2014 NASPA Small Colleges and Universities Institute

June 21 – June 24, 2014
Daemen College - Amherst, New York

Hosted on a biennial basis by NASPA’s Small Colleges and Universities Division, the NASPA Small Colleges and Universities Institute is a three-day residential program during which chief student affairs officers and other senior-level administrators engage in discussion and reflection about critical issues in student affairs and the examination of effective and innovative programs.

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About

The 2014 Institute will be the ninth in its sixteen-year history and will be held at Daemen College in beautiful Amherst, New York, located just outside of Buffalo.  The Institute brings together chief student affairs officers and other senior-level leaders at small colleges and universities with enrollments of fewer than 5000 students for three days of learning and networking.  An intentional component of this signature NASPA program is living and learning together on the host campus.

The Institute will feature the following topics:

  • Shifts in higher education and what they mean for student affairs
  • Managing critical incidents on campus
  • Changing student demographics
  • Civic learning and democratic engagement
  • Hot topics for small colleges and universities

We hope you'll choose to join us in June!

Schedule

The Institute kicks off with an opening reception and dinner on Saturday, June 21, 2014.  Other sessions and activities on Saturday are optional, some of which carry an additional registration fee.  The Institute schedule is subject to change.  Please see below for more information.

Day 1 Sat, Jun 21
8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Institute Check-In
9:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Pre-Institute Golf Outing (optional; advance registration required)
Details

Join us for this optional Institute tradition! Your $5.00 registration fee holds your spot and covers transportation from Daemen College to the Grover Cleveland Golf Course. Participants will be responsible for their own greens fees, cart rental, and clubs rental at the golf course. Space is limited and advance registration is required.

10:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Pre-Institute Tour of the Darwin Martin House and Lunch at Pearl Street Grill & Brewery (optional; advance registration required)
Details

Join other Institute participants for a tour of the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed American masterpiece, the Darwin Martin House complex (www.darwinmartinhouse.org). The Martin House exemplifies Wright's Prairie house ideal and ranks as one of his finest residential works. Your docent will demonstrate Wright's genius in creating intricate harmonies between buildings and their landscape and will narrate the remarkable story of the great architect and his most loyal patron, Darwin D. Martin. (This optional tour is not handicap accessible.) Following the 90-minute tour, we will stop for lunch at the historically restored and funky Pearl Street Grill and Brewery in downtown Buffalo. Space is limited, and advance registration is required.

12:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Pre-Institute Stroll through Williamsville, New York (optional; advance registration required))
Details

Join other Institute participants for lunch and a casual strolll through the nearby scenic Village of Williamsville (www.willvill.com). Your $5.00 registration fee holds your spot and covers round-trip transportation from Daemen College. Participants will be responsible for their own lunch. Space is limited, and advance registration is required.

3:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Fundraising and Friendraising: Student Affairs at the Intersection of Advancement Work (optional; advance registration required)
Details

Student Affairs professionals, particularly those at small colleges where strong relationships are developed with students, are at a strategic advantage in relation to institutional fundraising. This session, presented by Ellen Heffernan, Partner at SJG – The Spelman & Johnson Group, will cover fundraising basics – annual fund, major gifts, campaign, bequests, etc., with a focus on tuning your division and staff into identifying, shepherding, and managing potential gifts; and how, as the chief student affairs officer, you can partner with advancement to develop a fundraising agenda. This session is complimentary to all attendees, however, registration is required.

5:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Opening Reception and Dinner
Details

Join hosts Gary Olson, President of Daemen College and Richanne Mankey, Vice President of Institutional Advancement/Interim Vice President of Student Affairs for this traditional institute kickoff event at the President’s College home. The reception will feature wines of the Niagara and Southern Ontario regions. Kevin Kruger, President of NASPA-Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education, will offer remarks during dinner.

Day 2 Sun, Jun 22
7:45 a.m. - 8:30 a.m.
Breakfast
8:30 a.m. - 9:15 a.m.
Institute Welcome and Participant Introductions
9:15 a.m. - 11:15 a.m.
Student Affairs Organizational Trends and How They May Affect Our Work
Details

What are the latest trends in student affairs organizational structure? Are most CSAOs reporting to the institution's president? Or are more shifting to report through academic affairs? Are CSAOs gaining more functional responsibilities? Or are some functions being transferred to other divisions? Over the past year NASPA has been has been collecting data from CSAOs regarding student affairs reporting structures, functions and responsibilities, and any changes to either or both. This session will review the data and explore the trends and implications for student affairs practice. The discussion will be led by a panel of CSAOs from various reporting structures plus a NASPA office representative.

12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Institute Luncheon
1:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
What to Expect When You Are Not Expecting: Managing Critical Incidents on Campus
Details

Vincent Morris, Executive Director – Higher Education Practice, Gallagher, will lead a two part session designed to help participants understand the key concepts and organizational structure utilized in responding to critical incidents. In the first part of the session, Vince will review strategies for organizing your campus to respond to critical incidents, including introduction to the FEMA training process and introduction the incident command system for higher education. In the second half of the program, Vince will lead participants in a sample table top exercise offering participants insight into the various roles and pieces of such an activity.

6:00 p.m. - 7:15 p.m.
Dinner
7:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
"Open Mic" Session
Details

This popular and informal session is a perfect opportunity for open dialogue about issues and topics of concern to small college SSAOs. This facilitated conversation is organic in nature – so bring your ideas and questions, ready for a robust and informative time together.

9:00 p.m. -
Evening Activity (optional)
Day 3 Mon, Jun 23
7:45 a.m. - 8:30 a.m.
Breakfast
8:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
Changing Demographics: Often Unseen
Details

The students on our campuses have changed over recent decades and continue to provide increasing diversity to small colleges and universities. While many of these increases in diversity are quite visible, others are less so. In this workshop we will overview aspects of the changing demography of our students and focus on three areas of increased diversity which are often less visible: students who are from a lower socio-economic status (SES) and/or are first-generation, students with disabilities, and LGBTQ students.

11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Lunch
12:45 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Civic Learning and Democratic Engagement – Substance or Style?
Details

As institutions of all sizes and types develop strategies for educating students for citizenship in an increasing global society, the subject of civic learning and democratic engagement generates broad campus discussions about program structure, student outcomes, oversight and resource prioritization---all of which can become challenging on many levels. Get a comprehensive view of the value of civic learning and democratic engagement in students’ co-curricular experiences from session co-chairs Zauyah Waite and Trina Dobberstein, who represent institutions with varying CLDE programmatic emphases. Then hear practical details about a vital, institution-specific service learning experience offered by our host, Daemen College. Both “wide-angle lens” perspectives and granular thinking at the local level will be vetted among SCUI participants in a campus-mapping and dialog exercise. Come away from the session with innovative ideas and enthusiasm for enhancing programs at respective campuses.

4:30 p.m. - 10:30 p.m.
Institute Outing and Dinner at Niagara Falls State Park
Details

Thundering waterfalls take center stage at the nation’s oldest state park, but that's just the beginning! Explore the park and its attractions (www.niagarafallsstatepark.com) with fellow Institute participants and work up an appetite for the Institute dinner that evening. The Top of the Falls restaurant offers a one-of-a-kind dining experience accompanied by spectacular waterfall views. Located on Goat Island, overlooking Terrapin Point, this Niagara Falls restaurant delivers a memorable dining experience with panoramic views of Horseshoe Falls through floor-to-ceiling windows and outdoor dining decks.

Day 4 Tue, Jun 24
7:45 a.m. - 8:30 a.m.
Breakfast
8:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Institute Check-Out
8:30 a.m. - 10:15 a.m.
"Organic" Discussions
Details

Organic discussions offer an opportunity for participants with interests in the same topic to come together to explore that topic together – including topics that have been raised at this institute and others. For instance, some may want a follow-up session on Changing Demographics or Critical Incidents, while others may want to talk about retention initiatives, working with new president, perplexing supervision issues, or reorganizing your division. Come to this session with an idea or two for in-depth conversation.

10:30 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.
NASPA Small Colleges and Universities Division Meeting and Institute Closing

Pre-Conference Programs & Events

During the day on Saturday, June 21, you'll have the chance to participate in some optional pre-Institute sessions and activities.  All pre-Institute programs require registration, and some have an additional registration fee.  Institute attendees who wish to participate in these optional activities may also register for early-arrival housing, which is available on Friday evening, June 20 for an additional $39.00.

Fundraising and Friendraising: Student Affairs at the Intersection of Advancement Work

Saturday, June 21st • 03.00 PM – 04.30 PM

Student Affairs professionals, particularly those at small colleges where strong relationships are developed with students, are at a strategic advantage in relation to institutional fundraising.

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This session, presented by Ellen Heffernan, Partner at SJG – The Spelman & Johnson Group, will cover fundraising basics – annual fund, major gifts, campaign, bequests, etc., with a focus on tuning your division and staff into identifying, shepherding, and managing potential gifts; and how, as the chief student affairs officer, you can partner with advancement to develop a fundraising agenda.
This session is complimentary to all attendees, however, registration is required.

Pre-Institute Golf Outing

Saturday, June 21st • 09.00 AM – 02.30 PM

Join us for this optional Institute tradition!

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Your $5.00 registration fee holds your spot and covers transportation from Daemen College to the Grover Cleveland Golf Course. Participants will be responsible for their own greens fees ($24), cart rental ($25), and clubs rental ($11) at the golf course. All prices listed are 2013 rates and are subject to change. Space is limited.

Pre-Institute Tour of the Darwin Martin House and Lunch at Pearl Street Grill & Brewery

Saturday, June 21st • 10.00 AM – 02.30 PM

Join other Institute participants for a tour of the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed American masterpiece, the Darwin Martin House complex (www.darwinmartinhouse.org).

View More Details

The Martin House exemplifies Wright's Prairie house ideal and ranks as one of his finest residential works. Your docent will demonstrate Wright's genius in creating intricate harmonies between buildings and their landscape and will narrate the remarkable story of the great architect and his most loyal patron, Darwin D. Martin. (This optional tour is not handicap accessible.) Following the 90-minute tour, we will stop for lunch at the historically restored and funky Pearl Street Grill and Brewery in downtown Buffalo. Registration: $69.00.  Space is limited.

Pre-Institute Stroll through Williamsville, New York

Saturday, June 21st • 12.00 PM – 02.30 PM

Join other Institute participants for lunch and a casual strolll through the nearby scenic Village of Williamsville (www.willvill.com).

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Your $5.00 registration fee holds your spot and covers round-trip transportation from Daemen College. Participants will be responsible for their own lunch. Space is limited.

Registration

The 2014 NASPA Small Colleges and Universities Institute is designed for student affairs leaders at institutions with enrollments of fewer than 5,000 students.  Participation is limited to the campus chief student affairs officer (CSAO) and other senior-level professionals who report to the CSAO and have substantial divisional leadership responsibilities.  Your registration fee includes all sessions and materials, housing for the evenings of June 21-23 in an on-campus, apartment-style suite with a private bedroom and shared bathroom, transportation to/from Institute off-campus programs, and all meals beginning with dinner on June 21 and ending with breakfast on June 24.

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 and then you can pay the individual member rate for conference registration. This gives you the conference registration and a year of membership for less than the non-member registration fee. Visit the Membership section of the NASPA website to learn about membership types.

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Registration Fees

Registration Type Early-Bird before 04/30/2014 Regular before 05/16/2014 Late before 06/09/2014
Full Registration
NASPA Member $475 $550 $625
Non-Member $675 $750 $825

Pre-Institute Offerings

Registration Type Early-Bird before 04/30/2014 Regular before 05/16/2014 Late before 06/09/2014
Pre-Institute Session: Fundraising and Friendraising: Student Affairs at the Intersection of Advancement Work
Student Affairs professionals, particularly those at small colleges where strong relationships are developed with students, are at a strategic advantage in relation to institutional fundraising. This session, presented by Ellen Heffernan, Partner at SJG – The Spelman & Johnson Group, will cover fundraising basics – annual fund, major gifts, campaign, bequests, etc., with a focus on tuning your division and staff into identifying, shepherding, and managing potential gifts; and how, as the chief student affairs officer, you can partner with advancement to develop a fundraising agenda. Session starts at 3:00 PM and ends at 4:30 PM.

This session is complimentary to all attendees, however registration is required.

Pre-Institute Golf Outing
Join us for this optional Institute tradition! Your $5.00 registration fee holds your spot and covers transportation from Daemen College to the Grover Cleveland Golf Course. Participants will be responsible for their own greens fees ($24), cart rental ($25), and clubs rental ($11) at the golf course. All prices listed are 2013 rates and are subject to change. Golf outing will start at 9:00 AM and end at 2:30 PM. Space is limited.
NASPA Member $5 $5 $5
Non-Member $5 $5 $5
Pre-Institute Tour of the Darwin Martin House and Lunch at Pearl Street Grill & Brewery
Join other Institute participants for a tour of the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed American masterpiece, the Darwin Martin House complex (www.darwinmartinhouse.org). The Martin House exemplifies Wright's Prairie house ideal and ranks as one of his finest residential works. Your docent will demonstrate Wright's genius in creating intricate harmonies between buildings and their landscape and will narrate the remarkable story of the great architect and his most loyal patron, Darwin D. Martin. (This optional tour is not handicap accessible.) Following the 90-minute tour, we will stop for lunch at the historically restored and funky Pearl Street Grill and Brewery in downtown Buffalo. Tour starts at 10:00 AM and ends at 2:30 PM. Space is limited.
NASPA Member $69 $69 $69
Non-Member $69 $69 $69
Pre-Institute Stroll through Williamsville, New York
Join other Institute participants for lunch and a casual strolll through the nearby scenic Village of Williamsville (www.willvill.com). Your $5.00 registration fee holds your spot and covers round-trip transportation from Daemen College. Participants will be responsible for their own lunch. Tour starts at 12:00 PM and ends at 2:30 PM. Space is limited.
NASPA Member $5 $5 $5
Non-Member $5 $5 $5

Early Arrival Lodging

Registration Type Early-Bird before 04/30/2014 Regular before 05/16/2014 Late before 06/09/2014
Early Arrival Lodging
Many participants will choose to arrive early on Friday, June 20 in order to participate in the optional pre-Institute offerings on June 21. An extra night of lodging in an on-campus, apartment-style suite with a private bedroom and a shared bathroom is available for $39.00.
NASPA Member $39 $39 $39
Non-Member $39 $39 $39

Questions?

James Stascavage
Director of Leadership and Senior Student Affairs Officers Initiatives
Email: jstascavage@naspa.org
Phone: (202) 719-1172

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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.

Cancellation Policy:
Refunds will be given for cancellations, received in writing by May 5, 2014, less a $50.00 processing fee. In addition, a processing fee of $50.00 per registration will be charged for credit cards declined.  We are unable to change payment methods after the initial payment is processed. With prior approval, anyone registered but who cannot attend may send a substitute. Substitution information must come in writing from the registered participant. The membership status of the substitute must be the same as the registrant in order to have the same registration fee applied. Additional charges may apply if the membership status is not the same. The conference may be cancelled or postponed due to unforeseen circumstances. In this case, registration fees will be refunded; however, NASPA will not be responsible for additional costs, charges, or expenses, including cancellation/change charges assessed by airlines, hotels, and/or travel agencies.  NASPA is not responsible for weather-related travel delays or other issues in regard to personal travel and no refunds will be given due to these occurrences.

NOTE: All requests for cancellation and refunds must be in writing to refund@naspa.org. Due to our food and beverage requirements, no refunds will be granted after May 5, 2014.  Registration Questions? Contact the NASPA office at 202-265-7500 or via e-mail atevents@naspa.org.

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Venue

All institute activities will take place at Daemen College.  An intentional component of this signature NASPA program is living and learning together on the host campus.


Daemen College
4380 Main St
Amherst, NY 14226
(800) 462-7652
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Melding a broad cultural orientation with technical disciplines – within the context of service to others and the joy of learning – is Daemen College’s shared vision.

Daemen College is a private, nonsectarian, co-educational, comprehensive college in Amherst, New York, chartered to award both undergraduate and graduate level degrees. Located in a safe and attractive suburban setting, Daemen offers convenient access to one of the country’s most vibrant regions, spanning Buffalo-Niagara, the Great Lakes, and a cross-border corridor with Ontario, Canada, less than a two-hour drive from cosmopolitan Toronto.

Daemen’s identity is clear. We insist on a healthy and strategic balance between a liberal arts foundation and solid career preparation. That means a future physician assistant will also know something about Shakespeare. Moreover, our competency-based core curriculum ensures that the well-rounded Daemen graduate has effectively mastered skills like critical thinking, creative problem solving, literacy in multi-media technology, affective awareness, moral and ethical discernment, and civic responsibility.

  • Travel

    The closest airport to Daemen College is Buffalo Niagara International Airport (BUF). Daemen College is approximately 10 minutes from the airport.

  • Transportation

    Complimentary shuttle transportation will be provided from Buffalo Niagara International Airport and AmTrak (DePew) travelling to Daemen College on Friday, June 20 and Saturday, June 21. Participants will be responsible for arranging their own transportation from campus to the airport or train station. For more information on ground transportation from the airport, please visit the Ground Transportation section of the BUF website.

  • Weather

    Temperatures in Amherst in June are approximately 75 degrees F during the day and 55 degrees F at night. Please visit the Weather Channel before you travel for the most up to date information regarding weather.

Additional Info

We hope that you will explore Daemen College, when not busy with the institute or if you arrive on campus before the program begins.  There are plenty of things to do and see.  Please visit the Local Attractions section of the Daemen College website for more information.

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