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2022 HEI Presidents Conference

Reinventing and Reenergizing Higher Education in the Covid Age and Beyond

October 10-11, 2022

Waco, Texas

Activities and Free Tours

Meet in front of the Pivovar for transportation to the campus you wish to visit. Pre-registration is strongly encouraged, to allow each school to provide adequate transportation.

MONDAY Options:

Event One-A:

Tour of McLennan Community College

Monday, October 10, 8:30-10:30 a.m.

8:30 a.m. - Participants will be picked up in front of Pivovar

10:30 a.m. – Participants will return to Pivovar

Join us at McLennan Community College (MCC) for a tour of our beautiful campus as well as a more in-depth look at three program facilities for which we are proud to share.  The first stop will be our Health Professions Simulation Lab with state-of-the-art labs and classrooms that help bring realistic training to our health profession programs and supports our health professions and emergency services pathways.  Then, we will visit MCC’s University Center and meet our Educational Partnership team, which bridges dual credit and high school program support with the University Center program. The Educational Partnership team focuses on the educational pathways and opportunities available to students from 9th grade through a Bachelor’s and even a Master’s degree.  Finally, we will stop by our Student Engagement office which integrates advising and career services, completion center/success coaches, student need programs, and our student activities into one team addressing the holistic needs of our students.

Event One-B: 

Tour of TSTC

Monday, October 10, 8:30-10:30 a.m.

8:30 a.m. - Participants will be picked up in front of Pivovar

10:30 a.m. – Participants will return to Pivovar

Please join Texas State Technical College (TSTC) for a tour of the only state-supported multiple-campus technical college in Texas and the only state-supported college in Texas that is paid based on performance. On the tour, you will visit the largest airport in the U.S. operated by an educational institution and see how we train aircraft pilots as well as those who ensure the aircraft are flight ready. You will then visit our recently expanded welding technology lab where we train the next generation for a recession-proof career since welding is the backbone of manufacturing. And finally, you will tour our redesigned robotics & industrial controls technology labs. Texas is the second largest employer of robotics and automation technicians in the nation, so this program is paramount to our industry partners. Both welding and robotics are part of our Money-Back Guarantee where we promise that graduates of these programs will find a job within six months of graduation, or we refund their full tuition. After the tour, you will see why TSTC is a leader in strengthening the competitiveness of Texas business and industry by building the state’s capacity to develop the highest quality workforce.

Event Two: 

Monday Night Reception at Balcones Distilling

Monday, October 10, 6-7:30 p.m.


6 p.m.- Participants will walk from Pivovar and walk back


Event Three:

Tour of the Black Gospel Music Preservation PROGRAM and Tour of Baylor University

Wednesday, October 12, 9-11 a.m.

The campus tour will leave from Moody Library, immediately following the Black Gospel presentation.

Participants will be picked up at 8:45 from the Pivovar and returned to the Pivovar by 11:45.



The Black Gospel Music Preservation Program at Baylor has become the university’s best-known promotional asset, the gateway to close relationships with the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History & Culture, NPR, PBS, and a host of unparalleled media and development opportunities. Founded by Robert F. Darden, Emeritus Professor Journalism, PR & New Media during the height of an extraordinarily difficult time in Baylor’s history, the BGMPP was the catalyst for a significant rebranding for the school. Darden, the author of 25 books and a noted motivational speaker, believes that most universities have similarly invaluable collections, it just takes the vision and the ability to tell those to revitalize and energize a school’s connection to its community and its alumni. Darden, who has been featured in hundreds of media outlets from the BBC to “Fresh Air with Terry Gross” to “The New York Times,” will give a personal tour of the world’s largest collection of Black gospel music and talk about finding and celebrating the hidden treasures at your university.

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