"Discover Your Anthem"
November 3–5, University of Maryland–Baltimore County

Baltimore is a major city in Maryland with a long history as an important seaport. Fort McHenry, birthplace of the U.S. national anthem, sits at the mouth of Baltimore’s Inner Harbor. Today, this harbor area offers shops, upscale crab shacks, and attractions like the Civil War-era warship the USS Constellation and the National Aquarium, showcasing thousands of marine creatures. It is home to the open-air walkways and shops of Baltimore’s Harborplace, as well as Camden Yards, home of the Orioles, and M&T Bank Stadium, home of the Ravens.

2017 Region VII Conference Logo


Early registration ends on September 30 with regular registration starting October 1. We encourage our members to take advantage of the discounted rates being offered during early registration!

Early (through September 30)Regular (October 1–19)Late (October 20–27)
Professional Member$235$255$275
Graduate or Undergraduate Student Member$230$230$230
Professional Nonmember$300$300$300
Graduate or Undergraduate Student Nonmember$300$300$300


Find out more about institutional membershipShould you have any questions, please feel free to contact Region VII Conference Planning Team member Katy Fagan katy.fagan@temple.edu.

Funds for Fitness

Register now for fundraising events that will take place at the conference. Below you will find some fun-filled options that provide our region with scholarship opportunities and more.

Friday, November 3 – AQUA ZumbaAquaZumba
This class is located in the Marriott Pool and will be led by Kaitlin Shaginaw, a licensed Zumba and STRONG by Zumba instructor. This class will definitely wake you up in the water and provide Region VII with a splash of fun and funds for scholarships.

Saturday, November 4 – Trail FUNd Run/Walk/Roll
Join fellow attendees on the BWI Trail for the Regional FUNd Run/Walk/Roll. Enjoy your morning on the scenic trail with a brisk jog or casual walk. T-shirts are also included in the registration of this event.

Pay to Sleep In
Want to stay dry or avoid running and still support the region? Use the “Pay to Sleep In” option for both events. You will still receive a T-shirt for the Trail FUNd Run/Walk/Roll!

Should you have any questions, please feel free to contact Region VII Conference Team Member Kaitlin Shaginaw at shaginaw@rowan.edu.


Thursday, November 2
  • 4–8 p.m. — Preconference Tour: Morgan State University ($25)
    The Student Center is still relatively new having opened less than 20 years ago. Morgan State University is one of the oldest HBCU's, having been founded in 1867. Food will be provided by Morgan State University
  • 4–8 p.m. — Preconference Tour: Stamp Student Union in College Park ($25)
    University of Maryland is the flagship school of the state. The Stamp Student Union may be an older building but has undergone renovations, allowing you to see and discuss innovative approaches and ideas to bring back to your campus. 
  • 4–8 p.m. — Preconference Tour: Bowie State University Student Center ($25)
    ACUI partners WTW Architects were involved in the design and construction of the Student Center. Founded in 1865, Bowie State University is an HBCU with a rich culture, history, and located in a beautiful rural area by the Patuxent River.
  • 5–10 p.m. — Registration Open and Silent Auction Drop Off at BWI Marriott
  • 8–10 p.m. — Student Mixer at BWI Marriott
  • 9–10 p.m. — Meet the Regional Leadership Team Mixer at BWI Marriott
Friday, November 3
  • 7–8 a.m. — Fund$ for Fitne$$ – Aqua Zumba at BWI Marriott
  • 8–3 p.m. —  Registration Open and Silent Auction Drop Off at UMBC
  • 9 a.m. — Welcome Address
  • Justin Jones-Fosu9:30–10:30 a.m. — Keynote Address: Justin Jones-Fosu
    Justin Jones-Fosu is a full-time husband and father who also happens to be an international speaker, young award-winning entrepreneur, and author. He is the president/chief inspirational officer of Justin Inspires International, where he speaks 50-60 times a year for professionals, colleges, and youth internationally. He has spoken in four countries, for more than 250 organizations, and given more than 450 presentations. Jones-Fosu is also the founder of Respectivity, a company helping workplaces to develop better cultures of respect. 
  • 10:45–11:35 a.m. — Educational Session Block 1
  • 11:45 a.m. — Silent Auction Opens and Lunch
  • 1–2 p.m. — Community Service
  • 2–2:50 p.m. —  Educational Session Block 2
  • 3–3:50 p.m. — Educational Session Block 3
  • 4–5 p.m. — Building Bridges Program
  • 5:30 p.m. —  Silent Auction Closes
  • 6:45 p.m. — Dinner
  • 9–11 p.m. — Entertainment

Saturday, November 4
  • 7–8 a.m. — Fund$ for Fitne$$ – Trail FUNd Run/Walk/Roll
  • 8 a.m. — Registration Silent Auction Open
  • Dr. Paul Gordon Brown9–10:15 a.m. — Opening Remarks and Keynote Address: Dr. Paul Gordon Brown
    Dr. Paul Gordon Brown is a scholar, consultant, and speaker, specializing in student learning and development’s intersection with technology, social media, and design. Brown has nearly 20 years of professional experience in higher education and student affairs with a specialty in developing a residential curriculum. He has also served as a faculty member in the Boston College and Merrimack College Higher Education programs. Brown's current role is as the director of curriculum, training, and research for the higher education technology software company, Roompact. He is recognized by LinkedIn in 2016 as a “Top Voice,” by SlideShare as a “Keynote Author,” by EdTech Magazine as a top higher education blogger, and by ACPA-College Student Educators International as a Diamond Honoree. Brown has authored and co-authored numerous books and book chapters including a collaboration with Erik Qualman on “What Happens On Campus Stays on YouTube."
  • 10:30–11:20 a.m. — Educational Session Block 4
  • 11:30–1:30 p.m. —  Lunch, Vendor Expo, and Graduate Student Case Study Poster Session
  • 1:45 p.m. — Silent Auction Closes
  • 2–2:50 p.m. — Educational Session Block 5
  • 3–3:50 p.m. — Educational Session Block 6
  • 6 p.m. — Closing Banquet and Entertainment

Graduate Case Study Competition

Graduate students who want to demonstrate their knowledge and understanding of college unions and student affairs can fill out the Case Study Registration Form. The Case Study Document provides the relevant background information as well as some of the challenges and questions that should be addressed.

Posters will also be evaluated on the overall design and organization, use of literature, and integration of the conference theme and ACUI core competencies. Students can participate as an individual or as a team with another graduate student from the same institution by completing this Presentation Submission Form.

Region VII has partnered with the Student Marketing Agency, CommonVision, at the University of Maryland–Baltimore County to print posters free of charge. Participants will follow specific guidelines for creating and submitting the case file that will be printed. All graduate students are encouraged to participate.  

Silent and Live Auctions

Donate item(s) for the Silent and/or Live Auction to be held during the Regional Conference!



Be sure to check out the awesome volunteer opportunities available during the conference. 

Volunteer   Conference Planning Team

Conferece Planning Team


The BWI Airport Marriott is less than 7 miles from campus with easy access from the airport and train station. There is a Starbucks in the lobby and several food stops on the way to UMBC. Stay in shape with their fitness center and swimming pool.

The deadline to book a room at the conference rate has passed. Pricing and availability at this hotel can no longer be guaranteed. If booked, please consider one of these nearby locations:

La Quinta Inn & Suites (right across the street from the Marriott)
1734 W. Nursery Rd. Linthicum Heights, MD 21090

Courtyard Inn & Suites (right next to the Marriott)
1717 W. Nursery Rd. Linthicum Heights, MD 21090

Holiday Inn Baltimore BWI Airport (caddy corner from the Marriott)
815 Elkridge Landing Rd. Linthicum Heights, MD 21090


Parking will be free on Friday and Saturday in the Stadium Lot. Follow directional signage on campus. You may find a campus map here. Shuttle services will be available from the BWI Marriott to UMBC.