A Message from SUNYCUAD President Dan Doyle

June 2, 2015

Dear Colleagues,

Remember when you were in grade school? If you were like me, you couldn’t wait to get home from school to play with your friends in the neighborhood.

Looking back now, it’s kind of funny. It’s not like we were putting in 12-hour days in elementary school. In fact, most of our teachers did a pretty good job of keeping things light and fun, even working in prizes and recess for good work and behavior. Still… there was a certain structure to it all. Rules. Time limits. Authority. Grades.

Yet, when we got home—for those 2–3 hours before dinner—all of that went away. We made our own rules. We played what we wanted. Our only limitations were our imaginations (and maybe our piggy banks).

This is why we hope you will join us June 3-5 to experience “The Power of Play” in Rochester at the SUNYCUAD 2015 Educational Conference. As the home of The Strong, including the National Museum of Play and the National Toy Hall of Fame, it’s a perfect chance for us take a step back and re-learn some of those skills that made us so successful as children. Maybe we’ll even remember how we used to define success. (Hint: it had nothing to do with clickthroughs…)

Although our location changes every year, one thing never does: our high-quality programming, designed to allow us to renew, refresh and re-energize ourselves with creative ideas, all while we network—and have some fun—with good friends and colleagues. To that end, co-chairs Mike Barone (Fredonia) and Kerry Gotham (Brockport), along with the entire conference planning team, have been hard at work creating what promises to be the greatest – and most “playful” – SUNYCUAD experience yet.

As you engage in thought and share some of today’s “important” topics and “critical” issues, we hope our SUNY colleagues will take a moment to reflect back to your youth, when life was so much simpler. Think of the great ideas we generated. We came up with those not because we had deadlines staring us in the face, bosses breathing down our neck, or “experts” questioning our every move. We innovated because we had a single goal and minimal distractions.

We only wanted to have fun—and create a place where our friends could too. Why should our upcoming SUNYCUAD conference be any different?

Play on!

Dan Doyle

Senior Director of Annual Giving, University at Albany

President, SUNYCUAD Board of Directors