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March 2016
Volume 19 Issue 2

NACCU Names Dawn Thomas as New Executive Director
NACCU 2016 in San Francisco

Annual Meeting Minutes 
2014-2015 Comparative Statement
Canadian Campus Card Conference 2016
Recruit 5!
NACCU 2016 Awards
From the Executive Director: Conference Preparation

NACCU Names Dawn Thomas as New Executive Director

The National Association of Campus Card Users (NACCU) is pleased to announce that Dawn Thomas will be the next Executive Director for the association effective July 1, 2016. Current Executive Director Lowell Adkins will continue in that role until then. Dawn will be introduced at the NACCU Annual Conference in San Francisco in April.

Read more and welcome her in the comments here

NACCU 2016 in San Francisco!


Join NACCU in San Francisco, April 16-19, for our 23rd Annual Conference. 

We look forward to a dynamic and exciting event! Here is just some of what you can experience at NACCU 2016!

Keynote and General sessions:

Steve Donahue
NACCU is pleased to introduce Steve Donahue as our keynote speaker. Steve has an epic story; as a young man, he crossed the Sahara Desert and completed a 72,000 mile global odyssey to find a new story and a reason to tell it. He is a bestselling author and international expert in Narrative Intelligence. At his presentation, you will learn how to embed personal and organizational values within stories to guide your career and university forward during times of groundbreaking change. More information here. Thank you to Wells Fargo for sponsoring this event.

Michael Bungay Stanier
Michael Bungay Stanier is the founder and Senior Partner of Box of Crayons, a company that helps organizations all over the world do less Good Work and more Great Work... and now he will be at NACCU to share his wisdom and insight with you! More information here. Thank you to Blackboard Transact for sponsoring this event.

Educational Sessions:

You asked for more sessions, and now you have them! With eight session blocks, over 60 sessions to choose from, and a wide variety of topics and skill levels, you will definitely go home with ideas to build the Bridge to the Future! You can choose to go in-depth with our keynote and general speakers, learn industry insights from our Gold corporate members, have free discussion with other attendees interested in specific topics at our Roundtable sessions, and learn from those who have gone through what your program is facing now, and have come through to the other side with experience to share! Learn more here

Networking Events:

Networking is consistently rated as a top benefit of attending NACCU, and NACCU offers a myriad of events that allow you to network with other attendees. The Opening Reception gives you the opportunity to meet with new and old friends to navigate the conference together. (If this is your first time at NACCU, consider participating in our Mentor365 program to meet with a smaller group first and go into the reception together.) NACCU Fitness will let you start your mornings with Yoga, Zumba, and the Fun Walk/Run. You will have three breakfasts with no programming and time to chat with peers. And of course, NACCU Night Out, our closing event, will give you a chance to solidify connections and say goodbye before heading home. And that's not all! Learn more about the schedule and events here

Exhibit Hall:

NACCU's exhibit hall features all the latest and greatest technology, products, and services to enhance your program. If you want to know what is happening beyond your campus, don't miss out on the opportunity to meet with our exhibitors.

Add-On Workshops and Events:

If you are new to the industry or your position, attend the New Professionals Institute (NPI).

To strengthen your work skills, attend one of our Professional Development Workshops.

If you would like to see how the card program works at the University of California - Berkeley, and tour their campus, sign up for the Campus Tour.

To register to attend NACCU 2016, click here. We hope you can join us in beautiful San Francisco for an exciting and informational event!

2015 Annual Business Meeting Minutes

For your review, please find the 2015 NACCU Annual Business Meeting Minutes. These minutes will be presented for acceptance at the 2016 Annual Business Meeting in San Francisco on April 17, 2016.

2015 NACCU Annual Business Meeting Minutes (PDF)

2014-2015 Comparative Statement

For your review, please find the 2014-2015 Comparative Statement. This document compares assets and liabilities in 2014 and 2015.

2014-2015 Comparative Statement (PDF)

Canadian Campus Card Conference 2016

The 2016 NACCU Canadian Campus Card Conference will be held at Mohawk College in Hamilton, Ontario, June 6-8, 2016. Register to attend before April 15th and be entered for a chance to win a $100 iTunes Gift Card! FIVE winners will be drawn.

For more information and to register, visit


Recruit 5Participate in Recruit 5!

What is Recruit 5?

Recruit 5 is a NACCU initiative to seek new institutional members using NACCU's best resource - you!

Best of all, by referring schools who aren't currently members of NACCU, you can receive $100 off your NACCU 2016 conference registration - or even a complimentary NACCU membership!

For more information, visit

NACCU 2016 Awards

You can still send in your submissions for the Best Card Design, Best Social Networking and/or Website, and Best Video(s) Awards through March 25, 2016. 

Get more information here.

From the Executive Director: Conference Preparation

In this issue of CARDtalk, you will find a Comparative Statement of Financial Position for NACCU for the fiscal years ending June 30, 2014 and June 30, 2015 and a draft of the minutes from the 2015 Annual Meeting in New Orleans. Additional financial information and the minutes are available on the NACCU website. Please review this information.

I hope you are planning to attend our 23rd annual conference in San Francisco and that you will attend the Annual Meeting. If you are planning to join us, then you know there is important preparation involved in making the trip happen. You may have to work through some administrative approval process, you need to register for the conference, you need to reserve lodging and make travel arrangements, and, as with any occasion when you are not there, you will need to have a plan for covering your responsibilities while you are away from the office.

I’d like you to consider some additional things in your preparation process. I believe they are in a real sense just as important as the other ones.

First, set some individual goals to accomplish. The primary focus of our conference is always professional development – and the San Francisco event is going to be wonderful in this regard. Perhaps there are areas you want to highlight for personal growth - to expand your knowledge and understanding of our industry or to gain a better insight in managing operations and staff. Networking is also an important part of our conference, thus a rewarding goal would be to meet more people. As I have often commented, this is an especially sharing and caring group of folks, so the more you network, the greater a support system you will have at the conference – and beyond. And, San Francisco is a great place for recreation. Just being able to get away from your day-to-day activities and “smell the roses” is also a good personal goal.

As you prepare to attend the conference, please think of questions you want ask – things you want to know about that are maybe too involved to put on the listserv. Solicit questions from your colleagues who will not be attending. I know they would appreciate your thinking of them and bringing back helpful information.

Consider things you want to share. It always amazes me how many ways our members have found to manage the needs of their campuses. I’m confident that no matter how long - or short - your experience is in the campus card community, you have something to share that will help some other person at the conference.

So, plan to attend, make your preparations, and we’ll see you in San Francisco!


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