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November 23, 2015


Hollister recipient of NACS Foundation grant


Melissa Hollister, Cowley College Sid Regnier bookstore office manager, is the recipient of a National Association of College Stores (NACS) Foundation grant to attend CAMEX 2016 scheduled for March 4-8 at the George R. Brown Convention Center in Houston, TX.


CAMEX is the premiere educational event and buying expo for campus store professionals. More than 2,250 store professionals took part in CAMEX 2015 in Atlanta. CAMEX offers more than 100 educational sessions, keynote speakers, bookstore tours and workshops.


Hollister applied for the $1,200 grant on November 3.


“When I filled it out I thought it was a long shot for us to receive it but I thought it was worth a try,” Hollister said. “This conference grant saves us money, allows us to network and gives us innovative ideas to implement.”


Shannon O’Toole, director of auxiliary services, was happy to see Hollister recognized for her commitment to professional development and progressive leadership and believes the trade show is an excellent way to gather information on new products and services as well as develop relationships with new and existing vendors.


“Our staff has attended CAMEX the past three years and found the educational content to be relevant to the campus retail industry,” O’Toole said. “At CAMEX, we are given the opportunity to engage in learning and social activities with the goal of receiving new knowledge that we can implement in our own store upon our return. Our Bookstore continues to respond and adapt to an ever-changing marketplace. We are committed to implementing leading edge solutions and services that are in sync with students’ rising expectations. CAMEX helps us do just that”


The Cowley College Sid Regnier Bookstore has been a member of NACS for 15 years.


“This grant I feel isn’t just for me, it benefits all of our staff with the ideas we come back with and what we learn while we are there and it makes it all worth it,” Hollister said. “The textbook industry changes constantly and this conference is a great way to stay up to date on everything.”