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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Wednesday, Feb 13
4:00     Board Meeting Vision
6:00   Board Dinner The Eagle's Nest
Thursday, Feb 14
8:00 Board Meeting Vision
11:30 Executive Session Vision
1:00 REGISTRATION Cosmopolitan Foyer
2:00  Opening General Session – Jane Hamblin, Mortar Board, presiding
          Roll call – Eileen Merberg, Alpha Lambda Delta
          State of the Society
Cosmopolitan A
3:30  Break Cosmopolitan Foyer
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
Cosmopolitan A
  Welcome to members of the Fraternity Executives Association  
5:30 Welcome Reception: Meet the Vendors - Sponsored by Church Hill Classics Cosmopolitan CD
7:00  Dinner on Your Own  
Friday, Feb 15
8:00 Breakfast Cosmopolitan B
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

Cosmopolitan B
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.
  • Student panelists:

    Alyssa Kane, Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, Alpha Lambda Delta/Phi Eta Sigma

    Ryan Fraser, Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, Alpha Lambda Delta/Phi Eta Sigma

    Allison Keane, Butler University, The National Society of Collegiate Scholars

    Jane Ha, Butler University, Mortar Board

Cosmopolitan A
10:30 Vendor Exhibition and Coffee Break Cosmopolitan CD
11:30  Introduction:  Kate Gaertner, Alpha Sigma Nu

Growing the Value and Leadership of Honor Societies Through Storytelling and Design
           Dr. Dung Q. Tran, Assistant Professor, Leadership and Organization Development, School of Business, Arts, and Media, Cabrini University

Cosmopolitan A
12:30 Lunch Cosmopolitan B
1:30 General Session
Life as a Faculty Member - Dr. Anne F. Harris, Professor and Vice President for Academic Affairs at DePauw University
Cosmopolitan A
2:30  Break Cosmopolitan Foyer
3:00 Introduction: Steve Loflin, National Society of Collegiate Scholars

What is Student Engagement and Why Does It Matter for Honor Societies?
          Alexander C. McCormick, Director, National Survey of Student Engagement and Associate Professor in the Higher Education & Student Affairs program at Indiana University

Cosmopolitan A
4:00 Ask the Experts: John Huskins and Andrea Wright, Johnson Lambert Vision
5:00 ACHS Committee Roundtables Cosmopolitan B
6:00 Member and Guest Reception Discovery
7:00 Dinner on Your Own  
Saturday, Feb 16
7:45 Board Meeting Cosmopolitan B
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 Advisors – succession planning, chapter retention on campus, increasing inductions, etc.
    • Facilitators: Dr. David Jones, Prof. of Psychology, Westminster College (MO), Alpha Chi National Council President

      Susan Melson Huffman, Ph.D., Purdue University, Associate Director of Administration and Assignments, University Residences, Past President, National Alpha Lambda Delta

  • Identity Theft and Database Security
    • Facilitator: Kevin Howell, Executive Director, Epsilon Pi Tau
  • Grants and Measuring Impact
    • Facilitator: Tina Gridiron, TLG Solutions - 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.
  • Best Practices in Investing for Nonprofits
    • Facilitator: Tania Matz, Investment Adviser, LPL Financial
  • Event Planning for Nonprofits
    • Facilitator: Tracey Rath, Global Account Executive, Conference Direct
Cosmopolitan B
10:00  Break Cosmopolitan Foyer
10:30 Best Practices
          Facilitators: Steve Loflin, The National Society of Collegiate Scholars, and Kate Gaertner, Alpha Sigma Nu
Cosmopolitan A
12:00 Closing General Session
Important Announcement
Recognitions and Awards – Wes Crawford, Sigma Lambda Chi
Cosmopolitan A
12:30 Box Lunches and Leisure Activities on Your Own
Brochure: Top 10 Things To Do In Indy
Cosmopolitan B




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.

Anne F. Harris, Ph.D. - Professor and vice president for academic affairs at DePauw University

Friday 1:30pm: Life as a Faculty Member

Anne Harris

Anne F. Harris, who is professor and vice president for academic affairs at DePauw University, holds her B.A. in art history and classical languages from Agnes Scott College, where she became a Mortar Board member. She earned her masters and Ph.D. in art history at the University of Chicago. She has been at DePauw for 21 years and in July she will become vice president for academic affairs and dean of Grinnell College. Her work in academic affairs has focused largely on nurturing intiatives, developing new relationships and creating key partnerships, like faculty development plans for inclusive excellence and faculty workshops on race, dialogue and community building. She has supported cocurricular centers at DePauw dedicated to media, management and entrepreneurship, technology, ethics, and community engagement through the creation of a Centers Council. 

John Huskins, CPA - Principal with Johnson Lambert LLP

Saturday 8:00am: Breakfast Roundtable, Understanding the Form 990

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.

Tania Matz - Investment Adviser, LPL Financial

Saturday 8:00am: Breakfast Roundtable, Best Practices in Investing for Nonprofits

Joyce Mary Tania Matz (Tania) is a Registered Financial Consultant for Linsco Private Ledger Inc. (LPL) who has been involved in asset management and general finance since 2001. Her investment philosophy revolves around encouraging her clients to follow their dreams.

Tania earned her B.S. degree in early child development, business, and Montessori. She holds the designation of Registered Financial Advisor and is working toward her financial charter license. Tania has advised a variety of educational groups, along with the Association Of Catholic Women Inc., General Motors, and the United States Postal Service. Other organizations Mrs. Matz has been affiliated with include the Lansing Postal Community Credit Unions, St. Cornelius and Cyprian Financial Counsel, and the Food Bank.

Tania was born in Sri-Lanka and raised in the United States. She now lives in Leslie, Michigan, where she enjoys an active lifestyle that revolves around her passions for gardening and learning. Tania enjoys spending time with her family in St Joseph, Michigan and Chicago, Illinois.

Alexander C. McCormick - Indiana University Bloomington

Friday 3:00pm: What is Student Engagement and Why Does It Matter for Honor Societies?


Alexander C. McCormick is an associate professor of educational leadership and policy studies at Indiana University Bloomington, where he teaches in the Higher Education and Student Affairs program. He also serves as senior associate director of the Center for Postsecondary Research (CPR).

McCormick directs the National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE), the largest survey of undergraduates that examines the quality of the educational experience. Since its launch in 2000, more than 1,600 bachelor's degree-granting colleges and universities in the US and Canada have used NSSE to assess the extent to which undergraduates engage in and are exposed to effective educational practices. NSSE has also been adapted for use in several other countries. Through his work with NSSE, McCormick aims to enrich the discourse about quality in higher education while enabling colleges and universities to diagnose and improve the quality of the undergraduate experience. His research interests center around assessment, accountability, and evidence-informed improvement.

At IU, McCormick teaches doctoral courses in higher education organization and administration, higher education and public policy, and student engagement research.

Before coming to Indiana, McCormick was a senior scholar at The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, where he led a major overhaul of the Foundation's widely-used classification of colleges and universities. He holds a Ph.D. in education and sociology from Stanford University.

Tracey Rath - Global Account Executive, Conference Direct

Saturday 8:00pm: Breakfast Roundtable, Event Planning for Nonprofits

Tracey Rath

Tracey joined Conference Direct in 2009 with a diverse Lodging / Sales/ Culinary background dating back to 1990. From Front Office to Catering to Culinary, Convention Operations and Group Sales, she brings a wealth of firsthand knowledge of how lodging venues and their various departments function, plan and integrate to deliver successful events. Prior to coming aboard, she held the position of Senior Account Executive with Marriott Hotels for 4 years. She has worked and lived in Denver, Houston, Las Vegas, San Diego, Maui, Aruba, Kansas City, New Orleans and San Francisco and this has given her the unique ability to make herself at home and find the best qualities and offerings in any city. This has transferred over to her ability to manage conferences in any given location, utilizing the tools available in the planning stages.

Tracey has a passion for all things culinary and invested the time to earn her degree in Culinary Arts from the Culinary Institute Lenotre' in Houston in 2005 . She is a committed team member as is demonstrated by her involvement with two different chapters of MPI since 2006. Serving both chapters on both golf and gala committees , serving as Committee Chair for table host and concierge have led to her being recognized as MPIRMC Leader of the Month for February 2011, November 2012 and Meeting Planner of the Year in 2011-2012. She was also nominated to serve on the board of MPIRMC of the 2012 to fill the position of Vice President of Membership and ended her 5 year board position serving as Vice President of Education, earning the coveted President's Award. With her personal experience, knowledge, drive and attention to detail, she is a tremendous asset to any customer desiring to execute the perfect venue for the flawless event. She has created some "one of a kind" reporting tools and services to assist clients with informed decisions and is highly skilled at preplanning and on site management of annual events.

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: Growing the Value and Leadership of Honor Societies Through Storytelling and Design

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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Tara Singer, Ed.D. - Executive Director, Omicron Delta Kappa

Friday 8:30am: Changes in Higher Education and the Impact on Honor Societies

John Huskins

Dr. Tara Singer was named as Omicron Delta Kappa's fifth executive director in April 2013.  As O∆K's executive director, she is the chief executive officer for the society and its foundation.

Tara previously served numerous universities in the south and the midwest, including her alma mater–the University of Louisville. She has a Doctor of Education in educational administration, a Master of Arts in higher education administration, and a Bachelor of Arts with honors in American studies. Additionally, she has coordinated numerous state, regional, and national conferences and has edited and co-authored various publications, including one book and several articles in refereed journals.

A 1981 initiate of the Beta Epsilon Circle at the University of Louisville, Tara served as the faculty officer for the University of West Georgia Circle during her tenure as UWG's vice president for university advancement.   She is also a member of Alpha Omicron Pi fraternity and Mortar Board. 

She is the mother of three grown sons and splits her time between homes in Greenwood and Waynesboro, Virginia.

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

Saturday 8:00am: Breakfast Roundtable, Understanding the Form 990

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