Advanced Registration Closes Friday & 1-Day Passes!

By Gail White posted 10-19-2015 04:08 PM

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Alliance Down Under HEUG Conference 2015
Gold Coast, QLD, Australia - Royal Pines Resort
4-6 November, 2015
ADU Key Dates
  • Call for Proposals - Closed
  • Accommodation - Now Open
  • Registration Opens - Now Open
  • Advanced Registration Closes - 23 October 2015
Advanced Registration closes Friday & 1-Day Passes!

Advanced Registration closes Friday! This promises to be an event not to be missed so make sure you register today! 1-Day pass registration is now open, please click here for detailed information and to register.

The Alliance Down Under Organizing Committee has released the tentative conference program and workshops have been posted!  Please visit the program page of the official conference website to review the selected topics. Do come back and check for updates in the next few days.

Keynote Speakers

The ADU Organizing Committee is excited to announce the keynote speakers for this years conference!

Peter FitzSimons

Peter FitzSimons is a well-respected columnist for The Sydney Morning Herald and Sun-Herald, speaks four languages, has played rugby for Australia, co-hosted radio shows with Mike Carlton and Doug Mulray, interviewed famous people around the globe from George Bush to Diego Maradona and written 25 best-selling books. He is the biographer not only of World Cup winning Wallaby captains, Nick Farr-Jones and John Eales, but also former Opposition Leader Kim Beazley, boxer Les Darcy, aviator Sir Charles Kingsford Smith, war heroine Nancy Wake and Antarctic explorer Sir Douglas Mawson. In 2001 he was Australia’s biggest selling non-fiction author, and duplicated that feat in 2004, with his book on Kokoda. He has been Australia’s best-selling non-fiction author in the last decade and in November 2013 released his current best-seller on Ned Kelly.

Andy T. Clark & Brian A Haugabrook from Valdosta State University

Valdosta State University
Actionable Intelligence: Improving Student Success

Retention and graduation rates have long been student success indicators, which occur either at the end of a term or an academic year. By changing the culture on one campus to focus on providing faculty with indicators early in the semester or even before students step foot in class dramatically helped to increase the students’ success. Utilizing technology and predictive analytics to communicate and facilitate strategies not only increase retention and graduation, they give more students an opportunity at a better life. Join us as we review techniques and technologies to provide students a higher chance of academic and life success.

Andy T. Clark has over 17 years of experience in leadership, research, and analytics. Leadership experience at 4 universities in Institutional Research, Enrollment Management, strategic organizational design and logistics management. Worked closely with local and state legislators in developing and recommending policy and funding changes for higher education. Designed and implemented data driven recruiting models, marketing, branding campaigns, and process improvement management utilizing cutting edge technology. Participated on numerous state committees driving process improvements with Complete College Georgia, improving graduation rates in Georgia. Serves on Oracles Industry Strategy Council. Undergraduate degree in Public Administration, Master of Public Administration, Master of Logistics Management all from Georgia College & State University; and Doctor of Public Administration (ABD) Valdosta State University.

Brian Haugabrook is the Chief Information Officer at Valdosta State University. Brian manages all the various technology services at the university that includes classroom technologies, application development, data center, networking, security, business intelligence, financial, help desk, and technical support. He provides leadership to the university in aligning technology related initiatives and solutions to support the organization strategic goals. The top priority for Brian as CIO is improving the student experience. This includes ensuring a great and personalized experience from the first contact with a student through post-graduation for all services. Under Brian’s leadership, the IT division has been nationally recognized and received numerous awards that include University Business Magazine, Computerworld, Campus Technology, University System of Georgia, Ovum Industry Congress, and Oracle. 

THE CONFERENCE HOTEL IS ALMOST SOLD OUT! Please make sure to book your accommodation room TODAY.  Please follow this link for more information.


Gail White ( -ANZ Alliance Down Under '15 Conference Chair

David Donnelly ( - ANZ Alliance Down Under '15 Program Chair

Hope you can join us at the sunny Gold Coast, 4 – 6 November 2015. Join our event on Facebook and follow us on twitter @HEUG_ADU & #ADU15
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