Division of Student Affairs

University of Mississippi

Professional Development Committee

The Student Affairs Professional Development Committee will seek to provide professional development and enrichment opportunities for staff, administrators, and graduate assistants within the Division of Student Affairs. Professional development events, workshops and presentations will be planned to incorporate basic skill levels of the Professional Competency areas as endorsed by College Student Educators International (ACPA) and Student Affairs Professionals in Higher Education (NASPA).

15-16 Professional Development Committee Curriculum

2016 Professional Development Conference

Empower “U”: Modeling Our Values

In an effort to continue to develop strong, prepared leaders, the Student Affairs Professional Development Committee is proud to announce the return of a one-day Professional Development Conference on Tuesday, January 19, 2016. Participants should register through OrgSync at Ole Miss: https://orgsync.com/90665/forms/167332  

The conference will include two breakout sessions each in the morning and afternoon, as well as optional programming both during lunch and to conclude the conference. Each breakout session will deal with topics that are important to the changing climate of higher education, and presenters have been asked to address at least one of the four Core Values for the Division of Student Affairs at the University of Mississippi. Participants will be able to choose from four concurrent presentations during each breakout session, as space allows. Sessions will be repeated in the afternoon in order to give participants the opportunity to attend multiple presentations of interest to them. 

The selected presentations for the 2016 conference are as follows: 

– Breaking Bad News to Students (Whitney Webb)
– Managing Up: Creating Positive and Powerful Partnerships for Success (Brandi Hephner LaBanc and Melinda Sutton)
– Not So Soft Skills: The Importance of Grit and Resiliency to College Student Success (Patrick L. Perry and Rebekah Reysen)
– Providing Inclusive Programs for Students of All Abilities (Shannon Richardson and Katherine Westfall)
– Relax, Relate, Release, and Restore: Integrating Restorative Practice and Language into Your Professional and Personal Life (Patience D. Bryant and Alexandra Lasso)
– Socially Accessible Media: Best Practices for ADA-Friendly Social Networking (Samra Ward)
– Straight out of (Kin)Compton: Changing Reputations and Perceptions on College Campuses (Kara Alspaugh)
– The Greatest Magicians on Earth: Finding Your Pseudo Work-Life Balance While Handling Your Field with Grace (Paige Freeman and Veneta Graham)

In addition, the Student Affairs Professional Development Committee is pleased to announce that Ms. Stephanie Gordon will serve as the keynote speaker for the conference. Ms. Gordon is currently the Vice President for Professional Development at the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA). Previously, Ms. Gordon has served as Director of Residence Life at Chatham University, Assistant Director of Residence Life at Colgate University, and Assistant Director of Undergraduate Admissions at Simmons College.

Please plan to join us for the second-annual conference. All exempt and nonexempt employees within the Division of Student Affairs are eligible to participate, as well as graduate students and faculty members in the Higher Education program.

  • Date: Tuesday, January 19, 2016
  • Time: Check-in will begin at 8:00 a.m., and the conference will conclude at 4 p.m.
  • Location: The Robert C. Khayat Law Center at the University of Mississippi
  • Priority Registration will be open from Monday, October 12 until Monday, December 14, or until event capacity is reached

Questions regarding the conference or the registration form can be directed to Ty Allushuski (tgallush@olemiss.edu). 

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Training and Development

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Professional Associations

The following staff members within the Division of Student Affairs are members of professional organizations:

Ty Allushuski, Assistant to the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs: AHEPPP
Amanda Alpert
, Coordinator of Intramural Sports and Sport Clubs: NIRSA
Alexa Arndt, Coordinator of Student Affairs/Fraternity & Sorority Life: ACPA, AFA
Toni Avant
, Director of Career Center: NASPA, NACE, NCDA, SoACE, MACE
Bradley Baker
, Director of the Ole Miss Student Union: ACUI, NACA
Leslie Banahan
, Assistant Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs: NASPA
Rachel Coleman, Academic Advisor for Center for Student Success and First-Year Experience: NBCC
Erin Cromeans, Assistant Director for Health Promotion: ACHA, Society for Public Health Education
Nathan Darce, Coordinator of Student Activities for the Ole Miss Student Union: ACUI, NACA
Corey Blount, Temp II Disability Specialist: RID, MSRID, RMMLA, SLS, SECOL, NAD, MAD, AHEAD 
Laura Diven-Brown, Director of Financial Aid: MASFAA, SASFAA, NASFAA
Crystal Dunn, Academic Advisor for the Center for Student Success and First-Year Experience: NACADA
Kyle Ellis
, Director of the Center for Student Success and First-Year Experience: NACADA, CSRDE, NASPA
Andy Karch, Coordinator of Fitness: NIRSA
Dewey Knight, Associate Director of the Center for Student Success and First-Year Experience: NASPA, MASFAA
Brandi Hephner LaBanc
, Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs: ACPA, NASPA
Travis Hitchcock, Assistant Director of the Center for Student Success and First-Year Experience: NACADA, CSRDE
Jeannie Hopper, Associate Director of Student Housing for Residential Learning: SEAHO, MAHO, ACUHO-I, NASPA, SACSA
Mike Howland, Coordinator of Veterans and Military Services: NAVPA
Cassie Luna, Disability Specialist: CPI, CEC, NASET, ABAI, AHEAD
Chris Kohl, Academic Advisor for the Center for Student Success and First-Year Experience: NACADA
Lionel Maten, Assistant Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs & Director of Housing: ACUHO-I, NACAS, SEAHO, MAHO, ASCA, NASAP
Shawnboda Mead, Director of Center for Inclusion & Cross Cultural Engagement: SACSA, NASPA
Senora Miller
, Assistant Director for Luckyday Programs: ACPA, NASPA
Scott Oliver, Assistant Director of Student Housing for Residential Learning: SEAHO, MAHO, ACUHO-I, ACSD
Patrick Perry, Director of Luckyday Programs: NASPA
Jennifer Phillips, Assistant Director of the Center for Student Success and First-Year Experience: CSRDE, NASPA
Tim Potts, Director of University Police & Campus Safety: IACLEA, IACP
EJ Presley, Academic Advisor for the Center for Student Success and First-Year Experience: NACADA, NASPA, NBCC
Mariana Rangle, Academic Advisor/Instructor for the Center for Student Success and First-Year Experience: NBCC
Shannon Richardson, Assistant Director of Campus Recreation: NIRSA
Stacey Reycraft, Director of Student Disability Services: AHEAD, NASPA, ASPA, NAMI
Rebecca Reysen, Assistant Director of the Center for Student Success and First-Year Experience: NBCC, MCA
Val Ross, Assistant Dean of Students: NASPA
Kacey Schaum, Assistant Dean of Students/Leadership & Involvement: ACPA
Golda Sharpe, Project Coordinator for Luckyday Scholarships: NASPA
Jason Shirkey, Associate Director of Campus Recreation: NIRSA
Rebecca Streetman, Academic Advisor for the Center for Student Success and First-Year Experience: NASPA, SOACE
Nels Strickland, Associate Director for Housing Facilities: MAHO, APPA
Melinda Sutton, Assistant Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs & Dean of Students: NASPA, AFA, ASCA
Audra Trnovec, Academic Advisor for the Center for Student Success and First-Year Experience: ACE, ACPA
Peter Tulchinsky, Director of Campus Recreation: NIRSA
Tony Vukusich, Assistant Dean of Students/Fraternity & Sorority Life: AFA, ACPA, AFP
Alex White, Assistant Director of Center for Inclusion & Cross Cultural Engagement: NASPA, ACPA
Dylan Wren, Program Coordinator for the Center for Student Success and First-Year Experience: MCA
Travis Yates, Director of University Health Services: ACHA, AOA, MOMA
Robin Yekaitis, Disability Specialist: AHEAD