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2014 ACHS Annual Council Meeting

Theme: Knowing and Promoting the Value of College Honor Societies

Invitation Letter

Meeting Program
Updated: February 13, 2014

Dr. Alan S. Gregerman
Luncheon Speaker, The Necessity of Strangers: The Intriguing Truth About Insight, Innovation and Success

February 8, 2014, 12:00 noon

GregermanAlan Gregerman is an award-winning and best-selling author, business advisor, and educator who has been called "one of the most original thinkers in business today" and "the Robin Williams of business consulting." He is also a leading authority on innovation, business strategy, and the hidden potential of adults and organizations. His consulting and speaking focuses on helping companies and organizations to deliver the most compelling value to their customers by unlocking the genius in all of their people and the world around them. Alan's new book, The Necessity of Strangers, will change the way all of us think about innovation, collaboration, and the keys to business and personal success. More...


Jane S. Halonen
Luncheon Speaker, Determining Your Organization's Value

February 7, 2014, 12:30 am

HalonenPsychologist Jane S. Halonen is Professor of Psychology at the University of West Florida where she recently completed a decade of service as the Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences.  Her research agenda has focused on critical thinking, assessment, and faculty and program development.  Her most recent emphases have been on helping good departments become great ones. She coauthored Your Guide to College Success which is in its 7th edition published by Cengage. She has been involved over the course of her career with helping the American Psychological Association develop guidelines or standards of academic performance from high school through graduate levels of education, including chairing the Task Force for Undergraduate Psychology Learning Goals and Outcomes. She was named the 2013 winner of the American Psychological Foundation's Award for Distinguished Applications in Education and Training.  In 2000, she won the Foundation's Distinguished Teaching Award and the American Psychological Association named her an "Eminent Woman in Psychology" in 2003.  She served as the Chief Reader for the Psychology Advanced Placement Reading from 2004-2009.

A PowerPoint presentation given at the 2014 meeting is available.

Jane A. Hamblin, J.D., CAE (Mortar Board)
Opening General Session Speaker, Best Practices for Recruting, Educating, and Retaining Advisers

February 7, 2014, 10:30 am

HamblinJane Hamblin brings both higher education administration and nonprofit association experience to her role as Mortar Board's executive director. Her specialties include leadership program development and membership cultivation and service delivery.

Jane hails from Knox, Indiana. She holds a baccalaureate degree from Purdue University and a law degree from Indiana University. She has worked as a senior student affairs administrator at Purdue and the University of Maryland Baltimore County and has been an instructor of law and higher education at Trinity University (D.C.) and of leadership development at Purdue. Before being courted by Mortar Board four years ago, she had been a senior leader at Washington D.C.-based higher education associations, the Council of Graduate Schools, the American Association for Higher Education, and the American Dental Education Association.

Jane has been honored for her work in student affairs by the National Association for Women in Education and by Purdue University. In 2013 Purdue's College of Science named her a Distinguished Alumna. In addition to membership in Mortar Board, Jane is also proudly a member of Alpha Lambda Delta, Phi Eta Sigma, and Omicron Delta Kappa.

As executive director of both Mortar Board, Inc. and the Mortar Board National Foundation, Jane leads the Mortar Board staff with practical experience and joyful enthusiasm. Alongside a task force of volunteers, she led the develpoment of Mortar Board's LEAD: Leadership Education and Advisor Development certification program, now in its third year.

A PowerPoint presentation given at the 2014 meeting is available.

Larry C. Howlett
General Session Speaker, Setting Up and Maintaining Group Exemptions for Your Chapters

February 8, 2014, 10:45 am

howlett Larry C. Howlett, Certified Public Accountant~ President of Larry C. Howlett, CPA PLLC firm in Bowling Green, Kentucky has over 30 years of experience with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) as an Exempt Organizations Specialist.  He has assisted many organizations all over the nation with their accounting requirements so that the organization can bring people to Christ. Consultations cover all areas of effectively running a nonprofit organization.

Services offered to nonprofit organizations are: Preparation of Form 1023, Application for Recognition of Exemption, annual filing of Form 990, assisting organizations in the resolution of penalty charges for various aspects with the IRS.

Larry offers many customized presentations to board of directors and nonprofit organizations.

Larry works with accountant and legal firms in compliance audits for churches, private foundations and charities.  Larry is a member of Kentucky & Tennessee Certified Public Accountants, National Association of Church Business Administration, Great Lakes Area TE/GE Council of the IRS, and Association of Certified Fraud Examiners.

Larry C. Howlett CPA
631 Newberry Street
Bowling Green, KY 42103
270-842-4242 phone
270-846-2127 fax
[email protected]

Jillian Kinzie, Ph.D.
General Session speaker, Student Engagement and Success in College:
What Do We Know about the Quality of the Undergraduate Experience?

February 8, 2014, 9:30 am

KinzieJillian Kinzie is the associate director for the Center for Postsecondary Research and the National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE) Institute at Indiana University Bloomington. Kinzie conducts research and leads project activities on effective use of student engagement data to improve educational quality and serves as a senior scholar on the National Institute for Learning Outcomes Assessment (NILOA) project, an initiative to study assessment in higher education. She earned her PhD from Indiana University in higher education with a minor in women's studies. Prior to this, she served on the faculty of Indiana University and coordinated the University's master's program in higher education and student affairs. She also worked in academic and student affairs at several institutions, including Miami University and Case Western Reserve University. She's co-author of Student Success in College (Jossey-Bass, 2005/2010) and One Size Does Not Fit All: Traditional and Innovative Models of Student Affairs Practice (Routledge, 2008). She serves on the editorial board of the Journal of College Student Development and on the advisory board of the National Resource Center for the First Year Experience and Students in Transition and the National Society for Collegiate Scholars.

Verelyn Gibbs Watson
General Session speaker, ScholarCon 2014

February 7, 2014, 3:15 pm

WatsonVerelyn Gibbs Watson is the President and Chief Operating Officer for The National Society of Collegiate Scholars. In her role at NSCS, Verelyn works closely with the CEO and Founder to set and manage to the overall vision for the Society. She is also responsible for ensuring strategic alignment and effective operations across the organization, while serving as a catalyst for driving growth and evolution, in order to make sure NSCS is always able to deliver on its promises to honor, inspire and engage members.

Gibbs Watson earned her MBA in Marketing Management from Pace University and her BS in Marketing from Morgan State University. She has received certificates in Association Management and Leadership from the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE) and Harvard Kennedy School, Executive Education.  Prior to joining NSCS in 2008, she spent over a decade in the financial services industry where she earned her NASD Series 6 and 7 licenses as well as her Life and Health license. Her past areas of focus have included corporate training and development, agency recruiting and retention for niche markets as well as assisting in the development of new key target markets. 

Verelyn currently lives in Montgomery County, Maryland with her husband Sean, daughter Channing and their feisty vizsla Barron.