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2020 Annual Conference - Springfield, Illinois

Candidates for Illinois Delegate (2017)
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Elections for the position of Illinois Delegate will occur at the 2017 Annual Conference, in Indianapolis, Indiana, during the State of Illinois meeting.

Candidates are listed alphabetically by last name. Statements are provided as-is and have not been not edited for content.


Michelle Mason

To the GLACUHO Membership,

I am honored to submit my candidacy to serve our GLACUHO community as the Illinois State Delegate.

My first GLACUHO experience was attending the conference in Peoria, IL, while I was a graduate student at Western Illinois University. This gave me the unique experience to become invested in our association very quickly, volunteering throughout social events and moderating sessions. The connection I felt to the membership was immediate, and it was clear I had found my professional home with colleagues and mentors.

My current position at Augustana College has given me the stability and support to serve our association as a committee member for two years, first on the Campus Safety and Crisis Management Committee and currently on the Contemporary Issues Committee. These have been great learning experiences for me personally and professionally. I have had opportunities to facilitate a webinar, author a Trends article, and have two programs accepted to present at the 2017 conference. I also competed in and won the 2015 New Professional Case Study Competition.

As someone born and raised in Illinois, with degrees from two Illinois institutions, and work experience at a third, I recognize the unique composition of our state. Illinois, and GLACUHO as a whole, would not be the same without the higher-ed hub of the Chicago area institutions, as well as our regional public schools, and assorted private universities and colleges throughout our state. The diversity of higher education in Illinois is what works together to create a distinctive harmony.

Illinois also has clear challenges compared to our fellow GLACUHO states. I have seen first-hand the various hurdles each of our institutions face. Our state’s budget turmoil has caused long-lasting consequences to the landscape of Illinois higher education, no matter your institution. Due to our state’s funding uncertainty, including MAP grant funding, many of our institutions have been forced to make changes in how we operate that has included everything from loss of professional development funds to layoffs.

As Illinois Delegate, I would like to build off the elements that make Illinois unique as well as work to find ways we can help support each other through our challenges. Creating more scholarship opportunities, specifically for those institutions with spending restrictions, advocating for lower conference registration rates, and reinstating a ride-sharing program are all ways I would like to aid the Illinois membership as State Delegate through this challenging time. I also believe that together our voices have a larger impact and would like to look into the feasibility of a letter campaign to our state officials about what they can do to help higher education in Illinois.

I would look to continue many of the practices initiated by our current delegate, including regular newsletters that identify opportunities for professional development and networking within our state, as well as clearly support the work of the GLACUHO Board and broader organization. Additionally, I would like to find ways the delegate position can better serve the state throughout the year, including promoting resource sharing between institutions as well as encouraging and facilitating area socials for different regions of the state.

I hope you find that I could be a great representative of our state to the GLACUHO Board and of the Board to each of you. Thank you in advance for your time and consideration.


Mollie Rockafellow

Dear State of Illinois Membership Schools,

It is with excitement I submit my candidacy as Illinois delegate for GLACUHO. I currently serve as the Director of Residence Education and Student Life at the University of St. Francis in Joliet, Illinois. Throughout my career, GLACUHO has been instrumental in building me into the professional that I am today. Throughout the past 10 years I have been engaged with GLACUHO, including:

  • Chair and Assistant Chair of Programming and Development committee 2014-2016
  • Member of the Programming and Development committee 2013, 2017
  • Governance Taskforce member 2017
  • Graduate of the Professional Development Institute Class of 2013
  • Attended and engaged in the annual conference 2008-2010 and 2012-2017
  • Regular conference presenter
  • Recipient of Graduate Student of the Year award for the state of Illinois 2009
    Member of Gender Education, Awareness and Resources Committee 2009

Serving GLACUHO in these ways has given me perspective on the work that GLACUHO is doing to educate and support the membership and the students we serve. One example of this is the work began two years ago in developing and now implementing our strategic plan. As a board member I would continue this positive work.

As the Illinois State Delegate, I would work with the members throughout Illinois to achieve the following:

Recruitment: Work with the institutions in the state to understand their changing needs through reviewing data already collected and creating a member survey. One area that specifically will be addressed is supporting all institutions as they continue to manage the fallout of the recent state budget impasse.

Engagement: Connect all constituents in Illinois by creating processes to ensure each member has a way to share their voice with GLACUHO. Then, use this information to work with the executive board and committees to provide meaningful engagement opportunities. One example is developing an opportunity for different size schools to interact and share resources.

Collaboration: Continue the collaboration among the state delegates, the board and task forces to help move the strategic mission of the organization forward. Including objective 3; assess and eliminate barriers to involvement by utilizing technological resources to allow members to take advantage of opportunities beyond face to face meetings.

Communication: Provide transparent communication to the member schools and serve as a support for the membership through continued use of the state updates.

With my strengths of individualization and activator I will immediately begin engaging with the members of Illinois and the board to continue to build on the successes of the past Illinois State Delegates.  I will also employ my administrative and relationship building skills to achieve the goals outlined above.

The University of St. Francis has provided me full support in completing this role. I would enjoy the opportunity to progress the GLACUHO mission and strategic plan, keeping in mind the needs of the institutions in the state of Illinois. Thank you for your support and I look forward to serving as your State Delegate.


Rexann Whorton

GLACUHO Board and Membership:

It is with great excitement that I submit my candidacy for the Illinois State Delegate position. GLACUHO and Illinois have served as my personal and professional home since I first attended the conference in 2012 in Columbus. Since then, I have stayed actively involved through committee work, presenting, and attendance at the conferences. I truly believe in GLACUHO as an organization that provides support and development to professionals 365 days a year. I plan to bring this focus on yearlong learning to my work as Illinois State Delegate if elected.

I come into this position understanding that Illinois is a complex and challenging state to represent. Our institutions hail from the heart of downtown Chicago, the suburbs east of St. Louis, the corn and soybean fields of central Illinois, and the Shawnee hills in the south. I have had the distinct pleasure of working at two very different institutions: SIU – Carbondale and Lake Forest College. This has instilled in me that ultimately our shared values as a profession, and the challenges we face, are not all that different. It is my hope if elected I can bring an appreciation for the nuance and diversity in the state, while holding true to our shared needs and concerns.

GLACUHO has been an amazing professional home for me, and allowed me to learn so much from my committee involvement. My first two years of committee involvement lay with Communications and Marketing, where I had the chance to work on initiatives promoting communication and recognition throughout the region. I am particularly proud of my work to spotlight professionals across the region, and highlight some of the great work going on at our member schools. In the past two years I have moved onto the Health and Wellness committee, where my major focus has been on collaborative projects such as our new Couch to 5k initiative. Combined with my two years serving on the board of CASCHA, I have learned I have a true passion for work that involves collaboration, promoting professional development, and communicating with others. These are all essential aspects of the Illinois State Delegate position.

I have many aspirations for my time as Illinois State Delegate if I am elected. However, I also acknowledge that you cannot see the full scope of any position until you are in it. I am fully committed to jumping in with both feet, and learning as much as possible from the outgoing state delegates, as well as those who will be continuing in the position. I would like to continue the great work that has been done with the state updates, working with the strategic plan, and GLACUHO task forces. I would also like to begin the preliminary stages of determining if an Illinois Drive-in Conference would be a feasible and desirable option for the state. It is my belief that in light of budgetary needs, and desires for further professional development in the state, it may be a good option to develop over the next two years.

Thank you so much for your time and consideration. Running for Illinois State Delegate is not something I take lightly, and it would be of the utmost honor to represent our great state on the board for the next two years. I hope if elected I can learn from all of you, lead you with grace, and serve the needs of each and every school to the best of my ability.