2020 Spouse Track
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2020 Annual Meeting Spouse Track

The spouses of ACCU member presidents are critical contributors to the president's work. ACCU offers several special events just for presidential spouses at its Annual Meeting. Listed below are all the events and offerings included in the registration fee for spouses.


Saturday, February 1: Exclusive Excursion

Franciscan-MonasteryFranciscan Monastery of the Holy Land in America
Spouses of ACCU presidents are invited to join this full-day excursion to one of the most spiritual — and most overlooked — sites in the nation's capital. The Franciscan Monastery of the Holy Land in America is a national shrine that sustains the 800-year mission of the Franciscan Friars in the Holy Land by serving as a “Little Jerusalem” in America. The Monastery is home to a thriving Holy Land Franciscan community, and is self-sustaining and capable of fulfilling its mission on behalf of the Holy Land, its Friars, and the Church Universal. The excursion for spouses will include a private tour of the Church, catacombs, and gardens (weather permitting), and lunch.


Opening Mass and Evening Banquet
5:00 – 9:00 p.m.

On Saturday evening, all are welcome to attend Liturgy marking the start of the 2020 Annual Meeting. Mass is followed by a reception and our opening Banquet and Awards Ceremony. It's a night of Catholic higher education stars that you won't want to miss!


Sunday, February 2: Meals, Mingling, & More

7:15 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Enjoy breakfast with fellow spouses on this first full day of the 2020 ACCU Annual Meeting. Then, spouses are welcome to attend the plenary sessions, as well as any of the general admission concurrent presentations throughout the day. And don't miss lunch, which will feature remarks by a special guest speaker. The day concludes with an evening reception.


Monday, February 3: Spouses Session

9:00 – 10:30 a.m.

Connecting with Today’s Students
Throughout the course of a campus presidency, the president’s spouse will interact with students at athletic events, social gatherings, and other occasions. Their unique position gives spouses an opportunity to connect to students in a way that faculty or other campus leaders cannot. But when students are struggling and in need of personal advice and guidance, what should a president’s spouse say? What can (and can’t) they say, as a matter of legal or institutional policy? Join this robust discussion, where you can learn from and meet other spouses and have your questions answered.

Lisa Kirkpatrick, Vice President for Student Affairs, St. Edward's University