The Power of Partnerships

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 About the Conference

​The Power of Partnerships

Connecting Colleges, Employers, Donors, and Families to Improve Outcomes in Higher Education


The 2018 State Councils Annual Conference will explore the “The Power of Partnerships” that State Councils leverage to advance independent higher education. The two-day program will take place April 29–May 1 at the Four Seasons Hotel in St. Louis, Missouri.

The Annual Conference provides state executives, fundraising officers, and communications staff with face-to-face networking and an opportunity to share best practices with colleagues. The program features leading speakers on collaboration, corporate relations, grantsmanship, fundraising, and marketing to help state associations better serve private colleges and universities. View the full program.

Registered spouses and partners are welcome to participate in all conference events and will enjoy a special group outing to the spectacular Missouri Botanical Garden, one of the top three botanical gardens in the world.


About the State Councils

CIC’s State Councils are consortia of private colleges and universities with the mission of advancing and strengthening their member institutions. Through its State Councils program, CIC provides member services and organizational development opportunities, as well as grants and professional support for their activities in four specific program areas:
  • Putting a college education within reach for deserving students of all income levels by raising private gifts and grants for scholarships;
  • Expanding student internship and career opportunities, as well as developing corporate grant and sponsorship support, by connecting the private college sector to America’s business community;
  • Enhancing curricular and co-curricular programs at member institutions by facilitating the development of multi-college approaches to key targets of opportunity and seeking grant funding for these collaborative initiatives; and
  • Increasing recognition and enrollment of member institutions through collective public relations and branding initiatives that help “make the case” for private colleges and universities.
CIC believes that by working collectively on these priorities, the State Councils network can strengthen independent colleges nationwide.


Who Should Participate?

State executives, vice presidents, key fundraising, marketing, and scholarship program staff, and board members of CIC State Councils will all benefit from the insights and best practices shared at this conference. To strengthen your team’s professional expertise, CIC offers this year not only a discounted registration fee for state executives, but also further reduced registration fees for second registrants from a State Council, and also free conference registration for a third member from your organization, thanks to the generous support of our conference sponsors: TIAA, UPS, Credo, and College Consortium.

 Schedule

 

 

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Orientation for New State Executives and StaffOrientation for New State Executives and Staff1<p>All new state executives, staff, and first-time conference attendees are welcome. CIC Vice President for State Council Programs <strong><em>Carol Schuler</em></strong>, CIC President <strong><em>Richard Ekman</em></strong>, and State Councils Advisory Committee Presiding Officer <strong><em>Hope Williams</em></strong> will provide a briefing on the operations and member benefits of CIC’s State Council programs and services.</p>
State Councils Advisory Committee MeetingState Councils Advisory Committee Meeting2
Opening ReceptionOpening Reception3Richard Ekman; J. Michael Pressimone; Frank RomeoSpouses and Partners<h3>Greetings</h3> <strong><em>Carol Schuler</em></strong>, Vice President for State Council Programs, CIC, <strong> <em>Richard Ekman</em></strong>, President, CIC, and <strong> <em>Mike Backer</em></strong>, President, Missouri Colleges Fund<br><br> <h3>Welcoming Remarks</h3> <strong><em>J. Michael (Mike) Pressimone</em></strong>, President, Fontbonne University<span><span><br><br></span></span> <h3>Greetings from the UPS Foundation</h3> <strong> <em>Frank Romeo</em></strong>, Vice President, UPS Foundation<br><br> <h3>Remarks by a CIC/UPS Scholar</h3> <strong> <em>Charles Ramey</em></strong>, Class of 2018, Fontbonne University<br><br> <h3>CIC/UPS Scholarship Presentation</h3> <strong> <em></em></strong> <strong> <em>Mike Backer</em></strong>, Missouri Colleges Fund; <strong> <em>Mike Pressimone</em></strong>, President, Fontbonne University; <strong><em>Charles Ramey</em></strong>, CIC/UPS Scholar, Fontbonne University; <strong><em>Frank Romeo</em></strong>, UPS Foundation; and <strong><em>Stan Roux</em></strong>, UPS Central Plains Human Resources Manager and Board Member, Missouri Colleges Fund
Breakfast: State-by-State Updates (Round One)Breakfast: State-by-State Updates (Round One)4<p>Opening Remarks: <strong><em>Hope Williams</em></strong>, Board Member, CIC, Presiding Officer, State Councils Advisory Committee, and President, North Carolina Independent Colleges and Universities and the Independent College Fund of North Carolina<br><br>Learn from your colleagues as they present innovative ideas and current challenges in this lightning round of state-by-state updates. Round Two will take place over breakfast on Tuesday.<br></p>
The Power of Partnerships: The Mayo Innovation Scholars ProgramThe Power of Partnerships: The Mayo Innovation Scholars Program5Elizabeth Jansen; John Meslow<p>How can State Councils cultivate thriving partnerships among private colleges, industry, and donors to create new opportunities for students to explore career paths and for institutions to thrive? The Mayo Innovation Scholars Program is a successful example of the pivotal role a State Council can play in fostering career-oriented learning opportunities.<br><br>The Mayo Innovation Scholars Program provides opportunities for private colleges to place students from a variety of disciplines at the intersection of innovations in science and medicine and to work in intellectual property, marketing, and business development. This proven collaborative venture leverages the resources of the Richard M. Schulze Family Foundation, Medtronic Philanthropy, Mayo Clinic Ventures, and the Minnesota Private College Council to provide distinctive learning experiences and cutting-edge career pathways for students.<br></p><blockquote><p><strong><em>Elizabeth Jansen</em></strong>, Academic Program Director, Mayo Innovation Scholars Program<br><strong><em>John Meslow</em></strong>, Founder and Program Director, Mayo Innovation Scholars Program<br>Chair: <strong><em></em></strong><strong><em>Paul Cerkvenik</em></strong>, President, Minnesota Private College Fund<br></p></blockquote>
Creating Peer Partnerships for At-Risk Students: A Four-Year Case StudyCreating Peer Partnerships for At-Risk Students: A Four-Year Case Study7<p>Gaining acceptance to college is often only the first of many hurdles that at-risk students face in their academic careers. Other challenges, often academic, but also social and cultural, can lessen a student’s sense of belonging and derail college success. To raise success rates, Associated Colleges of Illinois (ACI), with grant assistance from the Council of Independent Colleges, has developed a peer-mentoring program that is making a difference for participating students and their institutions.<br><br>ACI’s executive director will share results that show how peer mentoring increases the number of at-risk college students who persist, succeed, and graduate from ACI member colleges and universities. Available on nine ACI member campuses, the program matches at-risk first-year students with junior and senior peer mentors from similar backgrounds who guide them through the critical first year of college. By building a “relationship bridge” among mentees, mentors, and the campus community and its support services, the ACI program provides an early warning and intervention system that helps at-risk students overcome challenges.<br></p><blockquote><p><strong><em>Mick Weltman</em></strong>, Executive Director, Associated Colleges of Illinois<br></p></blockquote>
Successful Approaches to “Making the Case”Successful Approaches to “Making the Case”9<p>Amid headlines about negative public attitudes toward higher education, how can State Councils ensure that the real benefits of independent higher education—access and affordability, shorter time to degree, future earnings, and improved quality of civic life—are more broadly recognized? Leaders of three State Councils will provide examples of steps they have taken to communicate positive, relevant, and engaging messages that promote member colleges to families, donors, policymakers, and other key stakeholders.</p><blockquote><p></p><p><strong><em>Sandy Briscar</em></strong>, Director of Communications, North Carolina Independent Colleges and Universities<br><strong><em>Kris Gonzales</em></strong>, Vice President, Independent Colleges of Washington<br><strong><em>Bill Spiker</em></strong>, President, Ohio Foundation of Independent Colleges<br>Chair: <strong><em>Rebecca Ceperley</em></strong>, Executive Director, West Virginia Independent Colleges and Universities<br></p></blockquote>
Tips on Grantsmanship—CIC Opportunities and BeyondTips on Grantsmanship—CIC Opportunities and Beyond10Richard Ekman; Frank RomeoBack by popular demand, CIC and UPS Foundation leaders will share their insights and hands-on tips for how to develop winning grant proposals. All conference participants will receive sample applications in advance to review and discuss during this interactive session. Learn how to create that rare combination of a great idea and attention to detail, developed to win the attention and interest of organizations that can support your State Council.<br><blockquote><strong><em>Richard Ekman</em></strong>, President, Council of Independent Colleges<br><strong><em>Frank Romeo</em></strong>, Vice President, UPS Foundation<br>Chair: <strong><em>Dennis Joslin</em></strong>, President, Council of Nebraska Independent Colleges Foundation<br></blockquote>
Changing Dynamics in Corporate Philanthropy—The Talent ImperativeChanging Dynamics in Corporate Philanthropy—The Talent Imperative21Mike SchmidtThis interactive session will provide an overview of how the rapid rise of the global, innovation-based economy is affecting the ways in which corporations—and corporate foundations—are redirecting investments in the talent pipeline. Traditional methods of supporting college operations are being replaced with support for creative programs and initiatives that foster innovation and develop critical 21st-century skills in students before they reach the workplace. The session will highlight examples from Ford Motor Company Fund partners, including the Michigan Colleges Alliance.<br><blockquote><strong><em>Mike Schmidt</em></strong>, Director of Education and Global Community Development, Ford Motor Company Fund and Community Services<br>Chair: <strong><em>Robert Bartlett</em></strong>, President, Michigan Colleges Alliance</blockquote>
Here to Help: How State Councils Can Leverage Funding and Scale to Improve Institutional Decision MakingHere to Help: How State Councils Can Leverage Funding and Scale to Improve Institutional Decision Making12Colleges and universities increasingly need to assess the cost-effectiveness of their academic programs. But how can they afford reliable and relevant benchmarking data to inform decision making and strategic planning? The Association of Independent Kentucky Colleges and Universities (AIKCU) developed a collaborative model through a three-year grant from the James Graham Brown Foundation to provide comparative data on academic program performance to participating AIKCU members. The project’s systematic approach and shared resources provide an objective tool for making informed decisions and developing sound strategic plans.<br><blockquote><strong><em>Gary Cox</em></strong>, President, Association of Independent Kentucky Colleges and Universities</blockquote>
Breaking Barriers to Community College TransferBreaking Barriers to Community College Transfer13The path from community colleges to independent colleges and universities can be cumbersome and confusing for students who are unprepared to navigate their new campus cultures. Learn how new online models developed by Independent Colleges and Universities of Texas Foundation and North Carolina Independent Colleges and Universities make private colleges a more user-friendly choice.<br><blockquote><strong><em>Ray Martinez, III</em></strong>, President, Independent Colleges and Universities of Texas Foundation<br><strong><em>Hope Williams</em></strong>, President, North Carolina Independent Colleges and Universities    <br>Chair: <strong><em>Carol Schuler</em></strong>, Vice President for State Council Programs, Council of Independent Colleges</blockquote>
Depart for Cardinals NationDepart for Cardinals Nation22Meet in Hotel LobbySpouses and Partners
Closing Luncheon: Roundtable Discussions with the State Councils Advisory CommitteeClosing Luncheon: Roundtable Discussions with the State Councils Advisory Committee20<p>Enjoy a relaxing lunch with colleagues and learn more about the work of the State Councils Advisory Committee. Network and share your ideas through informal discussion with committee members.</p><blockquote><p><strong><em>Mike Backer</em></strong>, President, Missouri Colleges Fund<br><strong><em>Robert Bartlett</em></strong>, President, Michigan Colleges Alliance<br><strong><em>Paul Cerkvenik</em></strong>, President, Minnesota Private College Fund<br><strong><em>Richard Ekman</em></strong>, President, Council of Independent Colleges<br><strong><em>Jack Jones</em></strong>, President, Iowa College Foundation<br><strong><em>Paul C. Pribbenow</em></strong>, President, Augsburg University<br><strong><em>Eddie N. Shannon, III</em></strong>, Executive Vice President, South Carolina Independent Colleges and Universities<br><strong><em>Hope Williams</em></strong>, President, North Carolina Independent Colleges and Universities<br>Chair: <strong><em>Carol Schuler</em></strong>, Vice President for State Council Programs, Council of Independent Colleges<br></p></blockquote>
Adding Donor-Advised Funds to the Fundraising MixAdding Donor-Advised Funds to the Fundraising Mix17Janet N. Bandera<p>Did you know that donor-advised funds outnumber private foundations by a ratio of three-to-one? Higher education receives a large share of donor-advised gifts. Join a conversation with one of the leaders in private charitable giving to better understand the differences between donor-advised funds and private foundations. Learn how both kinds of support can help your donors achieve their charitable goals while benefiting your State Council’s fundraising efforts.</p><blockquote><p><strong><em>Janet N. Bandera</em></strong>, Director of Wealth Planning Strategies, TIAA<br>Chair: <strong><em>Ken Ruscio</em></strong>, President, Virginia Foundation for Independent Colleges<br></p></blockquote>
Trends in Scholarship FundraisingTrends in Scholarship Fundraising18<p>The majority of CIC State Councils actively raise funds in support of student scholarships at member institutions. How are state executives adapting to changing dynamics in corporate giving? How can gaps be filled when corporations move their headquarters to another state or even overseas? Learn from four seasoned fundraisers who share what they see ahead for scholarship campaigns.</p><blockquote><p> <strong><em>Mike Backer</em></strong>, President, Missouri Colleges Fund<br><strong><em>Gerry Bellotti</em></strong>, Vice President, Independent College Fund of New Jersey<br><strong><em>Jack Jones</em></strong>, President, Iowa College Foundation<br><strong><em>Eddie N. Shannon, III</em></strong>, Executive Vice President, South Carolina Independent Colleges and Universities <br>Chair: <strong><em>Stanton McNeely</em></strong>, President, Louisiana Independent College Foundation<br></p></blockquote>
Boosting Enrollment through College ToursBoosting Enrollment through College Tours19<p>What can State Councils do to help increase enrollment at private colleges and universities? In addition to increasing support for student scholarships and making the case through thoughtful marketing campaigns, college tours can help private colleges compete for students more efficiently. Find out about varied approaches to designing college tours in three states where population shifts are driving enrollment trends.</p><blockquote><p><strong><em></em></strong><strong><em>Kristen Grainger</em></strong>, President, Oregon Alliance of Independent Colleges<br><strong><em>Mary Ellen Hamer</em></strong>, Executive Vice President, Independent Colleges of Indiana<br><span><span><strong><em>Mary-Beth Johnson</em></strong>, Chief Operating Officer, Virginia Foundation for Independent Colleges<br>Chair: <strong><em>Mark Cavanaugh</em></strong>, Executive Director, Independent Higher Education of Colorado Fund</span></span><br></p></blockquote>
Breakfast: State-by-State Updates (Round Two)Breakfast: State-by-State Updates (Round Two)16<p>Learn from your colleagues as they present innovative ideas and current implementation challenges in this lightning round of state-by-state updates.<br></p>
Luncheon RoundtablesLuncheon Roundtables23This luncheon will feature roundtables on timely topics for informal exploration with colleagues. Please circulate among tables to discuss the issues and best practices that most interest you.<br><br> <h3>Designing Workshops for Campus Affinity Groups</h3> Independent Colleges and Universities of Florida (ICUF) holds separate annual meetings of its 30 member institutions’ chief financial officers, chief information officers, and financial aid directors, as well as multiple meetings of college presidents where ICUF Preferred Vendor companies can network with campus decision makers. Learn how ICUF creates these opportunities to benefit institutions and business partners.<br> <blockquote> <strong> </strong> <strong> <em>Ed Moore</em></strong>, President, ICUF, and Chief Executive Officer, Florida Independent College Fund</blockquote> <br> <h3>Fostering Partnerships with School Counselors</h3> Wisconsin Association of Independent Colleges and Universities (WAICU) hosts high school events and workshops to provide opportunities for school counselors to meet with admissions staff from WAICU member colleges and universities. Learn how this successful program can serve as a model for a similar initiative in your state and how to get started.<br> <blockquote> <strong>Rolf Wegenke</strong>, President, Wisconsin Association of Independent Colleges and Universities</blockquote> <br> <h3>Improve Investment Returns</h3> In response to a need expressed by State Council executives, CIC partnered with TIAA during spring 2016 to form Dupont Circle Investments, LLC, a pooled investment fund designed to leverage the expertise of large fund management for the benefit of more modest organizational savings. Now in its second year of operation, Dupont Circle Investments, LLC has $2,387,270 under management and reported a solid one-year return of 8.65 percent after fees. Partners currently include the state associations in Kansas, Kentucky, New Jersey, North Carolina, and Oregon, as well as CIC. Learn how your State Council can participate.<br> <blockquote> <strong> <em>Michael Collins</em></strong>, Senior Director of Endowment and Foundation Services, TIAA<br><strong><em>Ned Moore</em></strong>, Senior Advisor, State Council Programs, Council of Independent Colleges<br></blockquote> <br> <h3>The Smart Launch Tech Initiative</h3> In June 2017, Independent Colleges of Indiana (ICI) teamed with Eleven Fifty Academy, a coding school, to pilot a proof-of-concept, four-week summer Smart Launch Tech initiative designed to marry the liberal arts with coding. Learn how ICI, with support from CIC, will expand this workforce development program during summer 2018 to provide industry-accepted certificates in prized technology skills to students nominated by ICI’s 30 member institutions.<br> <blockquote> <strong> <em>Mary Ellen Hamer</em></strong>, Executive Vice President, Independent Colleges of Indiana</blockquote> <br> <h3>“We Are the Independents”—Telling Your Story Online</h3> Michigan Colleges Alliance (MCA) has adopted an integrated strategic model that combines enrollment marketing, fundraising, and student career outcomes. Its “We Are the Independents” promotional campaign has been a driver of this work in recent years, especially in student recruitment. Learn how this unique “category marketing” approach has raised awareness of MCA member institutions in a crowded marketplace and continues to support all aspects of MCA’s three strategy tracks.<br> <blockquote> <strong> <em></em></strong> <strong> <em>Marcie Levey</em></strong>, Chief Operating Officer, Michigan Colleges Alliance</blockquote>
State Councils Annual Awards DinnerState Councils Annual Awards Dinner25John Meslow; John B. WilsonSpouses and Partners​Welcome: <strong> <em>Carol Schuler</em></strong>, Vice President for State Council Programs, Council of Independent Colleges<br><br>The highlight of the Awards Dinner is the presentation of the State Councils’ top awards: the Charles W. L. Foreman Award, which recognizes a college president or corporate trustee who has demonstrated an outstanding record of service that truly distinguishes the recipient from his or her peers in support of the mission and work of the State Councils; and the CIC Distinguished Service Award, which recognizes an individual who has an exceptional record of service and leadership on behalf of CIC and the State Councils and who has an abiding commitment to independent higher education.<br><br> <h3>Presentation of the Charles W. L. Foreman Award</h3> <br>Presenters: <strong><em></em></strong><strong><em>Richard Ekman</em></strong>, President, Council of Independent Colleges; and <strong><em>Paul C. Pribbenow</em></strong>, Member, State Councils Advisory Committee, and President, Augsburg University<br><br>Foreman Award Winner Remarks: <strong><em>John Meslow</em></strong>, Founder and Director, Mayo Innovation Scholars Program<span><span><span></span><br><br> <h3>Presentation of the Distinguished Service Award</h3> <br>Presenters: <strong><em>Richard Ekman</em></strong>, President, Council of Independent Colleges, and <strong><em>Frank Romeo</em></strong>, Vice President, UPS Foundation<br><br>Distinguished Service Award Winner Remarks: <strong><em>John B. Wilson</em></strong>, President, Independent College Fund of New Jersey, and President and CEO, Association of Independent Colleges and Universities of New Jersey<br></span></span>
Spouses and Partners Program TourSpouses and Partners Program Tour26Spouses and Partners<p>Spouses and partners are invited to explore the Missouri Botanical Garden located in the Botanical Heights neighborhood of St. Louis. The Garden is the nation’s oldest botanical garden in continuous operation and is widely considered one of the top three botanical gardens in the world. Built in 1859, this National Historic Landmark boasts 79 acres of beautiful horticultural displays and features the 1850 estate home of Garden founder and philanthropist Henry Shaw, a 14-acre Japanese strolling garden, indoor conservatories, and one of the world’s largest collections of rare and endangered orchids. In addition to serving as an oasis to the city of St. Louis for more than 150 years, the Garden is a center for botanical research and science education.<br><br>Following a private tour of the Garden, spouses and partners will venture to Sassafras for lunch. Located at the Missouri Botanical Garden, seasonal menus offer garden-themed salads, sandwiches, soups, and snacks using locally sourced products. Over lunch, participants will have the opportunity to discuss common issues that they face as spouses and partners of state executives.<br><br>Leader: <strong><em>Gracia Backer</em></strong>, State Executive Spouse, Missouri Colleges Fund<br><br><em>Please note: Requires pre-registration. All fees are included in spouse and partner registration. To inquire about availability, please visit the registration desk.</em><em></em></p>
Reception and Tour of St. Louis Cardinals Hall of Fame MuseumReception and Tour of St. Louis Cardinals Hall of Fame Museum27Spouses and Partners

 Speakers

 

 

  • Janet N. Bandera
    Janet N. Bandera
    TIAA
  • Michael Collins
    Michael Collins
    TIAA
  • Richard Ekman
    Richard Ekman
    Council of Independent Colleges
  • Elizabeth Jansen
    Elizabeth Jansen
    Mayo Innovation Scholars Program
  • John Meslow
    John Meslow
    Mayo Innovation Scholars Program
  • J. Michael Pressimone
    J. Michael Pressimone
    Fontbonne University
  • Frank Romeo
    Frank Romeo
    The UPS Foundation
  • Mike Schmidt
    Mike Schmidt
    Ford Motor Company Fund
  • John B. Wilson
    John B. Wilson
    Independent College Fund of New Jersey
Mike Backer, President, Missouri Colleges Fund
Robert Bartlett, President, Michigan Colleges Alliance
Gerry Bellotti, Vice President, Independent College Fund of New Jersey
Sandy Briscar, Director of Communications, North Carolina Independent Colleges and Universities
Paul Cerkvenik, President, Minnesota Private College Fund
Gary Cox, President, Association of Independent Kentucky Colleges and Universities
Kris Gonzales, Vice President, Independent Colleges of Washington
Kristen Grainger, President, Oregon Alliance of Independent Colleges
Mary Ellen Hamer, Executive Vice President, Independent Colleges of Indiana
Mary-Beth Johnson, Chief Operating Officer, Virginia Foundation for Independent Colleges
Jack Jones, President, Iowa College Foundation
Marcie Levey, Chief Operating Officer, Michigan Colleges Alliance
Ray Martinez, III, President, Independent Colleges and Universities of Texas Foundation
Ed Moore, Chief Executive Officer, Florida Independent College Fund
Eddie Shannon, III, Executive Vice President, South Carolina Independent Colleges and Universities
Bill Spiker, President, Ohio Foundation of Independent Colleges
Rolf Wegenke, President, Wisconsin Association of Independent Colleges and Universities
Mick Weltman, Executive Director, Associated Colleges of Illinois
Hope Williams, President, North Carolina Independent Colleges and Universities

 Hotel and Travel

 Location

​Four Seasons Hotel St. Louis

999 North 2nd Street
St. Louis, Missouri 63102
(314) 881-5800

 Hotel Information


Four Seasons Hotel view from poolThe 2018 CIC State Councils Annual Conference will be held at the Four Seasons St. Louis Hotel, located in the Laclede’s Landing neighborhood of downtown St. Louis. The hotel features an upscale bar and restaurant, Cielo Lounge, a full-service spa and salon, and a 25,000 square foot outdoor terrace that overlooks the Gateway Arch, the Mississippi River, and the downtown skyline.

Close to the hotel is the newly renovated Gateway Arch, St. Louis’ downtown entertainment district, museums, parks, eateries, breweries, and more. The hotel was the first hotel in St. Louis to receive the distinguished AAA Five-Diamond Award and has been featured on Travel + Leisure’s “World’s Best” list for large hotels with 100 or more rooms.

Hotel Reservations Deadline for CIC Rate:
March 30, 2018

Room Rate:
$189 single/double per night

To book your hotel reservations online at the CIC group rate, use CIC's hotel reservation link.
 
Hotel reservations also may be booked by calling the hotel’s reservations department directly at (314) 881-5757. To receive the special room rate, please reference “CIC State Councils Annual Conference” when making your reservation. Please note that reservations made after the deadline will be accommodated on a space- and price-available basis only.

Check-in time is 4:00 p.m.
Check-out time is 12:00 p.m.


OVERFLOW HOTEL INFORMATION

Due to a record number of registrations for this year's conference, CIC's block of rooms at the Four Seasons hotel is at capacity. As a result, CIC has reserved an overflow block of rooms at a discounted rate with the nearby Magnolia Hotel, which is within 15-minutes walking distance of the Four Seasons Hotel.

Magnolia Hotel Address:
421 North Eighth Street, St. Louis, Missouri 63101

Magnolia Hotel Website

Magnolia Hotel Reservations Deadline for CIC Rate:
March 30, 2018

Room Rate:
$159 per night

To book your hotel reservation at the CIC group rate, please call the Magnolia Hotel directly at (314) 436-9000 and ask for the reservations department. To receive the special room rate, please reference Council of Independent Colleges when making your reservation. Please note that reservations made after the deadline will be accommodated on a space- and price-available basis only.

Check-in time is 3:00 p.m.
Check-out time is 11:00 a.m.


Dress guidelines

Business casual wear is appropriate throughout the conference. Business attire is suggested only for the Reception and Awards Dinner on Monday, April 30.

 Travel


AIRPORT INFORMATION

Lambert-St. Louis International Airport (STL) is 13.8 miles and approximately 20 minutes from the Four Seasons Hotel St. Louis. The airport is served by Air Canada, AirTran, American, American Eagle, Cape Air, Delta, Frontier Airlines, Great Lakes Airlines, United, US Airways, US Airways Express, Air Choice One, and Southwest Airlines.


TRAIN

Amtrak’s Gateway Transportation Center (STL), also known as Gateway Station, is approximately three miles from the Four Seasons Hotel. The station is located in downtown St. Louis and also serves the Greyhound, MegaBus, and Burlington Trailways bus companies.


HOTEL PARKING

Overnight self-parking is complimentary and offered based on availability. The cost for overnight valet service is $38.00 per vehicle, per night. Daily valet parking is $12.00 per vehicle, per day. To inquire about accommodations for larger vehicles, please call the Four Seasons at (314) 881-5800.
 

 Spouses and Partners

Missouri Botanical Garden central axis lily pond and climatron Spouses and partners are invited to explore the Missouri Botanical Garden located in the Botanical Heights neighborhood of St. Louis. The Garden is the nation’s oldest botanical garden in continuous operation and is widely considered one of the top three botanical gardens in the world. Built in 1859, this National Historic Landmark boasts 79 acres of beautiful horticultural displays and features the 1850 estate home of Garden founder and philanthropist Henry Shaw, a 14-acre Japanese strolling garden, indoor conservatories, and one of the world’s largest collections of rare and endangered orchids. In addition to serving as an oasis to the city of St. Louis for more than 150 years, the Garden is a center for botanical research and science education.

Following a private tour of the Garden, spouses and partners will venture to Sassafras for lunch. Located at the Missouri Botanical Garden, seasonal menus offer garden-themed salads, sandwiches, soups, and snacks using locally sourced products. Over lunch, participants will have the opportunity to discuss common issues that they face as spouses and partners of state executives.

Leader: Gracia Backer, State Executive Spouse, Missouri Colleges Fund

Please note: Requires pre-registration. All fees are included in spouse and partner registration. To inquire about availability, please visit the registration desk.

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