Paving Your Path, November 10–12, Baker University Center at Ohio University

The Region VI Conference Planning Team invites you to join us for an interactive, dynamic, and thought-provoking conference with a strategic emphasis on “Paving Your Path.” This conference will provide engaging educational sessions that not only encompass the Association’s core competencies, but also encourage dialog and sharing of ideas.

The 2017 ACUI Region VI conference will be held at Ohio University in beautiful Athens, Ohio. Baker University Center, which will host most of the conference’s events, connects the upper and lower campus and is the vibrant hub that welcomes and serves all members of the university community and campus guests. 

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Keynote Speakers

Justin Jones-Fosu

Join us Friday, November 10 at 6 p.m. as we break bread and welcome Justin Jones-Fosu to Ohio University and Region VI! Jones-Fosu is a full-time husband and father who also happens to be an international speaker, young-award winning entrepreneur, and author. He is the president/chief inspirational officer of Justin Inspires International LLC  where he speaks 50-60 times a year for professionals, colleges, and youth internationally. He has spoken in four countries for over 250+ organizations and given over 450+ presentations. Jones-Fosu is also the founder of Respectivity, a company helping workplaces to develop better cultures of respect.

Jones Fosu, Justin

Dr. Jenny Hall-Jones

Before we depart back to our home campuses, three-time Bobcat Dr. Jenny Hall-Jones will leave us with some closing thoughts and wisdom on Sunday, November 12. Dr. Hall-Jones has been serving as the associate vice president for student affairs and dean of students for Ohio University since May of 2013. Her duties relate to the administrative operation of a number of student affairs departments that include Community Standards and Student Responsibility, the Career and Leadership Development Center, the Campus Involvement Center, Counseling & Psychological Services, Parent Programs, and The Post, Ohio University's student-run daily newspaper. Hall-Jones discovered her love of working with college students during her second year of college when she became a resident assistant on campus. That single involvement and leadership opportunity led her to her current work as dean. Getting to work with students every day is her passion, and she is blessed to be able to do so at her alma mater.

Hall Jones, Jenny

ACUI Talks

Our Saturday, November 11 general session will feature three speakers discussing the future of higher education as it relates to various subject matters.
Dr. Pete Mather is a professor of higher education and student affairs at Ohio University. He held a number of administrative positions in student affairs prior to beginning his faculty work in 2005. His research and teaching are focused on transformative educational experiences and he has published and spoken widely on the topics of positive psychology and service-learning pedagogy. In addition to his role as professor, Pete has served as Ohio University's secretary to the Board of Trustees and interim dean of University College/vice provost for undergraduate education. He also serves as the senior associate editor of the Journal of College and Character.
Kevin Carmody serves as the associate dean of student life and Title IX coordinator for Ferris State University. In his role, Carmody coordinates the University response to reports of sexual misconduct and relationship violence, including investigating allegations, facilitating accommodations, and overseeing prevention efforts for the University. Formerly, Carmody has been a conduct professional at a number of institutions, including Youngstown State University, Endicott College, and Alma College. As an undergraduate student at Central Michigan University, Carmody volunteered as a sexual aggression peer advocate, providing advocacy for survivors and friends via confidential hotline, and as a peer educator. This experience had a profound effect on him; galvanizing a passion for the topic of sexual violence and a professional care in student affairs.
David Edwards is the director of the Brigadier General James M. Abraham & Colonel Arlene F. Greenfield Veterans and Military Student Services Center. He is an Air Force Veteran who served 26 years. Edwards completed his Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration from Methodist College and a Master of Science in Education, with a concentration in postsecondary and adult education from Capella University in September 2010. Edwards became the inaugural director of the Center in May 2014 and his primary duties include: building liaisons between university agencies, educating faculty/staff/students about who veteran students are and what they bring to the classroom, and ensuring veteran and dependent students using VA education benefits to take classes that meet a degree requirement.

Educational Sessions

The conference will be providing educational sessions geared specifically toward both professionals and students. The professional track will offer sessions related to topic areas such as human resources, student and staff development, supervision, facilities, challenges that college unions currently face, etc. The student track will be more focused on topic areas such as student development, supervising peers, emotional intelligence, and how to relate your skills as a student employee to future professional careers.


Friday, November 10
  • 10 a.m.–2 p.m. — Information Table Open at Conference Hotel       
  • 10 a.m.–2 p.m. — Tours
  • 10 a.m.–5 p.m. — Registration Opens at Baker Center  
  • 2–3:30 p.m. — Conference Welcome          
  • 3:30–9 p.m. — Dodgeball Registration Open      
  • 3:45–4:45 p.m. — Audio-Visual and Production Tour
    • Building/Facility Tour
    • Athletics Tour       
  • 5–6 p.m. — Networking and Cocktail Hour  
  • 6–7:30 p.m. — Dinner/Entertainment/Keynote Speaker      
  • 7:30–10 p.m. — Dodgeball Team T-Shirt Making and Playfair  
Saturday, November 11
  • 8–9 a.m. — Morning Joe with Joe 
  • 9:15–10:45 a.m. — Interactive Ted Sessions        
  • 11 a.m.–Noon — Educational Session Block I      
  • Noon–1 p.m. —  Lunch and Exhibitor Demos        
  • 1:10–2 p.m. — Educational Session Block 2     
  • 2:10–3 p.m. — Educational Session Block 3     
  • 3–3:30 p.m. — Coffee Break  
  • 3:30–4:20 p.m. — Educational Session Block 4     
  • 4:30 p.m.–5 p.m. — Silent Auction, Veteran Card Signing, and Canstruction   
  • 6–8 p.m. — Banquet/Awards/Live Auction          
  • 9–11 p.m. —  Dodgeball Tournament with TjohnE
Sunday, November 12
  • 9–9:50 a.m. — Communities of Practice Meetings or Group Roundtable Discussions  
  • 10–11:00 a.m. — Brunch/Keynote         
  • 11:15–11:30 a.m. — 2018 Reveal/Closing


Early  (October 20)Regular
Professional Member$210$230
Professional Nonmember$270$300
Graduate or Undergraduate Member$180$180
Graduate or Undergraduate Nonmember$235$235


Lodging and Transportation

Lodging is available at the Ohio University Inn and Conference Center, conveniently located within walking distance from the Ohio University Baker Center. Reserve your room by October 11 to guarantee the conference rate of $130 per standard room. For online reservations, use group code "171109ACUI" or call 866.593.6661 and mention you are part of the ACUI group.

Lodging is also available at the Fairfield Inn and Suites. Reserve your room by October 20 to guarantee the conference rate of $99 per standard room. 

Conference Planning Team

  • Ashley Barker, Chair | Virginia Tech
  • Clayton Kolb, Communications | Virginia Tech
  • Jamie Miller, Registration | University of Cincinnati
  • Darius Darling, Registration | Indiana Tech
  • Marissa Radigan, Educational Sessions | Ohio University
  • Molly Bower, Educational Sessions | Virginia Tech
  • Chris Marshall, Educational Research Fund | Xavier University
  • Angel Flowers, Keynote/Special Events | Indiana University-Bloomington
  • Evan Wilkof, Host Institution | Ohio University
  • Michael Golze, Corporate Partnerships | Shepherd University