2019 NASPA Region IV-West Conference

October 28 - October 30, 2019
Holiday Inn Fargo: Hotel and Convention Center - Fargo, ND

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The NASPA Region IV-W Conference Committee invites you to join us in FARGO, ND! The 2019 NASPA IV-W Conference is a three-day gathering of student affairs professionals who come together to reflect, learn, network, and be inspired. This year’s conference theme is "Forward Thinking and Forward Leading".  The 2019 Region IV-West Conference will allow us time to come together to think about – AND CREATE - the future of our profession. Having just concluded the yearlong celebration of NASPA’s 100th Anniversary, we will now look to the future and consider what the next 5-10 or even 100 years might look like for higher education, student affairs, and student life.


NASPA Members $270.00
NASPA Non-Members $470.00
Graduate & Undergraduate Students (NASPA Members) $125.00
Graduate & Undergraduate Students (Non-NASPA Members) $155.00
New Professional Institute & NASPA IV-W Conference (NASPA Members) $470.00
New Professional Institute & NASPA IV-W Conference (Non-NASPA Members) $670.00
New Professional Institute Only (NASPA Members) $240.00
New Professional Institute Only (Non-NASPA Members) $340.00

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  • Dr. Tim Bono

    Dr. Tim Bono

    Faculty Member in Department of Psychological & Brain Sciences
    Washington University in St. Louis

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  • Deesha Dyer

    Deesha Dyer

    Award-winning event strategist, community organizer and speaker
    Harvard Kennedy School Institute of Politics

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  • Andrew Forsthoefel

    Andrew Forsthoefel

    Speaker, peace activist and author of Walking to Listen

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Sat, Oct 26

2:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Conference Committee Meeting
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Cabinet Meeting

Sun, Oct 27

9:00 AM – 10:00 AM
New Board Member Orientation
9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Conference Committee Meeting/Work Time
10:00 AM – 9:00 PM
New Professional Institute
10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Region IV-W Advisory Board Meeting
1:00 PM – 6:30 PM
Conference Registration
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Leadership Dinner
9:00 PM
Club NASPA "Paint & Sip"

Mon, Oct 28

8:00 AM – 12:00 PM
New Professional Institute
8:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Conference Registration/Silent Auction
8:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Region IV-W Advisory Board Meeting
9:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Pre-Conference Workshops
10:00 AM – 11:00 AM
Newcomers Welcome
11:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Exhibits Open
1:00 PM – 2:15 PM
Conference Welcome & Opening Keynote
2:30 PM – 3:20 PM
Learning Session I
3:30 PM – 4:20 PM
Learning Session II
4:30 PM – 5:00 PM
SA Talks (Forward Thinking Forums)
5:00 PM – 6:30 PM
6:30 PM
Travel to Reception Site
7:00 PM
Dessert Reception & Rising STAR Awards
8:30 PM
Travel back to Hotel
9:00 PM
NUFP/Graduate Student Social
9:00 PM – 11:00 PM
Club NASPA "Escape Room"

Tue, Oct 29

7:00 AM – 8:00 AM
Mall Walk
8:00 AM – 4:25 PM
Conference Registration/Silent Auction
8:30 AM – 4:30 PM
Case Study Competition
9:00 AM – 11:45 AM
SSAO/AVP Institute
9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Exhibits Open
9:00 AM – 9:50 AM
Learning Session III
10:00 AM – 10:50 AM
SA Talks (Forward Learning Forums)
11:00 AM – 11:50 AM
Learning Session IV
12:00 PM – 2:00 PM
Luncheon/Keynote Address/Awards Presentation
2:00 PM – 2:50 PM
Learning Session V and KC Mini Presentations
3:00 PM – 3:30 PM
Coffee Break/Silent Auction Bid Check
3:30 PM – 4:20 PM
Learning Session VI
4:25 PM
Silent Auction Closes
4:30 PM – 5:45 PM
NASPA IV-W Business Meeting
5:45 PM – 6:00 PM
Silent Auction Claim & Pay
6:00 PM
FREE Night in Fargo
8:00 PM
Women's Words of Wisdom Reception
9:30 PM
SSAO/Faculty Corporate Sponsor Reception
10:00 PM
Knowledge Community Trivia Night

Wed, Oct 30

8:00 AM – 9:00 AM
2019 & 2020 Conference Planning Transition Meeting
9:00 AM – 10:30 AM
Deep Dives/Critical Conversations
10:30 AM – 12:00 PM
Closing Brunch, Awards and Keynote

Pre-Conference Programs & Events

New Professional Institute

New Professional Institute

Sunday, October 27th • 10.00 AM – 0

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Have you recently started a position in Student Affairs?  Have you taken on new responsibilities within the Higher Education?  Are you finding it difficult to understand if Student Affairs is right for you?  If any of these are true for you we encourage you to consider attending the New Professionals Institute (NPI). 

The New Professionals Institute (NPI) is a community based professional development opportunity for new student affairs professionals (Five years or fewer of full-time experience in Student Affairs).  This day and a half experience includes opportunities to share, engage, and connect with others while gaining knowledge through presentations, small group discussions, and personal reflections.  Participants are engaged through a balanced and diverse curriculum while being supported by faculty mentors and fellow participants.   

NPI will mirror the theme of the NASPA 4-W 2019 Regional Conference, "Moving Forward" but will also focus on Career Planning, Navigating Higher Education, Professional Development, and Skills to Develop as a New Professional.

NASPA IV-West Regional Conference Silent Auction

NASPA IV-West Regional Conference Silent Auction

Tuesday, October 29th • 08.00 AM – 04.25 PM

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A staple at the NASPA IV-West Regional conference is the Silent Auction. Items are graciously donated for conference attendees to bid on during the conference. While the silent auction provides an opportunity for conference attendees to purchase unique items, the impact is far greater. All proceeds from the silent auction go back into the region via the NASPA IV-West Travel Assistance Program. The Travel Assistance Program allows members to request funding to assist in costs associated with traveling to Regional and National NASPA events. When you participate in the auction, you are allowing IV-West members to be heard throughout the region and nation!

Items that have been donated in the past:

  • Sports tickets
  • Theater tickets
  • Weekend or weeklong getaways at vacation homes
  • Nights out in the city
  • Artwork
  • Handmade or homemade items
  • Jewelry
  • Toys for pets or children
  • Gift cards to common restaurants and other establishments
  • Gift baskets
  • Holiday-themed gifts
  • Professional development workshops

The possibilities are endless!

Silent Auction items will be accepted on-site, but can also be mailed to location for your convenience. Whether you are a conference attendee or not, we encourage you to help support NASPA IV-West by donating items to the conference silent auction.

If you wish to donate, please contact Josh Doak, Conference Committee Chair for Volunteers and Special Events, at [email protected].


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Holiday Inn Fargo Hotel & Convention Center

Holiday Inn
Fargo, ND

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Hotel Room Rate/Night
Holiday Inn
3803 13th Avenue South, Fargo, ND 58103
$99.00 -- Double Queen Room
  • Travel

    Hector Fargo International Airport (FAR) or Grand Forks International (GFK)

  • Transportation

    Directions From Airport Hector International Airport (FAR) Distance: 5.3 MI/8.53 KM NORTH of Hotel When exiting airport, take right on 19th Avenue North, heading west towards I-29. Take I-29 South to Exit 64. The hotel is straight ahead off the exit. Grand Forks International (GFK) Distance: 70.0 MI/112.65 KM NORTH of Hotel Follow Interstate 29 South to Fargo.

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