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We are thrilled to offer attendees more than 50 presentations this year — including many topics that we proactively sought as a direct result of your feedback!  Hear from experts representing more than 40 campuses and organizations, including such universities as Albany, Binghamton, Buffalo, Clarkson, Colgate, Cornell, Fordham, Rochester, Stony Brook, and more.

Attire is business casual for all sessions.

Wednesday, June 12

12 – 1 p.m.:  Registration and Lunch

1 – 2 p.m.: Conference Kickoff and Opening Plenary Session

The Role of Philanthropy and Communications in Research Today

Join a thought-provoking discussion about how philanthropy has impacted the notable work of Stony Brook University professors Robert Harrison, director of the Institute for Advanced Computational Science and Kenneth Dill, director of the Laufer Center for Physical and Quantitative Biology. Moderated by Dexter A. Bailey, Jr., senior vice president for Advancement, the discussion will address how philanthropy inspired both professors to join Stony Brook University and how it has enabled their scientific discoveries and engineering designs including advanced simulation, modern approaches to artificial intelligence, and complex modeling including for drug efficacy. They will also discuss strengthening interdisciplinary collaboration across campus including the arts and humanities, and the importance of presidential leadership, effective marketing and communications, managing donor expectations and the strategic deployment of limited University funding.


Dexter A. Bailey, Jr.
Sr. Vice President, University Advancement
Stony Brook University

Ken. A. Dill, Ph.D.
Louis & Beatrice Laufer Endowed Chair
Director, Laufer Center for Physical and Quantitative Biology
Stony Brook University

Robert Harrison, Ph.D.
Founding Director and Endowed Chair
Institute for Advanced Computational Science
Stony Brook University

2 – 2:30 p.m.: Break

2:30 – 3:20 p.m.: Concurrent Session 1

3:40 – 4:30 p.m.: Concurrent Session 2

4:30 – 5:15 p.m.: Break

5:15 – 6:30 p.m.: Reception

6:30 p.m.: Dinner and Presentations


Cate M. Johnson, Acting Director, National Racing Museum and Hall of Fame

Cate Johnson will discuss the many marketing, communication and development challenges involved in running one of the most beautiful and unique museums and halls of fame — and one that whose members comprise two different species!

Educator of the Year Recipient: To Be Announced

SUNYCUAD Hall of Fame Induction: To Be Announced


Thursday, June 13

8 – 9 a.m.: Breakfast with colleagues from your discipline

Join colleagues from your practice areas in discussing new ideas, issues and concerns that affect your jobs and teams.

9 – 10 a.m.: Plenary Session

Karin Fischer, Senior Reporter, The Chronicle of Higher Education

Karin Fischer covers the business of international education and the globalization of higher education, including competition for foreign students, activities by American colleges overseas, policies and programs that affect the international activities of American colleges, and the internationalization of the college experience.


Karin Fischer
Senior Reporter
The Chronicle of Higher Education

10 – 10:20 a.m.: Break

10:20 – 11:10 a.m.: Concurrent Session 3

11:10 – 11:30 a.m.: Break

11:30 a.m. – 12:20 p.m.: Concurrent Session 4

12:30 – 2 p.m.: Lunch and Awards for Excellence Celebration

2 – 2:20 p.m.: Break

2:20 – 3:10 p.m.: Concurrent Session 5

3:10 – 3:30 p.m.: Break

3:30 – 4:20 p.m.: Concurrent Session 6

4:20 – 4:45 p.m.: Break

4:45 p.m.: Bus begins transporting people to National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame

5 – 8 p.m.: Reception at the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame
Refreshments and Heavy Hors D’oeuvres

The bus will continually loop between the hotel and museum between 4:45 and 8:15 p.m.
The last bus will depart the museum at 8:15 p.m.


Friday, June 14

8:30 – 9 a.m.: Networking Breakfast

9 – 9:50 a.m.: Plenary Session

Artificial Intelligence in Advancement

Artificial intelligence is permeating our society in just about every aspect of our lives, including shopping, news and entertainment. Implementing an artificial intelligence strategy within advancement seems futuristic; however, the future is here. Are you an early adopter and trend setter? Or would you prefer to wait until something has been proven by others? As a trend setter, the University at Buffalo implemented the use of artificial intelligence — learn about some successes and opportunities that makes A.I. a game-changer for Advancement.


Rodney Grabowski, MBA, CFRE
Vice President for Advancement
The University at Buffalo

9:50 – 10:40 a.m.: Plenary Session


Carly-Anne Fergus
Director of XRC Labs
Farmingdale State College, ’11

10:40 – 11 a.m.: Closing Remarks; Conference Adjourns

11 – 11:30 a.m.: Conference Planning for Volunteers interested in helping with SUNYCUAD 2020 in Rochester!  Location TBA