Tune in Tuesday: Message from the President

3c05226I hope the beginning of the fall semester is going well for everyone! It’s a busy time for both career services professionals and recruiters alike. I hope that in all of the craziness that comes with a new academic year, you are able to make some time for yourself and your continued professional growth and development.

Your FloridaACE board has been busy as well. We met last month and are finalizing plans for the very first FloridaACE Drive-in Conference. If you haven’t registered yet, now is the time, as we only have 15 seats left as of today. The event will be held Friday, November 4th from 8am-12:30pm at the University of Central Florida. Speakers include keynote Calvin Williams (Florida State University), an employer/faculty panel moderated by Barbara Cambia (Lynn University), and breakout sessions presented by Tim Harding (The University of Tampa), Melena Postolowski (Stetson University), and Lonny Butcher and Doris Alcivar (University of Central Florida). Cost is only $25, plus the price of on-campus parking, and includes breakfast. Registrants must be current members of FloridaACE. Special thanks to Kim Franklin, Bill Blank, Stacy Lanigan, Emmanuela Stanislaus, Tara Stevenson and Melanie Brown for their initiative and hard work to make this happen!

During our meeting, we also spent time reviewing the feedback received from the 2016 conference survey and are working on some modifications for next year to make your 2017 FloridaACE Conference experience even better! Please save the date for June 14-16, 2017 at the beautiful Saddlebrook Resort & Spa in Tampa, FL. Registration will open early next year. In the meantime, be on the lookout for a draft schedule-at-a-glance, call for programs and round table sessions, call for nominations for our annual awards, information about President’s Council sponsorship opportunities and an announcement regarding membership renewals.

In other news, I am excited to announce that FloridaACE is partnering with CCFCC to co-sponsor the President’s Reception entertainment at the SoACE Conference, December 4-7 at the Westin Beach Resort & Spa in Ft. Lauderdale. Did you know that Florida is second only to Texas in membership numbers for SoACE? Since this year’s conference is in our backyard, we hope you will join us to represent our great state! FloridaACE board members will be welcoming conference attendees before the reception. If you are able to make it, please stop and say hello!

Thank you for allowing me the honor of serving as this year’s FloridaACE President. You will surely benefit from the energy and enthusiasm that our new and returning board members bring to the association’s leadership. The board is fully committed to providing value-added opportunities for member engagement and professional development. This is YOUR association and we want you to get the most out of it. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have ideas or an interest in volunteering.

Most sincerely,

Alicia Smyth
2016-17 President
Florida Association of Colleges & Employers


2016 Conference Announcement

Alicia Smyth, Vice President, Florida Association of Colleges & Employers

FloridaACE Conference 2015.jpgThe 2016 FloridaACE Annual Conference (#FloridaACE16) is not one to be missed! Plans are already underway and we have a professional development, networking and fun-packed event in store for our employers and career services professionals who attend.

Our theme is Destination Miami: Innovate. Integrate. Motivate. And we are going to do just that! We will share innovative ideas that will help to shape the future of our profession. We will integrate what we learn into our everyday work with students and colleagues. We will leave feeling motivated to be the best version of ourselves, and to encourage others to do the same, each and every day.

Miami_MarriottThe 2016 Annual Conference will be held June 22-24 at the beautiful Miami Marriott Biscayne Bay in downtown Miami, with gorgeous views of the bay by day and of the city by night. Room reservations can be made at the rate of $140 a night. Internet guest room access will be available for $1 per night and parking is discounted at $20 per night. A shuttle service to Lincoln Road Mall, Marriott Stanton South Beach and Bayside Marketplace will also be available for $10 a day.

Prior to the official start of the conference, attendees will have the opportunity to travel by chartered bus to visit the University of Miami’s Toppel Career Center, a state-of-the-art facility run by Associate Dean and Executive Director, Christian Garcia.

Much more is in store for attendees. Keep up with updates through the blog, Facebook, Twitter, email announcements, and the FloridaACE website. For more information on the conference, including pricing information and a tentative schedule at-a-glance, check out the 2016 Annual Conference page. Calls for proposals and award nominees will be coming in the weeks ahead and registration will officially open in February, after the membership renewal grace period ends.

It is a sincere honor to serve as your conference chair. If you have any questions or are interested in joining a conference committee, please feel free to contact me at vice.president@florida-ace.org.

See you in Miami this coming June!