Region IV-W

Region IV-W

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

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NASPA IV-W Regional Newsletter

Message from the Director

NASPA Region IV-West is one of the most diverse and expansive regions in all of NASPA. We pride ourselves in our multifaceted voices and welcoming culture. We focus primarily on our members leading the organization and the development of our members. Be a part of what makes IV-W special!

Get Involved

NASPA Regions are run and supported entirely by the continued hard work and contributions of our volunteers. Region IV-West offers numerous volunteer positions and opportunities for our members to become involved. Whether it’s taking on a leadership role or helping out at a drive-in, there’s something for everyone.


Log into Volunteer Central to submit interest for the positions listed below.


Kansas Membership Coordinator

Manitoba Membership Coordinator

Saskatchewan Canada Membership Coordinator

South Dakota Membership Coordinator

North Dakota Membership Coordinator

Knowledge Communities (KC):

Assessment, Evaluation & Research

Sexual & Relational Violence Prevention, Education, & Response

Spirituallity and Religion in Higher Education

Wellness & Health Promotion

Other Opportunities:

Conference Awards Reviewer

NASPA S.E.R.V.E Mentor

NASPA S.E.R.V.E Mentee

NUFP Representative

  • Volunteer

    Thinking about volunteering at conference, chairing a committee, or reviewing programs? Check out Volunteer Central for a list of the current volunteer opportunities. For questions related to IV-W volunteer opportunities, contact Shannon Schwaeber - Volunteer Coordinator.
  • Knowledge Communities

    Knowledge Communities (KCs) are a great way to get involved with other professionals with common interests. 

    To receive national and regional information from specific KCs, make sure your NASPA profile is up to date and you have selected the KCs in which you are interested. There is no limit to the number of KCs you are able to express interest in.

    Step 1: Log into your NASPA Profile
    Step 2: Under My NASPA (upper right hand corner), click Edit Profile.
    Step 3: Scroll down to “NASPA Engagement Details” and Knowledge Communities is listed. Scroll down the options list and pick which ones you want.
    Step 4: Scroll down to the bottom and click the Green Save button!

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Regions provide an opportunity for NASPA members to connect with each other on a local level that’s unique to the organization. We take this responsibility seriously at Region IV-West and strive to continually develop new ways to grow our members with new professional development opportunities, strengthen the bonds between our institution members, and use our unique geographical perspective to address our local issues.


Region IV-West encompasses the states of North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska, Kansas, Missouri, Arkansas, Oklahoma, New Mexico, Colorado, Wyoming; and the Canadian provinces of Manitoba and Saskatchewan.


Region IV-West has a long history of wonderful leadership and has built a professional legacy that propels us forward faster into the future because of where we have been. Check back frequently, as we will be adding new categories and of course we are always moving forward, learning and growing.

History of the IV-West Gavel

Chester "Chet" Peters from Kansas State University carved the Region IV-West gavel. Chet retired from Kansas State in 1985 as the Vice President for Student Affairs after 38 years of service to students on that campus. He was the first Region IV-West Vice President, 1967 - 1968. He also served as the President of NASPA from 1971 - 1972.

Like his passion for creating a better environment for students at K-State, Chet also had a passion for wood carving. Like the students with whom he worked, each piece of wood with which he worked was unique. His wood sculptures and carvings are on display throughout the Kansas State campus.

Region IV-West is honored to have this uniquely carved gavel as the "official" gavel for each regional leader to cherish for their two-year term. For many years, Chet also carved a unique gavel for each incoming NASPA President from a piece of wood special to that President.

Dr. Peters will be remembered for being student-centered, compassionate, moral and highly respected. Students and staff members were moved by his warmth, gentle humor and caring attitude. His ability to extend an understanding of the real meaning of goodness as a human quality is his legacy to learning.

Chet Peters will long be remembered as the "father" of Region IV-West, and we have this gavel as constant appreciation of the leadership that he gave to NASPA.

Region IV-West Conference History and Future Locations *

Year        Location

2029        South Dakota

2028        Arkansas**

2027        Kansas

2026        Colorado

2025        North Dakota

2024        Missouri

2023        Nebraska

2022        New Mexico

2021       Oklahoma

2020       Chicago, Illinois 

2019       Fargo, North Dakota 

2018       Wichita, KS

2017      Lincoln, NE

2016      St. Louis, MO

2015      Beaver Creek, CO

2014      Albuquerque, NM

2013      Hot Springs, AR

2012      Rapid City, SD

2011      Denver, CO

2010      Omaha, NE

2009      Santa Fe, NM

2008      Tulsa, OK

2007      Little Rock, AR

2006      Breckenridge, CO

2005      Kansas City, MO

2004      Fargo, ND

2003      Santa Fe, NM

2002      Kansas City, MO

2001      Oklahoma City, OK

2000      Jackson Hole, WY

1999      Omaha, NE

1998      Wichita, KS

1997      Albuquerque, NM

1996      Hot Springs, AR

1995      Rapid City, SD

1994      Aspen, CO

1993      Lincoln, NE

1992      Tulsa, OK

1991      Fargo, ND

1990      Beaver Creek, CO

1989      Kansas City, MO

1988      Las Cruces, NM

1987      St. Louis, MO

1986      Denver, CO

1985      Omaha, NE

1984      Afton, OK

1983      Kansas City, MO

1982      Denver, CO

1981      Albuquerque, NM

1980      Wichita, KS

1979      Omaha, NE

1978      Tulsa, OK

1977      Albuquerque, NM

1976      Denver, CO

1975      Osage Beach, MO

1974      Osage Beach, MO

1973      Osage Beach, MO

1972      Lake of the Ozarks

1971      Kansas City, MO

1970      Kansas City, MO


* *  Travel to Wyoming will be evaluated in 2027 to determine if need / membership exists to host a conference.  Currently, travel to Canada is not included due to low active membership & the inability for many US members to travel internationally.

* This rotation was voted upon by the Region IV-W Board at the fall conference, 2017. Rotation may be adjusted by Board action to add joint conference location, remove states with newly enacted state inequity legislation, or other rationale that may make travel to a location in this order challenging.

Advisory Board

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



Click PDF(s) below to see the latest Region IV-W Update:


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.

If you are interested in planning an event for the Region, you must fill out this form. The completed form will be sent to your Regional Director and Regional Treasurer for approval. Once approved, they will connect with the NASPA Central Office and a staff member will reach out to you for training and event set-up.



Financial Assistance


The NASPA IV-W Travel Assistance Application allows IV-W Advisory Board members to request funding to assist in costs associated with traveling to Regional and National NASPA events. Board members who do not have institutional support will receive first consideration in funding because their attendance is required as part of the expectations of their position. 

Awarding priority is as follows for members of the advisory board:

  1. Need
  2. Professional Development Opportunity
  3. Benefit to the Region

You will be expected to work with a regional representative to coordinate direct payment for travel related expenses. Please be mindful of the deadlines to ensure consideration for your request. 


NASPA Region IV-W is excited to continue our support for a Critical Conversations, Spring Event. For campuses and individuals that are seeking support (up to $1700) to provide an on-campus professional development opportunity, the critical conversations committee seeks proposals for a Critical Conversations Spring Event. The committee will review proposals and select a group of finalists to bring to the advisory board for selection. Applications are due September 30, 2019 and notification of the program selected will be in November!

This opportunity allows the members of the region to provide direction on pressing issues they would like to discuss. The spring event would be an in-person professional development opportunity and we look forward to working with our region to offer a great opportunity.

Members are invited to apply online at:


NASPA IV-W is committed to supporting research in the region. Applications are now being accepted for the NASPA IV-W 2018-2019 Research Grants. Members are invited to apply online at

Thanks to the region's commitment to supporting the NASPA Foundation, Region IV-W has received funding to support research efforts. Thank you for your generosity! If you haven't donated to the Foundation yet, please consider making a donation today! 

Applications will be reviewed by the Research Coordinator, Regional Director, SSAO Liaison, and the Assessment, Evaluation, & Research Knowledge Community Region Representative. Funds may be awarded to one or several research projects based upon a review of the applications. 

Questions? Please contact Amy Pennington, NASPA IV-W Research Coordinator, at or 479-968-0407.

Student Affairs Graduate Programs in NASPA Region IV-W

Interested in pursuing a graduate degree? Click HERE to see a list of programs in Region IV-W



The Regional SERVE (Supporting, Expanding, and Recruiting Volunteer Excellence) Program is mirrored from the NASPA National SERVE Academy. It is our role as an Association to help our members feel a connection to the region and Association, a sense of belonging, and purpose for your membership. This Region IV-West SERVE Program engages NASPA Region IV-West members at all levels (graduate students, new professionals, mid-level professionals, senior-level professionals, and faculty members) in a cohort experience of learning about NASPA and Region IV-West, connecting with a seasoned NASPA Region IV-West volunteer leader as a mentor, and developing and implementing a cohort project that will give back to the Region in support of a strategic priority. The Region IV-West SERVE participants will meet monthly via Zoom from December through September to learn more about NASPA and Region IV-West and then design & implement a project as a cohort to better NASPA Region IV-West.

2018-2019 COHORT

  • Dr. Evette Allen, Director of the Multicultural Center and Non-Traditional Student Services at Arkansas State University. Dr. Allen will be mentored by Dr. Veronica Riepe, Director of Student Involvement at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.
  • Dalton Brasington, Coordinator of Student Engagement for the Mewbourne College of Earth and Energy at the University of Oklahoma. Dalton will be mentored by Ryan Gove, Director of Student Life at the University of Kansas Medical Center.
  • Patrick Bussiere, Graduate Assistant for Student Senate at the University of Northern Colorado. Patrick will be mentored by Dr. Thomas Lane, Associate Vice President for Student Affairs/Dean of Students at Missouri State University.
  • Josh Doak, Assistant Director of Student Life at Baker University. Josh will be mentored by Joshua Alvarez, Assistant Director of Support and Safety Assessment at Colorado State University.
  • Aubrey Holt, Director of Campus Life at Arkansas Tech University. Aubrey will be mentored by Dr. Cassie Gerhardt, Associate Dean of Students at the University of North Dakota.
  • Karina Knutson, Associate Director of Wellness Promotion at the University of North Dakota. Karina will be mentored by Mary Alice Serafini, Associate Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs/Executive Director of the Pat Walker Health Center at the University of Arkansas.
  • Chris Lord, Assistant Director of Alcohol and Other Drug Programs at the University of Colorado-Boulder. Chris will be mentored by Dr. Brent Marsh, Vice President for Student Affairs at Rogers State University.
  • Bradley Luthe, Assistant Director of Residence Life at Pratt Community College. Bradley will be mentored by Richard Monroe, Coordinator of Campus Life and Leadership at Metropolitan Community College-Blue River.
  • Finnley Maier, Graduate Assistant for Fraternity & Sorority Life at North Dakota State University. Finnley will be mentored by Dr. Teresa Clounch, Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs/Title IX Coordinator at Fort Hays State University.
  • Stephanie Ross, Academic Advisor for the Trulaske College of Business at the University of Missouri-Columbia. Stephanie will be mentored by Dr. Carrie Petr, Vice President for Student Affairs/Dean of Students at Doane University.
  • Brian Street, Coordinator of Student Activities at Rogers State University. Brian will be mentored by Charles Keefer, Director of Student and Residence Life at Pratt Community College.
  • Dominque Thomas, Student Success Advocate and Experience Facilitator for the Charles W. Donaldson Scholars Program at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. Dominque will be mentored by Allan Ford, Title IX Coordinator at Northeastern State University.

2017-2018 COHORT

  • Heather Brake, Assistant Director of Residence Education at Arkansas State University. Heather was mentored by Dr. Keegan Nichols, Vice President for Student Services at Arkansas Tech University.
  • Andrew Brown, Assistant Director of the Hansen Leadership Institute at Doane University. Andrew was mentored by Dr. Jerrid Freeman, Vice President for Student Affairs at Northeastern State University.
  • Lindelle Fraser, Assistant to the Vice President for Student Affairs at Arkansas Tech University. Lindelle was mentored by Dr. Lois Flagstad, Vice President for Enrollment & Student Affairs at Black Hills State University.
  • Farah Habli, Doctoral Student/Graduate Assistant for the School of Education at Saint Louis University. Farah was mentored by Jennifer McDannold, Enrollment Coordinator at Baptist Health College-Little Rock.
  • Joshua Maples, Residence Hall Director at South Dakota State University. Joshua was mentored by Dr. Eric Grospitch, Vice President for Student Life at Washburn University.
  • Jesus Melendez, Program Coordinator for Leadership Development at Washington University in St. Louis. Jesus was mentored by David Adams, Director of Student Life at Tulsa Community College.
  • Kassey Steele, Director of Student Life at Tulsa Community College. Kassey was mentored by Dr. Shannon Breske, Assistant Teaching Professor at the University of Missouri-Columbia.


For questions or more information, please contact Brett Bruner, Region IV-West SERVE Coordinator,