Understanding Eating Behavior
January 10, 1 p.m. Eastern
Participants will learn about the key foods that act like a drug on the brain, as well as the emotional reasons students “use” food in the first place, because all addicts reach for Substance A to deal with Situation B. Food addiction definitely fits this mold. In this case, people “use” food to cope with fear or anxiety or painful situations. They eat out of resentment, loneliness, or boredom. They eat for protection, to keep themselves from people who do or have hurt them physically, mentally, or emotionally. But it doesn’t have to be this way. The presenter will show you how to recognize signs of food addiction in students and others, and how you can help students recover from this cunning disease.
About the Presenter
Kimberly Day is founder and chief decadence officer of Decadent Health, LLC. After earning her Master of Arts degree in English, Day worked in television and radio before pursuing her true passion is natural health and nutrition. For the past 15 years, Day has worked with many of the most notable experts in the natural and alternative health field and written thousands of health-focused articles. She continued bringing her latest findings, insights, and personal experiences in her blog Confessions of a Food Addict, which she has been writing for more than six years. The blog is a product of Day’s own experience as a food addict in recovery.
Attending Conferences on a Grad Student Budget
February 6, 3 p.m. Eastern
presenters from three institutions will share their advice on how to
attend conferences on a limited grad student budget. Learn how you can
find funds and lower costs to take advantage of these career-building
About the Presenters
Katie Krajny Beaulieu
is in her third year of the Ed.D. program for higher education
leadership at Texas Christian University. As a graduate assistant for
student development services, Beaulieu coordinates assessment efforts
for programs and services within the department. Her dissertation is
focused on exploring sense of belonging through acculturation for
students of color.
Joren Plunkett is a current graduate
student at the University of Utah enrolled in the education, leadership,
and policy program in pursuit of her M.Ed. She received her B.S. at
Oregon State University in human development and family sciences. Her
previous work, education, and lived experiences as a Pacific Islander
womyn has yielded her various opportunities within and surrounding
higher education topics and trends.
Gillian Perry is the
assistant director of campus life arts and programs at the University of
North Carolina–Wilmington. In her role, Perry oversees Sharky’s Box
Office and Game Room, Lumina Theater, marketing for arts and programs,
and the campus life student employee program, which includes a specific
training track for graduate student professional development. Perry
earned her master's in higher education and student affairs from Indiana
University and her bachelor's in English from UNC–Wilmington.
Career Advancement through Competency Achievement
February 13, 4 p.m. Eastern
education is one successful method of advancing one's career. This
program covers the ACUI core competencies, including why they were
chosen as important for our members’ career development, possible future
changes to the core competencies, and the different ways ACUI helps
members develop in these areas. Join us to learn how you can develop new
skills to grow professionally.
About the Presenters
is the director of sales, marketing, and facilities at the University
of Sydney Union. Cowie is responsible for membership recruitment and
satisfaction, student publications, the promotion of all union
activities, services, and events, as well as all union buildings and
tenancies. He has a bachlor's degree from Sydney, a bachelor's from
Edith Cowan University, and a master's from Sydney. Since 2015, he has
sat on the ACUI I Education Council and has presented at the last four
annual conferences. With more than 30 years experience in the student
services community, Cowie is a proud advocate for the ACUI core
competencies and the associated skill sets.
is an associate director in the Department of Student Engagement and
Campus Life at Virginia Tech. His daily work includes overseeing
housekeeping, maintenance, renovation and construction, tenant
relationships, emergency preparedness, and assessment. A past recipient
of ACUI’s Edward S. “Beanie” Drake award, Margiotta has been an
enthusiastic volunteer throughout his career and is currently serving on
the Education Council.
Campus Programs with Heart: Impacting Community & Campus
February 27, 1 p.m. Eastern
program features two institutions with outstanding programming that
impacts the community. Featured programs have long-term or large effects
on people inside and outside the campus. These include a multi-year
leadership program at the College at Brockport and an
inter-generational service program at the University of North
Carolina–Wilmington. Come learn about these programs, the challenges and
opportunities they have faced, and the advice the presenters have for
those hoping to create programs with heart.
About the Presenters
is the associate director of community development at the College at
Brockport. In her role, she oversees community service, democratic
engagement, and the college’s award-winning Leadership Development
Program, which earned the ACUI Region 2 Outstanding Community Building
Program Award in 2010, NASPA Excellence Grand Bronze Award in 2014, and
the SUNY Outstanding Student Affairs Program Award in 2014. She has
spent the past eight years establishing and refining the co-curricular
certificate program and has presented all over the United States about
student leadership programming and assessment.
Amanda Gabbard is
the coordinator for community engagement in the Office of Student
Leadership and Engagement at the University of North
Carolina–Wilmington. She oversees the larger campus service programs,
advises the community engagement specialists who plan weekly service
opportunities for fellow students, and plans the service trips. She has a
bachelor's in recreation and sport management from Indiana State
University and a master's in student affairs in higher education from
Missouri State University with a concentration in community involvement.
Gabbard is excited to be working at an ACUI member institution where
she can begin her own ACUI journey.Register