Vice Presidents for Student Affairs Guide for the 2018 NASPA Annual Conference

February 3, 2018

Get ready for Philly! This program guide highlights everything related to vice presidents for student affairs (and the equivalent) during the 2018 NASPA Annual Conference.

Throughout the conference, VPSAs are encouraged to visit the VPSA Lounge, Convention Center, 112A, to gather with colleagues, share information, or just relax.  The Lounge will be open during the following times:

  • Saturday, March 3, 12:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
  • Sunday, March 4, 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
  • Monday, March 5, 7:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
  • Tuesday, March 6, 7:30 a.m. – 3:30 pm.

VPSA attendees may also pick up their name badge and conference materials in the VPSA Lounge during its hours of operation if they do not have a balance due on their registration.  All attendees with a balance due must visit the conference registration area in Convention Center, Broad Street Atrium.  This year’s VPSA Lounge lead sponsor is Presence. The Lounge is also sponsored in part by Student Health 101, APLU, and Pacifica Labs. The VPSA gift is provided by Eco Promotional Products, Inc.

VPSA Colleague Conversations
Convention Center, 110A (near the VPSA Lounge)
On Monday and Tuesday, VPSAs will have the chance to engage informally with one another through facilitated discussions on specific topics:

  • Monday, March 5, 10:30 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.:  Student Unrest and Activism
  • Tuesday, March 6, 10:30 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.:  Enrollment Management
  • Tuesday, March 6, 2:00 p.m. – 3:15 p.m.:  The VPSA as Fundraiser
  • Tuesday, March 6, 3:30 p.m. – 4:45 p.m.:  Student Athletes and Mental Health

Educational Sessions

Saturday, March 3, 2018 Venue/Room
9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Small Colleges and Universities: Opportunities and Challenges for Vice Presidents for Student Affairs (Prior registration required) Convention Center, 113C
1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Greek 101: A Primer for Non-affiliated VPSAs Supervising Fraternity and Sorority Life (Prior registration required) Convention Center, 122B
Sunday, March 4, 2018 Venue/Room
9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
NASPA Vice Presidents for Student Affairs Institute (Prior registration required) Courtyard Philadelphia Downtown, Junipers Ballroom
4:00 p.m. - 4:45 p.m.
Navigating the NASPA Annual Conference as a VPSA VPSA Lounge - Convention Center, 112A
Monday, March 5, 2018 Venue/Room
9:05 a.m. - 9:55 a.m.
NASPA Advisory Services: Enhancing Student Affairs Divisions through External Review and Assessment Convention Center, 121A
9:05 a.m. - 9:55 a.m.
Transitional Leadership — Opportunities for Visionary Interim Administrators Convention Center, 109B
10:15 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.
2017 NASPA Institute for New VPSAs Follow-Up Session (by invitation only) Marriott Downtown, Franklin 1
10:30 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.
VPSA Colleague Conversation: Student Unrest and Activism Convention Center, 110A
11:15 a.m. - 12:05 p.m.
Data, Analytics, and Student Success: Perspectives from IR, IT, and Student Affairs Convention Center, 119B
1:15 p.m. - 2:05 p.m.
FERPA Update and Q&As Convention Center, 115A
1:15 p.m. - 2:05 p.m.
Partners or Foes: Working Relationships among Chief Academic and Student Affairs Officers and Their Impact on Student Outcomes Convention Center, 119B
2:30 p.m. – 3:20 p.m.
Public Policy Division Town Hall Convention Center, 114
2:30 p.m. – 3:20 p.m.
Transformational Encounters: Shaping Diverse College and University Leaders (Book signing immediately following at the NASPA Bookstore, Convention Center, Broad Street Atrium) Convention Center, 113A
2:30 p.m. – 3:20 p.m.
The Changing Role of VPSAs: Knowledge, Skills, and Competencies Required in Today's Higher Education Environment Convention Center, 109 B
3:30 p.m. - 4:45 p.m.
Institutional Type VPSA Roundtables Sheraton Philadelphia Downtown, Various Locations
Tuesday, March 6, 2018 Venue/Room
10:10 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
Fraternity & Sorority Life Town Hall for Vice Presidents of Student Affairs (VPSAs/Deans of Students only) Loews, Congress B, 4th Floor
10:30 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.
VPSA Colleague Conversation: Enrollment Management Convention Center, 110A
2:00 p.m. - 3:15 p.m.
VPSA Colleague Conversation: The VPSA as Fundraiser Convention Center, 110A
2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Extended Learning Session: From Vice President of Student Affairs to College President Convention Center, Terrace Ballroom 2
3:30 p.m. - 4:45 p.m.
VPSA Colleague Conversation: Student Athletes and Mental Health Convention Center, 110A
3:40 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Pathways to the Top: Preparation of SSAOs for the Community College Presidency Convention Center, 120A
Wednesday, March 7,2018 Venue/Room
10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Closing Session and Featured Speaker - Larry Roper Convention Center, Hall D

Highlighted Events

Region II VPSA Breakfast (by invitation)
Monday, March 5, 8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.
Sheraton Philadelphia Downtown, Freedom Ballroom E

LGBT SSAOs Networking Meeting (VPSAs and AVPs only)
Monday, March 5, 12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Sheraton Philadelphia Downtown, Philadelphia Ballroom North

VPSA and Voting Delegate Reception
Monday, March 5, 4:45 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. (VPSAs and Voting Delegates only. Ticketed event.)
Sheraton Philadelphia Downtown, Liberty Ballroom C/D

Join your colleagues for an Annual Conference tradition!  Take some time out of your busy conference schedule to network with your fellow VPSAs.  Sponsored in part by MTVU and Paperclip Communications.

Regional Business Meetings
Monday, March 5, 5:15 p.m. – 6:45 p.m.
Please see Monday daily schedule for locations.

NASPA Institute for New VPSAs Reunion
Monday, March 5, 8:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Marriott Downtown, Independence Ballroom, Salon 3

NASPA welcomes all past participants of the Institute for New VPSAs/CSAOs/SSAOs to join us for this reception and get re-connected with your institute cohort and institute faculty.  Sponsored in part by EdR.

Regional Receptions
Monday, March 5, 9:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.
Please see Monday daily schedule for locations.

Black Excellence Breakfast (by invitation)
Tuesday, March 6, 9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
TBD - Offsite

NASPA Annual Business Meeting
Tuesday, March 6, 4:45 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Convention Center, 114

VPSAs who serve as voting delegates should plan to attend this meeting.  All VPSAs are welcome.

NASPA Small Colleges and Universities Division VPSA Reception
Tuesday, March 6, 7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Sheraton Philadelphia Downtown, Independence Ballroom D

Join other VPSAs at small colleges and universities (fewer than 5000 students) for some refreshments and fellowship.  Sponsored by NASPA’s Small Colleges and Universities Division and Credo.

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