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MessagefromPresElectMessage from President-Elect, Jason Cassidy

Greetings SACSA Family! 
Jason Cassidy, President-Elect

Where has the summer gone?? I cannot believe it is August as I sit here and write this message. I hope that you have been able to carve out some time to recharge your batteries this summer, while also crossing off some items on that ambitious to-do-list that I'm sure you had great expectations for back in May.

I am getting excited about seeing all of you in Raleigh, NC in just a few short months for the 2019 conference. Kimberly Lowry and her team have been hard at work planning a wonderful professional development experience for all of us. I hope you have marked your calendars and invited colleagues to attend.

Several of us have begun taking steps to get ready for the 2020 conference in Norfolk, VA. Dr. Angela Taylor has graciously accepted my appointment to serve as the conference chair. Angela is the Assistant Provost for Student Affairs & Assistant Dean of Students at the University of Louisville. More to come about the 2020 conference later this fall.

The month of August can be hectic, so I wish you the very best as your prepare for the arrival of your next batch of new students. When you have some quiet moments, be thinking about how you might like to serve SACSA this upcoming year. I welcome your feedback, suggestions and ideas as we continue to move SACSA forward!


Jason Cassidy 

Membership & Recruitment Committee

Dr. Angela B. Taylor
Dr. Angela B. Taylor's first SACSA conference was 2013, in Norfolk, VA. Since then, Dr. Taylor has spent her SACSA time serving as the Conference Committee's Local Arrangements Chair (when the conference was hosted in Louisville, in 2014!), Conference Chair, Awards and Recognition Chair, Member at Large, Nominations Chair, and, for our upcoming 2020 conference, she will serve a second term as Conference Chair, heading back to the location where she attended her first conference - Norfolk, VA! Regarding the position of Conference Chair (x2!), she notes that she is energized by the conference planning role because of the opportunity to develop a program for colleagues in the profession. 
Dr. Taylor is the Assistant Provost for Student Affairs and Assistant Dean of Students at the University of Louisville in Louisville, Kentucky. In this role, she oversees all of the functions of the Dean of Students' Office, including conduct, care, crisis, complaint and advocacy for the institution's 22,000+ students. She serves as the Deputy Title IX Coordinator for Students, chairs the Behavioral History Review Committee, chairs the Student Care Team, and has oversight of the University 24/7 crisis response team. Dr. Taylor also supervises the Disability Resource Center, Student Involvement, TRIO Student Support Services, and is the staff liaison to the Religious Life Association. With so much in her portfolio, we are happy to know still makes time for SACSA! 
Dr. Taylor received her Bachelor's degree in Communication Arts and Psychology at Georgetown College in Georgetown, Kentucky. She later earned her Master's and Ph.D. in College Student Personnel at the University of Louisville. Her favorite SACSA location was Jacksonville, FL, highlighting the strong colleague connections and conference connections that year (2016). Her favorite memories from SACSA conferences include the opportunities she has had to connect with colleagues for advice and to share best practices.  
Dr. Taylor highlights SACSA's strong commitment to membership and the ability to create professional connections as reasons she enjoys SACSA. When asked what keeps her coming back to SACSA, she cites the opportunity to learn about many different areas in Student Affairs, the smaller size of the conference and organization, and the connection to the South and Southeast. As for how she got involved, she simply states, "Someone asked me to be involved and I said yes", which resonates for many of us!

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ExecCouncilExecutive Council Call for Nominations
SACSA Nominations Committee

Executive Council nominations for the following positions are now open: 
  • President-elect
  • Vice President of Marketing
  • Vice President of Professional Development
  • Vice President of Scholarship & Research
  • One Member-at-Large 
We encourage you to consider nominating yourself or someone else for these open positions. 
Nominations are open until August 23, 2019. For more information, or to nominate, please visit the SACSA Nominations Website . You are welcome to direct any questions to Angela B. Taylor , Nominations Committee Chair. 
Kristie Gover, Creston Lynch, Tanisha Jenkins, & Angela B. Taylor
SACSA Nominations Committee

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SACSAConferenceSACSA Conference Update
Conference Committee

We look forward to Connecting Theory, Practice, and Purpose and Rise Higher in Raleigh, NC on November 2-4, 2019!  Please continue checking the Conference page with more information: . Be on the lookout for the next Conference Communications email in August 20th!

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Awards20192019 Awards & Recognition Open
Awards & Recognition Committee

Nomination submission dates for this year's SACSA Awards have been extended. Please see below for the new deadlines.

Nominations for the 2019 SACSA Awards and Recognition process are now open. All nominations and recommendations are due by Friday, September 6, 2019.

The nomination form can be found here:

The SACSA Award Nomination process requires the following:
1. A completed nomination form for the person being recommended for consideration for the award. Due by Friday, September 6, 2019.
2. Two completed recommendation forms from people who can speak to reason(s) the person deserves this award. Due by Friday, September 6, 2019..
3. A resume, Chronology of SACSA involvement, and High-Quality Photograph from the person being recommended for consideration for the award.

Please note that once completed, the nomination form will automatically send notifications to Recognition & Awards Chair. Each recommender will receive an email notification to submit a recommendation letter no later than Friday, September 6, 2019. Once the call for nominations has closed, award nominees will be contacted by the Chairperson of the Awards and Recognition Committee and asked to submit their resume, chronology of SACSA involvement, and a high-quality photograph.

The following awards have a separate nomination and award process. Please click each award below to learn more:
* Dissertation of the Year
* Research Grants

Questions regarding the nominations process may be directed to: Don Stansberry (, 2019 Recognition & Awards Committee Chair. 

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TrusteeMeet the Trustee, Beau Seagraves
SACSA Foundation Board & Trustees
Dr. Beau Seagraves, University of Georgia

Current Position: Associate Dean of Students and Director of Student Care & Outreach (University of Georgia)

Educational Background: 
B.A. in History & Political Science from Furman University 
M.Ed. in Counselor Education/Student Affairs from Clemson  University
Ph.D. in Counseling & Student Personnel Services from the  University of Georgia

First Year in SACSA: 2004-2005

SACSA Involvement: 
· Member, SACSA Foundation Board (2018- present)
· Chair, Nominations & Elections Committee (2017-present)
· President-Elect, President, Past-President (2014-2017)
· Vice President for Member Relations (2012-2014)
· Conference Chair, 2012 Conference, Memphis (2011-2012)
· Interest Sessions Chair, 2011 Conference, Atlanta (2010-  2011)
· Editor, SACSAlert Publication (2006-2010)

Favorite SACSA Memory: I have so many favorite memories with SACSA. But, my all-time favorite memory was having the opportunity to speak as the incoming president at the closing banquet of the 2015 conference in Greenville after the "Passing of the Gavel and the Gravel." During that speech, I was able to publicly recognize and express my appreciation for Dr. Tony Cawthon, who was the outgoing president and one of my faculty members at Clemson, and Dr. Harry Shucker, SACSA Lifetime Member and former Vice President for Student Services at Furman. These individuals took time to invest in me as both a student and a professional in the field. They helped cultivate in me a desire to do outstanding work with college students. And, they have demonstrated throughout their careers a commitment to service in organizations like SACSA. Many people do not have the opportunity to publicly recognize people to whom they owe so much; I am thankful I had that chance a few years ago.

Why Do You Give to the Foundation? Each of us makes commitments to support financially those parts of our lives that matter to us. SACSA matters to me. I believe in our core values of Inclusiveness, Professionalism, and Collegiality. I see these core values in the work of the Association and its leadership. I want to see more people experience the benefits of SACSA. Giving to the SACSA Foundation establishes a legacy of support for the Association and its members. 

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FoundationJoin the Foundation Board
SACSA Foundation & Board of Trustees

The SACSA Foundation is seeking Trustees to join the board. We would love to talk with anyone who might be interested in being considered for the board. The purpose of the SACSA
Foundation is to support the mission and initiatives of the SACSA. The money raised through the foundation is intended to help the Association to accomplish its goals of professional development, research, and services to its members.
We are especially seeking members with expertise in fundraising, marketing, and technology. The board welcomes interest from members at all levels within the profession. Trustees are expected to make an annual contribution, participate in monthly calls, and attend the annual conference. If interested, please contact Dr. Tony Cawthon, .

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LifetimeMemberLifetime Honorary Memberships
Membership & Recruitment Committee

Nominations for SACSA Lifetime Honorary Memberships are now open. All nominations will be due by Friday, September 6. 

Lifetime Honorary Memberships shall be presented to long-term members of SACSA who have made notable contributions to SACSA and the College Student Affairs Profession. Criteria are as follows:
  • Should no longer be eligible for regular membership.
  • Should have been a regular member for at least seven years.
  • Should have been actively involved in SACSA by serving in some leadership capacity, either as a committee chair and/or participating in at least one of the SACSA-sponsored professional development activities (i.e., the annual conference, Mid-Managers' Institute or New Professionals' Institute) as a coordinator or presenter.
To submit a nomination, please contact Tanisha Jenkins, Past-President.

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SponsorsPartners, Sponsors & Exhibitors
LeaderShape, Sponsor Level

LeaderShape believes that leadership involves living in a state of possibility, making a commitment to a vision, developing relationships to move the vision into action, and sustaining a high level of integrity. Effective leadership takes place in the context of a supportive community and results in positive change. To this end, LeaderShape provides three opportunities for participants to engage in courageous conversations: Institute (a six-day immersion experience for students) and Catalyst (a one day engaging experience for students) and Resilience (a powerful one-day experience for professionals). 

Resilience is designed for professionals and is ideal for groups looking to invest in the personal well-being of their organization as well as their colleagues. The skills learned during Resilience will allow professionals to approach their daily work with increased focus and will help build stronger relationships with co-workers, colleagues, and clients. Most importantly, doing this personal work will role model the importance of taking care of yourself and show how essential that is to be an effective community member regardless of your occupation.

LeaderShape is a new partner with SACSA and we are so grateful for their support at the Sponsor Level. 

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