Thursday, January 31, 2008

AICUO/OFIC Communicators Conference

Earlier this month, AICUO and the Ohio Foundation of Independent Colleges (OFIC) hosted our second annual communicators’ summit at Ashland University. The event brought several dozen staff from our campuses together to talk about responding to disasters and crises. Highlights included a panel that included Robin Bowlus from Bluffton University speaking about the media response to last spring’s bus crash, Lynda Sirk from Antioch College talking about the possible closure of the college, and Jack Hire from Denison University presenting on the colleges’ recent campuswide conversation about race (first picture).

The day began with a presentation from Bruce Hennes, Managing Partner for Hennes Communications, speaking on extreme crisis communications planning, implementation, and dealing with the media in a crisis. The participants also heard from local TV and newspaper reporters about their working relationship with colleges (second picture).

I want to extend my personal thanks to Sherry Mercurio of Franklin University, Tom Perry of Marietta College, Helen Rathburn of Baldwin-Wallace College, Robin Bowlus of Bluffton University and Steve Hannan of Ashland University, the organizing committee that made this event possible.

—Stacey Dorr