Association of College Honor Societies


ACHS 2019 Annual Council Meeting

Theme: Growth through Leadership

Hyatt Regency Indianapolis
One South Capitol Avenue, Indianapolis, IN 46204
February 14-16, 2019


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Draft Agenda

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Wednesday, Feb 13
4:00     Board Meeting
6:00   Board Dinner
Thursday, Feb 14
8:00 Board Meeting
11:30 Executive Session
2:00  Opening General Session – Jane Hamblin, Mortar Board, presiding
          Roll call – Eileen Merberg, Alpha Lambda Delta
          State of the Society
3:30  Break
4:00 Dorothy Mitstifer Distinguished Lecture
           Introduction: Wes Crawford, Sigma Lambda Chi
Enhancing the Quality of Life for Individuals and Communities:  Various Roles for Philanthropy

          N. Clay Robbins - Chairman, President and CEO of the Lilly Endowment Philanthropic Foundation
5:30 Welcome Reception: Meet the Vendors
7:00  Dinner on Your Own
Friday, Feb 15
8:00 Breakfast
8:30 Introduction: Lisa Wootton Booth, ACHS

Changes in Higher Education and the Impact on Honor Societies
          Dr. Tara Singer, Executive Director, Omicron Delta Kappa

9:30 Introduction and Moderator: Eileen Merberg, Alpha Lambda Delta

Student Panel: What's Next in Technology

  • Discussion of what apps and platforms they use that would help us facilitate effective communication with them.
  • Students from Mortar Board, Alpha Lambda Delta, and The National Society of Collegiate Scholars
10:30 Vendor Exhibition and Coffee Break
11:30  Introduction:  Kate Gaertner, Alpha Sigma Nu

Leadership Session
           Dung Q. Tran, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Leadership and Organization Development, School of Business, Arts, and Media, Cabrini University

12:30 Lunch
1:30 Breakout Sessions
Life as a Faculty Member - Anne Harris
2:30  Break
3:00 Introduction: Steve Loflin, National Society of Collegiate Scholars

Engaging Students
          Alexander C. McCormick, Director, National Survey of Student Engagement and Associate Professor in the Higher Education & Student Affairs program at Indiana University

4:00 ASK THE EXPERTS: John Huskins & Andrea Wright, Johnson Lambert
4:30 ACHS Committee Roundtables
6:00 Member and Guest Reception
7:00 Dinner on Your Own
Saturday, Feb 16
7:45 Board Meeting
8:00 Breakfast Roundtables
  • International Chapter Issues (Includes discussion about General Data Privacy Regulations (GDPR) and the impact on Societies)
    • Facilitator: Julio Velazquez, Director of Marketing at Beta Gamma Sigma
  • Small Societies
    • Facilitator: Lara Noah, Alpha Chi
  • Understanding the Form 990
  • Chapter Advisor –succession planning, chapter retention on campus, increasing inductions, etc.
    • Facilitators: Dr. David Jones, Prof. of Psychology, Westminster College (MO), Alpha Chi National Council President
  • Identity Theft and Database Security
    • Facilitator: Kevin Howell
  • Grants and Measuring Impact
    • Facilitator: Tina Gridiron - Tips and tools for any non-profit seeking to increase their partnership with foundations.  The roundtable will also offer a few insider hints regarding ways to increase your success.
  • Nonprofit Investing
    • Facilitator: Tania Matz, Investment Adviser, LPL Financial
  • Marketing & Event Planning
    • Facilitator: Traci Rath, Global Account Executive, Conference Direct
10:00  Break
10:30 Best Practices
          Facilitators: Steve Loflin, The National Society of Collegiate Scholars, and Kate Gaertner, Alpha Sigma Nu
12:00 Wrap Up and Thank You: Jane Hamblin, Mortar Board
12:30 Box Lunches and Leisure Activities on Your Own
(List of Suggested Activities TBD)




Tina Gridiron - TLG Solutions

Saturday 8:00am: Breakfast Roundtable, Grants and Measuring Impact

Tina Gridiron is the founder/lead consultant for TLG Solutions. Her company exists to support foundations, higher education institutions, and other non-profit organizations by providing strategic planning, portfolio assessment, technical assistance and fundraising support to increase their impact, influence and sustainability.

Tina spent 12 years at the Lumina Foundation starting as a program officer and wrapping up her tenure as the Strategy Director. She has held campus roles at Stanford University and the University of Pittsburgh Semester at Sea program. She serves, and has held leadership roles, on numerous community impacts boards.

She holds an MA in Higher Education and an MA in Sociology from Stanford University and a BA in Political Science from the University of California, Berkeley.

John Huskins, CPA - Principal with Johnson Lambert LLP

Saturday 8:00am: Breakfast Roundtable, Accounting

John Huskins

John Huskins, CPA, is a Principal with Johnson Lambert LLP where he serves as the exempt organization's tax compliance and consulting practice lead. John is a frequent author and speaker on industry topics and also provides specialized training for the nonprofit industry directly and through partnerships with various professional organizations including the North Carolina Association of Certified Public Accountants, the Greater Washington Society of Certified Public Accountants, and the American Society of Association Executives. John holds a MSA from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, and a BBA from Walla Walla University.

N. Clay Robbins - Chairman, President and CEO of the Lilly Endowment Philanthropic Foundation

Thursday 4:00pm: Enhancing the Quality of Life for Individuals and Communities:  Various Roles for Philanthropy

Clay Robbins

N. Clay Robbins is chairman, president and CEO of Lilly Endowment Inc.  Robbins joined the Endowment staff in January 1993 as vice president for community development to supervise that division's grantmaking activities.  In 1999 he was elected to the Board of Directors.  In 2012, he was named CEO and in September 2015, he was elected chairman, president and CEO.

Before his appointment at the Endowment, Robbins was a partner at Baker & Daniels law firm, where he focused his practice on tax-exempt organizations, estate and gift tax, and immigration law.  He joined the firm as an associate in 1982 and spent 1985-1986 as an exchange associate in the European Economic Community law department of the Belgian firm, Rycken Burlion Bolle & Houben in Brussels.

Robbins is a member of the Indiana State Bar Association and served on the drafting committee for the Indiana Nonprofit Corporation Act of 1991.  He chaired the international law section of the Indianapolis Bar Association in 1987-88.

Robbins serves as a member of the board and executive committee of the United Way of Central Indiana.  He also is a member of the board of the Central Indiana Corporate Partnership.  He is a former board member of the Greater Indianapolis Chamber of Commerce, the Greater Indianapolis Progress Committee and Damar Homes, Inc., a nonprofit residential program providing services to school-aged children and young adults with developmental disabilities.  He also is a former director and president of the Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra.

Robbins has received three honorary degrees.  In 2006 Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology awarded him an honorary doctor of humane letters degree.  He was awarded honorary doctor of laws degrees by Indiana State University in 2004 and by Wabash College in 2009.  In 2007, he was inducted into the Indiana Academy.

Robbins graduated from Wabash College at Crawfordsville in 1979 where he was a religion major and a Lilly Scholar.  He earned his J.D. in 1982 from the Vanderbilt Law School in Nashville, Tenn.

Dung Q. Tran, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Leadership and Organization Development, School of Business, Arts, and Media, Cabrini University

Friday 11:30am: TBD

Clay Robbins

A member of three ACHS-certified honor societies, Dung Q. Tran, Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor of Leadership and Organization Development in the School of Business, Arts, and Media at Cabrini University.  With regard to research and teaching, Tran is interested in how values-based perspectives and storytelling shape leader identity development and organizational leadership theory and practice.      

Working at the intersection of Leadership and the Humanities, his scholarship has appeared in the International Journal of Servant-Leadership; Communication Research Trends; the Journal of Catholic Education; the Asian American Theological Forum; and (with M. R. Carey) in the following anthologies: Evolving Leadership for Collective Wellbeing: Lessons for Implementing the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (Emerald, 2019); The Palgrave Handbook of Workplace Spirituality and Fulfillment (Palgrave Macmillan, 2018);and Breaking the Zero-Sum Game: Transforming Societies Through Inclusive Leadership (Emerald, 2017).  

In addition to Tran's scholarly and pedagogical pursuits, he currently serves as vice-president of Alpha Sigma Nu's Board of Directors. 

The child of Vietnamese refugees, Tran earned his doctorate in Leadership Studies at Gonzaga University and completed his master's degree in Theological Studies – with emphases in Spirituality and Catholic Higher Education – at Santa Clara University.  He also holds Washington and California Teaching Credentials in History, a master's degree in Secondary Education, and two bachelor's degrees in Communication Studies and Theology from Loyola Marymount University.

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Andrea Wright, CPA, MBA - Partner with Johnson Lambert LLP

Saturday 8:00am: Breakfast Roundtable, Accounting

John Huskins

Andrea Wright, CPA, MBA is a Partner with Johnson Lambert LLP, a multi-office, niche-focused firm that provides audit, tax, and advisory services to not-for-profit organizations, employee benefit plans, and insurance entities. Andrea serves as the Chicagoland area lead partner and also as the designated partner responsible for firm-wide quality of the government practice. She frequently writes and speaks on industry topics, and she is involved in a variety of professional activities including serving on the Association of International Certified Public Accountants Technical Standards Subcommittee and the Illinois CPA Society Ethics Committee. Additionally, she is a Board Member of the Association Forum. Andrea holds an MBA from Morgan State University, and a BBA from Howard University.




Previous Annual Meetings

2018 ACHS Annual Council Meeting

2017 ACHS Annual Council Meeting

2016 ACHS Annual Council Meeting

2015 ACHS Annual Council Meeting

2014 ACHS Annual Council Meeting

2013 ACHS Annual Council Meeting