Members and friends of ACHE met in St. Louis, Missouri, November 9-11, 2015, for the association’s 77th Annual Conference & Meeting. Here are some of the highlights from the meeting.
Photos from the conference
Click here to view the entire catalog from ACHE's 2015 Annual Conference & Meeting.
Selected presentation slides available
Breakout presentations at ACHE St. Louis encompassed a diverse array of topics, from connecting with your audience through social media to the power of mentoring and everything in between.
Click here to find these and other slideshows from our Annual Conference.
During the 2015 Annual Awards Ceremony, ACHE recognized outstanding individual and program accomplishment in continuing higher education. To find out more about each of our award winners, click here to view our 2015 Awards Program.
This award is the highest award presented by ACHE and recognizes an individual who has made extraordinary contributions in leadership, theory, and practice in continuing higher education on a national or international level. The recipient of the 2015 Leadership Award is Susan Elkins, Chancellor of Palmetto College at the University of South Carolina.
Meritorious Service Award
The ACHE Meritorious Service Award recognizes individuals for their outstanding leadership and service to continuing higher education at their own institutions and to ACHE over the years. The recipient of the 2015 Meritorious Service Award is Nora Felde of Kennesaw State University in Kennesaw, Georgia.
Rising Star Award
Winners of the ACHE Rising Star Award are recognized for being outstanding rising leaders and program developers at ACHE member institutions or organizations. They must have no more than five years of experience working in the field of adult and continuing education and have developed, significantly contributed to the development of, or extended an outstanding program or division within a continuing education unit. The recipient of the 2015 Rising Star Award is Danielle Brown, Professional Education and Outreach Director at the Kansas State University Salina Campus.
Graduate Student Conference Grant
The purpose of the ACHE Graduate Student Conference Grant is to provide financial support to graduate students interested in attending the annual ACHE meeting. The Association members believe that their interest and future contributions to the field of continuing higher education will help maintain the vitality of the organization. The recipient of ACHE’s 2015 Graduate Student Conference Grant is Beth Craig, Coordinator of Program Development in the School of Continuing Education at Eastern Illinois University.
Crystal Marketing Award
The Crystal Marketing Award is given annually and honors organizations achieving successful results from a marketing communications tool in print, broadcast, and electronic media. The strategic approach, quality of the work, and results achieved are important criteria in determining award recipients. Kansas State University’s On Track Campaign won for 2015; Harry Williamson, Director of Administration and Finance, accepted the award on behalf of Jo Maseberg-Tomlinson and Ron Jackson, Program Coordinators.
ACHE’s Distinguished Program Awards recognize outstanding credit and non-credit programs at ACHE member institutions.
Distinguished Program Award – Credit
For 2015, ACHE recognized Kansas State University’s Personal Financial Planning Program for excellence in credit programming. Erika Rasure accepted the award on behalf of Sonya Britt, Program Director.
Distinguished Program Award – Non-Credit
Oklahoma State University’s Leadership Development Consortium was recognized for excellence in non-credit programming. Sarah Williams, Program Coordinator in The Center for Executive and Professional Development, and Julie Weathers, Director of The Center for Executive and Professional Development, accepted the award.
Distinguished Program Award – Non-Credit
The UFM Teen Mentoring Program at Kansas State University was recognized for excellence in non-credit programming. Valerie Coltharp, Special Projects Coordinator for the UFM Community Learning Center, and Linda Inlow Teener, Executive Director of the UFM Community Learning Center, accepted the award.
Creative Use of Technology Award
This annual award recognizes ACHE members for their innovative uses of instructional and distance learning technologies in lifelong learning. Both credit and noncredit programs are eligible for nomination, as are uses of learning technology for student services, research, marketing, or administrative projects. California State University – Chico, Regional & Continuing Education, was recognized for their program Connect • Learn • Engage. Clare Roby accepted the award on behalf of Jeff Layne, Director of Chico Distance & Online Education.
Older Adult Model Program Award
The Older Adult Model Program Award recognizes an ACHE member for a program or activity that provides outstanding learning opportunities and/or service to an older adult population. The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at California State University San Marcos is this year’s winner. Sherie Cambra, Program Administrator, and Wendy Evers, Executive Director of Program Development and Community Outreach accepted the award.