2014 Region II Conference

June 08 - June 10, 2014
Seaview Resort, NJ


Region II's annual conference is being held at the Seaview Resort in Galloway, New Jersey.

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From the moment I was offered the opportunity to chair the 2014 NASPA Region II Conference, I knew I wanted to get down to basics. I wanted a regional conference that focused on the core of the phenomenal work done every day by student affairs professionals. I was less interested in the creation of a theme and more interested in the creation of a program that would provide colleagues with the tools they need to be even better at the work they do. I recruit a phenomenal team of practitioners and charged them simply to go to work – and that they did. When we finally did settle on a conference theme, it reflected our overall goals – “DO SA”. How do we improve upon our skills, knowledge base, and resources so that we can continue to be effective professionals? Our program chairs completely redesigned the program proposal process, eliminating an adherence to theme and, instead, asking proposers to submit programs that were Specific Measurable Assignable Realistic and Time-related. Our major speakers chair developed a line-up that would address issues that impact our work both in the present and the future. Even our entertainment was designed to provide maximum opportunities for networking and connecting, because we know some of the best conversations about work happen after the sun sets for the day. I believe the conference we have designed reflects exactly what a conference should – professional development. I’m glad you’re along for the journey.

Christopher Conzen
Region II 2014 Conference Chair


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Important Dates
  • May 08, 2014: Early Bird Registration Deadline!


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Dr.  Brian Sponsler, the Vice President of Research and Policy from NASPA will be talking about the status of higher education on the national level.  Brian works closely with the numerous higher education policy leaders and the government and his background will give us additional information about how we can apply what’s happening in the government and apply it to the work that we do.

Our Title IX panel of Dr. Barbara Lee, Dr. Daniel Swinton, and Robert Flowers. J.D. will discuss:

  1. Providing legal update on Title XI and Campus Save Act
  2. How does Title IX impact our institutions as a whole
  3. How does Title IX impact all student affairs professionals and the work that we do
  4. Training of staff for Title IX

A. Paul Pyrz  President,  LeaderShape Inc. will close with his talk  ”Developing Resilience within Student Affairs: Cultivating Greater Mindfulness”.  LeaderShape has been providing ethics-based leadership programs for over 50,000 men and women across the country and overseas for the past twenty-five years. Paul will talk with us about how to build our own resilience and pass it on to the students we mentor.

  • Brian A. Sponsler, Ed.D.

    Brian A. Sponsler, Ed.D.

    Vice President for research and policy and director of NASPA's Research and Policy Institute (RPI)

    Speaker Bio

  • Barbara Lee, Ph.D., J.D.

    Barbara Lee, Ph.D., J.D.

    Professor of Human Resource Management
    Rutgers University

    Speaker Bio

  • Daniel Swinton, Ed.D., J.D.

    Daniel Swinton, Ed.D., J.D.

    Senior Executive Vice President
    The NCHERM Group, LLC

    Speaker Bio

  • Robert Flowers, J.D.

    Robert Flowers, J.D.

    Vice President of Student Affairs
    Hobart and William Smith Colleges

    Speaker Bio

  • A. Paul Pyrz, Jr.

    A. Paul Pyrz, Jr.

    LeadersShape, Inc.

    Speaker Bio


Our conference booklet is now available here! Check it out!


In addition to the schedule below, the conference will also feature:

  • Community College Conversations: Facilitated "unsessions" throughout the conference on hot-topics impacting the work of student affairs professionals at our community colleges.
  • “DO I.T.” sessions. DO I.T. will highlight different tools (such as Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, PInterest, and more!) used to enhance your professional growth on and offline. Beginners welcome!
  • Instigate and Ruminate Session: five minute long talks of awesome. Five minutes of curiosity. Five minutes of theoretical gymnastics. Five minutes of intellectual inspiration. Five minutes. 20 slides/images. 15 seconds per slide/image. We will instigate new thoughts and leave you to ruminate about what you’ve just witnessed.

The schedule below may change slightly as we try to remain current and responsive to the every-changing world of student affairs, so please check back regularly!

Sun, Jun 08

8:30 AM – 6:30 PM
Registration and Host Center
9:00 AM – 3:00 PM
New Professional and Graduate Student Pre-Conference
12:00 PM
Region II Board Meeting
2:30 PM – 4:00 PM
Welcome Reception Hosted by Sponsors
4:00 PM – 5:30 PM
Featured Speaker
Brian A. Sponsler, Vice President for Research and Policy and Director of NASPA's Research and Policy Institute
5:30 PM – 5:45 PM
Depart for Dinner in AC
6:00 PM – 11:00 PM
Taste of AC Dinner
On your own
9:00 PM
Late Night AC Networking

Mon, Jun 09

6:00 AM
Morning Workout
7:30 AM – 6:00 PM
Registration and Host Center
7:45 AM – 8:45 AM
Breakfast Roundtables
7:45 AM – 5:00 PM
Poster Presentations
9:00 AM – 10:00 AM
Educational Session I
10:10 AM – 11:10 AM
Educational Session II
11:20 AM – 12:20 AM
Educational Session III
12:30 PM – 1:30 PM
Region II Awards Luncheon
1:30 PM – 2:30 PM
Educational Session IV
2:40 PM – 3:40 PM
Educational Session V
3:30 PM – 4:45 PM
Title IX Panel
Dr. Barbara Lee, Professor of Human Resource Managemen, Rutgers University
3:30 PM – 4:45 PM
Title IX Panel
Daniel Swinton, Senior Executive Vice President of The NCHERM Group, LLC
3:30 PM – 4:45 PM
Title IX Panel
Robert Flowers, Vice President of Student Affairs, Hobart and William Smith Colleges
3:50 PM – 4:50 PM
Educational Session VI
3:50 PM – 4:50 PM
Investigate and Ruminate Talks
7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Beach Party

Tue, Jun 10

6:00 AM
Morning Workout
7:45 AM – 8:45 AM
Breakfast and Roundtable Sessions
9:00 AM – 10:00 AM
Educational Sessions VII
10:10 AM – 11:10 AM
Educational Sessions VIII
11:30 AM – 1:00 PM
Closing Lunch and Featured Speaker
A. Paul Pyrz, Jr., President, LeadersShape, Inc.

Pre-Conference Programs & Events

The New Professionals and Graduate Student Pre-Conference aims to develop a support network for those individuals who find themselves enrolled in a graduate program and/or are new to the Student Affairs profession. Attendees will have opportunities to build relationships with peers and Senior Student Affairs Officers while also creating dialogue and understanding how to navigate the field of higher education. There will be a two-track option so that New Professionals and Graduate Students can build a pre-conference program that suites their needs best.

Registration Information: $30 for students & $75 for new professionals

DO SA: Developing, Engaging, and Motivating New Professionals & Graduate Students

Sunday, June 8th • 09.00 AM – 03.00 PM

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Key note speaker: Michael Plagianakos
Director of Rowan College at Gloucester County College


Stockton Seaview Hotel and Golf Club
Galloway, NJ

A special rate of $149/night is available for conference attendees who book by May 12th using this link

  • Travel

    Atlantic City Airport (10 miles)

  • Transportation

    Absecon Train Station (NJ Transit, 3 miles) with cab through AA Absolute Transportation, $17 for up to 5 people and then $5 per person. Phone: (609) 601-8390.

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Poster Presentations

Poster Presenters available from 7:45 AM to 8:45 AM


Brian A. Sponsler, Ed.D.

Vice President for research and policy and director of NASPA's Research and Policy Institute (RPI)

Brian A. Sponsler, EdD, is vice president for research and policy and director of NASPA's Research and Policy Institute (RPI).  A member of NASPA's executive team, he oversees the association's research portfolio and works to cultivate and maintain relationships with institutional partners, higher education scholars, and policy leaders.  Brian has extensive experience in Washington, D.C., where his policy advocacy work and research agenda has focused on expanding access and ensure success for historically underrepresented student populations.

Dr. Sponsler's research interests include college access for DREAM students, student success metrics, geographic impediments to college-going, and policy adoption theory. His policy research work has been financially supported by the Lumina Foundation, the Ford Foundation, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the Kresge Foundation, and the NASPA Foundation among others.

Prior to life inside the beltway, Brian held several campus professional positions, including as an academic advisor, sports information director, and men's soccer coach.  Brian earned his bachelor's degree in public administration from the University of Puget Sound, a master's degree in student development administration from Seattle University, and a doctorate in higher education from The George Washington University.


Barbara Lee, Ph.D., J.D.

Professor of Human Resource Management

Barbara Lee is Professor of Human  Resource Management and the former Dean of the School of Management and Labor Relations at Rutgers University.  In addition to serving as dean of SMLR, Professor Lee has been associate provost for the social sciences for the New Brunswick campus, Director of the Center for Women and Work, department chair, graduate director, and associate dean.

Professor Lee teaches higher education law and employment law.   She is the author, with William A. Kaplin, of The Law of Higher Education and A Legal Guide for Student Affairs Professionals, both published by Jossey-Bass.  She is also the co-author (with George LaNoue) of Academics in Court:  The Consequences of Discrimination Litigation.  She is the author of numerous other books and articles concerning higher education law.  She is also of counsel to the law firm of Edwards Wildman Palmer, LLP, where she advises colleges and universities on a variety of legal issues.

Dr. Lee serves on the Executive Committee of the New Jersey Bar Association’s Labor and Employment Law Section, is the immediate past chair of the Bar Association’s Higher Education Committee, and is a former member of the board of directors of the National Association of College and University Attorneys and a NACUA Fellow.  She also serves as an expert witness for litigation involving employment discrimination, sexual harassment, and academic personnel decisions.   And she is a regular presenter at scholarly conferences on higher education law, such as that of the National Association of College and University Attorneys and the University of Vermont’s Legal Issues in Higher Education Conference.
Barbara Lee received her B.A. from the University of Vermont, her M.A. and Ph.D. from The Ohio State University, and her J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center.


Daniel Swinton, Ed.D., J.D.

Senior Executive Vice President

Daniel Swinton is the Senior Executive Vice President of The NCHERM Group, LLC. Daniel consults frequently with colleges and universities on issues of Title IX, Campus SaVE and sexual violence, alcohol and other drugs, behavioral intervention, bystander intervention, student conduct policies and procedures, hearing board training, mediation and legal issues in higher education. Daniel often serves institutions as an external investigator for issues of sexual misconduct and other complex student conduct matters as well as employment concerns, retaliation and harassment. He has authored a number of peer-reviewed articles and book chapters on topics ranging from student conduct to civil rights investigations. He is also a frequent presenter and invited speaker at national and regional conferences. Prior to his work with The NCHERM Group, he served as Assistant Dean and Director of Student Conduct and Academic Integrity at Vanderbilt University.
Daniel serves as Associate Executive Director of ATIXA (The Association for Title IX Administrators) and on the Advisory Board of NaBITA (National Behavioral Intervention Team Association). He has also served on the Board for the Association for Student Conduct Administration (ASCA), having served as its President in 2011-2012.
Daniel received his Bachelor’s degree from Brigham Young University, his law degree (J.D.) from the J. Reuben Clark Law School at BYU and a doctorate (Ed.D.) in higher education leadership and policy from Vanderbilt University’s Peabody College. He is a member of the Tennessee State Bar.
He has also been interviewed and/or featured by The Chronicle of Higher Education, Student Affairs Today, USA Today, Inside Higher Ed and the Washington Post, as well as other publications and sources.


Robert Flowers, J.D.

Vice President of Student Affairs

Robert Flowers is the leader of the Division of Student Affairs at Hobart and Williams Smith Colleges. He is responsible for the development and implementation of all student life policies. He is in communication with all offices in student affairs and oversees the work of all offices including: Campus Safety, Counseling and Student Wellness, Hobart Athletics, Hubbs Health Center, Intercultural Affairs, Residential Education, Student Activities, WEOS/WHWS Campus Radio, and William Smith Athletics.
Flowers holds a bachelor's degree from Houghton College in Houghton, N.Y., a master's in education from Alfred University in Alfred, N.Y., and a law degree from the University at Buffalo Law School.
Previous to this appointment, Flowers served as the Colleges' associate dean of students and director of residential education since 2004. Before joining the Colleges, Flowers held administrative positions at Colgate University in Hamilton, N.Y., College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Mass., and Alfred University.


A. Paul Pyrz, Jr.


Paul Pyrz serves as the President of LeaderShape, Inc., a not-for-profit organization located in Champaign, Illinois.  LeaderShape has been providing ethics-based leadership programs for over 50,000 men and women across the country and overseas for the past twenty-five years.  Their organizational mission is to create a just, caring, thriving world where all lead with integrity and a healthy disregard for the impossible.

Prior to joining LeaderShape in August of 2000, he spent 11 years working in higher education, primarily in Student Affairs, at Arizona State University, the University of California at Davis, the University of Miami (FL), and the University of Illinois.  In between, Paul also worked with Franklin Covey, a personal productivity company known for their time management tools.  He also consults in the areas of leadership development, strategic planning, and radiating possibility.

He received both his bachelors and masters degree from Arizona State University in Business Administration and Human Resource Development, respectively; and is ABD with his doctorate in Educational Organization and Leadership at the University of Illinois.  Paul’s mission is simple…to help people become better leaders.


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