2017 NASPA Region III Summer Symposium

June 15 - June 18, 2017
Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort Lake Buena Vista, FL

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Welcome to the NASPA Region III Summer Symposium homepage! The Summer Symposium is NASPA Region III's annual regional conference and offers a rich opportunity for professional development for all members of NASPA Region III.

NASPA Region III Summer Symposium provides an atmosphere for growth, learning, and development of higher education professionals.  Through this experience, you will gain personal and professional development, including:

• Intentional opportunities for networking and discussion
• Acclaimed keynote speakers, roundtable discussions, and engaged conversations
• Broader perspectives on a variety of trending topics related to the field and tangible ideas that can be applied to your campus
• A relaxed environment that will leave you feeling revitalized

Join your colleagues for an engaging, purposeful, and exciting opportunity that will leave a lasting impact. 

For non-NASPA members, please click here for additional information about setting up a profile in order to register. We are excited to offer NASPA member rates to SACSA and NASAP members in 2017.  Please make sure to select the correct professional level that mirrors your SACSA/NASAP membership so you can access the correct registration rate.

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Region III


This event is most likely to influence these groups.

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

Call for Programs

Call for Programs is closed.

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Important Dates
  • March 19, 2017: Registration Opens
  • April 24, 2017: 2017 Region III Summer Symposium Scholarship Application Due
  • May 05, 2017: Early-bird Registration Deadline
  • May 15, 2017: Hotel Block Closes
  • June 02, 2017: Regular Registration Deadline
  • June 02, 2017: Late Registration Begins


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    • Dr. Tashni-Ann Dubroy

      Dr. Tashni-Ann Dubroy

      Shaw University

      Speaker Bio

    • Dr. Mary Jo Gonzales

      Dr. Mary Jo Gonzales

      Vice President for Student Affairs
      Washington State University

      Speaker Bio

    • Dr. Tamara Bertrand Jones

      Dr. Tamara Bertrand Jones

      Associate Professor of Higher Education
      Florida State University

      Speaker Bio

    • Dr. Emmanuel Lalande

      Dr. Emmanuel Lalande

      Vice President for Student Affairs
      Florida Memorial University in Miami Gardens

      Speaker Bio

    • Dr. Christopher Holland

      Dr. Christopher Holland

      Vice President of Student Services
      Florida State College at Jacksonville

      Speaker Bio


    Full Schedule

    Thu, Jun 15

    8:00 am – 12:00 pm
    NASPA Region III Board Meeting
    11:30 am – 6:00 pm
    Registration and local arrangements tables open
    1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
    Pre-Conference Session: “Pathways to the Profession”
    5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
    Opening Session and Speaker: Dr. Tashni-Ann Dubroy
    7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
    Opening reception with heavy hors d'oeuvres (included in conference registration)

    Fri, Jun 16

    7:30 am – 9:00 am
    Continental breakfast (included in conference registration)
    7:30 am – 10:00 am
    Registration table open
    7:30 am – 4:00 pm
    Exhibits open
    8:00 am – 8:50 pm
    Roundtable sessions
    9:00 am – 9:50 am
    Concurrent sessions
    10:00 am – 12:00 pm
    Awards Presentation 1 and Speaker: Dr. Mary Jo Gonzales
    12:00 pm – 1:30 pm
    Lunch on your own
    1:30 pm – 2:20 pm
    Concurrent sessions
    2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
    Registration table open
    2:30 pm – 3:00 pm
    Break- Visit exhibitors in Asia 2 for snacks
    3:00 pm – 5:00 pm
    Awards Presentation 2 and Speaker: Dr. Christopher Holland

    Sat, Jun 17

    7:30 am – 9:00 am
    Continental breakfast (included in conference registration)
    7:30 am – 4:00 pm
    Exhibits open
    8:00 am – 11:00 am
    Local arrangements table open
    8:30 am – 10:00 am
    Breakfast dialogue sessions for special constituent groups (choose one): Senior Student Affairs Officers, Assistant Vice Presidents/Deans of Students, Mid-Managers, or New Professionals/Graduate Students
    10:00 am – 10:30 am
    Break-visit exhibitors in Asia 2 for snacks
    10:30 am – 11:30 am
    Concurrent sessions
    11:30 am – 1:00 pm
    Networking lunch (included in conference registration)
    1:00 pm – 2:15 pm
    Speaker: Dr. Emmanuel Lalande
    2:30 pm – 4:00 pm
    Concurrent sessions

    Sun, Jun 18

    8:30 am – 10:30 am
    Closing Breakfast Buffet (included in conference registration) and Speaker: Dr. Tamara Bertrand Jones

    Pre-Conference Programs & Events

    Please review our NASPA Region III Pre-Conference events and Special Events. 

    "Pathways to the Profession" Pre-Conference

    Thursday, June 15th • 01.00 PM – 04.00 PM

    NASPA Region III is excited to offer a FREE pre-conference session entitled “Pathways to the Profession” for first-time attendees. This pre-conference session will be presented by current and past members of the regional board.

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    Participants who attend will learn about NASPA and how to get connected to NASPA on a state, regional, and national level.  The session will include information on volunteer opportunities, services, and resources to connect student affairs professionals, regardless of position and experience.  The session will be limited to the first fifty attendees and priority will be given to NASPA Region III Summer Symposium first-time attendees. Don’t let this opportunity pass you by!

    Register early for Summer Symposium 2017 in order to be eligible for the “Pathways to the Profession” Pre-Conference session.

    Light snacks will be provided.

    1pm  Introductions
    1:20pm  Featured Speaker
    1:40pm  Understanding NASPA Region III
    2pm  Your Pathway to the Profession
    3pm  Panel with the Professionals in NASPA Region III


    Gold Level
    • Aramark
    Silver Level
    • National Society of Leadership and Success
    • Campus Labs
    • eRezLife Software
    • Maxient
    • Off-Campus Partner
    • TAO
    • YMCA
    • Wizard Creations
    Special Thanks To…
    • Public Identity


    Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort
    Lake Buena Vista, Florida

    All symposium activities will take place at the Walt Disney World Swan & Dolphin Resort. The Walt Disney World Dolphin has arranged special room rates for symposium attendees starting at $219/night. This includes unlimited domestic long distance and local calls, complimentary bottled water replenished daily, high speed internet access, and unlimited admission to fitness centers featuring the WestinWORKOUT®. Self-Parking is available for registered guests (those who have a room reservation and spend one or more nights at the hotel) for $20.00 + tax per day. Valet parking for registered guests is $30.00 + tax per day. For non-registered guests (those visiting the hotel to use the facilities and services, but is not staying overnight), self-parking is $20.00 for each exit and valet is $30.00 for each exit. Reservations must be made by Monday, May 15, 2017 Eastern time. Information on how to book a room will be provided to you in your registration confirmation email. 

    ***If you still need to book at room at the Walt Disney World Dolphin, please call to inquire and mention the NASPA room block. A room and/or the rate is not guaranteed, now that the reservation deadline has passed.***

    Hotel Room Rate/Night
    Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort
    1500 Epcot Resorts Blvd. Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830
    (407) 934-4000
    • Travel

      The closest airport to the symposium location is the Orlando International Airport (MCO). The Walt Disney World Dolphin Resort is approximately 22 miles from the airport.

    • Transportation

      For more information about transportation, please visit the Parking & Transportation page of the MCO website. A $4.00 discount is available to attendees for round trip shuttle rates through Mears Transportation. Regular Round Trip rates are $37/adult and $28/child (4-11 yrs). Discount promo codes and information will be provided to symposium guests in the registration confirmation email.

    • Weather

      Temperatures in Lake Buena Vista in June are in the mid-90s F during the day and mid-70s F in the evening. As the symposium gets closer, please visit the Weather Channel for more information.

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