2017 Presidents Conference

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2017 Presidents Conference

The Washington Court Hotel | Washington, DC
January 25, 2017 - January 27, 2017
For any questions or concerns, please email:  conferences@cccu.org
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Program as of 1.17.17; the program is updated regularly so please continue to check back.



Wednesday, January 25, 2017

7:00 AM
 10:00 AM
Wesleyan Holiness Connection Presidents' Network Meeting (Breakfast Included)


"Anchored in Our Heritage. Reaching Our Culture."

A conversation on our shared theological heritage and the impact of holiness on our institutions.

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Panelists:  Jim Adams, President, Life Pacific College, Michael Beals, President, Vanguard University, Bob Brower, President, Point Loma Nazarene University and Jon Wallace, President, Azusa Pacific University
Moderator:  Kevin Mannoia, Chair, Wesleyan Holiness Connection


9:30 AM
5:30 PM

Registration/Information Desk
Light afternoon refreshments available near registration from 1 - 5 pm

 

10:00 AM
10:35 AM
Trends, Trajectories & Traditions: Toward a Hopeful and Collaborative Future for Christian Higher Education (Closed to Media)
We begin the presidents conference with an inspiring talk that will help us have the rooted philosophy as we go and visit with our senators and representatives.

David Dockery brings a wealth of experience, brilliance and personal piety when he speaks about the work he has given his life for.

Welcome and Introduction: Shirley V. Hoogstra, President, CCCU
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Address by: David S. Dockery, President, Trinity International University
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10:35 AM 
10:45 AM
Stretch Break

10:45 AM
12:30 PM
The Urgency of the Now: Strategies to Communicate Our Message on the Hill (Closed to Media)
Shapri D. LoMaglio
, Vice President for Government & External Relations, CCCU

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Note: Lunch buffet available from 11:00 am - 12:30 pm

12:30 PM
5:00 PM
Visits to Capitol Hill
During this time, Presidents will meet with their Senators and Representatives. Senate visits will be coordinated by the CCCU; please contact David Toney at dtoney@cccu.org if you have any questions related to this.

4:00 PM
5:00 PM
SPOUSES PROGRAM:  Introduction
This session will provide an on overview of the spouse's activities for the entire conference.

Introduction
Darlia Conn, Lee University; Chair, CCCU Presidential Spouses' Planning Committee

Welcome & Devotions

Shirley V. Hoogstra, President, CCCU

Setting the Table for the Big Event:
Jim Eickhoff, President/CEO, Creative Dining Services

5:30 PM
5:45 PM
All Attendees Meet in Hotel Lobby to Depart for Museum of the Bible
We invite you to take off the formal clothing of work and don more informal attire for our opening night at the Museum of the Bible (MOTB). This night will not be the typical formal reception and meal at the conference hotel!

As you may or may not know, the MOTB is not slated to open until Fall 2017. We will get a unique, behind-the-scenes, insiders experience for our welcome mixer followed by dinner and a sure-to-be captivating recap and assessment of the implications of this year’s presidential election by The Washington Post op-ed columnist, Michael Gerson.

Attendees should plan to meet in the lobby for a 5:45 pm departure.  If you miss the bus, you can walk, Uber, or taxi there (409 3rd St SW, Washington, DC 20024).  Please use the entrance near 4th Street and Virginia Ave.

IMPORTANT SAFETY GUIDELINES FOR MUSEUM OF THE BIBLE:
As you know, The Museum of the Bible will not open until Fall 2017, so it is an active construction site. The construction company and the museum staff have asked us to pass these important safety guidelines to you. Please read before entering the site.
(Note: This information is specifically in regards to a tour, but will be helpful for all who will be coming onto the site regardless and especially for those who will be doing the tour.)

SITE TOUR SAFETY: This is an active construction site *Please prepare accordingly*
• Guests who are elderly, recently hospitalized for surgery or with other physical conditions may find the site difficult to walk. If necessary, we would be happy to host any guests in our office, while the group is on the construction site.
• Guests WILL climb multiple sets of stairs, as the event will be hosted on the 4th floor
• Due to the nature of construction, the site can be dusty and muddy, but never at a dangerous level.

DRESS: Please dress for entering an active construction site
• Please wear pants that extend down past ankles (No dresses, skirts, leggings, tights, etc. - No skin showing on ankles or feet.)
• Please wear flat hard-soled shoes that cover entire foot, no heels, silhouette/ballet or 'bare foot" type shoes.
• We will provide all safety gear
• If it is rainy, it will be muddy and wet.


6:00 PM
6:45 PM
Welcome Reception at Museum of the Bible
This time together is invaluable and is one of the highlights as people greet old and new friends. If you're a new president, the CCCU will connect you with a more senior president who wishes to be ensure a hospitable beginning.

7:00 PM
9:00 PM
Welcome Dinner, Awards Ceremony & Keynote Address at Museum of the Bible (Open to Media)
Michael Gerson is a much sought after speaker and has told "the truth" in the halls of power for many years. He has served his nation and its citizens by seeking the welfare of many people around the globe. When you're in the public square, not everybody agrees with your opinions. But opinions matter in a democracy and Christians should be speaking into culture for the common good. So we’ll spend the evening hearing a captivation presentation by The Washington Post op-ed columnist, Michael Gerson.

Musical selections by:
Nyack College Gospel Choir led by Willana Mack, Nyack College

Honoring: 
Young Alumni Award:  Felipe Silva, Northwestern College-IA
Mark O. Hatfield Award: 
Michael Cromartie, Vice President, Ethics & Public Policy Center

Keynote Address by:  Michael Gerson, Op-Ed Columnist, The Washington Post
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Thursday, January 26, 2017 (Entire Day Closed to Media)
7:00 AM
7:00 PM
Registration/Information Desk

7:00 AM
8:00 AM
Come & Go Breakfast Buffet
Enjoy breakfast at your leisure.  We encourage you to grab a plate, meet a new colleague, learn about a new product or service, and enjoy this time for morning fellowship.

8:00 AM
8:30 AM
Morning Sermon
Bishop Claude Richard Alexander, Jr.
, Senior Pastor, The Park Church

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8:30 AM
9:15 AM
Culture War or Faithful Presence?
What does it mean to be Christian university in a secular society? Do we ‘go along to get along’, flee society and build a wall, engage in culture warfare or in the phrase best described by James Davidson Hunter seek to be a faithful presence. Working through a challenge presented by Universities Canada this fall, the fault lines across these strategies were apparent. We each have an understanding of what a faithful Christian witness requires.

Facilitator:  Melanie J. Humphreys, President, The King's University
Panelists:  Bob Kuhn, President, Trinity Western University and Gordon T. Smith, President, Ambrose University
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8:30 AM
9:00 AM
SPOUSES PROGRAM: Meet 'n Greet
A time to renew old acquaintances and make new ones.
Facilitator: Carey Pollard, John Brown University

9:00 AM
2:00 PM
SPOUSES PROGRAM: Outing to Mount Vernon & Luncheon (Please plan to meet in the hotel lobby at 9:00 am, for a 9:15 am sharp departure.

Join other spouses as we visit Mount Vernon, the home of George and Martha Washington.  A short introductory film will be followed by a guided tour of the mansion. You will also have the opportunity to spend time in the interactive education center and on-site museum featuring the new opened "Lives Bound Together: Slavery at George Washington's Mount Vernon."

The group will then leave Mount Vernon and head to lunch at River Bend Bistro, in Alexandria, where delicious local comfort food will be prepared by Chef Caroline Ross.

The group will depart lunch at 1:30 pm. The shuttle should arrive at the hotel
by approximately 2 pm.

9:15 AM
9:45 AM
CCCU and Athletic Associations
The national athletic associations (NCAA and NAIA) are facing a variety of challenges in responding to changing cultural and political expectations and accommodating the different institutional missions of their member institutions, challenges such as changing championship venues away from North Carolina because of the “bathroom” bill, outside groups questioning the athletic participation of schools with Title IX exemptions, and developing new policies on transgendered athletes. This session will be a panel discussion among CCCU member presidents who have had an inside view of these conversations because they are serving on the national council of presidents for NCAA and the NAIA. 

Moderator:  Charles "Chip" Pollard, President, John Brown University (NAIA)

Panelists: 
Ronald Ellis, President, California Baptist University (NCAA2)
Michael Scales, President, Nyack College (NCAA2)
Al Cureton, President, University of Northwestern – St. Paul (NCAA3)
Paul Ague, President, San Diego Christian University (NAIA)

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9:45 AM
10:15 AM
AM Networking & Refreshment Break 


10:15 AM
11:00 AM
Religion & The Media: The challenges and the opportunities (Presidents Only)
This conversation with journalists will focus on how the media understands and reports on religion. Panelists will also offer suggestions for how leaders of religious institutions can communicate more effectively.

Moderator: Michael Cromartie, Vice President, Ethics & Public Policy Center
Panelists: Sarah Pulliam Bailey, The Washington Post, Miranda Kennedy, National Public Radio, and Beth McMurtrie, The Chronicle of Higher Education, and Adelle M. Banks, Religion News Service

11:00 AM
11:45 AM
A Necessary Pairing: The Biblical Teaching on Marriage and on Compassion
Theologian Wesley Hill will will discuss the underlying theology of marriage that undergirds the historic belief that marriage is given to men and women; and that such a theology must be informed by a theology of compassion for those who are not given the gift of marriage and sexual intimacy.

Wesley Hill,
Assistant Professor of Biblical Studies, Trinity School of Ministry and Author, Spiritual Friendship: Finding Love in the Church as a Celibate Gay Christian
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11:45 AM
12:30 PM
Lunch
12:30 PM
2:00 PM
Caring for Students Through Shame, Doubt & Uncertainty
The CCCU wanted to bring three of the finest thinkers together for an original conversation on the underlying issues of Title IX. Christian colleges are criticized for believing that the Bible’s best advice is that sexual intimacy is given to a man and a woman in marriage. Holding a Biblical belief is essential and, equally as important, is unpacking how leaders understand, educate, walk alongside and journey with same-sex attracted students, faculty or staff who also promise to live within the biblical understanding. Each of the noted authors will present 20 minutes of content and then will join Shirley Hoogstra for a conversation that will be dynamic and unscripted. There will be time for questions.

Moderator: Shirley V. Hoogstra, President, CCCU
Panelists: Wesley Hill, Assistant Professor of Biblical Studies, Trinity School of Ministry and Author, Spiritual Friendship: Finding Love in the Church as a Celibate Gay Christian; Curt Thompson, Psychiatrist and Author, The Soul of Shame: Retelling the Stories We Believe About Ourselves; and Mark Yarhouse, Hughes Endowed Chair and Professor of Psychology, Regent University and Author, Understanding Gender Dysphoria: Navigating Transgender Issues in a Changing Culture

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2:00 PM
2:30 PM
Sweet Treat Break
Discuss the day with your peers and meet vendors who can help you find solutions to your biggest challenges over a sweet afternoon treat.

2:30 PM
3:30 PM
Panel:  Research on Women in Leadership
The panel will give illustrations of best practices at their institutions, based on the findings of the National Women in Leadership Study, followed by question and answer.

Panelists:
Gordon College:  Michael D. Lindsay, President and Janel Curry, Provost
Messiah College: Kim S. Phipps, President and Randall Basinger, Provost
University of Northwestern-St. Paul: Alan S. Cureton, President and Janet B. Sommers, Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs

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3:30 PM
5:00 PM
Deep Dive:  The Unfinished Work of Race & Ethnicity (Presidents Only)
Moderator:  David Wright, President, Indiana Wesleyan University
Panelists:  Robin Baker, President and Rebecca Hernandez, Associate Vice President, Intercultural Engagement & Faculty Development, George Fox University, Larry Mercer, Vice Chair,Board of Trustees, LeTourneau University, and Reggies Wenyika, President, Southwestern Christian University

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5:00 PM
5:15 PM
Time of Prayer
Led by: Shirley V. Hoogstra, President, CCCU

5:15 PM
6:15 PM
CCCU Unwind:  Happy Hour Mix 'n Mingle
Relax! Unwind! End your day with colleagues and friends over heavy hors d'oeuvres and mocktails, and then head out to spend your evening exploring the sites, sounds, and great food scene that the city has to offer. Or share an evening discussing how you can partner together to solve issues with some of our valuable vendor partners who will be in attendance.

Although dinner is on your own, feel free to contact Casey Lamar, Director of Conferences and Events at clamar@cccu.org if you need assistance making dinner reservations.

6:15 PM
  Optional Meeting:  e-Consult Introductory Meeting
This is an optional time for you to meet with the e-Consult research team to learn more about this member service.

7:00 PM
  Dine Around Options:  The CCCU has made a limited number of reservations at some of the best and most unique D.C. restaurants.  If you would like to claim a seat at one of the restaurant options, click here to make a restaurant selection.  All reservations are for 7:00 pm.

For more details about the restaurant options, click links below:
Mulebone (2121 14th St NW) - Modern American with a Southern-accent ~15 mins. from hotel
Oyamel (401 7th St NW) - Modern Mexican Small Plates ~10 mins. from hotel
Filomena (1063 Wisconsin Ave NW) - Italian ~20 mins. from hotel
Founding Farmers (1924 Pennsylvania Ave NW) -American ~ 15 mins. from hotel
CoCo Sala (929 F St. NW) - Global Flavors with a Chocolate twist ~10 mins. from hotel
China Chilcano (418 7th St NW) - Contemporary Peruvian Cuisine ~10 mins. from hotel
BlackSalt (4883 MacArthur Blvd NW) - Seafood ~ 40 mins. from hotel(w/ traffic)

If you choose not to take part in one of these options, we hope you'll plan to enjoy any of DC's wonderful options, spend some time exploring the city with your local alumni, or enjoy some time with one of our vendors.

Friday, January 27, 2017
7:00 AM
10:30 AM
Information Desk

7:00 AM
7:30 AM
Come & Go Breakfast Buffet
Enjoy breakfast at your leisure.  We encourage you to grab a plate, meet a new colleague, learn about a new product or service, and enjoy this time for morning fellowship.
 
7:30 AM
8:00 AM
California Legislative Implications (Closed to Media)
Over the course of the spring and summer of 2016, California’s state legislature discussed a bill that would have threatened to significantly restrict the operations of and reduce state funding for religious colleges and universities in a purported effort to reduce discrimination against LGBT students.

This bill would have posed a significant challenge to not only the institutions themselves but also a majority of low-income and minority students in California who want to attend an academically rigorous religious college. Advocates for religious schools were successful in convincing the sponsor of the bill to back away from the most onerous portions of the proposal. But in California and elsewhere the overall threat remains in a political system where there is a widespread perception that enhanced rights for LGBT persons has to come at the expense of religious liberty.

Two of our California school presidents will discuss the origins of this legislation, its potential impact to schools, future concerns about these issues in California, and practical preparations and strategies schools may consider should similar dynamics arise in other states.

Moderator:  Shirley Mullen, President, Houghton College
Presenters:  Bob Brower, President, Point Loma Nazarene University and Jon R. Wallace, President, Azusa Pacific University
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8:00 AM
8:30 AM
Devotional:  Why Faith Matters in My Context (Closed to Media)
Special guest

8:30 AM
9:00 AM
Why Christian Higher Education Matters to Hispanic Families (Open to Media)
Speaker: Andrea Ramirez, Executive Director, Faith & Education Coalition-National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference
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9:00 AM
10:00 AM
SPOUSES PROGRAM:  Table Talk: Exchange of Current Ideas and Practices
Join in the discussion as we consider topics that are important to all of us followed by table discussions where spouses will exchange current ideas and practices.  Topics will include:
1) The Heart of the Matter: Engaging our students in fun, meaningful ways.
2) Managing Expectations: What does the campus community need or want from me and what am I able to give?
3) Stewardship: Sustaining a strong marriage in the midst of calling.

Facilitator:  Winnie King, Malone University

9:00 AM
9:15 AM
Stretch Break
9:15 AM
10:30 AM
Why Being Present at the 'Table of Tension' Matters: Faithful Conversations in a Pluralistic Society (Open to Media)
Society deems that we each have a right to our own desired identity, while we, as Christians, believe that our identity is in Christ. Society then asks why Christians are telling people to change their identity to fit ours. As we look to the future of Christian Higher Education, we must be equipped to understand, navigate, and find the balance of preserving our right to our identity while sitting at the “table of tension” in a pluralistic world.

Moderator:  Shapri D. LoMaglio, Vice President for Government & External Relations, CCCU
Speakers:  John D. Inazu, Sally D. Danforth Distinguished Professor of Law and Religion at Washington University and Author, Confident Pluralism: Surviving and Thriving Through Deep Difference and Eboo Patel, Founder/President, Interfaith Youth Core

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10:00 AM
11:00 AM
SPOUSES PROGRAM: The Private Lives of Public People
The importance of soul-care and transparency.
Facilitator: Linda Brower, Point Loma Nazarene University
Speaker:  Kay Warren, Author and Co-Founder, Saddleback Church

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10:30 AM
11:00 AM
Refreshment Break & Time to Check-Out
Note: Check-out is at noon

11:00 AM
  SPOUSES PROGRAM: In One Accord
A time of prayer for our institutions, our homes, and the CCCU.
Facilitator: Paul Mills, Houghton College
Prayer led by: Kay Warren, Author and Co-Founder, Saddleback Church

11:00 AM
12:30 PM
Business Meeting (Presidents Only -Closed to Media)

12:30 PM
2:00 PM
Lunch & Closing Session: Why Christian Higher Education Matters in the Public Square (Open to Media)
Speaker:  Shirley V. Hoogstra, President, CCCU
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2:00 PM
8:00 PM
 Association of Reformed Colleges and Universities Meeting