UPCEA South 2013 Regional Conference

Reflect... Rethink... Respond...

Birmingham, AL - October 16 - 18, 2013


UPCEA South’s theme, Reflect, Rethink, Respond, pays tribute to the 50th anniversary of the civil rights movement. A photography exhibition commemorating Birmingham’s role in the civil rights movement will be on display.  The historic artwork features key moments in American’s struggle for civil rights and equality.

The University Professional & Continuing Education Association (UPCEA) is the leading association for professional, continuing, and online educators. UPCEA South’s 3-day regional meeting attracts educators from Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, and Virginia. 

UPCEA South’s Program Takes Center Stage at the Sheraton

Karen Sibley, UPCEA’s president and dean of Continuing Education at Brown University, opens the conference with a luncheon at noon.  Concurrent sessions, planned by UPCEA South’s professional development chair, Sarah MacDonald of James Madison University, present opportunities throughout our conference to rethink proven practices and respond to trends and issues in continuing education.  Wayne Flynt, Distinguished University Professor Emeritus from Auburn University, will deliver our keynote address, “Learning Outside the Box: Public Intellectuals in Crisis Times.” Flynt’s research includes 11 books that focus largely on the historical, economic and social fabric of Alabama. 

Day two includes a plenary panel discussion, Educating the Educators on Training Gaps in the Labor Force. Invited panelists from Mercedes-Benz USA, Coca-Cola Company, and also experts in workforce and economic development will identify examples of workforce education at its best, and provide information about the unmet needs of tomorrow’s labor force.  Invited guests, listed alphabetically, include: Samuel N. Addy, Ph.D., Director and Research Economist, University of Alabama Center for Business and Economic Research; Dennis Hopper, Technical Services Manager, Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs Workforce Development Division; Mike Nicoll, Senior Manager, Body & Paint Engineering, Mercedes Benz U.S. International, Inc; Becky T. Rogers, SPHR, Director of Learning & Development, Coca-Cola Bottling Company United; Linda Sumblin, Executive Director Workforce Development Board State of Florida Region II; and Joe A. Sumners, Ph.D., Director, Auburn University Economic & Community Development Institute

On Thursday afternoon, UPCEA’s CEO hosts a town hall meeting: Driving Institutional Change: How Online Strategy is Creating ‘Winners’ and ‘Losers,’ What that Means for Traditional Continuing Education Units, and Why it Matters to UPCEA.” In this session, Bob Hansen shares brief profiles of several representative institutions approaching online education in very different ways.  He reflects on the implications of those stories, both for the future of our universities and the professions served by UPCEA.

Networking events planned for Birmingham provide the opportunity to reflect with UPCEA colleagues and corporate sponsors. The UPCEA South Regional Conference is fortunate to have earned the support of several generous sponsors. Their financial support, products and services are essential to the success of our Association and to the field of continuing higher education. 

The Planning Committee, led by Chair-elect, Carol Fleming of James Madison University and the Regional Cabinet, chaired by Nicole Gislason from the University of West Florida, look forward to a special event.  We appreciate your participation!  Please register today.

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