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October 26, 2022

Regular Registration Opens

November 30, 2022

Program Proposals Close

December 5, 2022

Awards Nominations Close

January 15, 2023

Late Registration Opens

January 27, 2023

Late Registration Closes

2024 NASPA Alabama Drive-In Conference

Regional Drive-in/Small Conference Region III AVP or "Number Two" Faculty Graduate Mid-Level New Professional Senior Level

The NASPA-AL Drive-In is a one-day conference that brings together Student Affairs professionals from across Alabama and neighboring states. We will learn from one another, discuss the critical issues impacting our field, and network with new and established colleagues. Our theme for 2023 is “Wellbeing Champions: Creating Health-Promoting Campuses.” More information about the conference content and program submissions can be found on the NASPA Alabama website. 

The 2023 Drive-In Conference Venue is the Melton Student Center at Auburn University, 255 Heisman Dr, Auburn, AL 36849. 




Presented By

NASPA Alabama

Registration Rates

Registrant Type

Early Bird Rate

Before Dec 16

Regular Rate

Dec 17 – Jan 14

Late/On-Site Rate

Jan 15 -Jan 27

General Registration-NASPA Member




General Registration-





All Students





Non-member Registration: Anyone can register to attend NASPA events, members and non-members. In order to register, you will need to create a profile but will not be required to have a membership. Please select the "Don't have an account?" option beneath the register button to create your profile. After the profile has been created, you can register and receive the non-member rate for the event. The cost for the New Professionals Institute is included with a conference registration.

To receive a reduced registration rate, sign up for an annual NASPA membership today


Are you an undergraduate, graduate student, or new professional staff member? If so, check out the Drive-In Conference Scholarship opportunity:


Listed below are nearby hotel accomodations for the 2023 NASPA Alabama Drive-In Conference in Auburn, Alabama.

(Offers applicable only for for attendee who check-in January 26 and check out January 27.)


Schedule at a Glance

New Professionals Institute: January 26, 2023

Learning Objectives

  • Provide information about the Drive-In Conference and tips to help them be successful at any conference. 
  • Share opportunities and ways that New Professionals can engage with NASPA AL.
  • Provide a space where New Professionals can build relationships / network.
  • Provide a space where New Professionals can learn / master foundational skills in the field.


Schedule Outline


Session / Activity

9:00 AM

Welcome/Introduction to NAPSA - AL/Networking 

9:30 AM

Special Topic Speaker- Discover more about your student population to better develop programs, services, and facilities to serve

9:50 AM

Special Topic Workshop- How to own your Professional Development

10:10 AM

Small Group Professional Case Studies

10:45 AM

Thanks, Closing, & Resource Sharing



Drive-In Conference: January 27, 2023


Main Event(s)

8:00 – 9:00 AM

Breakfast & Check-In

8:00 - 9:00 AM

Optional Facility Tours

9:00 – 10:00 AM

Welcome, Opening, & Keynote Speaker

10:15 – 11:15 AM

Breakout Session 1

10:15 - 11:15 AM

Chief Student Affairs Officer/AVP Meeting 

11:30 – 12:30 PM

Lunch, Awards Ceremony, Panel Discussion

12:45  – 1:45 PM

Breakout Session 2

1:50 – 2:50 PM

Breakout Session 3

3:00 - 3:30 PM

Mindfulness Send Off & Closing 

3:15 – 4:00 PM

Grab & Go Coffee/Snack Station

3:30 – 4:30 PM

Optional Facility Tours


Breakout Sessions:

Breakout 1: 10:15am - 11:15am
Presentations Room Number
Best practices for building partnerships to support students that experience Sexual Misconduct 2216
Healthy and Happy: 2022 Active Minds Healthy Campus Award 2218
Performative Wellbeing Champions: Parroting Practices Over Cultural Competence 2225
The Advisory Council on Wellness: Championing Wellbeing at the University of Alabama 2227
Breakout 2: 12:45pm - 1:45pm
From Rings to Regalia: The Journey of Balancing High Stress Student Affairs Roles and Doctoral Programs with Marriage and Family Life 2216
Medical Withdrawals: Supporting Students through Leave Processes 2218
Inclusion Grant Recipient Presentation 2225
Applying Assessment Competencies to Health and Wellness Work 2227
Movement, Stretches and Exercises you can do from your desk! 2310
Breakout 3: 1:50pm - 2:50pm
The Role of Wellness in Student Leadership Development 2216
Part of Our World: Creative Community Building through Identity-Based Programs 2218
GREAT(ful) Work: Best Practices for Finding Well-Being and Job Fulfillment in Student Affairs 2225
Bring the Coffee from Home: Making Wise Personal Financial Decisions 2227
Prevention Programs Don’t Have to be Boring: Using Leadership Development Programs as a Prevention Tool 2310

Program Proposals

The NASPA-Alabama Conference Committee invites you to join us Friday, January 27, 2023 to reflect on our collective and individual goals, passions, and purposes of NASPA and student affairs. Our conference theme is Wellbeing Champions: Creating Health-Promoting Campuses!

We are seeking proposals that highlight the monumental work our membership is doing to support students, further the mission of our association, and approach our profession with innovation and creativity. All complete proposals will be considered by the committee and we are looking for a diverse group of presentation topics that support different Competency areas to provide our attendees with plenty of options for educational sessions during the conference.

Additionally, in support of the conference’s theme, we are seeking presentations that highlight efforts impacting health and wellness on your campuses that you believe have the potential to affect the wellbeing of students or staff and promote health across the community. This theme allows presenters to focus on efforts they are taking on their campuses to address either aspect of the charter. Efforts may be seemingly small, or large cross-departmental efforts impacting the campus as a whole or the greater community. 

Proposals will be evaluated based on content; relevance to current issues, and the Professional Competency Areas for Student Affairs Practitioners; evidence of clearly stated outcomes and objectives; contribution to the knowledge and practice of student affairs; and adherence to program submission guidelines.

Proposal Deadline: November 30, 2022

Questions regarding the proposal process, please contact Eric Smith ([email protected]). 


Each year NASPA-AL recognizes outstanding members across the state by honoring individual professionals with state awards. In continuation with this tradition, we will open some awards in the near future and will invite you to nominate one of your Alabama colleagues. State winners of the to-be-announced awards will be nominated for consideration at the Region III awards level, as applicable. 

Each nomination should include the following: 

  • Current resume 

  • Contact information for both the nominee and nominator 

  • A minimum of one, maximum of two letters of support with one preferably being from a current supervisor 

All award recipients must have an active membership with NASPA.

2023-2024 Award Timeline: To Be Announced

NASPA Alabama 2023-2024 – Awards

Future Leader Award (Graduate Student)

The Future Leader Award recognizes outstanding contributions by a graduate student. Nominees have made a significant contribution to their campus, demonstrated academic achievement, exceeded the expectations of their respective leadership positions, assumed a leadership role at their institution and demonstrated potential for substantial contributions to the student affairs profession.

The recipient of this award will be the NASPA-AL nominee for the Region III Outstanding Graduate Student Award.

Rising Star Award (New Professional)

The Rising Star Award recognizes outstanding contributions by a new professional in student affairs. Nominees demonstrate initiative, contribute to programs that address the needs of students and the institution, and create campus environments that promote student learning and personal development.

The recipient of this award will be the NASPA-AL nominee for the Region III William Leftwich Award for Outstanding New Professional.


Outstanding Contribution to Student Engagement

The Outstanding Contribution to Student Engagement Award recognizes a professional’s work at the campus level in the area of student programs. This recipient makes contributions above and beyond the assigned duties of their position and has a significant impact on student programs at their institution. 

The recipient of this award will be the NASPA-AL nominee for the Region III Bob E. Leach Award for Outstanding Service to Students.


Spirit of Diversity Award

The Spirit of Diversity Award exemplifies the spirit of diversity as it applies to a commitment and appreciation for diversity and inclusion. Nominees have provided leadership and direction in fostering a culture of appreciation for multicultural values and the acceptance of individual and group differences.

The recipient of this award will be the NASPA-AL nominee for the Region III Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Award.


Region III Outstanding Service Award

The Region III Outstanding Service Award recognizes sustained volunteerism to NASPA at the state, regional, or national level through involvement in multiple branches (regions, knowledge communities, divisions, and groups) of the association. The recipient should have demonstrated significant impact on NASPA as an association through volunteer service. 

The recipient of this award will be the NASPA-AL nominee for the Region III John Koldus Award for Distinguished Service to NASPA Region III in instances where the recipient has held membership in NASPA for 10 years.



Outstanding Mid-Level Student Affairs Professional

The Outstanding Mid-Level Student Affairs Professional Award recognizes a mid-level student affairs professional who has demonstrated professional responsibility for the direction, oversight, and/or supervision of one or more student affairs functional areas, and/or one or more professional staff members.  The recipient should have a record of innovative programming that has had a significant impact on their respective campus.  Additionally, the recipient should demonstrate service to NASPA through volunteerism and/or leadership roles held at the state, regional, national or international level.

The recipient of this award will be the NASPA-AL nominee for the Region III James E. Scott Outstanding Mid-Level Student Affairs Professional Award.



Outstanding Contribution to Student Affairs Through Teaching

The Outstanding Contribution to Student Affairs Through Teaching Award recognizes a professional with responsibility for teaching graduate or professional school students who wish to pursue a career in higher education administration and student affairs. The award recipient should demonstrate consistent and excellence mentorship for graduate students as well as scholarly achievement and contribution across the profession.

The recipient of this award will be the NASPA-AL nominee for the Region III Outstanding Contribution to Student Affairs through Teaching Award.


Outstanding Performance as a Senior Student Affairs Officer

The Outstanding Performance as a Senior Student Affairs Officer Award recognizes a senior administrator who serves as the Chief Student Affairs Officer at their respective institution.  The recipient should be seen as collaborative, effective, and inspirational on their campus and have a high level of competency in developing staff. The CSAO should demonstrate exemplary managerial and administrative skills as well as leadership in campus and community initiatives. Additionally, this award recognizes a CSAO who has made significant contributions to professional associations through scholarship, leadership, and volunteerism.

The recipient of this award will be the NASPA-AL nominee for the Region III John Jones Award for Outstanding Performance as a Senior Student Affairs Officer.


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