Conference Theme

MOSAIC:  noun  mo·sa·ic \mō-ˈzā-ik\a surface decoration made by inlaying small pieces of variously colored material to form pictures or patterns

This year's conference theme, Mosaic, illustrates the coming together of individual members to form CSPA-NYS.  In celebration of the 50th anniversary, we hope to bring together people, embrace our history, and share stories and experiences that have shaped our association.

Registration and Rates

Early registration begins on May 15, 2017 and will run through June 30, 2017.  Regular registration rates are available July 1, 2017 - September 23, 2017.  Late registration rates begin September 24, 2017.

Pre-Conference Options

Pre-Conference options on Saturday, October 14 include the Graduate and Next Gen Pre-Conference or the Mid-Level Manager's Pre-Conference.

The Graduate and Next Gen Pre-Conference is designed for undergraduate and graduate students interested in pursuing a careerin Student Affairs. It also offers programming options for entry-level professionals with less than five years experience. Learn from seasoned professionals around the region on areas such as supervision, advising, career planning and more!  Registration includes lunch and a snack in the afternoon.

The Mid-Level Manager’s Pre-Conference (MMPC) is intended for student affairs professionals who have 5+ years of professional experience or who currently supervise professional staff.  MMPC is intentionally limited to 35 participants to provide opportunities for intimate and meaningful dialogue about the issues and challenges facing mid-level professionals. Faculty selected for this program are experienced senior and chief student affairs professionals from across the state to provide insight and perspective on a variety of subject areas related to the mid-level experience and advancing in the field. Registration includes lunch.


Included in the registration for the Graduate, Next-Gen, or Mid-Level Managers Pre-Conference is lunch and snack on Saturday, October 14 during the program.

The full conference registration includes dinner on Sunday, October 15, lunch on both Monday, October 16 and Tuesday, October 17 as well as the 50th Anniversary Gala and Dinner on Monday, October 16 at the Corning Museum of Glass.




The conference will be held at The Radisson Hotel Corning located at 125 Denison Parkway East, Corning, New York, 14830.  Rooms are blocked under CSPA-NYS and can be reserved at a special rate of $159 per night using the unique link below.


The hotel offers free parking in the front (along Denison Parkway) as well as 24 spots in the rear of the facility for free.  Metered parking is available in the rear of the hotel as well.  Parking in metered spots is free on weekends and $2/day on weekdays.  Parking passes for metered spots can be purchased with cash or billed to guest rooms at the front desk for the duration of your stay.

Conference Programs

The Annual Conference Team is currently seeking program proposals.  Program options include:

  • Educational Sessions (50 min) for the Annual Conference or one of the Next Gen, Graduate or Mid-Level Managers Pre-Conferences
  • Fired Up in 15 (15 min) sessions for the Annual Conference  
  • Extended Educational Sessions (120 min) for the Annual Conference, Sunday only

Propogram proposals should include:

  • Session title
  • Session abstract
  • Learning outcomes and objectives

Presenters should also include what attendees can expect during the session (interactive activities, round table discussions, case studies, etc.) and which ACPA and NASPA Professional Competency Area(s) will be addressed.

The deadline to submit a program proposal is Monday, June 12, 2017.

An exciting incentive offered this year is that every presenter will be able to take advantage of the early-bird registration rates for the conference. One program from the CSPA-NYS conference will be selected and recognized with the “Best of CSPA-NYS” award.

If you have any questions about conference programming, contact the Programming Committee Chair, Jackie Martin at

Schedule at a Glance

Saturday, October 14

Mid-Level Managers Pre-Conference

Graduate and Next Gen Pre-Conference

Sunday, October 15

5:00pm-6:00pm | Welcome Reception
6:00pm-7:00pm | Dinner
7:00pm | 8:15pm | Opening Keynote
8:30pm-9:30pm | Special Event
9:45pm | Late Night Event

9:00am-4:00pm | Conference Registration & Concierge
10:00am-12:00pm | Sunday Morning Workshops
1:30pm-2:00pm | Conference Kick Off
2:00pm-2:50pm | Educational Sessions 1
3:00pm-3:50pm | Educational Sessions 2

Monday, October 16

12:00pm-2:30pm | Awards Luncheon
2:50pm-3:40pm | Education Sessions 6
4:00pm-5:00pm | Esther Lloyd Jones Case Study Competition
5:30pm-6:30pm | 50th Anniversary Gala Cocktail Hour
6:45pm-8:00pm | 50th Anniversary Gala Dinner
9:00pm | Special Event

7:30am-8:30am | Wellness Activity
8:30am-5:00pm | Conference Registration & Concierge
9:00am-4:00pm | Silent Auction
9:00am-9:50am | Education Sessions 3
10:00am-10:50am | Education Sessions 4
11:00am-11:50am | Education Sessions 5

Tuesday, October 17

10:00am-10:50am | Educational Sessions 8
11:00am-12:30pm | Closing Keynote Panel
12:30pm-2:30pm | Lunch

7:30am-8:30am | Wellness Activity
8:30am-12:00pm | Conference Registration & Concierge
8:30am-9:15am | 2018 Annual Conference Interest Meeting
9:00am-9:50am | Educational Sessions 7

Keynote Speakers

Patrick Love

As NYIT's Vice President for Student Affairs, Patrick Love, Ph.D., utilizes the same approach at work as he does in his athletic endeavors. As a lifetime distance runner, he knows that the keys to success are being brilliant with the basics, trying new ways to improve performance, and keeping an eye focused on the finish line.    Learn More About Patrick Love at NYIT

Previously, Love served as Associate Vice President for Student Affairs at Rutgers University. He has held high-level administrative positions at Pace University and Le Moyne College and was a tenured associate professor at Kent State University and New York University. He is co-author of the book, Rethinking Student Affairs Practice. His blog is entitled Patrick Love's Life and he can be followed on Twitter at @pglove33. He earned a bachelor’s degree in political science and an M.S./C.A.S. in counseling psychology and student development from SUNY Albany, and a Ph.D. in Higher Education and Student Affairs at Indiana University. He continues to compete in local races and triathlons.

Additional keynote speakers will be announced soon.
Patrick Love