JSU Division of Student Life to host national conference

The Jackson State University Division of Student Life is set to host the 59th Annual Conference of the National Association of Student Affairs Professionals (NASAP), Jan. 31 – Feb. 2, at the Jackson Marriott Hotel.

NASAP is a professional organization dedicated to promoting excellence in the area of Student Affairs.

Workshop presenters and speakers will address the conference theme, “Transforming the Trends and Challenges of Higher Education through Student Engagement, Learning and Success.”  Noted speakers include:  Dr. Charlie Nelms, Higher Education Leader and Educational Consultant;  Bette Worley, President of  National Student Exchange; Ty Howard, nationally recognized motivational speaker and author; and Dr. Sharon Fisher Green, Vice Chancellor of Student Affairs at Southern University.  Workshops will cover topics such as student leadership, hazing, advancing HIV prevention programs, veteran students, mentorship and mental wellness, student counseling and disability services, teamwork, and how to recruit innovative student affairs professionals, civic engagement and outreach, etc.

“During this conference, through collaboration with fellow colleagues, we hope to explore answers to the challenges we all face as student affairs professionals. Sharing our successes and failures will help us to become better at what we are charged with doing: helping our students become productive and successful citizens,” said Dr. Marcus Chanay, Vice President for Student Life at JSU and conference chair.

The annual conference provides a forum for professional growth and development for all who are involved in or work with students in the student affairs profession, and is open to professionals in higher education in general and to the nation’s business industry. Undergraduate and graduate students and student leaders from member schools are also welcome.

The conference also provides opportunities to: (a) foster team building and sharing of knowledge, skills and abilities between those holding administrative positions in Student Affairs; (b) create a network among student affairs administrators at diverse colleges with emphasis on the administrative challenges faced in such settings; and (c) provide opportunities to hear various administrative challenges and a range of successful strategies currently being implemented.

NASAP was founded in 1954. With a varied membership spanning across academic, administrative, corporate, and student affairs boundaries, the organization offers a variety of resources, and experiences.

For information on NASAP visit http://www.nasap.net.   NASAP 59th Annual Conference information can be found at   www.nasapconference2013.com  or call the Jackson State University Division of Student Life at 601-979-2241.

Sylvia Watley



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