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Region 3 serves collegiate conference and events professionals in Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Manitoba, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Northwest Territories, Ohio, South Dakota, Wisconsin, Ontario and Saskatchewan.


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What's Happening Around the Region

Watch for Upcoming Survey
Region 3 Leadership will be sending members a quick survey on what type of experiences they would like and would be able to participate in over the next year.  Be on the look out and input will be much appreciated.

January 2017 Newsletter

Member Highlights

We featured Kristen Willert, Associate Director at The Conference Center at Saginaw Valley State University, as our Facebook Member Highlight.  Head to ACCED-I Region 3 to check it out.

Tony Rathgeber, Assistant Director for Conference Services at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln, mentioned that the University of Nebraska-Lincoln recently won two Best of Awards from Unique Venues. One was for Best Marketing Collateral and the other was for Best Print Ad. “Our tagline is ‘exceptional made simple,’ and so our goal was to communicate to meeting planners the three main services we offer—eat, meet, sleep—in a very straightforward manner,” says Tony Rathgeber, conference services and events manager, of a print ad and coordinating marketing collateral push. “Life in Nebraska is simple. It’s easy to get here, there aren’t crowds, people are incredibly friendly, and costs are low,” he furthers. 

“And in the same way we’ve worked hard to be a full-service venue with streamlined processes that can handle all aspects of an event on campus. We wanted a campaign to reflect that.”  For the full article click here.

New Members

A big Region 3 welcome to the following new members:

Avis L. Soderstrom, Director of Conference and Event Services at Bethel University

Beth Alexander, Director of University Events at Butler University

Ms. Jerri Van Horn, Director of Event Services at Doane University

Rita Gustafson, Manager, Conference Services and Campus Scheduling at Augustana College

Sabrina Behr, Associate Director of Conferences, Camps & Events at St. Olaf College

Fall Networking Drive-In

More than 30 professionals from Region 3 enjoyed a networking drive-in hosted at Carroll University on November 29, 2016.  In addition to the opportunity to reacquaint with long-time members and meet new colleagues, attendees participated in a campus tour, roundtables, and complimentary lunch provided by Carroll University Dining Services.  The group discussed topics including commencement ceremony logistics, partnering with community organizations, FLSA compliance, utilization of scheduling software, student worker supervision, and general operational best practices.

Many attendees expressed their appreciation for ACCED-I events such as the drive-in and were excited for continued engagement with their peers at future activities.  Organizers Donna Wells from Marquette University and Matthew Olson from Carroll University were pleased with the attendance as well as the enthusiasm displayed during the gathering.  Future ACCED-I events such as the Annual Conference in Orlando, FL and Educational Forums throughout the country were highlighted as great opportunities for continued involvement.

Host a Drive-In!

Did you enjoy reading about the Carroll drive-in?  Does it make you wish you lived there so you could have attended?  Our networking doesn’t stop at Carroll!  We are looking for a few institutions to help host our spring drive-ins.  If you are interested, please contact Heather ( or Michelle (!  Drive-ins are flexible events—they can be half days or full days, topic specific or general interest, and held by one or more institutions.  Email Heather and Michelle today and they will work with you to bring colleagues together for an awesome educational and networking experience!

November 2016 Newsletter

“In every job that must be done, there is an element of fun!” – Mary Poppins
A note from our New Regional Director-Elect, Nick Capul

University Conference Coordinator at the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee
ACCED-I Member since 2011
Favorite Thing about ACCED-I:  It's nice to have the ear & support of so many like-minded and experienced professionals.  No matter what issue you're dealing with, you can go to your colleagues and they will have great advice & guidance for you.
History in Profession:  I started as a front desk receptionist working at the University of Michigan Conference Management Services. After a couple years, I was promoted to conference assistant for CMS working on athletic & engineering summer camps.  From there, I spent 6 wonderful years as an event coordinator for the University of Michigan University Unions, specifically at the Michigan League. In 2010, I moved to Milwaukee to become a University Conference Coordinator at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.
5 Fun Facts:
1. I'm from the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. Go Yoopers!
2. Dream Vacation: Take the Oriental Express train from London to Venice.  
3. Most Exciting Event worked on:  The 2016 PBS News Hour Democratic Presidential Debate
4. Strangest thing I've done for an event:  Accommodated a wedding where the best man was a dog
5. I check out event logistics at any event I'm at, even if I'm a guest at the event.

We Need You! Volunteer Opportunities with Region 3

There are a variety of ways to get involved with Region 3. Each area will work closely with the regional leadership to accomplish a variety of tasks and better serve the membership. Please indicate what areas you would consider assisting with.


Region 3 Leadership

 Regional Director Regional Director-Elect  
Michelle Wu, CCEP
Director of Conference Services
Illinois Wesleyan University
(309) 556-3591

Nick Capul
University Conference Coordinator
University of Wisconsin Milwaukee Student Union
(414) 229-2469