Mission Leadership Institute


The ACCU Mission Officer Institute is now...

The ACCU Mission Leadership Institute

July 30–August 2, 2017
Lewis University, Romeoville, IL

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The duties of the mission officer are varied and numerous. Whether a cabinet-level administrator, part-time faculty member, religious, or layperson, the mission officer is charged with a multitude of diverse tasks and responsibilities. From formation of faculty, administrators, and trustees, to aiding in faculty searches and hiring, fostering community relations, and assisting when controversial issues arise on campus, the mission officer’s role is complex and multilayered. These challenges offer opportunities to collaborate not only across campus, but with both the local and founding religious community as well.

Not just for mission officers!

The Mission Leadership Institute is open to mission committee members, campus ministers who function as mission officers, and all those deeply interested in Catholic identity and university mission. Participants will be able to learn from both extended presentations and from interactive sessions led by experienced mission officers in a week that will help hone a specific and practical action project for the coming academic year.

Registration for the 2017 Mission Leadership Institute will open in spring 2017.

 

2016 Mission Officer Institute Schedule

Monday, August 1
The Many Hats of the Mission Officer
Hats, hats, hats! The duties of the mission officer are varied and numerous. Whether a cabinet-level administrator, part-time faculty member, religious, or layperson the mission officer is charged with a multitude of diverse tasks and responsibilities. From formation of faculty, administrators, and trustees, to aiding in faculty searches and hiring, fostering community relations, and assisting when controversial issues arise on campus, the mission officer’s role is complex and multilayered. These challenges offer opportunities to collaborate not only across campus, but with both the local and founding religious community as well.
Noon – 3:00 p.m.  Registration and Residence Hall Check-In 
4:00 p.m.

Welcome and Overview of the Institute

Dr. Kurt Schackmuth, Vice President for Mission, Lewis University, Institute Director

4:15 p.m.

Introductions and “Get to Know You” Activity
Sr. Sean Peters, CSJ, Director of Mission Experience, College of St. Rose
5:00 p.m. Opening Liturgy
6:00 p.m. Reception and Dinner
8:00 p.m. The “Many Hats” Presentation and Exercise
Dr. Dominic Colonna, Assistant Professor of Systematic Theology, Lewis University
9:00 p.m. Adjournment and Evening Social
Tuesday, August 2
Mission Officer as Administrator
A significant amount of a mission officer’s time is spent supervising staff, serving on the president’s cabinet, consulting on policies and curricula, and building and maintaining relationships with the local community and Church. Promoting mission-centered hiring practices while serving on search committees is another essential task. As Christ undertook all tasks with love, the mission officer might join others in creating a mission effectiveness committee, developing a speakers policy, and/or facilitating the development of a sponsoring covenant to share and lighten the many responsibilities of advancing mission.
6:30 - 8:00 a.m. Breakfast Available
8:15 a.m. Morning Prayer 
8:45 a.m. The Essential Characteristics of the Mission Officer as Administrator
Dr. Dominic Colonna
9:45 a.m. Break
10:00 a.m.

Presidential Panel
Dr. Arvid Johnson, University of St. Francis
Dr. Donna Carroll, Dominican University

11:00 a.m. Introduction of Reflection and Journaling Activity
Gloria Urrabazo, Vice President for Mission and Ministry, Our Lady of the Lake University
11:45 a.m.

Lunch

1:00 p.m. President’s Cabinet Role Playing Exercise
Jim Doyle, Former Vice President for Student Affairs, DePaul University
2:00 p.m. Break
2:15 p.m. Reflection and Journaling Activity
2:45 p.m.

Introduction of Action Projects and Planning Time

4:00 p.m. Afternoon Break 
5:30 p.m. Reception and Dinner
7:15 p.m. Action Project Work Time
8:30 p.m. Prayer 
9:00 p.m. Evening Social
Wednesday, August 3
Mission Officer as Formator
A mission-oriented culture requires commitment and involvement at all levels and from all segments of an institution. As a formator, the mission officer’s role is to offer guidance and instruction in the essential elements of Catholic Intellectual Tradition not only to new hires, but through practical opportunities to faculty, staff, administrators, and trustees as well. Orientation provides the foundation upon which ongoing seminars, service-learning, and programs infusing mission into curricula can be built. To remain vibrant, periodic review of these programs is important.
7:30 - 8:45 a.m. Breakfast Available
9:00 a.m. Morning Prayer  
9:30 a.m. The Essential Characteristics of the Mission Officer as Formator
Dr. Dominic Colonna
10:30 a.m. Break 
10:45 a.m. Session 2: Storytelling Presentation
Dr. Janice Del Negro, Associate Professor of Library & Information Science, Dominican University
11:45 a.m. Reflection and Journaling Activity
12:15 p.m. Lunch 
1:15 p.m. Greeting
Dr. Michael Galligan-Stierle, President, Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities (ACCU)
1:30 p.m. Creating and Sustaining a Mission-Oriented Campus Culture
Dr. Kurt Schackmuth, Vice President for Mission and Academic Services, Lewis University
2:30 p.m. Action Project Work Time
3:30 p.m. Afternoon Prayer and Break
5:00 p.m. Dinner On Your Own/Free Evening
Bus to Promenade Mall in Bolingbrook

9:00 p.m.

Evening Social
Thursday, August 4
Mission Officer as Catalyst
Catholic catalysts are much more than role models whom others seek to emulate for their integrity, passion, and commitment to living a Christian life. They are bearers of light who keep their fingers on the pulse of both global and campus change, understand prudence, and point with faithful honesty toward adaptations necessary for community living. The mission officer, as catalyst, stands at the intersection of creative tensions, frames hard questions, and acts as an interpreter during challenging conversations.
7:30 - 8:45 a.m. Breakfast Available
9:00 a.m. Morning Prayer
9:30 a.m. The Essential Characteristics of the Mission Officer as Catalyst
Dr. Dominic Colonna
10:30 a.m. Break
10:45 a.m. “Catalyst Presentation”
Presenter: Edmund Siderewicz, Co-Founder & Vice President for Mission & External Relations, Catalyst Schools Chicago
11:45 a.m. Reflection and Journaling Activity
Individual Work Time
12:30 p.m. Working Lunch and Action Project Presentations 
1:30 p.m. Reflection and Journaling Activity
2:00 p.m. Closing Session and Commissioning Service
Graziano Marcheschi and the Core Team
2:45 p.m. Adjournment

 

Questions? Contact ACCU Project Associate Jeffrey Gerlomes at jgerlomes@accunet.org.

Don't forget to order your copies...

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A Mission Officer Handbook
Volumes I and II

Available for order now: The first volume contains wisdom and insights from 40 authors on the role of the mission officer and effective practices used at Catholic colleges and universities to advance mission and identity. The follow-up volume further addresses the numerous and varied roles of the mission officer, specifically as they relate to collaboration with those inside and outside the campus.

Authors focus on ways for the mission officer to collaborate and animate mission within academics, student and alumni affairs divisions, campus ministry, the greater community, and more. In addition, a section is dedicated to mission accountability, a contemporary issue for every higher education institution looking to renew its accreditation.

Be sure to order your copies today. Available in paperback and e-book formats.

 

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