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ACE Monthly Meeting - February 21, 2014

  • February 21, 2014
  • 7:30 AM - 9:30 AM


  • Member Pricing when paid in advance
  • Non-member pricing
  • Pay now for the next 6 months and you do not have to remember to register again for 6 months!
  • 12 meetings for the price of 11! Plus the bonus of not having to register again for a year!

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Please register by February 14th for breakfast headcount purposes, and to be included on the meeting's attendee list.  Thank you.



Maine College of Art:

Creating the Cutting Edge



Don Tuski, Professor and President of MECA
Why Art School? Why at Maine College of Art? Don Tuski, President of MECA will discuss what art school really is, and what students learn. Do you know why artists make better communities? Do you know why Portland, Maine is one of the greatest cities to go to art school? Do you know how MECA is creating cutting edge dynamics in higher education with respect to cost and technology? We  will learn all of this, and how MECA thrives through collaboration within the organization and in the  community.
Donald Tuski, Ph.D. joined Maine College of Art as President in July 2010. Tuski received his undergraduate degree at Olivet and then earned both his master's degree and a doctorate in anthropology from Michigan State University. He built his academic career at Olivet, starting as a faculty member and assuming a variety of posts before serving as president for his last 9 years at the college. He and his wife Louise live in South Portland. They have two children who have recently graduated colleges for the performing arts.  Don's email is .




Takes place from 9:45-10:30 following the regular meeting and is optional






Jim Milliken, Jim Milliken Consulting


Conflict is the bane of organizations and relationships. It can simmer and it can boil over. It can build or it can erupt. Or both. No matter, it is among people’s greatest fears, disrupting collaboration, inhibiting initiative, poisoning the atmosphere. – when it is allowed to. Suppressing or prohibiting it really doesn’t resolve it, and in fact can make it worse. We need to devise and use effective means of heading off the explosions and eliminating, as much as possible, the damage.


Yet, there is a persuasive argument for conflict as a tool of progress, a means of revealing and/or creating ideas and moving people  toward full partnership. That means conflict is essential if you want to achieve outcomes above the ordinary. This sounds like playing with fire, but experts such as Bruce Tuckman (Forming-Storming-Norming-Performing) tell us you can’t get truly high-performing teams without it.


As consultants, understanding the  complex nature of conflict is a basic requirement, and the  tools for managing it successfully must be in our toolkits. This Round  Table offers and solicits ideas on conflict as foe and conflict as friend.



The Facts...


The A.C.E. regular meeting has networking, a buffet breakfast and a speaker. Guests are welcome.

You can pay online by credit card (Visa, MasterCard or Discover NOT AMERICAN EXPRESS!) or mail a check to:
110 Marginal Way #142
Portland ME 04101

If you are mailing a check, please register here so the system can track the registrants for us. Thanks!

Members: the $22 fee only works if you pay in advance. At the door, it is $28.

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