3rd Annual DSA Conference

May 31, 2018

Together We Transform

Join us on May 31, from 8:15 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. for the third annual DSA Conference. This year the focus of the conference is: Together We Transform. All DSA members are encouraged to attend! Registration deadline is Tuesday, May 29. The Conference Team can use your help as a volunteer! Please sign up for a volunteer shift if you are able.

The vision for this annual conference is to provide an opportunity for DSA staff to get to know one another better, cross-pollinate, learn from one another, and have an opportunity to share areas of expertise.

Questions? Please contact Joslyn Bedell.

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SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

Schedule at a Glance
8:30 — 9:00 am Breakfast Commonwealth Ballrooms A & B
8:50 — 8:55 am Welcome — Charles Klink, Ph.D. Commonwealth Ballrooms A & B
9:00 — 9:10 am Overview Commonwealth Ballrooms A & B
9:10 — 9:20 am Break Move to the first session of your choice!
9:20 — 10:05 am Breakout Sessions See below
10:05 — 10:15 am Snack Break James River Terrace 
10:15 — 11:15 am Breakout Sessions See below
11:15 — 11:30 am Break Commonwealth Ballrooms A & B
11:30 — 12:00pm Lunch Commonwealth Ballrooms A & B
12:00 — 12:30 pm Keynote - Patricia (Patty) Perillo, Ph.D. Commonwealth Ballrooms A & B
12:30 — 1:30 pm DSA Awards Commonwealth Ballrooms A & B

 

9:20 am Breakout Sessions
Getting to Yes: Finance for People Who Don’t Finance
Virginia Rooms A & B

Lauren Katchuk, Jimmie Ransom

This is a presentation on University finances and related policies and procedures for people who don't have direct finance responsibility. Believe it or not, this will be fun and informative. This isn't a presentation about why we're always saying "no" (though sometimes we have to) but it's more about how we can collaborate, learn from each other, ask the right questions and (especially when time is short and need is great) how we can "get to yes." 

Organizing a Successful Search
Virginia Rooms C & D

Ra'meer Roberts

This program will introduce and teach attendees the best practices and procedures for orchestrating a successful candidate search.

Keys to Building a Successful Team
Richmond Salons I & II

Jimmie Gahagan, Ph.D.

Our work in Student Affairs is often guided through our participation in teams, units, divisions and other organizational structures.  How can we work together to help our units become high performing?  How do we better equip students to be more effective in groups and teams?  Join us for this interactive session, as we explore several strategies to enhance our effectiveness and increase productivity when working with groups and teams.

Transforming Word Documents into Accessible Files for All
Richmond Salons III & IV

Emily Helft

This is a recommended BYO device with Microsoft Word 2016 workshop. Throughout the session, we will cover the basics of how to transform a provided inaccessible document into an accessible one by using the Accessibility Checker and applying foundational knowledge of what makes a document accessible to everyone. Workshop Checklist | Practice Document

A Campaign to Remember
Forum Room

Lauren Henry, Miles Hopkins, Annie Maddox, Jordan Parker, Francis Stephens

Targeted content multi-platform campaigns – those that engage specific audiences through print, social, and web using graphics, blog articles, photographs, videos, etc. - are extremely effective in generating interest and developing loyalty within a target audience base. Using University Student Commons and Activities' summer campaign for new and transfer students as an example, this session will focus on how best to utilize the strengths of multi-platform campaigns to make purposeful and long-lasting impacts on how students seek and receive information.

 

10:15 am Breakout Sessions
How Space Impacts Engagement
Virginia Rooms A & B

Saher Randhawa

An overview of Event Management System (EMS) best practices, resources on campus when reserving space, timeline of space availability, understanding of different areas on campus and their needs, and an overview of the new space reservation policy, situations that could arise, and how the policy will help.

Selecting Mentors: Roundtable Discussion
Virginia Rooms C & D

David L. Greene, DaNika Robinson, Ed.D.

Selecting a mentor can be a daunting process, yet the need to establish relationships to assist with professional and personal development is crucial to the development of new and mid-level professionals. This session will discuss types of mentors, ways to identify mentors, along with when and how to ask someone to serve in this vital role. 

Using Data to Support All Aspects of Program Evaluation
Richmond Salons I & II

Jessica Bourdon, Trisha Saunders

This presentation will serve three goals: (1) Provide an overview of the National College Health Assessment (NCHA). The NCHA is a bi-annual, national survey of college students' health and wellness that is administered by the Wellness Resource Center. This dataset is rich with information that can inform and assist each unit within DSA, so it is important for each faculty/staff member to have an understanding of it. (2) Report on updated trends seen in via preliminary analyses of the 2018 NCHA, as well as longitudinal observations noted between 2012 and 2018. (3) Emphasize the program evaluation model and how a dataset such as the NCHA can empower units within DSA to better support VCU students. This dataset is not limited for only use at the Wellness Resource Center and we want to encourage an environment of collaborations across DSA units if other individuals want to utilize this dataset. 

Navigating Professional Transition: The Growing Pains & Positive Takeaways 
Richmond Salons III & IV

Andrea Becker, Megan Becker, Ed.D., Gavin Roark

Staff growth and transition tend to be common occurrences in higher education. Have you ever worked with someone as a co-worker and then one of you transition to the supervisor role? Have you ever transitioned to a new position to replace the person still working in the department? Have you or a colleague ever experienced anxiety about a new work structure? If you have considered any of these questions, then this may be the program for you. In addition to our own personal experiences, we will highlight valuable feedback from other student affairs professionals from across the country. Come join us as we review our experiences with position transition and working through change. 

DSA Jeopardy!
Forum Room

Reuban Rodriguez Ed.D., Kendall Plageman, Kyle Dailey

How knowledgeable are you about VCU and the Division of Student Affairs? The session features a quiz competition in which contestants are presented with general knowledge clues in the form of answers, based on DSA and VCU trivia, and must phrase their responses in the form of questions. The room will be divided into three competing teams for the three rounds, Jeopardy!, Double Jeopardy! and Final Jeopardy! DSA members who plan on attending this session can send an email to vcudean@vcu.edu to be considered for team captain.

 

 

Speakers 

  • Patty Perillo

    Vice President
    Student Affairs, Virginia Tech

    Patricia Perillo, Ph.D.

    Featured Speaker | Keynote

  • Charles Klink

    Senior Vice Provost
    Student Affairs

    Charles Klink, Ph.D.

    Featured Speaker | Welcome

  • Lauren Katchuk headshot

    Business Manager
    Office of Senior Vice Provost
    for Student Affairs

    Lauren Katchuk

    Getting to Yes: Finance for People Who Don’t Finance

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    Business Office Manager
    University Student Health Services

    Jimmie Ransom

    Getting to Yes: Finance for People Who Don’t Finance

  • Ra’meer Roberts

    Personnel Administrator /
    Building Manager
    Dean of Students Office

    Ra’meer Roberts

    Organizing a Successful Search

  • Jimmie Gahagan

    Director
    VCU LEAD

    Jimmie Gahagan, Ph.D.

    Keys to Building a Successful Team

  • Emily Helft

    Assistive Technology Specialist
    Student Accessibility and Educational Opportunity

    Emily Helft

    Transforming Word Documents into Accessible Files for All

  • Lauren Henry

    Marketing and Special Events Coordinator
    University Student Commons and Activities

    Lauren Henry

    A Campaign to Remember

  • Miles Hopkins

    Senior Marketing Assistant
    University Student Commons and Activities

    Miles Hopkins

    A Campaign to Remember

  • Annie Maddox

    Lead Marketing Assistant
    University Student Commons and Activities

    Annie Maddox

    A Campaign to Remember

  • Jordan Parker

    Marketing Assistant
    University Student Commons and Activities

    Jordan Parker

    A Campaign to Remember

  • Francis Stephens

    Graduate Marketing Assistant
    University Student Commons and Activities

    Francis Stephens

    A Campaign to Remember

  • Saher Randhawa

    Assistant Director of Event Services
    University Student Commons and Activities

    Saher Randhawa

    How Space Impacts Engagement

  • David L. Green

    Director
    University Student Commons and Activities

    David L. Greene

    Selecting Mentors: Roundtable Discussion

  • DaNika Robinson

    Assistant Director for Finance and Personnel
    University Student Commons and Activities

    DaNika Robinson, Ed.D.

    Selecting Mentors: Roundtable Discussion

  • Jessica Bourdon

    Graduate Research Specialist
    The Wellness Resource Center

    Jessica Bourdon

    Using Data to Support All Aspects of Program Evaluation

  • Trisha

    Associate Director
    The Wellness Resource Center

    Trisha Saunders

    Using Data to Support All Aspects of Program Evaluation

  • Andrea Becker

    Associate Director of Residential Initiatives
    Residental Life & Housing

    Andrea Becker

    Navigating Professional Transition: The Growing Pains & Positive Takeaways

  • Megan Becker

    Associate Director of Residential Life
    Residental Life & Housing

    Megan Becker, Ed.D.

    Navigating Professional Transition: The Growing Pains & Positive Takeaways

  • Gavin Roark

    Director
    Residental Life & Housing

    Gavin Roark

    Navigating Professional Transition: The Growing Pains & Positive Takeaways

  • Reuban Rodriguez, Ed.D.

    Associate Vice Provost
    Student Affairs and Dean of Students

    Reuban Rodriguez, Ed.D.

    DSA Jeopardy!

  • Kendall Plageman

    Assistant Dean
    Dean of Students Office

    Kendall Plageman

    DSA Jeopardy!

  • Kyle Dailey

    Associate Dean
    Dean of Students Office

    Kyle Dailey

    DSA Jeopardy!

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