa Delta
2 Exemplary Uses of Social Media Tools Chris Carosello-
Beta Gamma Sigma
3 Recruiting, Educating, Mentoring, and Retaining Chapter Advisors [Discussion Leader]
4 Challenges, Success & Issues for Small Honor Societies Angelo Perna-
Omega Chi Epsilon
5 Engaging Chapter Members in Your Honor Society Jerry Rudmann-
Psi Beta
6 Engaging Students Enrolled at Online Universities Wes Crawford-
Sigma Lambda Chi
7 Communicating Effectively with Members Jane Hamblin-
Mortar Board
8 Best Fundraising Practices for Honor Societies [Discussion Leader]
9:00am Vendor Exhibition
11:00am Opening General Session
Jerry Rudmann presiding
Welcome
Roll Call – Trisha Yarbrough
Creating an Engaged Future for ACHS
12:15pm Luncheon – Millennials Revealed: Focusing on the Seven Most Important Expectations of This Generation- Tru Pettigrew
1:45pm General Session
How High Impact Practices (HIPs) Help Potential High- Achievers Succeed: Personal Experiences and Professional Engagement
Dawn Digrius
3:00pm Break
3:15pm General Session
College Success and the Cinema, Eileen Merberg
4:30pm Business Meeting
Jerry Rudmann, presiding
6:00pm Member and Guest Reception
7:00pm Dinner on your own

Saturday, February 13

7:45am Board Meeting
8:00am Breakfast Roundtables
 
1 Hi-Ed Trends (Current and Looming) that Threaten Honor Societies Trisha Yarbrough-
Alpha Chi
2 Exemplary Uses of Social Media Tools Jeff Arnold-
Delta Mu Delta
3 Recruiting, Educating, Mentoring, and Retaining Chapter Advisors [Discussion Leader]
4 Challenges, Success & Issues for Small Honor Societies Sherri Shafer-
Alpha Epsilon Rho
5 Engaging Chapter Members in Your Honor Society Mark Del Mastro-
Sigma Delta Pi
6 Engaging Students Enrolled at Online Universities [Discussion Leader]
7 Communicating Effectively with Members Bethany Titus-
Alpha Kappa Delta
8 Best Fundraising Practices for Honor Societies [Discussion Leader]
9:15am General Session
Building a Sustainable Future to Enhance your Mission, Deborah Tippett
10:30am
10:45am
Break
General Session
Engagement is Key to Our Success: Student Perspective
Ahmed Mohamed, University of South Florida
12:00pm Luncheon
Jerry Rudmann, presiding
Tribute to Dorothy
1:30pm Local tours on your own

Sunday, February 14

  Departure

 

Hotel Details:

Reservations: http://www.hilton.com/en/hi/groups/personalized/S/SAVDHHF-AOC-20160209/index.jhtml?WT.mc_id=POG

Group Name: ASSOCIATION OF COLLEGE HONOR SOCIETIES
Group Code: AOC
Check-in: 09-FEB-2016
Check-out: 14-FEB-2016
Hotel Name: Hilton Savannah DeSoto
Hotel Address: 15 East Liberty Street, Savannah, Georgia 31401-3979
Phone Number: 912-443-2021

 


 

Speakers


Peter C. Wolk, Attorney at Law (Non-Profit Law Expert)
Liability Issues & Concerns for Non-Profits and Honor Societies

Thursday, February 11, 2015, 2:00 pm

Peter WolkPeter Wolk is a lawyer who received his Juris Doctorate with honors from American University School of Law, a Master of Education in Administration, Planning, and Social Policy from Harvard University, and graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Trinity College (CT).

Since 1984, Mr. Wolk has represented the interests of national, regional, and local nonprofit organizations of all kinds, including medical societies, community charities, trade associations, Internet watchdog groups, educational groups, religious organizations, international relief groups, amateur sports organizations, higher education entities, health and environmental nonprofits, membership organizations, social welfare groups, and scientific research groups.

Mr. Wolk advises clients on day-to-day and strategic governance, inter-entity transactions, joint ventures, corporate documents, mergers, tax, fund raising, employment issues, intellectual property, contracts, Board meetings, and the permissible range of activities for tax-exempt organizations. In addition, he conducts Board training retreats, legal audits, and strategic planning sessions.

He teaches Nonprofit Law to the lawyers of the DC Bar as part of the Bar's Continuing Legal Education Program, and teaches Nonprofit Law and Governance for the University of Maryland and American University. He has served on various nonprofit Boards, including the American Red Cross National Capital Area and the Cultural Alliance of Greater Washington, and has authored many nonprofit publications. Mr. Wolk's bar leadership activities have been honored by both the American Bar Association and the District of Columbia Bar Associations.

Mr. Wolk is admitted to the Bars of the District of Columbia, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and the United States Supreme Court.

He can be reached at: 202-462-4500, 1735 20th Street, NW, Washington, DC 20009; [email protected]

 

Peter Wolk's PowerPoint presentation is available only to conference participants on request from [email protected]


Cassey Cornelius
Motivating the Middle: Fighting Apathy in College Student Organizations

Thursday, February 11, 2015, 4:30 pm

Casey CorneliusMotivating the Middle, a “simple” concept which has created ripples in leadership training across the country, engages participants in a critical investigation of the chronic issues of motivation in college student organizations. 

Casey J. Cornelius works to conceptualize each “third” of a student organization and develops ways in which leaders can maximize engagement of all members.  The universal concern of member apathy will be addressed through the development of a “Middle Third Member Strategy” which will help student leaders focus and be empowered to transform their groups.


Tru Pettigrew
Millennials Revealed: Focusing on the Seven Most Important Expectations of This Generation

Friday, February 12, 2015, 12:15pm

Tru PettigrewAuthor Tru Pettigrew believes Millennials Revealed serves two critical purposes: first, it provides a blueprint for organizations to connect with, engage, or employ members of the millennial generation. Second, it gives millennials themselves the necessary tools to fully understand their lives and goals.  Using extensive research and incorporating many lively case studies, this program introduces seven key concepts that define millennial expectations for themselves, their relationships, and their career endeavors. Pettigrew describes these concepts as the “7 Cs,” guiding attendees through each one and its place in the millennial definition of success.

 


Dawn Digrius
How High Impact Practices (HIPs) Help Potential High- Achievers Succeed: Personal Experiences and Professional Engagement

Friday, February 12, 2015, 1:45pm

Dawn digriusDawn M. Digrius, Ph.D. serves as Senior Project Manager of the CSU STEM Collaboratives Project, a $4.6 million STEM Student Success initiative funded by the Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust. From the beginning, Digrius has encouraged leadership at the eight CSU Demonstration Sites involved in the STEM Collaboratives to plan for the project’s expansion to their key community college partners.  Since then, she has brought together STEM educators from the CSU and California Community Colleges to share ideas for increasing persistence and closing achievement gaps in the first two years of college.

Before leading the STEM Collaboratives, Digrius conducted international research on the history of water resources management and sustainability in Latin America. Her work brought together engineering, science, humanities, and social science students from the College of Arts and letters, Stevens Institute of Technology where Dawn was Assistant Professor of History.

She holds the degrees A.A. (Liberal Arts/Humanities) from Raritan Valley Community College, B.A (Anthropology/Archaeology), MPhil (European Intellectual History), and Ph.D. (History of Science) from Drew University where she studied the history and reconstruction of ancient environmental systems using paleo-ethnobotanical methods to better understand the relationship between humans and the environment. A first-generation college student and Pell Grant recipient, she brings her experience as a transfer student to her CSU-based work on the STEM Collaboratives. 

Digrius has presented at national and international conferences and at the United Nations, where she participates in ongoing work with the Permanent Mission of El Salvador to the United Nations in the region of La Unión. "Knowing that the future of sustainable development resides in the next generation of scientists and engineers, I see great potential in recruiting students from outside the traditional pool of candidates in STEM; diversity is necessary in STEM in order to achieve the level of participation needed globally for the twenty-first century."

"How High Impact Practices (HIPs) Help Potential High- Achievers Succeed: Personal Experiences and Professional Engagement"

As a first-generation college student and Pell Grant recipient, Digrius had no experience to draw from to navigate her academic journey in higher education. She began her academic career at a community college in Somerville, New Jersey in 1990. It was the support of her mentors, her participation in research, her commitment to earning her degree, and her drive to succeed that led her to excel. From placing 2nd on the USA Today/All-Academic Team for the State of New Jersey in 1997, to earning a 4.0 GPA and serving on the Executive Board of the Alpha Epsilon Pi Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa, to her membership in Pinnacle, to receiving a National Science Foundation Dissertation Research Improvement Grant, to earning her prize-winning PhD with Distinction, to her current position in Student Engagement at the California State University Office of the Chancellor, she reveals the impacts that such practices and honors have had on her life, and how HIPs can change students' lives. Her personal experiences inform her professional practices and Digrius will share what Honor Societies can do to bridge the gaps and support student success using high impact practices.

 

 


Eileen Merberg
College Success and the Cinema

Friday, February 12, 2015, 3:15pm

Eileen MerbergEileen Merberg is executive director of Alpha Lambda Delta, National Honor Society for First-Year Students.

College Success and the Cinema

John Cusack struggles to bring purpose to his life, while Robin Williams provides the support needed so a student can move toward developing intellectual and social competence. Perhaps the most widely known and applied theory of student development, Arthur Chickering's psychosocial model of identity development comes to life through engaging and powerful movie clips highlighting each vector along which traditionally aged college students develop.

Chickering saw the establishment of identity as the core developmental issue with which students tackle during the college years. Faculty and staff can play a major role in helping students resolve issues, contribute to their growing sense of identity, and more systematically enhance student development. Learn how we can apply the theory to enhance our students' success.


Deborah Tippett
Building a Sustainable Future to Enhance your Mission

Saturday, February 13, 2015, 9:15pm

Deborah TippettDeborah Tippett - Dr. Deborah Tippett is currently a professor and Head of the Department of Human Environmental Sciences at Meredith College in Raleigh, NC. Dr. Tippett is the co-author of Exploring Life and Careers. She is the current Chair of the Kappa Omicron Nu Honor Society Board of Directors and has been a national officer with Council of Administrators in Family and Consumer Sciences, the Family and Consumer Sciences Education Association, IFHE/USA and a past governing board member of NC-Association for the Education of Young Children. She has received awards such as Regional Teacher of the Year and the President's Award for Excellence and the Excellence in Teaching Award at Meredith College, which is an award nominated by the students of the college. In 2008, she was asked to give the Faculty Distinguished Lecture at Meredith College on How the Millennials Are Changing Our World. She has presented to a variety of groups both nationally and internationally on the topic of working with the millennial generation and has been cited in over 300 newspapers on this research.

 



 
 

 

 



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