2013 Annual Conference Recap 

The 2013 Conference Program Team is extremely proud of the conference experience that we were able to provide to the delegates in St. Louis. Here are some highlights:

  • 900 delegates in attendance
  • 101 booths in the ACUI Expo 
  • More than 200 educational opportunities
  • We had around 30 members participate in the various active community service projects and collected 30 backpacks for the PB & Joy program, 75 pounds of toiletries and $126 were given to Gateway 180, and 1,133 bags of food were prepared for backpacks for Operation Food Search.
  • There were four general sessions featuring three keynotes and our new educational format, ACUI Talks, which offered three speakers in a one-hour format.
  • Inside ACUI was introduced as another new educational format and was well received. A big thanks to Debra Hammond for being our first interviewee and to Jennifer Keegin for moderating and interviewing Debra.
  • We had almost 300 newcomers at this year's annual conference. That's about a third of the full registrations that we had, and it's very exciting to see so many new faces at ACUI. The Daily Discovery Sessions that happened each morning prior to the start of the conference helped to engage and involve the newcomers so that they didn't feel overwhelmed.
  • The Battle of the Regions events saw a lot of involvement and competition from the members. We introduced a new partnership with TJohnE Productions to showcase ThinkFast, an academic challenge type game show. We also incorporated the city of St. Louis by hosting an Arch Building contest and a Cupcake Decorating Contest. Also new this year was the Virtual Poetry Contest, which had regions submit a three-minute video ahead of time and the top three videos were shown during the ACUI Idol competition.
  • The Career Center had a good amount of people visit looking to fill positions and folks looking for their next position.
  • Each of the peer networks was a success, having a good attendance at their programs; including tours off-site at local universities as well as stand along programs such as a Director's Panel and an Etiquette Luncheon.
  • We continued the success that the 2012 Conference Program Team had with the Unconference block. We received a great deal of suggestions for topics and facilitators and were able to incorporate many of them into the Wednesday morning educational block.
  • We also introduced a Conference Education Guide for delegates to complete and track their learning before, during and after the conference. You can keep your learning on track by using steps four and five in the guide.
  • Our preconference program on Strengths-Based Leadership in the Union was a success with the session having 26 people in attendance.
  • We were very fortunate to have a large number of volunteers from Region 11 to help us out at the Conference Concierge throughout the conference as well as in other areas. Many other volunteers helped to make the overall conference experience a great success!
  • We hosted more than a dozen tours throughout the week, with some to local campuses and some to city attractions - and some were blended. We even had an architectural walking tour of downtown St. Louis.
  • The Community Builder Awards Ceremony had a student poetry slam group from a local university and it was great to have them involved in the event. For a recap of the awards given out, please check out this recap of the winners.
  • Our Opening Event at the City Museum was a huge success. Delegates were able to visit the museum and see all that it had to offer, including sustainable materials, a St. Louis BBQ meal, a ten-story slide, and so much more. It was an event like no other, and we are so proud that people were able to let loose and enjoy themselves.
  • Our partnership with the Education and Research Fund really blossomed this year, and we were able to introduce a new event, the Bowling Tournament, as well as continue the Silent Auction and the FUNd Run/Walk. Overall, more than $21,000 was raised for the Education and Research Fund!
  • In terms of marketing, we created multiple videos, posted constantly on Facebook and Twitter, andd had a Social Media Lounge this year. We have 466 like on the Facebook page, more than 5,000 tweets using the #ACUI13 hashtag, and more than 20 videos on the ACUI You Tube channel.
  • Our conference would not have been possible without all of the sponsorships that we were able to secure. Thank you to all of those companies that helped to make the 2013 annual conference happen!

Thank you to everyone that attended the annual conference in St. Louis, as well as those that followed along through social media from home. We are so fortunate to have an amazing network of colleagues that supported this conference and our efforts to bring you a quality educational program.

 

Updated July 14, 2013