Women’s Words of Wisdom Dessert Reception 2017

Sara Mata, Women's Words of Wisdom Co-Chair

August 30, 2017

Please join us, Wednesday Nov 8th at 8 p.m. at Misty’s Restaurant (across the street from the conference hotel) for the second annual Women's Words of Wisdom Dessert Reception. This event provides an opportunity for women in student affairs to socialize and hear from outstanding women in the field providing words of inspiration in the hopes of supporting our female colleagues at all levels of their career.  Phenomenal women, we believe to be role models in the field, will provide a 5 minute prepared SA Speaks style presentation to participants about lessons learned, motivation, inspiration, or anything else she might feel would be beneficial in sharing with women as they make the journey of their career path. To showcase the women who will be speaking this year in Lincoln, NE, leading up to the conference we will highlight them in the next coming months. For our first installment, we are thrilled to share with you Marsha Norvell.

Marsha Norvell is Executive Assistant to the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs at the University of Arkansas and a Co-coordinator of the U of A NASPA Undergraduate Fellows Program.  She has 39 years of experience as an executive assistant, 28 of those in higher education. She has a General Clerical Certificate from Hawaii Community College, and Bachelor’s degree in Human Resource Development from the University of Arkansas. 

Reporting to the vice chancellor for student affairs and serving on his executive group, Marsha has responsibility for supervising IT support, central office staff, and special projects.  The division consists of twenty-five units with an annual operating budget of approximately $65 million.  Student Affairs comprises University Housing, Student Conduct, the Student Union, Food Services, Health Center, Career Center, Multicultural Center and a number of college readiness outreach programs.  Having served four previous Vice Chancellors, two of which served as NASPA Presidents and NASPA Region IV-W Vice President, Marsha possesses a wealth of association knowledge.  Over the course of her twenty-eight years in Student Affairs, Marsha has been instrumental in a number of programs that have successfully increased student interest in and knowledge of the Student Affairs and Higher Education profession.  She has provided extensive mentoring support for hundreds of students and others connecting them to important academic resources, leadership development opportunities, and social experiences.  Marsha is the go to person to get things done on the University of Arkansas campus.

Marsha was born and raised in the great state of Hawaii, 5 days after statehood to be exact.  After college she moved to Spokane, Washington, sight unseen, to start a new adventure, after ten years she needed another change and moved to San Diego, California where she worked for Unisys Corporation.  She met her husband Ron, moved to Fayetteville to be closer to family, and raised two exceptional young adults. 

Join us in Lincoln to hear Marsha and others at this year’s Women’s Words of Wisdom. Registration cost for this event is $15 per person which includes a glass of wine and dessert. Add to your registration prior to checking out!

If you have already registered and have applied payment, please follow the instructions. Please contact [email protected] with your added session selection and it will be added to your existing registration.

For additional information feel free to contact Abby Vollmer [email protected] or Sara Mata [email protected].

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