2017 NASPA Region II Annual Conference

June 04 - June 06, 2017
Pittsburgh, PA

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Join us in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania as we share innovative ideas, explore new topics in student affairs, and develop professional connections at the annual NASPA Region II Conference. This professional experience will give student affairs professionals the opportunity to strengthen skills, acquire knowledge, and develop meaningful connections with peers and colleagues.


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We are so excited to have you join us for the conference! Check out some of the amazing experiences we have in addition to the great presentations that will be offered.

  • Welcome Reception at PNC Park
    Sunday, June 4th
    6:30PM - 9:00 PM
    Free with conference registration, $30 for guests

    NASPA II is taking you out to the ball park! Join NASPA II’s opening night at PNC Park – a classic-style baseball park that showcases the best downtown Pittsburgh skyline and riverfront views. We will be in Keystone Corner, which provides a fascinating view of the PNC Park playing field and the Pittsburgh city skyline. There will be a cash bar and NASPA will provide ballpark-themed Hors D’oeuvres as well as entertainment for the evening. Want to see more of the park? Check out the Foundations page for an opportunity to take a behind-the-scenes tour of PNC Park as well

  • Night at the Andy Warhol Museum
    Monday, June 5th
    7:00PM - 10:00 PM
    Free with conference registration, $45 for guests

    Join us for a night at The Andy Warhol Museum, one of the four Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh. The museum holds an extensive collection of art and archives from the Pittsburgh-born pop art icon, Andy Warhol. NASPA Region II conference attendees will have full access to four floors of the museum with Hors D’oeuvres, a cash bar, and entertainment in the main lobby. Each guest will receive one complimentary drink ticket with conference registration


Welcome to Pittsburgh! We’re so glad that you have chosen to attend NASPA Region II in the Steel City. Pittsburgh may have been known in the past for being the heart of the steel industry, but recently Pittsburgh gained notoriety for being a foodie hot spot, technology hub, and bike friendly. While you’re here, be sure to check out some local must-sees that really show off all that Pittsburgh has to offer:

  • Mt Washington – ride “The Incline” up Mt. Washington and get an amazing view of the beautiful skyline. See how many bridges you can count from up there too (hint, you won’t be able to see all 446!)
  • Three Rivers Heritage Trail – if you’re looking to run or bike before or after the conference, the Three Rivers Heritage Trail is a great path to take. Multiple routes are available, and you’ll always know where you are, not only because of the mile markers, but because the trail runs right along the rivers.
  • Point State Park – a quick walk from the hotel leads you to where the three rivers of Pittsburgh meet (the Ohio, the Allegheny, and the Monongahela). Before you head down to the big fountain that marks “The Point” be sure to check out the history of Fort Pitt which played a significant role in the Revolutionary War. From the Point, you will also be able to see two of Pittsburgh’s stadiums: PNC Park where the Pirates play, and Heinz field where the Steelers and Pitt football have their games.
  • Primanti Brothers – a chain of sandwich shops in the eastern United States. Founded in 1933, the chain is known for its signature sandwiches of grilled meat, an Italian dressing-based coleslaw, tomato slices, and French fries between two pieces of Italian bread.

    The restaurant and its signature sandwich have been featured in several national publications and television shows, including National Geographic magazine, Man v. Food, and Adam Richman's Best Sandwich in America. Primanti Brothers made the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette's list of "1,000 Places to See Before You Die in the USA and Canada," and their sandwich is a featured Pittsburgh landmark on Yinztagram.
  • The Cathedral of Learning – a Pittsburgh landmark listed in the National Register of Historic Places, is the centerpiece of the University of Pittsburgh's main campus in the Oakland neighborhood of the city. The 42-story Late Gothic Revival Cathedral is the tallest educational building in the Western hemisphere and the second tallest university building in the world. It is also the second tallest gothic-styled building in the world. The Cathedral of Learning was commissioned in 1921 and ground was broken in 1926. The first class was held in the building in 1931 and its exterior finished in October 1934, prior to its formal dedication in June 1937.

    Colloquially referred to as "Cathy" by Pitt students, it functions as a primary classroom and administrative center of the university, and is home to the Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences and many of its departments, as well as the University Honors College. It houses many specialty spaces, most notably its 30 Nationality Rooms.

VPSA Institute

2017 NASPA Region II VPSA Institute at the Region II annual conference
June 5, 2017
Pittsburgh, PA

The Region II VPSA Institute is an annual one-day intensive professional development experience for vice presidents for Student Affairs.  Offered in a convenient one-day package as a component of the regional conference, the institute offers a top-level briefing and Q&A session with NASPA senior leadership, presentations and conversations with regional legal and public policy experts, workshops on productivity tools, participation in regional conference keynote sessions and networking opportunities at breakfast and at a closing reception.

The benefits of the VPSA Institute are numerous and we are proud to announce that no additional or special registration is required! As Conference Registrants, any VPSA is welcome to attend any or all parts of VPSA Institute. For more information contact Dr. Kirk Manning, Region II liaison to VPSA's at: kmanning@stac.edu.

VPSA Institute Agenda
7:30 - 8:30 AM Breakfast and Welcome
8:30 - 9:30 AM NASPA Leadership Insights
9:40 - 11:10 AM Campus Sexual Assualt Collaborative Practices
11:20 - 12:20 PM Keynote Speaker: dr. becky martinez
12:20 - 1:30 PM Lunch (on your own)
1:30 - 3:00 PM Public Policy
3:15 - 4:45 PM Legal Issues and Q&A
5:00 - 6:00 PM VPSA Reception sponsored by Campus Labs

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Call for Programs

Call for Programs is closed.

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Important Dates
  • December 02, 2016: Program proposals open.
  • December 12, 2016: Call for program reviewers.
  • January 31, 2017: Program proposal deadline.
  • March 24, 2017: Presenter confirmation deadline.
  • April 15, 2017: Early bird registration deadline.


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NASPA Region II traditionally hosts exciting featured speakers. Past speakers include Dr. Kathy Obear and Dr. Shaun Harper. We are proud to announce one of our 2017 Featured Speakers will be Dr. Vijay Pendakur.

  • Dr. Vijay Pendakur

    Dr. Vijay Pendakur

    Speaker Bio

  • dr. becky martinez

    dr. becky martinez

    Organization Development Consultant
    Infinity Martinez Consulting

    Speaker Bio


We are happy to announce a tentative schedule. Please check back for updates as they come!

Graduate and New Professionals pre-conference schedule download.

Sun, Jun 04

8:30 AM – 5:00 PM
Conference Registration and Information Table
8:30 AM – 3:00 PM
New Professionals and Graduate Student Pre-Conference
8:30 AM – 3:00 PM
LeaderShape Resilience Pre-Conference
3:00 PM – 4:15 PM
First time attendees and case study orientation
4:30 PM – 6:30 PM
Welcoming and Opening Session
Dr. Vijay Pendakur
6:30 PM – 9:00 PM
Welcome Reception at PNC Park

Mon, Jun 05

7:00 AM – 8:30 AM
Breakfast (Open to all attendees)
8:00 AM – 9:00 AM
First time attendees and case study orientation
8:15 AM – 5:00 PM
Conference Registration and Information Table
10:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Exhibitor Hall
9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
VPSA Institute
9:00 AM – 10:00 AM
General Education Session I
10:10 AM – 11:10 AM
General Education Session II
11:20 AM – 12:20 PM
Featured Speaker
dr. becky martinez
12:20 PM – 1:10 PM
Lunch (on your own)
1:20 PM – 2:20 PM
General Education Session III
2:30 PM – 3:30 PM
General Education Session IV
3:40 PM – 4:40 PM
General Education Session V
3:40 PM – 5:10 PM
Extended Educational Session 2.0 Session VI
3:40 PM – 5:10 PM
Stronger Together - KC United Institute
4:50 PM – 5:50 PM
General Education Session VII
5:00 PM – 6:00 PM
VPSA, Faculty, and Administrators of Color Reception hosted by Campus Labs
7:00 PM – 10:00 PM
Night at Andy Warhol Museum

Tue, Jun 06

7:00 AM – 8:30 AM
Breakfast (Open all attendees)
9:00 AM – 10:00 AM
General Education Session IX
9:00 AM – 11:00 AM
Case Study Competition Presentations
10:10 AM – 11:10 AM
General Education Session X
10:10 AM – 11:40 AM
Extended Educational Session 2.0 VIII
11:20 AM – 12:20 PM
General Education Session XI
12:40 PM – 2:00 PM
Region Awards and Closing Luncheon

Pre-Conference Programs & Events

Pre-conference sessions are extended learning sessions that give you an opportunity to go in-depth into specific topics before the conference officially begins.

New Professionals and Graduate Student Pre-Conference

Sunday, June 4th • 08.30 AM – 03.00 PM

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Are you in your first years in the Student Affairs field or in the midst of completing your master’s degree? Are you looking for a way to jumpstart your NASPA Region II Conference experience in Pittsburgh? The New Professional and Graduate Student Pre-Conference provides a unique space for personal reflection and professional growth. The 2017 NPGS Pre-Conference offers separate program tracks based on participants’ experience levels in the field of student affairs. The Pre-Conference is a rich network-building opportunity in Region II, with opportunities to learn about the challenges, successes, and promising practices experienced by new professionals and graduate students.

The NASPA Region II Advisory Board and 2017 Regional Conference Planning Committee are proud to offer NUFP fellows, graduate students, and undergraduate students partial reimbursement for bus transportation for the regional conference. The funding is limited to $50 per person for transportation and is available for NUFP fellows, undergraduate and graduate students traveling within Region II. This is a first come, first serve opportunity so do not wait too long! We look forward to seeing you in Pittsburgh!

Should you have any questions, please contact: Valentyna Yasinska, Graduate Student Representative at yasinskav@gmail.com.

LINK to the sign-up form: http://apps.naspa.org/cfp/evt_frm_user.cfm?event_id=619

LeaderShape: Resilience

Sunday, June 4th • 08.30 AM – 03.00 PM

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Resilience is more than just managing stress, it’s learning the skills to take life events in stride and to grow and learn from our experiences. Healing and strengthening, Resilience offer participants the space and time to begin to focus on how their lives impact their ability to lead, and the tools they need to strengthen their awareness day to day.

LeaderShape’s newest program, Resilience, is a 1-day experience for student affairs professionals based on the research of Dr. Amit Sood that explores resilient leadership and how it builds strong, flexible relationships and communities.


Platinum Level
  • Hallmark
  • Impulse Guide
  • LeaderShape
  • Campus Labs
  • EverFi
  • University of Pittsburgh
  • National Society of Leadership and Success
Silver Level
  • Carnegie Mellon University (CMU)
  • Public Identity
  • Inside Track
  • Alertus
Bronze Level
  • Penn State World Campus
  • Caldwell & Gregory
  • CCAC
  • Carlow University
  • Small Steps
  • mtvU
  • Chatham University
  • Eventus
  • Temple University

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Renaissance Pittsburgh Hotel
Pittsburgh, PA

Join us at the Renaissance Pittsburgh Hotel, located in the historic Fulton Building in downtown Pittsburgh. NASPA Region II has special rates for members attending the conference and can be accessed by clicking through the following link: Renaissance NASPA II group rate.

Additional hotel accomodations can be made at the Holiday Inn Express using the following link for NASPA II rates.

Hotel Room Rate/Night
Renaissance Pittsburgh Hotel
107 6th Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15222
(412) 562-1200
$179 + tax
Holiday Inn Express
228 Federal Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15212
(412) 323-0300
$139 + tax
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