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President's Message

Monday, April 27, 2020   (2 Comments)
Posted by: Cal Seelye, Board of Directors President
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Welcome from a very sunny Mount Pleasant, Michigan!  It looks and feels as though spring is finally starting to show itself.  This is the time when it finally feels as though our Spring semester will end, we will have a great commencement weekend and gear up for summer conferences and events.

The COVID-19 pandemic has obviously altered many commencement and summer conference plans.  I have asked the event teams on our campus to make certain we are reaching out to our cancelled event clients and book them for 2021 if they would like.  I’ve also asked that they review operational plans and look at this as an opportunity.  An opportunity to reinvent how we service our campus partners and their external clients.  Make this as positive as you can and make yourself unreplaceable on our campus!

For the members of ACCED-I, what a great time to review the Communities of Practice to interact with others members to learn from them, but also to post and share things that will assist others too for their consumption.  The staff has been arranging COVID-19 Conference Calls to address the different issues the events and conference professional are working through during this time.  Recordings of these calls can be found on the ACCED-I website.  These recordings, as well as other resources, are readily available for you to review.

As Karen mentioned in the April 15th issue of ACCED-I Connect, the staff continues to work hard to bring all of us professional development opportunities.  Zoom calls have proven popular and will continue into the future.  Again, it is a great time to learn more, but I also think it is great to see everyone’s faces and engage in great conversation.

As the year continues, the staff will continue to develop and host educational opportunities in a variety of formats.  Stay in tune with the different opportunities by going to the webpage, and by reading the emails shared announcing opportunities.

I look forward to the year ahead and to see how we grow as a community of professionals and as an Association.  Should you have any concerns, please do not hesitate to contact ACCED-I HQ, the Board of Directors, or myself.  I look forward to hearing from you.



Cal Seelye is the President of the ACCED-I Board of Directors for 2020-2021.  He is the Executive Director of Auxiliary Services at Central Michigan University in Mount Pleasant, MI.  Cal can be reached at (989) 954-0525 or



Kristen Willert, Saginaw Valley State University says...
Posted Tuesday, April 28, 2020
Congratulations Cal! Excited for you and the association in this year ahead which will undoubtedly have many "opportunities" for review of the work we do.
Sharifa Ebrahimi CCEP, Emory University says...
Posted Tuesday, April 28, 2020
Great message, Cal! We are all looking forward to your leadership during these uncertain times. ACCED-I has always been here for us, and we will be here for you and ACCED-I this year!