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.

Grants and Scholarships

CSPA-NYS offers a Professional Development Grant, intended to provide CSPA-NYS members with the opportunity to attend the Annual Conference when sufficient funding is not available from their current institution. CSPA-NYS also offers a Graduate Student Scholarship, intended to provide CSPA-NYS graduate student members with a monetary contribution toward tuition, fees, books, or supplies needed to successfully complete their coursework.

Association Awards

CSPA-NYS is proud to offer eight awards in recognition of outstanding student affairs practitioners and scholars working in New York State. These awards are presented at the CSPA-NYS Annual Conference each year.

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.

50th Anniversary Gala

The 50th Anniversary Gala will be held on October 16, 2017 at the Corning Museum of Glass in conjunction with the 2017 Annual Conference.  One ticket to the gala is included with the cost of conference registration.  Individual tickets to the gala for those not attending the conference can be purchased separately online.  Gala attire is business formal/cocktail.




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.

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.

The deadline to submit a program proposal was Monday, June 19, 2017 at midnight.

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-Conferences

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 | Extended Educational Sessions
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-1:30pm | 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

Opening Keynote, Sunday Evening

Patrick Love

Patrick Love

Patrick Love

As a Student Affairs professional, 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.

Love served as Vice President for Student Affairs at NYIT and 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.


Closing Keynote Panel, Tuesday Morning

Hannah Brencher

Hannah Brencher

Wilson Okello

Wilson Okello

Dannelle D. Stevens

Dannelle D. Stevens

Hannah Brencher

Hannah Brencher is an author, TED Speaker, and online educator with a heart for building leaders. Her first memoir If You Find This Letter came out in 2015 and is available in bookstores across the country. Hannah is the founder and creative director of More Love Letters. Since 2011, More Love Letters has spread to over 70 countries, all 50 states, and over 100 college campuses. Named as one of the White House’s “Women Working to Do Good” and a spokesperson for the United States Postal Service, Hannah and her work have been featured in publications such as CNN World News, the Wall Street Journal,, and Glamour among others. She calls Atlanta, Georgia home.

Wilson Okello

Mr. Wilson Okello is a student of poetry, believing in the power of creative expression as a method to generate critical self-reflection, inspire confidence, and achieve agency. Son to the high expectations of an immigrant father and a mother who’s love and support are the backbone of his pursuits, he desires to repay their stewardship by assisting others in the transformation of themselves and their communities. Born and raised in Youngstown, Ohio, he attended Youngstown State University where he earned his Bachelors of Science degree in Education. From there, he accepted a fellowship to attend the University of Rhode Island, where he earned his Masters of Science degree in Human Development and Family Studies–College Student Personnel. Currently, Wilson is on a doctoral fellowship at Miami University, where he is an instructor in the departments of Social Justice Studies and Black World Studies. Bridging the scholar-artist divide, his research employs the revolutionary tradition of Black feminist thought to critique and advance development theory and pedagogical praxis. He is the founder of the Truth to Power Project. Featured twice on TEDx, Wilson, a sought-after speaker, is recognized for his expertise in agency and self-determination, providing people with the tools to attain an authority to live life on their own terms. Fundamental to his work is reinforcing the fact that one’s story and voice in this world are both legitimate and relevant. His recent accomplishments include the University of Rhode Island recognizing him with the Distinguished Achievement Rising Star Award, and the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA) naming him an Outstanding Professional. His deepest desire is to assist others in locating, cultivating, and living out their dreams.

Dannelle D. Stevens

Dannelle D. Stevens, Professor Emerita from Portland State University in Portland, Oregon, received her doctorate in educational psychology from Michigan State University. She is the co-author of three books and numerous articles that are framed around field-tested strategies designed to support academics in their complex roles as scholars, teachers and community members.  Her co-authored book, Journal keeping: How to use reflective writing for learning, teaching, professional insight and positive change (Stylus, 2009) focuses on how to use reflective writing strategies with our students as well as in our professional life. For five years as the Faculty-in-Residence for Academic Writing at Portland State, she has facilitated the highly successful Jumpstart Faculty Writing Program.  She has led workshops and delivered presentations on her research and writing at many US and international universities.  She is now working on her fourth book, Write more, publish more, stress less! Five key principles for creative and scholarly writing (Stylus Publications, 2018).