2015 ACHS Annual Council Meeting

Hyatt New Orleans
Peppermill Resort – Spa – Casino
2707 South Virginia Street

Reno, NV  89502
February 12 - 15, 2015


Knowing and Promoting the Value of College Honor Societies: Celebrating 90 Years of Aiming Higher


Meeting Program (Tentative - updated 23 Sept 2014)


Meeting Registration


Hotel Registration is available at https://resweb.passkey.com/Resweb.do?mode=welcome_ei_new&eventID=10856789


Airport Shuttle
The Peppermill airport shuttle departs from the airport going to the Peppermill every half-hour beginning at 4:15 am and continuing to 11:45 pm. The shuttle picks up at the North exit of the Baggage Claim area. In addition, the Peppermill features an easy and convenient shuttle to the airport, which departs from the valet area outside the Hotel Lobby and runs every half-hour beginning at 4 am. The last shuttle departs from the Peppermill going to the airport at 11:30 pm.

Mary E. Pritchard (Northern Illinois University)
Board Policy Workshop

February 12, 2015, 2:00 pm

PritchardMary E. Pritchard is professor emerita at Northern Illinois University where she was appointed as a faculty member in family economics followed by 20 years in the administrative positions of school chair, associate dean, and interim dean. 

Dr. Pritchard served as the faculty adviser when the NIU chapter of Omicron Nu honor society (now Kappa Omicron Nu) was installed and continued for almost 20 years as the faculty adviser to the NIU chapter of the Kappa Omicron Nu.  She also served as vice president of the NIU chapter of Kappa Delta Pi.

Dr. Pritchard was elected to the KON National Board as chair and vice chair and was instrumental in the KON Board decision to adopt Policy Governance more than 20 years ago.  She has studied Policy Governance and was active in the development and refinement of the KON Policy Governance Handbook over the years.  She continues to facilitate the annual KON board training and serve as a consultant the KON Board on Policy Governance matters.

Susan Albertine
Vice President, Office of Diversity, Equity, and Student Success, AAC&U
General Session Speaker: Identification and Assessment of High Impact Undergraduate Experiences

February 14, 2015, 10:30 am

AlerbtineSusan Albertine is vice president, Office of Diversity, Equity, and Student Success, at AAC&U. She provides leadership for the overall program of LEAP partner state initiatives, for programs and activities related to college readiness and student success, and for the Making Excellence Inclusive initiative. She serves as liaison to project contacts in the field, including policy, campus, business, P16, and community leaders. The office is responsible for AAC&U's Network for Academic Renewal meetings and for the Institute on High-Impact Practices and Student Success.


More: http://www.aacu.org/contributor/susan-albertine






2014 ACHS Annual Council Meeting

Theme: Knowing and Promoting the Value of College Honor Societies

Invitation Letter

Meeting Program
Updated: February 13, 2014

Dr. Alan S. Gregerman
Luncheon Speaker, The Necessity of Strangers: The Intriguing Truth About Insight, Innovation and Success

February 8, 2014, 12:00 noon

GregermanAlan Gregerman is an award-winning and best-selling author, business advisor, and educator who has been called "one of the most original thinkers in business today" and "the Robin Williams of business consulting." He is also a leading authority on innovation, business strategy, and the hidden potential of adults and organizations. His consulting and speaking focuses on helping companies and organizations to deliver the most compelling value to their customers by unlocking the genius in all of their people and the world around them. Alan's new book, The Necessity of Strangers, will change the way all of us think about innovation, collaboration, and the keys to business and personal success. More...

Website: alangregerman.com

Jane S. Halonen
Luncheon Speaker, Determining Your Organization's Value

February 7, 2014, 12:30 am

HalonenPsychologist Jane S. Halonen is Professor of Psychology at the University of West Florida where she recently completed a decade of service as the Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences.  Her research agenda has focused on critical thinking, assessment, and faculty and program development.  Her most recent emphases have been on helping good departments become great ones. She coauthored Your Guide to College Success which is in its 7th edition published by Cengage. She has been involved over the course of her career with helping the American Psychological Association develop guidelines or standards of academic performance from high school through graduate levels of education, including chairing the Task Force for Undergraduate Psychology Learning Goals and Outcomes. She was named the 2013 winner of the American Psychological Foundation's Award for Distinguished Applications in Education and Training.  In 2000, she won the Foundation's Distinguished Teaching Award and the American Psychological Association named her an "Eminent Woman in Psychology" in 2003.  She served as the Chief Reader for the Psychology Advanced Placement Reading from 2004-2009.

A PowerPoint presentation given at the 2014 meeting is available.

Jane A. Hamblin, J.D., CAE (Mortar Board)
Opening General Session Speaker, Best Practices for Recruting, Educating, and Retaining Advisers

February 7, 2014, 10:30 am

HamblinJane Hamblin brings both higher education administration and nonprofit association experience to her role as Mortar Board's executive director. Her specialties include leadership program development and membership cultivation and service delivery.

Jane hails from Knox, Indiana. She holds a baccalaureate degree from Purdue University and a law degree from Indiana University. She has worked as a senior student affairs administrator at Purdue and the University of Maryland Baltimore County and has been an instructor of law and higher education at Trinity University (D.C.) and of leadership development at Purdue. Before being courted by Mortar Board four years ago, she had been a senior leader at Washington D.C.-based higher education associations, the Council of Graduate Schools, the American Association for Higher Education, and the American Dental Education Association.

Jane has been honored for her work in student affairs by the National Association for Women in Education and by Purdue University. In 2013 Purdue's College of Science named her a Distinguished Alumna. In addition to membership in Mortar Board, Jane is also proudly a member of Alpha Lambda Delta, Phi Eta Sigma, and Omicron Delta Kappa.

As executive director of both Mortar Board, Inc. and the Mortar Board National Foundation, Jane leads the Mortar Board staff with practical experience and joyful enthusiasm. Alongside a task force of volunteers, she led the develpoment of Mortar Board's LEAD: Leadership Education and Advisor Development certification program, now in its third year.

A PowerPoint presentation given at the 2014 meeting is available.

Larry C. Howlett
General Session Speaker, Setting Up and Maintaining Group Exemptions for Your Chapters

February 8, 2014, 10:45 am

howlett Larry C. Howlett, Certified Public Accountant~ President of Larry C. Howlett, CPA PLLC firm in Bowling Green, Kentucky has over 30 years of experience with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) as an Exempt Organizations Specialist.  He has assisted many organizations all over the nation with their accounting requirements so that the organization can bring people to Christ. Consultations cover all areas of effectively running a nonprofit organization.

Services offered to nonprofit organizations are: Preparation of Form 1023, Application for Recognition of Exemption, annual filing of Form 990, assisting organizations in the resolution of penalty charges for various aspects with the IRS.

Larry offers many customized presentations to board of directors and nonprofit organizations.

Larry works with accountant and legal firms in compliance audits for churches, private foundations and charities.  Larry is a member of Kentucky & Tennessee Certified Public Accountants, National Association of Church Business Administration, Great Lakes Area TE/GE Council of the IRS, and Association of Certified Fraud Examiners.

Larry C. Howlett CPA
631 Newberry Street
Bowling Green, KY 42103
270-842-4242 phone
270-846-2127 fax
[email protected]
Website:  www.larryhowlettcpa.com

Jillian Kinzie, Ph.D.
General Session speaker, Student Engagement and Success in College:
What Do We Know about the Quality of the Undergraduate Experience?

February 8, 2014, 9:30 am

KinzieJillian Kinzie is the associate director for the Center for Postsecondary Research and the National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE) Institute at Indiana University Bloomington. Kinzie conducts research and leads project activities on effective use of student engagement data to improve educational quality and serves as a senior scholar on the National Institute for Learning Outcomes Assessment (NILOA) project, an initiative to study assessment in higher education. She earned her PhD from Indiana University in higher education with a minor in women's studies. Prior to this, she served on the faculty of Indiana University and coordinated the University's master's program in higher education and student affairs. She also worked in academic and student affairs at several institutions, including Miami University and Case Western Reserve University. She's co-author of Student Success in College (Jossey-Bass, 2005/2010) and One Size Does Not Fit All: Traditional and Innovative Models of Student Affairs Practice (Routledge, 2008). She serves on the editorial board of the Journal of College Student Development and on the advisory board of the National Resource Center for the First Year Experience and Students in Transition and the National Society for Collegiate Scholars.

Verelyn Gibbs Watson
General Session speaker, ScholarCon 2014

February 7, 2014, 3:15 pm

WatsonVerelyn Gibbs Watson is the President and Chief Operating Officer for The National Society of Collegiate Scholars. In her role at NSCS, Verelyn works closely with the CEO and Founder to set and manage to the overall vision for the Society. She is also responsible for ensuring strategic alignment and effective operations across the organization, while serving as a catalyst for driving growth and evolution, in order to make sure NSCS is always able to deliver on its promises to honor, inspire and engage members.

Gibbs Watson earned her MBA in Marketing Management from Pace University and her BS in Marketing from Morgan State University. She has received certificates in Association Management and Leadership from the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE) and Harvard Kennedy School, Executive Education.  Prior to joining NSCS in 2008, she spent over a decade in the financial services industry where she earned her NASD Series 6 and 7 licenses as well as her Life and Health license. Her past areas of focus have included corporate training and development, agency recruiting and retention for niche markets as well as assisting in the development of new key target markets. 

Verelyn currently lives in Montgomery County, Maryland with her husband Sean, daughter Channing and their feisty vizsla Barron.



2013 ACHS Annual Council Meeting
Award Presentations at 2013 meeting
Theme: United We Stand
Strengthening Member Societies Through Organizational Cooperation

Arlington, VA 22202

Held: February 14 - 17, 2013

Meeting Program

Belle S. Wheelan, Ph.D.
Plenary Session Speaker, February 14, 2013, 2:30 pm

WheelanDr. Wheelan currently serves as President of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges and is the first African American and the first woman to serve in this capacity. Her career spans over 30 years and includes the roles of faculty member, chief student services officer, campus provost, college president, and Secretary of Education. In several of those roles she was the first African American and/or woman to serve in those capacities. 

Dr. Wheelan received her Bachelor’s degree from Trinity University in Texas (1972) with a double major in Psychology and Sociology; her Master’s from Louisiana State University (1974) in Developmental Educational Psychology; and her Doctorate from the University of Texas at Austin (1984) in Educational Administration with a special concentration in community college leadership.

She has received numerous awards and recognition including four honorary degrees; the Distinguished Graduate Award from Trinity University (2002) and from the College of Education at the University of Texas at Austin (1992); and Washingtonian Magazine’s 100 Most Powerful Women in Washington, DC (2001).

Gazing into the Crystal Ball: Technology's Impact on the Academy
Plenary Session Speaker, February 14, 2013, 4:00 pm

The rapid pace of technological change has left those of us in higher education scrambling. Which technologies should we pay close attention to and which are merely flashes in the pan? 

Sue Frantz  - Dr. Sue Frantz is a 20-year veteran of the college classroom with the last eleven spent at Highline Community College near Seattle. Her Technology for Academics blog, SueFrantz.com, features new tech tools with instructions on how to use them as well as tips for using not-so-new technologies more effectively. Acting as an interpreter, she brings technology to the average user. She currently serves as Vice President for Resources for the Society for the Teaching of Psychology, the American Psychological Association Membership Board, and the Association for Psychological Science Fund for Teaching and Public Understanding of Psychological Science.

Mailpiece Design with Pricing in Mind
Luncheon - Friday, February 15, 2013 - 11:45 am

Quality mailpiece design saves money, and that makes sense for almost any organization, especially nonprofits. Steven Booker and Cindy Pease, from the postal service, together have more than 50 years of experience in working with changes in postal requirements, the reasons for those changes, mail processing equipment, and how nonprofits may plan and test their mailings to ensure cost-efficiency and delivery effectiveness. They will debunk myths about delivery, talk about folded self-mailers, and reveal what is at the heart of every mailing!

Cindy Pease - Ms. Pease is the manager of business mail entry for the Northern Virginia District of the United States Postal Service. Ms. Pease began her postal career in January of 1973 as a letter sorter machine operator. She has worked in mail processing, manual scheme distribution, expediting, dock operations, business mail acceptance, and as the business mail analyst. Working as the Education Co-Chair for the NOVA Metro PCC, Cindy offered the Mail-piece Design Professional Certificate Program again this year. She has also done webinars for the IMB barcode and Every Door Direct Mail, and on the first Thursday of the month hosts Bulk Mail 101.  This program has two parts, Mail Piece Design and Preparation Requirements. At the end of each class a tour of the Merrifield plant is offered to help customers see why the postal service has mail piece requirements and to see the machines that process mail in action. Cindy enjoys working with the mailing community and supports the postal service's goal of Excellent Customer Service. Cindy is married, with six children, four grandchildren, and a little Bichon puppy named Zipcode.

Steven Booker is the United States Postal Service's Business Alliances Manager for Capital Metro. He joined the postal service in 1997 and has held several positions in management including small business manager, mailing solutions specialist and district sales manager. He previously worked in the banking industry for five years before accepting his first USPS position. Mr. Booker holds a B.S. in business administration, specializing in marketing, from Longwood University in Farmville, Virginia.

Brandamentals: Your Guide to Building and Protecting Strong Trademarks
General Session Speaker - Friday, February 15, 2013, 1:45 pm

FingerhutEric T. Fingerhut, leader of Dykema Gossett's Trademark Practice Group, will give a presentation entitled "Brandamentals: Your Guide to Building and Protecting Strong Trademarks." Eric has been a lawyer in the trademark field for more than twenty years and specializes in all aspects of the trademark lifecycle - from creation to clearance to registration to monitoring and enforcement litigation. Eric's program also will touch on the use of copyright law to protect marks from infringement as well as licensing. Read more about Eric at http://www.dykema.com/professionals-eric_fingerhut.html

Challenges and Opportunities of Working with Different Generations in Honor Societies
General Session - Friday, February 15, 2013, 3:15 pm

Generational differences can provide both challenges and opportunities for honor societies in meeting the needs of the millennial student with advisors who are from different cohorts. Strategies for supporting advisors from the Gen X and Baby Boom Generation will be presented as well as ways to connect the mission of collegiate honor societies to the characteristics of the millennial student.  

Deborah 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.

A New Paradigm for a Service Learning Project
General Session - Saturday, February 16, 2013, 9:30 am

Clint Wilkins and Bryan Dickerson, from the Heroic Imagination Project, and Psi Beta’s Jerry Rudmann offer a hands-on, experiential workshop based on our collaboration in creating a unique, research-based, data-driven service-learning project with community college students and participating high schools. Their approach is framed not so much in hours logged but in leveraging the knowledge of college students to bring about measurable positive change in low-income youth by teaching them to be more socially aware and skillful in bringing about positive change in their own schools and communities. In particular, the workshop leaders will demonstrate how a two-hour lesson on the Bystander Effect can be so leveraged. Application for the Heroic Imagination Project's lessons include addressing bullying, school violence, and leadership in confronting such diversity-related issues as prejudice and discrimination. 

Clint Wilkins - Clint Wilkins, the director of education for the Heroic Imagination Project, has a long and distinguished career in nearly all areas of schooling, in both independent schools and in public education. Early in his career he was a teacher, coach, college counselor, dean of students, principal and assistant headmaster at Sidwell Friends School in Washington, DC. After serving as chief executive officer of two outstanding independent schools on both coasts, in 1998 he was able to realize his lifelong dream of founding a school: Sage Hill School, the first nondenominational, independent high school in Orange County, California—which is thriving, now educates 450 students and enjoys a national reputation. Over his career Clint has also served as the principal of a charter school in Oakland, a Visiting Scholar at Stanford University School of Education, an Associate with the Skoll Centre for Social Entrepreneurship. Clint received his BA from Williams College in history, a masters from Harvard University in religion, and his secondary school teaching credentials at Princeton University. 
Bryan Dickerson - Bryan Dickerson is a social psychologist specializing in the design of educational and social interventions and research on academic achievement and the psychology of positive change. He is the associate director of research and education at the Heroic Imagination Project and received his B.A. in psychology from UC Berkeley.

How Membership Organizations Can Maximize Social Media
Marisa Peacock, Principal and Chief Social Business Strategist , The Social Peacock - Facilitator
Andy Li, Sophomore, Georgetown University
Mariah Measey, Senior, American University
Tiffanie Thomas, Senior, George Mason University

Marisa Peacock - For a number of years, Marisa has worked for not-for-profits, independent schools and small businesses, managing and producing websites, multimedia, and online content. While the goals and objectives may differ across these industries, she found a few similarities they were understaffed, underfunded and trying to keep up with an ever-evolving media. From online publishing to social media to mobile to multimedia, it's hard to know exactly what to do and how to do it.

The Strategic Peacock helps organizations create and implement online strategies that appropriately target the right audience with the right information using the right media. Marisa has presented at numerous conferences, including Social Slam 2012, Gilbane Boston 2011, Intelligent Content 2011, the Baltimore Design Conference 2010 and EdSocial Media Summit 2010 and hosted webinars aimed at promoting social media integration and web design strategies.

She received her Bachelor's degree from Mount Holyoke College and a Master of Arts in Liberal Studies (MALS) from Georgetown University. She lives in Arlington, VA with her partner Paul and Pit Bull, Sampson.

Follow Marisa on twitter at: @marisacp51