NACAS Event Schedule

August 2019

Thu. 08/01

2:00 pm ET

Webinar: Move Your RFP From a C to an A+! 5 Things You Can Do TODAY

The RFPs we use today are often borrowed from our friends or found circulating online. These are great ways to help ensure success, but how good are they, really? We reviewed and graded hundreds of RFPs and there is a common theme. Our multi-university study found that the most successful contracts simplified the selection process, restructured the interviews to focus on project execution, and instituted performance metrics. Attendees will walk away with tools that can immediately be used to improve their dining services, beverage/pour, print services, mail rooms, and other RFPs.

Tue. 08/06

2:00 p.m. ET

Webinar: Emerging Trends in Campus Retail

College student discretionary spending has exceeded $203 billion annually. As a result, retailers are continuing to become more sophisticated to meet the needs and demands of these savvy consumers. Join Kara Bunde-Dunn — industry expert and sales, marketing and customer experience guru — to learn how our customers are applying these emerging trends. Leave with the tools needed to capture those discretionary dollars while maintaining a successful campus experience.

Wed. 08/07

3:00 p.m. ET

Webinar: Building Bridges in a Land Full of Silos: A Case Study on Creating Campus Partnership

For auxiliaries, partnering with academic units can be tricky. Many times the “partnership” is a one-way endeavor that involves the academics unit getting something for free and the auxiliary getting their name on a t-shirt. Good partnerships have benefits both ways and a clear MOU. This is the story of how Auburn University created a partnership between the Departments of Fisheries, Horticulture, Biosystems Engineering, Food Safety and Campus Dining that won 4 different awards and garnered well over a million dollars in grant funding. We will unpack the strategy used to bring everyone to the table, the reasoning we used to gain approval and buy-in from our reporting chain and how we drafted our MOU.

Thu. 08/08

2:00 pm ET

Webinar: Attitude Impacts Mindset – Student Success Through Mentorship

This webinar will focus around how auxiliary service professionals can serve as mentors for students and help contribute toward their success. Student success is crucial toward the overall mission of every college or university and working in auxiliaries offers an opportunity to directly impact student futures. Changing student thinking through Attitudes, Aptitudes, and Altitudes is key to enriching their time on campus and ensuring that they are exposed to the tools needed to improve their personal, social, economic (financial wellness), academic/career (Major Track: Finish in 4). Come learn about this holistic approach toward auxiliary mentorship and how Old Dominion University has built federations across departments to work toward this goal.

Fri. 08/09

World Indigenous Peoples Day

Tue. 08/13

3:00 pm ET

Webinar: Breaking Down the Buzzwords – Mental Health, Well-Being, and Self-Care

Mental health and well-being are hot topics on every college campus and many colleges and universities are making them institutional priorities. The conversations usually involve buzzwords like flourishing, thriving, self-care, and well-being, but what do those terms really mean to you and your everyday work? In the first half of a two-part series, we will set the stage. You will learn the significant state of student and employee mental health and well-being for students and employees, explore the impacts of well-being on culture and morale, and strategies to optimize your personal and professional well-being.

Wed. 08/14

3:00 pm ET

Webinar: Auxiliaries’ Power to Combat Food Insecurity

41 million people or 1 in 6 struggle with hunger daily in the United States. Hunger is an epidemic that knows no bounds and is present in every community, including higher education communities. In 2016 a national survey was conducted to determine the number of college and university students personally experiencing food insecurity. The survey results indicated that 1 in 5 students did not have reliable access to sufficient quantities of affordable nutritious food and many institutions are struggling on how to combat this issue.

Northeastern University recently piloted the innovative program 'Swipe2Care,' an initiative created as a collaboration between the Student Government Association and the Office of Student Affairs and Dining Services. A significant number of students have utilized the program and it continues to grow and improve as student awareness of the program grows. Come learn about how the Northeastern team realized the need for the program, what implementation required, and lessons learned during this pilot year.

Wed. 08/21

2:00 pm ET

Virtual Roundtable: How Race and Identity Impact Our Work

Join Dr. Victoria Farris, Kelsey Harmon Finn, and a panel of NACAS members as they discuss how women of diverse backgrounds can build each other up in the workplace. Kelsey and Victoria will facilitate a conversation with the panel on how their own experiences related to workplace bias and the impact it has had on their work and success. You’ll have your chance to participate in the discussion and ask questions!