2014 Region II Conference

June 08 - June 10, 2014
Seaview Resort, NJ


Region II's annual conference is being held at the Seaview Resort in Galloway, New Jersey.

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From the moment I was offered the opportunity to chair the 2014 NASPA Region II Conference, I knew I wanted to get down to basics. I wanted a regional conference that focused on the core of the phenomenal work done every day by student affairs professionals. I was less interested in the creation of a theme and more interested in the creation of a program that would provide colleagues with the tools they need to be even better at the work they do. I recruit a phenomenal team of practitioners and charged them simply to go to work – and that they did. When we finally did settle on a conference theme, it reflected our overall goals – “DO SA”. How do we improve upon our skills, knowledge base, and resources so that we can continue to be effective professionals? Our program chairs completely redesigned the program proposal process, eliminating an adherence to theme and, instead, asking proposers to submit programs that were Specific Measurable Assignable Realistic and Time-related. Our major speakers chair developed a line-up that would address issues that impact our work both in the present and the future. Even our entertainment was designed to provide maximum opportunities for networking and connecting, because we know some of the best conversations about work happen after the sun sets for the day. I believe the conference we have designed reflects exactly what a conference should – professional development. I’m glad you’re along for the journey.

Christopher Conzen
Region II 2014 Conference Chair


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Important Dates
  • May 08, 2014: Early Bird Registration Deadline!


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Dr.  Brian Sponsler, the Vice President of Research and Policy from NASPA will be talking about the status of higher education on the national level.  Brian works closely with the numerous higher education policy leaders and the government and his background will give us additional information about how we can apply what’s happening in the government and apply it to the work that we do.

Our Title IX panel of Dr. Barbara Lee, Dr. Daniel Swinton, and Robert Flowers. J.D. will discuss:

  1. Providing legal update on Title XI and Campus Save Act
  2. How does Title IX impact our institutions as a whole
  3. How does Title IX impact all student affairs professionals and the work that we do
  4. Training of staff for Title IX

A. Paul Pyrz  President,  LeaderShape Inc. will close with his talk  ”Developing Resilience within Student Affairs: Cultivating Greater Mindfulness”.  LeaderShape has been providing ethics-based leadership programs for over 50,000 men and women across the country and overseas for the past twenty-five years. Paul will talk with us about how to build our own resilience and pass it on to the students we mentor.

  • Brian A. Sponsler, Ed.D.

    Brian A. Sponsler, Ed.D.

    Vice President for research and policy and director of NASPA's Research and Policy Institute (RPI)

    Speaker Bio

  • Barbara Lee, Ph.D., J.D.

    Barbara Lee, Ph.D., J.D.

    Professor of Human Resource Management
    Rutgers University

    Speaker Bio

  • Daniel Swinton, Ed.D., J.D.

    Daniel Swinton, Ed.D., J.D.

    Senior Executive Vice President
    The NCHERM Group, LLC

    Speaker Bio

  • Robert Flowers, J.D.

    Robert Flowers, J.D.

    Vice President of Student Affairs
    Hobart and William Smith Colleges

    Speaker Bio

  • A. Paul Pyrz, Jr.

    A. Paul Pyrz, Jr.

    LeadersShape, Inc.

    Speaker Bio


Our conference booklet is now available here! Check it out!


In addition to the schedule below, the conference will also feature:

  • Community College Conversations: Facilitated "unsessions" throughout the conference on hot-topics impacting the work of student affairs professionals at our community colleges.
  • “DO I.T.” sessions. DO I.T. will highlight different tools (such as Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, PInterest, and more!) used to enhance your professional growth on and offline. Beginners welcome!
  • Instigate and Ruminate Session: five minute long talks of awesome. Five minutes of curiosity. Five minutes of theoretical gymnastics. Five minutes of intellectual inspiration. Five minutes. 20 slides/images. 15 seconds per slide/image. We will instigate new thoughts and leave you to ruminate about what you’ve just witnessed.

The schedule below may change slightly as we try to remain current and responsive to the every-changing world of student affairs, so please check back regularly!

Sun, Jun 08

8:30 AM – 6:30 PM
Registration and Host Center
9:00 AM – 3:00 PM
New Professional and Graduate Student Pre-Conference
12:00 PM
Region II Board Meeting
2:30 PM – 4:00 PM
Welcome Reception Hosted by Sponsors
4:00 PM – 5:30 PM
Featured Speaker
Brian A. Sponsler, Vice President for Research and Policy and Director of NASPA's Research and Policy Institute
5:30 PM – 5:45 PM
Depart for Dinner in AC
6:00 PM – 11:00 PM
Taste of AC Dinner
On your own
9:00 PM
Late Night AC Networking

Mon, Jun 09

6:00 AM
Morning Workout
7:30 AM – 6:00 PM
Registration and Host Center
7:45 AM – 8:45 AM
Breakfast Roundtables
7:45 AM – 5:00 PM
Poster Presentations
9:00 AM – 10:00 AM
Educational Session I
10:10 AM – 11:10 AM
Educational Session II
11:20 AM – 12:20 AM
Educational Session III
12:30 PM – 1:30 PM
Region II Awards Luncheon
1:30 PM – 2:30 PM
Educational Session IV
2:40 PM – 3:40 PM
Educational Session V
3:30 PM – 4:45 PM
Title IX Panel
Dr. Barbara Lee, Professor of Human Resource Managemen, Rutgers University
3:30 PM – 4:45 PM
Title IX Panel
Daniel Swinton, Senior Executive Vice President of The NCHERM Group, LLC
3:30 PM – 4:45 PM
Title IX Panel
Robert Flowers, Vice President of Student Affairs, Hobart and William Smith Colleges
3:50 PM – 4:50 PM
Educational Session VI
3:50 PM – 4:50 PM
Investigate and Ruminate Talks
7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Beach Party

Tue, Jun 10

6:00 AM
Morning Workout
7:45 AM – 8:45 AM
Breakfast and Roundtable Sessions
9:00 AM – 10:00 AM
Educational Sessions VII
10:10 AM – 11:10 AM
Educational Sessions VIII
11:30 AM – 1:00 PM
Closing Lunch and Featured Speaker
A. Paul Pyrz, Jr., President, LeadersShape, Inc.

Pre-Conference Programs & Events

The New Professionals and Graduate Student Pre-Conference aims to develop a support network for those individuals who find themselves enrolled in a graduate program and/or are new to the Student Affairs profession. Attendees will have opportunities to build relationships with peers and Senior Student Affairs Officers while also creating dialogue and understanding how to navigate the field of higher education. There will be a two-track option so that New Professionals and Graduate Students can build a pre-conference program that suites their needs best.

Registration Information: $30 for students & $75 for new professionals

DO SA: Developing, Engaging, and Motivating New Professionals & Graduate Students

Sunday, June 8th • 09.00 AM – 03.00 PM

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Key note speaker: Michael Plagianakos
Director of Rowan College at Gloucester County College


Stockton Seaview Hotel and Golf Club
Galloway, NJ

A special rate of $149/night is available for conference attendees who book by May 12th using this link

  • Travel

    Atlantic City Airport (10 miles)

  • Transportation

    Absecon Train Station (NJ Transit, 3 miles) with cab through AA Absolute Transportation, $17 for up to 5 people and then $5 per person. Phone: (609) 601-8390.

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