Welcome to the 2019 STARS Leadership & University Advocates Conference

Hilton Sandestin Beach Golf Resort and Spa

August 7-9, 2019

This is a Tentative Agenda for the 2019 STARS Conference. This can also be found in the front of your SLUAC Resource binder. Agenda is subject to change or differ in presentation.

Click on Speaker Names to read more about them.


3:00 p.m. Registration
3:00 p.m. Optional Pictures by the Beach
4:00 p.m. Introductory Meeting and Networking Event

4:30 p.m. Welcome 
4:40 p.m. Conference Overview 
Executive Director, Gordon Stone 
4:50 p.m. Introduction to Higher Education Partnership
5:10 p.m. Update from Higher Education Partnership’s Council of University

                Governmental Affairs Representatives (CUGAR)
5:30 p.m.
Leadership and Advocacy

6:00 p.m. 2020 Featured Topic: The U.S. Census

6:30 p.m. Overview of Key Issues 

Executive Director, Gordon Stone

HEP Staff


Dr. Don Killingsworth, CUGAR Chair

The Office of the Alabama Governor

Mr. Kenneth Boswell, Director

Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs (ADECA)

Mr. Gordon Stone


7:00 a.m. Hot Breakfast Buffet for conference attendees
7:00 a.m. Alumni Task Force Meeting (Breakfast area)
8:00 a.m. Opening Session: Stories of Success 

8:30 a.m. The Facts About Higher Education

9:20 a.m. Voter Registration

9:40 a.m. How to Advocate


10:25 a.m. The Difference Between Leadership and Management
10:30 a.m. Collaborative Breakout Sessions
                   Advocate Early—Planning to Engage Freshman on Your Campus
                   University Student President’s Council—14 Presidents, 1 Project
                   STARS Committees—Building an Effective Advocacy Team
                   Advocates—Engaging Students, Communicating Across the State
11:00 a.m. Impact of Students Representatives on Administrative Committees
11:05 a.m. House of Representatives Legislative Panel
11:45 a.m. Lunch with Keynote Speaker
1:00 p.m.  Student and Administration Relationships

1:15 p.m. Communication and Leadership



2:00 p.m. Organizing and Mobilizing Students to Advocate

2:05 p.m. Advocacy Simulation
                Students meet with Mock Legislators to share an advocacy presentation they have prepared. Students
                 will be evaluated and receive feedback so that they are prepared to lead their campus in advocacy.
3:00 p.m. Afternoon free

Executive Director, Gordon Stone

Mr. Kirk Fulford 

Legislative Services Agency, Fiscal Division

John Merrill, Alabama Secretary of State

Dr. Aliquippa Allen,

UWA Dean of the College of Business

Matthew Steiger, UAH SGA President


Mary Kathryn Fletcher

Ale'gna Smoot

Brett Johnson, STARS Alumni

Clif Davis, Teri Henley

Courtney Boaz, Athens State SGA President



David Whitlow, ASU SGA President

Dr. John Kline

Professor of Leadership and Director of Troy University for Leadership Development

James Whitt Watts, Auburn Assistant VP of External Affairs 


7:00 a.m. Hot Breakfast Buffet for conference attendees
7:00 a.m. Communications Task Force Meeting (Breakfast area)

Morning Session
8:00 a.m. Welcome 
8:20 a.m. Universities Effect on Their Community - The Town and Gown Committee
8:25 a.m. STARS, Alumni & Faculty/Staff Share and Set Campus Goals
                (Each University group working together to set their specific calendar and goals. Participants
                work within their campus groups to set goals for: Workshops, On-Campus Advocacy Events,
                Higher Ed Day, Advocacy Days and Individual Campus Activities, and Communications)
9:00 a.m. Legislative Leaders Panel: Question and Answer Session with AL House and Senate
                  (Q&A Session with questions taken from students on the day before. Individual students are invited
                  to ask their question to a specific legislator)
10:30 a.m. Board Meeting of the Higher Education Partnership

Samuel Mashburn, UNA SGA President


Our mission is to advocate the importance of higher education in bettering the lives of people in Alabama. 

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