NASPA
2018 NASPA Annual Conference

VPSA Highlights

NASPA understands that, as a vice president for student affairs, it's very difficult for you to be away from campus, even for a few days. The VPSA Initiatives Committee of the 2018 NASPA Annual Conference Leadership Committee has developed an outstanding set of offerings for VPSAs to ensure that your time in Philly is well spent!

VPSA Lounge Hours

VPSAs (and the equivalent) are welcome to visit the VPSA Lounge to gather with colleagues, share information, or just relax.

Saturday, March 3 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Sunday, March 4 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Monday, March 5 7:30 AM- 3:30 PM
Tuesday, March 6 7:30 AM - 3:30 PM
This year’s VPSA Lounge lead sponsor is Presence. The Lounge is also sponsored in part by Student Health 101, APLU, and Pacifica Labs. The VPSA gift is provided by Eco Promotional Products, Inc.


Colleague Conversation Schedule


Monday, March 5
10:30 AM – 11:45 AM 

VPSA Colleague Conversation: Student Unrest and Activism (VPSAs only)
Facilitators: Anna Gonzalez, Dean of Students, Lewis & Clark College 
Lynette Cook-Francis, Vice President of Student Affairs, CUNY John Jay College Criminal Justice

Tuesday, March 6
10:30 AM – 11:45 AM 
VPSA Colleague Conversation: Enrollment Management (VPSAs only)
Facilitators: Ellen Neufeldt, Vice President for Student Engagement & Enrollment Services, Old Dominion University
Mark Allen Poisel, Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs, University of Arkansas at Little Rock
2:00 PM – 3:15 PM 
VPSA Colleague Conversation: The VPSA as Fundraiser (VPSAs only)
Facilitator: Rose B. Pascarell, Vice President for University Life, George Mason University
Pat Whitely, Vice President for Student Affairs, University of Miami
3:30 PM - 4:45 PM
VPSA Colleague Conversation: Student Athletes and Mental Health (VPSAs only)
Facilitators: Kathryn Hutchinson, Vice President for Student Affairs St. John's University-New York
Andrew Shepardson, Vice President for Student Affairs/Dean of Students, Bentley University

Programs and Events of Interest

Small Colleges and Universities: Opportunities and Challenges for Vice Presidents for Student Affairs
Saturday, March 3, 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Convention Center, 113C

Small college and university vice presidents for student affairs have always worn many hats, juggled many roles, and moved fluidly within their institutions to advocate for students and create programs and services to ensure student success. The growing complexity and institutional management, compliance, and attention to educational outcomes continues to challenge our daily work. Experts will guide conversations exploring institutional leadership, response to campus incidents, and flexibility in changing roles. Additional fee required.

Greek 101: A Primer for Non-affiliated VPSAs Supervising Fraternity and Sorority Life
Saturday, March 3, 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Convention Center, 122B

There are many roads to the position of vice president for student affairs, and many leaders get into these roles without a background in fraternity and sorority life. Understanding that fraternity and sorority life can serve as a great asset and a significant liability to a campus, those who lead should have some working knowledge of structures, systems, and support to help them in their responsibilities. This workshop will do just that!  Additional fee required.

NASPA Vice Presidents for Student Affairs Institute
Sunday, March 4, 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Courtyard Philadelphia Downtown, Junipers Ballroom

The NASPA Vice Presidents for Student Affairs Institute gathers VPSAs (or the equivalent) for a full day of interactive sessions and guided discussions relevant for executive-level institutional leaders responsible for navigating today’s rapidly changing, indeed tumultuous, higher education environment. The 2018 Institute features sessions focused on leadership during periods of rapid change, the hot and emerging legal issues VPSAs need to understand, effective partnerships with chief diversity officer colleagues, and using data to demonstrate the value of student affairs. Prior registration for this VPSA-exclusive full-day pre-conference workshop is required and includes lunch. Additional fee required.

The NASPA Vice Presidents for Student Affairs Institute is sponsored by the James E. Scott Academy, The Jed Foundation, OOHLALA Mobile, and Presence

This program is currently at max capacity. If there is a cancellation, a spot will open up in the registration system, We do not manage a wait list for this event.

Navigating the NASPA Annual Conference as a VPSA
Sunday, March 4, 4:00 p.m. – 4:45 p.m.
VPSA Lounge – Convention Center, 112 A

Are you a VPSA who is attending the NASPA Annual Conference for the first time or a
seasoned attendee who is attending for the first time as a VPSA? If so, attend this informal session designed to help you get the most out of your conference experience.
This VPSA exclusive session is sponsored by Presence


Region II VPSA Breakfast (by invitation)
Monday, March 5, 8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.
Sheraton Philadelphia Downtown, Freedom Ballroom E

NASPA Advisory Services: Enhancing Student Affairs Divisions Through External Review and Assessment
Monday, March 5, 9:05 a.m. – 9:55 a.m.
Convention Center, 121 A


Transitional Leadership — Opportunities for Visionary Interim Administrators
Monday, March 5, 9:05 a.m. – 9:55 a.m.
Convention Center, 109 B

Fraternity & Sorority Life Town Hall for Vice Presidents of Student Affairs (VPSAs/Deans of Students Only)
Monday, March 5, 10:10 a.m. − 11:00 a.m.
Convention Center, Terrace Ballroom 1

2017 NASPA Institute for New VPSAs Followup Session (by invitation)
Monday, March 5, 10:15 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.
Marriott Downtown, Franklin 1

Data, Analytics, and Student Success: Perspectives from IR, IT, and Student Affairs
Monday, March 5, 11:15am – 12:05pm
Convention Center, 119B


FERPA Update and Q&As
Monday, March 5, 1:15 p.m. – 2:05 p.m.
Convention Center, 115 A

Public Policy Division Town Hall
Monday, March 5, 2:30 p.m. – 3:20 p.m.
Convention Center, 114

Transformational Encounters: Shaping Diverse College and University Leaders
Monday, March 5, 2:30 p.m. – 3:20 p.m.
Convention Center, 113 A

Institutional Type VPSA Roundtables
Monday, March 5, 3:30 p.m. – 4:45 p.m.
Various Locations

VPSA and Voting Delegate Reception
Monday, March 5, 4:45 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. (VPSAs and Voting Delegates only. Ticketed event.)
Sheraton Philadelphia Downtown, Liberty Ballroom C/D

Join your colleagues for an Annual Conference tradition!  Take some time out of your busy conference schedule to network with your fellow VPSAs.
Sponsored in part by MTVU and Paperclip Communications.

NASPA Institute for New VPSAs Reunion
Monday, March 5, 8:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Marriott Downtown, Independence Ballroom, Salon 3

NASPA welcomes all past participants of the Institute for New VPSAs/CSAOs/SSAOs to join us for this reception and get re-connected with your institute cohort and institute faculty.
Sponsored in part by EdR.

Extended Learning Session: From Vice President of Student Affairs to College President
Tuesday, March 6, 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Convention Center, Terrace Ballroom 2

The path to the presidency is not a traditional one for most student affairs professionals.  This panel of esteemed university presidents, who previously served as senior student affairs officers, will address the pressing challenges and professional opportunities for those seeking a route to the President’s Suite. This workshop is specifically designed for the senior-most student affairs officer, who potentially aspire to presidential leadership. Space is limited and this session is open only to the senior most student affairs officer on campus (Voting Delegates).

NASPA Annual Business Meeting (Voting Delegates should attend)
Tuesday, March 6, 4:45 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Convention Center, 114

NASPA Small Colleges and Universities Division VPSA Reception (VPSAs only)
Tuesday, March 6, 7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Sheraton Philadelphia Downtown, Independence Ballroom D

Join other VPSAs at small colleges and universities (fewer than 5000 students) for some refreshments and fellowship.
Sponsored by NASPA’s Small Colleges and Universities Division and Credo.

VPSA and Voting Delegate Reception

Monday, March 5, 4:45 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. (VPSAs and Voting Delegates only. Ticketed event.)
Sheraton Philadelphia Downtown, Liberty Ballroom C/D

VPSAs (or the equivalent) and Voting Delegates are invited to join their colleagues for this Annual Conference tradition! Take some time out of your busy conference schedule to network with your VPSA peers.

Sponsored in part by MTVU and Paperclip Communications. Only VPSAs and Voting Delegates are permitted to attend.  No guests will be admitted.