August 03, 2015

Cal Caucus Sets 2015 Agenda

The California Caucus of College and University Ombuds has posted the details for its 42nd annual meeting at Asilomar, a calming rustic conference center on the ocean, in Pacific Grove. Taking place on November 8-11, 2015, the event draws Ombuds from beyond California and the higher education sector with its casual and intimate tradition.

Sunday, November 8, 2015

  • Conference registration
  • Welcome Reception and Celebrating Fifty Years of Ombuds Offices in North America Location

  • By the Sea Dinner: Welcome and Conference Kickoff
  • Here You Are! After-dinner talk with Jenna Brown, Denver University; and Michael Meloy, Historian, with California State Parks at Asilomar

Monday, November 9, 2015

  • Opening Remarks: 2015 CCCUO Conference Convener: Katherine Greenwood
  • Claiming Our Power: Natalie Sharpe, Andrew Larratt-Smith, and Katherine Greenwood
  • Lessons Learned from Coaching, Upward Feedback, and a Deposition: Tom Kosakowski 


  • Introduction to Student Development Theory and its Relevance to Ombuds Practice: Jay Solman
  • Short and Sweet: How the Use of Solution-Focused Brief Therapy Provides New Perspectives for Ombuds Practice: Emma Williams
  • Friendly, Friend, or More? What are “Appropriate” Relationships for Ombuds on Campus and What Crosses the Line?: Sarah Klaper


  • Post-dinner Speakers and CCCUO Recognitions and Awards
  • Speaking Truth to Ourselves: A Reflective Dialogue On the verge of retirement, our respected after-dinner speakers, Howard Gadlin and Tom Sebok, participate in an unflinchingly honest discussion about their respective experiences as ombuds.

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

  • The Ombudsperson as Fairness Policy Entrepreneur: Advancing Policy Change in Post-Secondary Contexts: Brent Epperson
  • Peer-to-Peer Consultations: Patricia Ponce and Katherine Greenwood
  • Group photo


  • Caucus and small group discussions


  • Gift Exchange – A Fun Adventure: This Cal Caucus tradition provides an entertaining way to learn more about your colleagues. Bring a wrapped gift (to keep it a surprise) that represents a passion or interest in your life. Maximum $25.

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

  • Just a Taste: The Ombuds Sampler 
    • Sampler 1: The Power of Positive ‘No’: Mary Beth Stevens 
    • Sampler 2: Challenges and Rewards of a New Internship Program: Natalie Sharpe 
    • Sampler 3: Internal Marketing: Chuck Sloan
  • CCCUO Planning Meeting Conference
  • CCCUO Annual Business Meeting and Voting for Board of Directors

(Cal Caucus 2015 Program.) 

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