April 2, 2019
The Division of Student Affairs’ reach and influence was in full force at the 2019 NASPA Annual Conference in Los Angeles a few weeks ago. This premier professional development event brought together 7,000 student affairs educators and administrators from across the country who share the responsibility for a campus-wide focus on the student experience.
Members from across the Division presented educational sessions ranging from organizational transitions to campus culture. Their thought leadership and presentations inspired many attendees. Here is some of our team who were shining at NASPA!
(Clockwise from top left) Soncia Reagins-Lilly and Gerard Smithwrick (University Housing and Dining); Justin Jaskowiak, Shauna Sobers, Mylon Kirsky and Tiana Lindberg (University Housing and Dining); Naomi Fainchtein (University Unions); Virginia Luehrsen (Office of the Dean of Students), Rita Miller and Edna Domínguez (Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs); Marilyn Tyus and Shauna Sobers (University Housing and Dining) and Hemlata Jhaveri (University of California, San Diego) with presentation attendees; Ashley Jones (Office of the Dean of Students)
I also enjoyed catching up at our annual Friends and Alumni Reception with many of our former students who are now student affairs professionals, as well as former UT Austin staff who are moving up the ranks. Kudos to our events team for putting on a first-class event that created some fun new memories.
(Clockwise from top left) Soncia Reagins-Lilly; Division of Graduate Assistants; Brandon Jones (University Housing and Dining), Travell Oakes (Central Michigan University) and Sharee L. Myricks (Indiana University-Purdue University); Gustavo Molinar (The Ohio State University), Ali Raza (Florida State University), Justin Samuel (University Housing and Dining) and Claudia García Louis (The University of Texas at San Antonio); Friends and Alumni Reception; Michael Crosa (Office of the Dean of Students)
Another highlight of the conference: NASPA’s Asian Pacific Islanders Knowledge Community honoring University Housing and Dining’s Justin Samuel with the Outstanding Mid-Level Professional Award. Congrats, Justin!
(Front row) Jacob Chacko (California State University, Fullerton), Dr. Smita Ruzicka (Johns Hopkins University), Justin Samuel (University Housing and Dining), Nicole Mehta (University of Maryland, College Park), Dhaval Patel (University of Kansas) and Ali Raza (Colorado State University); (back row) Dr. Ajay Nair (Arcadia University)
This conference reminded me that our work is more critical and more complex than ever. Our work matters because we help keep students on their path to success. So keep on engaging and inspiring each other!
All the best,
Your Vice President for Student Affairs