CICU Regional Meeting: Oct. 15, 2019

Thanks to The Culinary Institute of America, our sponsors, speakers, and more than 130 attendees from 40 CICU member colleges and universities for making this event a success!

Date: Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2019
Time: 8 am to 3:30 pm
Where: The Culinary Institute of America, Hyde Park, NY

The agenda included breakout workshops as well as a lunch and keynote panel discussion. 

8-9 am: Registration, breakfast and networking

9-9:30 am: Welcome remarks

9:30-11 am: Breakout sessions

  • Crisis Communications/PR: Led by Albany-based public relations firm Gramercy Communications, this hands-on workshop will provide an overview of how to manage crises on campus including how to prepare an institution to react quickly, who on campus should be involved in preparations, and how to communicate with internal and external stakeholders (including elected officials).  The workshop will also include a chance to participate in a mock media interview and learns tips and tricks for effectively communicating with the media.
  • Human Resources: This session will include an overview and opportunity for discussion on current issues facing higher education, including new employment regulations and the Child Victims Act.  Monica Barrett and Candace Gomez from Bond, Schoeneck & King will lead this session.
  • Facilities Management: This session will include a presentation from Lindsay Holle, Project Manager at NYSERDA, on higher education cost-savings programs and recent climate regulations.  The NYSERDA presentation will be followed by a discussion for facilities personnel, led by Evin Lederman, Director of Facilities, and David Behnke, Engineering Project Manager, both from The Culinary Institute of America, with case studies and best practices.

11-11:45 am: Campus tour of the Culinary Institute of America

11:45 am -12:30 pm: Lunch

12:30-1:30 pm: Keynote panel -- Enrollment Challenges and Opportunities, moderated by Dr. Joretta Nelson from Credo Higher Education.  This panel will focus on veterans, new enrollment models, and underrepresented/non-traditional students.  Panelists include Ramond Curtis, State Policy Manager at Veterans Education Success; Phyllis Breland, Director, Opportunity Programs at Hamilton College; and Ned Jones, Vice President of Enrollment Management at Siena College.

2-3:30 pm: Breakout sessions

  • College Presidents Discussion: This session is open to college presidents only, and will be led by CICU President Mary Beth Labate.  She will provide an overview of CICU’s legislative priorities for the upcoming Legislative Session as well as trends affecting New York’s Independent Sector
  • Provosts: Themes for this session will include a systems view of colleges and universities in a time of enrollment challenges.  Topics for discussion will include on-boarding new programs that meet market demand; faculty planning; managing the interface of students, the faculty, and the board; and lessons from recent college closings and crises.  The session will be moderated by Dr. Elmore Alexander, Dean Emeritus of the Louis Ricciardi College of Business at Bridgewater State University.  Dr. Alexander will be joined by Matt Renna, Vice President, Human Resources at Pace University, for perspectives on faculty planning.
  • Collaborating on Cost - Session for Finance, Purchasing, and Procurement: In this session, we’ll have a discussion of what’s new in higher education led by Michael Wascura, CPA at Baker Tilly Virchow Krause, LLP.  We’ll also hear from Lyen Crews, President of the Coalition for College Cost Savings who will deliver an overview of the cost savings programs available to CICU member institutions.  Lyen’s presentation will be followed by a discussion on the process of collaborating, led by Joel Nudi, Vice President of Finance and Administration, Chief Financial Officer, at Maria College.

There is no charge to attend this event and CICU member campuses may send as many staff members as they would like to the event. 

Please Note: This event has reached capacity and registration is now closed. If you have questions, please contact Emily Morgese ( or Keith Cushing (

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