100 Years of NASPA - Join in the Celebration!

Shana Warkentine Meyer, Regional Director

January 1, 2019

As we look forward to the year ahead, we also look back to the past 100 years. NASPA is celebrating 100 years as a professional association and I cordially invite you to join in the festivities. We offer a number of ways for you to do this, many of which involve only a few minutes of your time and will add richness and depth to our understanding of NASPA’s impact on its members and on the student affairs profession.

Let me highlight a few ways you can participate:

  1. Take a look at the online timeline, 100 Years of NASPA, to review a detailed history of the association.
  2. Share a photo (or two or three!) that captures a NASPA memory (by April 30, 2019).
  3. Write a brief reflection about a NASPA member who’s had an impact on you or your professional journey (by March 6, 2019).
  4. Share a video that adds to the celebration of our association (by April 30, 2019).
  5. Join the Century Club, an opportunity to give back to the association during NASPA’s 100th anniversary.
  6. Celebrate 100 years of NASPA leadership by reading brief bios of our leaders - past and present.
  7. Gather some students and colleagues at your institution to perform the NASPA handclap (by February 1, 2019).

At October’s NASPA Region IV-W Conference in Wichita, Kansas, we featured a timeline of our Region’s history. If you attended the conference, I hope you read the timeline. It is excellent. Thank you, Cassie Gerhardt, for your tremendous work on this project! At the 2019 NASPA Annual Conference in March, all the Regions’ timelines will be on display together. Be sure to check them out if you’re in Los Angeles.

The NASPA 100th Anniversary Committee has been meeting since late 2016 to plan a variety of events to honor the association and its illustrious past, present, and future. The committee co-chairs are Karen Pennington, Vice President for Student Development & Campus Life at Montclair State University, and Barb Snyder, Vice President for Student Affairs at the University of Utah. Look for more information in the weeks ahead about upcoming live briefings about NASPA’s history, and details about 100th anniversary events planned for the 2019 NASPA Annual Conference in Los Angeles.

Let’s be sure Region IV-W is well represented in the celebration. I invite you to contact me with any questions.

All the best for a happy new year!

Shana Meyer

NASPA IV-W Regional Director

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