2015-16 NASPA Community Colleges Symposium Series at Eastfield College

April 29, 2016
Mesquite, Texas (Eastfield College)

The 2015-16 NASPA Community Colleges Symposium Series at Eastfield College will provide an opportunity for community college student affairs professionals to engage with one another in the Texas area. The Symposium is a low-cost, high-quality professional development event focused on content covering the role of the community college in society, student development theory, adult learning theory, and inclusive service delivery designed to meet the needs of the diverse community college student population. 


Distinctive for its open door admissions policies, workforce training and responses to changing needs in society, the community and two-year colleges have secured their place in the history of higher education in America. Community colleges continue to be the primary door to accessibility and educational opportunity, while insuring diversity in post-secondary education.

The Community Colleges Symposium Series was designed specifically to address the needs of professionals and para-professionals working in community and two-year colleges. The Community Colleges Symposium Series will ensure continued quality services to the community college and its stakeholders.

NASPA stands ready to address the professional development needs of community college student affairs professionals by providing opportunitites to build skills and knowledge about student affairs to prepare them for future challenges. The programming, focused on skill building and delivered by content experts, will cover the role of the community college in society, student development theory, adult learning theory, and inclusive service delivery to ensure attendees are able to meet the needs of their diverse student populations.

Learning Outcomes

Participants will:

  • contextualize the community college experience in the history of higher education;
  • apply student development theory and adult learning theory to current practice;
  • develop multicultural competence and envision ways services can be enhanced or expanded to meet the needs of the diverse community college population;
  • explore unique and innovative ways in which individuals can advance the field and work of community college student affairs professionals;
  • connect the Professional Competencies for Student Affairs Practitioners and NASPA’s Focus Areas to the professional development of community college student affairs administrators;and
  • utilize the NASPA Community Colleges Division to serve as a resource to support student affairs work and/or development at community colleges.

Special thanks to the experts that volunteered their time and energy to developing the curriclum, identifying facilitators, and creating a valuable opportunity for community college student affairs practitioners.

  • Michael A. Baston, J.D., Ed.D., vice president of student affairs - LaGuardia Community College
  • Tricia Brand, associate dean of student development, Portland Community College
  • Marcia Conston, Ph.D., Vice President for Enrollment and Student Services - Central Piedmont Community College
  • Quincy Martin, III, Ed.D., Associate Vice President of Student Affairs - Triton Community College
  • Scott Peska, Ed.D., Dean for Students - Waubonsee Community College
  • Heather Wilcox, Associate Dean, Judicial Affairs, and Support Services


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2015-16 NASPA Community Colleges Symposium Series at Eastfield College


This event is most likely to influence these groups.

  • Mid-Level
  • New Professional


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The schedule will be updated periodically and is subject to minor changes.

Fri, Apr 29

8:30 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.
Registration, Welcome, and Overview
Dr. Jean Conway, President - Eastfield College
9:10 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
Program and Service Inclusion, Diversity, and Social Justice
Dr. Magdalena H. de la Teja, Vice President for Student Development Services - Tarrant Country College, Northeast Campus
10:00 a.m. – 10:15 a.m.
10:15 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Regional Expertise: Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board Representatives
Terri Daniels & Suzanne Morales-Vale, Representatives from the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board
11:30 a.m. – 12:30 a.m.
12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Skill Building: Tools of the Trade for Accountability, Assessment, & Appreciative Inquiry To Add Value To The Learning Enterprise
Karen Stills-Royster, Dean, Student Support Services - El Centro College & Jerry Wallace, Ed.D., Interim Director of Educational Planning and Counseling - San Jacinto College
1:30 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.
The History, Mission, and Philosophy of the American Community College & Foundational Studies of Student Development & Adult Learning Theory
Beverly L. Bower, Ph.D., Don A. Buchholz Endowed Chair & Professor of Higher Education & Director, Bill J. Priest Center for Community College Education & Executive Director, Council for the Study of Community Colleges - University of North Texas
2:45 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
3:00 p.m. – 4: 15 p.m.
Skill Building: Understanding How Your Leadership Orientation Can Impact Management Effectiveness
Roy E Culberson, Dean of Denton County Campuses - North Central Texas College
Skill Building: Foundations of Student Success and Navigating Campus Collaboration
Dr. Alicia Huppe, Dean, Enrollment and Student Success - Collin College
4:15 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Dr. Kimberly Lowry and Dr. Michael Gutierrez, Associate Vice President and Vice President, Academic Affairs and Student Success - Eastfield College
4:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Optional No-Host Social Activity


Registration as a member is based on individual membership status. If you are employed by a college or university that is an institutional member, you can join as an individual member at the $75 rate. If your institution is NOT a member, then you will need to join at the associate affiliate rate of $242 first and then you can pay the individual member rate for conference registration. Visit the Membership section of the NASPA website to learn about membership types. NASPA is pleased to offer discounted institutional memberships to community colleges.

Registration fees

Early-bird registration
before 04/01/2016
Regular registration
04/02/2016 to 04/15/2016
Late registration
after 04/16/2016
NASPA member


Tonya Murphy
Member Services Coordinator
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Phone: 202-265-7500 ext. 1183


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Cancellation:  The cancellation deadline to receive a refund is April 4, 2016, less a $50.00 administrative fee.  All cancellation and refund requests must be received in writing.  No refunds will be given after this date for any reason.  All requests for cancellation and refunds must be in writing to refund@naspa.org.

Group Registration: NASPA offers discounts for attendees registering in groups of two or more individuals. To apply for this discount please contact NASPA at office@naspa.org. Please include in the email your name, the conference you're registering for, your institution name, and how many individuals you're registering. Our membership department will contact you once they've received this information.

Purchase Orders: Purchase orders will NOT be accepted for registration. There is now a Bill Me option online if you need to submit paperwork to your accounting office to have a check cut for your registration payment. Please use that option when registering online.

Registration Questions? Contact the NASPA office at 202-265-7500 or via e-mail at events@naspa.org.


Eastfield College - Building S

Eastfield College
Mesquite, TX

The 2015-16 NASPA Community College Symposium Series at Eastfield College will be hosted in Building S on campus.

Should a participant wish to stay overnight, the hotels listed below are in close proximity to campus. Please note there is not a room block and NASPA does not endorse any of the properties. Rates listed below are subject to change based upon hotel availability.

Hotel Room Rate/Night
Courtyard Dallas Mesquite
2300 Interstate 30, Mesquite, TX 75150
Holiday Inn Express Mesquite
21850 lh 635, Mesquite, TX 75149
Hampton Inn & Suites Dallas-Mesquite
1700 Rodeo Drive, Mesquite, Texas, 75149
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