Dr. Jim Williams, NASPA IV-W SSAO Representative
May 30, 2017
As I am writing this message, I am also reflecting over the close of the 2016-2017 academic year. Each year I find it harder and harder to understand how fast the year progresses! I hope everyone has an opportunity to reflect on the number of positive impacts each professional has had in shaping students for the common good.
As the Senior Student Affairs Offers Liaison, I wanted to provide a quick update on the NASPA IV-West general goals associated with the SSAO Liaison position. The goals are overarching and the outcomes are found in the details! The goals follows:
· Build the capacity to create knowledge and use data to provide evidence that will support excellence in practice.
· Lead advocacy efforts that shape the changing landscape of higher education.
· Launch an initiative to collaborate with student affairs worldwide.
· Strengthen NASPA by making it a more responsive, vital and sustainable organization.
Finally, if I could be so bold, I would like to suggest that each SSAO keep an eye on future information related to the fall NASPA IV-West Regional Conference “Cultivating A New Crop” to be held in Lincoln, N.E., November 7th through 9th. Dr. Teresa Clounch and I have been working on developing a SSAO – AVP Institute, “In-Conference” experience. We would love to see everyone take advantage of this collegial and professional opportunity.
In the future, if I can assist in any manner in supporting your efforts through NASPA IV-West, please do not hesitate to e-mail me at [email protected]. All my best! – Jim
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