• 2017 Summer Council of Presidents Spouse/Partner Program

    Friday, July 14, 2017 to Tuesday, July 18, 2017 • Boston, Massachusetts


    Friday, July 14

    5:3 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. 
    Networking Reception for Pre-meeting Program Participants (Presidents and Spouses)

    6:30 p.m. 
    AASCU Board of Directors and Committee on Professional Development Dinner (by invitation)

    Saturday, July 15

    7:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.

    10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
    Mindfulness Seminar: Micro-mindfulness: Quick Centering in a Busy World
    This highly interactive workshop introduces several mindfulness techniques that attendees can integrate immediately into their busy lives to achieve greater work/life balance. We experience the basic mindfulness principles of being more present, less-reactive, and nonjudgmental that help us observe our thoughts and feelings from a more neutral perspective. Along the way, we trace mindfulness from its roots to the present day, review the latest research and correlations to psychological theories, and even explore quantum physics. In the end participants learn what mindfulness is, how it works, and how to practice it.
    Facilitator: Scott Morgan, Mindfulness Coach

    Noon – 1:30 p.m.
    New Member Presidents and Spouses Welcome Lunch
    All presidents and chancellors, spouses and partners, appointed since July 2016 are invited to attend.
    Convener: Scott R. Olson, Chair, Committee on Professional Development and President, Winona State University (MN)

    Remarks: Muriel A. Howard, President, AASCU
    Deborah F. Stanley, President, State University of New York College at Oswego and Chair AASCU Board of Directors
    Cyndie J. Shepard, Coordinator, Spouse/Partner Planning and Outreach, AASCU 

    Reflections on the First Year
    Speaker: Kenneth Hawkinson, President, Kutztown University of Pennsylvania

    2:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.     
    Spouse/Partner New Member Pre-meeting Workshop: Signature Pre-Meeting Workshop: Finding Your Way as the Spouse/Partner of a University President
    AASCU’s Spouse/Partner Program understands the tightrope new spouses and partners walk. This session will address questions such as

    • How do you view your role on campus or in the community? How do others view your role?
    • How do you respond to criticism of you, of the president/chancellor, or your institution?
    • How do you handle conversations that are inappropriate or offensive?

    Presiding: Cyndie J. Shepard, Coordinator, Spouse/Partner Planning and Outreach, AASCU
    Facilitators: Jane Dorman, Presidential Spouse, Georgia College & State University
    Sharon James, Presidential Spouse, Henderson State University, (AR)
    Karla Oty, Presidential Spouse, Cameron University (Ok.)
    Elizabeth Ross, Presidential Spouse, Central Michigan University

    4:15 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.

    4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.  
    Opening General Session: Bridging the Educational Gap
    Speaker: Turahn Dorsey, Chief of Education, Boston, MA 

    Presiding: Muriel A. Howard, President, American Association of State Colleges and Universities
    Welcome: J. Keith Motley, Chancellor, University of Massachusetts Boston
    Remarks: Scott R. Olson, Chair, Committee on Professional Development and President, Winona State University (Minn.)

    5:30 p.m. – 6:30p.m.
    Welcome Reception

    6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
    Welcome Dinner 
    Connect with colleagues and sample the local cuisine in anticipation of a compelling and information Summer Council program.

    Sunday, July 16

    7:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.

    7:30 a.m. – 8:45 a.m.
    LGBTQ Presidents/Spouses/Partners Breakfast Meeting

    7:30 a.m. – 8:45 a.m.
    Breakfast for President/Chancellors and Spouse/Partners

    9:00 a.m. – 10:15 a.m.    
    General Session: Lesson Plan: An Agenda for Change in American Higher Education
    American higher education faces some serious problems- but they are not the ones most people think. This session will provide an assessment of the biggest challenges confronting higher education and propose a bold agenda for re-engineering essential elements of the system to meet them.
    Speaker: Michael McPherson, President, Spencer Foundation

    10:15 a.m. - 10:45 a.m.
    Refreshment Break

    10:45 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
    Spouse/Partner Program Concurrent Session- Navigating the Political Environment
    Moderator: Deborah Bynum, Presidential Spouse, Mississippi Valley State University
    Speaker: Michael Zola, Vice President for Government Relations and Policy Analysis (AASCU)

    12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.    
    Buffet Luncheon – John F. Kennedy Library
    Join colleagues for a lunch buffet featuring popular Boston cuisine in the elegant Smith Hall at the John F. Kennedy Library.  Following lunch attendees will take a short walk over to the Edward M. Kennedy Institute for an interactive program.

    1:45 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.     
    Program and Interactive Session - Edward M. Kennedy Institute  
    Presenters will facilitate an interactive tech-based program as attendees immerse in a full-scale representation of the United States Senate Chamber and explore the legislative process by participating in a one-of-a-kind experience as a Senator-in-training.  

    4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.     
    Spouse/Partner Networking Reception  

    Optional Event
    6:00 pm -
    Odyssey Dinner Cruise on the Boston Harbor
    Join colleagues for dinner on board the all new, fully renovated, Odyssey ship features an upscale and elegant cruise around Boston Harbor. Guests will enjoy a freshly prepared plated dinner, live and DJ entertainment, and top notch service, and amazing views of Boston’s historical sites. (Limit 50 people)

    Dinner on an individual basis
    Boston and has a wide assortment of dining experiences and reservations are strongly suggested for dinner.

    Monday, July 17

    7:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.

    7:30 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.
    Breakfast for President/Chancellors and Spouse/Partners

    9:00 a.m. – 10:15 a.m.
    General Session: Support College Student Access and Success: Making Sure Hard Work Pays Off  
    As a follow up to the discussion of “Our Kids: The American Dream in Crisis” by Robert Putnam, Dr. Terry Long will examine both the class and educational gaps of colleges students and discuss policies, programs, and other supports that are effective in reducing these gaps.
    Speaker: Bridget Terry Long, Academic Dean and Saris Professor Education and Economics Harvard Graduate School of Education

    10:15 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
    Refreshment Break

    10:30 a.m. –11:45 a.m.    
    General Session:
    Speaker: Steve Pemberton, Senior Executive and Chief Diversity Officer, Walgreens and Author of “A Chance in the World & Voice of Change for Youth”

    12:00 p.m. – 1:15 p.m.    
    Legislative Update and Luncheon  
    Facilitators: Michael Zola, Vice President for Government Relations and Policy Analysis (AASCU)   
    Barmak Nassirian, Director of Federal Relations and Policy Analysis (AASCU)  

    12:15 p.m.– 1:30 p.m.     
    Male Spouse/Partner Lunch Program 
    Presiding: Albert (Mickey) Howard, Liaison to AASCU’s Spouse/Partner Program  

    1:45 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.     
    Spouse/Partner Program: Minnesota Survey Follow-up  
    Facilitator: Karla Oty, Presidential Spouse, Cameron University, (Okla.)
    Remarks: Gwendolyn Freed, Hubert H. Humphrey School of Public Affairs, University of Minnesota
    Presenters: Karen Whitney and Peggy Apple, President/Presidential Spouse, Clarion University of Pennsylvania

    3:15 p.m. – 4:15 p.m.    
    Spouse/Partner Planning Committee
    Chair: Becky Driscoll, Presidential Spouse, Indiana University of Pennsylvania
    Coordinator: Cyndie J. Shepard, Coordinator, Spouse/Partner Planning and Outreach, AASCU

    4:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.    
    Evening Reception - Design and Social Media Center, Massachusetts College of Art and Design (MASSART)
    The evening reception provides an opportunity to reflect on the many insights gained during the conference and continue networking and comparing notes with peers.
    (Support provided by TIAA)

    Tuesday, July 14

    8:00 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.    
    Breakfast with the Secretary of the Department of Education


    • Danita Young
      Project Director, Leadership Development and Meeting Operations
      (202) 478-4677