Chicago Summit

Mary Garguile, ACCESS President, Elisa Huss-Hage, ACCESS Treasurer and Carrie Nepstad, ACCESS President Elect met face-to-face in Chicago yesterday to work on a number of projects for the ACCESS Board. With cell phones and laptops at the ready, we worked in a conference room all day on the detailed projects that can be so difficult to accomplish via e-mail or over the phone.

Among many other pieces, we

  1. finished the revision of the ACCESS By-Laws and Board Book
  2. reviewed plan for the upcoming revision of the ACCESS website designed by Crystal Swank, ACCESS VP of Communication
  3. reviewed plans for membership benefits
  4. reviewed plans for recruitment and marketing

This was a really productive meeting!

After a long day of work, we took a walk down the block to Millennium Park where we had the opportunity to watch an Asian dance troupe performing at the band shell, gaze at the beautiful Cloud Gate sculpture affectionately referred to by Chicagoans as “The Bean”, and observe many families with young children splashing in the Crown Fountain. It was nice to stretch our legs and as my colleagues commented, it was interesting for them to see the context in which I work in terms of the City Colleges of Chicago. Of course, I enjoyed hosting them and showing off a little bit of my City. I think this can make such a difference in our work together! It is important to get out and meet other folks at different community colleges to see their world and get a sense of how various environmental factors may influence a colleague’s worldview.

NOTE: The ACCESS Board meets for our monthly phone conference this Thursday September 2.

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1 Response to “Chicago Summit”


  1. 1 Elisa Huss-Hage September 1, 2010 at 9:34 pm

    In addition to the work that was accomplished, I believe we all felt a renewed sense of commitment to the work that we all do in improving the quality of educational experiences for our students… ultimately, improving the experiences of young children and their families. Truly time well spent! Carrie’s comments are so true…in better knowing one another we can all grow, both challenging and appreciating the daily world in which we live!

    If anyone has the opportunity to visit Chicago, I highly recommend that you contact the best tour guide ever…Carrie Nepstad…an amazing hostess and ambassador for her great city. Thanks Carrie!!


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