Upcoming Events

The benefit of engaging in a live online event is the ability to ask questions and contribute to a collaborative dialogue. The delivery of course material may spark areas of curiosity that you can address with content leaders in real time or during the question & answer segment of the event.

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HEASC Webinar: MCURC: Universities Scaling Up Sustainability Together
November 13, 2019 | 3:00 p.m. ET

The Higher Education Associations Sustainability Consortium (HEASC) is a network of higher education associations with a commitment to advancing sustainability within their constituencies and the entire system of higher education. The Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE) serves as the coordinating body for HEASC.

The Menus of Change University Research Collaborative (MCURC) is a working group of scholars and campus dining leaders from colleges and universities interested in accelerating efforts to move American consumers—and college/university students, scholars, and staff in particular—toward healthier, more sustainable, plant-forward diets. The collaboration recognizes that a significant amount of energy for food systems transformation today is being driven by concerned university students and forward-looking faculty and administration, and understands that university food systems hold considerable untapped potential to further catalyze existing efforts. The webinar will share research findings and best practices from the 60+ universities in the collaborative in making campus dining more sustainable through research, education, and the collective impact initiative. Topics covered will include reducing food waste, sourcing more sustainably, reducing greenhouse gas emissions through purchasing, joint purchasing, best practices in sustainable food education, and sustainable menuing.

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Webinar: Best Practices for Starting Esports on Campus
November 14, 2019 | 3:00 p.m. ET

Presenters: Al King, Director of Athletics at Ashland University & Joshua Buchanan, Head Esports Coach at Ashland University

Join the Director of Athletics and Head Esports Coach at Ashland University and learn from top to bottom how Esports recently came to life on college campuses across the United States and Canada. Players are now able to participate in many popular games such as Fortnite, League of Legends, and Overwatch while competing in collegiate, professional, and semi-professional leagues. Many colleges and universities are creating state-of-the-art gaming facilities where students are able to practice and compete while being mentored by experienced coaches. Best practices, financial costs, revenue, and pitfalls to avoid during early start-up will be discussed, as well as which departments are crucial to involve in order to make your new Esports program a success!

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Webinar: Responding to the Legalization of Cannabis on Canadian Campuses: A Case Study
November 18, 2019 | 3:00 PM

Presenters: Michael Serebriakov, Legal Counsel at the University of British Columbia & Hubert Lai, University Counsel at the University of British Columbia

In October 2017, Canada became the second country in the world to formally legalize, on a federal level, the possession, consumption, cultivation, and sale of cannabis. The Provinces, as well as some municipalities, also have individual rules addressing appropriate sale, usage, and possession of cannabis, which further affects institutional policy. The University of British Columbia (UBC) took deliberate and informed steps to ensure that campus-wide policies and initiatives were in the best interests of their student and faculty body, all while upholding applicable laws. In this session, attendees will learn how key decision-makers began this process and how consultations were utilized to ensure the best possible outcomes that balanced students' preferences, safety, and holistic wellness.

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Webinar: Use of Mobile Credentials for Heightened Security
December 4, 2019 | 3:00 p.m. ET

Presenters: Kent Pawlak, Senior Director of Product Management at Transact & Sheryl Puckett, Director of Card Services at Arkansas State University - Jonesboro.

Join Transact and a partner university to see how to protect your campus community while meeting the needs of today’s mobile phone-centric students with a fast, secure NFC-enabled Mobile Credential. Learn how the industry’s first NFC-enabled Mobile Credential deploys on student cell phones for use across campus the same way a student ID card works. The webinar will explore how the system not only improves student experience but also bolsters security through its integration with physical access control and other systems.

In this presentation, you’ll learn valuable tips from a partner school on how to implement this type of solution on your campus. You’ll find out how this system — which connects students with a fast, secure NFC-enabled Mobile Credential on their mobile devices – can also improve security by integrating interior room and exterior building access control, security monitoring, video surveillance, electronic locks from integrated partners, turnstiles and parking gates.

Learning objectives in this session are:

• Learn how to address the needs of your mobile-centric student community with a Mobile Credential on their cell phones that can be used in the same way as your student ID cards.
• Understand secure, convenient NFC technology and how to provision credentials over the air and encrypted in the secure element of the device, ensuring the highest level of security at the point of entry.
• Hear how a partner university has decided to pioneer this technology, the benefits to their student and campus community, and the steps they took to plan for the implementation.

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Webinar: Can Auxiliary Services Save Higher Education?
December 11, 2019 | 3:00 p.m. ET

Presenter: William Guerrero, Vice President for Finance & Administration, Ithaca College

Auxiliary Services has always been viewed as an important partner in the success of an institution. Now, it essential for the future of higher education. In this webinar we will discuss the opportunity where auxiliary services becomes the critical partner to diversify revenue, lower cost of attendance, expand experiential learning opportunities, and improve the overall value proposition for an institution.

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Emerging Professionals Virtual Roundtable: Strategies for Success
January 16, 2020 | 3:00 p.m. ET

Presenters: Amber Grenhart, Assistant Director of Student Union and Event Services at Fort Lewis College & Megan Allred, Marketing Specialist and Trademark Licensing Coordinator at UNC - Wilmington

Description: Join two auxiliary service professionals well familiar with new experiences in the field as they discuss some of the challenges that Emerging Professionals face, as well as strategies that can be used to navigate these issues and advance within your career. This open discussion will serve as an open forum to begin discussions around how to succeed in your new role or engage in individual professional development. We encourage you to think about what topics you'd like our facilitators to tackle or what comments you would like to bring to the table, as the conversation is only strengthened by the inclusion of additional voices!

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Webinar: Cutting Edge Biometric Technology for Dining and Security
January 23, 2020 | 3:00 p.m. ET

Presenters: Fuller Ming, Assistant Director for Information Technology at University of Maryland & JJ Baird, Senior Sales Engineer at IDEMIA

The University of Maryland, Department of Dining Services was the first university foodservice operation in the country to implement the IDEMIA MorphoWave biometric device. These devices allow entrance into their dining facilities, positively identifying the student that has a valid meal plan, literally with the wave of a hand. The readers work with the university card system, decrementing a meal for block plans or granting access for students on an unlimited dining plan. Join in on this fascinating webinar to learn about this cutting-edge technology and consider how it can be used in your dining facilities as well as other applications in auxiliary and student services. Participants will learn:

- What biometric technology is and what it is not
- What, why, and how the University of Maryland Dining Services implemented biometric technology in their three residential dining facilities.
- Specifically about the IDEMIA MorphoWave and other biometric technology from IDEMIA that is marketed through multiple integrators and value-added resellers
- How to develop questions for your context when considering biometric technology

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Webinar: Common Foodservice Operating Mistakes
January 28, 2020 | 3:00 p.m. ET

Presenters: Geoff Wilson, Principal at fsSTRATEGY Inc. & Jeff Dover, Principal, Managing Director at fsSTRATEGY Inc.

Description: fsSTRATEGY conducts foodservice operations reviews for our clients, including colleges and universities. These reviews encompass all aspect of foodservice operations including menu planning and development, purchasing, receiving, storage, inventory procedures, production, service, quality of food and service, food safety, cash handling procedures, and reporting and accounting. Time and again, we find the same opportunities for improvement. In this webinar, we will share the most common mistakes colleges and universities make in their foodservice operations and how to correct these mistakes. At the end of the webinar, participants will have a variety of items to review at their foodservice operations and, where their operations fall short of foodservice industry best practices, have strategies to address such shortcomings.

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Webinar: Diversity in Dining the Binghamton Way
February 5, 2020 | 3:00 p.m. ET


YuHan Bae and Paul Zakrepine, Co-Presidents, Student Culinary Council
Khaleel A. James, Vice President for Multicultural Affairs, Student Association
John Enright, General Manager of Resident Dining
Tom LaSarso, General Manager of Retail Operations
Jim Ruoff, Resident District Manager, Binghamton University Dining Services

Placing students at the center of their educational experience, Binghamton University has created one of the most diverse Dining Services operations in the country. With twenty-six locations, and strong student support, campus programs and constituencies who support the diverse food service options - and the dining experiences that support diverse populations - are the pride of Binghamton University. Join us as we discuss how our diversity is celebrated in our successes - and how we, like our student demographics, are constantly evolving as we are always looking for that next culinary voice.

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Webinar: How to Empower Your Team to Achieve Zero Waste Events
February 20, 2020 | 3:00 p.m. ET

Presenters: Katie Schumacher, Zero Waste Program Manager at Arizona State University

Reducing, reusing, and recycling are all sustainability efforts to strive for but without having total institutional buy-in, it can seem like you're the one doing all the work! Come learn how ASU created a holistic Zero Waste Event checklist to empower staff at the university to practice sustainability in events that the Sustainability Department could not physically support. This allowed event planners to hold 'Green Events' without much handholding due to the checklists, resources, and increased cultural awareness that was created.

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Webinar: Using Value to Explain Parking Permit Price Increases
March 10, 2020 | 2:00 p.m. ET

Presenter: Eric Holamon, Assistant Director, Customer Relations (Parking and Transportation Services) at University of Houston

As a self-funded auxiliary, the University of Houston Parking and Transportation Services Department relies on user fees to fund its entire operation. Parking permit sales comprise the largest portion of revenue for the department and therefore have been the primary means of raising additional revenue to meet rising costs. Over the past several years the department has worked to reorganize the operation in a way that provides better value to permit holders, while also being more aggressive in capturing other revenue opportunities. However, simply doing better isn’t enough – an organization must also promote its efforts to help its customers understand the value proposition of its service. This presentation will explore the initiatives and program changes designed to increase the value of a parking permit as well as the efforts to better distribute costs among a larger variety of users and how this is being communicated to the campus community.

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Webinar: Shaping Harm Reduction into Wellness Promotion
March 24, 2020 | 3:00 p.m. ET

Presenter: Thomas Szigethy, Assoc Dean/Director, DuWell at Duke University

Description: The DuWell program at Duke University helps students focus on their individual wellness by looking at the integration of many areas of their life, including financial, social, spiritual, intellectual, mind-body well-being, and the environment around them. Attendees will be able to demonstrate how to develop and implement a comprehensive program model using various services from risk mitigation to wellness promotion with the goal of increasing student resilience.

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