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MessagefromPresElectMessage from the President-Elect
Committee Update
C. J. Woods, President-Elect

Greetings SACSA Colleagues,
The new academic year is upon us! Each year brings new challenges and opportunities for learning and understanding with regard to the social, cultural, and geopolitical norms on our campuses. As we ease back into the minutia of our day-to-day responsibilities, how do we mentally and physically prepare ourselves to transition from summer schedules and workloads to the rigors of the "fall" semester?

In my role as President-Elect, I have the honor of serving in a shadow role to our current President and take the pulse of our association as we move forward to build upon the mission and goals of SACSA.  I also have the privilege of observing and learning from the leadership of our Executive Board members, who are some of the best at what they do. I am amazed at the talent, expertise, wisdom, and creativity that we have at our disposal in SACSA. The willingness of our members to serve and volunteer is what makes SACSA authentically unique.
This time of year, I constantly remind myself of words of wisdom from one of my mentors. "As student affairs professions, we do a great job of taking care of others and not ourselves." Colleagues, as we embark upon another year, be mindful of your physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual well-being. Draw upon the SACSA network when challenges arise that may require a village approach or response. We exist and thrive as an association because of you...the strength of our association is its membership. Have a great semester and I look forward to seeing you in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina!
My best,
CJ Woods

AnnualConferenceAnnual Conference
Meet Us at the BEACH!
Meet us at the B.E.A.C.H.!

Conference registration is still open! Be sure to register during the Regular Registration window to receive the best rate. All rates increase on October 5, 2018.
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Are you a graduate student or new professional who needs financial assistance to attend the annual conference? If so, apply for a SACSA Conference Grant!

There are still spaces available at The Embassy Suites by Hilton Myrtle Beach Oceanfront Resort! Suites with two double beds or one king bed are $150 per night. Conference rates are available through October 12, 2018.
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On Monday, we released the first of our three guest speakers for the 2018 annual conference. Be sure to check social media the next two Monday mornings to learn more about the rest of our guest speakers. Follow us on Twitter and Facebook today! 
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Now Open

Executive Council nominations for the following positions are now open: 
  • President-Elect
  • Vice-President for Member Relations
  • Two Member-at-Large Positions
We encourage you to consider nominating yourself or someone else for these open positions. 

Nominations are open until August 24, 2018. For more information, or to nominate, please visit the SACSA Nominations Website. Please note that you must log into your SACSA account in order to access the link. You are welcome to direct any questions to Beau Seagraves, Nominations Committee Chair. 

Creston Lynch, Clarresa Morton, Beau Seagraves, & Matt Varga
SACSA Nominations Committee

ResearchSACSA's Research and Assessment
Deadline Approaching!

The deadline for SACSA's annual Dissertation of the Year (DOY) award and Research Grants competition is swiftly approaching. Applications for both are due by 11:59 p.m. CDT on August 17th to Dr. Danielle K. Molina, Chair of the Research and Assessment Committee

For additional information about evaluation criteria, qualifications, application requirements, and submission guidelines, please visit here for the Research Grant and here for the Dissertation of the Year under the Memberships Tab on the SACSA website. 

VolunteersSACSA's Research and Assessment
Seeking Volunteers!

Are you interested in learning more about what goes into a strong research grant proposal or dissertation? Do you have a discerning eye for topics and projects that would advance SACSA and the field of Student Affairs? The Research and Assessment Committee (RAC) is soliciting volunteers to help review submissions for, and select the winners of, SACSA's annual Dissertation of the Year (DOY) and Research Grant competitions. Scholars at all levels of education and experience and encouraged to participate. The time commitment will include reviewing submissions, grading submissions based on an established rubric, and participating in 1 - 2 conference calls between August 17 and September 1. If interested, please contact Matt Smith to volunteer for the Research Grants review panel or Brittany Williams to volunteer for the DOY review panel. 

MembersMeet our Members!
SACSA Profiles

Brittany M. Williams
Brittany Williams
Doctoral Candidate, Graduate Assistant for the Office of the Vice President for Instruction
University of Georgia
A member since 2016, Brittany Williams began her involvement in SACSA as a program reviewer for the annual conference and committee volunteer. She credits SACSA in positively impacting her research and practice. Thanks to SACSA, she learned how to construct a competitive grant and awards application, thus earning her the Research Incentive Grant. As a doctoral student, her primary areas of research center on the career development, professionalism, and workplace integration journeys of Black women in student affairs and higher education. She also serves on several research teams exploring issues related to campus sexual violence, Black LGBT students, and campus experiences of Black women at historically white institutions using a critical social justice lens. You can learn more about Brittany's research when she present preliminary findings from her study at the 2018 SACSA Conference. 

Dr. Larry Correll-Hughes
Dr. Larry Correll-Hughes
Assistant Vice President for Campus Life and Student Success & Executive Director of Residential Living and Learning
Stetson University
Dr. Correll-Hughes became involved in SACSA in 2010 at the encouragement of his colleagues. He was interested in attending a more general Student Affairs association and SACSA's size and region appealed to him. Additionally, he enjoyed engaging with professionals at various levels and in a variety of functional areas. SACSA was a perfect fit! He states that SACSA was a huge support to his dissertation work. The SACSA membership served as his survey sample and thanks to their participation he was able to present his findings the following year. When asked what has been the greatest benefit of his SACSA membership, Dr. Correll-Hughes is currently working on a new initiative at Stetson University to integrate residential living learning communities to be a more inclusive campus. Additionally, his campus is renovation their student union which will open in January. He's excited to see how it will transform their campus!

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