2016 NASPA Region IV-West/East Conference - In The Heart of it All

November 15 - November 17, 2016
Historic Union Station: St. Louis, Missouri

Region IV-West and Region IV-East will come together as one in the heart of downtown Saint Louis in the historic Union Station. The 2016 Joint Regional Conference is a three-day gathering of student affairs professionals from two regions who come together to learn, network, and be inspired.

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Conference Updates

We will posts blogs regularly with updates and more information on the 2016 Joint Regional Conference.  Be sure to check back regularly for the most up-to-date information!

Making the most of your conference experience...

St Louis, MO

When Union Station was dedicated in September 1894, it was bigger than the largest railway station in Europe. It predated New York’s Grand Central Station by almost a decade, and its beauty stunned thousands of travelers every day. Today, this 120 year-old National Historic Landmark of unmatched beauty and elegance is home to the 539-room St. Louis Union Station Hotel – a DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel, luxury offices, dozens of shops and restaurants, a lake and plaza for festivals, concerts and other special events. And, of course, the stunning Grand Hall is a destination in its own right.

The New York Times just named St Louis as one of the 52 Places to Go in 2016 so what better time to visit, than for the 2016 Joint NASPA IV-West / East Regional Conference.  Be sure to check out some of these St. Louis hot spots while you're in town:

St. Louis Fun Run Routes

Running makes you happy and strong. This fun run/walk will make you laugh and help you meet colleagues across the regions. All fitness levels are welcome to the Region IV-WE run to the arch and back! There will be a path for runners and a shorter path for those who want to walk. The first 145 participants will receive a free 3/4 sleeve t-shirt celebrating this fun event. We also have surprise selfie breaks throughout the race (one at the arch) and ribbons for the winners---it is an event you won't want to miss.

 Please meet in the lobby at 6:50 a.m. to get your t-shirt and start warming up! 

1.9 miles

1.5 miles

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Presented By

Region IV-W
Region IV-E


This event is most likely to influence these groups.

  • Student Affairs Professionals

Call for Programs

Call for Programs is closed.

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Important Dates
  • August 12, 2016: Program Proposal Notification Date
  • August 15, 2016: Presenter Confirmation Deadline
  • October 03, 2016: Early Bird Registration Deadline


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  • Dr. Bertice Berry

    Dr. Bertice Berry

    Opening Session Keynote

    Speaker Bio

  • Elizabeth Acevedo

    Elizabeth Acevedo

    Wednesday Luncheon Keynote

    Speaker Bio

  • Kevin Kruger

    Kevin Kruger

    Closing Brunch Keynote
    President, NASPA

    Speaker Bio

  • Lori S. White

    Lori S. White

    Closing Brunch Keynote
    NASPA Board Chair

    Speaker Bio


We look forward to seeing you in St. Louis! Please note: All events and times are subject to change -- please check back regularly for the latest schedule and details about conference events in the heart of it all!

Full Schedule

Sun, Nov 13

1:00 p.m.
MLI Welcome & Start

Mon, Nov 14

8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Registration Open; Case Study Registration
8:00 a.m.
GAP Registration & Opening
8:00 a.m.
Welcome SALT/NUFP Institute
9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Pre Conference Leadershape
9:30 a.m.
Welcome SSAO Institute
9:45 a.m – 11:00 a.m.
IV-W Cabinet Meeting
11:15 a.m.
New Board Member Orientation, IV-W
1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
IV-E Advisory Board Meeting
1:00 p.m – 5:30 p.m.
IV-W Advisory Board Meeting
1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Missouri Council of Student Affairs
6:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Leadership Dinner
9:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.

Tue, Nov 15

8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Vendor Check-In; Set-Up
8:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
IV-E Advisory Board Meeting; IV-W Advisory Board Meeting
8:00 a.m.
Mid-Level Institute continues
8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Pre Conference: Title IX
8:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
SALT/NUFP Institute
9:30 a.m.
Case Study Check-In
10:30a.m. – 11:00a.m.
Newcomers' Session
11:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Volunteer Orientation
1:00 p.m.
Opening Session
Bertice Berry
3:00 p.m. – 3:50 p.m.
Session 1
4:00 p.m. – 4:50 p.m.
Session 2
5:00 p.m. – 5:50 p.m.
Session 3
6:15 p.m.
Conference Banquet
8:00 p.m.
Welcome Reception, Taste of St. Louis
8:30 p.m.
KC Trivia Night & Fair (Club NASPA)
9:00 p.m.
Faculty / SSAO Social

Wed, Nov 16

Spirit Day
7:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Registration Opens
7:00 a.m.
Fun Run
8:15 a.m.
SSAO/Faculty Breakfast
8:30 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.
Exhibits open, Silent Auction
9:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Case Study Competition
9:30 a.m. – 10:20 a.m.
Session 4
10:30 a.m. – 11:20 a.m.
Session 5
11:45 a.m. – 1:45 p.m.
Luncheon, Keynote and Awards
Elizabeth Acevedo
2:00 p.m. – 2:50 p.m.
Session 6
3:00 p.m. – 3:50 p.m.
Session 7
4:00 p.m. – 4:50 p.m.
Session 8
5:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
SA Talks
5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
NASPA IV-West Business Meeting
5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
NASPA IV-East Business Meeting
7:00 p.m.
Dinner on your own
8:00 p.m.
Women's Words of Wisdom Dessert Reception
9:00 p.m.
SALT / NUFP Reception

Thu, Nov 17

6:15 a.m. – 6:45 a.m.
Cardio Kickboxing
6:45 a.m. – 7:15 a.m.
Tai Chi
8:00 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.
Session 9
8:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
2017 NASPA IV-E Conference Transition Meeting
9:00 a.m. – 9:50 a.m.
Session 10
10:00a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Closing Brunch and Keynote
12:30 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.
2017 Conference Transition Meeting

Pre-Conference Programs & Events

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

Nov 13-15 | Mid-Level Professionals Institute (MLI)

Nov 13-15 | Mid-Level Professionals Institute (MLI)

01.00 PM – 08.00 PM

Mid-Level Professionals Institute This Mid-Level Institute (MLI) is intended to provide an intensive professional development experience that broadens participant’s perspectives on higher education issues, renews commitment to the profession and explores creative leadership strategies. It is intended for professionals with a minimum of five years full-time experience and supervisory, budget and/or programming responsibilities for a department. The Institute model includes faculty-lead teams, case studies, small group discussions and personal reflection time.

Nov 14 | Senior Student Affairs Officer Associate Vice President Institute

Nov 14 | Senior Student Affairs Officer Associate Vice President Institute

09.30 AM – 05.00 PM

Come join other IV-West and IV-East Senior Student Affairs Officers and Associate/Assistant Vice Presidents/Provosts for a day-long institute designed to challenge and inspire. The institute will include a Presidents Panel, “hot issue’ roundtable topics, discussion on forming and nurturing a strong relationship between the SSAO and AVP, and more. Lunch is included with the institute and space is limited to 80 participants. Attendees should currently serve as the Senior Student Affairs Officer on their campus or report directly to a SSAO. Faculty members attending the IV W/E conference are also welcomed and encouraged to register.

Nov 14 | NUFP/SALT Institute

Nov 14 | NUFP/SALT Institute

09.00 AM – 06.00 PM

The NUFP and SALT Institute teams have come together to provide this one and a half day pre-conference for undergraduate participants as a joint program. This pre-conference serves as a way to augment the experiences of undergraduate students as they are being mentored and engaged into the field of Higher Education Student Affairs. Throughout this institute a number of activities, sessions and panels will be offered to assist them in the discernment process of their future career in Student Affairs.

Nov 14 | Resilience: Thriving at work and at home

Nov 14 | Resilience: Thriving at work and at home

09.00 AM – 05.00 PM

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.

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Paul Pyrz, LeaderShape
Abby Prince, LeaderShape

Nov 15 | Best Practices in Investigating Title IX Complaints

08.00 AM – 12.00 PM

In light of heightened awareness, shifting guidance and a rise in investigations, institutions of higher education must train their Title IX professionals to effectively investigate and resolve alleged incidents of sex and gender discrimination, sexual harassment and interpersonal violence. You and your institution have laid the groundwork with policies, programs and basic training on compliance with Title IX, the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) and the Clery Act. This presentation will focus on sexual misconduct investigations and compliance guidance under Title IX, VAWA and the Clery Act.

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Topics covered will include:

• Investigation planning   

• Interview techniques: structure, process, questioning and nuance 

• Reluctant complainants, difficult witnesses and challenging support persons 

• Collection and organization of evidence 

• Credibility determinations and weighing of evidence 

• Creating accurate and meaningful investigation reports

Nov 16 | Women's Words of Wisdom Dessert Reception

Nov 16 | Women's Words of Wisdom Dessert Reception

08.00 PM – 10.00 PM

Please join us, Wednesday Nov 16th at 8 p.m. in the Frisco/Burlington room at the conference hotel for the first annual Women's Words of Wisdom Dessert Reception. This event, during the joint IV-W and IV-E Regional Conference, will provide an opportunity for women in student affairs to socialize and hear from outstanding women in the field providing words of inspiration in the hopes of supporting our female colleagues at all levels of their career. Phenomenal women, we believe to be role models in the field, will provide a 5 minute prepared SA Speaks style presentation to participants about lessons learned, motivation, inspiration, or anything else she might feel would be beneficial in sharing with women as they make the journey of their career path. Registration cost for this event is $15 per person which includes a variety of desserts and a beverage of your choice. A cash bar will be available throughout the event. Add to your registration prior to checking out!

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If you have already registered and have applied payment, please follow the instructions below:

1) Please contact events@naspa.org with your added session selection and it will be added to your existing registration.

2) The balance due can then be settled using your payment method of choice.

3) Should you have any additional questions, feel free to call the NASPA office for further assistance at (202) 265-7500.

If you have registered but have NOT applied payment, please follow the instructions below:

1) Go to naspa.org and log in.

2) Scroll down to your profile info on the right-hand side and select “View Invoices” under the Quick Links section.

3) Once you are at the NASPA Online Store, select “My Events” on the left-hand side.

4) Find the event you are registered for and select “Add Session(s)”.

5) Follow the prompts to complete your registration.


Platinum Level
  • Aramark
  • Hush Blackwell
  • Leadershape
Silver Level
  • Campus Labs
  • Chartwells Higher Education Dinning Services
  • Check I'm Here
  • Everfi
  • Grit Digital Health
  • National Society of Leadership and Success
  • SEAtS Software
  • Sodexo
  • Southwest Contract
Bronze Level
  • All In Democracy
  • Barnes and Noble
  • Center for College Sleep
  • Erezlife
  • Harris-Stowe State University
  • Jullien Gordon Speaking and Publishing
  • KWK Architects
  • Mackey Mitchell
  • Maxient
  • MobileUp
  • Off Campus Partners
  • Star Rez
  • Western Union

For sponsorship and exhibit booth questions, contact:

Kristie Jacobsen-Jerde
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Phone: (701) 231-6306

Sponsorship Info


St. Louis Union Station - a DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel

St. Louis Union Station
St. Louis, MO

The legendary Union Station Hotel in St. Louis, MO, is in the center of St. Louis and within walking distance to Scottrade Center, Peabody Opera House, MetroLink and within minutes from Busch Stadium, Gateway Arch, Edward Jones Dome, America's Convention Center, and City Museum.

This hotel features the impressive ‘Headhouse’ Grand Hall as a lobby lounge area with its sweeping archways, gold leaf detailing, mosaics and art glass windows. Transport back to a time when travel was truly extraordinary. Witness a remarkable 3D projected show on the Grand Hall 65-foot tall ceiling, once an hour between 5pm-11pm daily. The historic beauty helped achieve a top Railway Themed Hotel rating by Condé Nast. All the beautiful guest rooms and exquisite suites at this St. Louis Union Station hotel feature elegant decor and modern amenities.

The conference block at St. Louis Union Station Hotel has been filled.  Click here to book a room at the Westin St. Louis.

If you are staying at St. Louis Union Station, click here to view information about your hotel room.

GO BEST Express Door-to-Door Airport Shuttle Service.  Let’s GO!!

Click here to reserve your airport shuttle ride to/from Lambert International Airport and your hotel.  Your group has a discounted rate of $17 each way per person. Reservations MUST be made online using the link to receive the discounted rate. Standard rates ($22 one way) will apply for walk-up reservations made on the spot.

Travel Info - Driving directions, parking & airport shuttle information

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Hotel Room Rate/Night
St. Louis Union Station - a DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel
1820 Market Street, St. Louis, MO 63103
(314) 621-5262
starting at $149 / night
Overflow: The Westin St. Louis
811 Spruce Street. St. Louis, MO 63102
(314) 621-2000
$149 / night
  • Travel

    Closest Airport: Lambert-St. Louis International. Directions from airport: Take 70 East, exit Memorial Drive East. Turn right at the 3rd light (Market Street). Stay on Market Street until 18th Street. Hotel is on the left hand side.

  • Transportation

    Valet Parking available at Market Street: $35/day || Self Parking available at 18th & 20th Streets: $25/day || Airport shuttles: Metrolink & GoBest Shuttle. See TRAVEL INFO document for details.

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