2018 SUNYCUAD Conference Topics Offer Info, Guidance to All

July 18, 2018

From the college rankings game to crisis communication to change management, from accessibility to asking the right questions to alumni magazines, the 2018 SUNYCUAD educational conference covered a wide variety of topics.

The largest group of SUNYCUAD attendees on record saw some new topics and approaches to programming, including a pair of sessions from Scott Vinciguerra of SUNY Sail, a two-part session on what professionals need to know about sexual and interpersonal violence, how to start a podcast and attention to one of the most-asked questions of the past year — how to make and keep college websites accessible for the range of users our campuses served.

Keynoters all brought different backgrounds and viewpoints to enrich our experience:

  • Opening keynote Tony D’Angelo, chair of the Public Relations Society of America, talked about how the media and communications landscape has rapidly shifted, even as core ethical values remain the bedrock

  • Chancellor Kristina Johnson shared her experience of working hard to overcome challenges as a metaphor for the SUNY story and how we serve our constituencies

  • Famous pollster John Zogby talked about how the attitudes of everybody from prospective students to the general public toward higher education have changed, and how that impacts what we do

  • Robbye Kincaid, director of Stony Brook University’s Responding to Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Project, reinforced the importance of what we do toward creating a more inclusive and equitable world

  • And award-winning journalist and author Sean Kirst wove some fascinating tales and spoke about how his own experience as part of the SUNY story can help guide our continuing excellence

The program committee reached out far and wide to bring the best available speakers — some of whom are talented members of the SUNY family. And we’d love to hear more next year! If you have an idea worth sharing, a way of solving a common problem or addressing a topic we haven’t, we’d love for you to consider submitting when our Call for Speakers opens up for the 2019 conference!