Upcoming Programs

Understanding Eating Behavior
January 10, 1 p.m. Eastern

Participants will learn about the key foods that act like a drug on the brain, as well as the emotional reasons students “use” food in the first place, because all addicts reach for Substance A to deal with Situation B. Food addiction definitely fits this mold. In this case, people “use” food to cope with fear or anxiety or painful situations. They eat out of resentment, loneliness, or boredom. They eat for protection, to keep themselves from people who do or have hurt them physically, mentally, or emotionally. But it doesn’t have to be this way. The presenter will show you how to recognize signs of food addiction in students and others, and how you can help students recover from this cunning disease.

About the Presenter

Kimberly Day is founder and chief decadence officer of Decadent Health, LLC. After earning her Master of Arts degree in English, Day worked in television and radio before pursuing her true passion is natural health and nutrition. For the past 15 years, Day has worked with many of the most notable experts in the natural and alternative health field and written thousands of health-focused articles. She continued bringing her latest findings, insights, and personal experiences in her blog Confessions of a Food Addict, which she has been writing for more than six years. The blog is a product of Day’s own experience as a food addict in recovery.


Attending Conferences on a Grad Student Budget
February 6, 3 p.m. Eastern

Three presenters from three institutions will share their advice on how to attend conferences on a limited grad student budget. Learn how you can find funds and lower costs to take advantage of these career-building opportunities!

About the Presenters

Katie Krajny Beaulieu is in her third year of the Ed.D. program for higher education leadership at Texas Christian University. As a graduate assistant for student development services, Beaulieu coordinates assessment efforts for programs and services within the department. Her dissertation is focused on exploring sense of belonging through acculturation for students of color.

Joren Plunkett is a current graduate student at the University of Utah enrolled in the education, leadership, and policy program in pursuit of her M.Ed. She received her B.S. at Oregon State University in human development and family sciences. Her previous work, education, and lived experiences as a Pacific Islander womyn has yielded her various opportunities within and surrounding higher education topics and trends.

Gillian Perry is the assistant director of campus life arts and programs at the University of North Carolina–Wilmington. In her role, Perry oversees Sharky’s Box Office and Game Room, Lumina Theater, marketing for arts and programs, and the campus life student employee program, which includes a specific training track for graduate student professional development. Perry earned her master's in higher education and student affairs from Indiana University and her bachelor's in English from UNC–Wilmington.


Career Advancement through Competency Achievement
February 13, 4 p.m. Eastern

Continuing education is one successful method of advancing one's career. This program covers the ACUI core competencies, including why they were chosen as important for our members’ career development, possible future changes to the core competencies, and the different ways ACUI helps members develop in these areas. Join us to learn how you can develop new skills to grow professionally.

About the Presenters

Alistair Cowie is the director of sales, marketing, and facilities at the University of Sydney Union. Cowie is responsible for membership recruitment and satisfaction, student publications, the promotion of all union activities, services, and events, as well as all union buildings and tenancies. He has a bachlor's degree from Sydney, a bachelor's from Edith Cowan University, and a master's from Sydney. Since 2015, he has sat on the ACUI I Education Council and has presented at the last four annual conferences. With more than 30 years experience in the student services community, Cowie is a proud advocate for the ACUI core competencies and the associated skill sets.

Eric Margiotta is an associate director in the Department of Student Engagement and Campus Life at Virginia Tech. His daily work includes overseeing housekeeping, maintenance, renovation and construction, tenant relationships, emergency preparedness, and assessment. A past recipient of ACUI’s Edward S. “Beanie” Drake award, Margiotta has been an enthusiastic volunteer throughout his career and is currently serving on the Education Council.


Campus Programs with Heart: Impacting Community & Campus
February 27, 1 p.m. Eastern

This program features two institutions with outstanding programming that impacts the community. Featured programs have long-term or large effects on people inside and outside the campus. These include a multi-year leadership program at the College at Brockport and an inter-generational service program at the University of North Carolina–Wilmington. Come learn about these programs, the challenges and opportunities they have faced, and the advice the presenters have for those hoping to create programs with heart.

About the Presenters

Kimberly Piatt is the associate director of community development at the College at Brockport. In her role, she oversees community service, democratic engagement, and the college’s award-winning Leadership Development Program, which earned the ACUI Region 2 Outstanding Community Building Program Award in 2010, NASPA Excellence Grand Bronze Award in 2014, and the SUNY Outstanding Student Affairs Program Award in 2014. She has spent the past eight years establishing and refining the co-curricular certificate program and has presented all over the United States about student leadership programming and assessment.

Amanda Gabbard is the coordinator for community engagement in the Office of Student Leadership and Engagement at the University of North Carolina–Wilmington. She oversees the larger campus service programs, advises the community engagement specialists who plan weekly service opportunities for fellow students, and plans the service trips. She has a bachelor's in recreation and sport management from Indiana State University and a master's in student affairs in higher education from Missouri State University with a concentration in community involvement. Gabbard is excited to be working at an ACUI member institution where she can begin her own ACUI journey.