We can try to avoid making choices by doing nothing, but even that is a decision.
– Gary Collins
Volume 73 | Issue 6
November 2005

ACUI 2006 conference preview


A Taste of Kansas City

Thursday, March 16, 7 p.m.–Midnight

$50; includes transportation, dinner, tour guide, and cover charges

Kansas City is as well-known for barbecue as it is for jazz, so a barbecue dinner at a popular local caf8E is the perfect way to begin this tour. There are many wonderful nightclubs in Kansas City, and it is no surprise that this tour has quickly become a popular evening event. Following the barbeque dinner at one of several great cafes, an evening on the Jazz and Blues Tour includes stops at some of the finest jazz and blues clubs in town. Loaded with atmosphere, each place will be filled with local music lovers and offer its own special version of jazz or blues.

Beverages during the pub visits will be the responsibility of the individual. Participants must be at least 21 years old to participate.

A Masterpiece Day

Friday, March 17, 10:30 a.m.–1:30 p.m.

$28; includes transportation, museum admissions, and guided museum tours

The first stop on the Masterpiece Day will be at the Kemper Gallery of Contemporary Art. The building is a contemporary masterpiece itself, designed by Gunner Birkets. Inside guests will enjoy touring the gallery on their own where they will find works from Louise Bourgeois, Christian Boltanski, David Hockney, and many more.

The next stop will be at The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art. Famous for the enormous shuttlecock sculptures on the front lawn, the museum continues to attract art lovers to Kansas City. Among the distinguished artists represented at the museum are Rembrandt, Rubens, El Greco, Goya, Van Gogh, and Missouri’s own Thomas Hart Benton. Guests will enjoy a guided tour of the museum’s most prized exhibits, the Oriental Collection. This exhibit is ranked among the top three collections in the Western world. Also, included in today’s tour is a look at paintings from both the Impressionist and Post-Impressionist eras. Guests may visit the Sculpture Garden, which features several pieces by Thomas Moore.

A Visit with the President

Friday, March 17, 1–4:30 p.m.

$33; includes transportation, lunch, and admission fees

Enjoy a driving tour of Independence, home of the 33rd president of the United States, Harry Truman. You will see the old square noted for its lovely 1880s Court House, the life-size walking statue of Truman, and the starting location of the western trails; the churches associated with the Truman family; the Truman home; and the unusual Temple and Auditorium of the Community of Christ.

Among the tour’s highlights is a stop at the Truman Library and Museum, one of only 12 presidential libraries in the United States. The newly renovated library houses many exhibits from the Truman presidential era as well as family historical events and a reproduction of the Oval Office as it was during Truman’s term. Among the many exhibits at the library, guests will find the restored personal cars of the Trumans and learn the story of the Thomas Hart Benton mural, “Independence and the Opening of the West.”

Kansas City Highlights Tour including the Steamboat Arabia Museum

Friday, March 17, 10 a.m.–3 p.m.

$36; includes transportation, tour guide, and admission fees

A driving tour of Downtown Kansas City will acquaint guests with the historic buildings, new skyscrapers, newly erected Federal Courthouse, and recently completed Government Square. Quality Hill features beautifully restored single-family dwellings converted into condos, lofts, and offices, as well as condos and apartments built in recent years to accommodate the young professionals who prefer a downtown location to call home. A stop at Lewis and Clark Point offers a vista of the Missouri and Kansas Rivers and the magnificent new monument to the famous explorers and companions.

One of the most delightful surprises this city holds for you is the unique and exciting Steamboat Arabia Museum. The Arabia sank just north of Kansas City in 1865 and rested under 40 feet of sand, silt, and mud until excavated in 1988. More than 200 tons of the original cargo was recovered, and after hundreds of hours of restoration and preservation, many of the items are displayed in the museum. This collection of pre-Civil War artifacts is the largest in the United States and features china, perfume, jewelry, leather goods, hardware, textiles, preserved food products, a rare Indian bead collection, and much more. Guests will view the recreated 171-foot deck and 28-foot paddle wheel, as well as several recovered items used on the original steamboat.

The famous Country Club Plaza is much more than a suburban shopping center—it is an outdoor museum. When J.C. Nichols began building this shopping area in the early 1920s, he created an architectural masterpiece fashioned after the beautiful Seville, Spain. Guests will have approximately one hour for lunch (on own) and shopping surrounded by tile-roofed, pastel-colored buildings, more than 40 fountains, 50 sculptures, and more than 150 shops and boutiques.

A drive through Crown Center, home of Hallmark Cards, two major hotels, an office and entertainment complex adjacent to Union Station, a magnificent Beaux Arts building recently restored to house shops, restaurants and Science City will be enjoyed by all. Finally, a drive along Ward Parkway, the city’s most beautiful boulevard acquainting guests with the homes and estates of the city’s most prominent citizens will be included.

Urban Institution Tour

Friday, March 17, 9 a.m.–3 p.m.

$15; includes transportation and lunch

Stay close to home here in the City of Fountains, a landscape that offers you a wide range of union and activities experiences. You will travel to the Midtown area near Country Club Plaza to visit the University of Missouri–Kansas City and close neighbor, Rockhurst University, recognized as one of the city’s superior four-year urban private institutions. You will then be taken “across the border” into Kansas to visit Johnson County Community College, one of the city’s premier community college settings.

Your day will be filled with urban green spaces, cultural landmarks, and historical sights of Kansas City as we visit three of the city’s institutions. Enjoy lunch in the beautiful facilities at Johnson County Community College, and experience the diversity of educational opportunities nestled in and around the urban core.

Sunflower State School Tour (KU/KSU)

Friday, March 17, 7:30 a.m.–3:30 p.m.

$55; includes transportation, breakfast, and lunch

See the beautiful Konza prairie while driving to Kansas’ land grant university, Kansas State University, home of the Wildcats! Enjoy a continental breakfast on the bus before you explore the new multimillion-dollar renovation to the K-State Student Union. You’ll see the food court area, gallery, ballroom, courtyard, and recreation center. Additionally, you just might want to try our “Purple Pride” ice cream at Chilly Willie’s.

Change your allegiance—and your colors—from purple to blue as you drive from one rival school to another. Dine on a gourmet boxed lunch while driving to the University of Kansas, home of the Jayhawks! You will explore the newly renovated and expanded six-story Kansas Union, which features the Jaybowl, an X-bowling alley; KU Bookstores and Oread Books; The Market, operated by KU Dining Services and featuring Brellas (a new KU Dining Services brand); and the expansive ballroom and meeting spaces.

Educational tracks

Senior Management
Professionals Program

$75; includes dinner, union tour,
and lunch

In a time of change and uncertainties, we must look deeply into the soul of our respective endeavors and find commonalities. The Senior Management Professionals Program (SMPP) seeks to set the stage for shared experiences that will enrich and enhance the programs, services, and facilities we provide. The opening session with Marlesa Roney will provide a catalyst for positioning your union or activities program to partner and collaborate with other units across your campus. In addition to the focused educational sessions throughout the conference, the SMPP includes dinner, the opportunity to mix and mingle, and a tour with lunch the next day of the Kansas Union at the University of Kansas in Lawrence. The closing session on the final day of the annual conference will help solidify participants’ learning experience.

Career Development Institute (CDI) for Graduate Students

$25; includes keynote, reception, lunch and workshop materials

The future of campus community building and union and activities leadership is in the hands of graduate students preparing for or exploring careers in the field. The Career Development Institute for graduate students (CDI) features a tailored program with an emphasis on mentoring and training future professionals. The program will offer participants preparing for careers in higher education knowledge of the union and activities profession, networking opportunities, training to conduct an effective job search and market yourself, expert advice from experienced professionals, and perhaps most importantly, inspiration to enrich your soul and contribute to college students’ success. The program includes an opening reception, Thursday evening keynote address by Marlesa Roney about student success, a daylong educational program on Friday that includes lunch, and a closing meeting.

Mid-Level Management Program

$40; includes dinner, union tour,
and lunch

Designed for mid-level professionals, this program starts with an introduction to the “student success” perspective, courtesy of Marlesa Roney. Additionally, it will provide the opportunity to discuss issues with your peers and expose you to focused educational sessions throughout the conference. The next morning, attend facilitated discussions about mid-level professionals’ topics of interest, and then head to the University of Missouri–
Kansas City union for an in-depth tour. The program will culminate in a scheduled session on the final day of the conference. The Mid-Level Management Program will enrich your personal and professional development in the college union profession, leaving you inspired to return to your campus a better professional than when you arrived!

Marlesa Roney

Opening speaker for SMPP, Mid-Level Management Program, and CDI

Marlesa A. Roney is vice provost for student success at the University of Kansas. Prior to her appointment, she served as vice president for student affairs at the University of Akron for three years, following a 19-year career at Purdue University.

Roney’s career at Purdue University included responsibility for student data research, including the development of various student data reports, preparation of long-term enrollment projections, and analyses of student retention and graduation trends. She was named Purdue’s registrar in 1994. During her six years in that role, she continued her leadership in enrollment management and focused attention on improved customer services, educational policy and procedure, and the implementation of collaborative work teams.

Roney grew up in Concordia, Kansas, and developed her interest in student success as an undergraduate at Kansas State University where she earned her baccalaureate and master’s degrees.

She earned her Ph.D. in student personnel administration at Purdue University and was awarded the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators’ “Dissertation of the Year” for her development of an institutional data-based model for predicting student success. Other honors include membership in Phi Beta Kappa, Phi Kappa Phi, and recipient of the Barbara I. Cook New Professional Award presented by the Indiana Association for Women

Deans, Administrators, and Counselors.

Stop the Hate! Train the Trainer

Wed., March 15, 1–6:30 p.m.

Thurs., March 16, 8 a.m. 6:30 p.m.

Fri., March 17, 8 a.m.–2:30 p.m.

Members: $295 before Jan. 20; $355 after Jan. 20

Nonmembers: $395 before Jan. 20; $455 after Jan. 20

Wed., March 15, 1–6:30 p.m.

Thurs., March 16, 8 a.m. 6:30 p.m.

Fri., March 17, 8 a.m.–2:30 p.m.

Members: $295 before Jan. 20; $355 after Jan. 20

Nonmembers: $395 before Jan. 20; $455 after Jan. 20

Five years ago, the first-ever Stop the Hate! Train the Trainer was held in Toronto, as a preconference to the ACUI annual conference. Since then, the professional development program has trained more than 500 trainers and planned more than 3,800 educational efforts to fight hate on campuses across the United States and Canada.

After a two-year hiatus from the annual conference, Stop the Hate! Train the Trainer is back. It is the only program of its kind supporting colleges and universities in the prevention of bias incidents and hate crimes on campus. Expert faculty from the partnering hate crime and human rights organizations will instruct this three-day, 20-hour intensive training experience. The training allows top administrators, student affairs professionals, faculty, and students to learn innovative tools to prevent and respond to bias incidents and hate crimes on their campuses and regions.

Program fees include the 250+ page curriculum training manual and all program materials and resources. Any ACUI member or nonmember may register for the professional development training. Past participants have included residence life staff, college union staff, faculty, campus police, and student leaders. Sign up early as this program is limited to the first 50 participants.