2014 NASPA Alice Manicur Symposium

June 01 – June 05, 2014
Sheraton Sand Key Resort - Clearwater Beach, Florida

The Alice Manicur Symposium is specifically designed for women at the middle management level considering a move to become chief student affairs officers.


Sponsored by NASPA’s Center for Women, the Alice Manicur Symposium is an engaging and supportive environment for you to learn and reflect on your personal goals and aspirations.  This is an application based conference offered every two years and allows time for in-depth discussions and small, faculty lead mentor group sessions.  Additionally, you will meet one-on-one with experienced CSAO faculty members as well as participate in content sessions on topics such as: strategic thinking, leading change, planning for career advancement, and work / life balance.

You should apply if:

  • You hold a Master’s degree and/or are completing or recently completed your doctorate.
  • You are a mid-level manager reporting to a senior level official.
  • Your responsibilities include staff supervision, budget management experience, and designing and implementing programs

Applications are closed for the 2014 Alice Manicur Symposium


Presented By


This event is most likely to influence these groups.

  • Mid-Level
  • Vice President for Student Affairs
  • Senior Level
  • AVP or “Number Two”


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Sun, Jan 12

10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Pre-Conference Workshop
Career Advancement – Developing an Effective Resume and Cover Letter
Ellen Heffernan
1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Welcome and Overview
Helen Matusow-Ayres, Vice President for Student Affairs, Pratt Institute
2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Insights into the Real Life of an SSAO
Faculty Panel
3:00 p.m. – 3:15 p.m.
3:15 p.m. – 4:15 p.m.
Concurrent Session 1: Self knowledge
Sarah Neill and Berenecea Johnson Eanes
4:15 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Concurrent Session 2:Feminism in Higher Education Today Panel
Helen Matusow-Ayres and Mary B. Coburn (moderators)
Berenecea Johnson Eanes and Ellen Neufeldt (panelists)
5:45 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Mentor Groups
6:30 p.m.
Group Photo
6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Opening Reception
7:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Dinner with Mentor Groups
(dinner on own cost)

Mon, Jan 13

7:30 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.
Continental Breakfast
8:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.
Concurrent Session 3: Institutional Fit
Julie Wong
9:30 a.m. – 9:45 a.m.
9:45 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.
Concurrent Session 4: Making a Successful Transition to Senior Leadership
Mary B. Coburn and Sarah Neill
10:45 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
11:00 am – 12:30 p.m.
Individual Consultations | Resume Reviews
12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.
1:45 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.
Mentor Groups
3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Concurrent Sessions 5: The Future of Higher Education
Ellen Neufeldt and Helen Matusow-Ayres
4:00 p.m. – 4:15 p.m.
4:15 p.m. – 5:15 p.m.
Concurrent Sessions 6: Managing Politics
Ellen Neufeldt
5:15 p.m. – 7:15 p.m.
Individual Consultations | Resume Reviews
7:15 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Free for Dinner on Your Own

Tue, Jan 14

7:30 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.
Continental Breakfast
8:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.
Concurrent Session 7: Change Management
Berenecea Johnson Eanes
9:30 a.m. – 9:45 a.m.
9:45 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.
Concurrent Session 8: Role of the CSAO in Crisis Management
Julie Wong
11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Individual Consultations | Resume Reviews
12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.
1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Concurrent Session 9: Strategic Planning and Resource Management:
Helen Matusow-Ayres and Laura Wenkel
2:30 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.
2:45 p.m. – 3:45 p.m.
Concurrent Session 10: Negotiation: Responsibility, Authority, and Resources
Ellen Heffernan
3:45 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
4:00 p.m. – 5:15 p.m.
Mentor Groups
5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Individual Consultations
7:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Dinner with Mentor Group
(dinner on own cost)

Wed, Jan 15

7:30 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.
8:00 a.m. – 8:45 a.m.
Mentor Groups
8:45 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.
9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
Concurrent Session 11: The President and the CSAO
President Ann McGee
10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Wrap-up Session
Balance – You and the CSAO Position | Wrap-Up
Panel of Faculty

Pre-Conference Programs & Events

Career Advancement – Developing an Effective Resume and Cover Letter

Sunday, January 12th • 11.00 AM – 12.00 PM

In the job search process the role of the resume and cover letter is to advance you to the interview process. This session will focus on developing clear and directed resumes and compelling cover letters and will focus on these documents as part of a job search process for both internal and external searches.


In an effort to create a meaningful and personal experience for you, enrollment is limited.  Applications are requested and admission decisions are made on a rolling basis. All applications must be submitted by October 1, 2013 for consideration.  

Applicants will be notified of decisions by October 18, 2013.  Registration information will be sent out with acceptance notifications. Registration includes the following meals: three breakfasts and two lunches. Dinners are on indivual cost. 

Registration as a member is based on individual membership status. If you are employed by a college or university that is an institutional member, you can join as an individual member at the $75 rate. If your institution is NOT a member, then you will need to join at the associate affiliate rate of $242 and then you can pay the individual member rate for conference registration. This gives you the conference registration and a year of membership for less than the non-member registration fee. Visit the Membership section of the NASPA website to learn about membership types.


Early Bird
before 11/15/2013
11/16/2013 to 11/29/2013
after 11/29/2013
NASPA Member


View Registration Policies

Purchase Orders:
Purchase orders will NOT be accepted for registration. There is now a Bill Me option online if you need to submit paperwork to your accounting office to have a check cut for your registration payment. Please use that option when registering online. 

Cancellation Policy:
Refunds will be given for cancellations, received in writing by December 6, 2013, less a $50.00 processing fee. In addition, a processing fee of $50.00 per registration will be charged for credit cards declined or to change payment methods after the initial payment is processed. With prior approval, anyone registered but who cannot attend may send a substitute. Substitution information must come in writing from the registered participant. The membership status of the substitute must be the same as the registrant in order to have the same registration fee applied. Additional charges may apply if the membership status is not the same. The conference may be cancelled or postponed due to unforeseen circumstances. In this case, fees will be refunded; however, NASPA will not be responsible for additional costs, charges, or expenses, including cancellation/change charges assessed by airlines, hotels, and/or travel agencies. NASPA is not responsible for weather-related travel delays or other issues in regard to personal travel and no refunds will be given due to these occurrences.

NOTE: All requests for cancellation and refunds must be in writing to [email protected]. Due to our food and beverage requirements, no refunds will be granted after December 6, 2013. Questions? Contact the NASPA office at 202-265-7500 or via e-mail at [email protected].


Faculty for this event. 

  • Helen Matusow-Ayres

    Helen Matusow-Ayres

    Symposium Director
    Vice President for Student Affairs - Pratt Institute
  • Mary B. Coburn

    Mary B. Coburn

    Vice President for Student Affairs Florida State University
  • Berenecea Johnson Eanes

    Berenecea Johnson Eanes

    Vice President for Student Affairs Cal State Fullerton
  • Sarah Neill

    Sarah Neill

    Dean of Students Simmons College
  • Ellen Neufeldt

    Ellen Neufeldt

    Vice President of Student Engagement and Enrollment Services Old Dominion University
  • Laura Wankel

    Laura Wankel

    Vice President for Student Affairs, Northeastern University

    Faculty Bio

  • Julie Wong

    Julie Wong

    Regional Associate Vice Chancellor University of South Florida, St Petersburg


Sheraton Sand Key Resort
Clearwater Beach, FL

All symposium activities will take place at the Sheraton Sand Key Resort

  • Travel

    Clearwater Beach is serviced by Tampa International Airport (TPA). The Sheraton Sand Key Resort is located approximately 25 miles from the airport.

  • Transportation

    The Tampa International Airport is located 18 miles from the Sheraton. Taxis are available at the airport and cost $65 one-way. You may also use the Super Shuttle service. This is $28 per person, one-way. For questions and reservations, please call 727-572-1111.

  • Weather

    Temperatures in Clearwater Beach in January tend to be in the low 70s. Remember to pack an umbrella in case of rain, and visit The Weather Channel to check the forecast before you travel.

Additional Info

We hope that you will explore Clearwater Beach, when not busy with the symposium or if you arrive in the city before the program begins. There are plenty of things to do and see if you are a first-time visitor or even if you have been to Clearwater Beach many times. The official tourism website for Clearwater Beach is one of many online resources available to visitors.

The dress for NASPA events is business casual.

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