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“Collaboration and Cooperation: Universities Banding Together”

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“Collaboration and Cooperation: Universities Banding Together” 

[Pictured L to R: Matthew D’Oyly (Otterbein University), Kathy Walters, CMP, CCEP (Purdue University), Pamela Walker-Stokes (Purdue University), Katrina Kenton (Mount St. Joseph University), Alicia Rizzo (Miami University) and Paula Green (Miami University)]

(Cincinnati, OH January 17, 2020) On Friday, January 17, 2020, an Association of Collegiate Conference and Events Directors – International (ACCED-I) Drive-In Forum titled “Collaboration and Cooperation: Universities Banding Together” was held at Mount St. Joseph University in Cincinnati, OH. Katrina Kenton of Mount St. Joseph University and Paula Green and Alicia Rizzo of Miami University co-sponsored this informative day.

Katrina Kenton offered the morning presentation, “Identify Opportunities in Your Neighbor’s Backyard”. She spoke about carefully analyzing meeting facilities, and reaching out to organizations that currently do not have a relationship with the University that would bring potential students to campus, such as AP & IB Testing, Honor Society Banquets, and Home-School testing and events. “By opening our campus for standardized testing, we have been able to bring hundreds of potential students on-site. We also make sure Admissions has a presence at various events which helps create numerous opportunities to share information about The Mount,” said Kenton.

Following lunch, Paula Green and Alicia Rizzo offered the afternoon presentation, “Identify Opportunities in Your Own Backyard”, which focused on “Internal Areas of Opportunity: Academic, Athletic, Administration, Alumni, and Admissions”.  Learning which outside organizations faculty and staff are already connected to, such as the Ohio Association of Gerontology and Education (OAGE) can help identify conference possibilities. Green added, “It is also important to understand what makes your campus unique, and how to maximize opportunities. For example, Miami University is the Mother of Fraternities, we host large scale Swim meets, we have a nationally recognized Hockey program, and of course, historical ties to Freedom Summer. These assets have allowed us to reach thousands of potential students over the years.”

One of the greatest benefits of being a member of ACCED-I and participating in these types of events is the chance to network with others, discuss common challenges and share best practices. It seems irrelevant if a campus is small or large, many of the questions and stories are similar, and the conversations provide unique ways to learn from one another.