The 31st Annual TCCTA Fall Conference for Faculty Leaders will be held October 8-9, 2010, at the San Luis Hotel in Galveston.
The Professional Development, Legislative, Membership Services, and Publications Committees will also conduct meetings at 1:30 p.m., on October 8, during the conference. Response forms for committee members are due by September 13, and are available at this link, along with other pertinent information.
Registration begins at 2:30 p.m. Friday. At 3:30, the program will feature breakout sessions on the subject of “Faculty Senate Best Practices.” Previous meetings on this topic at TCCTA conferences have garnered much interest. Volunteers will serve as facilitators.
The program will continue, at 5:30, with an informal social hour and dinner.
The evening program, at 6:45, will feature “Prospects of the next Regular Session of the Texas Legislature.” Scheduled to speak is Beaman Floyd, a professional contract lobbyist who represents TCCTA.
Mr. Floyd specializes in legislative issues relating to insurance, including teachers’ health benefits and retirement, workers’ compensation, public education, and financial institutions. He has worked with the Texas Legislature since 1993, and will address the inner workings of the legislative process, and the challenges and opportunities for the next Regular Session.
Saturday morning, at 8:00, registration will continue and a sponsored breakfast will be served for all participants.
The program continues Saturday morning with “Crucial Conversations,” a two part interactive session with Greg Stephens, a master trainer with VitalSmarts.
An innovator in training and organizational performance, VitalSmarts helps teams and organizations achieve the results they care about most. With award-winning training products based on more than 30 years of ongoing research, VitalSmarts has helped more than 300 of the Fortune 500 realize significant results using a proven method for driving rapid, sustainable, and measurable change in behaviors. VitalSmarts has been ranked twice by Inc. Magazine as one of the fastest-growing companies in America and has taught more than 2 million people worldwide.
Regarding Saturday’s program, Mr. Stephens says, “Get unstuck with best practice skills for high-stakes interactions! Whenever you’re not getting the results you’re looking for, it’s likely that a crucial conversation is keeping you stuck. Whether it’s a problem with poor quality, declining satisfaction, or a strained relationship, if you can’t talk honestly with nearly anybody about almost anything, you can expect poor results. Make crucial conversations skills your best practices and everything gets better.”
During the luncheon session, longtime TCCTA attorney Frank Hill will discuss “Current Legal Issues in Higher Education.” The speaker is often retained by the association, representing clients who find themselves in legal difficulty in connection with their employment as community college educators.
Mr. Hill received his law degree from Southern Methodist University. Found-ed in 1972, the firm of which he is the senior partner now includes 30 practicing attorneys, several of whom are recognized as specialists in legal matters involving rights of teachers. Time for questions and answers with Mr. Hill will also be allowed.
The conference will adjourn at 1:30 p.m.
While designed primarily for leaders of local faculty organizations, the conference is open to all interested TCCTA members and faculty leaders. College presidents and other administrators are also encouraged to attend and participate.
REGISTRATION FEE—$75, payable on arrival (includes social hour Friday evening and Saturday’s breakfast and lunch).
CONFERENCE REGISTRATION should be completed by October 1 through the TCCTA state office, 5113 Southwest Parkway, Suite 185, Austin, Texas 78735 (1-800-288-6850, ext. 11; in Austin 1-512-328-2044, ext. 11; Fax 1-512-328-1086; e-mail email@example.com).
HOTEL RESERVATIONS Reservations are available at $108.00 for a single, $138 for double occupancy, plus tax). The deadline for hotel registration at this rate is September 17. Self parking is complimentary for conference attendees. Valet parking is also available for $3.00 a day or $9.00 overnight. Make reservations directly to the The San Luis Resort, 5222 Seawall Boulevard, Galveston, TX 77551. Phone: 1-800-445-0090 or locally 1-409-740-8659 .
An easy-to-reach destination, The San Luis Resort, Spa and Conference Center on Galveston Island is less than an hour’s drive from Houston, three hours from Austin and five hours from Dallas/Ft. Worth.
DIRECTIONS FROM HOUSTON Take Interstate 45 South to Galveston. Take the 61st Street exit and turn right (south). Stay on 61st Street to Seawall Boulevard. Turn left (east) at Seawall Boulevard. The San Luis Resort is located past 53rd Street and Seawall Boulevard on the left (north) side.