NASPA Region IV-West is one of the most diverse and expansive regions in all of NASPA. We pride ourselves in our multifaceted voices and welcoming culture. We focus primarily on our members leading the organization and the development of our members. Be a part of what makes IV-W special!
Ah, the smell of winter, potential snow days, greetings of holiday songs, students, faculty and staff feelings are high--*record scratch*-- in reality, this time of the year can be very stressful for many student affairs professionals and faculty members with the frantic buzz about upcoming final exams. As professionals, we are looking at wrapping up the fall semester and year-end, student stress levels are reaching astronomical levels, and all while we find ourselves trying to scramble for last-minute events, grading last-minute papers, enrollment, reports, entering grades, and making presentations.
“As a new NASPA person, I would never think that Leadership Positions would fall under “Volunteer Opportunities” – and maybe that is just me. There was some conversations by some of us new folks in Wichita that the selection of leadership doesn’t seem to be very transparent –– it seems kinda like “if you know people you get asked” but that we don’t really make a “Leadership Call” very obvious.”
Here we are another semester has flown by and we’re looking into a new year. I am never sure if it is good or bad when the semester seems like it flew by as quickly as it did! As one of your Region IV-West Membership Coordinators, I hope you were able to connect with your state membership coordinator at the regional conference in October, but if you didn’t, I would encourage you to reach out to your state membership coordinator to connect.
My student affairs journey is both well-trodden and somewhat unique. Like many, I learned about the profession haphazardly as a student leader. After graduation, I needed a break before continuing graduate education. What followed was a road less traveled by many business management students – I moved to Taiwan and taught English.
Taken from the NASPA Foundation website, “ Each year at the NASPA Annual Conference, the NASPA Foundation recognizes a series of distinguished individuals who have served as leaders, teachers, and scholars in student affairs and higher education. Each individual is nominated and supported for designation as a Pillar by colleagues, students, friends, or others who find them deserving of this honor. If selected as a Pillar, the nominator and selected Foundation Board member will raise $3,500 in the name of the individual being nominated to further research and scholarship in student affairs.
As we approach the NASPA Annual Day of Giving on November 27, our NASPA Region VI-West colleagues reflect on their journey and commitment to NASPA through giving to the NASPA Foundation. These NASPA members are making it real for other members to consider their opportunities to give and support NASPA initiatives that make a difference. Featuring Lori White, Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs, Washington University in St. Louis