June 25, 2013 | News
Registering record high attendance, the NASPA (Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education) 2013 Region II Conference was held on Sunday June 9 through Tuesday June 11, bringing together student affairs professionals across the eastern region to explore evolving issues in education and student affairs.
Planners for the professional development conference, titled “Bridging Communities, Transforming Lives,” expressed great appreciation for the collaboration with the City University of New York (CUNY), John Jay College for Criminal Justice and the Central Office of Student Affairs (COSA)–the hosts in New York City. Frank D. Sanchez, Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs and Paulette Dalpes, Deputy to the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs and Chief of Staff remarked on the extensive contribution of CUNY-wide staff to the conference and commended attendees for their involvement in the conference mission. Numerous CUNY staff submitted proposals and were among the over 100 presenters at the conference where the attendance exceeded 450 participants.
Under the direction of a conference planning committee and its chair, Leah Barrett of the College at Brockport, State University of New York (SUNY), student affairs staff joined their colleagues at 55 educational sessions that included workshops, poster presentations and roundtables as well as pre-conference educational programs. Attendees also benefited from networking events and neighborhood tours organized by committee planners. One conference highlight was the 2012-2013 Region II awards program. Joining other colleagues recognized for their contributions, Director Will Simpkins of the Center for Career & Professional Development at John Jay received the Fred Turner Award for Outstanding Service to NASPA. NASPA Region II Director Deb Moriarty expressed appreciation to CUNY and John Jay College President Jeremy Travis (who spoke at the event) stating “We are grateful to John Jay College for hosting us and to the CUNY system for its strong support of our vision to be in New York.”
In the expansive dining hall featuring panoramic views of the Hudson River, the audience enjoyed remarks from NASPA President Kevin Kruger; Lynette Cook-Francis, Vice President of Student Affairs at John Jay College; and three keynote speakers: Dr. Richard Keeling, Principal & Senior Executive Consultant, Keeling & Associates (a comprehensive higher education consulting practice); Dr. Lee C. Bollinger, President, Columbia University; and Dr. Frank D. Sanchez, Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs, CUNY. Vice Chancellor Sanchez urged the engaged professionals to take responsibility as student affairs experts and help lead the learning enterprise on their campuses. The NASPA Region II Conference for 2014 is planned for June 8 through 10 in South Jersey.
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