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2017 NASPA AnnualConference Blog

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  • #NASPA17 – Final Wrap Up – Rejuvenating, Reframing, and Recommitting to the work ahead

    As #NASPA17 concludes and the NASPA family parts ways once again, we first want to thank all of our attendees for investing in themselves, supporting each other, bringing and sharing their expertise, and helping us create an unforgettable conference experience. The critical dialogues, forged connections, and rejuvenation our community found in San Antonio will carry us forward in our work through the next year.

    Posted on March 15, 2017 at 05:58 PM
  • #NASPA17 - Day Two Wrap Up

    Learning, connecting, and celebrating our community on Day Two of #NASPA17.

    Posted on March 14, 2017 at 02:53 PM
  • #NASPA17 - Day One Wrap Up - Here we go!

    4 days. Nearly 7,000 SA Pros. The vibrant city of San Antonio. A community gathering to support and learn from each other as we reaffirm our commitment to the Guiding Principles central to our work. This is BIG. This is #NASPA17.

    Posted on March 13, 2017 at 11:11 AM
  • Showing Up - An interview with Chris Mosier

    As we prepare to welcome our community to San Antonio at week’s end for the 99th NASPA Annual Conference, we sat down for quick chat with featured speaker Chris Mosier.

    Posted on March 10, 2017 at 05:00 PM
  • Opening Reception NIOSA Features Great Entertainment and a San Antonio Experience

    Mariachi Las Altenas

    The opening reception is modeled after Night in old San Antonio or NIOSA, a hugely popular event that showcases the vast diversity and blended culture of San Antonio, Texas.

    Posted on March 2, 2017 at 09:38 AM
  • Add Wellness and Health Activities and #NASPA17 to Your Schedule and Stay #SAFit

    San Antonio eagerly awaits your arrival for the 2017 NASPA annual conference. While the smells of fajitas and the sounds of mariachi bands will suggest a festive city and active nightlife, there is more to offer. San Antonio is a terrific running town! The heat probably keeps this off the top lists, but that shouldn't be a major problem in March, when temperatures may be warm, but not scorching hot and humid! There will be guided morning runs Sunday through Tuesday at 6:30 a.m. (meet at 6:15 the Grand Hyatt lobby). Within a few short blocks we will find ourselves on the historic San Antonio Riverwalk. While known for its restaurants and social-life, there are areas north (Museum Reach) and south (Mission reach) that are perfectly suited for beautiful runs in lesser developed areas of the Riverwalk.

    Posted on February 28, 2017 at 10:11 AM
  • Hannah Brencher brings letters of love to #NASPA17

    Author, TED Speaker, and online educator with a heart for building leaders, Hannah Brencher will engage the audience in her story and tell you how you can participate in this amazing opportunity to show total strangers that they are not alone in the world. Remember to visit the World Needs More Love Letters area of the #NASPA17 Exhibit Hall anytime between 9:00 AM and 3:00 PM on Monday or Tuesday to take part in the 2017 NASPA Annual Conference letter writing campaign. Whether you are writing letters to the highlighted communities or to fellow NASPA conference participants, help spread the message of love during your time in San Antonio!

    Posted on February 24, 2017 at 10:06 AM
  • Stay Engaged While Attending #NASPA17

    We have tons of engagement activities at the 2017 NASPA Annual Conference in San Antonio, Texas. We have networking at the NASPA Grad Prep and Communities Fair on Monday night to competing in the inaugural NASPA Lip Sync Battle for complimentary registrations to #NASPA18 in Philadelphia on Tuesday. We also have Campus Tours to help you learn about the local institutions, and we even have Wellness dogs, brought in partnership with Delta Pet Partners, and other Wellness sessions in the NASPA Exhibit hall. These are just a few of the ways to engage in San Antonio. However, engagement doesn’t just happen before you set foot in San Antoino. The Member Engagement Team of the NASPA Annual Conference have create the following three ways for you to get engaged now for #NASPA17. Continue reading to find out some of the opportunities.

    Posted on February 16, 2017 at 10:16 AM
  • Saving Money at NASPA

    With #NASPA17 a month away, the reality of this conference - and the reality of the cost - might seem daunting. As a graduate student, I am constantly aware of my budget and monetary limits so attending a conference like NASPA is such a privilege! Whether your office offers professional development funds, you received a scholarship that supplements part of your cost, or you are paying this expense solely out-of-pocket or with student loans, we can all appreciate tips on how to save money. You might have already purchased your lodging and transportation, (if not, I highly recommend doing so ASAP!) but there can also be unanticipated costs that pop up during the conference. Below are some tips I’ve found helpful when planning for #NASPA17 and staying under budget!

    Posted on February 13, 2017 at 12:56 PM
  • Intersectionality

    The intersections of our identities as educators and humans, as well as our experiences and values, are essential aspects that makes up who we are and shapes our worldview. As we work together to provide educational spaces where students can grow and learn, it becomes increasingly important to know not only how to listen and respond to others, but also how to initiate the conversations that help us understand those around us on a deeper level; on a human level.

    Posted on February 13, 2017 at 10:34 AM
  • Seeing hope…

    Candid Conversations has allowed me to share with other women who had similar interests, lifestyles, career trajectories and backgrounds and has provided me with small moments of mentorship to help me keep moving forward in the field. Whether you are a woman of color, a LGBQTIA professional, a mid-level professional, a mom, and/or a prospective Ph.D. student, there is a mentor for every woman in this program.

    Posted on February 10, 2017 at 08:42 AM
  • The #NASPA17 Opening Reception will be a FIESTA!

    In San Antonio, people Fiesta! Yes, Fiesta is intentionally used as both a noun and a verb in this city rich with history. The 2017 NASPA Annual Conference Opening Reception will pay homage to our host city with a Fiesta of Texas proportions - NASPA in Old San Antonio!

    Posted on February 1, 2017 at 03:12 PM
  • Navigating the Conference Schedule

    There are so many sessions, tracks, institutes, and other programs available at NASPA Conferences. You may not know where to start. It is perfectly normal to be confused and overwhelmed with all there is to offer. You do not have to attend everything NASPA offers. That is the beauty of large conferences like this. It truly is a “choose your own adventure!”

    Posted on January 31, 2017 at 03:26 PM
  • Top 10 Reasons Why You Should Attend the Grad Prep and Communities Fair at NASPA17

    Hellooooooooo NASPA17 attendees, do I have a secret for you! There is one event that you should make sure you add to your schedule while attending NASPA17 this year - the Grad Prep and Communities Fair. Now this isn’t a normal fair with pie eating contests and ferris wheels (although believe me, I’ve been trying to get a ferris wheel for years now). It is an event that provides a chance for exploration and networking within NASPA. So here are my Top 10 Reasons Why You Should Attend the Grad Prep and Communities Fair!

    Posted on January 23, 2017 at 10:32 AM
  • Give Back, Build Community - #NASPA17 Community Service Project

    As you mark your calendars to attend the #NASPA17 Annual Conference, consider adding the Community Service Project to your conference experience. This year’s conference attendees will have the opportunity to volunteer with the San Antonio Food Bank on Sunday, March 12th from 8 am to Noon. Volunteers can expect to work together to sort and/or pack produce, nonperishable foods, and household items, preparing them for distribution.

    Posted on January 3, 2017 at 09:49 AM
  • Chris Mosier: Breaking Barriers

    Chris Mosier is an athlete, coach, and educator, and the founder of a resource for students, athletes, coaches, and administrators to find information about trans athletics at various levels of sports. Mosier has always had athletic background, Playing baseball and basketball as a kid really helped him get into sports in high school.

    Posted on December 14, 2016 at 02:18 PM
  • Celebrating Loving Day

    At the 2017 NASPA Annual Conference, the MultiRacial Knowledge Community will acknowledge and celebrate 50 years since the landmark case, Loving v. Virginia. This Supreme Court case made it illegal to ban interracial marriage. According to the website, Richard and Mildred Loving grew up in Virginia and decided to get married in the 1960’s. Mildred was Black and Richard was White. At that time, people of different races could not marry each other, except in Washington, DC. The couple decided to go to DC to get married and return to Virginia. The law in Virginia actually forbade them not only to get married in their home state, but also in any other state and live in Virginia. As they returned home, they were taken to jail for being married. The couple ended up leaving Virginia on a judge’s order, that if they left the state for twenty five years, they would not have to do time in jail, so they moved to DC. Eventually, the case made it to the Supreme Court, where it was decided unanimously in their favor in 1967.

    Posted on December 13, 2016 at 09:59 AM
  • Bree Newsome: Modern day activist

    Writer, activist, speaker, director, producer, singer and songwriter just to name a few skills of the multi-talented Bree Newsome exceeds in. She is truly more than that in today’s world. Newsome follows in long tradition of women activists. Newsome maybe new to some but she is not new to the world of activism. Newsome unapologetically climbed a flagpole in Columbia, South Carolina removing the Confederate flag hanging near the state capital. Showing us that she is truly a millennial freedom fighter, “This flag comes down today!” Bree’s intention was to create a new image, a new symbol and a new consciousness of the power inherent in direct action. The iconic picture of her on the pole, flag in hand has become a touchstone of empowerment for disenfranchised people around the world.

    Posted on December 6, 2016 at 03:21 PM
  • #NASPA17 Campus Tours highlight inclusion and innovation

    San Antonio is home to both public and private colleges and universities that include a renowned research institution, prestigious private and public institutions, and some of the best Hispanic and minority serving institutions in the country. This tour will take you to visit four diverse and distinctive campuses and introduce you to academic programs and services that help to mold future leaders, workers and innovators.

    Posted on December 4, 2016 at 08:30 PM
  • Housing for the 2017 NASPA Annual Conference Opens on Oct 3

    Housing opens for the 2017 NASPA Annual Conference in San Antonio on Monday, October 3. NASPA’s 99th Annual Conference will be convening in San Antonio this March and is destined to be a memorable event. The newly renovated Harry B. Gonzalez Convention Center sits on San Antonio’s famous River Walk, along with many of the fabulous hotels in the conference hotel room block. But, beware of the Housing Pirates!

    Posted on September 30, 2016 at 03:11 PM
  • Navigating the NASPA Annual Conference as a New Professional

    Having attended the NASPA Annual Conference every year since 2014, Jake Frasier, NASPA's newest Assistant Director of Educational Programs, shares a few things that might help you as a new professional navigate your conference experience.

    Posted on September 22, 2016 at 01:10 PM
  • First Time Attendees (FTAs) will rock #NASPA17

    The 2017 NASPA Annual Conference in San Antonio, TX will prove to be one of the best FTA experiences thus far! With a particular focus on what a “first-time” attendee really looks like, the programming will revolve around professional level specific experiences, as well as offer insights to the NASPA experience for those who have attended other national/regional conferences, but it’s their “first-time” attending a NASPA Annual Conference.

    Posted on September 15, 2016 at 11:45 AM
  • #NASPA99 for the 99th

    The Member Engagement Subcommittee of the 2017 Conference Leadership Committee wanted to celebrate the 99th NASPA Annual Conference in a special way. Starting on Monday, September 12, which just happens to be 99 days before the Early-Bird Registration Deadline on December 19, we invite you to check out the hashtag #naspa99 on Twitter to hear 99 Things about engaging in San Antonio, TX this March 11-15, 2017.

    Posted on September 8, 2016 at 09:34 AM
  • Making the best of your conference experience as a Mid-Level administrator

    When looking at the conference schedule, it may seem overwhelming and it can be difficult to navigate which workshops might be the most relevant to your work. Mid-level administrators make up the largest percentage of conference attendees and so there is a lot of relevant programming for them. Avani Rana provides some suggestions for making the most of your experience as a mid-level professional.

    Posted on September 6, 2016 at 02:22 PM
  • First Day Reflections: Preparing to Attend NASPA

    This summer I had the fortune to join the 2017 Annual Conference Leadership Committee, which is one of the groups responsible for preparing for your journey to San Antonio in March. This tremendous group of professionals is in the midst of planning and preparing and we want to remind you that there are a couple of things you can do to help make the NASPA Annual Conference outstanding.

    Posted on August 24, 2016 at 11:21 AM
  • Share your perspective by serving as a NASPA Annual Conference program reviewer

    The 2017 NASPA Annual Conference Leadership Committee invites you to volunteer as a program reviewer for the 99th NASPA Annual Conference, taking place March 11-15, 2017 in San Antonio, TX. The NASPA Annual Conference sessions—over 500 presented in three action-packed days—represent a dynamic cross section of innovative best practices and critical scholarship from across the field of student affairs.

    Posted on August 16, 2016 at 07:54 AM
  • 5 reasons to attend the NASPA Annual Conference

    Our email inboxes are flooded with opportunities for professional development. Webinars, seminars, workshops, institutes, video chats…the list goes on and on. No one can take advantage of every opportunity. There simply isn’t the time and the funds to do so. We must be judicious with our time (personal and professional) and our funds (personal and given common budget issues, professional). With all the opportunities available to us for professional development, why spend your time and money on a large annual conference? Here is why...

    Posted on July 26, 2016 at 09:11 AM
  • Putting your best #NASPA17 submission forward

    Deciding to submit a program for the 2017 NASPA Annual Conference is an unparalleled opportunity to present your scholarship to a network of over 6,000 SA pros. Crafting a program proposal that is engaging and full of dynamic content is an investment. This year’s conference is centered around NASPA’s four guiding principles of Integrity, Innovation, Inquiry, and Inclusion and since we’ll be gathering in San Antonio, Texas, we are encouraging presenters and participants to think BIG!

    Posted on July 21, 2016 at 08:08 AM
  • 2016 SA Speaks: Challenging beliefs and ideas

    We're happy to announce that the SA Speaks videos from the 2016 NASPA Annual Conference videos are now available for viewing!

    Posted on July 12, 2016 at 01:42 PM
  • 10 things you should know about San Antonio

    Everything is bigger in Texas. We bet you have heard that phrase once or twice, and in some ways it is true. From the big skies to the stars at night, Texas is a great place to visit, learn and explore. San Antonio, nestled in the south central region of the state, is home to rich history and vibrant culture full of artistic influences. It is a wonderful city to explore as you think BIG for NASPA 2017 and here are 10 reasons why.

    Posted on June 7, 2016 at 10:42 AM
  • Next Stop – San Antonio!

    DEEP in the HEART of Texas, Home of the Alamo, The River Walk, Six Flags, Sea World, McNay Art Museum, the Natural Bridge Caverns, and so much more.

    Posted on May 11, 2016 at 11:27 AM
  • The Placement Exchange - How to stand out with a solid cover letter

    As you continue to craft all the documents for your student affairs job search, it's likely that you are now thinking about the kinds of positions for which to apply. Whether or not you have written a cover letter in the past, this post will help you think more critically about writing one.

    Posted on January 7, 2016 at 10:21 AM


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