Pre-conference programs for the Annual Conference are on October 20, 2019. Sessions begin at 10:00am and will conclude by 4:00pm. A networking lunch for all attendees, panelists, and session facilitators is at noon.

Student Pre-Conference

The Student Pre-Conference is designed for student affairs graduate students and undergraduate students interested in exploring a career in higher education. Participants will learn from seasoned professionals from around the NYS region on areas such as supervision and advising, career planning, financial literacy, multicultural competency, organizational culture, and communication. This pre-conference experience includes a presentation format along with opportunities for resume review and networking with entry, mid-level, and senior colleagues that will help prepare participants for the next step in their career.

SCHEDULE:

10:00am | Purpose, Intention and Your Next Move
Michelle Curtis-Bailey, Director, Liberty Partnerships Program, Nassau Community College
participants will…

  • Examine the concepts of purpose and intention as it relates to different life facets.

  • Reflect on what contributes to a passion for working with students.

  • Understand the impact and influence of their current role.

  • Develop an individualized plan of action for organizing their next move.

Michelle Curtis-Bailey

Michelle Curtis-Bailey

11:00am | Developing Your Professional Brand
Dr. Amy Wilson, Associate Professor & Chair, Higher Education Administration, SUNY Buffalo State
participants will…

  • Understand the concept of professional branding.

  • Reflect upon current and desired professional brand.

  • Articulate how to create and shape a professional brand.

Dr. Amy Wilson

Dr. Amy Wilson

12:00pm | Networking Lunch

1:00pm | Panel: Functional Areas and Career Exploration
Kathleen Brucato, Associate Dean of Students & Title IX Coordinator, Canisius College
Luke Haumesser, Associate Director for Student Leadership and Engagement, SUNY Buffalo State
Darren Portis, Senior Academic Advisor, College of Arts & Sciences, University at Buffalo
participants will…

  • Learn about different functional areas from professionals in mid-level and senior roles.

  • Discuss skills developed in graduate and entry-level roles that are transferrable to mid-level positions.

 

2:00pm | Strategies for Supervision
Michele Lenhart, Director of Student Engagement, Ithaca College
participants will…

  • Compare and contrast the different nature of supervision and advising.

  • Discuss the challenges to team supervising and techniques for success.

  • Strategize on being a young supervisor and transitioning from former student to supervisor.

MIchele Lenhart

MIchele Lenhart

3:00pm | Panel: The Job Search and Post-Grad Professional Development
Dr. Brian Haggerty, Senior Associate Director for Residential Life, University at Buffalo
Katie Martoche, Director of the Career Center & Title IX Coordinator, Hilbert College
Fatima Rodriguez Johnson, Associate Dean of Diversity and Inclusion, Canisius College
Additional panelists to be announced
participants will…

  • Discuss tactics for navigating a successful internship or professional job search.

  • Understand how professional and personal priorities may impact career moves.

  • Review regional and national opportunities for professional development.

4:00pm | Esther Lloyd Jones Case Study Competition Information Session
optional

 

Mid-Level Pre-Conference

The Mid-Level Pre-Conference is intended for student affairs professionals who have 3+ years of professional experience and supervise graduate or professional staff, have increased responsibilities, or have transitioned beyond entry-level roles on their campus. Participants may be currently employed in an entry-level role and are ready to transition to the next stage of their career or they may be in a mid-level position and eager to increase their professional growth and development. This pre-conference has been developed to provide consequential dialogue about issues and challenges facing mid-level professionals including research and assessment, resource planning and budget management, organizational change and campus politics, and sustaining purpose and passion. Senior faculty and leaders in higher education have been invited to deliver relevant content with intentional learning outcomes. The cohort of participants will be small to provide an intimate and meaningful one-day experience.

SCHEDULE:

10:00am | Renewed Purpose and Passion
C. Gregory Sharer, Vice President for Student Affairs, SUNY Cortland
participants will…

  • Evaluate their motivation and reflect on their intentions for their work.

  • Understand the impact and influence of their current role.

  • Engage with others and create a network of meaningful relationships.

C. Gregory Sharer

C. Gregory Sharer

11:00am | Panel: Essential Competencies for Mid-Level Practitioners
Dr. Brian Haggerty, Senior Associate Director for Residential Life, University at Buffalo
Dr. Susan Iverson, Professor & Director, Doctoral Program in Educational Leadership and Coordinator, Higher Education Leadership Concentration, Manhattanville College
Additional panelists to be announced
participants will…

  • Understand the necessary competencies for mid-level professionals seeking advancement.

  • Examine their personal skill set based on an understanding of these competencies.

  • Explore professional development opportunities to advance competency.

12:00pm | Networking Lunch

 

1:00pm | Management and Supervision
Dr. Kim Harvey, Director of Admissions, SUNY Geneseo
participants will…

  • Compare and contrast the nature of supervising teams vs. individuals.

  • Discuss the challenges to team supervising and techniques for success.

  • Explore the dynamics of generational differences between colleagues, supervisors, and supervisees.

Dr. Kim Harvey

Dr. Kim Harvey

2:00pm | Strategies for Resource Management
Christina Hernandez, Senior Associate Vice President of Student Life, University at Buffalo
participants will…

  • Review foundational concepts of resource management.

  • Understand the role of technology and assessment in effective resource management.

  • Explore skillsets and best practices that contribute to successful resource management leadership.

Christina Hernandez

Christina Hernandez

3:00pm | Panel: Managing Change and Organizational Politics
Courtney Battista Bish, Vice President for Student Affairs & Dean of Students, SUNY Canton
Dr. Jeffrey Putman, Vice President for Academic & Student Affairs, SUNY Downstate Health Sciences University
Additional panelists to be announced
participants will…

  • Understand the benefits of change and how to survive in a dynamic environment.

  • Reflect on the role of politics in an organization and how to navigate for success.

  • Explore stories of leadership.