The 2018 Conference Program Team will bring you a fresh experience, complete with invigorating keynote addresses, thought-provoking educational sessions, and connections that transcend the college union profession.


Tentative Schedule

Wednesday, March 21
  • 7:30 a.m.–2 p.m. — Tour: California State University–Northridge (preregistration required)
  • 8 a.m.–Noon — Senior Management Professionals Program (preregistration required)
  • 8 a.m.–6 p.m. — Conference Concierge
  • 8 a.m.–6 p.m. — ACUI Marketplace Open
  • 8:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. — Preconference: Emergency Preparedness (preregistration required)
  • 8:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. — Preconference: Men of Color Leadership Workshop (preregistration required)
  • 8:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. — Preconference: Reclaiming My Time: Navigating Your Career Unapologetically (preregistration required)
  • 8:30 a.m.–2 p.m. — Mid-Level Professionals Program (preregistration required)
  • Noon–12:45 p.m. — Undergraduate Student Network Welcome (preregistration required)
  • 1–1:45 p.m. — Graduate Student Network Welcome (preregistration required)
  • 1–1:45 p.m. — Volunteer Welcome
  • 2–2:45 p.m. — Newcomers Welcome
  • 3­–4:45 p.m. — All-Conference Session
  • 5–6 p.m. — Regional Meetings
  • 6–8 p.m. — Opening Event
Thursday, March 22
  • 7–8 a.m. — Meditation/Reflection Space
  • 8 a.m.–6 p.m. — Conference Concierge
  • 8 a.m.–6 p.m. — ACUI Marketplace Open
  • 8–9 a.m. — Educational Session Block 1
  • 9:15–11:15 a.m. — The Honors and Breakfast
  • 11:30 a.m.–2:30 p.m. — Tour: Chapman University (preregistration required)
  • 11:30–12:30 p.m. — Educational Session Block 2
  • 1:30–2:30 p.m. — Educational Session Block 3
  • 2:45–4 p.m. — All-Conference Session
  • 4:15–6:15 p.m. — Expo Hall and Happy Hour
  • 4:45–5:45 p.m. — Community of Practice Fair
  • 8:30–10:30 p.m. — Battle of the Regions: Trivia, Talent Show
Friday, March 23
  • 6:30–8 a.m. — ACUI Education and Research FUNd Run/Walk/Roll
  • 8 a.m.–6 p.m. — Conference Concierge
  • 8 a.m.–6 p.m. — ACUI Marketplace Open
  • 8:30–9:30 a.m. — Educational Session Block 4
  • 9:30 a.m.–1:30 p.m. — Expo 
  • 11 a.m.–1 p.m. — Regional Lunches
  • 1:45–4:15 p.m. — Tour: California State University–Fullerton (preregistration required)
  • 1:45–4:15 p.m. — Tour: California State University–Irvine eSports Arena (preregistration required)
  • 1:45–4:15 p.m. — Community Service: University of California–Irvine Food Pantry (preregistration required)
  • 2–3 p.m. — Educational Session Block 5
  • 3:15–4:15 p.m. — Educational Session Block 6
  • 4:30–6 p.m. — All-Conference Session
Saturday, March 24
  • 7–8 a.m. — Meditation/Reflection Space
  • 8 a.m.–6 p.m. — Conference Concierge
  • 8 a.m.–6 p.m. — ACUI Marketplace Open
  • 8–9 a.m. — Educational Session Block 7
  • 9:15–10:15 a.m. — Educational Session Block 8
  • 10:30–11 a.m. — Meeting of the Delegates
  • 11 a.m.–12:30 p.m. — All-Conference Session: Shabnam Mogharabi
  • 12:30–2 p.m. — Lunch on Own
  • 2–3 p.m. — Educational Session Block 9
  • 2–4 p.m. — Tour: Angels Stadium
  • 2–5 p.m. — Tour: California State University–Long Beach
  • 2:15–3:15 p.m. — Tour: Marriott Hotel Food Services (preregistration required)
  • 2:15–3:15 p.m. — Tour: Marriott Hotel Back of House (preregistration required)
  • 3:15–4:15 p.m. — Educational Session Block 10
  • 3:30–4:30 p.m. — Tour: Marriott Hotel Food Services (preregistration required)
  • 3:30–4:30 p.m. — Tour: Marriott Hotel Back of House (preregistration required)
  • 7–10 p.m. — Closing Banquet
  • 10 p.m. —  After Party
Sunday, March 25
  • 10:30 a.m.–1:45 p.m. — Tour: Nixon Library (preregistration required)

Volunteer at Conference

Enrich your experience by volunteering at the Annual Conference. It is a great way to meet other delegates, connect with your fellow colleagues, and share your experiences. 

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Registration

Annual Conference registration includes access to all-conference sessions, educational sessions, ACUI Expo, opening and closing events, The Honors, ample networking opportunities, and two dinners and two lunches. 

Early (through December 20)Regular (after December 20)
Professional Member$795$895
Graduate or Undergraduate Student Member$395$449
Honorary Member/Union Veteran$395$395
Professional Nonmember$1,095$1,195
Graduate or Undergraduate Student Nonmember$495$549


One-day registrations are also available for Wednesday ($200/$350) and Thursday–Saturday ($400/$550).

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Corporate Partners

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All-Conference Session Speakers

Celeste Headlee
Shabnam Mogharabi
W. Kamau Bell

Celeste Headlee

Celeste Headlee is the award-winning host of “On Second Thought,” a daily news talk show on Georgia Public Broadcasting. Headlee will provide attendees with stories and communication tips to use to enhance their work as college union and student activities professionals. Find about more about Headlee and her career at celesteheadlee.com.

Shabnam Mogharabi

As CEO and executive producer at SoulPancake, Shabnam Mogharabi works to spread joy and to celebrate the human experience. Mogharabi will engage attendees in discussing the importance of discussing life’s big questions, the science of happiness, and being an ambassador of joy. Find out more about Mogharabi here.

W. Kamau Bell

W. Kamau Bell is a sociopolitical comedian and host of the hit CNN docuseries United Shades of America. Bell will bring a fresh, candid, and comedic commentary about current events as he strives to promote understanding, start conversations, and make people laugh. Find out more about Bell and his career at wkamaubell.com.


Educational Enhancements

Take full advantage of all the conference experience has to offer! Add a preconference session, tour, or Peer Learning Network to your time in Anaheim!

Preconference Sessions
Emergency Preparedness | Wednesday, March 21, 8:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. 

Member: $35 | Nonmember: $65
Union professionals play a critical role in emergency prevention, response, and post-response. We are often the front line when it comes to student life on our campuses. At this session, participants will learn from colleagues who have experienced campus emergencies, as well as from volunteers who actively lead and participate in regular emergency preparedness trainings. Join the content leaders as we explore active threat response and recovery models and work together to make all of our campuses safer. Participants will learn more about incident management systems to create more consistent responses across campus, learn ways of practical implementation, experience an interactive table-top exercise, and work together to solve problems and respond to campus crises.


Men of Color Leadership Workshop | Wednesday, March 21, 8:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. 

Member: $35 | Nonmember: $65
Leadership is key aspect in our industry. Moving forward and meeting our personal expectations takes experience and knowledge, but how do we achieve those goals and become better leaders on our campuses? We will explore and discuss this topic with a panel of student affairs professionals.


Womyn of Color: Navigating Your Career Authentically| Wednesday, March 21, 8:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.

Member: $35 | Nonmember: $65
For many women of color, the colloquialism “reclaiming my time” has emerged as a declaration of empowerment and a clarion call for being unapologetic in the workplace. Through large group conversations, panel discussions, and interactive presentations, participants will glean useful self-care strategies, acquire a practical understanding of how they can identify and/or reclaim their voice within the workplace, and leave empowered with the agency to navigate their chosen career trajectory within higher education.

Peer Learning Networks
Undergraduate Student Network

Free
The experiences enhances the conference for current undergraduate students through a welcome, evening debrief groups, recommended educational programs, and an optional tour.


Graduate Student Network

Free
The Graduate Student Network enhances the conference experience for current graduate students through a welcome, Career Center orientation, recommended educational programs, and an optional tour.


Mid-Level Managers Program | Wednesday, March 21, 8:30 a.m.–2 p.m.

Member: $100 | Nonmember: $150
The mid-level manager’s experience that will include featured presenters who will provide tools for navigating organizational climate, using pivotal leadership challenges as a way to refine your leadership style and how to tackle issues surrounding the four areas of management.


Senior Management Professional Program | Tuesday, March 20, 2–10 p.m. and Wednesday, March 21, 8 a.m.–Noon

Member: $125 | Nonmember: $165
Senior leaders will have the opportunity to tour Chapman University, including the Argyros Forum Student Union and a newly constructed Cross-Cultural Center. Participants will enjoy a welcome reception, dinner and presentations from senior managers from the Disneyland Resort. Additionally, participants will enjoy a networking opportunity  with delegates attending the Mid-Level Managers program and enjoy a presentation on organizational development over a continental breakfast at the Anaheim Marriott. The program will close with a panel discussion on topics surrounding campus safety, freedom of speech and protest management.

Campus Tours
California State University–Northridge | Wednesday, March 21, 7:30 a.m.–2 p.m.

Member $40 | Nonmember: $55
The University Student Union (USU) at California State University–Northridge is a student-centered, auxiliary, nonprofit organization that works to expand the college experience through various programs, services, employment, and involvement opportunities. This tour will include lunch; back- and front-of-the-house tours of the USU, SRC, and OASIS; and an informative meet-and-greet session with the USU professionals and students. Travel to the institution is provided.


Chapman University | Thursday, March 22, 11:30 a.m.–2:30 p.m.

Member: $30 | Nonmember: $40
Chapman University is a mid-sized private university with a total undergraduate and graduate enrollment of 8,305 students from 49 states, the U.S. territories, and more than 60 different countries. This tour will include lunch on your own; back- and front-of-the-house tours of the Argyros Forum Student Union and Cross-Cultural Center; and a meet- and-greet session with the Chapman University professionals and students.


California State University–Fullerton | Friday, March 23, 1:45–4:15 p.m.

Member: $30 | Nonmember: $40
The Associated Students, CSU Fullerton, Inc. (ASI) is a 501 (C) 3 nonprofit corporation and operates as an auxiliary organization of the university. ASI consists of two major components, the Associated Students and the Titan Student Centers. All regularly matriculated students are members of the ASI. This tour will include a back- and front-of-the-house tour of the Titan Student Center and an informative meet-and-greet session with professionals and students. 


University of California–Irvine eSports Arena | Friday, March 23, 1:45–4:15 p.m.

Member: $30 | Nonmember: $40
The University of California–Irvine eSports Arena is a home for gamers, located at the heart of campus on the Student Center Terrace. Students, staff, faculty, alumni, and guests are welcome in the arena, where they are provided a variety of the most popular games. This tour will include the arena, a meet-and-greet session with the eSports Arena professionals and students, and free play time, including on the state-of-the-art virtual reality system. Get a glimpse into what your campus could be hosting in the future.


California State University–Long Beach | Saturday, March 24, 2–5 p.m.

Member: $25 | Nonmember: $35
Associated Students, Inc. (ASI) is a nonprofit association organized under the university umbrella that is run for students by students. The mission of ASI is to improve the quality of campus life for students while enhancing their educational experience. This tour will include lunch on your own, informative meet-and-greet session with professionals and students, and both back- and front-of-the-house tours of the University Student Union, including conference space, games area, food pantry, and outdoor venues.

Marriott and City Tours

Marriott Tours

Marriott Hotel Back-of-House Tour | Saturday, March 24, 2:15–3:15 p.m. or 3:30–4:30 p.m.

Member: $15 | Nonmember: $20
Throughout the tour, the hotel staff will discuss their efforts in implementing the corporate sustainability mantra for Marriott. Enjoy behind-the-scenes access to all areas of the hotel.

Marriott Hotel Food Services Tour  | Saturday, March 24, 2:15–3:15 p.m. or 3:30–4:30 p.m.

Member: $15 | Nonmember: $20
Learn about Marriott’s unique culinary endeavors and the effort they take to infuse the unique feeling of Anaheim.


City Tours

Angels Stadium | Saturday, March 24, 2–4 p.m.

Member: $30 | Nonmember: $40
Angel Stadium is the fourth-oldest active Major League Baseball stadium, behind Fenway Park, Wrigley Field, and Dodger Stadium. It has been the home of the Angels since their move from Los Angeles following the 1965 season. The stadium tour is both an enjoyable and educational experience! You will be invited to view areas that are normally restricted to the public. Highlights of this 75-minute tour include a trip down to the field, a visit into the Angels Dugout, walk through the Visitors’ Clubhouse, a close up look at the Mike Sciscia interview room, and an exclusive look at suites boxes throughout the stadium.

Nixon Library | Sunday, March 25, 10:30 a.m.–1:45 p.m.

Member: $40 | Nonmember: $55
The Richard Nixon Presidential Library and Museum is the final resting place of Richard Nixon, the 37th President of the United States (1969–1974), and his wife, Pat Nixon. This tour will include transportation from and to hotel, a 90-minute docent tour, and some free time to explore.


ACUI Expo

During the Annual Conference, you will have dedicated time to visit with vendors in the ACUI Expo. This is your opportunity to find solutions and touch base with current partners. Even if you are not in a position to make a purchasing decision, you can take valuable information back to campus and build your networking skills by spending time in the exhibit hall.

Interested in exhibiting? Find out more about ACUI's opportunities for corporate partners.

Exhibitor Listing
  • Au Bon Pain
    Cafe bakery serving health smart and flavorful food, and currently operation on over 30 campuses.
  • Chick-fil-A
    Nearly 300 college campuses around the country have an original Chick-fil-A Chicken Sandwich available just across the quad that serves as a friendly reminder of home – or just a quick snack in between classes.
  • CollegeNET, Inc.         
    CollegeNET improves efficiency and communication for higher education with advanced SaaS technologies that support class and event scheduling, space and resource management, and admissions and course evaluations. See us at ACUI 2017 to learn more about our exceptional solutions.
  • Denny's
    The Den by Denny’s. Come in and you’ll see that is not your dad’s diner. This is a place with a vibe. Where you step right up to the counter and order a hand-smashed burger. For breakfast. Or a Grand Slamwich. At midnight. This is the local hang-out where friends meet up to chow down. Whenever. Whyever. The look is lounge. The feel is easy-chair communal comfort zone.
  • EMS Software
    EMS Software is an enterprise room and resource scheduling platform for large organizations. EMS solves the difficult problem of scheduling space and resources while also gathering meaningful data that helps to increase productivity and reduce costs. AIG, Yale University, Accenture, and thousands of others rely on EMS because it offers the greatest depth and breadth of functionality, the fastest and easiest way to schedule a meeting, and an exceptional customer experience. For more information, please visit https://www.emssoftware.com.
  • Envision Strategies
    Envision Strategies provides food services master planning, facility planning, market research, feasibility studies, RFP development and evaluation for colleges and universities worldwide as well as healthcare, corporate, entertainment and hospitality environments. We partner with our clients in delivering innovative, high-performing hospitality solutions.
  • Eustis Chair    
    Eustis Chair designs and manufactures hardwood chairs for university dining halls, study areas, and function space, including stacking hardwood chairs. Our chairs are designed for elegance, comfort, and engineered for truly superior durability. They are sustainably built by American craftsmen in our US factory, using solid hardwoods and other premium-quality materials.
  • Flexsteel Industries   
    Flexsteel, rethinking design while leveraging proven products by DMI and the strength of the Flexsteel brand.
  • FOCUS
    Brands Franchisor to Carvel, Cinnabon, Schlotzsky's, Moe's Southwest Grill, Auntie Anne's, and McAlister's.
  • Integra Seating
    Integra has specialized in manufacturing lounge seating and tables for over 30+ years. Integra’s offerings withstand the unique requirements of high-use student environments such as Student Unions, Lounges, Housing, Libraries, Dining and Common Areas. Integra Seating provides sustainability and a value-oriented solution to your lounge seating needs. Innovative products include tablet arms tested to hold 300 lbs. and Hide n Go Leg mobility option that provides beautifully concealed mobility that saves wear and tear on flooring. Modular design allows for replaceable components which is more cost effective and sustainable. Integra offers a Lifetime Warranty on all components. Integra is a US, Woman and Family Owned Manufacturer. When partnering with Integra you can expect excellent Customer Service and Support. Integra Seating PO Box M Walworth, WI 53184 800-235-0234 www.integraseating.com
  • Madrax/Thomas Steele
    Madrax is the industry leader in bicycle parking and custom designs to reflect your vision. Thomas Steele is the premier choice for hand crafted benches, table, litter, receptacles and planters. All products are fabricated with care from the finest materials available.
  • Max-R
    As the innovator of the customized waste and recycle bin, we'll partner with you to create a bin that is not only specific to your waste streams, custodial needs, and design requirements, but one that will also increase awareness of your sustainability program and its goals.
  • MHTN Architects
    MHTN focuses on enhancing the student experience by producing cutting-edge architectural design solutions, master plans, programs, feasibility studies, landscape designs, and interior designs for student life. MHTN is respected as a national thought leader in Student Union and Student Center Design for higher education campuses.
  • Mity-Lite
    Mity Lite is known for incredibly light and durable tables that are easy to fold and stack. We also offer portable dance floors, staging, partitions, and carts. Our award-winning products come in a wide variety of sizes and styles, backed by a generous warranty and factory direct customer services. Call 1-800-327-1692.
  • Moody-Nolan
    For more than 30 years, national design firm Moody-Nolan has been considered a leader in industry best practices and client satisfaction. The firm has won numerous national awards for its innovative, functional and aesthetically pleasing solutions to achieving client goals in the design of student centers and unions.
  • MTS Seating  
    MTS Seating is the leading manufacturer of premium quality metal framed seating for the hospitality market. Our wide selection of made in the USA products include extensive lines of stackable banquet, meeting and convention chairs, folding products, ergonomic seating, restaurant dining seating and tables, and guest room and public space seating. MTS thrives on relationships and collaboration, excels with customization and partnering, is focused on continuous sustainability improvements and is artistically inspired and driven by design.
  • Norix Furniture
    Norix education furniture is designed to deliver outstanding performance over a long period of time. Our products are manufactured to provide the durability that is needed in higher education facilities. Our specially designed tables and chairs make excellent rec center furniture and are highly suitable as health club furniture as well. Additionally, our residence hall bedroom furniture is engineered to stand up to years of constant use. Norix Furniture is “Engineered to Endure.
  • Panda Restaurant Group
    Panda Restaurant Group, Inc. operates multiple Asian brands, the largest being Panda Express. Panda Express is a quick serve Asian concept that serves Chinese American favorite dishes, such as Chow Mein, Orange Chicken, and Broccoli Beef. Based in Rosemead, California, Panda Express has over 100 university locations and is rapidly expanding in this venue in the coming year.
  • Perkins+Will   
    At Perkins+Will, we believe in the power of education to elevate the human condition – to create innovators and leaders who can resolve the challenges of the 21st century. We believe in the power of great design to shape the educational experience and inspire human success.
  • PS Furniture
    Folding tables, folding chairs, stacking seating, tables and seating transport solutions, dance floor, lecterns and portable beverage service stations.
  • Ricca Design Studios 
    Ricca creates culinary spaces that enhance the dining experience by increasing back-of-house efficiencies and catering to chefs’ unique needs. We design open-kitchen concepts that complement the aesthetic intent of the space, allowing guests to experience the action. Our hospitality experience allows us to bring the latest trends to university dining.
  • Sasaki 
    Sasaki has over 60 years of experience working on campuses. Our experience has focused on understanding the culture of each institution, creating a design that evokes its unique qualities. Sasaki pioneered interdisciplinary sustainable design and planning as a national leader in the research, programming, and design of college unions.
  • Sauder Education
    An American-based furniture manufacturer with over 70 years’ experience, Sauder Education®, a brand of Sauder® Manufacturing Co., is a leading provider of durable, functional seating, tables and casegoods, including renewable lounge seating, for application across campus, including residence halls, student rooms, dining, student unions, classrooms, computer labs, libraries, and chapels.
  • Screenflex Portable Room Dividers
    Screenflex manufactures QUALITY, USA made portable room dividers. Our accordion folding dividers are available in fabric, vinyl, and clear acrylic finishes. Many heights, lengths, and options available. All models help you economically make better use of your facility.
  • SenSource
    Make better decisions with SenSource traffic monitoring and analytic solutions utilized by successful student unions all over the US, our software helps to evaluate staffing levels, predicts expansion needs and justify funding requests. Integrate with HVAC systems and room scheduling software to complete the solution for your facilities operational efficiency.
  • SICO America
    SICO manufactures, "top-quality," mobile-folding equipment, used by busy facilities throughout the world. SICO products provide the flexibility needed to maximize the efficient use of space. SICO provides stages, staging accessories, choral risers, tables (catering, banquet, seminar, cocktail), dance floor systems, deco buffet stations. Please see our complete line at www.sicoinc.com.
  • StageRight Corporation
    For every event, StageRight has versatile, lightweight staging. Assembly is easy, with no tools required. With Choral and Band Risers, ADA Ramps, Graduation Stages, Pit-Fillers and Stage Extensions, Acoustical Shells and Ceilings and more, we can assist in all your staging needs. Call StageRight at 800-438-4499, info@stageright.com, www.stageright.com
  • SUBWAY
    The SUBWAY® brand offers a variety of great tasting sandwiches and salads with menu options for multiple day-parts. Your students and faculty want a quick and portable meal, freshly prepared and made to order just the way they like it. When you either own or host a SUBWAY® Restaurant inside your campus, you become part of one of the world’s most recognized brands with over 600 locations in colleges and universities worldwide.
  • Transformations Furniture
    Transformations Furniture manufactures truly renewable upholstered seating that's unrivaled in the marketplace. Our premium products preserve your facilities image longer to provide a superior solution for everyday use and abuse.
  • Unique Venues
    Marketing Services for Unions
  • Workshop Architects
    Workshop is an architecture, design, and strategic planning studio specializing in the design of spaces for student development, success, and engagement, with an emphasis on student unions.

Hotel

Conference Hotel

Anaheim Marriott
700 West Convention Way
Anaheim, CA 92802

The Anaheim Marriott is an inclusive venue with large event spaces, tech-enabled meeting rooms, and essential amenities. Whether it be through the conference program or self-discovery, connecting in Anaheim promises to be a memorable experience. By staying in the convention hotel, you help offset convention and service fees for this important program. Thank you for choosing to stay at the Marriott

Rates are based on room type, not occupancy: King: $197  |  Double $202

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