Learn how to set achievable goals to revitalize your student life facilities.
Student life facilities—including residence halls, recreation facilities, and student unions—can help your institution build community while integrating student learning and social experiences. This three-day event will combine architectural and institutional perspectives to give you the latest in student life facility:
- Master Planning
- Integrated Programming
- Stakeholder Involvement
- Funding Models
- Usage and Trends
Working time has been incorporated throughout the event to help you apply the concepts you learn. You will leave with a comprehensive workbook with conference materials and resources that you can reference during the event and back on campus.
Site Visit: University of Texas at Austin
As part of this program, you will have the chance to visit the University of Texas at Austin. On this tour you will be able to visit a number of recreational facilities, tour the Student Activities Center, and participate in a discussion about the residence hall and dining facility currently being built.
Bring Your Team and Save
Representatives from student affairs, student recreation, residence life, and facilities can all collectively learn how a holistic capital planning effort can ensure that student life considerations are top of mind when building the most impactful facilities possible on campus. When you register two people, a third can attend for 50% off!
Monday, November 13, 2017
In this visioning exercise, you and your team will have the opportunity to assess your current facilities and brainstorm how your ideal facilities can best address trends. Through the guidance of our experts on hand, we will guide your visioning session as you address:
- Where you are now in terms of trends in student life, master planning, and facility specific challenges as they apply to your own campus and tie to your strategic vision
- Student behavior trends—how students spend their time on campus
- Increased competitiveness—what prospective students are looking for
- Student retention—what students need to succeed academically
- A desire for campus community—what students need to succeed socially
This session will lay out key factors to consider when adding to an existing student facility suite. From pre-project planning to facility proximity, this session will help ensure your planning efforts address key foundational elements, including:
- Addressing national trends in the context of your institution’s growth aspirations
- Assessing current facilities in developing project scope
- Integrating existing facilities with current infrastructure
- Determining project placement and facility proximity
Tuesday, November 14, 2017
Wednesday, November 15, 2017
While a single project plan would be ideal, the reality is that most institutions must phase-in their projects over time. Learn from our expert speaker how your institution can best position itself over time, through phased planning and intentional timelines. Included in this discussion will be:
- Addressing various modes of prioritization: financial, student need, or space limitations
- Benchmarking progress and reassessing capital project plans
Joe Atkins, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, is a principal of VMDO Architects and Co-Leader of the firm’s Higher Education Studio. He has more than 25 years of experience designing iconic buildings and landscapes for college and university campuses—many integrating innovative programs into powerful and historic campus settings. His upfront planning and design efforts are instrumental in creating sites and structures that fit seamlessly with their surroundings, are carefully attuned to their use, and contribute to making lasting and meaningful places. Joe brings clear conceptual thinking, strong design vision, and diligent attention to detail to each of his engagements. He is particularly adept at distilling the needs and desires of a wide spectrum of stakeholders and responding with inspired architecture. By fusing the disciplines of engineering, campus planning, and landscape architecture, his teams translate inventive educational programs into built form.
Assistant Vice President Student Affairs and Director of Housing and Dining Services
Kansas State University
Derek has more than 26 years of experience primarily in housing and dining services at Kansas State University as well as the University of Georgia. Recently promoted to the Assistant VP for Student Life with responsibility for the Health Center, Counseling Center, Child Care Center and Recreation Center. Has participated in more than $200 Million in new construction and $40 Million in renovations in the past 10 years. Served on the leadership team that lead the university master plan and north corridor university/city master plans. Actively involved in ACUHO-I having taught primarily facilities management topics at the CHO Institute, National Housing Training Institute, South African Housing Training Institute, and recently elected to the ACUHO-I Board as the Facilities and Physical Environment Director.
William Lasser, PhD
Executive Director of the Calhoun Honors College and Alumni Distinguished Professor of Political Science
William was part of the design and construction of the new core campus at Clemson. He and his wife, Sue live in the building as part of the Faculty-In-Residence program. William is a graduate of Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, he is the author of numerous books and articles on law and American politics, including "The Supreme Court and Critical Realignment" (Journal of Politics) and The Limits of Judicial Power: The Supreme Court and American Politics (University of North Carolina Press). He has also written extensively for the Atlanta Constitution and other newspapers, and his opinions have been quoted in the Wall Street Journal, the Washington Post, the Christian Science Monitor, U.S. News and World Report, and the National Law Journal.
Michelle Mosley, LEED AP BD+C
Project Manager, Student Life Studio
Ayers Saint Gross
Michelle brings ten years of experience in all phases of architecture, with expertise in programming and planning residence halls and dining facilities. Michelle’s ability to collaborate with clients and communicate a campus vision through its housing master plan data and graphics has contributed to successful planning efforts on a wide-range of campuses. She has a deep understanding of the elements of residence halls and student life facilities which help to build a sense of community among students. Michelle authored an online course for ACUHO-I titled, “The Design and Construction Process: Realizing Your Vision,” to guide residence life professionals through the design and construction process of student housing projects.
Eric Moss, AIA, LEED AP BD+C
Vice President and Principal, Student Life Studio
Ayers Saint Gross
Eric is a national leader in the design of student life and academic facilities for higher education. With 26 years of experience, he is dedicated to the design of residential, dining, wellness, student union, and academic facilities on campuses across the country. His projects stretch from West Texas A&M University to Colby College, Clemson University and the Universities of North Carolina and South Florida. Eric undertakes strategic planning and programming for the student life facilities completed by the firm. He regularly lectures on student life facilities for the Association of College and University Housing Officers (ACUHO-I), Academic Impressions and other professional organizations.
Director, Advisory Services
The Scion Group
Linda Newman applies her over 30 years of experience in residence life, dining services and housing administration, for the benefit of Scion’s advisory clients. Prior to joining Scion, she served as Senior Director of Auxiliary Service and Director of University Housing at the University of Michigan, where she provided leadership in student life auxiliaries for student housing, information technology services, capital projects and marketing. In that role, Ms. Newman developed significant experience with large-scale facility master planning, renovations and new construction; over a seven-year period, she led the planning and implementation of over $450 million of comprehensive renovations and $250 million of new construction within the University’s housing system, with a focus on updating or replacing heritage buildings to achieve state-of-the-art living and dining facilities while also creating spaces to support student learning.
Throughout her career, Ms. Newman has collaborated with academic units to develop and support student learning within the campus living experience. She has developed expertise in designing and implementing living-learning programs and other initiatives to create seamless learning environments for residential students. Her career also reflects a life-long commitment in support of diversity and inclusion, including peer mentoring and programs that support underrepresented students.
Director, Advisory Services
The Scion Group
Jeff Panchavinin has nearly a decade of experience directing student and multifamily housing operations, marketing and market analysis, most recently including campus housing market and demand analyses, operations planning for publicprivate partnerships and management consulting with a focus on marketing and occupancy management strategies in the U.S and Canada. In addition to directing Scion’s west coast regional office, Mr. Panchavinin leads the operations and management focus area within Scion’s advisory services practice.
Prior to joining Scion, Mr. Panchavinin was director of operations for AVS Housing Group, a joint venture executing a unique public-private partnership for campus housing, focusing on marketing, facility management and operations of the on-campus residence hall system at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. During the first seven months in this engagement, he helped the University achieve a 40% occupancy increase, which improved net housing and dining revenue by nearly $5 million. Mr. Panchavinin began his career with The Vista Group as a community relations development associate where he completed marketing and demand analysis for multi-family and commercial real estate ventures. Mr. Panchavinin has presented on public-private partnerships and marketing techniques at national and regional conferences such the Association of College and University Housing Officers – International, ACUHO – Business Operations and the National Association of College Auxiliary Services.
Suzanne Price, PhD
Director of Residential Learning
Suzanne leads a dynamic team of full-time and graduate staff in academic success initiatives, recruitment and training processes, faculty engagement programs, student organization advising, and departmental assessment. She has worked at Clemson University for almost 20 years in a variety of positions including Orientation, Leadership Learning, Civic Engagement, and Student Government Advising. She also teaches in the Women’s Leadership program and guest lectures for the I-LEAD program at Clemson University.
Suzanne collaborates with many areas across campus through her work on the Summer Reading Book Committee, University Creative Inquiry Committee, President’s Commission on Women, Women’s Leadership Academic Major Steering Committee, and the Student Affairs Inclusive Excellence Committee. She is the current editor of The Journal of College and University Student Housing for the Association of College and University Housing Officers – International (ACUHO-I). The publication is printed two times each year in addition to a digital special issue released once a year.
Pamela Lucas Rew, FAIA
Leading the robust higher education team at KSS Architects, Pam strives for architecture that reflects the history, place, and potential of each client and project. With over three decades of experience, Pam brings a clear understanding of the dynamics of contemporary life and the value of ritual to every project. Her design sensitivity has helped the firm produce award-winning buildings that surpass client expectations, with a reputation of excellence in campus design. Pam balances the needs and desires of the many constituents in an institution, administration, faculty, students, and the public. The result is a design that accommodates the client’s program in a uniquely expressive space. Clients include Cornell College, Cornell University, Drew University, Ferris State University, Lafayette College, Lawrence University, Rutgers University, Sarah Lawrence College, the University of Pennsylvania, and Virginia Commonwealth University. A leader in defining design’s response to student and campus landscapes, Pamela has spoken nationally on topics of student life, master planning, the campus walk, academic communities, and the expression of university identity through architecture.
Executive Director, Housing and Residence Life
University of Miami
Jim has worked in student affairs and student housing for nearly forty years. For the last twenty-six years, he has been at the University of Miami serving as an assistant and associate director in housing, as well as director of the Toppel Career Center, prior to returning to his “roots” in housing in 2009. For the last two years Jim has led a housing facilities strategic planning process in collaboration with a team of outside consultants and a collaborative team from within the university. Their efforts have recently moved into the design and permitting for the first phase of a three-phase, $400 million housing renewal program.
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