Graduate Student Affairs Conference

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November 17, 2018
Kent State University
9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
For Graduate Students, By Graduate Students 

The Graduate Student Affairs Conference (GSAC) is a day-long conference put on by graduate students, for graduate students that strives to increase networking between rising student affairs professionals while encouraging the exploration of a variety of functional areas. The conference will also provide graduate students the opportunity to propose presentation topics and gain experience facilitating in a conference setting.

The cost for attending GSAC is broken down below:

$25 Current graduate student members of OCPA attending an institution in the state of Ohio
$25 Out-of-state graduate students
$40 Non-members of OCPA attending an institution in the state of Ohio

Conference Schedule



1 hour

Opening Note


30 minutes  

Breakout Session #1


40 minutes

Breakout Session #2


40 minutes



45 minutes



30 minutes

Functional Area Roundtables


1 hour

Breakout Session #3


40 minutes  

Roundtable Discussion


1 hour



20 minutes

Keynote Speaker
Michael Daniels
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Michael Daniels currently serves as the Assistant Director for the Student Multicultural Center at Kent State University. Michael began his career at Kent State University as the Program Coordinator in August 2015. He received his Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from John Carroll University in 2012 and his Master of Arts degree in Student Affairs Administration from Michigan State University in 2015. Michael is currently enrolled fulltime as a 2nd year PhD student in the Higher Education Administration program at Kent State University.

In addition to serving as the Assistant Director of the SMC, Michael also served as an adjunct faculty member in the School of Communication Studies at Kent State University. In 2016, Michael was awarded advisor of the year for his role as the advisor of the Male Empowerment Network. Michael is a proud member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. and currently serves as the undergraduate advisor for the Gamma Tau Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc.

Beyond his experience in higher education, Michael proudly serves his community through mentoring and youth development programs such as Youth for Christ and the Upward Bound Mentoring Program. Michael’s passion is connecting with young people and assisting them in realizing their dreams while supporting them to become their best selves.

View the Kent Visitor's Guide here.

Have questions? Contact Alexis Mynio at



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.

Upcoming Professional Development Institutes

OCPA Summer Book Club
 Registration Deadline: May 27th Location: Online via Zoom
 Cost : $5

Looking to kick off your summer with a little equity and inclusion-focused professional development? Then join OCPA for our summer VIRTUAL book club!

This summer we will be reading Why Aren't We There Yet?: Taking Personal Responsibility for Creating an Inclusive Campus, a collection of seven essays edited by Jan Arminio, Vasti Torres, and Raechele L. Pope. The contributors to this book seek to offer new insights to improve student affairs, emphasizing action that recognizes this is a complex and multi-faceted process, and beginning with the assertion that, without recognizing the influences of privilege and inequality, we educators cannot promote truly welcoming environments.

We will meet via Zoom to discuss the book and how we can apply what we have learned in our everyday work with students. If you can't make all the meetings, we would love to have your participation anyway.

Registration is $5/person and remains open until May 27th. The first 5 registrants will receive a FREE copy of the book from OCPA! The virtual meeting dates are:

  • Friday, May 31, Noon-1:30pm
  • Friday, June 14, Noon-1:30pm
  • Friday, June 28, Noon-1:30pm
  • Friday, July 12, Noon-1:30pm

Questions? Contact Anna Wagner, OCPA Equity & Inclusion Chair ( or Lacey Filkins, OCPA Professional Development Chair (

Serving Under-resourced Students through Basic Needs Programs; A drive in Detworking and Resouce Sharing Event
When: TBD Location: TBD
Cost: TBD
National data would indicate the rates of food insecurity on college campuses range from 36%-42% and 36%-46% of students are housing insecure or homeless.  Basic needs are becoming a staple service on college campuses, from food pantries to emergency grants and others services in between. Join us for an afternoon opportunity to meet with others doing basic needs work in Ohio; or if you are considering adding these services to your campus, come and hear what others have already started.  Roundtable discussions and presentations will cover food pantries, meal swipe programs, emergency grants, case management, and SNAP. 
Questions? Contact Kathy Fahl, Assistant Dean of Students at Ohio University ( or Lacey Filkins, OCPA Professional Development Chair (


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

Annual Conference

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Ohio's Conference for Student Affairs
Thursday, January 24 - Friday, January 25, 2019
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 Dates

 Early Bird Registration (OCPA Members Only)  Oct. 22 - Nov. 2nd 
 Standard Registration  Nov. 3rd - Dec. 7th
 Late Registration  Dec. 8th - Jan 23rd
 In Person Registration Jan. 24th - Jan 25th

OCPA Member Registration

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

Current OCPA Members are eligible for Early Bird Pricing from October 22nd through November 2nd.

 OCPA Member Early Bird Registration Fees 
 Professional  $140.00
 Graduate Student  $70.00
 Undergraduate Student $70.00


 OCPA Member Standard Registration Fees 
 Professional  $160.00
 Graduate Student  $85.00
 Undergraduate Student $85.00

Non-Member Registration

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

Non-Member Registration Fees 
 Professional  $210.00
 Graduate Student  $100.00
 Undergraduate Student $100.00

Group Registrations

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

Late Fees

A $25 late fee will be cahrged to any person that registers for the Annual Conference after Friday, December 7, 2018.

**An additional $25 late fee will be charged to any person that registers for the Annual Conference on site on either Thursday, January 24th, or Friday, January 25th.**

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.

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

Hotel Reservations

Hotel Reservations at the conference rate of $104/night can be made with the Doubletree Hotel by using this Hotel Reservation Link. Rooms are the conference rate are available until January 1, 2019.

Program Sessions

The Call for Programs for the OCPA Annual Conference is open! To submit a program proposal please complete the OCPA Conference Proposal Form. The deadline to submit program proposals is Friday, November 2nd.

If you have questions about program proposals, please contact our Educational Sessions Committee Chair, Robin Schreck.

Themed Pathways

Many of our programs will be assigned to our Themed Pathways. For more information about the Equity & Inclusion and the Mid Level Managers Pathways, please contact:

Equity and Inclusion Pathway: Kirby Bell

Mid Level Managers Pathway: Allison Riggle

Silent Auction Donations

The Silent Auction is your opportunity to give back. All money raised by the Silent Auction is donated as scholarships to undergraduate and gradaute students intersted in our field! If you have 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 donation, 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 for our undergraduate and graduate students interseted in Higher Education.

Call for Volunteers

We are in need of volunteers to the 2019 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 Michelle Daymon.

Conference Schedule

OCPA Annual Conference Schedule  
 Wednesday, January 23, 2019 
 7:00 PM Conference Planning Team Meeting
  Thursday, January 24, 2019
 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM  Registration/Vendor/Silent Auction Open
 8:00 AM - 8:40 AM  Light Breakfast Available
 8:40 AM - 9:10 AM  Welcome/Opening
 9:10 AM - 9:30 AM  New Attendees Coffee Connections Social
 9:10 AM - 9:30 AM  OCPA Winter Break Book Club Meet-up
 9:30 AM - 11:30 AM  Headshots at the Vendor Terrace
 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM  Program Session 1 (9 Sessions)
 9:30 AM - 12:00 PM  Inter-University Council SSAO Meeting
 9:30 AM - 12:00 PM  Small Private College/University SSAO Meeting
 10:40 AM - 11:40 AM  Program Session 2 (9 Sessions)
 11:50 AM - 12:50 PM  Program Session 3 (9 Sessions)
 1:00 PM - 2:15 PM  Lunch & Keynote Speaker, John Frazier
 2:30 PM - 5:00 PM  Mock Interviews
 2:30 PM - 5:00 PM  Career Resource Room Open (Resume Reviews)
 2:30 PM - 5:00 PM  Robert A. Dubick Case Study Competition
 2:30 PM - 3:30 PM  Program Session 4 (Open time for Networking)
 2:30 PM - 3:30 PM  OCPA Strategic Plan and Updates
 2:30 PM - 3:30 PM  All SSAO & Faculty Roundtable
 3:40 PM - 4:40 PM  All SSAO & Faculty Social
 3:40 PM - 4:40 PM  Program Session Five (9 Sessions)
 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM  Dinner On Your Own
 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM  OCPA Social at Igloo Letterpress - 661 High Street #B, Worthington
 9:00 PM - 11:00 PM  Cocktail Social at The Whitney House - 666 High Street, Worthington
Friday, January 25, 2019
 8:00 AM - 1:00 PM  Registration/Vendor Area/Silent Auction Open
 8:00 AM - 8:30 AM  Light Breakfast
 8:00 AM - 8:30 AM  New Attendees Coffee Connections Social
 8:30 AM - 9:30 AM  Program Session Six (9 Sessions)
 9:30 AM  Career Resource Room Open
 9:30 AM  Mock Interviews
 9:40 AM - 10:40 AM  Program Session Seven (9 Sessions)
 10:50 AM - 11:50 AM  Program Session Eight (9 Sessions)
 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM  Program Session Nine (9 Sessions)
 1:00 PM  Silent Auction Closes/ Vendor Area Closes
 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM  Closing Lunch/ Presentation of Awards/ Presidential Address
2:45 PM - 4:00 PM  OCPA Executive Board Meeting

Contact Us

Questions can be directed to Mark Zeno, Annual Conference Chair, or Julie Humbel-Courtney, Assistant Annual Conference Chair.

Careers in Student Affairs Conference

2019 Careers in Student Affairs Conference 

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Saturday, October 12, 2019
Capital University
Henry C. Moores Student Union
1 College and Main
Bexley, Ohio 43209
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

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 - Coming Soon!!

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, please complete the Open Registration Form.


For More Information, Contact Conference Chair:

Jennifer Vrobel -