ACUI 2009 Annual Conference

DAILY HIGHLIGHTS: Tuesday, April 7, 2009
Anaheim, Calif.


10–11:15 a.m.
Keynote: Juana Bordas
Platinum Ballroom 5 & 6
Come hear Juana Bordas, president of the Mestiza Leadership International, as she takes ACUI on a memorable journey using music, movement, and leadership practices.

11:30 a.m.–2:30 p.m.
ACUI Expo Grand Opening and Lunch
Marquis Ballroom
The 2009 ACUI Expo is offering all the premier solutions you need to address the evolving needs of the college unions.

10 p.m.
ACUI After Dark: Movie Screening
Grand Ballroom A–D
Join us as Campus MovieFest sponsors a special screening of a sample of the many films produced for the world’s largest student film festival.


ACUI Career Center: Looking for a job? Undergraduate students and graduate students: make sure to take advantage of the ACUI Career Center (located in the back of the Grand Ballroom). There will be opportunities for on-site career advice, resume critiques, and mock interviews. Also, be sure to check out the Networking Fair, at 8 a.m. Tuesday.

Room change: The New CAS College Union Standard—8:30–9:45 a.m., Tuesday—has been moved from Platinum 9 to Grand Ballroom A&B.

Book signing: Keynote speaker Juana Bordas will be available to sign copies of “Salsa, Soul, & Spirit” immediately following her speech, at 11:30 a.m., Tuesday, in the ACUI Bookstore, Grand Ballroom E&F.

New educational session:
Block 6: 2:30–3:45 p.m., Tuesday
The Power of We: Leadership For Our Diverse Communities
Juana Bordas, Mestiza Leadership International
Elite 3
Valuing diversity is an opportunity to grow, be proactive, and become a more effective leader. Through an interactive exchange, we will begin by celebrating our personal heritage and then expand our ability to honor the traditions of others. We will share specific strategies to increase our ability to lead and build community in our increasingly diverse universities. A special emphasis will be on understanding the leadership practices in communities of color.

Room change: The Graduate Student Case Study Competition presentations—2:30–3:45 p.m., Tuesday—have been moved to Grand Ballroom C & D.

Cancellation: The educational session Planning for Tomorrow, previously to occur from 2:30–3:45 p.m. Tuesday, has been moved to Block 9, 3:15–4:30 p.m. Wednesday in Elite 1.

New community of practice meeting: Interested in marketing? Join the Marketing to the Campus Community Practice and Steal this Idea participants in a discussion of this year’s winners. The casual conversation also will allow delegates to discuss success and hardships on home campuses. Don’t miss out on this opportunity to build community: 4:30–5:30 p.m., Tuesday, Grand Ballroom E & F.

Community of practice dinners: Registration for dinners is closed, but you may stop by the Member Service Center and sign up to be notified if there are cancellations. If you are already registered but unable to attend, stop by the Member Service Center, and we will attempt to arrange for someone to purchase your ticket from you.

New gathering:
New Professionals Dinner
Open to anyone. Meet at 7 p.m., Tuesday, in the lobby.

New I-LEAD reunion/gathering:
Tortilla Jo’s at Downtown Disney District
7:30 p.m., Tuesday
Drinks/food are on your own. I-LEAD alumni (student or facilitator) should RSVP by noon Tuesday by e-mailing

Receive a 20% discount in any of the Anaheim Marriott eateries and the gift show by showing your room key and conference badge.

Al Bertelsen, the recently retired director of Montana State University’s Strand Union, passed away March 30, 2009. A memory book for his family has been set up in the ACUI Marketplace. Please stop by and share your memories and thoughts.

Bid now! Be sure to check out the student section of the Silent Auction.

Surf Shack: Looking for information about what to do while in sunny California? Visit the Surf Shack (Host Information Center) for any general conference questions or for additional information about the surrounding area and things to do. Unwanted items from your welcome box also can be left here to be donated to a local food bank.

Disney Quest results: Region 12 received first place in Sunday night’s competition.

FUNd Run/Walk results: 

  • Top Fundraisers: Michelle Lopez, Texas State University–San Marcos (1); Martin Sandoval, California State University–Los Angeles (2); Bob Rodda, College of Wooster (3) 
  • Top Finishers (Men): Martin Sandoval, California State University–Los Angeles (1); Jeff Pelletier, The Ohio State University (2); Adam Bankovich, University of Cincinnati (3) 
  • Top Finishers (Women): Kate Strotmeyer, University of Vermont (1); Pam Yantis, spouse of Holder Construction Company exhibitor (2); Andrea Costantino, University at Buffalo (3)

Golf Outing: Originally, ACUI decided to do something a little bit different than in the past in that delegates could decide between two different courses (Black Gold Golf Course, and Riverview Golf Course)—and when to play throughout the week. However, there has been renewed interest in forming a traditional tournament on Thursday, April 9, at Black Gold Golf Course.

Delegates and exhibitors alike can play Thursday morning with tee times beginning at 8 a.m. Companies interested in sponsoring groups can do so at the following rates:

  • You + 1 ACUI Delegate = $275 (Twosome) 
  • You + 3 ACUI Delegates = $550 (Foursome)
  • Individual = $150

The price includes: Greens fees, range balls, cart rental, Tournament Services (if applicable) and CLUB RENTAL (if necessary). Delegates not playing with a sponsored group will receive California resident rates. Stop by the “Surf Shack” for tee times and pairings. Get ready for some great SoCal golfing!

Educational Benchmarking, Inc. is now in the ACUI Expo! You can find ACUI’s long-time partner EBI in Booth 222. Ask them how they can help you understand your users more clearly. 

Updated Aug. 3, 2009