Division of Student Affairs

University of Mississippi

Professional Development Committee

The Professional Development Committee will seek to provide professional development and enrichment opportunities for staff and administrators 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). Information concerning 2014-15 events will be posted here soon.

Professional Development Conference

The Division of Student Affairs at the University of Mississippi Presents

Empower “U”: Investing in Our Future

In an effort to continue to develop strong, prepared leaders, the Student Affairs Professional Development Committee is proud to announce a one day Professional Development Conference on Tuesday, January 20, 2015. 

The conference will include a Welcome from Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs, Dr. Brandi Hephner LaBanc, and two breakout sessions each in the morning and afternoon. Each of the sessions will deal with topics that are important to the changing climate of higher education, and participants will be able to choose from four concurrent sessions during each breakout session, as space allows. Sessions will be repeated once in the afternoon in order to give participants the opportunity to attend multiple sessions with topics of interest to them.

In addition, the Student Affairs Professional Development Committee is pleased to announce that Dr. Frances Lucas will serve as the keynote speaker to conclude the conference. Dr. Lucas is currently Professor of Practice in the Department of Human Capital Development at the University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Cast in Long Beach, Mississippi. Lucas has 31 years of executive experience at five institutions, including Millsaps College, Emory University, Baldwin-Wallace College, Mississippi State University, and the University of Alabama.

Please join us for this inaugural event. 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. More information regarding topics for breakout sessions will be posted in December. Each participant of the conference will receive a t-shirt and a jump drive containing copies of the PowerPoint presentations. Also, a light breakfast and lunch will be provided for attendees.

In order to register, please sign-up online via OrgSync

Empower “U”: Investing in Our Future
Date: Tuesday, January 20, 2015
Time: Check-in will last from 7:45 – 8:30 a.m., and the conference will conclude at 4:00 p.m.
Location: The University of Mississippi School of Law (Robert C. Khayat Law Center)

Priority Registration will be open from Monday, September 15 until Monday, October 27, or until event capacity is reached.

Conference Presentation Proposals

The Proposal Review Subcommittee for the Student Affairs Professional Development Conference is now accepting presentation proposals that cover competencies including, but not limited to, the following:

- Advising and Helping
– Assessment, Evaluation, and Research
– Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion
– Ethical Professional Practice
– History, Philosophy, and Values
– Human and Organizational Resources
– Law, Policy, and Governance
– Leadership
– Leadership
– Personal Foundations
– Student Learning and Development

If you are interested in presenting at Empower “U”: Investing in Our Future, you can submit a proposal here. The priority deadline is Monday, October 27. 

The Proposal Review Subcommittee will evaluate proposals based on the degree to which the presentation supports one or more of the core competencies, thoroughness of the subject matter and proposals, originality of materials, quality of learning objectives, level of interactivity and method of diverse teaching styles, quality of takeaway tools offered to all conference registrants, and appeal to a diverse and broad spectrum of attendees.

Presentation proposals may be submitted by exempt and nonexempt employees within the Division of Student Affairs at the University of Mississippi, as well as by graduate students and faculty members within the Higher Education program.

Please direct questions to EJ Edney at ej8@olemiss.edu

Human Resources

Training and Development

Ole Miss Toastmasters Club

Professional Associations

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

Toni Avant, Director of Career Center: NASPA, NACE, SoACE, MACE, NODA
Bradley Baker,
Director of the Ole Miss Student Union: ACUI, NACA
Leslie Banahan,
Assistant Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs: NASPA
Patience Bryant,
Coordinator of Student Conduct for Student Housing: NASPA
Laura Diven-Brown,
Director of Financial Aid: MASFAA, SASFAA, NASFAA
Kyle Ellis,
Director of The Center for Student Success and First-Year Experience: NACADA, CSRDE
Brandi Hephner LaBanc,
Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs: ACPA, NASPA
Merrill Magruder,
Coordinator of Division Operations and Special Programs for Student Affairs: NASPA, AHEPP
Lionel Maten,
Director of Housing and Assistant Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs: ACUHO-I, NACAS, SEAHO, MAHO, ASCA, NASAP
Senora Miller,
Assistant Director for Luckyday Programs: ACPA, NASPA
Patrick Perry, Director of Luckyday Programs: NASPA
Shannon Richardson, Assistant Director of Campus Recreation/OMOD: NASPA
Val Ross, Assistant Dean of Student for Multicultural Affairs and Volunteer Services: NASPA
Golda Sharpe, Project Coordinator for Luckyday Scholarships: NASPA
Jennifer Simmons, Associate Director of Admissions: MACRAO, SACRAO, AACRAO
Travis Yates, Director of University Health Services: ACHA