September E-Lert: CSPA-NYS Newsletter

16 Days Until the Annual Conference

CSPA-NYS Research Grant


Professional Development Grant

Get Involved with CSPA-NYS

The Membership team is looking for active and interested CSPA-NYS members to join the Welcoming Committee!

This committee, whose time commitment will be minimal, will be responsible for welcoming new members to CSPA-NYS and re-welcoming our long time members. From introductory phone calls to sending some hand-written notes, this committee won't take more than an hour every two or three weeks of your time. If you are interested, please contact Ray FeDora at



CSPA-NYS is looking for volunteers to host Higher Ed Happy Hour events!

Contact Pat Duffy, VP for Professional Development - Elect, at for more information.

Check out some of our event types and past volunteers!

Professional Development Events

Professional Development Committee

2014-2015 Volunteers

Member Spotlight

John Robert O'Connor
Director of Student Activities & Leadership and Director of the Student Center| St. Lawrence University
Member Since 2015 | Member-at-Large (beginning in November)

Who got you involved/How did you become involved with CSPA-NYS?
Google! I was looking for a new York state professional development organization and CSPA came across my searches and I decided to join. Shortly after joining I decided to run for a Member at Large position as a great way to get involved with the board, mostly because I’d enjoyed my involvement in Massachusetts.

What has been a benefit/highlight of your CSPA-NYS membership thus far? 
Excellent networking opportunities and opportunities for professional development – I love the NYLEC conference and the on the road events!

What advice would you have for CSPA-NYS member who are looking to get more involved with the Association? 
Attend events and don’t be afraid to talk to board members about their positions! Everyone I met was very open to talking about their board experience and the organization – once I made some of those connections it was easy to get more involved.

What book are you currently reading? 
Little book of Restorative Justice for Colleges and Universities by David R. Karp – it was given to me recently by our campus chaplain and it is a small book and great so far!

If you could have one super power, what would it be and why? 
I’ve always wanted to be able to fly (like superman, without wings) so I think I’d have to choose that, to be able to get between campus events more quickly!