September 20, 2016
There are countless reasons to attend this year’s joint conference between NASPA IV-East and IV-West, but one big motivation is our excellent line-up of keynote speakers! The opening session on Tuesday, November 15 will feature Dr. Bertice Berry, a best-selling author, radio host, and special guest on major network television shows, who will motivate and inspire while also invoking hearty, soul-warming laughter. Dr. Berry is no stranger to NASPA events; some of you will recall she was a featured speaker during the 2009 national conference in Seattle.
The Wednesday luncheon keynote speaker, Elizabeth Acevedo, is a National Slam Champion, Beltway Grand Slam Champion, and the 2016 Women of the World Poetry Slam representative for Washington, D.C, where she lives and works. Attendees will be snapping and clapping as Elizabeth provokes deep thinking about important issues through her unique delivery of the spoken word.
Be sure your travel plans allow you to attend the can’t-miss closing brunch on Thursday, November 17, featuring two stars of our association, Dr. Kevin Kruger, NASPA President, and Dr. Lori White, NASPA Board Chair, as they co-present the final keynote of our conference. Kevin and Lori are sure to inspire us to go forth and embrace the challenges and opportunities of our work, equipped with new knowledge and renewed motivation to lead and serve from the heart!
Our opening and closing sessions will also feature Osage tribal elders who will help us begin and end our gathering by acknowledging the indigenous peoples and their traditional lands on which we have gathered. This is significant, as we find a posture of respect and gratitude to know we work, live, and learn in their traditional lands.
Les P. Cook
Vice President for Student Affairs and Advancement
Michigan Technological University
Brent A. Marsh
Vice President for Student Affairs
Rogers State University
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