2017 NASPA IV-West Regional Conference

November 07 - November 09, 2017
Lincoln, NE

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Cultivating a New Crop is not only the theme for the Region IV-W conference, but a reflection of the region as we work to grow professionals. This year’s conference will focus on how we come together to cultivate an environment for all to grow. You will find Lincoln full of local treasures, great restaurants, and a great place to explore!


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Presented By

Region IV-W


This event is most likely to influence these groups.

  • AVP or “Number Two”
  • Faculty
  • Graduate
  • New Professional
  • Mid-Level
  • Senior Level
  • Undergraduate
  • Vice President for Student Affairs

Call for Programs

Call for Programs is closed.

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Important Dates
  • June 21, 2017: Registration Opens
  • July 15, 2017: Call for Programs Deadline
  • October 19, 2017: Early Bird Registration Deadline


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    • Dr. Larry Roper

      Dr. Larry Roper

      Professor and Interim Director of the School of Language, Culture and Society
      Oregon State University

      Speaker Bio

    • Paul Engler

      Paul Engler

      Founding Director
      Center for the Working Poor

      Speaker Bio


    Schedule is tentative and subject to change. Please check back regularly for the most up-to-date information.

    Full Schedule

    Sun, Nov 05

    4:00 pm – 5:00 pm
    NPI Check-In
    5:00 pm – 10:00 pm
    New Professional Institute

    Mon, Nov 06

    8:00 am – 10:00 pm
    New Professional Institute
    1:00 pm – 6:30 pm
    Conference Registration
    9:00 pm – 12:00 am
    Club NASPA

    Tue, Nov 07

    7:00 am – 8:00 am
    Workout Session: Butts & Guts
    8:00 am – 2:00 pm
    Conference Registration
    8:00 am – 4:00 pm
    Silent Auction
    8:00 am – 12:00 pm
    NUFP Institute
    9:00 am – 12:00 pm
    10:30 am – 11:00 am
    Volunteer Orientation
    11:00 am – 11:45 am
    Newcomer's Welcome with State Membership Coordinators
    11:45 am – 12:00 pm
    Case Study Check-in and Rules Discussion
    12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
    NUFP Institute Lunch
    1:00 pm – 2:15 pm
    Conference Welcome
    2:30 pm – 3:20 pm
    Learning Session I
    3:30 pm – 4:20 pm
    Learning Session II
    4:30 pm – 5:30 pm
    SA Talks
    6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
    Light Appetizer Social with Exhibitors
    7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
    Dinner and Awards
    8:00 pm – 9:00 pm
    Dessert Social with Exhibitors
    9:00 pm
    Club NASPA

    Wed, Nov 08

    7:00 am – 8:00 am
    Annual Fun Run/Walk
    8:00 am – 11:30 am
    Silent Auction
    8:15 am – 11:30 am
    Case Study Competition
    9:00 am – 11:30 am
    SSAO/Faculty Institute
    9:30 am – 10:20 am
    Learning Session III
    10:30 am – 11:20 am
    Learning Session IV
    11:30 am – 1:15 pm
    Lunch, Speaker, and Awards
    1:45 pm – 2:35 pm
    Learning Session V & KC Mini Presentations
    2:45 pm – 3:35 pm
    Learning Session VI
    4:00 pm – 5:15 pm
    NASPA IV-W Business Meeting
    5:45 pm – 6:30 pm
    Rising Star Awards Reception
    6:30 pm
    Dinner on Your Own
    8:00 pm
    Women's Words of Wisdom Reception
    9:00 pm – 11:00 pm
    KC Trivia Night / Grad Student Social
    9:00 pm
    SSAO/Faculty Corporate Sponsorship Reception

    Thu, Nov 09

    All day
    Spirit Day
    7:00 am – 8:00 am
    Workout Session: Total Body Burn
    8:30 am – 10:00 am
    Deep Dive Sessions
    10:15 am – 11:00 am
    Conference Closing

    Pre-Conference Programs & Events

    New Professional Institute (NPI)

    Sunday, November 5th • 04.00 PM – 10.00 PM

    Sunday, November 5th - Tuesday, November 7th

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    This year’s Regional Conference titled “Cultivating a New Crop” in Lincoln, Nebraska will feature a New Professionals Institute (NPI) taking place Sunday November 5th- Tuesday November 7th.

    This year’s faculty bring together multiple decades of experience and a wide array of backgrounds to share and encourage the next generation of student affairs professionals. As new professionals, learning to maneuver a work environment, whether transition from a graduate program or different field, can often be intimidating and overwhelming. NPI faculty will help to address some of the following questions:

    • How can I still be an advocate and voice for a cause when my work environment is not always supportive?
    • How do I manage and take care of self when there is so little time to do so?
    • What are the appropriate avenues to support student causes if I am the professional?
    •  Where can I make the most impact in speaking up for my students?

    NPI is an opportunity for student affairs professionals who have been in the field for 5 years or less to network, learn, and grow together. This intimate setting provides a space to share and express concerns faced by new professionals. True to the conference theme, NPI is essential to strengthening and building pathways to continue and foster the future of the profession. Cultivating a New Crop starts with building a foundation of strong, competent, effective professionals to lead the way. We feel confident NPI will assist in this process in a fundamental way.

    To register and apply for NPI, please visit:


    A Comprehensive Strategy to Support First-Generation College Students

    Tuesday, November 7th • 09.00 AM – 12.00 PM

    This pre-conference workshop will be useful for multiple audiences and functional areas as a comprehensive approach will be identified related to the orientation and onboarding of first-generation college students, financial literacy initiatives to support this student population, and strategies to engage the parents and family members of first-generation college students. Cost: $30.

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    Justin Chase Brown, Director of Scholarships & Financial Aid at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln

    Susie Brown, Nebraska College Preparatory Academy Program Assistant at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln

    Sarah Murphy, Director of First-Year Experience & Transition Programs at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln

    Region IV-W NASPA Undergraduate Fellows Program (NUFP) Institute

    Tuesday, November 7th • 08.00 AM – 12.00 PM

    This exciting pre-conference will be a meaningful opportunity for current NASPA Undergraduate Fellows to meet other NUFP Fellows from across the Region IV-W. Institute participants will build confidence in their networking skills, identify and explore personal, academic and professional goals, develop a deeper understanding of the importance cultural competency has within the student affairs profession, and learn ways to maximize and strengthen mentoring relationships. Registration is limited to current Region IV-W NUFP Fellows. Cost: Free to current Region IV-W NUFP Fellows. Registration required.


    For sponsorship and exhibit booth questions, contact:

    Teresa Clounch
    [email protected]
    Phone: 785.628.5824

    Sponsorship Info


    Embassy Suites by Hilton Lincoln

    Embassy Suites by Hilton Lincoln
    Lincoln, NE

    Ideally located in the heart of downtown Lincoln, Nebraska, the Embassy Suites Lincoln hotel provides easy access to many of the city’s most popular attractions. This majestic building is a centerpiece of Lincoln’s downtown area, offering an array of spacious and beautifully furnished suites and Executive rooms. Each stylish suite offers a private bedroom and separate living area with kitchenette, including mini-refrigerator, microwave and coffeemaker. Remain active during your stay and work out in the fitness center or swim laps in the indoor pool. Unwind in the soothing whirlpool and let stress melt away in the sauna. Every morning, you'll relish our complimentary cooked-to-order breakfast served in the beautiful open-air atrium. Join us in this lush, tropical setting for our nightly complimentary Evening Reception, offering drinks and snacks.

    The conference block at the Embassy Suites by Hilton Lincoln will be available until October 16, 2017. After this date, any remaining guest rooms will be released back to the hotel to sell. Anyone calling after that point will be told that the block is unavailable and offered our standard nightly rate.

    Room Reservations

    Click here and use code “NAS” to reserve a room in the conference block. You can also call (402) 474-1111 and request the NASPA Revion IV Annual Meeting block.

    Hotel Room Rate/Night
    Embassy Suites
    1040 P Street, Lincoln, Nebraska, 68508
    • Travel

      Lincoln Airport | Eppley Airfield (Omaha)

    • Transportation

      From Lincoln Airport: 5 miles, Embassy provides a complimentary shuttle from the airport (call the hotel for details). | From Omaha Airport: 64 miles, car rentals available, or OmaLink is a shuttle that runs to and from Lincoln (visit www.omalink.com for more details).

    • Weather

      Averages mid to upper 50s during the day, and mid to low 30s at night.

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