The Scion Group regularly shares its insights at professional conferences and in published articles. Upcoming or recent appearances and publications include:

Feature column: Building something together

Student Housing Business magazine

Mitchell Smith, Chief Operating Officer of The Scion Group, contributed a featured “What’s On My Mind” column to the September-October 2018 issue of Student Housing Business magazine and website, entitled “Let’s Build Something Great – Together.” Smith shares his view of how on-campus housing systems and off-campus providers can work cooperatively together to better meet the needs of students at different phases of their academic careers.

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Feature interview: Linda Newman

Student Housing Business magazine

The September-October 2018 issue of Student Housing Business magazine features a one-on-one “View from the Academe” interview with Linda Newman, Senior Director of Advisory Services for The Scion Group. In the interview, Newman discusses the challenges facing on-campus housing systems today, and how she applies her extensive background to assist colleges and universities navigate competing priorities and evolving needs.

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SEAHO 2018, Biloxi, MS – program session

Fair Housing: It's not just about emotional support animals

Three professionals will present “Fair Housing: It’s not just about emotional support animals” at the 2018 annual conference of the Southeastern Association of Housing Officers in Biloxi, Mississippi. Eric Luskin, Senior Vice President Emeritus, and Chelsea Metivier, Project Manager, both of Scion Advisory Services, and Kathy Hobgood, Assistance Vice President for Student Affairs and Executive Director of Housing and Dining at Clemson University, will discuss recent case applying the Fair Housing Act (FHA) to on-campus housing and suggested policies to ensure compliance. The presenters will discuss how the FHA may impact future campus housing operations, involving not only disabled students and assistance animals, but also students with children and gender-related assignment practices.

Feature article: Generation Shift

Student Housing Business magazine

Scion’s Jay Pearlman, Senior Vice President for Advisory Services, and Mike Porritt, Ed.D., Vice President for Advisory Services, offered their perspectives on the changing landscape of on-campus housing in a Student Housing Business magazine and website feature article, entitled “Generation Shift.” From lowering student costs to a surge in living-learning communities, Pearlman and Porritt, thought leaders in the sector, describe how on-campus housing is changing to meet the needs and desires of the next generation of students.

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Higher Education Symposium, Toronto – speaker

Future-Proofing Real Estate

Dr. Mike Porritt, Director of Advisory Services in The Scion Group’s Toronto office, will speak on how Scion is able to help campus partners keep public-private housing projects off-credit and preserve debt capacity, while simultaneously helping to craft operational and cultural integration of these new residences as part of the campus environment. At this symposium hosted by JLL Canada, Dr. Porritt will describe how advance planning and intentionality can produce winning results for campus housing.

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2017 NACAS West, Orange County, CA – education session

UNLV: An Innovative Housing Partnership

Three insiders will detail the planning and implementation of a successful housing partnership that rapidly increased UNLV’s campus housing occupancy to over 100% and has held it there for years: Jeff Panchavinin, Scion Director, Advisory Services and former manager of UNLV campus housing for AVS Housing Group, a Scion joint venture; Jason Taylor, Scion Senior Vice President, Advisory Services; and Jennifer Gray, Director of Student Affairs Communications & Business Partner Relations, Division of Student Affairs, UNLV. This session was originally presented at the ACUHO-I Business Operations Conference in October 2016.

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Feature article: Residence Halls of the Future

Student Housing Business magazine

Dr. William Zeller, Scion Senior Associate for Advisory Services, together with Sean Studzinski of Stantec, an international architecture and engineering firm, contributed a featured “Industry Voices” article to the Student Housing Business magazine and website, entitled “A Future Campus: Our Vision.” Zeller and Studzinski share their comprehensive vision of the evolving campus environment, reflecting changes in technology, economic pressures and, particularly, residential arrangements and living-learning models. Dr. Zeller’s perspective is informed by nearly 40 years of experience in housing administration and residence life.

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InterFace Student Housing 2017, Austin, Texas – panel discussions, roundtable

The Power Panel – opening session
International Student Housing Opportunities - roundtable discussion
The State of On-Campus Student Housing and the Ramifications for Off-Campus Owners/Operators - panel discussion
Putting Your Property Back Together after a Fire/Flood/Disaster - panel discussion

Robert Bronstein, President and co-founder of Scion, will be a featured speaker in “The Power Panel” at the April 6 opening general session of InterFace Student Housing, the sector’s largest annual conference, in a session featuring top executives in the student housing business. In an April 5 roundtable discussion, Mike Porritt, Director of Advisory Services, will address international student housing opportunities together with Denise Cunningham of Oracle Real Estate Group. On April 7, Bryan Curley, Vice President of Property Operations, will participate in “Putting Your Property Back Together after a Fire/Flood/Disaster,” discussing the intensive process of recovering from a casualty loss. Also on April 7, Senior Vice President of Advisory Services Jason Taylor will moderate a panel of student housing leaders discussing “The State of On-Campus Student Housing and the Ramifications for Off-Campus Owners/Operators.” Additionally, Jason Taylor and Jeff Panchavinin, Director of Advisory Services, will serve as judges in four categories of the SHB Innovator Awards.

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Article: The American Model

Student Housing Business magazine

Comments from Dr. Mike Porritt, Director of Advisory Services for The Scion Group, were featured in the November/December 2016 issue of Student Housing Business. In an article titled “The American Model” which compares student housing in the United States with international markets, Dr. Porritt explains the Canadian perspective on student housing, Scion’s focus in Canada and some of the differences of the Canadian student housing market.

InterFace On-Campus Housing Conference, Atlanta – panel discussions

Private Sector Developers & Institution Offer Their Perspective on Where P3 Partnerships are Today and Where They Are Headed
The (Academic) Amenitization of On-Campus Housing – An Architecture/Design Update

Scion Advisory Services leaders Jason Taylor, Senior Vice President, and Linda Newman, Director, will each moderate November 3 panel discussions during the Fourth Annual InterFace On-Campus Housing Conference. Mr. Taylor will moderate a general session discussion with panelists from American Campus Communities, Servitas, EdR and Corvias, discussing private-sector perspectives of P3 partnerships and their impact on college campuses. Ms. Newman will lead a group of leading architects exploring the growing focus on innovative amenities in on-campus housing.

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