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News: Thank you conference 2012 volunteers!

News: Thank you conference 2012 volunteers!

We welcomed more than 200 attendees to last June’s SUNYCUAD Educational Conference in Syracuse.  Thanks to our volunteers, it was a big success!  What has become evident is that the annual educational conference has evolved over the last decade into a standout, professional development and networking event for our 64 campuses. The task of pulling it all together has grown as well. Conference volunteers are wearing many more hats on the job than we did 10 years ago. This all leads to a truly monumental task for the chairs, board president, and numerous other volunteers who make it all come together.  

Many thanks to Cory Jacobs of Binghamton University and Tim Nekritz of SUNY Oswego for the outstanding programming in Syracuse which received high marks from conference participants. And special thanks to Amy Kremenek who provided over-and-above what should be expected from the SUNYCUAD president in terms of input, coordination, and support.  

Kudos to the Binghamton University publications folks for superb printed pieces. Tim Nekritz, joined in the marketing efforts with Scott Titus of Onondaga Community College to steer us through some crucial months of conference promotion.

Thank you to Nancy Prott of SUNY Upstate and Jennifer Wilson of SUNY Cortland for coordinating the vendor exhibits.  Thanks to fellow board members, including past President Pat Hennessey of Westchester Community College, who were quick to volunteer in the many areas needing board support, in particular registration and program hosting.

Also lending support were Mike Barone, SUNY Fredonia and Louise Wilson, Cayuga County Community College.  Justin Culkowski of ESF once again coordinated The Charlton Award selection and program admirably. Gary Stewart of Cornell headed up the Hall of Fame. 

Russ Corbin from Onondaga Community College  helped organize the off-site event at the Landmark Theater.  A special thanks to the UB Office of Special Events. UB managed our registration process. Jaclyn Rossi and Bruce Kolesnick were terrific in handling the registration table and assisting our volunteer board.

It takes a great a deal of hard work on the part of many dedicated volunteers to make the conference a success. I wish the team the team planning the 2013 conference all the best! May they be fortunate enough to have the same kind of great volunteers I was able to rely on in Syracuse.

Deborah Clark
Chair, SUNYCUAD 2012 Educational Conference