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Student Affairs Summit Overview

The Student Affairs Professional Development Committee organizes staff development and engagement programs for professional staff members in the Division of Student Affairs. 

Upcoming Events

March 29, 8:00-3:00, Century Rooms: 3rd Annual Student Affairs Summit, Competencies: Professional Foundations

This in-house conference will give staff members an opportunity to hear an opening speaker, attend plenary sessions, and learn from a moderated panel of mid- and upper-level administrators about their experiences and how to get to that level. Light refreshments are included. This event is free to all staff members in the Division of Student Affairs, $25 for UMSL staff outside of the division, and $50 for attendees outside of the university. Our goal is to provide a rich, cost-effective opportunity for offices and/or individuals to support their professional development.

Register at https://orgsync.com/90860/forms/245582 by 6 p.m. on March 24. Payment Methods: Check (addressed to UMSL) or Cash (Take to Karen Munkel 131 MSC), MoCode (contact Ashlee Roberts-x4833).

Questions? Contact Ashlee Roberts at robertsak@umsl.edu.  

Student Affairs Summit, 3-30, 8:00-3:00 pm

May 22, 3-5: Student Affairs Recognition Ceremony

Do you have an idea for a future career development workshop or program?

Your input and suggestions are encouraged. Please contact Ashlee Roberts with any feedback regarding professional development activities in the Division of Student Affairs.

Ashlee Roberts
Assistant Director, Office of Student Involvement
Chair, Staff Professional Development Committee
robertsak@umsl.edu

Overview

This in-house conference will give staff members an opportunity to hear an opening speaker, attend plenary sessions, and learn from a moderated panel of mid- and upper-level administrators about their experiences and how to get to that level. Light refreshments are included. This event is free to all staff members in the Division of Student Affairs and $25 for UMSL staff outside of the division. Our goal is to provide a rich, cost-effective opportunity for offices and/or individuals to support their professional development. 

Schedule

8:00-8:45     Check-In

8:45-9:10     Welcoming Address, Drew Griffin-Director of Admissions (Century Room A)

9:15-10:05    Plenary Block 1

  • How to Listen When you Don't Know What to Say, Dr. Laura Holt

  • Effective Leadership Practices in the 21st Century, Ashley Storman

  • #TOpost or #notTOpost: How to Train your Student Leaders to be Social Media Superheros! Erin Sullivan and Andi Maurer

10:10–11:00    Plenary Block 2

  • Uniting Powers: Recruitment, Interviewing, Hiring, & Selection, Erin Sullivan and Andi Maurer

  • Connecting to student veterans more deeply than "Thanks for your service." Dr. Jim Craig

  • 11:00–12:30pm: Lunch and Keynote speaker

    • 11:30-12:30: Dr. Jason L. Meriwether, Vice Chancellor of Enrollment Management & Student Affairs at Indiana University Southeast

      • Shaping Student Success Through Engagement: Measurement, Strategy, and Impact

12:40-1:30     Plenary Block 3

  • #BlackHairMatters: Factors influencing the relationship between Black women and their hair in higher education in the United States, Makesha L. Harris

  • The Practice of Inclusive Leadership: Developing Authenticity, Empathy and Presence, Turan Mullins

  • Creating Dynamic Organizational Culture, Dr. Jason L. Meriwether (Directors+)

Moderated by Asst. Dean of Campus Life, Miriam Roccia, attendees will hear from: 

  • Dr. Jason L. Meriwether, VP of Enrollment Mgmt. & Student Affairs at Indiana University Southeast
  • Alan Byrd, Dean of Enrollment Management
  • Lori White, VP of Student Affairs at Washington University; Immediate past chair of NASPA
  • Dr. Tammy Gocial, Associate Academic Vice President at Maryville University 

Keynote speaker, Dr. Jason L. MeriwetherBio:

Dr. Jason L. Meriwether is the Vice Chancellor for Enrollment Management & Student Affairs at Indiana University Southeast. In his role as Vice Chancellor, Jason is responsible for the Student Services Division, which includes Financial Aid, Admissions, Career Development, Athletics, Counseling, Residence Life and Housing, Center for Mentoring, and Campus Life which encompasses Student Activities, Greek Life, the Adult Student Center, and the Children’s Center. Jason has taught graduate courses at the University of Louisville's College of Education and Human Development since 2016. He has also served as a guest lecturer for graduate courses at Vanderbilt University, Louisiana State University, The Pennsylvania State University, The University of Louisville, Tennessee State University, Bellarmine University, and Eastern Illinois University. Jason believes that success in student affairs and enrollment management lies in the ability to adapt to new trends in technology and digital engagement, while staying committed to advocacy for learning through collaboration with faculty and academic leaders. 

A native of Guthrie, Ky., Jason earned his Bachelor of Arts Degree in Communication from the University of Louisville. He earned the Master of Arts Degree in Psychology from Fisk University, and was selected for the inaugural Academic Leadership Academy at The Pennsylvania State University Center for the Study of Higher Education, which he completed in 2011, earning a certificate. Jason earned the Ph.D. in Educational Administration with a Specialization in Higher Education Leadership from Indiana State University. His dissertation was titled, The Impact of Hazing Rituals on the Intent to Report: Examining the Perceptions and Beliefs of Undergraduate Students in Greek Letter Organizations. 

Learn more at http://www.jasonlmeriwether.com/biography.aspx

Alan Byrd, Dean of Enrollment Management at University of Missouri-St. Louis; Dr. Tammy Gocial, Associate Academic Vice President at Maryville University; Dr. Jason L. Meriwether, Vice Chancellor of Enrollment Management & Student Affairs at Indiana University Southeast; Dr. Lori White, Vice President of Student Affairs at Washington University in St. Louis

Alan Byrd

Alan Byrd 

Alan Byrd has served as Dean of Enrollment Services at the University of Missouri-St. Louis since Janaury 2012. In this role, he is responsible for leading, planning, and coordinating all undergraduate recruitment and retention initiatives at UMSL. Enrollment Services has more than 90 employees with an annual operating budget of approximately $3.5 million. The division includes the Welcome Center, Admissions, Registration, Financial Aid, and Student Retention Services.

Mr. Byrd joined the UMSL staff as Director of Admissions in 2009. Since then, he has led the university to reach several enrollment milestones. UMSL has experienced enrollment growth in four of the last five years and exceeded a total headcount of 17,000 students for the first time in fall 2014. The university has also seen significant improvements in the quality of its incoming students under his leadership. UMSL reached an average ACT of 24 for the first time in 2012 and exceeded a 3.3. GPA for incoming freshmen for the first time in 2013. Alan also chairs UMSL's Enrollment Management Committee that has implemented several retention initiatives that assisted the campus with retaining 80% of its first-year students for the first time in 2014 and awarding a record number of degrees in 2015 and 2016.

Mr. Byrd began his career in student recruitment/enrollment management at Southeast Missouri State University (SEMO) in 2000. He served in a number of roles at SEMO including Admission Counselor, Assistant Director for Minority Recruitment, and Associate Director of Enrollment Management. He has been recognized by the Missouri Association of College Admission Counselors (MOACAC) on multiple occasions for his contributions to the profession. He recevied the MOACAC Rising Star Award in 2002 and the Peggy Clinton Memorial Service Award in 2015. He also recevied the Student's Choice Award from UMSL's Student Government Association in 2015, the Student Champion Award from UMSL's Divison of Student Affairs in 2016, and the Distinguished Alumni Award from SEMO in 2016.

Mr. Byrd is co-chair of St. Louis Graduates, which is a collaborative network of college access providers, educators, business leaders, and philanthropists who are working together to increase college degree attainment in the St. Louis region. He earned a BA in Communication and MA in Higher Education Administration from SEMO, and he is currently pursuing a doctorate in Educational Policy and Leadership at UMSL. Alan has been been married to his wife Kimela for seven years and ihs the proud father of two sons, Alexander and Aidan.

Dr. Tammy Gocial

Dr. Tammy Gocial

Dr. Tammy Gocial has served in a variety of administrative roles in different higher education settings for almost 30 years. She has worked in a community college and a large research university, but the majority of her career has been in roles at small to mid-sized private universities. Currently, she serves as the Associate Academic Vice President at Maryville University in Saint Louis, MO. In this role, Dr. Gocial co-coordinates professional development activities for new full-time and adjunct faculty members, and for academic program directors as a member of the Advisory Board for the Finch Center for Teaching and Learning; serves as the grievance officer for academic issues; oversees the administrative processes related to adjunct faculty; and serves as the administrative coordinator and integrity officer for the Institutional Review Board.  Dr. Gocial is also a member of the Deans’ Council and the President’s Senior Staff.

Previously, Dr. Gocial served as the senior student affairs officer at Kenyon College (OH) and the College of Santa Fe (NM) where she worked closely with members of the Board of Trustees, the senior administrative team, the faculty executive committee, parents’ council, and the student government. In these roles, Dr. Gocial was responsible for the oversight of alcohol and drug prevention education, athletics, disability services, career education, community service, first-year experience, health services, housing and residential life, judicial affairs, leadership development, multicultural affairs, personal counseling, and student activities.  Her prior work in student affairs included serving as the Associate Dean of Students at Webster University (MO), Coordinator of Wellness Programs at Maryville University (MO), Coordinator of Student Activities at Washington University (MO), Coordinator of Wellness Programs at Bowling Green State University (OH), and Assistant Director of Student Activities at Lorain County Community College (OH).

Dr. Gocial teaches courses in human development, higher education leadership, and leadership development and conducts research in critical thinking, self-authorship in first-year students, growth mindset, and perceptions of race in leadership.  She served as the founding Director of the doctoral program in Higher Education Leadership at Maryville University and continues to teach and advise doctoral students in the program. Her primary areas of consulting are in leadership and diversity in higher education. Dr. Gocial earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Education from Northwestern University (1986), a Master of Arts degree in College Student Personnel from Bowling Green State University (1989) and a Ph.D. in Applied and Experimental Psychology from Saint Louis University (2001).

Dr. Jason L. Meriwether

Dr. Jason Meriwether

Dr. Jason L. Meriwether is the Vice Chancellor for Enrollment Management & Student Affairs at Indiana University Southeast, which was named one of the "Most Promising Places to Work in Student Affairs" by Diverse Issues in Higher Education in 20152016, and 2017. In 2014, Jason was selected to Louisville Business First’s Top Forty under 40 and as one of Business First's 20 People to Know in Education and Workforce Development. In 2014, Jason received the award of Outstanding Kentuckian and was commissioned to the Honorable Order of Kentucky Colonels. Jason was also named to the Southern Indiana Business Source 20 under 40 Class of 2016

In his role as Vice Chancellor, Jason is responsible for the Student Services Division, which includes Financial Aid, Admissions, Career Development, Athletics, Counseling, Residence Life and Housing, Center for Mentoring, and Campus Life which encompasses Student Activities, Greek Life, the Adult Student Center, and the Children’s Center. Jason has taught graduate courses at the University of Louisville's College of Education and Human Development since 2016. He has also served as a guest lecturer for graduate courses at Vanderbilt University, Louisiana State University, The Pennsylvania State University, The University of Louisville, Tennessee State University, Bellarmine University, and Eastern Illinois University. Jason believes that success in student affairs and enrollment management lies in the ability to adapt to new trends in technology and digital engagement, while staying committed to advocacy for learning through collaboration with faculty and academic leaders. 

Jason has presented at numerous national and regional conferences on topics such as legal issues & liability, retention & persistence, student retention, education & economics, assessment, strategic planning, professionalism & career trajectory, social media, and hazing. Jason’s national presentations on legal issues related to hazing have been the subject of cover stories in the Student Affairs Today Newsletter and in College Athletics and the Law. Jason is also a Higher Education & Social Media contributor for Socialnomics.net and has been a guest blogger for the NASPA Technology Knowledge Community Blog and for the Student Affairs Collective. Jason is also contributing author of What Happens on Campus Stays on YouTube, published in 2015. 

Jason served the American College Personnel Association as a member of the Presidential Task Force on Digital Technology in Student Affairs and the Directorate for the Commission for Student Conduct and Legal Issues.  In 2014, Jason was elected to the ACPA Governing Board as Director of External Relations. A current and active member of the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA), Jason served on the Program Committee for the 2015 NASPA Assessment & Persistence Conference.  From 2010-2013, Jason served on the Executive Board for the National Association of Student Affairs Professionals (NASAP) as Nominations Chair, and was a member of the Board of Directors for Community Nashville, a not-for-profit organization that provides diversity education programs in Nashville, TN., from 2009-2012.  A former junior basketball league coach for Youth Incorporated in Nashville, and for the YMCA in Los Angeles, CA., Jason has also served as an assistant flag football coach for the YMCA of Southern Indiana and an assistant baseball coach for the New Albany Little League, also in Indiana.  

Jason’s personal commitment to health-education and support of healthy lifestyle-choices led him to develop student organizations to conduct Health Education programming focused on HIV/AIDS awareness, Cervical Cancer and Men’s & Women’s Health. Jason has overseen the completion of over 10,000 documented community service hours by Greek Letter Organizations during his career and is a financially active member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Incorporated. 

A native of Guthrie, Ky., Jason earned his Bachelor of Arts Degree in Communication from the University of Louisville. He earned the Master of Arts Degree in Psychology from Fisk University, and was selected for the inaugural Academic Leadership Academy at The Pennsylvania State University Center for the Study of Higher Education, which he completed in 2011, earning a certificate. Jason earned the Ph.D. in Educational Administration with a Specialization in Higher Education Leadership from Indiana State University. His dissertation was titled, The Impact of Hazing Rituals on the Intent to Report: Examining the Perceptions and Beliefs of Undergraduate Students in Greek Letter Organizations. 

Prior to joining the administrative team at Indiana University Southeast, Jason served as the Vice President of Student Engagement and Enrollment Management at Fisk University where he also served as Dean of Student Engagement, Assistant Dean of Student Affairs, and Adjunct Professor of Psychology. Jason has also held positions in residence life at Loyola Marymount University, Georgia Southern University, and the University of Louisville. You can learn more about Jason by visiting www.jasonlmeriwether.com or following him on Twitter at @JLMeriwether06.

Dr. Lori White

Dr. Lori White

Lori S. White is the Vice Chancellor for Students at Washington University in St. Louis.

Dr. White has spent over 30 years working in higher education. Prior to her arrival at Washington University, she served as the Vice President for Student Affairs and clinical professor of education at Southern Methodist University, and has also worked at the University of Southern California, Stanford, Georgetown and Sand Diego State Universities, and University of California, Irvine.

At Washington University, Dr. White and her colleagues are responsible for a range of student life programs including: residence halls; student activities; student leadership programs; student conduct; the Center for Diversity and Inclusion; the First Year Student Center; health and wellness programs; career services; student academic support programs; international students and scholars; scholarship programs; the Danforth University Center; and Washington University athletics and recreational programs. 

Dr. White is active nationally in several higher education organizations and has served on the Board of Directors for the Association for Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE) and for the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA) Foundation. IN 2009 she was named a Pillar of the Profession by NASPA. Dr. White was elected chair of the NASPA Board of Directors for 2016-2017.

Dr. White's areas of emphasis in research and teaching include the student experience in higher education and the preparation and mentorship of new, mid-level and aspiring senior student affairs professionals. She is the author of a number of articles and book chapters and has presented widely at professional meetings.

Dr. White was born and raised in San Francisco, CA. She earned an undergraduate degree in psychology and English from the University of California, Berkeley and a Ph.D. from Stanford University in education administration and policy analysis with emphasis in higher education. She also participated in Harvard University's Management and Leadership in Education Program.

Her claim to fame is that she can name the mascot of just about every Division I college (and she is working on learning all of the mascots for Division III).