Call for programs for the 2019 Conference are now open! Please visit the Presenter Information page for more information!

NOTE: Programming and room locations are subject to change. For the most updated information the day of the conference, please reference the printed or electronic guidebook. 


2018 CONFERENCE

BLOCK 1

Where Do We Go from Here: Follow-Up to the Keynote Address

Come and engage in a follow-up discussion with keynote speaker Dr. Zebulun Davenport. The session will be an opportunity to continue discussing the central issues from the morning's Keynote Address, including: how to align programs with retention efforts, creating effective partnerships with academic affairs, how we contribute to the campus-wide learning community, speaking the language of the academy, working effectively with faculty, demonstrating our leadership in the academy, and programming for first-generation college students. Additional ideas and issues raised by those participating in this session will also be included in the conversation.

Presenter(s):  Dr. Zebulun R. Davenport, Vice President for Student Affairs, West Chester University
Target Audience: Any/all levels
NASPA/ACPA Competency Areas: Assessment, Evaluation & Research, Leadership, Student Learning & Development
Room Location: Washington B

GRIT For College Students: What Every College Student Needs To Know ® About Resiliency & Persistence

One of the #1 trending topics today in American Higher Education is the topic of student Persistence & Resilience, otherwise known as GRIT! Popularized by the groundbreaking work of U Penn researcher, Dr. Angela Duckworth and her wildly successful Ted Talk (8 Million views and counting), GRIT has become the latest buzzword on today’s college campuses. And rightfully so! As there is a direct correlation between student resilience and student retention.

In this highly engaging & relevant educational seminar, we bring the power of the research & literature to life for today’s college student. By exposing students to what it truly takes to not only survive college but to thrive. GRIT For College Students helps students increase their own personal resiliency, tenacity and perseverance for success from Orientation all the way to Graduation and beyond. It’s the perfect message for today’s college student. Get GRIT for College Students for your campus community.

Presenter(s): Joe Urbanski, Collegiate Empowerment
Target Audience: Any/all levels
Competency Areas: Student Learning and Development
Room Location: Washington C

New Professional Roundtable

This session will bring together new professionals (generally defined as 0 to 3 years of higher education experience regardless of current position) for a discussion on current topics impacting new professionals in the field.

Presenter(s): William S. Bordak, Director of Community Standards, Saint Joseph's University
Target Audience: Graduate Students, New Professional
Competency Areas: Leadership
Room Location: Plymouth

Title IX and Clery Enforcement Under the New Administration

In early September 2017, Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos reiterated plans, first announced by high-ranking officials from the Department of Justice and the Department of Education, to “reorient” our government’s current policies, procedures and practices related to Title IX and civil rights enforcement practiced at colleges and universities around the country.  This session “Title IX and Clery Enforcement Under the New Administration” will highlight for presentation attendees the notable policy and procedural changes and developments relating to college and university Title IX compliance adopted, thus far, by the Trump Administration.

Presenter(s): Joshua W. B. Richards, Partner; Vice Chair, Higher Education Practice, Saul Ewing Arnstein & Lehr LLP; Meghan Talbot, Associate, Saul Ewing Arnstein & Lehr LLP
Target Audience: Any/all levels
Competency Areas: Law, Policy & Governance
Room Location: Barren Hill Amphitheater

Reimagining Student Success to Meet the Needs of Today's College Student

As higher education professionals we promote student development, and our time is spent intervening in the lives of students to support their needs and promote student success both inside and outside the classroom.    This workshop will present an opportunity to discuss ways to improve the success of students in the academy and assessing best practices at our institutions to increase student satisfaction and retention. Do we have the resources or the support to meet these outcomes?  How can we as professionals institutionalize programs and policies to promote student success and increase student engagement?

Presenter(s): Thom Nixon, Director, Residence Life and Housing, Cheyney University of Pennsylvania; Lauren Sealy, Project Assistant, Housing and Conference Services, Cheyney University of Pennsylvania; Danisha Allen, Coordinator, New Programs, Cheyney University of Pennsylvania
Target Audience: Any/all levels
Competency Areas: Advising & Supporting, Student Learning & Development
Room Location: Washington A


BLOCK II

HOW TO INCREASE YOUR PEACE & TRIPLE YOUR PRODUCTIVITY
What Every Higher Ed Pro Needs To Know™ About Work/Life Balance

Nighttime programming. Weekend events. 14-hour work days. Nonstop emails. Way too many phone calls. Student demands.  And unscheduled meeting requests. IT'S NO WONDER why burnout happens at 4-6 years for the average Higher Education Professional! You’re not alone, and it’s time to get some answers to the biggest problem: every day can be a work day- and it often is.  During this transformative session you will learn a whole new approach to time management for the 21st century via The Time Empowerment System. Through this tool you will learn how to cultivate a new mindset for professional achievement and personal fulfillment in the crazy busy world of today. At the foundation of this revolutionary time system are

The Four P Days for 21st Century Success:

● Peace Days: get back to what’s most important to you personally

● People Days: take care of the relationship in your life

● Preparation Days: get ready to do your best work

● Performance Days: do your best work

Are you looking for a new mindset to help you make sense of the 21st Century? If you said “Yes!”, then it’s time to stop your hectic routine to see where your hectic routine is actually taking you and attend this empowering sessions today!

Presenter(s): Tony D’Angelo, Collegiate Empowerment
Target Audience: Any/all levels
Competency Areas: Organizational and Human Resources
Room Location: Washington C


Collaboration for Success: Exploration of an Integrated Systems Model for Retention

While it is generally accepted that increased First Year retention efforts yield a higher proportion of Spring-Fall sophomore conversion, Cedar Crest College has collaborated with multiple efforts on campus to ensure holistic support from numerous departments. This has provided a fully integrated First Year, supporting curricular, residential, academic and social resources that have integrated into the entire college campus. This presentation will explore the data and how this inter-office collaboration can provide a solid retention success.

Presenter(s): Fran Boshell, Assistant Director of Residence Education and Leadership, Cedar Crest College; Elena Brobyn-Navarro, Advising & Retention Specialist, Cedar Crest College
Target Audience: Any/all levels
Competency Areas: Advising & Supporting, Leadership, Student Learning & Development
Room Location: Washington A

Senior Level Roundtable

This session will bring together senior level professionals for a discussion on the field of student affairs.

Presenter(s): Allison Mootz, Dean of Students, Manor College
Target Audience: Senior Level
Competency Areas: Leadership
Room Location: Plymouth

Formal Creativity

Stuck in a rut? Doing the same thing over and over and still expecting different results? Relax. It’s only natural! This session looks at the challenge of thinking and acting more creatively. Creativity is a skill and, like most skills, can be improved with practice. You’ll examine barriers to creativity through interactive activities and practice a few formal techniques for enhancing creative response from the likes of Edward DeBono, Doug Hall and Michael Michalko.

Presenter(s): Chris Jachimowcz, Director of Orientation and Transition Programs
Target Audience: Any/all levels
Competency Areas: Leadership, Personal and Ethical Foundations
Room Location: Barren Hill Amphitheater

Building Leadership for Staff of Color: Connecting Faculty & Staff with Students

Staff of color face leadership challenges, especially at predominantly white institutions. Mentoring, both peer and with students, can facilitate professional development. The mentoring relationship provides a safe environment to expand one’s perspectives, take risks, engage in reflective practice, and examine personal assumptions and those of others. This session will discuss the relevant research around staff of color mentor practices, provide examples implemented on campus as well as provide an opportunity for participants to share what programs they may have on their campus which connects faculty and staff with students.

Presenter(s): Tasha Gardner, Director, CLASS-University City, Drexel University
Target Audience: Any/all levels
Competency Areas: Leadership, Student Learning & Development
Room Location: Washington B


POST LUNCH SESSION

The Most Underutilized Tool in the Student Affairs Toolbox: and How to Use it!

This session was created to give student affairs professionals 3 to 4 easy strategies to combat stress in their lives, and to share these techniques with students when they may be thinking on a worst case scenario level, highly stressed or in crisis. Using breathing and mindfulness techniques borrowed from yoga, meditation, and stress reduction, we will share easy strategies you can use anywhere to help bring awareness and clarity to the situation, to label and recognize emotions, and to combat negative emotions and physical reactions. Let’s help ourselves, and help our students, lead happier and clearer lives by recognizing these signs of stress.

Presenter(s): Emily Forte, Assistant Director, Community Standards, Saint Joseph’s University
Katie Bean, Assistant Director, Wellness, Alcohol and Drug Education, Saint Joseph’s University
Target Audience: Any/all levels
Competency Areas: Personal and Ethical Foundations
Room Location: Plymouth

How to write a conference/workshop proposal

Presenter(s): DVSAC Conference Committee
Target Audience: Graduate Student, New Professional
Competency Areas: Personal and Ethical Foundations
Room Location: Washington Lounge

Joining the DVSAC Planning Committee

Presenter(s): DVSAC Conference Committee
Target Audience: Graduate Student, New Professional
Competency Areas: Personal and Ethical Foundations
Room Location: Washington Lounge


AFTER LUNCH PANEL

Digital Literacy and Intelligence Panel Discussion

Listen and participate in a conversation regarding digital literacy and intelligence in a quickly changing communication landscape. Our panelists have a range of backgrounds and will each be able to share personal experiences, anecdotes, and suggestions for professional direction. We’ll cover what appropriate and responsible use of digital platforms and social media means, specifically in relation to student affairs and higher education professionals before moving into targeted discussions regarding education about free speech versus personal accountability, changes in communication between university constituents, and ideas for guidelines and training for staff, faculty, and students. Come prepared with questions, stories to share, and a willingness to contribute!

Panelists:
Maria Boyd, Professor Communication Studies, Delaware County Community College
Kelly Peiffer, Director of Marketing Communications, Manor College
Minisica Hart, Area Coordinator for Housing & Judicial Affairs, Jefferson–East Falls Campus
Seth Kovanic, Consultant, formerly of Temple University and Immaculata University

Target Audience: Any/all levels
Competency Areas: Technology
Room Location: Washington A, B & C


BLOCK III

Locker Room Talk or Sexual Misconduct: Navigating the Line

Less than five percent of survivors of sexual misconduct in college report their experience to campus authorities. Students need to recognize misconduct before they can report it. This engaging 40 minute workshop uses pop culture case studies to introduce students to the line between celebrated speech, locker room talk, code of conduct violations, and law-breaking behavior. Where's the line on your campus? If you aren't sure, how sure can your students be? The remaining 20 minutes will include tips for introducing similar programming to your campus and a Q & A.

Presenter(s): Ali Stefanik, Assistant Director of Student Engagement for Diversity and Social Justice/Deputy Title IX Coordinator, Jefferson (Philadelphia University + Thomas Jefferson University)
Target Audience: Any/all levels
Competency Areas: Law, Policy & Governance, Personal and Ethical Foundations, Social Justice and Inclusion, Student Learning and Development
Room Location: Washington A

It's Raining Cats & Dogs... and Miniature Horses? Why are Animals in my Building?

Dogs in the food court? Ponies in the game room? Do you know what animals can be where on your campus? This session will demystify stereotypes surrounding service animals, clarify terminology, discuss etiquette and provide training recommendations for your staff. From the Student Center, to Residence Halls, to office spaces, you will learn about the different ways these animals can be on campus and in your facilities.

Presenter(s): Kim Celano, Associate Director, Temple University
Target Audience: Any/all levels
Competency Areas: Law, Policy & Governance, Personal and Ethical Foundations, Social Justice and Inclusion
Room Location: Washington B

Baking the Dream Team: Women Advancing in Leadership

In order to advance in higher education, one must first understand their role at their college/university along with their skill-sets and how the two interface.  All of us participate in teams on campus, but some aspire to lead them.  Even those who lead are part of a larger team and need to understand and navigate the landscape of higher education.  Topics discussed in this session are: identifying your role in the team, selecting the right team members, networking, advancing in the field, and using competencies to advance the university and individual. 

Presenter(s): Catherine Feminella, Assistant Dean for Student Development and Engagement, Widener University; Brenda Cruz, Director of Residence Life, Widener University
Target Audience: Graduate students, New professionals
Competency Areas: Leadership, Organizational and Human Resources, Women’s Leadership
Room Location: Plymouth

Working Together: Integrating Career Readiness Interventions into Student Activities and Campus Life

How do we use campus activities and student clubs as a tool to help students prepare for professional life?  We know that the experiences students have on our campuses will build the skills necessary to be successful in the workplace. But, how can we provide a focus on those skills in a meaningful way? Lehigh University used this question to develop a career readiness program for students which aligned NACE standards to interventions that promote professional growth. Through these interventions, students were able to learn about their skills and abilities, while also reflecting on how much more there is to prepare for before they graduate.

Presenter(s): Matthew Kitchie, Senior Assitant Dean and Director of Student Engagement, Lehigh University; Nicholas Christy, Assistant Director for Student Engagement, Lehigh University
Target Audience: Any/all levels
Competency Areas: Advising & Supporting, Student Learning & Development, Technology
Room Location: Washington C

Preparing For and Responding To Campus Unrest

It has been a generation since higher education institutions have seen the level of activism now occurring on campus—both among college students and campus outsiders. College students have been speaking up—and speaking out—about a wide array of issues. Sometimes this speech transforms into protest. And as we have seen across the country, sometimes those protests turn disruptive and even violent.  College administrators have to walk a tightrope in managing situations of campus unrest. On the one hand, they must ensure the safety of those on campus and prevent damage to college or university property. On the other hand, college administrators must be careful not to regulate the content of their students’ speech just because the administration does not agree with it. This dichotomy presents a host of legal issues that, if not deftly navigated, can cause a college or university to become embroiled in dangerous situations and later face a crushing wave of negative publicity and backlash.  This session features two higher-education lawyers from Saul Ewing Arnstein & Lehr LLP who have advised colleges and universities address instances of campus unrest of all shapes of sizes. Attendees will learn about effective strategies to prepare for and manage campus unrest, taking away practical steps that they can bring back to campus. In addition, attendees will learn how the First Amendment affects the analysis—even for private institutions—and how to balance free-speech concerns against public safety and maintaining order. Attendees from public and private colleges and universities will gain a better understanding on the relevant legal precepts. The presentation will include multiple engaging, interactive hypotheticals to help attendees apply legal principles in real time.

Presenter(s): Cory Winter, Saul Ewing Arnstein & Lehr LLP; Alexander Bilus, Saul Ewing Arnstein & Lehr LLP
Target Audience: Any/all levels
Competency Areas: Law, Policy & Governance
Room Location: Barren Hill Amphitheater