Conference Chair Welcome
Dear Region I Colleagues,
On behalf of the Regional Advisory Board and Conference Committee, I am excited to announce that our 2023 NASPA Regional Conference will be held in Portland, Maine from November 12-14, 2023 at the Portland Holiday Inn by the Bay.
We are looking forward to returning to Portland after 17 years and providing all of you the opportunity to experience a conference rooted in history and tradition. The Conference Committee will work on advancing their work of offering a connection-focused, inclusive, and impactful experience for attendees.
We are also excited to announce that the Call for Programs, Registration, and Regional Awards processes is now live! You will continue to receive communication from myself and the conference committee throughout the year leading to our time together in Portland.
As we finalize logistics and solidify plans for the conference, we will be updating this website. Make sure to check the website often for the latest updates. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact me directly.
I look forward to seeing you all in Portland!
Dr. Matt Heiser
Associate Dean of Students, Endicott College
Portland Holiday Inn by the Bay
88 Spring Street
Portland, ME 04101
|SALT Conference||2:00pm - 7:00pm|
|SALT Conference||9:00am - 12:00pm|
|Conference Registration||10:00am - 5:00pm|
|SSAO Institute||11:30am - 8:00pm|
|Educational Sessions||1:00pm - 3:30pm|
|First Time Attendee Orientation||3:00pm - 3:30pm|
|Opening & Keynote Speaker||4:00pm - 5:30pm|
|Opening Reception||5:30pm - 6:30pm|
|Dinner on your own||6:30pm|
|Breakfast||8:00am - 9:00am|
|Conference Registration||8:30am - 1:00pm|
|RI Talks Program Session||9:00am - 10:00am|
|Corporate Sponsorship Expo||10:00am - 5:30pm|
|Doctoral Showcase Expo||10:00am - 2:00pm|
|Silent Auction||9:00am - 5:00pm|
|RI Talks Breakout Sessions||10:15am - 11:15am|
|Faculty Panel Program & Lunch||11:30am - 1:00pm|
|Live Podcast with Dr. Laura De Veau||1:00pm - 4:00pm|
|Educational Sessions||1:15 pm - 4:45pm|
|Engagement Receptions||5:30pm - 6:30pm|
|Dinner on your own||6:30pm|
|Breakfast||8:00am - 9:00pm|
|Educational sessions||9:00am - 10:50am|
|Corporate Sponsor Expo||9:00am - 5:30pm|
|DEIB Showcase||12:30pm - 5:30pm|
|State Meetings & Awards||11:00am - 12:00pm|
|Lunch on your own||12:00pm|
|Educational Sessions||1:30pm - 5:00pm|
|Networking Reception||5:30pm - 7:30pm|
|Conference Closing & Awards Banquet||6:30pm - 9:00pm|
|Silent Auction Pick-up||9:00pm - 10:00pm|
Keynote and Opening Speaker
International Positive Psychology Play Speaker
Jeff Harry combines positive psychology and play to heal workplaces, help teams build psychological safety and assist individuals in addressing their biggest challenges through embracing a play-oriented approach to work. Jeff was selected by BambooHR & Engagedly as one of the Top 100 HR
Influencers and has been featured in the NY Times, Mashable, Upworthy, Shondaland, & Wired. Jeff has worked with Google, Microsoft, Southwest Airlines, Adobe, the NFL, Amazon, and Facebook, helping their staff to infuse more play into the day-to-day. While we spend most of our time pretending to be important, serious grownups, it's when we let go of that facade and just play, that the real magic happens. Fully embracing your own nerdy genius — whatever that is — gives you the power to make a difference and change lives.
Learn more about Jeff at https://www.rediscoveryourplay.com/
Registration is now live, with discounted early bird registration taking place today through 9/22! Registration costs include attendance at educational sessions, the opening and keynote, the awards banquet and closing, entertainment, and several meals throughout the conference. This year’s conference registration has a capacity and registration will close once the maximum attendee number is reached – please don’t delay in registering!
Early Bird Rate
6/30 - 9/22
9/23 - 11/1
11/2 - 11/12
General Registration - NASPA Member
General Registration - Non-Member
Student - NASPA Member
Student - NASPA Non-Member
Emeritus Affiliate - NASPA Member
Registration as a member is based on individual membership status at the time of the event. If your current membership will expire prior to the event, you will have the option to renew at the time of registration to receive the member rate.
If you are not a current member and are employed by a college or university that is an institutional member, you can join as a professional affiliate member for $80. If your institution is NOT a member, you can join as an associate affiliate member for $250. Both membership types provide access to the individual member rate for the event. Please visit the membership section of the NASPA website to learn more about membership types and benefits. We hope you’ll consider joining today!
For a comprehensive listing of NASPA registration policies, please visit this page.
If you have any questions about the registration process, please contact Registration Coordinator, Kris Tangen, at [email protected].
The Holiday Inn is offering a reduced room rate in the room block of $159.00 (plus taxes and charges) per night. Follow the room reservation link to make a reservation, select the appropriate dates, and the reduced room rate will populate.
Attendees can also call the Holiday Inn at (207) 775-2311 and use the code NAS to utlize the reduced room block rate.
- Dr. Charles Lloyd, Vice Chancellor for the Community College System of New Hampshire (CCSNH)
- Dr. Cassie Kao, Associate Dean of Students, Salem State
- Dr. Kenn Elmore, President, Dean College
- Dr. Jill Bassett-Cameron, Senior Equity and Inclusion Director, CCSU
- Connie Aramento, Director of Learning and Development, Babson College
This year's SSAO Institute will take place on Sunday, November 12, 2023. Please visit the registration site to register for the Institute.
For any questions about this year's SSAO Institue, please contact, SSAO Institute Coordinator, Dr. Rich DeCapua at [email protected].
SSAO Institute Schedule
Saturday, November 11, 2023
7:30pm - 8:30pm Early Bird Social
Lincoln’s Bar & Grill // 0.5mi - 10 min walk Sponsored by Tufts University
Sunday, November 12, 2023
9:00am SSAO Institute Registration Open
Holiday Inn By the Bay
11:00am - 12:30pm Brewery Tour
Shipyard Brewing Company // 0.8mi - 16 min walk
1:00pm - 1:50pm SSAO Institute
Holiday Inn By the Bay
Rich DeCapua, EdD
SSAO Institute Coordinator, Tufts University
Kevin Kruger, PhD
The Evolution of Student Affairs Post Covid
Jacqueline Edmondson, PhD
President, University of Southern Maine
2:00pm - 2:55pm SSAO Institute
Holiday Inn By the Bay
How AI Will Change Higher Education
Mona Sloane, PhD
Research Assistant Professor, Technology, Culture and Society, Senior Research Scientist, NYU Center for Responsible AI, New York University (NYU)
3:00pm SSAO Institute - Breakout Sessions
“How Long Can We Do This?” // Chief SA Officers Examining the sustainability of the chief student affairs officer role as we know it in an ever changing educational landscape.
Eric Estes, PhD
Vice President for Campus Life, Brown University
Jacinda Felix Haro (you need to write your dissertation) :-)
Chief Student Affairs Officer, MCPHSU
“With Great Power…” // AVPs & #2s
The complex needs and nature of higher education has forced a greater emphasis on the “#2s” leading the day-to-day of student affairs, while also deciding what the next role is in their career.
Nancy Crimmin, EdD, Senior Consultant and Senior Executive Coach, Academic Search & Senior Fellow, NASPA
“Still in the Game - the OGs” // Senior Level
Higher ed is full of credentialed and experienced staff who are neither the CSAO or #2, but their work and sheer presence is a force on many campuses. We will reflect on maximizing the inherent strengths and power of these roles.
Laura DeVeau, EdD, Founder & Principal
Fortify Associates, LLC
4:00pm - 5:30pm Regional Conference Opening & Keynote
5:30pm - 6:30pmSSAO Institute Cocktail Reception
6:30pm - 8:00pmDinner on Your Own
Corporate Sponsorship and Institutional Initiatives
Thank you to our generous partners for sponsoring the 2023 Region I NASPA Conference.
|Forbes Marketing Group||Gold|
|Balanced Card Sorts||Bronze|
|Campus Kaizen, LLC||Bronze|
|SUNY Student Conduct Institute||Bronze|
DEIB Showcase, Institutional Initiatives Showcase, & Doctoral Showcase Participants
|Initiative or Institution||Showcase|
|Raul Speaks||DEIB Showcase|
|Doing the Good Work||DEIB Showcase|
|One Better World, LLC||DEIB Showcase|
|University of Massachusetts Amherst||Institutional Showcase|
|Old Dominion University||Doctoral Showcase|
|University of Rhode Island, College of Education||Doctoral Showcase|
|Fielding Graduate University||Doctoral Showcase|
|Sacred Heart University||Doctoral Showcase|
|University of Massachusetts Amherst||Doctoral Showcase|
|Springfield College||Doctoral Showcase|
|University of Connecticut||Doctoral Showcase|
|Northeastern University||Doctoral Showcase|
|University of South Maine||Doctoral Showcase|
Our Silent Auction Co-Chairs, Dr. Jennifer Forry (Emmanuel) and Jasmine Mahoney (RISD) are currently looking for items/services for this year’s Silent Auction during our Regional Conference in Portland, ME (Nov. 12th-14th). All proceeds collected from the Silent Auction will be going towards the The Engagement Assistance Program, created in 2022. As a reminder the Engagement Assistance program will allow individuals to request funding to assist in costs associated with regional and national NASPA events/initiatives including membership support (folks who want to become NASPA members).
Please consider donating to our auction and encourage colleagues and friends to do the same. The auction is only as successful as the quantity and quality of the items donated, so please help us increase professional opportunities in our region. Examples of previous donations include artwork, show tickets, vacation rentals, jewelry, home décor, novelty gifts, dog gifts, consulting services, etc.
If you are interested in contributing something to the Silent Auction, please fill out the following form: https://forms.gle/g2UJkJwHDGBsFbGS8
|Matt Heiser||Conference Chair||Endicott College|
|Kyle Arthenayake||DEI & Access Coordinator||Colby College|
|Johnny Beksha||Marketing Coordinator||Southern New Hampshire University|
|Kaitlin Bevins||Corporate Sponsors Chair||Providence College|
|Caitlin Codding||Program Chair||Boston College|
|Rich DeCapua||SSAO Institute Coordinator||Tufts University|
|Ryan DePesa||Volunteer Coordinator||Wentworth Institute of Technology|
|Kaylee Drew||Graduate Intern||Boston College|
|Jenn Forry||Silent Auction Co-Coordinator||Emmanuel College|
|Kat Howell||Entertainment & Community Co-Coordinator||Massachusetts Institute of Technology|
|Nancy Hunter Denney||Preconference Program Coordinator||Zing! Leadership Develompent|
|Rachell Krell||Graduate Intern||Salem State University|
|Jonathan Kroll||Institutional Initiatives Coordinator||Leadership Trainer|
|Alyssa Lanphear||Operations Coordinator||UMass Amherst|
|Alyssa Laurenza||Operations Chair and Treasurer||Endicott College|
|Jasmine Mahoney||Silent Auction Co-Coordinator||Rhode Island School of Design|
|Michael Pulju||Events Chair||Bowdoin College|
|Jess Raffaele||Graduate Student Coordinator||Bryant University|
|Zachery Raso||Registration Coordinator||Rhode Island School of Design|
|Teniesea Russell||Graduate Intern||Boston College|
|Blake Sherman||Undergraduate & Graduate Coordinator||UMass Darthmouth|
|Loretta Stephens-Smith||Entertainment & Community Co-Coordinator||Wentworth Institute of Technology|
|Kris Tangen||Program Coordinator||Brown University|
|Sean Thompson||Past Chair||Brown University|
|Caroline Tyler||Awards Coordinator||Berklee College of Music|
Call for Programs
The call for program proposals has concluded.
If you have any questions about our Call for Programs process, please reach out to Programs Chair, Dr. Caitlin Codding, at [email protected].
The award nomination process has concluded.
If you have any questions about our awards process, please reach out to Awards Coordinator, Caroline Tyler, at [email protected]. We look forward to recognizing the many accomplishments in our region at the conference!