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