Professional Development Institutes

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OCPA is committed to providing professional development opportunities for higher education professionals across Ohio. The Professional Development Institutes are a series of workshops sponsored by OCPA designed to provide professional development opportunities throughout the year for members of OCPA.

OCPA PDI Summer Book Club

Join OCPA for our second PDI Book Club. This summer we will focus on working with the newest generation of students and will be reading:

iGen: Why Today's Super-Connected Kids are Growing Up Less Rebellious, More Tolerant, Less Happy-- and Completed Unprepared for Adulthood-- and What That Means for the Rest of Us by Jean Twenge.

Amazon Link to Book

Use the registration link below to register. The first 10 registrants will receive a copy of the book free form OCPA! You can register up to 5 members at one time.

The OCPA PDI Summer Book Club will meet via Zoom Conference Call on the following dates to discuss portions of the book:

Friday, July 13th at 10 AM

Friday, July 20th at 10 AM

Friday, July 27th at 10 AM

Friday, August 3rd at 10 AM

Registration is available for OCPA Members at a cost of $8 until July 6, 2018. 

Register Now!

Questions? Please contact Lacey Filkins, OCPA Professional Development Institutes Chair.

Careers in Student Affairs Conference

2018 Careers in Student Affairs Conference 

Careers in SA 2017

Sunday, October 21, 2018
Walsh University
Barrette Center
2020 East Maple Street
North Canton, Ohio 44720
8:15 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

The Careers in Student Affairs conference is designed for undergraduate, post-baccalaureate, and graduate students interested in pursuing graduate studies and careers in Student Affairs.

The Careers in Student Affairs Conference Offers Opportunities to:

  • Participate in a Graduate School Fair where you will learn about program options and requirements
  • Network with Student Affairs practitioners
  • Get motivated to seek a career in Student Affairs
  • Meet peers interested in Student Affairs and begin to build relationships
  • Discover career tracks in Student Affairs

Schedule at a Glance

Location: Walsh University, Barrette Center

8:15 AM - 9:00 AM Registration & Breakfast 
9:00 AM - 9:40 AM Conference Opening
9:55 AM - 10:40 AM Program Session I
10:50 AM - 11:35 AM  Program Session II
10:50 AM - 11:35 AM OCPA Board Meeting
11:45 AM - 1:10 PM Lunch & Keynote Address
1:15 PM - 2:15 PM Graduate School Fair
2:20 PM - 3:05 PM Program Session III
3:15 PM - 4:00 PM Program Session IV

Call for Programs - Open Now!

If you are interested in submitting a program proposal please complete the Program Proposal Form.

The Call for Programs will be open until Monday, September 10th.

Campus Map

Conference Information & Forms

Registration for the OCPA Careers in Student Affairs Conference is $30 for all attendees.

Conference Registration for Current OCPA Members and those who wish to join OCPA:

If you are a current member of OCPA, please login to the Constituent Portal and register for the conference through your account.

If you are not a member of OCPA and would like to join, please visit our OCPA Member Registration Form to complete your membership and then register through the Constituent Portal.

Conference Registration for Non-OCPA Members who do not wish to Register with OCPA:

If you wish to attend the conference without becoming a member of OCPA, registration will open soon.

Conference Registration Deadline: Sunday, October 7, 2018

For more information, contact the Conference Co-Chairs:

Henrique Alvim –

Jennifer Vrobel -

Annual Conference


Resilience Annual Conference Logo 2018

Ohio's Conference for Student Affairs
Thursday, January 25 - Friday, January 26, 2018
Worthington, OH
Double Tree Hotel & Conference Center

Conference Quick Links

Conference Registration

Program Sessions

Silent Auction

Call for Volunteers

Conference Schedule

Contact Us

We look forward to seeing our members at the Annual Conference at the Doubletree Hotel in Worthington in January! Want to join the discussion and network with your colleagues during the conference? Use the hashtag #OCPAConnects!

Conference Registration

Registration for the 2018 OCPA Annual Conference has officially opened!

Current Members of OCPA should register for the conference by logging in to the OCPA Member Portal first. Members will find a link to the Member Registration Page on the landing of their Portal. *Please note: OCPA Member Prices are only available through the Member Registration Page.*

Non-Members can register by using the Public Registration Page. OCPA encourages all Non-Members to consider joining OCPA prior to the registering for the conference in order to access reduced registration costs.

Group Registrations are available through either portal, however, OCPA Member Ticket Prices are only available through the Member Registration Page inside the OCPA Member Portal.

For questions about Registration for the OCPA Annual Conference, please contact the OCPA Registration Co-Chair, Dennis LoConti.

Registration Fees

Early Bird Registration will open on Monday, October 23rd and will close on Sunday, November 5th.

Early Bird Registration Fees
OCPA Member (Professional)   $130.00
OCPA Member (Graduate Student)  $60.00
OCPA Member (Undergraduate Student)  $60.00
Non-Member (Professional)  $180.00
Non-Member (Graduate Student)  $75.00
Non-Member (Undergraduate Student)  $75.00

Standard Registration will open on Monday, November 6th and will close on Friday, December 15th.

Standard Registration Fees
OCPA Member (Professional)   $150.00
OCPA Member (Graduate Student)  $75.00
OCPA Member (Undergraduate Student)  $75.00
Non-Member (Professional)  $200.00
Non-Member (Graduate Student)  $90.00
Non-Member (Undergraduate Student)  $90.00
Vendor - No Donation to Silent Auction $150.00
Vendor - $50 Donation to Silent Auction $100.00

*Important note: OCPA Memberships are required for the discounted rate. Membership Renewal and New Member Registration are not available this year through the conference registration form. Membership links will be coming soon. As long as you have an active membership at the time of the conference, you are eligible for the discounted rate*

Late Fees:

A $25.00 late fee will be charged to any person that registers for the Annual Conference after Friday, December 15, 2017.

**An additional $25.00 late fee will be charged to any person that registers for the Annual Conference on site on either Thursday, January 25th or Friday, January 26th.**

Please note - no refunds are available for conference registrations. The only exception to this is in the event of a Level Three Snow Emergency that requires the cancellation of the annual conference.

Conference Hotel

We encourage you to stay with us at The Doubletree Hotel and Conference Center.

Room Reservations at the Doubletree Hotel can be made for $103 per night by reserving your room using the OCPA Hotel Registration Link

Program Sessions

The Call for Programs for the OCPA Annual Conference has closed. If you have questions about program proposals, please contact our Educational Sessions Committee Chair, Michael Griest.

Pre-Conference Institute Options

The Pre-Conference Institute Options traditionally offered on the Wednesday prior to the start of the Annual Conference will now be offered as part of the Annual Conference on Thursday and Friday at no additional cost to conference registrants. More information about the Emerging Professionals Institute, Equity and Inclusion Institute, and the Mid Level Managers Institute will be available soon. For questions, please contact:

Emerging Professionals Institutte: Michelle Daymon

Equity and Inclusion Institute: HerBrina Shepard

Mid-Level Managers: Julie Humbel-Courtney

Silent Auction Donations

This is your opportunity to give back. Any money raised by the silent auction will be awarded as scholarships to undergraduate and graduate students interested in our field! If there are items that could showcase your campus or greater community such as tickets to an event, a piece of artwork, books, or a gift basket, please consider making a donation to the silent auction.

If you are able to make a gift, please contact Robin Gagnow for inquiries and next steps, or simply bring your item to the conference. Thank you in advance for helping award scholarships to undergtaduate and graduate students interested in the field. See you there!

Call for Volunteers

We are in need of volunteers to the 2018 OCPA Annual Conference. Volunteers are needed to staff the registration table, career resource room, and the silent auction. If you are intersted and willing, be sure to indicate that you would like to volunteer on your conference registration. For more information about volunteering at the Annual Conference, contact Nicole Robison.

Conference Schedule

Thursday, January 25th  
 7:30 AM  Registration Opens
 7:30 AM  Vendor Area and Silent Auction Open
 8:00 AM - 8:45 AM  Light Breakfast Available
 8:45 AM - 9:15 AM  Welcome & Opening Session
 9:30 AM - 11:30 AM  Headshots
 9:30 AM - 12:20 PM  Career Resource Room Open
 9:30 AM  - 12:00 PM  Inter-University Council SSAO Meeting
 9:30 AM - 12:00 PM  Small Private College/University SSAO Meeting
 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM  Program Session One
 10:40 AM - 11:40 AM  Program Session Two
 10:40 AM - 12:40 PM  Institution Option Midlevel Managers & Emerging Professionals
 11:50 AM - 12:50 PM  Program Session Three
 1:00 PM - 2:15 PM  Lunch and Featured Speaker
2:30 PM - 5:00 PM Mock Interviews
2:30 PM - 5:00 PM Career Resource Room Open
2:30 PM - 5:00 PM Robert A. Dubick Case Study Competition
2:30 PM - 3:30 PM Program Session Four
3:15 PM - 4:15 PM SSAO Roundtable
3:40 PM - 4:40 PM Program Session Five
4:30 PM - 5:30 PM Cocktail Hour Social, Doubltree Hotel
5:30 PM Dinner On Your Own
7:30 PM - 10:00 PM OCPA Social, Cedar Ballroom, Doubletree Hotel (Cash Only Bar)
Friday, January 26th
6:30 AM - 7:30 AM Zumba
7:30 AM Registration Opens
7:30 AM Vendor Area & Silent Auction Open
8:00 AM - 8:45 AM Light Breakfast
8:15 AM - 8:45 AM New Attendees Coffee Connections Social
9:00 AM Career Resource Room Open
9:00 AM Mock Interviews
9:00 AM - 9:50 AM Program Session Six
10:00 AM - 10:50 AM Program Session Seven
10:00 AM - 10:50 AM Institute Option - Equity and Inclusion
11:00 AM - 11:50 AM Program Session Eight
11:30 AM Silent Auction Closes
12:00 PM - 1:45 PM Closing Lunch and Presentation of OCPA Awards
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM OCPA Executive Board Meeting

Contact Us

Questions can be directed to Jolene Broshious, Annual Conference Chair, or Mark Zeno, Assistant Annual Conference Chair.