2017 NASPA Western Regional Conference

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

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About

We are honored to host the NASPA Western Regional Conference 2017 in Hawaiʻi. The conference is being held on the island of Oʻahu in an area called Kālia within the ahupua‘a (traditional Hawaiian land division) of 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.”

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

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


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Important Dates
  • May 01, 2017: Early Bird Conference Registration Opens
  • September 16, 2017: Regular Conference Registration Begins
  • October 21, 2017: Late Conference Registration Begins

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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 - 6:15 pm on Saturday, November 4 and 9:00 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 • 12.00 PM – 05.00 PM

Sunday, November 5th • 8.30 AM – 12.30 PM

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If you are a NASPA Undergraduate Fellow, make sure you start your conference experience here!  The NUFP Institute will include an off-site cultural excursion, providing a unique experience to explore this very special place.  To honor our conference theme, we will recognize the forces that influence the movement of your personal and professional currents. Student Affairs staff with diverse backgrounds,many whom are NUFP alumni, will assist to mentor and coach your institute journey.  We aim to grow together in building professional skills, help you explore and evaluate your next professional steps, and cultivate your NUFP and NASPA connections.  We will also collaborate with the other institutes in a fun networking activity.  Register early to secure your spot! (Please note that your status as a NUFP Fellow does not guarantee you a spot in this pre conference institute, you must register to participate and be a current NUFP.)

Institute Chair:

Jen Pagala Barnett

University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa

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Graduate Students Institute (GSI)

Saturday, November 4th • 01.00 PM – 05.00 PM

Sunday, November 5th • 9.00 AM – 12.45 PM

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The Graduate Student Institute theme of "Riding the Waves of Your Career" encompasses the wonderful highs and sometimes lows of a career in Student Affairs.  A multi-generational staff will serve as mentors and coaches for your graduate student cohort.  We will learn together about career sustainability, self-care, and drawing upon the strength of our ancestors.  Your Student Affairs Professionals, the "pod" team leaders, will impart wisdom about what it takes to have a successful career in our field.  You will also have an opportunity to learn about and to practice professional networking and to get connected to NASPA in an active way.  This is an experience you will not want to miss!

Institute Chair:

Kandy Mink Salas
Azusa Pacific University

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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

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Mid-Level Professionals Institute

Saturday, November 4th • 01.00 PM – 05.05 PM

Sunday, November 5th • 7.30 AM – 12.45 PM

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Mid-level professionals can be some of the most influential forces in a college community. In pivotal positions, they serve students directly while simultaneously providing critical "boots on the ground" information to 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

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

Saturday, November 4th • 01.00 PM – 05.00 PM

Sunday, November 5th • 7.30 AM – 12.30 PM

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The Dean of Students/Associate Vice President/Associate Vice Chancellor Institute is designed for those individuals who currently serve in a supporting role to the institution’s highest ranking student affairs officer.  The institute will engage participants in future career mapping, an assessment of hard and soft skills needed to succeed in their current and future roles, and critical issues that impact the changing tides of higher education.

Institute Chair:

Anna Gonzalez
Lewis and Clark

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Senior Student Affairs Officers (SSAO) Institute: Re-Thinking the Work and Leadership of Student Affairs

Saturday, November 4th • 01.00 PM – 05.00 PM

Sunday, November 5th • 8.00 AM – 12.30 PM

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Our work is changing.  Student affairs leaders are confronted with the challenge of effectively navigating our organizations through change brought about by internal and external dynamics.  As SSAO’s, we are charged with creating the best possible futures for our organizations.  Towards what future do you aspire?  What does successful leadership look like to you, particularly in your institutional context?  What approaches, unique to your situation, would enable the success that you seek? How do we lead and manage in the current and future campus climate, while also keeping students at the center of our work?

This year's SSAO Institute is designed to help all of us think about how to address the issues that are distracting us from the work we want to be doing.  The Institute offers an opportunity for SSAOs to develop strategies and tools to take back to their campuses that will make their work more impactful in support of the student experience and institutional mission.

Presentations on student mental health, student protests/activism, approaches to having difficult conversations with colleagues on campus, and on institutional change and transitions, will be intermingled with guided discussions among all of the participants.  Our goal is that SSAOs will leave the institute with renewed confidence, greater leadership clarity, a stronger network to draw on when needed, and a toolkit for doing the work they are facing and that may emerge in the future.

Institute Chair:

Peg Blake, Ph.D.

Vice President of Enrollment Management and Student Affairs, Humboldt State University

Institute Associate Chair:

Barb Snyder, Ph.D.

Vice President for Student Affairs, University of Utah

Faculty:

Shannon Ellis, Ph.D., Vice President for Student Services, University of Nevada, Reno

Robin Holmes, Ph.D., Vice President for Student Affairs, University of California Office of the President

Larry Roper, Ph.D., Interim Director, School of Language, Culture and Society; Professor, SLCS; College Student Services Administration Program Director, Oregon State University

Denzil Suite, Ph.D., Vice President for Student Life, University of Washington

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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, Ph.D.
Vice President of Student Services, University of Nevada, Reno

Faculty:
Jennifer Lowman, Ph.D., Director of the Office for Student Persistence Research, University of Nevada, Reno
Lisa Maletsky, 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. Any changes to your reservation must be completed by October 11, 2017.

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.

Questions regarding existing reservations, please contact the Hilton Hawaiian Village directly at (808) 949-4321.

If you have general hotel and reservation questions, please contact:

Sabrina Fallejo Uganiza
[email protected]
(808) 956-3290

Hawaiian Airlines Airfare Discount

We are excited to announce a 5% off discount on Hawaiian Airlines web fares for your travel to Hawai'i. Booking a reservation is quick and simple using the hot link. The hot link will take you directly to the booking page, bypassing the login page. Click on our ‘Travel’ tab to the right for more information.

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

    Hawaiian Airlines Airfare Discount

    We are excited to announce a 5% off discount on Hawaiian Airlines web fares for your travel to Hawai'i. Booking a reservation is quick and simple using the hot link. The hot link will take you directly to the booking page, bypassing the login page.

    Hot link: https://www.hawaiianairlines.com/affiliate?affcode=NASPAWRC17

    You can also visit: www.HawaiianAirlines.com/Affiliate and use the program code "NASPAWRC17" to make your airline reservations.

    We are thankful for the support from Hawaiian Airlines and the opportunity for NASPA Western Regional Conference 2017 to be a Preferred Affiliate Program.

    Honolulu International Airport (HNL) is only 20 minutes away from the Hilton Hawaiian Village. Located at 300 Rodgers Boulevard, Honolulu

  • Transportation

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

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