Originally in the Fall 2015 Issue of ACBSP Update.
Autumn has always been my favorite time of year. Despite knowing that fall is a precursor to winter and what frozen misery might lay ahead, I enjoy the season as it offers such beautiful scenery with the changing colors of the trees, the crisp mornings, the sounds of geese heading south, and the wondrous smells of pumpkin pie or a wood fireplace. As I have gotten older, my feelings have remained the same and I still look forward to the end of the hot, hectic summer and the beginning of a more temperate, organized time of year. In addition, the change in seasons signals the start of the school year, as students, teachers, professors, deans, and administrators head back to the classroom.
In similar fashion, ACSBP also heads back to the classroom as fall marks the beginning of the schedule of its annual regional conferences. With ten geographic regions located throughout the world, it has been exciting for me to see and experience all of the presentations, knowledge sharing, and networking taking place at these conferences.
Already, I have been to Myrtle Beach, SC, for Region 3; West Hartford, CT, for Region 1; Tiffin, OH, for Region 4; as well as stayed close to home in Kansas City, KS, for Region 5. I also will be attending the Region 10 conference next month in Coimbatore, India. With so many regions, there is bound to be some crossover of dates, so while I am personally not able to attend all of this year’s conferences, ACBSP team members from both the membership and accreditation departments are in attendance at every meeting.
Other locations for this year’s conferences include Fairmont, WV, for Region 2; Ada, OK, for Region 6; San Francisco, CA, for Region 7, and Cancún, México, for Region 9. And, not to be undone, Region 8 will be meeting during the upcoming ACBSP International Conference in Barcelona, Spain, from Nov. 25-29.
Hopefully, you are aware that this year’s theme is Creating New Knowledge in the Classroom and we encourage each region to embrace this subject matter in their call for presentations. This theme will culminate at next year’s ACBSP Annual Conference from June 17-20 in Atlanta, GA. Presentations given at the conferences are eligible for the ACBSP International Best of Regions Excellence Award, which was created in 2012 as a way to honor exceptional presentations given by members with the ACBSP Conference theme.
Individuals giving presentations related to the theme of the next annual conference at their regional fall conferences will be evaluated by a panel of judges. The evaluators use a rubric created by the home office in consultation with the Council of Regional Chairs. The individual with the highest collective score will be named the Best of the Region. The presenter(s) will automatically qualify to give their presentation during the concurrent sessions at ACBSP Conference 2016 in Atlanta.
Our first ever recipients of the International Best of Regions Excellence Award in 2012 were Mike O’Connell and Lisa Wyzik from River Valley Community College (NH) for their presentation Best Practices in Online Teaching Strategies for Effective Student Engagement.
The 2013 recipient was Dewayne Thompson, Lee University (TN), with his presentation A Business Ethics Framework: Foundation. The recipient at the 2014 ACBSP Annual Conference was Beth Richardson, University of New England (ME), with her presentation. Organizational Technological Excellence through Experiential Collaboration. This year, Francisco Barroso, Anahuac Mayab University (Mexico), was the recipient of the award on his presentation Critical and Creative Thinking for Improving Enterprise Productivity.
If you have never had the opportunity to attend your regional conference, I truly encourage you to do so. Interacting and sharing with your colleagues is one of the wonderful threads of connectivity that ACBSP offers it members.
As always, we are grateful for the trust you place in us.