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MI-AHEAD Spring Conference 
May 15, 2015


The 2015 MI-AHEAD Spring Conference will host Amanda Kraus Associate Director of Disability Resources and Assistant Professor of Practice & MA Program Coordinator at the University of Arizona as our guest speaker. We invite you to register for our conference held at the beautiful grounds of The Kellogg Center on May 15, 2015.

Come join us the night before the Spring Conference on Thursday, May 14 starting at 7:00 PM at State Room for dinner and an opportunity to hang out. This is a great opportunity to meet the MI-AHEAD Executive Board Members and those speaking at this years conference.

Who Should Attend?

Any individual who is working, has worked, or has an interest in working with persons with disabilities within higher education to enhance their knowledge of disabilities and higher education (ADA coordinators, high school special education teachers, advisors, counselors, administrators, psychologists, social workers, transition coordinators, orientation and mobility specialists, attorneys, disability support services providers).

Conference Schedule

Thursday, May 14 Schedule

7:00 PM - State Room dinner and meet and greet with MI-AHEAD Board Members and Conference Presenters

Friday, May 15 Schedule

8:00 AM - 8:45 AM: Newcomers session
8:00 AM - 9:00 AM: Conference Registration Tables Open & Breakfast treats are served
9:00 AM - 9:15 AM: Welcome
9:15 AM - 10:45 AM: Amanda Kraus
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM: Breakout Session 1
12:00 PM - 1:15 PM: Lunch and Marge Award
1:15 PM - 2:15 PM: Breakout Session 2
2:30 PM - 3:30 PM: Breakout Session 3
3:30 PM - 3:45 PM: Ice Cream Social and Raffle

See the Breakout Session Schedule here



Paper registration, please download the 2015 Spring Conference Brochure (PDF)

Completed paper registrations may be mailed along with checks made out to MI-AHEAD to:

Carletta Witzel
Andrews University
4141 Administration Drive, Nethery Hall 100
Berrien Springs, MI 49104-0080

All registrations include a 1-year membership to MI-AHEAD

  • Registration fee is $130 before May 8th. Registration must be received by this date to receive the discounted rate of $130.

  • Registrations received after this Friday, May 8th will be $145.

  • On-site registration is $145 but we cannot guarantee meals for members who register after May 8th, 2015.

All conference attendees are asked to bring a give-away item (t-shirt, mug, banner, bag, etc.) from your institution which will be used for the Conference Raffle.

 Featured Speaker, Amanda Kraus

Dr. Amanda Kraus received her MA and Ph. D. from the University of Arizona (UA) in Higher Education.  Dr. Kraus currently serves as Assistant Director for Disability Resources and the Director for the Disabled Veterans Reintegration and Education Project at the UA.  She is also adjunct faculty in the Center for the Study of Higher Education at the UA, where she coordinates the Master's program and teaches courses in Student Development, Student Services and Disability in Higher Education.  Her research interests include student development, disability identity, and disability dynamics in the student veteran community.  Dr. Kraus has presented her research at numerous regional and national conferences and symposia.  Dr. Kraus serves as Coordinator of the University of Arizona's Disability Studies Collaborative.

Hotel Accommodations

Kellogg Hotel & Conference Center - $102/night
Cut-off date is 4/15/2015. Reservations can be made at 800-875-5090.

Kellogg Hotel & Conference Center, Michigan State University
219 S Harrison Rd, East Lansing, MI 48824
Phone: (517) 432-4000



Margaret A. Chmielewski, PHD Memorial Award Nominations 

For Outstanding Life Long Leadership, Warm Sense of Humor, Commitment, Support Of the Disability Community, and the Pursuit of Personal Development in Post-Secondary Education.

The "Marge Award" is given each year to a disability service provider who is a member of the MI AHEAD organization.  The award is in memory of Marge Chmielewski, who at the time of her death, was the Director of the Resource Center for Person with Disabilities at Michigan State University.  If you know someone with strong leadership skills and a warm sense of humor that supports and is committed to the disability community, please nominate them for this award. The recipient will receive their award during the ice cream social at the conference. 

Please submit nominees using this online form by clicking here

Vendors Wanted!

We still have some availability for vendors. If you have an interesting product or servie you would like to share with us, please register to be a vendor here. 
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MI-Ahead, c/o Carletta Witzel, Treasurer
Andrews University
4141 Administration Drive, Nethery Hall 100
Berrien Springs, MI 49104-0080
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