November 2-4
2019
TopofPageIn this Conference Update:   
  • Major Speaker Announcement - Dr. Dhanfu E. Elston
  • Discounted Registrations Ends October 4th
  • SACSA Travel Grants
  • Social Media Flair
  • Faculty Summit
  • CSAO Summit
  • Conference Orientation
  • Undergraduate Symposium
  • Schedule at a Glance
  • Learn about Raleigh, NC
  • Registration Information
  • Hotel Information
Major Speaker Announcement! - Dr. Dhanfu E. Elston

Dr. Dhanfu E. Elston (pronounced: dah-nee-foo) serves as Complete College America's (CCA) Vice President for Strategy where he utilizes his national and campus expertise for practical application, implementation, and scaling of CCA strategies at institutions throughout the United States. He provides oversight of national partnerships, pathways initiatives, the Purpose First career choice grant, 15 To Finish national campaign, technology Seal of Approval, and scaling standards to close achievement gaps. He coordinates relationships with Governor's Offices and higher education state-wide systems in their college completion efforts. Recently, he launched a national initiative with the Thurgood Marshall College Fund to amplify completion efforts at Historically Black Colleges and Universities and minority-serving institutions. Over two decades of his higher education career in academic and student affairs, Elston has created and implemented comprehensive success and retention programs that have garnered national attention. He has been recognized as a champion of college completion policy initiatives at institutions that educate highly diverse and underrepresented student populations.

Prior to his current role with CCA, Dr. Elston held the position of Executive Director of Student Success and Transition at Purdue University Calumet (now Purdue Northwest). Under Elston's leadership, Purdue Calumet experienced exponential gains in first-year retention, graduation rates, and enrolled credit hours. In addition, enhancements made to campus-wide academic advisement processes led to the receipt of the Education Advisory Board's inaugural Data-Driven Impact Award for utilization of predictive analytics.

Elston has also served Georgia State University, which is nationally recognized as a model for collegiate academic success, as the Assistant Director for Undergraduate Studies. Earlier in his career, he held positions in Student Affairs and Enrollment Management at Georgia State and Clark Atlanta University where he led Greek Life, student activities, and leadership development functional areas. During his tenure at each institution, Dr. Elston held faculty appointments and was responsible for teaching and the development of first-year experience course curricula.

Dr. Elston earned a Ph.D. in Educational Policy Studies from Georgia State University where he conducted research in student retention, intercultural relations, learning communities, leadership development, and Historically Black Colleges and Universities. He earned both an M.A. in Educational Leadership and B.S. in Biology from Clark Atlanta University.

Elston is a member of and has held leadership roles in numerous professional associations, including NASPA - Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education (past Chairperson of the African American Knowledge Community), Association of Fraternal & Leadership Values (Board Member), NACADA: The Global Advising Community, LeaderShape, Inc., American Educational Research Association, Golden Key International Honour Society, Omicron Delta Kappa National Leadership Honor Society. He is a Life Member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.

Discounted Registrations Ends October 4th!

Early bird registration ends on October 4th!   Register here before the prices increases. 

REGISTRATION RATES

Registration Type Regular 
(5/8-10/4)
Late
(10/5-10/20)
NO REGISTRATION
(10/21-11/2)
On-Site
(11/3-11/5)
SACSA and/or NASPA
Professional Member
$270 $295
X
$320
SACSA and/or NASPA
Student Member
$170 $195
X
$220
Non-Member Professional $350 $375
X
$400
Non-Member Student $215 $240
X
$265
NPI/MMI 2018 Members $245 $270
X
$295
One-day Registration $160 $185
X
$210
Graduate Symposium only  $50  $50
X
$50
Graduate Symposium with Conference $25  $25
X
$25
Undergraduate Symposium Only $10 $10
X
$10
Undergraduate Symposium with     Conference $0  $0
X
$0
CSAO Pre-Conference $50 $50
X
$50



  
SACSA Travel Grants

We are excited to announce that the SACSA Travel Grants are now OPEN!  Travel Grants are sponsored by the SACSA Foundation, coordinated through SACSA's Newest committee, and provide financial support for graduate students and new professionals to be able to attend the SACSA annual conference in Raleigh, NC. 
 
Thanks to an anonymous donor, we are able to offer even more Travel Grants for graduate students and new professionals this year! The application process will be the same for both grant types and will be awarded based on merit and need. 
 
Graduate Student Grants:
  • Five available grants for graduate students!
  • Cover the member cost of registration for the SACSA conference
  • Cover the cost of Graduate Student Symposium (attendance required for all recipients)
 
Graduate Student/New Professional Grants:
  • Two available grants for graduate students and/or new professionals
  • Provide a stipend (amount TBD) toward SACSA conference costs (can be used at the recipient's discretion).
 
All of the information about the requirements is on the application, which can be found here.  Applications are due Friday, September 27 at 5:00 p.m. EST.
Please contact SACSA's Newest Chair, Alli Lake (alli.lake@uky.edu) and the Travel Grant Workgroup Lead, Shelby Bosi (sbosi@bellarmine.edu) with any questions! 
 


Social Media Flair

SACSA members now have the ability to showcase their involvement with SACSA and NASPA Region III using downloadable pieces of flair for use on social media! Click on the link then follow the steps below to download your icon:
  1. Click an icon. This image will open in a new window within your internet browser.
  2. Right click the image and select "Save" or "Save as."
  3. Upload to your social media account!

  
Chief Student Affairs Officers Summit

Creating Multiple Platforms for Student Success
Join us for an engaging conversation on the evolving role of Student Affairs in supporting student success.  We will enjoy a one-on-one conversation with Dr. Russell Lowery-Hart. Then hear from colleagues who are leading engaging and transformative programs on campuses across our region where silos of great work are being replaced by collaborative excellence. In addition to being inspired through the discussion, we will gain practical ideas and strategies for implementation.

Make sure to indicate your interest when registering for the Conference. 

For questions, please contact: 
Alicia Caudill ( caudillad@cofc.edu) or Frank Cuevas ( fcuevas@utk.edu)


Faculty Summit

SACSA Graduate Preparation Program Faculty - please register for the Faculty Summit which includes Lunch with the SACSA Executive Council.  This is an opportunity to network and discuss critical issues relevant to professional preparation and the association.

Make sure to indicate your interest when registering for the Conference.

For questions about the Faculty Summit, contact Dorian McCoy ( dmccoy5@utk.edu).

Conference Orientation

Are you a graduate student, new professional, or new to SACSA?  Is this your first SACSA conference?  Join SACSA's Newest for Conference Orientation on Saturday, November 2!  Orientation is a great opportunity to learn about the association, find ways to get involved, and learn the best tips and tricks for navigating the SACSA conference.  Attendees will have the opportunity to hear from other professionals involved in the association, learn about the SACSA Foundation, network with other first-time attendees, and get a jump start on completing their Buck-et list!  Start your conference experience off right with this fun opportunity provided by SACSA's Newest.  If you have any questions about orientation, SACSA's Newest, or getting involved in SACSA, please contact SACSA's Newest chair, AlliLake at  alli.lake@uky.edu .  It's (almost) SACSA time!


Undergraduate Symposium

Do you ever find yourself advocating for students?  Are you mentoring a student who is interested in the field of student affairs?  Have you considered how to support the future of our profession?

Please direct those in your networks to the Undergraduate Symposium at the 2019 SACSA /NASPA Region III Annual Conference. This one-day event serves as the perfect introduction for undergraduate students considering a career in student affairs. The Undergraduate Symposium will take place on Saturday, November 2 from 10 am - 4 pm.

This interactive workshop includes valuable time and relevant information with student affairs professionals, graduate students, faculty, and SACSA leadership. Those in attendance will examine the current landscape of higher education, learn the value of their undergraduate leadership experiences, gain insight into the graduate school search process, and even gain networking tips on how best to "work" the SACSA/NASPA Region III Conference.

We can think of no better way to pursue this year's conference theme of Connecting Theory, Practice, and Purpose than by investing in the next generation of student affairs professionals. Register for the Undergraduate Symposium today! 

The Undergraduate Symposium is free of charge for students participating in the annual conference. Those only attending the Undergraduate Symposium pay a $10 registration fee. Please follow  this link   to register. 

Be an advocate for the future of our profession and support a student as they discover their purpose in Student Affairs. If you have questions or need more information, please contact Chris Ndiritu, SACSA Undergraduate Symposium Chair, at  chndiritu@davidson.edu .   

Schedule-at-a-Glance

Trying to figure out your SACSA experience?  Check out the   Schedule-at-a-Glance and get prepared for the Conference early.





Registration Information


REGISTRATION RATES

Registration Type Regular 
(5/8-10/4)
Late
(10/5-10/20)
NO REGISTRATION
(10/21-11/2)
On-Site
(11/3-11/5)
SACSA and/or NASPA
Professional Member
$270 $295
X
$320
SACSA and/or NASPA
Student Member
$170 $195
X
$220
Non-Member Professional $350 $375
X
$400
Non-Member Student $215 $240
X
$265
NPI/MMI 2018 Members $245 $270
X
$295
One-day Registration $160 $185
X
$210
Graduate Symposium only  $50  $50
X
$50
Graduate Symposium with Conference $25  $25
X
$25
Undergraduate Symposium Only $10 $10
X
$10
Undergraduate Symposium with     Conference $0  $0
X
$0
CSAO Pre-Conference $50 $50
X
$50

REGISTRATION STEPS
Online registration for the 2019 SACSA Annual Conference with NASPA Region III is available now! https://www.sacsa.org/events/register.aspx?id=1235797.

REFUND INFORMATION
To cancel a registration and request a refund, a written request must be sent to Joe Buck. Please enter 2019 SACSA Conference Refund in the subject line. Telephone requests will not be honored.

Credit card refunds are processed within 72 hours after receipt. For check refunds, please allow 10 business days for processing. Exceptions to the policy will be considered on a case-by-case basis and decisions made within two weeks after the conference.
Refund Request Deadlines
  • Refund requests received up to 30 days prior to the start of the conference will receive a full refund, less a $50 service and processing fee of the registration fee.
  • Refund requests received up to 15 days prior to the start of the conference will receive a refund equal to 50 percent of the appropriate registration fee.
  • Refund requests received with less than 14 days before the start of the conference will not be honored.
Attendee Substitutions are welcome. Substitutes should be the same member type to qualify.  Individuals seeking to substitute their attendance must submit their request via email to Joe Buck no later than 10 days prior to the start of the conference.

REGISTRATION CONTACT
Thomas Bruick
Registration Chair
University of Central Arkansas
registration@sacsa.org



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Learn about Raleigh, NC

Southern charm combined with great music and food, Raleigh, North Carolina has a big city feel with a strong cultural heartbeat. 

  • Average temperature in November: 62 degrees
  • Named after Sir Walter Raleigh and founded in 1792
  • Nickname: City of Oaks
  • Airport: Raleigh-Durham International Airport (RDU)
  • Raleigh is home to 12 traditional universities and colleges.  Shaw University, founded in 1865,is the first HBCU in the South.

Check more at  visitRaleigh !


Hotel Information

Hilton Raleigh North Hills
3415 Wake Forest Road, Raleigh, NC 27609



PROPERTY LOCATION
Located in Raleigh, Hilton Raleigh North Hills is within a 10-minute drive of North Hills Shopping Center and Raleigh Flea Market. This hotel is 4.5 mi (7.3 km) from North Carolina State Capitol and 4.6 mi (7.3 km) from Marbles Kids Museums.

ROOMS
Make yourself at home in one of the 333 air-conditioned rooms featuring refrigerators and MP3 docking stations.  Wired and wireless Internet access is complimentary, while 37-inch flat-screen televisions with digital programming provide entertainment.  Private bathrooms with shower/tub combinations feature complimentary toiletries and hair dryers.  Conveniences include phones, as well as laptop-compatible safes and desks.



AMENITIES
Take advantage of recreational opportunities offered, including an indoor pool, a spa tub, and a fitness center.  Additional amenities at the hotel include complimentary wireless Internet access, concierge services, and shopping on site.  Getting to nearby attractions is a breeze with the complimentary area shuttle.

RATES
Hilton Raleigh North Hills offers several types of rooms for SACSA members.  These rooms are either two double beds or one king bed.

Check-in: Thursday 10/31/19
Check-out: Tuesday 11/05/19

Rate: $129.00 + 13.25% tax.
Conference rates are available through October 1, 2019.

RESERVATIONS


      
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