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RiSE | 2015 Fall Retreat

2015 Fall Leadership Retreat:
Reinventing the Student Experience


Friday, October 9, 8:30 am  
MGC 3-5
American University

8:30 AM – 9:00 AM

Breakfast and registration

9:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Welcome remarks by President Neil Kerwin, Provost Scott Bass, and Dr. Eugene Tobin of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation
Creating an "Unsurpassed Student Experience" through Innovation, Dr. Darin Eich, Retreat Facilitator
The Case for Change and Next Steps in the RiSE Initiative - a panel presentation

12:15 PM – 1:15 PM

Working lunch

1:30 PM –
4:45 PM

Facilitated Exercises: The Innovation Challenge and Developing
Concepts to Advance the RiSE Initiative, Dr. Darin Eich

4:45 PM

 Closing Reflections and Wrap up

Guest Speakers/Facilitators

Eugene Tobin

Eugene M. Tobin
Andrew W. Mellon Foundation

Eugene M. Tobin is senior program officer in the program for Higher Education and Scholarship in the Humanities, where his areas of special responsibility include grants to liberal arts colleges, the development of cross-institutional collaboration and consortia, and coordination of joint initiatives with the Foundation's Diversity program.  

Mr. Tobin spent 23 years at Hamilton College as a faculty member, department chair, dean of faculty, and as the eighteenth president (1993-2003). Prior to joining the Hamilton faculty in 1980, he taught at public colleges in New Jersey and Pennsylvania, was a National Endowment for the Humanities postdoctoral fellow at Vanderbilt University, and held visiting appointments at Miami University (Ohio) and Indiana University, Bloomington. His research focuses on late nineteenth- and early twentieth-century American social and political history and the history of US higher education.  

Mr. Tobin earned his BA in history from Rutgers University and his MA and PhD in the history of American civilization from Brandeis University. He is the co-author with William G. Bowen and Martin A. Kurzweil of Equity and Excellence in American Higher Education (University of Virginia Press, 2005), winner of the 2006 American Education Research Association's Outstanding Book Award, and co-author with William G. Bowen of Locus of Authority: The Evolution of Faculty Roles in the Governance of Higher Education (Princeton University Press, 2015).

Darin Eich

Darin Eich
Facilitator, Speaker, Author & Founder, Innovation Learning

Darin Eich is the author of "Innovation Step-by-Step" and "Root Down & Branch Out: Best Practices for Leadership Development Programs. His speciality is in helping people and organizations to collaboratively innovate by learning how to do it for their real challenges while working on a real project. He lives in Madison and has a Ph.D. in Educational Leadership & Policy Analysis from the University of Wisconsin. His research, writing, and blogging zeroes in on how people can learn leadership & innovation through programs, courses, retreats, & new emerging methods. 

Darin is also the President & co-founder of BrainReactions, an innovation and idea generation company founded with a leadership program student that has gone on to be recognized by US News and BusinessWeek. Darin also worked to establish Innovation Trip and, a top Innovation Training website that offers web based workshops. Darin gives keynote speeches, designs and leads workshops and online programs. He is a consultant to Dartmouth College, the University of Wisconsin, and USA TODAY.

RiSE Retreat Planning Committee

  • Sharon Alston, Vice Provost for Undergraduate Enrollment  (Co-chair)
  • Gail Hanson, Vice President of Campus Life (Co-chair)
  • Lisa Boms, Office of Campus Life
  • Laura BonDurant, School of Communication
  • Erran Carmel, Kogod School of Business
  • Jonnel Clothier, AU Central
  • Darrell Cook, Student Accounts
  • Kiho Kim, CAS - Environmental Science
  • Stefanie Matthews, Office of Enrollment
  • Kamalika Sandell, Office of Information
  • Lyn Stallings, Office of the Provost
  • Marianne Huger Thomson, Office of the Dean of Students
  • Nadia Trowers, Office of Campus Life
  • Rachel Watkins, CAS - Anthropology
  • Denise Wilkerson, Office of the Provost