NACAS Event Schedule

May 2020

Tue. 05/05

3:00 p.m. ET

Webinar: The Top Reports Auxiliary Business Services Need

Presenters: Brian Zabroski, Manager of the Campus Store Team at Netsuite, Jeff Hoffmeister, Sales Consulting Senior Manager at Netsuite, & Jen O'Connor, Director of KU Bookstores at University of Kansas

Running your auxiliary services business requires a comprehensive understanding of both financial and operational data. This webinar will cover the key metrics and reports your team should use to monitor financial health and business performance for improved decision making. Hear from an institutional partner on how they are leveraging real-time visibility to drive efficiency and profit in their retail operations on campus.

Wed. 05/06

2:00 p.m. ET

Webinar: Developing an Effective Scope of Work for Auxiliaries

Presenter: Dr. Brian Lines, Assistant Professor at the University of Kansas

Developing a clear Scope of Work (SOW) can be challenging. Some SOWs may be vague or lack critical details. Others have requirements that are overly prescriptive and can limit vendor innovation. Results from twenty years of procurement research will showcase how poor SOWs create a “tumbling dominoes” effect that brings risk to the owner. This webinar will identify the (surprisingly simple!) elements of an effective SOW. Templates for developing SOWs will be provided, along with discussion of how to increase vendor innovation during the proposal process. Tangible case studies from a variety of dining services, print, facilities / construction, and other projects will be provided.

Fri. 05/08

11:00 a.m. ET

Business Officer Webinar Series: Projecting Enrollment in Uncertain Times

NOTE: This is a cross-promoted, paid event from the National Association of College and University Business Officers. Please use the discount code COVIDWS100DIS upon registration to gain complimentary access to this series.

Despite uncertain market conditions, institutions have 120 days to achieve their enrollment targets for fall 2020. This session will share tips for immediate implementation and ways to engage your entire campus community in recruitment and yield activities. Expert presenters will discuss student data trends, ways you can respond, and how to make projections based on your current primary, secondary, and tertiary markets.

Tue. 05/12

3:00 p.m. ET

Webinar: Next Level Student Employment

Presenters: Jim Meinecke, Associate Director of Residential Dining at Penn State - University Park & Jamie Robinson, Senior Assistant Director at Penn State

On-campus employment can be highly impactful for helping students meet their basic needs and gain useful experience in the workforce, but Penn State's innovative employment practices offer far more than just a job. Engaging students in the present ultimately better prepares them for their future, and auxiliary service professionals have a unique opportunity to directly impact their undergraduate teams. In this webinar, Penn State Residential Dining will describe their new promoted student program, how it positively impacts students' work on campus during their college years, and better prepares them for career opportunities after graduation.

Fri. 05/15

11:00 a.m. ET

Business Officer Webinar Series: Possible Future Higher Education Business Models

NOTE: This is a cross-promoted, paid event from the National Association of College and University Business Officers. Please use the discount code COVIDWS100DIS upon registration to gain complimentary access to this series.

The higher education business model has been stressed for some time. While recent challenges have made the model even more fragile, it is not broken. Join us for a session that explores how to create a multi-year budget model and implement strategies to come out of the current challenge with a stronger, nimbler, and more net tuition-driven institution.

Tue. 05/19

3:00 p.m. ET

Webinar: Service, Leadership, and Volunteering with NACAS

Speakers: Emily Messa, CASP, NACAS At-Large Board Member at the University of Houston & Mark Ironside, NACAS Vice President at Lehigh University

Have you been interested in NACAS volunteer leadership but weren’t sure where to start? There are a wide array of volunteer opportunities available at NACAS, from members who are newer to the association to auxiliary service professionals who have attended numerous regional and annual conferences. Join in on this webinar facilitated by representatives from the NACAS Board of Directors, Committees and Advisory Groups to learn more about the important role these volunteers have in supporting association activities and how to launch your journey as a NACAS volunteer.

Wed. 05/20

3:00 p.m. ET

Webinar: Using Benchmarking Data to Support and Improve Campus Operations

Presenter: Dr. Ben Perlman, CASP, Director of Student Center at Emory University

With the upcoming launch of NACAS Benchmarking, understanding the value that comparing your institution to industry best practices is critical toward making the use of the latest member benefit.

Benchmarking allows for more strategic and better-informed decision-making through the use of data from peer institutions and the overall higher education landscape. Join a student affairs and auxiliary service professional who’s made extensive use of benchmarking data in the pursuit of construction of new facilities, organizational re-structuring, and student programming. This webinar will take a deep-dive into how Emory University uses benchmarking data from various sources and how the new benchmarking service offered by NACAS can better inform operations on your campus. Case studies from multiple practice areas will be showcased and participants will learn how to use a framework to begin their own analysis of the new NACAS benchmarking data.

Fri. 05/22

11:00 a.m. ET

Business Officer Webinar Series: Planning and Budgeting in Times of Crisis

NOTE: This is a cross-promoted, paid event from the National Association of College and University Business Officers. Please use the discount code COVIDWS100DIS upon registration to gain complimentary access to this series.

Planning and budgeting activities can drive the response during unforeseen times. The COVID-19 pandemic has turned the worlds of colleges and universities upside down. Financial ramifications are significant and must be quantified. Short term, mid-range, and longer horizon plans must be made and accompanied by budget proposals. This program reviews crisis considerations when addressing short, mid-range, and long-term actions, discusses the importance of collaboration, communication, and forecasting, and provides consideration for how various budget drafts can be used by decision makers.

Wed. 05/27

3:00 p.m. ET

Webinar: Doing Good While Doing Your Job – Moving Toward a Circular Economy (During This Time of Coronavirus)


Van Sullivan, Executive Director, Stony Brook University
Ellen MacArthur Foundation, including their European and US efforts
Sustainable Leadership Purchasing Council, providing US resources
Debra Rowe, Moderator/facilitator from HEASC

Brought to you by the Higher Education Associations Sustainability Consortium (HEASC) and its members – a network of higher education associations with a commitment to advancing sustainability within their constituencies and the entire system of higher education.
There is an urgent need to move away from the current unsustainable linear economy toward a sustainable circular economy. The circular economy model is designed to save resources and money, maximize the lifespan of resources and products, reduce pollution and climate change, and decrease or eliminate waste. If US higher education were its own country, it would rank as the 22nd largest economy in the world. In the short term, with campus shut downs, we can reduce utility bills while safely securing our facilities and specialty labs. With the reality of finite resources, it is imperative to prioritize and incorporate sustainability into procurement processes and policies in all departments. Target audiences include staff from the following areas: planning; facilities; business and finance; procurement; housing; auxiliary services; food and catering; waste management; building construction and renovation; recreation; student life, sustainability offices; and IT. Receive useful resources you can use now.
The webinar will consist of:

-Overview of the need for a circular economy and sustainable procurement in higher education
-Real world examples from many campus areas
-Useful resources for all campus staff on sustainable procurement, the circular economy, and actions you can take today in the midst of COVID-19 and campus shut downs

Fri. 05/29

3:00 p.m. ET

Webinar: Prepare Campus Dining for this Fall – What Will Our Future Hold?

COVID-19 has had a devastating impact on Ancillary Services revenues and our future may be unrecognizable. Operations came to an abrupt halt in mid-March as our campuses emptied, but now students could soon be back. This webinar is designed to share practices that are emerging for Canadian campus dining operations to provide attendees with information to assist in the development of campus-specific plans for this Fall. We will look at re-opening scenarios, operational practices that are emerging, and to what extent our values of sustainability are still relevant. We will focus on Retail Dining, Dining Halls, Catering, Coffee Shops, and look at future trends and silver linings that could shape the future of Ancillary operations.