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2013 ACHS Annual Council Meeting

Award Presentations at 2013 meeting
Theme: United We Stand
Strengthening Member Societies Through Organizational Cooperation

Arlington, VA 22202

Held: February 14 - 17, 2013

Meeting Program

Belle S. Wheelan, Ph.D.
Plenary Session Speaker, February 14, 2013, 2:30 pm

WheelanDr. Wheelan currently serves as President of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges and is the first African American and the first woman to serve in this capacity. Her career spans over 30 years and includes the roles of faculty member, chief student services officer, campus provost, college president, and Secretary of Education. In several of those roles she was the first African American and/or woman to serve in those capacities. 

Dr. Wheelan received her Bachelor’s degree from Trinity University in Texas (1972) with a double major in Psychology and Sociology; her Master’s from Louisiana State University (1974) in Developmental Educational Psychology; and her Doctorate from the University of Texas at Austin (1984) in Educational Administration with a special concentration in community college leadership.

She has received numerous awards and recognition including four honorary degrees; the Distinguished Graduate Award from Trinity University (2002) and from the College of Education at the University of Texas at Austin (1992); and Washingtonian Magazine’s 100 Most Powerful Women in Washington, DC (2001).

Gazing into the Crystal Ball: Technology's Impact on the Academy
Plenary Session Speaker, February 14, 2013, 4:00 pm

The rapid pace of technological change has left those of us in higher education scrambling. Which technologies should we pay close attention to and which are merely flashes in the pan? 

Sue Frantz  - Dr. Sue Frantz is a 20-year veteran of the college classroom with the last eleven spent at Highline Community College near Seattle. Her Technology for Academics blog,, features new tech tools with instructions on how to use them as well as tips for using not-so-new technologies more effectively. Acting as an interpreter, she brings technology to the average user. She currently serves as Vice President for Resources for the Society for the Teaching of Psychology, the American Psychological Association Membership Board, and the Association for Psychological Science Fund for Teaching and Public Understanding of Psychological Science.

Mailpiece Design with Pricing in Mind
Luncheon - Friday, February 15, 2013 - 11:45 am

Quality mailpiece design saves money, and that makes sense for almost any organization, especially nonprofits. Steven Booker and Cindy Pease, from the postal service, together have more than 50 years of experience in working with changes in postal requirements, the reasons for those changes, mail processing equipment, and how nonprofits may plan and test their mailings to ensure cost-efficiency and delivery effectiveness. They will debunk myths about delivery, talk about folded self-mailers, and reveal what is at the heart of every mailing!

Cindy Pease - Ms. Pease is the manager of business mail entry for the Northern Virginia District of the United States Postal Service. Ms. Pease began her postal career in January of 1973 as a letter sorter machine operator. She has worked in mail processing, manual scheme distribution, expediting, dock operations, business mail acceptance, and as the business mail analyst. Working as the Education Co-Chair for the NOVA Metro PCC, Cindy offered the Mail-piece Design Professional Certificate Program again this year. She has also done webinars for the IMB barcode and Every Door Direct Mail, and on the first Thursday of the month hosts Bulk Mail 101.  This program has two parts, Mail Piece Design and Preparation Requirements. At the end of each class a tour of the Merrifield plant is offered to help customers see why the postal service has mail piece requirements and to see the machines that process mail in action. Cindy enjoys working with the mailing community and supports the postal service's goal of Excellent Customer Service. Cindy is married, with six children, four grandchildren, and a little Bichon puppy named Zipcode.

Steven Booker is the United States Postal Service's Business Alliances Manager for Capital Metro. He joined the postal service in 1997 and has held several positions in management including small business manager, mailing solutions specialist and district sales manager. He previously worked in the banking industry for five years before accepting his first USPS position. Mr. Booker holds a B.S. in business administration, specializing in marketing, from Longwood University in Farmville, Virginia.

Brandamentals: Your Guide to Building and Protecting Strong Trademarks
General Session Speaker - Friday, February 15, 2013, 1:45 pm

FingerhutEric T. Fingerhut, leader of Dykema Gossett's Trademark Practice Group, will give a presentation entitled "Brandamentals: Your Guide to Building and Protecting Strong Trademarks." Eric has been a lawyer in the trademark field for more than twenty years and specializes in all aspects of the trademark lifecycle - from creation to clearance to registration to monitoring and enforcement litigation. Eric's program also will touch on the use of copyright law to protect marks from infringement as well as licensing. Read more about Eric at

Challenges and Opportunities of Working with Different Generations in Honor Societies
General Session - Friday, February 15, 2013, 3:15 pm

Generational differences can provide both challenges and opportunities for honor societies in meeting the needs of the millennial student with advisors who are from different cohorts. Strategies for supporting advisors from the Gen X and Baby Boom Generation will be presented as well as ways to connect the mission of collegiate honor societies to the characteristics of the millennial student.  

Deborah Tippett - Dr. Deborah Tippett is currently a professor and Head of the Department of Human Environmental Sciences at Meredith College in Raleigh, NC. Dr. Tippett is the co-author of Exploring Life and Careers. She is the current Chair of the Kappa Omicron Nu Honor Society Board of Directors and has been a national officer with Council of Administrators in Family and Consumer Sciences, the Family and Consumer Sciences Education Association, IFHE/USA and a past governing board member of NC-Association for the Education of Young Children. She has received awards such as Regional Teacher of the Year and the President's Award for Excellence and the Excellence in Teaching Award at Meredith College, which is an award nominated by the students of the college. In 2008, she was asked to give the Faculty Distinguished Lecture at Meredith College on How the Millennials Are Changing Our World. She has presented to a variety of groups both nationally and internationally on the topic of working with the millennial generation and has been cited in over 300 newspapers on this research.

A New Paradigm for a Service Learning Project
General Session - Saturday, February 16, 2013, 9:30 am

Clint Wilkins and Bryan Dickerson, from the Heroic Imagination Project, and Psi Beta’s Jerry Rudmann offer a hands-on, experiential workshop based on our collaboration in creating a unique, research-based, data-driven service-learning project with community college students and participating high schools. Their approach is framed not so much in hours logged but in leveraging the knowledge of college students to bring about measurable positive change in low-income youth by teaching them to be more socially aware and skillful in bringing about positive change in their own schools and communities. In particular, the workshop leaders will demonstrate how a two-hour lesson on the Bystander Effect can be so leveraged. Application for the Heroic Imagination Project's lessons include addressing bullying, school violence, and leadership in confronting such diversity-related issues as prejudice and discrimination. 

Clint Wilkins - Clint Wilkins, the director of education for the Heroic Imagination Project, has a long and distinguished career in nearly all areas of schooling, in both independent schools and in public education. Early in his career he was a teacher, coach, college counselor, dean of students, principal and assistant headmaster at Sidwell Friends School in Washington, DC. After serving as chief executive officer of two outstanding independent schools on both coasts, in 1998 he was able to realize his lifelong dream of founding a school: Sage Hill School, the first nondenominational, independent high school in Orange County, California—which is thriving, now educates 450 students and enjoys a national reputation. Over his career Clint has also served as the principal of a charter school in Oakland, a Visiting Scholar at Stanford University School of Education, an Associate with the Skoll Centre for Social Entrepreneurship. Clint received his BA from Williams College in history, a masters from Harvard University in religion, and his secondary school teaching credentials at Princeton University. 
Bryan Dickerson - Bryan Dickerson is a social psychologist specializing in the design of educational and social interventions and research on academic achievement and the psychology of positive change. He is the associate director of research and education at the Heroic Imagination Project and received his B.A. in psychology from UC Berkeley.

How Membership Organizations Can Maximize Social Media
Marisa Peacock, Principal and Chief Social Business Strategist , The Social Peacock - Facilitator
Andy Li, Sophomore, Georgetown University
Mariah Measey, Senior, American University
Tiffanie Thomas, Senior, George Mason University

Marisa Peacock - For a number of years, Marisa has worked for not-for-profits, independent schools and small businesses, managing and producing websites, multimedia, and online content. While the goals and objectives may differ across these industries, she found a few similarities they were understaffed, underfunded and trying to keep up with an ever-evolving media. From online publishing to social media to mobile to multimedia, it's hard to know exactly what to do and how to do it.

The Strategic Peacock helps organizations create and implement online strategies that appropriately target the right audience with the right information using the right media. Marisa has presented at numerous conferences, including Social Slam 2012, Gilbane Boston 2011, Intelligent Content 2011, the Baltimore Design Conference 2010 and EdSocial Media Summit 2010 and hosted webinars aimed at promoting social media integration and web design strategies.

She received her Bachelor's degree from Mount Holyoke College and a Master of Arts in Liberal Studies (MALS) from Georgetown University. She lives in Arlington, VA with her partner Paul and Pit Bull, Sampson.

Follow Marisa on twitter at: @marisacp51