• Summer Council of Presidents

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    Saturday, July 16, 2011 to Tuesday, July 19, 2011
    Seattle, Washington

    Join colleagues at AASCU's summer conference to look ahead to find creative strategies and solutions, using the opportunities for presidential leadership that present themselves during challenging times.

    About the Conference

    Summer Council attendance is limited to current presidents and chancellors of member institutions, family members and guests.  Spouses/partners will join presidents and chancellors for major sessions but also have an opportunity to discuss their shared interests and roles.

    Special Programs

    Special programs offered in conjunction with the 2011 Summer Council require separate registration:

    • AASCU Women Presidents Program ($75) – a day-long meeting on Friday, July 15.
      AASCU Women Presidents and Chancellors are invited to gather for an in-depth discussion of case studies on contemporary issues in these times of challenges and uncertainty.  Attendees can expect to gain knowledge and understanding from careful deliberations and exchanges with presidential colleagues. Convened by Mary Cullinan, President, Southern Oregon University. 

    • Workshop for Presidents and Chancellors: Working with Legal Counsel to Avoid Legal Entanglements ($125) – a half-day program on Saturday morning, July 16.

      Do you wonder when to consult your legal counsel and how to assess their advice?  In what circumstances, if any, should they have the last word?  How can they be helpful during times of crisis or fallout from severe budget cuts? An attorney with long experience in advising university presidents will offer suggestions  to improve your partnership with your legal counsel. Organized by AASCU Senior Fellow Richard Rafes. 

      Participants are encouraged to submit advance questions, issues or scenarios so the workshop can be tailored to your needs.  Send material to Chris Bitting at bittingc@aascu.org 

        Richard_RafesRichard Rafes
        Richard Rafes has served as president of East Central University in Oklahoma and the West Virginia College of Osteopathic Medicine.  He spent over 20 years as general counsel for the University of North Texas System.

    • Youth Program Registration ($50)
      Young people ages 6 and older are encouraged to participate. This program takes place Sunday and Monday morning.

    Featured Speakers

    Rebecca CostaRebecca Costa
    Author of The Watchman's Rattle: Thinking Our Way Out of Extinction
    Rebecca Costa will address the Summer Council theme of innovation through leadership from the perspective of a sociobiologist who studies emerging trends in relation to human evolution, global markets and new technologies.  Following her presentation she will join interested participants for discussion of her book, which was been named the Best Science/Philosophy Book of 2010 and one of the Best "Green" Books of the past year. (See www.rebeccacosta.com)

    Gil KerlikowskeGil Kerlikowske
    Director, White House Office of Drug Control Policy
    Gil Kerlikowske will join the Summer Council session on building healthy campuses to share the information and strategies his office is developing on ways to address student alcohol and drug use. He has served in his White House role since early 2009, after serving for several years as Seattle's chief of police


    Jim LeachJim Leach
    Chairman, National Endowment for the Humanities
    Jim Leach will lead our discussion on ways university leaders can help to build civility and tolerance on their campuses and in their communities. Civility in discourse has been a major theme of Mr. Leach’s tenure at NEH and the focus of his nationwide “civility tour” last year. Before to his appointment to lead the Endowment, he represented Southeast Iowa in the U.S. House of Representatives for 30 years.

    Workshop for New Spouses/Partners
    (Saturday morning, July 16)*

    *Spouses/partners of presidents and chancellors appointed to their first presidency within the last two years  

    Join other new presidential spouses/partners for an interactive and engaging session designed to help you "walk the tightrope" and balance the various facets of your new role. Utilizing a cadre of experienced individuals as facilitators and a myriad of formats, key topics that will be covered include finding a niche, negotiating political involvement and determining where the family fits.

    Expanded for 2011

    Afternoon Roundtable Discussions  

    Presidents and chancellors will lead small group roundtables on Saturday, Sunday and Monday afternoons. They will be organized around the following topics:

    • Creative Budget and Financial Management Strategies
    • Partnering with For-Profit Entities
    • Using Social Media in the Presidency
    • Working with Legislators to Make the Case for Distance vs. Campus-Based Education
    • AASCU's Red Balloon Project
    • New Presidents' Roundtable

    Fees top

    Summer Council Meeting Registration Fee - $595 

    All presidents/chancellors and former presidents/chancellors must register and pay a registration fee, even if contributing to the program. There is no meeting registration fee for accompanying spouses/partners or guests, however, all attendees at the Summer Council must register individually, even if they are not attending any of the optional activities.

    Registration Information top

    Summer Council attendance is limited to current presidents and chancellors of member institutions, their family members and guests.

    Special Programs offered in conjunction with the 2011 Summer Council require separate registration:

    1. AASCU Women Presidents Program ($75) – a day-long meeting on Friday, July 15.
    2. How to Avert Presidential Pitfalls by Anticipating Legal Quandaries  ($125) – a half-day program on Saturday, July 16, offered by Richard Rafes, AASCU Senior Fellow.
    3. Youth Program Registration ($50)
      Young people ages 6 and older are encouraged to participate. This program takes place Sunday and Monday morning.

    Accommodations top

    Marriott Seattle Waterfront
    2100 Alaskan Way
    Seattle, Washington 98121

    Room Rates

    Room rates are $199 per night, single/double occupancy (plus applicable tax, currently 15.6%).
    Phone 1-800-455-8254 and request the group rate for group code “AUNAUNA.”

    Hotel Reservation Deadline
    : Thursday, June 23, 2011.
    After this date, if rooms are available they will be at a higher rate.
    Reservations cancelled by 6 p.m. the day of arrival will be refunded deposits.


    Check-in is 4 p.m.
    Checkout is 12 noon.

    Reserve Online
    Click here for online reservation.

    If you have trouble with the above link, please use the following instructions for online reservations (you must follow these directions to receive the $199 group rate):  

    1. Go to website: www.marriott.com/seawf 
    2. On the left side of the above website you will see a sidebar for online reservations.
      Enter the check-in date, the check-out date, the number of rooms, the number of guests, and the Marriott Rewards number (if applicable).
    3. Click the Plus sign next to “Special Rates & Awards.”
    4. Within the expanded options, enter “AUNAUNA” (without the quotation marks) into the “Group Code” box.
    5. Click “find” to process your reservation.

    Convenient Air Travel to Seattle – Tacoma (SEA) Airport

    Seattle/Tacoma (Sea-Tac) Airport is served by 30 airlines with nonstop flights serving 71 domestic cities. Seattle-Tacoma International Airport is about a 20 minute drive, or 15 miles, to the Marriott Seattle Waterfront. Average estimated taxi cost is $38 one way.

    Ground Transportation

    Shuttle Express offers one-way and round trip options for getting to and from Sea-Tac Airport.  A round trip costs $54.  Please be advised that each guest is allowed two bags, and there are additional charges for extra bags.  Reservations are encouraged and can be made by visiting: http://shuttleexpress.com/ 

    Hertz Rental Car

    Call Hertz Meeting Sales Desk at 1-800-654-2240 and use the Hertz CV#011B0074. Discounted rates are from July 13 through July 22, subject to car availability. Participating locations may have airport fees, surcharges, motor vehicle fees related to car rental, which are separate charges from tax. Standard rental conditions and qualifications apply.  Advanced reservations are recommended.
    Reservations can also be made online  

    Timeframe for Arrivals

    Women presidents participating in Friday’s Women Presidents’ Program arrive by Thursday, July 14.
    Chancellors/presidents participating in Saturday’s Workshop on Avoiding Legal Entanglements arrive by Friday, July 15.

    Others arrive according to their interests or program obligations, with everyone at the meeting by Saturday’s 4:30 p.m. Opening Session.  Departures are Tuesday, July 19.


    Optional Activities top

    Optional Meal Functions 
    Saturday, July 16 

    Welcome Dinner
    Adults: $65
    Youth under 16: $30
    Join colleagues for an evening of fellowship while enjoying a buffet inspired by the bountiful Pacific Northwest. (Menu includes Alaskan Halibut)

    Monday, July 18 

    Farewell Dinner in the Sky at the Space Needle
    Adults: $99
    Youth under 16: $30 

    Seattle Center, the park-like setting created for the 1962 World's Fair, is home to Seattle's most famous landmark, the Space Needle. The tower stands 605 feet tall and boasts fabulous views of Puget Sound, Mount Rainier, the Cascade and Olympic mountain ranges as well as the beautiful Emerald City. We will dine at the 100-foot level and have access to the Space Needle's Observation Deck to enjoy the view where sea, sky and mountains meet. (Menu includes Smoked King Salmon)

    Optional Activities 
    Saturday, July 16 

    Seattle City Highlights Tour
    1:45 – 4 p.m.
    $43 per person
    We will travel by motorcoach to see the city's famous landmarks while guides talk about Seattle's history and culture and share insider tips on special shopping, neighborhoods and sightseeing areas.  We will learn about historic Pioneer Square, Seattle's oldest residential area and the Hiram M. Chittenden Locks, commonly called the Ballard Locks.  Here, we will watch as the locks guide boats between the saltwater of the Puget Sound and the freshwater of the Ship Canal connecting to Lake Union and Lake Washington.  Aside from the botanical garden, a highlight of this stop is the fish ladder, built to allow salmon to pass between fresh and saltwater.  Glass panels make it possible to view the fish as they navigate their way through the ladder, adjusting to different levels of salt each step of the way.

    Sunday, July 17 

    Walking Tour of Pike Place Market
    1:30 – 4:30 p.m.
    $46 per person
    On this walking tour, we will taste our way through Seattle's most celebrated culinary landmark, the Pike Place Market.  Established in 1907, Pike Place Market is the oldest continually-operating farmers' market in the United States and features 600 businesses where local farmers and merchants offer a diverse array of products.  This nine-acre historic district is a vital part of Seattle's social and economic fabric.

    For listening comfort on this behind-the-scenes tour, we will use a personal audio device that provides crystal clear narration from the guide, so we can hear while immersed in the lively hustle and bustle of Pike Place Market.

    Lake Outing

    3 – 6 p.m.
    $73 per person 

    Enjoy an afternoon on the water on this two-hour cruise of Lake Union and Lake Washington.  View majestic Mt. Rainer and the unique inner-city shoreline, learn about the city of Seattle while glimpsing stunning estates of Seattle's rich and famous.  Lake Union, a favorite of kayakers, boasts Seattle's historic houseboat community (including the houseboat from the film Sleepless in Seattle).  Cruise into Lake Washington, past the University of Washington's Husky Stadium, by Seattle's famous floating bridge while glimpsing million-dollar mansions.

    Monday, July 18 

    Woodinville Winery Tour
    1:45 – 5 p.m.
    $66 per person
    With the perfect climate for wine, ideal growing conditions, quality wines, business innovation and social responsibility, Washington State is a premium wine producing region.  Nestled in the Sammamish River Valley, Woodinville is a small community that has become a haven for fine winemakers.  Washington State's oldest and most acclaimed winery, Chateau Ste. Michelle, is located on 87 acres of historic, chateau and arboretum-like grounds.  Known for its highly acclaimed Chardonnay, Riesling, Merlot and Cabernet, Chateau Ste. Michelle receives some of the highest accolades in the industry.

    The wine excursion continues at nearby Januik Winery for a Columbia Valley wine tasting.  The rhythm and geometries of this brand-new winery's agricultural landscape, along with the craft, technology and patterns of wine production they use, shape the architecture and landscape of the property.  Extremely sleek and contemporary, Januik is family-owned and uses an artisan approach to winemaking.

    Tuesday, July 19 

    Excursion to Boeing (includes boxed lunch)
    11 a.m. – 3:15 p.m.
    $107 per person
    Seattle is a major aeronautical hub and the home of The Boeing Company, one of the greatest aviation dynasties in the world.  The Future of Flight Aviation Center & Boeing Tour is the only public tour of a commercial jet assembly plant in North America. 

    Inside Boeing's 73,000-square-foot, high-tech Future of Flight Aviation Center, explore interactive exhibits and displays.  See the future of powered, winged flight, digitally design and test a jet, touch the high-tech ìskinî of the new Boeing 787 and ìflyî the XJ5 Flight Simulator at supersonic speeds.  Watch the world's largest jets be assembled in the world's largest building at the Boeing Assembly Plant (the main assembly building is as large as 75 NFL football fields).  Witness how these modern marvels of flight are transformed from parts made around the globe into some of the most famous airplanes in the world.  Leave with an appreciation for commercial jet aviation and production, as well as awareness of the influence that air travel will have globally throughout the 21st century.

    NOTE:  For security reasons, no photographic equipment, cell phones, backpacks, purses, or carry-on items of any kind are allowed on the Boeing Assembly Plant tour.  Guests need to be at least 48î tall to participate in the Plant Tour.


    Cruises prior to or post-Summer Council

    Seattle’s two cruise terminals offer a wide variety of cruise options to Alaska and the Pacific Northwest. Make your plans early for these popular cruises in the busy summer season. Consult www.portseattle.org or consult your travel agent.

    2011 Cruise Schedule

    Download schedule in pdf
    Please schedule your trip to avoid the Summer Council sessions.

    Smith Cove Cruise Terminal / Pier 91
    2001 W. Garfield Street

    Located at the north end of Seattle’s waterfront on historic Smith Cove, Pier 91 can host two cruise ships at a time and is one of the only facilities with two electrical plug-ins that eliminate all ship air emissions.

      Carnival Spirit7-day Alaska
      Sapphire Princess7-day Alaska

      Princess Cruises
      Golden Princess7-day Alaska

      Royal Caribbean International
      Rhapsody of the Seas7-day Alaska
      Oosterdam 7-day Alaska
      Westerdam7-day Alaska

      Holland American Line Amsterdam14-day Alaska

    Bell Street Pier / Pier 66
    2225 Alaskan Way (visible from the Marriott)

    The Bell Street Pier Cruise Terminal is located at Seattle’s downtown waterfront with two cruise lines offering weekly sails to Alaska.

      Celebrity X Cruises
      Celebrity Infinity7-day Alaska
      Norwegian Star7-day Alaska

      Norwegian Cruise Line
      Norwegian Pearl 7-day Alaska

    Cancellation & Refund Policytop

    • Contact Kevin Finkelstein by Friday, July 8th if your plans change:
      Email: finkelsteink@aascu.org
      Fax: (202) 478-5493
      Phone: (202) 478-4690
    • AASCU must receive cancellations in writing by Friday, July 8 for a full refund.
    • After July 8, a $125 cancellation fee will be charged and deducted from all refunds.
    • After July 15, AASCU cannot issue refunds for cancellations or no shows.

    Refunds for Optional Activities and Meal Functions 

    1. AASCU must guarantee optional meals and tours well in advance of the activity.
    2. Attendees who have signed up have made a commitment and if you cancel after July 8, we may not be able to refund the charges.
    3. We will try to re-sell events you cancel after July 8. However, if we are unable to re-sell, you are still responsible for the event fee.
    4. All refunds will be processed via check.
    5. AASCU mails all refund checks within 45 days of returning from the Summer Council.