Region IV-E

Region IV-E

Region IV-East is dedicated to serving the needs of NASPA members in what would broadly be described as Upper Midwest. Our goal is to provide members with a forum to address regional issues while providing specialized professional development and networking opportunities.

As Region Director, I want to further our excellence and eminence by fostering the relationships that will keep our members informed, knowledgeable of the macro- and micro-challenges that affect student success, and keep us looking for new ways to improve service delivery, so that we can grow as practitioners, support our students, and create a more socially just society. Additionally, I want to start conversations that energize the work we do as Student Affairs professionals, and encourage shared spaces for us to reflect on the motivations and values that define and drive our work, day after day.

About

Who We Are

Regions provide an opportunity for NASPA members to connect with each other on a local level that’s unique to the organization. Region IV-E is the organizational vehicle to accomplish NASPA's mission within the Great Lakes region (Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, Wisconsin, and the Canadian province of Ontario). We are committed to fulfilling NASPA's mission through professionally relevant and personally meaningful activities, programs and resources.


Our goals include:

  • Increasing communication and connectivity with one another.
  • Providing enriched opportunities for learning and cultivating professional development activities to meet the needs of our profession.
  • Building a greater sense of community and providing a home for our members.
  • Ensuring that national initiatives inform our regional activities and our ongoing growth, development, and contributions as student affairs professionals are demonstrated through our actions.

Regional activities are provided through conferences, workshops, publications, technology, networks and other opportunities that promote personal and professional learning and colleagiallity. All of which are designed to include progressive and purposeful practices that promote organizational effectiveness and student learning and development.

Simultaneously, Region IV-E leadership strives to provide professional enrichment opportunities that ensure and renew our ability to work well by providing colleagueship that transcends our individual positions.

Territory

Region IV-East encompasses the states of Ohio, Michigan, Indiana, Illinois, Wisconsin, Iowa, and Minnesota; and the Canadian province of Ontario.

Advisory Board

The Region IV-East Advisory Board oversees the various operations of the Region as well as representing the state organizations within Region IV-East and coordinating with the Knowledge Communities.

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Events

One of the best resources available to you is the wide range of professional development opportunities. This list contains both our “Hosted Events,” workshops and webinars that we plan and manage, and some “Related Events,” hosted by the NASPA Central Office or other NASPA Constituent Groups. To see a full listing of NASPA events, please see the Events page.

Strategic Priorities

NASPA Region IV-E is committed to advancing our field. To aid in these efforts, the region has developed the following Strategic Priorities:

Professional Development
  • Deliver vibrant and diverse professional development to serve the breadth of needs and opportunities within our region.
  • Assess existing professional development opportunities to determine scope of service and identify gaps along a variety of criteria (professional level served, institutional type relevancy, geography, etc.)
  • Expand efforts to ensure regional professional development is accessible and affordable, leveraging technology where appropriate.
  • Actively seek collaborative partnerships with relevant professional organizations to serve the professional development needs of both.
  • Develop resources and strategies for deploying both adaptive and timely responses to emergent issues within the region.
Membership
  • Develop and implement a data-driven approach to recruitment, support, and engagement of our constituencies (corporate partners, individual members, member institutions, non-profit partners). 
  • Conduct an asset mapping process to understand the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats as related to membership engagement. 
  • Create feedback mechanisms to better understand membership perceptions about NASPA IV-E for those who both choose be involved and not (first-time attendees, faculty, mid-level professionals, etc.).
  • Develop membership recruitment and engagement strategies, leveraging both the resources available via the NASPA Central office, and the state membership coordinators.
  • Develop and implement a communication strategy for the IV-E membership. 
  • Identify gaps between the needs of American college and university members and Canadian college and university members and how NASPA Region IV-E can serve both. 
Long-term Strategic Planning
  • Establish a long-term strategic resource direction that is both comprehensive and flexible, and aligns with the NASPA strategic plan. 
  • Establish measures to guide and enhance the viability of our annual regional conferences
  • Design a strategic and sound ten-year financial plan for the region.
  • Develop a comprehensive regional operations calendar designed to help direct the business of the region.
  • Document guiding philosophies and expectations regarding the onboarding, training, development, off-boarding of regional board members.
Inclusion and Equity
  • Actively champion and create spaces, resources, and programs for professionals in underrepresented communities, in all functional areas, and at all stages of their career.
  • Conduct an intentional assessment of the cost (time, resources) of being an active member of our region.
  • Conduct a power analysis of key processes and procedures of NASPA IV-E, and evolve same to be inclusive and equitable for the full membership.
  • Identify and adopt strategies to ensure executive leadership positions of our advisory board will be representative of our diverse membership and students.
  • Create transparent and open communication and planning strategies designed to include multiple voices and perspectives, and to enhance transparency of regional decision-making processes.
  • Provide specific professional development opportunities for professionals from equity seeking groups at intentional moments in their career (entry, mid-level, seeking executive positions, etc.)

History

It's no secret student affairs has its roots in our region. As the birthplace of the profession, Region IV-East is steeped in tradition and has a rich history of paving the way as innovators of promising practices in higher education.

NASPA IV-East Regional Vice Presidents/Directors
TermNASPA IV-E Regional Vice President/Director

1967-1968 (Region V)

Robert F. Etheridge, Vice President for Student Affairs Miami University of Ohio 

1968-1969

John Truitt, Vice President for Student Affairs, Indiana State University

1970-1971 (Region IV-East)

Rober F. Etheridge, Vice President for Student Affairs Miami University of Ohio 

1971-1972

Thomas Schreck, Dean of Students, Indiana University

1972-1974

William R. Nester, Vice Provost for Student Affairs, University of Cincinnati

1974-1977

Donald A. Adams, Vice President for Student Life, Drake University

1977-1979

Stanley R. Levy, Associate Vice Chancellor, University of Illinois-Urbana

1979-1981

Stanley B. Escott, Dean of Students, Manchester College

1981-1983

Henry Johnson, Vice President for Student Services, University of Michigan

1983-1985

Thomas B. Theilen, Vice President for Student Affairs, Iowa State University

1985-1987

Harvey Welch, Jr., Vice President for Student Affairs, Southern Illinois University

1987-1989

Joan M. Claar, Dean of Students, DePauw University

1989-1991

Richard Bredemeier, Vice President for Student Life, Kent State University

1991-1993

Daniel C. Robinson, Professor of Higher Education, Iowa State University

1993-1995

Carmen Witte, Dean of Students, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

1995-1996

Daniel C. Robinson, Professor of Higher Education, Iowa State University

1996-2000

Theresa A. Powell, Vice President for Student Affairs, Western Michigan University

2000-2001

Dick McKaig, Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs and Dean of Students, Indiana University

2001-2003

Barb Jones, Assistant Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs, University of Wisconsin-Whitewater

2003-2005

Mary Desler, Associate Vice President for Student Affairs, Northwestern University

2005-2007

Tom Crady, Dean of Students, Grinnell College

2007-2009

Levester Johnson (L.J.), Vice President of Student Affairs, Butler University

2009-2011

Les Cook, Vice President for Student Affairs, Michigan Technological University

2011-2013

Renee Romano, Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

2013-2015

Peggy Burke, Associate Vice President for Student Development, DePaul University

2015-2017

Kimberlie Goldsberry, Vice President and Dean of Students, Carthage College

2017-2019

Julie Payne-Kirchmeier, Associate Vice President and Chief of Staff for Student Affairs, Northwestern University

2019-2021

Danita Brown Young, Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

Regional Conferences

Date

Location

Theme

Conference Chair(s)

February 10-12, 1985

South Bend, Indiana

"Dimensions of Unity"

Tom Coyne, Margaret Healy

February 9-11, 1986

Bloomingdale, Illinois

"Individual and Institutional Integrity"

 

November 6-8, 1987 (Joint Conference with Region IV-West)

St. Louis, Missouri

"Joint Venture: We Make a Difference" 

Lawrence Pasquini, University of Wisconsin Osh Kosh & Susanne Gordon, University of Arkansas Fayetteville

February 3-5, 1989

Indianapolis, Indiana

"Higher Education at the Crossroads: Setting the Agenda for the '90's"

 

February 4-6, 1990

St. Charles, Illinois

"Remembrance, Reform, and Renewal"

Bill Riley, University of Illinois Urbana Champaign

February 3-5, 1991

Columbus, Ohio

"Refocusing Our Vision: Campus As Community"

 

February 2-4, 1992

Minneapolis, Minnesota

"Preserving Our Past While Peparing Our Future"

Paul Parker, Loyola University Chicago

January 31 - February 2, 1993

Des Moines, Iowa

"Student Affairs 2000: Changes, Challenges, Choices"

Mary Desler, North Central College

January 30 - February 1, 1994

Milwaukee, Wisconsin

"Student Affairs in the 90's: New Realities, New Paradigms"

 

February 5-7, 1995

Dearborn, Michigan

"Constructing Highways to the Future: A Student Affairs Challenge"

Theresa Powell, Western Michigan University

February 4-6, 1996

Indianapolis, Indiana

"The Promise of Community: The Ongoing Challenge"

Mary Skorheim, University of Wisconsin, Osh Kosh

February, 1997

Columbus, Ohio

   

February 1-3, 1998

Minneapolis, Minnesota

"Crossing Boundaries"

Jerry Price, Drake University

January 31 - February 2, 1999

Oak Brook, Illinois

"Reflecting on the Past: Looking into the Future"

Robert Gatti, Otterbein College

February 6-8, 2000

Cedar Rapids, Iowa

"Student Affairs in the New Millennium: A Field of Dreams"

Tom Hill, Iowa State University

November 4-6, 2001

Cleveland, Ohio

"Rock 'n Roll into the 21st Century: A New Agenda for Student Affairs"

Narbeth Emmanuel, Southern Illiniois University - Edwardsville

November 3-5, 2002

Skokie, Illinois

"Navigating in New Times"

Linda Deanna, University of Illiniois Chicago

November 2-4, 2003

Milwaukee, Wisconsin

"Gathering by the Water 2003"

Steve McLaughlin, University of Wisconsin, Parkside

October 31 - November 2, 2004

Grand Rapids, Michigan

"Building a Grand Community"

Todd Holcomb, Iowa State University

October 23-25, 2005

Schaumburg, Illinois

"Time to Build Innovations in the Architecture of Student Affairs"

Jim Hoppe, Macalaster College

November 5-7, 2006

Oak Brook, Illinois

"A New Day: challenge, collaboration, change"

Brian Hemphill, Northern Illinois University

November 11-13, 2007

Indianapolis, Indiana

"The Crossroads of Student Affairs, Today's Visions, Tomorrow's Reality"

Suzanne Phillips, Indiana University Bloomington

November 2-4, 2008

Indianapolis, Indiana

"Planting the Seeds For the Future of Student Affairs"

Kory Vitangelli, University of Indianapolis

November 8-10, 2009

Lombard, Illinois

"Changing Times, Enduring Values"

Eileen Sullivan, Elmhurst College

November 7-9, 2010

Minneapolis, Minnesota

"Together: Innovative Practice, Creative Discovery"

Lisa Erwin, University of Minnesota Duluth & Connie Gores, Winona State University

November, 2011

Evanston, Illinois

"Reinvent. Reimagine. Reawaken"

Anna Gonzalez, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

November 4-6, 2012

Madison, Wisconsin

"Blurring the Lines: Focusing Together on Student Transformation"

Rob Kelly, Loyola University Chicago

November 3-5, 2013

Skokie, Illinois

"Courageous Voices: Take a Stand, Make a Choice"

Joianne Smith, Oakton Community College & John Lehman, Michigan Technological University

November 2-4, 2014

Columbus, Ohio

"The Future of Higher Education: Forging New Paths for Student Affairs"

Kimberlie Goldsberry, Ohio Wesleyan University & Lance Phillips, Ohio State University

November 8-10, 2015

Schaumburg, Illinois

"Renaissance: A Regional Celebration"

Danita Brown Young, University of Minnesota - Twin Cities & Keith O'Neill, Harper College

November 15-16, 2016

St. Louis, Missouri

Joint conference with Region IV-West

Jim Hoppe, Macalaster College & Shana Meyer, Northeastern State University

November 12-14, 2017

Detroit, Michigan

"re:Detroit"

Bernard Little, DePaul University & David Strauss, Wayne State University

November 11-13, 2018

Milwaukee, Wisconsin

100 Years of NASPA

Nikki Letawsky Shultz, University of Minnesota & Renee Dowdy, Marquette University

 

November 2-5, 2019

Des Moines, Iowa

Rooted in our Values, Advocating for Change

Tess Barker,  University of Michigan - Flint & James Stewart, DePaul University

November 1-3, 2020

Chicago, Illinois

WEnvision Our Future

Region IV-West & East Joint Conference

Michael Anthony, Prairie State College & Thomas Lane, Kansas State University