Pictured (clockwise) Sheila Thomas (CSU Chancellor's Office), Regina Cash (CSULB Professional Programs, event organizer), Jeet Joshee (CSULB CCPE Dean), What Color is Your Cape Session, Deb and Mark (CSULB), CSU Chancellor Timothy White speaking at the Counterparts dinner.
CCPE had the honor of hosting California State University’s 10th annual Counterparts Conference February 12 and 13 at the Hyatt Regency in downtown Long Beach. A system-wide professional development conference for extended education staff, the event serves as an opportunity for employees from the 23 campuses to network, share best practices, learn about other functional areas within extended education, and improve skills and knowledge.
“I think people were really excited about the fact that Counterparts was being held in Long Beach,” said CCPE Director of Professional Programs and Counterparts 2015 Organizer, Regina Cash.
“We had representatives from 22 campuses, only Cal Maritime was unable to make it.”
Held in downtown Long Beach at the Hyatt Regency, the conference drew more than 300 attendees who enjoyed a selection of 23 sessions over two days. Covering everything from developing Language Arts courses online to making programs international, session leaders from across the CSU system shared professional experience, or discussed via roundtable, new initiatives, personal anecdotes, best practices, and more.
“Some of the most popular sessions were What Color is Your Cape, a career development seminar; It’s Not You It’s Us: Pathways to Partnership, about developing collaborative relationships for professional programs; and a panel discussion on Customer Relationship Management system implementation called CRM in the CSU,” said Regina. “Attendees took away very useful information that could be immediately implemented. Additionally, they garnered a network of colleagues that could provide support through the coming years.”
A formal dinner held at The Aquarium of the Pacific, topped-off by a visit, speech, and T-shirt giveaway by CSU Chancellor Timothy P. White, was cited by many attendees as the most memorable event of the conference.
“There were a number of great moments, but to have the Chancellor not only accept our invitation to attend, but also his willingness to give a speech was my personal favorite,” added Regina. “Also, at the very end of the conference, staff performed an impromptu flash mob to the tune of the Rolling Stone’s ‘Start Me Up.’”
Counterparts 2016 will be held at California State University, Monterey Bay.