2015 NASPA IV-E Annual Conference

November 08 - November 10, 2015
Schaumburg, Illinois (Renaissance Schaumburg Convention Center, Chicagoland - Schaumburg, Illinois)


Renaissance: A Regional Celebration

Greetings from Chicagoland!

We are thrilled to welcome you back to the Chicago area for the Regional Conference for NASPA IV-East!  Preparations are underway to welcome you and our regional colleagues and friends to the Renaissance Schaumburg Hotel and Convention Center, which will host “A Regional Celebration” from November 8 to 10, 2015!

And it’s time to celebrate!  This year marks the 50th anniversary of the Higher Education and Voting Rights Acts of 1965, and is also the “golden anniversary” of the establishment of NASPA’s regional structures within the association.  Region IV-East is home to so many institutions of higher education, student-affairs graduate-preparation programs, and significant milestones that have shaped the history and importance of our work, making this year truly a celebration as we experience a rebirth – a Renaissance – of commitment to professional leadership as a community of educators.

Personally, for many, the regional conference is not only a showcase for best practices, but is a chance to recharge, renew, and recommit to the very mission and heritage of the profession.  Each year’s conference offers opportunities for personal renewal and professional rebirth, and this year’s will be no exception.  Please come to celebrate our past, to acknowledge our present, and to mark a path for our professional future together.

After a variety of pre-conference institutes and topical workshops, the conference will begin and end with important keynote sessions delivered by outstanding scholar-leaders in our field.  An array of educational sessions, tracked for content and experience level, and a number of special events and activities will celebrate everyone and everything IV-East!  We know you will find great value and reward in your decision to attend.

Please visit this conference website often to learn of further program details as they become available.  We plan to use this site as the final clearinghouse for all conference-related information and source of communication.  It will be a helpful tool as you plan to attend to share, renew, and celebrate with your regional family this November!

On behalf of an exceptional conference planning committee, please accept our invitation to Renaissance – and we’ll look forward to celebrating with you in Schaumburg in November!

With warm regards,

2015 Regional Conference Co-Chairs

 Danita M. Brown Young, Ph.D.

Vice Provost for Student Affairs and Dean of Students

University of Minnesota – Twin Cities

Keith Brendan O’Neill, Ph.D.

Associate Dean of Student Affairs

William Rainey Harper College


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  • Dr. Dafina-Lazarus Stewart- Opening Speaker

    Dr. Dafina-Lazarus Stewart- Opening Speaker

    Associate Professor - Higher Education & Student Affairs
    Bowling Green State University

    Speaker Bio

  • Dr. Kevin Rome-Closing Speaker

    Dr. Kevin Rome-Closing Speaker

    Lincoln University

    Speaker Bio


Please find an overview of the conference schedule at the right and a detailed conference schedule below.

Full Schedule

Fri, Nov 06

7:30 AM – 5:00 PM
New Professionals Institute
9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
DeafNation Expo
Free Admission
5:00 PM – 7:00 PM
The Vauderville Show
$10 Admission
8:00 PM – 10:00 PM
New ASL Film: The Deaf Club
$10 Admission

Sun, Nov 08

8:30 AM – 12:00 PM
New Professionals Institute
11:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Schaumburg Woodfield Free Trolley Rides
12:00 PM – 5:00 PM
12:30 PM – 1:30 PM
Chair & Hand Massages
2:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Regional Community College Meeting
4:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Knowledge Community Roundtables
5:30 PM – 7:00 PM
Welcome, Dinner and Opening Keynote
Dr. Dafina-Lazarus Stewart
7:30 PM – 9:00 PM
Knowledge Community Dessert Reception
7:30 PM
Brother Jacob Blues Band

Mon, Nov 09

6:30 AM – 7:30 AM
8:30 AM – 9:30 AM
Education Session 1 / SSAO Track 1
9:45 AM – 10:45 AM
Education Session 2
11:00 AM – 12:00 AM
Education Session 3
12:00 PM – 1:15 PM
Awards Luncheon
1:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Comfort Dogs
1:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Professional Headshots
1:30 PM – 2:30 PM
Education Session 4
2:45 PM – 4:15 PM
Education Session 5 / SSAO Track 2
4:15 PM – 5:00 PM
Knowledge Community Roundtables
5:00 PM – 6:00 PM
Regional Business Meeting
6:00 PM – 7:30 PM
Regional Community College Social
Kimberlie L. Goldsberry, Region IV-E Director
6:30 PM – 8:30 PM
Spirituality & Religion in Higher Education KC Dinner
7:30 PM
Bears v. Chargers Watch Party
8:00 PM – 11:00 PM

Tue, Nov 10

6:30 AM – 7:00 AM
Fun Run
Keith O'Neill, Conference Co-Chair
8:00 AM – 9:00 AM
Education Session 6
8:00 AM – 9:30 AM
Education Session 6 Extended
9:15 AM – 10:15 AM
Education Session 7
10:30 AM – 11:30 AM
Education Session 8
11:45 AM – 12:30 PM
Closing CeleBrunch and Keynote
Dr. Kevin Rome

Pre-Conference Programs & Events

We are excited to announce multiple pre-conference topical workshops taking place November 7 & 8 2015 at Harper College. We have arranged to have highly recognized practitioners to provide you with in-depth, hands-on, practical strategies for today’s most relevant and hot topics in higher education. All sessions take place before the conference begins. You will have an opportunity to enroll in these sessions when you register for the conference. For a full breakdown of the Pre-Conference Curriculum, please see the pre-conference schedule below.

BIT/Campus Threat Assessment Teams

Saturday, November 7th • 09.00 AM – 04.00 PM

Presenter(s): Laura Bennett, Harper College

OCR Audit Preparation: Examining 34 Compliance Questions and Navigating the On-Campus Visit

Saturday, November 7th • 01.00 PM – 04.00 PM

Presenter(s): Jason Casares, Indiana University

Campus Wide Leadership Initiative: A Discussion on Theory, Implementation, and Practice

Saturday, November 7th • 01.00 PM – 04.00 PM

Presenter(s): Jim Hintz, Purdue University

The Spirit of Title IX: More than Conduct and More than Compliance

Sunday, November 8th • 09.00 AM – 12.00 PM

Presenter(s): Laura Bennet, Harper College

Sexual Misconduct Trauma Informed Investigations and Adjudication Training Institute

Sunday, November 8th • 09.00 AM – 04.00 PM

Presenter(s): Jason Casares, Indiana University

The New professional Women in Renaissance: Overcoming the Effects of Ageism and Sexism in Career Success

Sunday, November 8th • 01.00 PM – 05.00 PM

Presenter(s): Eboni Turnbow, Wayne State University
Sharee Myricks Williamson, Indiana University


Gold Level
  • Aramark
Silver Level
  • Chartwells
  • Sodexo
  • OrgSync
  • National Society of Leadership and Success
  • eRezLife Software, Inc.
  • Public Identity

For sponsorship and exhibit booth questions, contact:

Dr. David Strauss, Regional Development Coordinator
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Sponsorship Info


Renaissance Schaumburg Convention Center

Renaissance Schaumburg Convention Center
Schaumburg, IL

UPDATE 10/21/15:

The Renaissance Schaumburg Convention Center and Hotel is currently sold out of rooms on Friday, November 6, 2015. Additional hotel accommodations are available at the Springhill Suites Chicago Schaumburg, located one-mile away from the Renaissance Schaumburg Convention Center. Complementary shuttle services to the Renaissance Schaumburg Convention Center will be provided to NASPA guests staying with the Springhill Suites on Friday, Monday, and Tuesday, only and during morning and evening hours.  To book your room, please call (847)995-1500 or book your room online at: http://www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/chisg-springhill-suites-chicago-schaumburg/.


Far from ordinary, the Renaissance Schaumburg Convention Center and Hotel seamlessly blends an accessible location with sophisticated retail and culinary options, stunning design with impeccable service. The convention center opened its doors in 2006 and is conveniently located on I-90 and close to Chicago O'Hare Airport.

Local Arrangements & Scheduling Co-Chairs: Erin Morettes ([email protected]) and Mary Tosch ([email protected]

Hotel Room Rate/Night
Renaissance Schaumburg Convention Center
1551 Thoreau Dr N, Schaumburg, IL 60173
Special hotel guest room rates: $129/night + 14% tax for a total price of $147.06 / night. To receive the NASPA hotel block rate, reservations by attendees must be received on or before 5:00pm, October 6, 2015.
  • Travel

    Chicago O'Hare International Airport - ORD

  • Transportation

    Directions and transportation options to the convention center can be found at: http://www.marriott.com/hotels/maps/travel/chirs-renaissance-schaumburg-convention-center-hotel/. Another option for transportation in and around Schaumburg is the local trolley system, available between the conference center

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