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Facilities Symposium Programming – January 26

APPA Facilities Symposium
January 25 – 27, 2021


January 26, 2021 | 11:00am – 12:15pm EST | Educational Offerings

The 5 Choices
Paula Farnsworth, APPA Leadership Dean
The 5 Choices is time management for the 21st Century. Joins us for conversation around increasing productivity and learn tactics to empower yourself  to make high-impact choices about where to invest your valuable time, attention, and energy. 


Creating a Culture Of Respect & Dignity (Part 1)
Jamie Gayer, Assistant Vice President, Business Services, Indiana University
An interactive train-the-trainer program that teaches facilities leaders how to identify areas of opportunity, have hard conversations with staff, and create a culture that understands the importance of respect and valuing differences.


Site to Source: A Guide to Comprehensive Campus Energy Management
Lalit Agarwal, Director, Maintenance & Utility Services, University of Nebraska–Lincoln; Aaron Evans, PE, CEM, Engineering Supervisor, University of Nebraska–Lincoln
Join us for an informative discussion, as we identify a comprehensive approach to campus energy management. It will include:
– Strategies to identify, secure or create funding for energy savings projects;
– Achieve optimal production of utilities (if produced on campus);
– Improve and maximize optimal distribution of utilities from production to end-use;
– Reduce energy consumption at the end-use building; and more!
Our conversation will highlight success stories from a research institution in the Midwest.


Preparing the Student of 2024
Lander Medlin, Executive Vice President, APPA
We see students entering higher education in the next decade, being the most diverse incoming class in higher education history—and the vanguard of an increasingly diverse generation. They will have been raised with technology from birth and will consider online interaction as natural as breathing. They will be alert to the importance of mental health and wellness, both in themselves and their peers. They will have a low tolerance for slow administrative processes. They will expect their professors to teach in engaging, interactive ways and make smart use of technology. They will expect a lot of themselves. They will expect a lot of their institutions. They will know what they are paying for their education, and they will demand every penny’s worth. Is today’s campus ready for these students? The answer: Yes—and no. Higher education is moving in the right direction, but it faces unprecedented demands and challenges. We are only now beginning to understand that the old normal is never coming back. We must find ways to adapt to a new normal and a new set of expectations from our future students.

January 26, 2021 | 12:30pm – 1:00pm EST | APPA TALK

Language of Leadership
Brandon Fleming
Brandon Fleming will share his message on the Language of Leadership. Fleming has inspired millions worldwide, sharing his story as an at-risk youth and college dropout turned award-winning educator and Founder/CEO of the Harvard Diversity Project. 

January 26, 2021| 1:15pm – 2:30pm EST | Educational Offerings

Project Management
Mary Vosevich, Vice President, Facilities Management, University of Kentucky
Project management isn’t just about construction but is useful in any project that you are doing. This class will provide an overview of the five process groups of Project Management – initiating, planning, executing, controlling, and closing – and the project manager’s roles and responsibilities


Creating a Culture Of Respect & Dignity (Part 2)
Jamie Gayer, Assistant Vice President, Business Services, Indiana University
An interactive train-the-trainer program teaches facilities leaders on how to identify areas of opportunity, have hard conversations with staff, and create a culture that understands the importance of respect and valuing differences.


Overview of Building Codes
Alan Sactor, Fire Marshal, University of Maryland College Park
Facilities managers are responsible for operating code-compliant facilities. This session will look at the history, development, applicability, and future trends of fire and building codes. The role of the code official and the variety of Authority Having Jurisdiction (AHJ) arrangements at colleges and universities will be discussed,  Ways to be involved in the code advocacy process will be reviewed. 


Utility Public-Private Partnership
Brett Garrett, P.E., Energy & Sustainability Director, The Ohio State University
Join us for a program that will provide an introduction to the new partnerships being created between public and private entities, particularly in the utility arena.  An overview of P3 concepts will be provided as well as a look at the types of agreements and arrangements that are being considered across the industry.


Diversity Among Our University Community: Colleagues & Students
Lindsay Wagner, Ph.D., APPA Faculty
Diversity and Inclusion expert Vern Myers explains, “Diversity is being invited to the party; inclusion is being asked to dance.” Universities have worked to increase diversity among students, faculty, and staff, but what about inclusion? Inclusion goes beyond recruiting and hiring individuals with different backgrounds and ethnicities. It is a cultural transition that allows equal access to opportunities creating an environment in which all students, faculty, and staff thrive and contribute to the university community.

January 26, 2021 | 2:45pm – 4:00pm EST | Educational Offerings

Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) – M2
Ana Thiemer, Associate Director – Planning & Project Services, University of Texas/Austin
Assets can be a piece of equipment to a system, to an entire facility or infrastructure project. Join us as APPA explores the critical importance of the Total Cost of Ownership.  This program is recommended for all levels of the facilities organization allowing everyone to be ‘on the same page’ with a common basic understanding of the goals and benefits. The course will introduce you to the specifics of the APPA 1000™ Total Cost of Ownership principles and how TCO is scalable and applicable to all your assets, from a single asset to your entire portfolio.


Maintaining Historic Properties
Mark Stanis, Director for Project Services, University of Virginia
Many higher education campuses have facilities designated as a historic property.  Using these facilities efficiently while preserving their historical character can be challenging. This elective course will include non-invasive maintenance practices, artisan training, preservation techniques, and research value.


Facilities Design for Future Technologies
John Cook, Vice President / Managing Principal, NV5
Discuss the technical parameters of the learning environments of the 21st Century Campus. Learn the basic principles of designing learning spaces for multimedia presentation, videoconferencing, and networked instruction. Understand how these basic principles can be successfully applied to various project types, including labs, classrooms, and the new breed of flexible learning spaces.


Challenging Personnel: What to Do?
Lynne Finn, AVP Facilities Management, University of Iowa
This class discusses the 10 categories of “difficult” people, looking at the reasons why they are the way they are, and provides some strategies for working with each group. Relates to the “whys” of decision-making or actions.


Disaster Prep & Business Continuity for Tele and IT
Craig Klimczak, Chief Information Officer, Community College of Baltimore County
Join us as we explore issues, challenges, and considerations needed to develop business continuity and disaster recovery plan for telecommunication and information systems. This session will examine key components of a business continuity plan from risk assessment to risk mitigation. Participants will examine various risk scenarios and examine response options that can be used to develop recovery plans.


SRAPPA Community Gathering
Join your colleagues within the SRAPPA Community to discuss the current governance mattes for the regional community.