2008 Southern Regional Conference

"Regeneration: Planning Beyond Sustainability"

November 5–7, 2008
Sheraton New Orleans Hotel
New Orleans, LA (USA)


Conference Theme

Merriam–Webster defines "regeneration" as 1: an act or the process of
regenerating: the state of being regenerated 2: spiritual renewal or
revival 3: renewal or restoration of a body, bodily part, or biological
system (as a forest) after injury or as a normal process 4: utilization
by special devices of heat or other products that would ordinarily be lost.

The term "sustainability," despite its current popularity, implies
creating or changing policies, procedures, built environments, and even
whole institutions to sustain the environment or community in order to
provide these resources to future generations. But is sustaining what we
have enough? This conference will examine the concept of the
regenerative and restorative roles institutions of higher education can
play to better their communities and environment. Processes of renewal,
restoration, and regeneration can be reactive, forced upon an
institution after a catastrophic event, or they can be proactive, a
component of their missions and goals. What better location than New
Orleans to examine these opportunities for regeneration in a place of
dramatic and/or inevitable change? While the "Big Easy" will not provide
an easy button or solutions, this conference will share successful
experiences and look for opportunities that may be adapted to your
intuition's situation.

Other questions we plan to address:

  • What are the trends as we see institutions taking a proactive role, planning for the inevitable to prevent quick and costly decisions made in a reactive mode?
  • How do institutions deal with lost funding in the face of a needed capital project, find alternative funding sources, or build and/plan for sustainability?
  • How does a university or community college restore its culture or spiritual center after a change of leadership or catastrophic event, loss of reputation through bad press, or a change in student demographics?
  • How do institutions deal with Generation Y students' expectations while ensuring the integrity, viability and competitive academic programs?
  • Is being proactive, a component of your institutions mission and goals?

Look At This Exciting Plenary Speaker Line-Up:

Opening Plenary
Kevin Wildes,
Loyola University New Orleans

"Choosing the Future: Renewal after Katrina"
Abstract: Faced with the challenges of rebuilding the University and the city after Katrina it was clear that restoration was not enough. When faced with dramatic change, in every aspect of life, one cannot simply look to reinvent the past. One must look to create a future, grounded in the past. The challenge has been to truly renew the University, to build on its strengths and make it stronger; to refocus its mission. The renewal of the University had to be mission driven and true to the identity of the University.


Executive Panel
Marvalene Hughes,
President, Dillard University
Elaine Maimon,
President, Governors State University
Larry Calderon,
Vice President for Community and Governmental Affairs, Nova Southeastern University

"Executive Panel: Higher Education's Role in the Social and Economic Sustainability of Communities"
Abstract: It was common at the founding of our nation to establish a college in the middle of new territories to prepare ministers, teachers, doctors and others to help settle the new frontier. The very reason for their existence was to help in the economic, social and cultural development of the regions in which they were located. Later, in the mid- and late 19th century, the two Land Grant Acts further established the importance of universities in achieving these ends. Despite these roots many institutions grew apart from their communities and began to conduct themselves as separate entities "above" their surroundings. From this expressions like "Ivory Tower" and "Town-Gown" came into use, characterizing a "we-they" relationship. Today, fueled in part by the sustainability movement, American higher education appears to be rediscovering its past as institutions across the nation are taking it upon themselves to become active members in community and economic development, with many presenting this as a badge of honor. Indeed, Carnegie recently established a Community Engagement classification for institutions that are particularly committed to community development.

This panel will share their views and experiences on the role of higher education and their institutions in creating sustainable communities – with "sustainability" applied in the very broadest sense – social, economic, cultural, and environmental

Interactive Plenary
Sal D. Rinella,
Strategic Consultant,
STRATUS, a Division of Heery International

"So You Want to Create a Partnership with Your Local Community" Abstract: An increasing number of colleges and universities have collaborated with their local communities to finance projects of mutual benefit. There have been many success stories, including the University of Pennsylvania, Jackson State, Ohio State, and Princeton. Despite these high profile projects, the vast majority of institutions have not yet considered the public-private partnerships as a realistic means to addressing their needs and contributing to the social and economic sustainability of their communities.

With the downturn in the economy, more institutions and communities will be looking for creative funding options. At the same time developers and lending institutions know that most colleges and universities are relatively safe financial partners. This combination will place many administrators in the position of considering partnerships – a role that presents both great possibilities and considerable challenges, including financial risks and potential political problems, both on- an off-campus. In this interactive session, participants will assume the role of the key players in an institutional/community partnership – administration, faculty, business leaders, developers, city and others; and experience the issues and the give and take involved; and they will walk away with an understanding of the do's and don't of creating successful partnerships.

Lunch and Closing Plenary
Gerald W. McLaughlin, Associate Vice President, Institutional Planning and Research, DePaul University
Josetta McLaughlin, Associate Professor, Roosevelt University

"Thinking Critically About Sustainability"
Abstract: As the use of the term sustainability grows, so does the confusion about its meaning. We will address this problem by providing a roadmap for defining the scope and evolving definitions of the term. Global taxonomies and reporting frameworks used to report outcomes for sustainability initiatives in the public and private sectors will be identified. These include frameworks associated with the UN Global Compact, the Global Reporting Initiative, the Sustainability Endowments Institute, and the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education's STARS initiative. Our goal is to create a new perspective on how colleges and universities can critically define and operationalize the term sustainability in order to facilitate and document past, present, and future successes in sustainability management.

Preconference Workshop
"Town Gown--Regeneration through Communication"

Jen Johnson Fabrick
Emory University

Plan to have fun, too!

The French Quarter is alive and well with its great music, nightlife, restaurants, architecture, sightseeing, and "Laissez les Bon Temps Rouler" (Let the Good Times Roll!) attitude. Most businesses on Bourbon Street are open as is the Riverwalk Marketplace, a short walk away from the hotel. New Orleans is not only a historic location, but is known for its high–end antiques and great shopping.

Conference Registration

through 9/23/2008
9/24/2008 — 11/5/2008
Member $350 USD $390 USD
Non-Member $410 USD $450 USD


Early-bird Deadline September 23, 2008
Fax, Mail, and Cancellation Deadline October 21, 2008


This conference is over.


We'd like to thank our generous sponsors!

Partner Level
Hendessi & Associates, www.hendessiassociates.com
Niles Bolton Associates, www.nilesbolton.com

Platinum Level
StructureTone, www.structuretone.com

Gold Level
Facility Programming & Consulting, www.facilityprogramming.com
Kirksey, www.kirksey.com
Menefee & Winer Architects, P.C, www.menefeeandwiner.com
Turner Construction Company, www.turnerconstruction.com

Silver Level
AECOM, www.aecom.com
Balfour Beatty Construction, www.balfourbeattyus.com
Barton Malow Company, www.bartonmalow.com
Cooper Carry, Inc., www.coopercarry.com
Energy Ace, Inc., www.energyace.com
Heery International, Inc., www.heery.com
Holder Construction Company, www.holderconstruction.com
HOK, www.hok.com
Jova Daniels Busby Architects, www.jova.com
Lord, Aeck & Sargent, www.lasarchitect.com
The S/L/A/M Collaborative, www.slamcoll.com
VHB Vanasse Hangen Brustlin, www.vhb.com
Watson Tate Savory Architects, www.watsontatesavory.com
The Winter Construction Company, www.winter-construction.com

KSQ Architects, PC, www.ksqarchitects.com
McCarthy Building Companies, Inc., www.mccarthy.com
Newcomb & Boyd, www.newcomb-boyd.com

If you are interested in becoming a sponsor, please contact:

Sponsorship Co-Chair
Lewis C Godwin
Director/Planning Projects
Georgia Perimeter College
555 N Indian Creek Dr
Clarkston, GA 30021
404.299.4430 Fax

Sponsorship Co-Chair
Gita Hendessi
Gita Hendessi, Hendessi & Associates
1212 Collier Road NW
Atlanta, GA 30318
404.609.9657 Fax

SCUP Staff
Betty Cobb
339 East Liberty Street, Suite 300
Ann Arbor, MI 48104
fax 734.998.6532


Chair, 2008 Fall Conference
Mary Ann La Fleur
Director of Institutional Research & Planning
University of the Virgin Islands

Vice-Chair, 2008 Fall Conference
Thomas S. Woodward
Vice President
Heery International, Inc

Program Chair, 2008 Fall Conference
William Todd Dolson
Design Principal
Leo A Daly

Professional Development Chair
Watson Harris
Director, Academic Technology Planning & Projects ADA Campus Coordinator
Middle Tennessee State University

Local Host
Cindy Holt
Marketing & Communications Consulting

Online Form or Website Contact
April Pichlik