OCPA Conferences

OCPA offers two highly engaging conferences each year with the goal of helping connect Higher Education professionals, graduate students and undergraduate students through the power of Professional Development. Below you will find some brief information about each conference as well as links to their individual pages.

The Professional Development Institutes

The Professional Development Institute is a series of one day drive-in professional development opportunities sponsored by OCPA. Each PDI is held at a sponsoring institution.

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The OCPA Careers in Student Affairs Conference

The OCPA Careers in Student Affairs Conference takes place each fall and is geared towards providing undergraduate students an opportunity to explore a career in Student Affairs. OCPA invites students to participate in a one day drive-in conference at one of the premier institutions of higher education around the state to discover the possibilities of choosing a career in higher education.

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The OCPA Annual Conference

The OCPA Annual Conference is held every January in Columbus, OH and is designed to help connect and reconnect higher education professionals and graduate students from all across Ohio through professional development. With highly engaging program sessions, engaging speakers and nightly socials, the Annual Conference is a great opportunity for professionals across the state to build a network of colleagues and enhance their own campus experience through professional development.

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Nominations for the 2018-19 OCPA Executive Board are now open!

Nominations are available online from February 12th through February 23rd. Nominators can nominate any individual, themselves or someone else for any position listed below. All Nominees will be asked at a later time to submit detailed nomination materials including a resume. To submit a nomination, please visit the

2018-19 OCPA Executive Board Nomination Form

Detailed position descriptions can be found here. For more information regarding the OCPA Executive Board Elections process, please contact Dr. Ardy Gonyer, OCPA President-Elect, at gonyerh@bgsu.edu.

Elected Positions

The following positions are elected by the OCPA Membership and will be open for nominations for the 2018-19 year.


Graduate Student Members-at-Large (2 Positions)

2 Year Colleges Member-at-Large

4 Year Private Member-at-Large

4 Year Public Member-at-Large

Appointed Positions

The following positions are appointed by the OCPA President and will be open for nominations for the 2018-19 year.

Assistant Annual Conference Chair

Assistant Careers Conference Chair

Awards Chair

Comunications Chair

Development Chair

Don Schweingruber Senior Student Affairs Officer


Board Login

Use the login form at the right of this page to access Executive Board Site Editing Tools. If you are currently logged in, the 'Log Out' button will also appear at the right.


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Important Information for Current or Returning Members

OCPA has recently switched to a brand new Membership Database System called NEON. All previous memberships held my individuals have been migrated into this new system automatically. If you are a returning member and would like to access your OCPA Membership Account or renew your membership, please start by requesting a Password Reset. If you are a returning member and you have already setup your account, please take a moment to visit our Constituent Login Portal.

Important Information for New Members

If you are new to OCPA and would like to register as a member, please visit the New Member Registration Page.

OCPA Membership Rates

Membership in OCPA is available at the following rates:

 2 Year Graduate Student Membership - $10.00 (Exclusive to current graduate students only)

1 Year Professional Membership - $25.00

5 Year Professional Membership - $100.00

Career Resource Room Reference Materials

Mock Interview Job Postings for Career Resource Room participants can be found here.

The following reference materials were provided by the Career Resource Room Committee for the 2015 OCPA/OASPA Annual Conference.

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