The Region V Conference Planning Team invites you to attend the 2018 Region V Conference at the University of Illinois at Chicago, November 8–11.

The team is working hard on recruiting educational sessions, finding and vetting great keynote speakers, and organizing a variety of conference activities to make this regional conference amazing.

Sample Schedule

All times are converted to Central Standard Time
Thu, October 26, 2017
12:00 PM

Crossing Over Art Exhibit

12:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Crossing Over showcases work created by undergraduate students of the UWM Peck School of the Arts Department of Art and Design who received scholarship and fellowship awards in 2016. This exciting annual event includes the exceptional artwork produced by these emerging artists in a wide range of mediums and covering a variety of topics.

1:00 PM

Silent Auction & Service Project Drop Off

1:00 PM - 6:45 PM

Conference Registration

1:00 PM - 8:00 PM

7:00 PM

Distinguished Lecture Series: Raoul Peck

7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Distinguished Lecture Series welcomes Raoul Peck, award-winning film director and writer, for a thought-provoking and insightful discussion of his latest film, "I Am Not Your Negro." Peck will discuss the film, James Baldwin, and connect the Civil Rights Movement to the issues of segregation, education, and mass incarceration that Milwaukee and so many other places around the world face today. This is a ticketed event.

Fri, October 27, 2017
8:00 AM

Conference Registration

8:00 AM - 2:00 PM

Silent Auction & Service Project Drop Off

8:00 AM - 2:00 PM

Conference Headquarters

8:00 AM - 10:00 PM

9:00 AM

Union Tours

9:00 AM - 10:00 AM

Join the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee staff for a behind-the-scenes tour of the UWM Student Union. The tour will focus on operations and involvement.

10:00 AM

Professionals Welcome Session

10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Student Welcome Session

10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

11:00 AM

Silent Auction Open

11:00 AM - 7:00 PM

11:15 AM

Are You Ordering a Pizza or a Poster?

11:15 AM - 12:00 PM

Are you ordering a pizza or a poster? All the details of a design request is comparable to ordering a pizza!

Presented by Rachel Wussow, University of Wisconsin-Green Bay

College Unions and First Year Students: Results From an Online Mapping Survey

11:15 AM - 12:00 PM

The first year of students' experience in college is often a challenging transition from the convenient and familiar atmosphere of high school to the unknown environment of the university. For many students, this experience is an important determinant in deciding whether or not to spend the next four or five years of their lives in the same institution. The physical setting of a campus, including the college union, may play an important role in firstyear student retention. This session focuses on how first-year college students explore the campus, expand their life space, find people with whom they are comfortable, and places where they feel they belong. The research is based on data from an online mapping survey developed by Workshop Architects, the Campus Capital Framework (CCF). The research suggests that student unions play an especially valuable role for first-year students relative to upperclassmen and graduate students. Student life professionals will gain important insights about how first-year students view their campus union and contemplate ways in which these facilities can perhaps play an even more vital role for them.

Presented by Brian Schermer, Seyedehmahshid Jalalianhosseini, & Ever Clinton, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

Learning Through Leading: Building a Student Leadership Program to Meet the Needs of a Diverse Student Body

11:15 AM - 12:00 PM

Student Union staff at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee had the opportunity to develop a comprehensive leadership program menu from scratch over the course of 2015-2016. This session will share what we learned as we designed a program to meet the unique needs of a diverse student body on an urban campus, including addressing leadership development in student employment, developing campus partnerships, designing curriculum around skills and competencies that future employees seek, and finding ways to connect with students who might not see themselves as a leader. We will share strategies we explored including what worked, what didn't, and what gaps we seek to fill next. During the second half of the session, participants will be invited to roundtable leadership development strategies and assist each other in generating ideas to tackle different leadership development challenges we each face on campus.

Presented by Kirstin DeMartino, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

Student Employee Lessons Learned: Developing Self-Authorship Through Synergistic Supervision

11:15 AM - 12:00 PM

This session addresses how self-authorship applies directly to student employment. Self-authorship theory (Baxter Magolda, 2004) illustrates how students gain the ability to define their own beliefs, identity and social relationships through interpreting their experiences, which increase in complexity over time. In higher education, student employees experience self-authorship opportunities through the workplace, as authority figures (i.e., supervisors) guide them to define their professional values, identities and relationships. This session, presented from the perspective of a graduate student and former student employee, looks at how student employees move toward self-authorship in a professional context and ways in which these individuals, particularly those in the Crossroads position, look to mentors to support their development through synergistic supervision.

Presented by Rachael Tregler, Marquette University

Taking Aim With Bullet Journaling

11:15 AM - 12:00 PM

√ Pack for ACUI Regional Conference
√ Set away messages
√ Arrive in Milwaukee
√ Select educational sessions to attend
√ Send birthday card
√ Learn how to Bullet Journal at work, for school, and for personal life.
Bullet Journaling is a style of planner where a to-do list meets a diary and a calendar. It can be used for both work and personal life to keep track of projects and tasks in one simple location. Bullet Journaling is completely customizable per person and task to be exactly what you need. All you need is a notebook and a pen. We will provide examples of different styles of bullet journals we use to show the flexibility of the tool. We will also have resources for beginners who are interested in starting their own bullet journal. For people who are already bullet journaling, we will devote some time to sharing ideas and tips with other bullet journalers. We will highlight how this can
help professionals in higher education with time and task management.

Presented by Becky Hass & Kelly Jo Hadfield, University of Wisconsin-Platteville

12:00 PM

Lunch & Communities of Practice

12:00 PM - 1:30 PM

Crossing Over Art Exhibit

12:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Crossing Over showcases work created by undergraduate students of the UWM Peck School of the Arts Department of Art and Design who received scholarship and fellowship awards in 2016. This exciting annual event includes the exceptional artwork produced by these emerging artists in a wide range of mediums and covering a variety of topics.

2:00 PM

ACUI's Strategic Plan

2:00 PM - 2:45 PM

ACUI is in the middle of its three-year strategic plan, 2016–18. Attend this session to learn about accomplishments to date and what is underway for the future. Members will also be invited to contribute to a discussion about a new strategic planning process and priorities for the coming years. While conversations will also take place virtually allowing for broader participation, this is a convenient, face-to-face opportunity to engage with Association leaders during the regional conference.

Presented by Ian Crone, Northern Illinois University

CPR: Doing More Than Saving Lives

2:00 PM - 2:45 PM

CPR is a leadership tool that will help student leaders and new professionals diagnose conflicts and issues. Breaking CPR down to its core principals we will discuss how to identify staff and client issues and how to respond.

Presented by Michael McKean, Northwestern University

Emergency Preparedness

2:00 PM - 2:45 PM

Join Campus Shooting Dialogue Team member Dan Foley as we explore preparation, response, and recovery to emergencies on your campus.

Presented by Dan Foley, Northwestern University

Integrating Technology into Marquee Events

2:00 PM - 2:45 PM

Learn how to save time, improve communications, and increase satisfaction to your department's signature event through innovative use of tech platforms.

Presented by Joe Lattal, Northwestern University

Let Me Upgrade You: Developing Students Through High-Impact Engagement Experiences

2:00 PM - 2:45 PM

Discover how to integrate high-impact practices to develop students in their student employment and student leadership experiences. This session will review best practices for designing developmental experiences for students. We will also review key characteristics of the new generation of college students, Generation Z, that will highlight unique challenges the incoming group of students will present to the collegiate community. Finally, presenters will share potential models session participants could use in forging their own student development experiences.

Presented by Allen Womble & Jill Rothamer-Wallenfeldt, University of Illinois–Chicago

Photo Booth: Fun OR Leadership Development, Revenue Stream, and Creative Program Outlet?

2:00 PM - 2:45 PM

Our involvement area purchased a photo booth three years ago and have learned a ton about creative uses for programming, wonderful campus partnerships, leadership development, and more.

Presented by Jennifer Lee, University of Wisconsin-Stout

Rebooting Institutional Culture and Promoting Inclusion

2:00 PM - 2:45 PM

In 2012, University of Minnesota-Duluth (UMD) was afforded an opportunity to 'refresh' their Kirby Student Center, an opportunity most of us have encountered as administrators and users of older student life facilities. However, before leveraging an immediate investment for furniture and finishes upgrades, leadership challenged the university to take a more intentional look at the needs of the campus community. UMD embarked on a renovation, encompassing 22,000 square feet on a $5M budget with the added challenge of a tight schedule and limited time to bring student voice into the design. The campus engaged Workshop Architects to lead them through multiple phases of planning and design with a process that has become a model for how the design team approaches other projects and is the current standard for the institution on how planning and design of student-focused spaces should be approached. The result of the collaboration led to a reinvigorated Kirby Student Center that has elevated the sense of inclusivity on campus, reinforced UMD's institutional mission and core values, and created a social hub that attracts students to visit and linger. Additionally, the realized result of deep engagement with students and staff has surpassed the expectations of the university and campus community.

Presented by Jeni Eltink, University of Minnesota-Duluth & Peter van den Kieboom and Angela van Dyke, Workshop Architects

3:00 PM

Keynote: Fred Edwards Jr.

3:00 PM - 4:30 PM

Frederick Edwards Jr. expresses his concern about modern-day racial discrimination and how it has affected so many lives, including his own. Tune in to listen to his experiences of struggle and resiliency as a person fighting against discrimination in all forms. Edwards provides a few ways to combat racial discrimination, as well as ways to make sure that if you are on the side that is doing the discrimination proper steps you can make to make sure it doesn't happen again . Edwards's focus has been on leadership empowerment and strengthening our communities by being the role models.

5:00 PM


5:00 PM - 6:30 PM

6:00 PM

Lyrical Sanctuary Writers Workshop

6:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Prior to this evening's program, Desiree Dallagiacomo will lead a creative writing workshop open to anyone willing to put their pen to the page.

7:00 PM

Lyrical Sanctuary

7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Region V is excited to partner with the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee’s Sociocultural Programs to feature their program, Lyrical Sanctuary, as the Friday night entertainment at this year’s conference. Lyrical Sanctuary is a popular open-mic night that has been part of UWM’s culture for the past 15 years. Conference attendees are encouraged to take part in this event, either as a listener or as a spoken word performer. An option will be provided to attend a writer’s workshop with feature poet Desiree Dallagiacomo, third ranked woman poet at the 2015 Women of the World Poetry Slam, for those interested in learning how to put spoken word together before the program. For those interested in performing in Lyrical Sanctuary, the conference does have time slots reserved for ACUI attendees.

A Harry Potter Halloween Party

7:00 PM - 11:00 PM

Join us in the Union Rec Center for a Harry Potter Halloween Party. Enjoy $3 All You Can Rec and Harry Potter themed snacks while you play games and complete challenges for points in the House Cup. There will be prizes for the winning house as well as for best Harry Potter costume!

Sponsored by the UWM Student Union Rec Center

9:00 PM

Halloween Movie Series: Don't Look Now

9:00 PM - 11:00 PM

When John and Laura move to Venice for work, they hope the time away can help them cope with the recent loss of their child. Soon however, they encounter two elderly sisters, one of whom is a psychic to claims to bring a warning from beyond the grave. Both a reflection on grief and supernatural thriller, Don’t Look Now will hold on to you long after it’s over.

Sat, October 28, 2017
8:00 AM

Conference Registration

8:00 AM - 10:00 AM

Conference Headquarters

8:00 AM - 10:00 PM

9:00 AM

Future Leaders in Student Affairs: OPE Oshkosh

9:00 AM - 10:00 AM

Marc Nylen, director of Gruenhagen Conference Center, looks forward to interacting with conference delegates and to sharing informational resources related to the annual Oshkosh Placement Exchange Conference, a national, higher education job placement exchange.

Silent Auction Open

9:00 AM - 5:15 PM

10:00 AM

Awards Brunch & Keynote Dr. Liz Gross

10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

Dr. Liz Gross is a higher education marketing and communications scholar, practitioner, speaker, author, and instructor, with expertise in social media. Her professional super powers include designing and analyzing market research, applying social media strategy to multiple areas of the business, explaining difficult concepts in simple language, and using social listening to develop consumer insights and assist with reputation management.

12:00 PM

ACUI Region V Town Hall Meeting

12:00 PM - 12:45 PM

Join us for a discussion on the priorities of Region V.

Presented by Dave Israels-Swenson, University of Minnesota-Morris

Bowling Alley Roundtable Discussion: Events, Marketing, Challenges, and Successes

12:00 PM - 12:45 PM

This roundtable is a supportive space for issues facing student unions which operate bowling lanes and billiards rooms. This session will give participants an opportunity to engage in discussion with peers about how we can best manage our challenges, celebrate our successes, discuss ideas, and share best practices on our campuses. If your campus currently operates your own bowling lanes, bring your thoughts, successful program ideas, and some business cards!

Presented by Nicholas Rachowicz, Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville

Developing a Staff Engagement, Inclusion, and Diversity Team

12:00 PM - 12:45 PM

With a goal to recruit and retain the best staff, the Wisconsin Union formed an Engagement, Inclusion, and Diversity Council. The council's purpose is to create and launch organizational change. Session presenters will share the evolution of the council as well as present their successes, challenges, and next steps.

Presented by Susan Dibbell, University of Wisconsin-Madison

From Student Employment to Professional Career

12:00 PM - 12:45 PM

Often times, students seek out on campus jobs for merely the purpose of making money, but what they can fail to see the valuable skills they will learn. From office jobs to dining services, students learn and grow their skills that they will need for their future careers. It is important to help them realize that their jobs are much more than "just office work." A goal for this educational session will be to enlighten undergraduates on how to use what they do in their union jobs to get internships and other positions in their careers. A constant goal in student affairs is to set students up for success once they graduate and move on in their careers. By teaching undergraduates how to translate their skills onto their resumes, they will be able to present themselves in a way that is appealing to future employers.

Presented by Alyssa Pereira, North Dakota State University

Marketing Roundtable

12:00 PM - 12:45 PM

Inspiration in Marketing (Roundtable)

Presented by Rachel Wussow & Jordan Schroeder, University of Wisconsin-Green Bay

More Trial and Less Error: Proactive Special Event Planning

12:00 PM - 12:45 PM

We didn't see that coming! Learn how the union at one mid-size, regional institution used a campus crisis to develop a comprehensive student organization special event planning process that involves multiple campus partners and meets the needs of students, event planning staff, and safety management teams in one single meeting. Let us share our strategies, successes, and challenges three years into our system to help you create a plan before the crisis gets to you.

Presented by Sara Ann Suwalski & Melissa Burgess, University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh

The Evolution of the Student Staff Development Manager Role

12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

As a current student employee and former student employee turned professional staff, we will share our experiences as the student staff development manager (SSDM) at the Norris University Center at Northwestern University. We will explain how we understand the responsibilities of the role, the challenges
and opportunities for the role, and the needs the role addresses, which revolve around staff development (training, community building, and recognition) for more than 200 student employees in the union across 15 diverse departments. We hope you may learn from our presentation to create a similar role or
integrate some of the ideas we implemented to create positive outcomes in your organization. We also hope to hear from other attendees about similar roles they have seen, as well as other aspects of student staff community and development that we should consider!

Presented by Jackie Grinvalds, Northeastern Illinois University & Ania Holubecki, Northwestern University

1:00 PM

A Funny Thing Happened on My Journey to Leadership

1:00 PM - 1:45 PM

This session will cover my personal journey to leadership while working in the Student Union at the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee. Along the way, I discovered that I was an introvert, leading to a distinct leadership style!

Presented by Lucy Mentkowski & Brandon James, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

Improving Your Service Model for VIP Events

1:00 PM - 1:45 PM

Student employees are the backbone of student union operations and the reason most of us work in higher education. Unfortunately, their availability and skill levels don't always meet the needs of our event clients. Norris University Center was feeling pressure to provide more consistent staffing throughout events, and more technically experienced staff for VIP and complex events. We addressed this by hiring a team of professional "Tech Specialists" to provide a higher tier of service. This session will explore the new staffing model, the successes and challenges, and touch on how we were able to hire them in a budget neutral way.

Presented by Christopher Burpee, Northwestern University

Managing Student Union Operations through the Illinois Budget Crisis

1:00 PM - 1:45 PM

The State of Illinois recently experienced an unprecedented two-year budget crisis. Public universities were left without a state appropriation for two full budget cycles. Come and find out how four student union directors navigated their operations and supported their students and staff through severe budget cuts, declining enrollment, reduced fee revenues, staff furloughs, and even layoffs. This panel will discuss what they did to adjust to all of these factors, lessons learned, and how their union operations plan to move forward through even more uncertain times. If there is a silver lining to a financial crisis, these presenters have found it. Each presenter has grown stronger as a practicing professional in the field of union administration. Stories will be told, but more importantly, information will be shared on ways to navigate a financial crisis.

Presented by Kyle Burke, Northeastern Illinois University; Tena Bennett, Southern Illinois University-Carbondale; Ian Crone, Northern Illinois University; Ann Comeford, University of Illinois-Springfield

Our 10-Year Journey

1:00 PM - 1:45 PM

For most of the last decade, the Wisconsin Union has engaged in a progressive and deliberate course of reflection, discovery, and growth. Centered equally on the historic restoration of Memorial Union and the re-imagining of Union South, the process has positioned the union to meet the ever increasing needs of students, build a stronger campus community, and inspire a renewed sense of ownership among its members. From master planning to feasibility studies; from student referenda to capital campaigns; from design committees to construction firms; the $200 million project transformed more than our physical spaces. Listening to and incorporating more than 30,000 voices in the process allowed us to build community as we rebuilt the campus's community center. These are highlights and lessons learned from our decade-long journey—from the first shovel of dirt to the final ribbon cutting.

Presented by Mark Guthier, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Stop the Hate Today: Words and Actions Matter, Make a Difference

1:00 PM - 1:45 PM

Racial slurs, sexist jokes, and dehumanization are all forms of bias. Add a crime and you get hate crimes. Words and actions matter, they show intent; learn how to make a difference. Stop the Hate is a national bias incident and hate crime awareness program. Learn about the pyramid of hate, how to be an ally, and what you can do on your campus to "Stop the Hate."

Presented by Valerie Wetzel & Cassie Strandberg, University of Wisconsin-Platteville

Telling Your Story: Assessment Roundtable

1:00 PM - 1:45 PM

Presenters will share the assessment template they use for their division and department, and how they've used the information from assessment to tell their story. This will provide an introduction to the roundtable discussion which will be the core of this session. Participants are encouraged to bring examples of how they use assessment in telling their own individual student center/student union story.

Presented by Lisa Kratz & Becky Hass, University of Wisconsin-Platteville

Whose Living Room? Considering Inclusivity in Student Union Space

1:00 PM - 1:45 PM

In this session, we challenge the idea of student unions being the third place or the living room of campus, especially thinking about guests who may be homeless. We will share our experiences in operations roles within student unions, both in urban areas and college towns, and the complexities involved wi th policy creation and enforcement and decision regarding physical space. We will also invite attendees to share their situations and hope to critically examine our roles regarding this topic.

Presented by Meredithe Mimlitz, Northwestern University & Jackie Grinvalds, Northeastern Illinois University

2:00 PM

Embracing Diversity

2:00 PM - 2:45 PM

Although race is a social concept, as it has no biological basis, in today's society race is often used to express identity and is considered a demographic category on the U.S. census which highlights its influence in American society. According to the 2016 U.S. census for the Midwest, 76% of the population is white/Caucasian. The other categories are composed of Black, Native, Asian, Hispanic, Biracial (mixed), Islander, and other. ( While race is certainly not the only component of diversity, it will be the backbone of our presentation. This session aims to increase participation in discussions of diversity and help participants understand the line between participation and domination of the conversation. We hope to encourage the frequency of engagement with diverse topics in the form of events, open dialogues, and workshops that occur in college unions.

Presented by Farhat Bhuiyan & Noor Hammad, University of Wisconsin-Madison

First Amendment 101: Student Union Style

2:00 PM - 2:45 PM

Many people know that the First Amendment to the Constitution of the United States discusses freedom of speech. But what does that mean for student unions and college campuses? Take a deep dive into the First Amendment and its role on public and private college campuses. This session will review what the First Amendment actually says (and doesn't say), the student union's role in First Amendment speech and expression, public forums, and key concepts from court cases about the First Amendment. Come explore how other unions handle First Amendment rights on their campus.

Presented by Jeni Eltink, University of Minnesota-Duluth

From Day One: Training and Developing Multiple Levels of Student Employees

2:00 PM - 2:45 PM

This session focuses on training and developing multiple levels of student employees from day one of employment through the end of their time in the student union. This includes organization-wide trainings as well as approaches from three different areas of student staffing: HR, Retail, and Facilities. Our approach includes orientation, individual training, staff meetings, Performance Development Process, and use of our Student Development Outcomes. All approaches focus on keeping student employees engaged while getting them relevant information. These approaches are used for training as few as one student employee to working with our entire department's 200 plus student employees and can be scaled to work with any organization.

Presented by Beth Galatis, Kelsey Cook & Becca Simon, University of Minnesota-Twin Cities

Student Experience Focus Group

2:00 PM - 2:45 PM

Calling all students! We want to hear from you! This session will focus on the conference experience of our student attendees. What have you learned? What would you still like to learn? How would you like to stay connected to ACUI and the people you have met at the conference? We will also discuss ways in which students can stay involved in ACUI and Region V. Please come share your thoughts with us!

Presented by Kyle Burke, Northeastern Illinois University; Alyssa Pereira, North Dakota State University; Rachel Wussow, University of Wisconsin-Green Bay

Student Organization Online Platforms Roundtable

2:00 PM - 2:45 PM

Student organization online platforms have changed all aspects of working with student organizations, students and their activities. This roundtable discussion will focus on experiences of current systems in use such as CollegiateLink, OrgSync, ChapterSpot, and "home grown" campus platforms. A new platform, Engage, a merging of CollegiateLink and OrgSync, is currently being launched by Campus Labs. Participants will discuss current and anticipated practices and challenges on their campuses with these systems with regard student learning, campus activities and reservation systems among other topics.

Presented by Tom Dake, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

What Do Our Student Employees Learn While on the Job?

2:00 PM - 2:45 PM

2017 marks the completion of a four-year long assessment of student employee learning at the Norris University Center at Northwestern University. During that time, a cohort of first-year employees were interviewed each year until they graduated. This session is based on our findings of what students thought they had learned and what we know they learned. We will share with you the tools we used to assess student learning and what we found out.

Presented by Michael McKean & Dominic Evans, Northwestern University

3:00 PM

ACUI Talks

3:00 PM - 4:30 PM

Tiki torches at a white supremacist rally at the University of Virginia, riots on the campus of University of California–Berkeley related to a controversial speaker, state governments and colleges contemplating free speech legislation/policies, debates over safe spaces on campus, frequent campus bias incidents—not since the 1960s/70s have our campuses seen protests and divisive rhetoric like we are experiencing today. This panel of union/student affairs veterans will explore these issues, share different campus approaches, and discuss how the college union can continue to meet our mission as community centers welcoming all while remaining a vital marketplace of ideas that exposes students to viewpoints and experiences different than their own.

5:00 PM

Food & Drink

5:00 PM - 6:30 PM

Join us in the Gasthaus and Rec Center for food and drink.

Halloween Movie Series: Hocus Pocus

5:00 PM - 6:45 PM

Three cursed witches return from the grave 300 years later to cast their revenge on the town which executed them so many years ago, only there is one problem, the spell book they need has been taken by three kids. Now it is up to these kids to stop these witches before the whole town falls under their spell in this Walt Disney classic.

5:30 PM

Scholarship and Social Activities

5:30 PM - 10:30 PM

Bowling: Round up your coworkers and colleagues to assemble a team and compete against your fellow members of Region V in a Bowling Tournament in the Rec Center. There is an entry fee of $50 per team, which goes toward the Region V Scholarship Fund.

Billiards: Close out Saturday nights down in the Rec Center with billiards! Challenge the other participants to a showdown of skill. The entry fee will be $5 per person. All proceeds go toward the Region V Scholarship Fund.

Trivia: Pull together a team and test your collective knowledge with seven rounds of trivia. Teams must consist of no less than two students and no more than six students. Topics will include Star Wars and SpongeBob. Trivia will be free for all conference participants.

7:00 PM

Halloween Movie Series: Night of the Living Dead

7:00 PM - 8:45 PM

The first feature from late horror film legend George A. Romero, and the film to which all future zombie movies would compare, Night of the Living Dead returns to the big screen with a brand new 4k digital restoration! While a flesh eating virus sweeps the nation, a group of survivors struggle to survive in an old farmhouse as the walking dead close in on them. Thrilling and classic, join us for a night of terror in celebration of a great filmmaker’s legacy.

Sun, October 29, 2017
8:00 AM

Breakfast at Marquette University

8:00 AM - 10:00 AM

Join us for breakfast at Marquette University's Alumni Memorial Union, as we wrap up the 2017 Regional Conference.

There are two parking structures at Marquette University relatively close to the Alumni Memorial Union visitors can park in – 16th Street Structure and the Wells Street Structure.

From the 16th Street Structure, conference attendees would exit on the east side of the building and cross 16th Street to get to a sidewalk that leads to the AMU's west entrance.

From the Wells Street Structure, conference attendees would exit on the south side of the building and walk 1-1/2 blocks west to enter the AMU's east entrance.

The Visitor parking rate at both structures is $10.

Street parking is also free on Sundays in the City of Milwaukee.

8:15 AM

Marquette Alumni Memorial Union Tours

8:15 AM - 10:00 AM

Join Marquette's Alumni Memorial Union staff for tours of the AMU facility.


Lodging for conference guests is available at the Chicago Marriott at Medical District/UIC. Reserve your rooms by October 8 to guarantee the group rate of $209 per standard room. Use the link below or call the hotel directly at 312.491.1234. If calling, indicate you are attending the ACUI Region V Conference for the discounted rate. The group code is “ACU”.

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Conference Planning Team

  • Paul Wraalstad, North Dakota State University,
    2018 Conference Planning Team Chair
  • Nicole Bellcorelli, University of Wisconsin–Oshkosh
  • Simon Franco, University of Minnesota–Morris
  • Beth Galatis, University of Minnesota–Twin Cities
  • David Hill, University of Minnesota–Twin Cities
  • Joe Lattal, Northwestern University
  • Ali Myszewski, Marquette University
  • Krista Proksch, University of Wisconsin–Stout
  • Blake Trchka, DePaul University

Corporate Partners

Region V would like to recognize Workshop Architects as a Gold Level Corporate Partner for the 2017 Regional Conference.

Workshop Architects