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On August 29th of 2016, I received a Congratulations email indicating my acceptance into the first national SERVE (Supporting, Expanding, and Recruiting Volunteer Excellence) cohort. It was a Monday and within the first few weeks of the semester at Tulsa Community College. In addition to telling my partner and family, I told one colleague and within about one week, my boss. Everyone was very happy for me, as I have been engaged with NASPA since 2006 through different Regions, Knowledge Communities, National/International events and the NASPA Foundation.
March flew by like a nor’easter! Many of us had the fantastic opportunity to experience high winds, snow, education, inspiration and friendships in Philadelphia at the NASPA annual conference this past month. Since returning to campus, I’ve tried to settle back into the campus groove-AND my new role as your Regional Director!
Happy Vernal Equinox NASPA IV-W! With the changing of seasons comes new opportunity for growth not only in nature but your professional life too! Taking a moment to pause and look for new ways to grow professionally can be a refreshing way to start the spring.
The month of April is a month full of flowers blooming, spring air, warmer weather (well for some folks anyway). It’s a season of new life. Well, at least it should feel like summer vacation is around the corner.
The NASPA Enough is Enough Campaign Against Gun Violence was created 10 years ago after the late Dr. Zenobia Lawrence Hikes, then Vice President of Student Affairs at Virginia Tech, gave the closing address to the NASPA Annual Conference in Boston in 2008. Her speech called on student affairs practitioners to heed this warning and, with a fierce urgency, stem the tide of this growing societal violence. Once again, we must renew our commitment and support to our future students whom are acting with a fierce urgency and demanding changes in our laws. As students around the country prepare to join with the peers for March For Our Lives events, Dr. Scott Peska, reflects on the last 10 years and offers suggestions for moving beyond hashtags to support our current and future students.
The 2018 Civic Learning & Democratic Engagement (CLDE18) meeting organized by the American Democracy Project (ADP), The Democracy Commitment (TDC) and NASPA LEAD Initiative, is continuing the conversation about our collective emergent Theory of Change adapted from elements of the 2012 A Crucible Moment report. We encourage participants to reflect on how together we can build campus cultures and contexts contribute to a more vibrant democracy, advance civic outcomes and pedagogies, and strategically institutionalize our work.
I’m a new student affairs professional who was so eager to enter this field that I hoped to attend graduate school for a student affairs program starting during my sophomore year at Appalachian State University. Several student affairs professionals (Shout out to my NUFP Mentors!) encouraged and mentored me to end up in the Student Affairs and Higher Education program at Missouri State University. They provided me with many professional development opportunities and I enthusiastically soaked it all up. They coached me through the graduate school application process and provided me with a plethora of advice about the field. I am so grateful for their help in my development into the professional, and person, I am today.