Regional Director May Update

Julie Payne-Kirchmeier, NASPA IV-E Regional Director

May 2, 2018

Dear Region IV-E Friends and Colleagues,

Since our last update, we have had an exciting few weeks on our collective campuses.  Victories in student achievement, service, sport, and philanthropy have been at the forefront as many of our colleagues in the region navigated the celebration season of our year. Now, as our semester school campuses make their way to culminating graduation ceremonies in May, we can begin to see how our students have grown, changed our campus communities, and changed us along the way.

NASPA 4E is no different. As we have worked together over this past year we have accomplished many things, we have grown, and hopefully changed our region in positive and important ways. This is due in large part to the contributions our members have made to our programs, feedback provided on our strategic priorities, and involvement through many volunteer opportunities. Without you and your dedication, our region would not be what it is today. There are many opportunities for you to connect with the region as a volunteer – here are a few:

Consider submitting a 2018 Regional Conference program proposal.  The deadline for this is June 15, 2018.  

Check out Volunteer Central for additional NASPA 4E Volunteer Opportunities. Read through them and consider applying – your involvement and contributions make a difference.

Connect with your NASPA 4E Knowledge Community representative, and learn more about resources, information, and scholarship associated with key focus areas in our profession.

Another way to volunteer is to share your expertise! Conference program proposals are one way to do this, but you can also share your talents and expertise via our new 4E Facebook Live program. In support of our strategic priority to bring more professional development to the region in a cost-effective and accessible way, NASPA 4E has been using Facebook Live to present quick, lunchtime “events” with our region.

So far, we’ve learned many things from our 4E family, including an update on the work of the region, what it was like to be a first-time attendee at our NASPA conference in Philadelphia, the importance of volunteering in professional associations, information about tips and trauma-informed considerations for sexual assault awareness events, and the importance of maintaining connections as professionals. These fast and free events are great ways to take a moment, learn from a colleague, or even present yourself on something relevant and important to our work and our field.  Nikki Dunham (Northwestern University), our Communications Coordinator coordinates these events; please reach out to her to learn more.

I hope that these ideas inspire you to contribute to NASPA 4E. I can honestly share that my work with NASPA 4E has made me a stronger professional, and has enriched my own experience in considerable ways. Many thanks for the important work you continue to do, congratulations on the successful completion of another academic year (or near-completion for those of us on quarter-system campuses), and as always, thank you for the work you do on behalf of our region and our students.

With #NASPA4E Pride,

Julie Payne-Kirchmeier

Northwestern University

Region IV-E Director

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