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Communication, Visual & Performing Arts
Administration of Justice
Culinary Arts

Peer Group Conferences

Welcome to the information page for the CVPA, Administration of Justice, American Sign Language, Culinary Arts, Psychology and Sociology Peer Group conferences! These peer conferences will be held October 19-20, 2017. Agendas will be posted on this page as they become available.

If you have any questions regarding the meeting’s programming or agenda, please contact your peer group chairs.

Peer Group Chairs

Communication, Visual & Performing Arts

Tracy McAfee, Wytheville Community College

Kerrigan Sullivan, John Tyler Community College


Culinary Arts

James Zeisler (Chef Z), Virginia Western Community College 



Lora Vasiliauskas, Virginia Western Community College



Donna Minnich, Northern Virginia Community College


Administration of Justice

Chad Patton, Southside Virginia Community College




The complete agenda  can be found here


Conference Location

Virginia Crossings Hotel & Conference Center
1000 Virginia Center Parkway
Glen Allen, VA  23054
(804) 727-1400 

Hotel Registration Deadline

September 27, 2017

Although the deadline has passed, the hotel has graciously agreed to continue to accept reservations into our block on a space-available basis. Please be sure to let them know you are with the VCCS October peer group conference to ensure proper routing.

VCCS Coverage

The following coverage is provided by the VCCS Office of Professional Development:

Peer group conferences are free and open to all VCCS faculty, full- and part-time alike. Covered costs include the opening luncheon, conference materials, and single occupancy overnight lodging based on qualifying distances (see below).

Coverage for the following is at the discretion of the participant’s college:

Dinner the first night of the conference and travel expenses including mileage, parking, and meals while on the road may be reimbursable by your college. Please check with your supervisor for more information.

Hotel and Travel Policy

One night’s lodging is provided for all employees, full- and part-time alike, whose campus is 50 or more miles from the site of the meeting, and an additional night’s stay on the eve of the conference is available to those whose campus is 200 or more miles away. You will be asked to guarantee your reservation with a personal credit card, but once you arrive the charge will be transferred to the VCCS master bill. You will only be charged in the event of a no-show or for incidentals. To ensure you are placed in our block and receive our special state rate of $93.00/night, use only the numbers provided to book your reservation.

Please be aware of the following:

  • Hotel reservations are the responsibility of the participant and must be guaranteed with a personal credit card. Call the number when available to reserve your room and be sure to ask the reservation agent for the room block.
  • The room block will be available on a first-come, first-served basis until the closing date or the room block has sold out, whichever comes first. Please book early!
  • By booking in the conference room block, conferees will have their room charge and tax transferred to the VCCS master account upon check-in.
  • Charges for incidentals, additional people in the room not affiliated with the peer group, and upgrades above per diem are the responsibility of the individual.
  • The VCCS will not pay for rooms booked elsewhere while the block remains available.
  • Should the block sell out, contact us at for instructions.
  • Hotel cancellations must be made directly with the hotel. No-shows are the responsibility of the participant.
Important Note:

In order to be afforded the coverage and protection of our VCCS’ contract with the hotel, you must follow our hotel booking procedures. To reserve a room or to inquire about the hotel’s cancellation policy, please call the hotel reservations number noted above. Do not reserve your hotel room through the hotel’s website or through an online booking site (i.e. Orbitz, Expedia, Kayak).


Call for Proposals

Proposals are no longer being accepted for this conference. The final agenda is linked above.


Participant Registration

While this conference is free to all VCCS faculty members teaching these disciplines, all participants must register by the October 11 deadline, presenters and attendees alike, or incur an onsite registration charge of $25.00. Follow this link to register now.