2017 NASPA Western Regional Conference

November 04 - November 07, 2017
Island of Oʻahu; Honolulu, Hawaiʻi

About

In November 2017, our NASPA Western Regional Conference will be hosted in Hawaiʻi, on the island of Oʻahu, in the city of Honolulu, in the area known as Waikīkī.  We are privileged to come together in the home of the Kanaka Maoli, Hawaiʻi’s indigenous people, in the most isolated set of islands on the planet, at the largest Hilton property in the world, to gather under the conference theme “Currents.” We look forward to seeing you there!

Aloha mai kākou! Welcome NASPA Region V and VI colleagues:

We are honored to host the Western Regional Conference 2017 in Hawaiʻi. The conference is being held on the island of Oʻahu, the city of Honolulu, the area of Waikīkī, and the ahupaʻa (traditional Hawaiian land division) of Kālia. Hawaiʻi’s spirit of honoring people, place, ancestry, and coming together, reflects both the vision and theme of this year’s conference: Currents. In indigenous cultures, the oceans unite us; they do not divide us. Thus, we invite you to travel to the most isolated set of islands in the world for our NASPA Western Regional Conference 2017. We will gather to reflect on our past, examine our current world, and endeavor to build an even brighter future together. Join us as we celebrate the goodness of our calling, work to transform our communities, and cultivate environments of collaboration and partnership. We look forward to our time together.

Dr. Berenecea Eanes

Region VI Director

Dr. Scott McAward

Region V Director

Dr. Lori M. Ideta

Conference Chair

Rather than dividing us, the oceans unite us

The currents connect

The currents go in. The currents go out. Reciprocity

The currents flow. They are not static

Movement. Social movements. Political Movements

Currents rise; Currents fall; like the tide. Always moving

Making waves

Processes. Journeys

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Region VI
Region V

Audience

This event is most likely to influence these groups.

  • Graduate
  • New Professional
  • Mid-Level
  • Senior Level
  • Student Affairs Professionals


Call for Programs

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Deadline May 19, 2017

Important Dates
  • May 01, 2017: Conference Registration Opens

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Schedule

Sat, Nov 04

Download our NASPA WRC Currents app to customize your schedule, find interactive maps, and be notified of any up-to-the-minute changes. Important conference updates will be available in real-time and an interactive social feed provides a central place to engage in lively discussions. You can also engage with our dynamic assessment and quality control instrument and affect the conference experience.

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Sun, Nov 05

Download our NASPA WRC Currents app to customize your schedule, find interactive maps, and be notified of any up-to-the-minute changes. Important conference updates will be available in real-time and an interactive social feed provides a central place to engage in lively discussions. You can also engage with our dynamic assessment and quality control instrument and affect the conference experience.

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Mon, Nov 06

Download our NASPA WRC Currents app to customize your schedule, find interactive maps, and be notified of any up-to-the-minute changes. Important conference updates will be available in real-time and an interactive social feed provides a central place to engage in lively discussions. You can also engage with our dynamic assessment and quality control instrument and affect the conference experience.

More information coming soon!


Tue, Nov 07

Download our NASPA WRC Currents app to customize your schedule, find interactive maps, and be notified of any up-to-the-minute changes. Important conference updates will be available in real-time and an interactive social feed provides a central place to engage in lively discussions. You can also engage with our dynamic assessment and quality control instrument and affect the conference experience.

More information coming soon!


Pre-Conference Programs & Events

Most pre-conferences will run from 1:00 pm - 5:30 pm on Saturday, November 4 and 8:30 am - 12:30 pm on Sunday, November 5. Please visit the pre-conference webpages for more information.

NASPA Undergraduate Fellows Program (NUFP)

Saturday, November 4th • 01.00 PM – 05.00 PM

Sunday, November 5th • 8.30 AM – 12.30 PM

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Would you like to meet other NUFP Fellows from across the Western regions? Does participating in a two-day institute aimed at developing your professional skills, widening your network, and preparing you for a career in student affairs sound enticing? If so, the WRC NUFP Institute provides the unique opportunity to learn from and network with peers, current graduate students, and student affairs administrators.

Institute Chair:

Jen Pagala Barnett

University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa

Graduate Students Institute (GSI)

Saturday, November 4th • 01.00 PM – 05.00 PM

Sunday, November 5th • 8.30 AM – 12.30 PM

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The GSI will help bridge your past, present and future through a look at professional branding, navigating the job hunt, maintaining balance as a graduate student, plus how to build effective networks and effectively use them! We know you have a million things to do (and that is just your reading assignment), so we want to make your time worthwhile by putting you in contact with key players in student affairs, helping you connect with others, and creating a professional identity that will serve you far into your future career. We promise you this is a pre-conference institute session you will not want to miss!

Institute Chair:

Kandy Mink Salas
Azusa Pacific

New Professionals Institute

Saturday, November 4th • 01.00 PM – 05.00 PM

Sunday, November 5th • 8.30 AM – 12.30 PM

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The external pressures facing higher education include greater accountability, tuition sensitivity, unfunded mandates, and changing student demographics, and most institutions have fewer discretionary resources to meet these shifting and expanding needs. Student Affairs divisions have a valuable role in shaping the future of their institutions. As new professionals, you have the closest understanding of the challenges facing students, and you are uniquely positioned to help your organizations innovate and evolve. In this institute, you will be invited to learn about innovation in Student Affairs and to apply an innovation lens to understanding and influencing institutional culture, supervision, orientation to work, ethics and professionalism, and effective relationship building.

Institute Chair:

Dyrell Foster
Moreno Valley College

Mid-Level Professionals Institute

Saturday, November 4th • 01.00 PM – 05.00 PM

Sunday, November 5th • 8.30 AM – 12.30 PM

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Mid-level professionals can be some of the most influential forces of change in a college community. In pivotal positions sustaining and serving students directly while simultaneously a critical source of "boots on the ground" information for senior administration. The Mid-Level Institute provides a focused curriculum as well as a valuable networking opportunity. This curriculum is for those with at least five years of experience as a full-time professional and who are currently responsible for the direction and oversight of one or more functions and supervise one or more professional staff.

Institute Chair:

Jan Javinar
University of Hawaiʻi – West Oʻahu

Dean of Students and Assistant/Associate Vice President (DOS/AVP) Institute

Saturday, November 4th • 01.00 PM – 05.00 PM

Sunday, November 5th • 8.30 AM – 12.30 PM

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Dean of Students and Assistant/Associate Vice President (DOS/AVP) Institute will explore those contemporary issues in Student Affairs & Higher Education Administration which most impact the success of AVPs and deans; rewards, challenges, and strategies associated with managing work obligations between the Senior Student Affairs Officer and direct reports; navigating campus politics; leveraging the leadership opportunities the AVP/dean role can afford; and maintaining a healthy work-life balance.

Institute Chair:

Anna Gonzalez
Lewis and Clark

Senior Student Affairs Officers (SSAO) Institute

Saturday, November 4th • 01.00 PM – 05.00 PM

Sunday, November 5th • 8.30 AM – 12.30 PM

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Focusing on the highest-ranking student affairs officer, the SSAO Institute is a two-day opportunity for reflection, inspiration and learning during a tumultuous time in higher education. We are designing a program for the Institute that will incorporate opportunities to learn from each other and from thought-leaders in our profession.  As leaders responsible for a transformational experience for all students, while at the same time providing expertise to the university community on emerging trends and issues related to governmental mandates, this Institute will also provide a space to share our current challenges and successes. This as a special opportunity for SSAOs to have real talk about real issues, with colleagues who share our experiences.

Institute Chair:

Peg Blake
Humboldt State

Research Institute: Stop Sitting on Your Data! Become Knowledge Empowered

Saturday, November 4th • 01.00 PM – 05.00 PM

Sunday, November 5th • 8.30 AM – 12.30 PM

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This pre-conference is designed to transition a “data rich” office whose knowledge is poor to an office that is knowledge empowered. Every office has access to survey data, enrollment demographics, retention and graduation rates, assessment results and much more. This preconference is designed to help you put it to great use achieving your desired outcomes whether it is  maximizing a budget, increasing retention or developing a new initiative. Faculty  will coach you through a  process to organize and use your data effectively. The pre-conference is designed for beginners as well as intermediate and advanced student affairs practitioners who want to engage in data management, assessment, or research as some portion of their work. Participants will leave with a toolkit of processes and strategies to become knowledge rich.  

Coordinator:
Shannon Ellis, PhD.
Vice President of Student Services, University of Nevada, Reno

Faculty:
Jennifer Lowman, PhD., Director of the Office for Student Persistence Research, University of Nevada, Reno
Lisa Maletsky, Ph.D., Coordinator of the Office for Student Persistence Research, University of Nevada, Reno

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Sponsors

Venue

Hilton Hawaiian Village Waikīkī Beach Resort


Hilton Hawaiian Village Waikīkī Beach Resort
Honolulu, HI

A block of rooms have been reserved for October 31, 2017 - November 10, 2017. The special room rate of $199 will be available until October 11, 2017 or until the group block is sold-out, whichever comes first. We also have an array of discounted suites available for those wanting to share a larger space or will be enjoying the conference with their families. Please note: To confirm your sleeping room, there is a first night's deposit refundable up to 72 hours or three days in advance of the start of the conference.

Hotel reservations are open and booking is simple. To book a standard room, CLICK HERE. To book a suite, please contact the hotel directly at 1-808-949-4321.

For hotel and reservation questions, contact:

Sabrina Fallejo Uganiza

[email protected]
(808) 956-3290

Brief History of Waikīkī

Waikīkī means "spouting water," a reference to the rivers and springs that richly flowed from the Koʻolau mountain range and flooded the area with an abundance of fresh water. In the 1400s, Chief Kalamakua designed an irrigation system to take advantage of Waikīkī’s water resources. Fishponds were built and taro patches were planted allowing for a refined system of agriculture. In the 1450s, Waikīkī was established as the governmental center of Oʻahu.

Waikīkī was also the setting for one of Hawaiʻi’s historic battles for the unification of the Hawaiian archipelago between Kamehameha I (supreme chief of Hawaiʻi Island) and Kahekili (supreme chief of Maui, Molokaʻi, Lānaʻi and Kahoʻolawe). In 1794, Kamehameha I arrived from Hawaiʻi Island with a fleet of canoes landing on the beach of Waikīkī. Kamehameha then set out for the Nuʻuanu Pali (cliffs) to take  Oʻahu from Kalanikūpule, son of Kahekili. After a successful battle, the Hawaiian Islands were united under one ruler, King Kamehameha I.

Throughout the 1800s, Waikīkī remained a place of productive agriculture for commoners and residences for the royal families who maintained homes in the area.  The streets in Waikīkī are some of the most historic in Hawaiʻi as the names reveal the stories of particular areas.

The ahupuaʻa (traditional land division) of Kalia, located on the most western end of Waikīkī, was home to the chiefly Paoa family. Duke Kahanamoku, legendary surfer and multiple Olympic gold medalist, was raised in this fishing and ocean-faring family who lived on this land. The Pi‘inaio Stream fed into the ocean there next to where the Hilton Hawaiian Village currently stands, creating a rich reef and offshore area with an abundance of fish, seaweed, and other marine life to feed surrounding families.

  • Travel

    Honolulu International Airport (HNL) is only 20 minutes away from the Hilton Hawaiian Village. Located at 300 Rodgers Boulevard, Honolulu, HI 96819, the HNL airport is one of the world’s largest, busiest and most beautiful airports. Owned and operated by the State of Hawaii Department of Transportation, it covers 4,520 acres of fast and submerged land.

  • Transportation

    For driving directions from Honolulu International Airport (HNL) to the Hilton Hawaiian Village, click here.

  • Weather

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