New Professionals Institute (NPI) - 2017

Sara Mata, NASPA IV-W NPI Co-Chair

August 30, 2017

The New Professionals Institute (NPI) second installment of featuring the faculty behind this year’s institute, let me introduce you to Dr. Shannon M.B. Breske who will sharing her bio, background and experiences.

Dr. Shannon M.B. Breske

Time flies when you are having fun! I have been loving life and working with students for over 13 years with the majority of my time (12 years) in student affairs, more specifically in Academic Advising. I loved the relationships that I was able to build with my team along with my students. As I tell my students, be open to new ideas, and you never know where you will end up! This sentiment was true in my own life as I have now moved into a faculty role and teach in the Department of Management. My student affairs background is one that I still gravitate towards and love the partnership I have between academic affairs and student affairs. My love for higher education started my freshman year at the University of South Dakota (Go Yotes!), and through excellent mentors, advisors, and strong leaders, I knew I wanted to continue in this field.

My research focuses on student development and how different experiences can help shape that development. I want to be a student advocate in and outside the classroom while pushing my students to be better, think critically, and shine with kindness. Cultivating a New Crop begins at every introduction of those we meet and showing your passion for the field. I look forward to meeting the wonderful participants at NPI to share our passion for student affairs and move the NASPA mission forward!

This year’s Regional Conference titled “Cultivating a New Crop” in Lincoln, Nebraska will feature a New Professionals Institute (NPI) will take place Sunday November 5th- Tuesday November 7th. To register and apply for NPI, please visit:

 NPI is an opportunity for student affairs professionals who have been in the field for 5 years or less to network, learn, and grow together. True to the conference theme, NPI is essential to strengthening and building pathways to continue and foster the future of the profession.

Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions or need additional information. We look forward to seeing you in Lincoln, NE!

NPI Co-Chairs,

Sara Mata, Ph.D.
NSF National Traineeship (NRT) Program Coordinator
University of Oklahoma
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Allan Ford
Title IX/Compliance Coordinator
Northeastern State University
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