IPDS lays the foundation for a successful career in the college unions and student activities field.

Skills and knowledge gained during this three-day seminar will inform and inspire participants, returning them to campus ready to tackle job duties and contribute to the development and growth of the organization.    

  • Further skills in multiple competency areas, including communication, fiscal management, and leadership 
  • Build a network of peers to learn from during IPDS and beyond 
  • Gather tips and tricks that are directly applicable to daily work  
  • Hear lessons learned and best practices from experienced professionals  
  • Find solutions to common issues, such as work-life balance and time management
IPDS

Sample Schedule

See below for the 2017 program schedule to get a glimpse of all that is offered at this program for new professionals!

All times are converted to Central Standard Time
Mon, June 12, 2017
12:00 PM

Tour: Camp Randall (optional, preregistration required)

12:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Distinguished by its impressive double-deck structure, Camp Randall Stadium has been the Badgers' facility since its opening game on November 3, 1917. It has been host to UW football games, outdoor concerts, Drum Corps International, Green Bay Packer exhibition games, and other large public events. Tour will depart from Union South, just outside Room 233 - located on the second floor, next to the Marquee Theater.

2:00 PM

Community Service: Lake Shore Nature Preserve (optional; preregistration required)

2:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Volunteers will use handsaws and loppers to cut invasive shrubs to open views to the lake, install native plants, and collect litter along trails. Tools and gloves will be provided. Service will depart from Memorial Union's Sunset Lounge.

4:30 PM

Campus Walking Tour (optional)

4:30 PM - 5:30 PM

Explore the University of WisconsinMadison through a guided walking tour. Tour will depart from Chadbourne Hall Lobby.

5:00 PM

Check-In

5:00 PM - 6:00 PM

6:00 PM

Dinner and Welcome

6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Please join us at Memorial Union's Upper Sunset Deck for the opening dinner. Following the meal, our program will begin with a welcome from our host Mark Guthier, director of the Wisconsin Union and former ACUI president.

Tue, June 13, 2017
8:30 AM

Tour: Memorial Union

8:30 AM - 9:30 AM

Memorial Union has been one of the most beloved destinations on campus since its construction in 1928. The Memorial Union Reinvestment seeks to ensure that it continues to provide experiences for a lifetime for generations to come. Please wear pants and closed-toe shoes for this tour, as our tour will include spaces that are still being renovated.

9:30 AM

Opening Speaker

9:30 AM - 11:00 AM

Dr. John Taylor, ACUI CEO, will share insights from his more than 25 years of experience of progressively managing college unions, specifically about skill sets new professionals need, common missteps to avoid, and how ACUI can support your career development. He will draw from his experiences on campus, in supervising new professionals, and as an Association volunteer advancing education and research. Taylor is familiar with what is taught in graduate school, what can be applied from other fields, and how to gain practical experience in areas outside your current role. Additionally, he will review the role that the college union plays on campus and in the development of college students. This session will lay the foundation for IPDS and for your career, emphasizing each content areas value to attendees immediate or future endeavors related to working in unions and activities.

11:00 AM

Coffee Break

11:00 AM - 11:15 AM

11:15 AM

Workshop: Art in the College Union

11:15 AM - 12:30 PM

Facilitated by Jake Ekleberry, director of Memorial Union's Wheelhouse Studios, and Robin Schmoldt, program director for Union South, we will explore the immediate and long-term value of engagement in both the making and exhibiting of art in a union program, working with stories, opportunities, and our own hands-on art making. Bring your ideas on the importance of the arts in our lives!

12:30 PM

Lunch

12:30 PM - 1:30 PM

1:30 PM

Workshop: Creating a Motivating Environment

1:30 PM - 5:00 PM

Everyone is motivated! People are either motivated to do something or not do something. We know that true motivation is internal, intrinsic. And yet, certain environments enhance intrinsic motivation while other environments seem to overwhelm or block the motivational process. As an administrator, manager, or supervisor, what can you do to create an environment that supports and incites motivation?

With facilitator Deb Dunbar, director of talent and organization development for Indiana University, you will learn: the compelling differences between intrinsic and extrinsic motivation, the most recent knowledge about how the motivation process really works, how choice, challenge, and collaboration ignite motivation, and the connection between engagement and motivation.

5:00 PM

ACUI's Resources for New Professionals

5:00 PM - 5:30 PM

Just like any professional development experience, you will get out of ACUI what you put into it. In this session, well share a few ways to get involved.

5:30 PM

Break

5:30 PM - 6:30 PM

6:30 PM

Dinner and Theater Tour (semi-formal)

6:30 PM - 12:00 AM

Grab a drink in the Frederic March Play Circle, then join us for a tour of Shannon Hall. Both spaces are part of the Wisconsin Union Theater. Following the tour, we'll return to the Play Circle for dinner.

Wed, June 14, 2017
8:30 AM

Tour: Union South

8:30 AM - 9:30 AM

The new Union South was designed in an organic prairie-style, influenced by the architecture of Frank Lloyd Wright. Opened on April 15, 2011, it is nestled between the Computer Sciences and Statistics Building and Engineering Hall on the south side of campus. The new building carries on the Wisconsin Union tradition of serving as the heart and soul of this great campus. While the student-led design committee sought a minimum of a LEED Silver rating, Union South surpassed their expectations when it received a LEED gold rating in sustainability and environmental design. It features sustainable materials and technologies that have a proven track record of sustainability and ensure the facility can adapt over a 100-year lifetime to incorporate new green technologies as they become available.

9:30 AM

Workshop: Enhancing Student Learning Through Powerful Partnerships

9:30 AM - 10:30 AM

Led by Heidi Lang, assistant director for the Program and Leadership Department at the Wisconsin Union, and Ben Clark, director of staff education and training at the Wisconsin Union, participants will develop a work philosophy statement, practice creating a student learning plan, and share student development best practices so that they will be able to more effectively advance the student staff partnership experience within their organization.

10:30 AM

Coffee Break

10:30 AM - 11:00 AM

11:00 AM

Workshop: Creating Space for Student Activism

11:00 AM - 12:30 PM

Campus-based movements and activism have been part of our history from the nations founding to present day. Facilitated by Heidi Lang, assistant director for the Program and Leadership Department at the Wisconsin Union, and Jay Ekleberry, director of Memorial Union's Wheelhouse Studios, we will spend time looking at how we can responsibly make space for student activism in our unions while fostering the connection between an engaged community and social change through a variety of quick activities.

12:30 PM

Lunch

12:30 PM - 1:30 PM

1:30 PM

Speed Sharing

1:30 PM - 3:00 PM

Speed sharing consistently receives high ratings from IPDS participants because it offers a quick way to get to know other members of your cohort and hear about the exciting innovations occurring across the United States. We will do multiple rounds of sharing in which you will have a few minutes to present the initiative you were asked to identify before the program. You just need to share the same idea in each round as you will be matched with different people in each round.

3:00 PM

Group Photo

3:00 PM - 3:30 PM

3:30 PM

ACUI Talks

3:30 PM - 5:00 PM

That's Going Viral: How to Help Your Social Media Team Create the Best Content

If there's one thing we can count on, it's that having a clear and concise social media strategy of organic and paid posts is becoming more important to reach and engage with your student audience. So what type of content is your social media manager looking for? Led by Stephanie Webendorfer, the social media community manager for the Wisconsin Union, we'll hear what you can do to help your social media manager tell your story on social media and how we use metrics and analytics to inform, adjust, and report on the success of our strategy.

Sustainability and Food Insecurity

Carl Korz, assistant director for hospitality services at the Wisconsin Union, will share the contemporary challenges of dining sustainability and the learning curve of assessing food insecurity on campus.

5:00 PM

Happy Hour and Dinner at the Sett Rec

5:00 PM - 8:00 PM

We'll be joining Wisconsin Union Staff in the Sett Rec for Happy Hour, followed by dinner and recreation options. The scientific name for a badger den, The Sett Rec is the center of recreation at Union South. This three-level experience offers live music, dancing, bowling, billiards, rock climbing, and a place to watch all of your favorite sports. Tasty pub fare, a rare tap list, and endless activities make The Sett Rec an entertainment destination.

Thu, June 15, 2017
9:00 AM

Career Advancement After IPDS: IPDS Alum Edition

9:00 AM - 10:30 AM

Have you ever been to a professional development seminar and thought, "Now, how do I incorporate this into my career trajectory?" This panel of former IPDS participants will discuss how they have utilized the skills and resources provided by IPDS to advance their careers. Their experiences and advice will help to jump-start your own strategizing in regards to how to take the next step.

10:30 AM

Coffee Break

10:30 AM - 11:00 AM

11:00 AM

ACUI Talks

11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Event Planning

Event planners Jen Snyder and Stephanie Daz de Len from the Wisconsin Union will share the evolution of their event planning model through interdisciplinary collaboration. Some of the finer points will include: rundown of the event planning process, key players, where we have been, how we do it now, and where we are headed as we reopen Memorial Union.

Creating a Production and Custodial Model

Paul Broadhead, assistant director of facilities for the Wisconsin Union, will share how the Wisconsin Union has restructured its staffing model to provide better customer service and support for events.

12:00 PM

Lunch

12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

1:00 PM

Video Sharing

1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

This session is a way for participants to use their technology skills while sharing additional campus innovations. Youve been asked to prepare a short video which you will share with your cohort.

3:00 PM

Break

3:00 PM - 3:30 PM

3:30 PM

Workshop: Budgeting for New Unon Professionals

3:30 PM - 4:00 PM

Financial management and budgeting are often noted in the literature as areas in which new professionals feel inexperienced and lack access to formal training. Even those coming to work in college unions from other fields might find budgeting in higher education to be complex. While each campus has its own system for financial management and budgeting, this workshop led by Jane Oberdorf, the senior associate director for administration/chief business officer for the Wisconsin Union, will allow participants to explore actual departmental budgets, learn about standard financial terminology and practices and, of course, ask questions. Examples covered will be typical to those new or mid-level professionals might encounter on the job.

4:00 PM

Break

4:00 PM - 4:30 PM

4:30 PM

Outdoor UW (optional; preregistration required)

4:30 PM - 6:00 PM

Paddleboard, kayak, or canoe your way around Lake Mendota! Meet at Sunset Lounge.

Tour: Overture Center for the Arts (optional; preregistration required)

4:30 PM - 6:00 PM

Interested in examining operations on a rather grand scale? Go behind the scenes of one of Madisons most stunning architectural achievements and get an inside look at some of the nations most stunning theaters. Depart from Chadbourne Lobby.

6:00 PM

Dinner On Your Own

6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Fri, June 16, 2017
9:00 AM

Career Advancement After IPDS: Directors Edition

9:00 AM - 10:30 AM

Student affairs offers many interesting and impactful career paths. Where will your career go next? Do you know how people get promoted and advance within the college union? Perhaps, you had a campus job as a student and continued to work on campus after graduation. Youre interested in the work and like the environment. However, you may also be wondering if youre on the right career path and whether other opportunities might exist for you. Or, you may feel stuck and want to advance but dont know how to do that. This panel of union directors will discuss how to figure out your next career step within student affairs by applying career decision-making concepts, so you can have a career of your choosing rather than one youve fallen into by default.

10:30 AM

Brunch

10:30 AM - 12:00 PM