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A Round of Applause for all the 2019 SUNYCUAD Conference Speakers

A Round of Applause for all the 2019 SUNYCUAD Conference Speakers

We simply can not thank our speakers enough for the knowledge, generosity, and honesty they brought to make this the best overall program I can recall. To present 45 breakout sessions spanning alumni relations, communications, design, development, digital media, professional development and more takes a village — so thank you to all those who spoke, who gave us suggestions for speakers or who prompted colleagues to apply. I counted around 50 speakers from the SUNY family, from those with decades of experience to 2019 Oswego graduate Sarah Slater! To look at the depth and breadth of talent within our ranks, and their willingness to share just underscores the power of SUNY.

Thank you as well to our keynote speakers: To Dexter Bailey and Robert Harrison, for showing us how philanthropy and research can partner to make the world a better place; to Karin Fischer for sharing her perspective from covering higher education and other trends; to Cate Johnson for letting us know why the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame is such a gem; to Rodney Grabowski for showing us the opportunities and challenges of an increasingly data-driven society; and to Carly-Ann Fergus for reminding us to embrace and explore change.

Finally, one of my very favorite SUNYCUAD moments happened at this conference that shows how we all make SUNY a tremendous family. While co-presenting a session on media training for the University at Albany, Sarah O’Carroll mentioned that she had been inspired to do a podcast by a presentation at last year’s conference by SUNY Upstate Medical University. One of the previous session’s co-presenters, Amber Smith, was in the audience and it was a wonderful moment of connectedness. The SUNYCUAD Educational Conference is by the SUNY family, for the SUNY family. If you want to share what you’ve learned at the 2020 conference, watch for our call for speakers later this year. We’d love to hear from you, and to give an opportunity for the SUNYCUAD conference audience to hear you!