NASPA IV-West Goes to San Antonio

Cassie Gerhardt, NASPA IV-W Historian & Secretary

April 3, 2017

Along with NASPA members from around the country, NASPA IV-W members descended on San Antonio, Texas from March 12 – 15, 2017 for the NASPA Annual Conference.  As always, the NASPA Annual Conference provided attendees with a host of memorable moments and an array of opportunities for professional development.  In addition to program sessions, personal encounters, exhibit hall vendors, and social events, the NASPA Annual Conference provided the NASPA IV-W Advisory Board a chance to meet and for attendees from the NASPA IV-W Family to connect.

NASPA IV-W Advisory Board Meeting Highlights:

On Sunday, March 12, the IV-W Advisory Board met to hear updates from board members and to discuss a few pieces of legislation.  Some highlights from our meeting include…

  • Membership in NASPA IV-W totals 1,405 members… an increase of 8.1% from the same time last year.
  • The financial health of the region continues to be strong… the 2016 NASPA IV-W Conference noted a return to the region of $23,000.
  • The Board approved an organized process for mentoring and transitioning some specific board positions in order to ensure continuity of service to the region.
  • As regional support for the Critical Conversation programing and the Spring Events continues to grow, legislation was approved to establish chairs for both initiatives.
  • In the area of awards, the Board approved two pieces of legislation.  First, a new award was established to recognize AVP/Senior Level Student Affairs Professionals.  Second, the criteria for the Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Award was updated to recognize an individual rather than a program or department.  The changes will be in effect for the 2017 NASPA IV-W Awards… watch for the nomination process to open soon.  
  • Given the number of Knowledge Communities (KCs) has grown to 33 and the fact that in NASPA IV-W all KC representatives currently serve on the Advisory Board, legislation was introduced which would divide the KCs into 4 categorical workgroups with each workgroup nominating a voting representative to the Advisory Board.  The goal of the proposed legislation is to address some inefficiencies involved with having 33 KCs on the board. No action was taken on the legislation and feedback will continue to be gathered with additional conversations expected at the Advisory Board’s Summer Meeting.

 NASPA IV-W Regional Business Meeting Highlights:

On Monday, March 13, the NASPA IV-W Regional Business Meeting was held.  In addition to providing updates from the Advisory Board Meeting, some additional highlights were included…

  • Members were reminded of our regional goals for support to the NASPA Foundation and #NASPAgives.  As of March 13, NASPA IV-West had achieved 59% of its dollar goal ($10,653/$18,000) and 49% of its individual donor goal (49/100).
  • Information was shared about open positions on the Advisory Board and ways to get engaged in NASPA IV-W.
  • Attendees were reminded that the 2017 NASPA IV-W Conference will be held in Lincoln, Nebraska – November 7 – 9, 2017.  The conference theme is ‘Cultivating a New Crop’ and a New Professionals Institute (NPI) will be held in conjunction with the conference. 

The Annual Conference provided a great space for NASPA IV-W members to engage and reconnect with friends and family from across the region, the country, and the world.  If we don’t see you in Lincoln at the NASPA IV-W Conference in November, hopefully we will see you in Philadelphia, PA March 3 – 7, 2018 as we kick-off NASPA’s 100th Anniversary!!

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