Spotlight on Conference Volunteers
“You get out what you put into a group like ICAA.”
For many volunteers, deciding to get involved was inspired by a positive experience as a conference attendee. Stephanie Koontz of Walsh University reflects, “After transitioning to higher ed from the non-profit sector in 2018, a colleague recommended I get involved in ICAA. After attending two ICAA events, I realized how supportive and collaborative this network of professionals is and knew I wanted to lend a hand to help move the mission forward.”
Spring’s necessary pivot to virtual programming presented not only challenges but opportunities. According to Ben Schwarz at Otterbein University, “The move to virtual programming has enabled me to connect more often with my peers at other ICAA universities. We have a small group that gets together once a month and other emails just to bounce ideas off each other. It has been amazing for planning events like Homecoming.” And while making in-person connections will certainly be missed this year, Amanda Florio Middis of Ashland remarked, “I feel like video chatting during the pandemic has cultivated greater intimacy between our members.” Stephanie Koontz agreed, “I felt more comfortable reaching out to colleagues to ask for insight, opinions and feedback on how to move forward in unprecedented times.”
For more information on how to join the Summer Conference Committee, contact conference co-chair Nicole Neely at firstname.lastname@example.org.