Annual Conference

2017 OCPA
Annual Conference

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Ohio's Conference for Student Affairs
January 25 - January 27, 2017
Worthington, OH
Double Tree Hotel & Conference Center

Conference Quick Links

Conference Registration

Program Sessions

Pre-Conference Information

Silent Auction

Conference Schedule

Contact Us


Career Resource Room Materials


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

Register Now! - Click the link to complete the registration form.

Registration Fees (on or before January 3, 2017 - Registration has been extended to January 3rd due to unexpected issues with PayPal)

OCPA Member (Professional) - $130.00

OCPA Member (Graduate Student) - $75.00

OCPA Member (Undergraduate Student)  - $75.00

Non-Member (Professional) - $180.00

Non-Member (Graduate Student) - $90.00

Non-Member (Undergraduate Student) - $90.00

Vendor - $150 or $100 and a donation to our Silent Auction of at least a $50 Value

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

**Conference attendees who are part of a Bulk Registration should choose that payment option when registering for the conference. Your institution should complete the Bulk Registration Form that is emailed to them upon your completed registration.**

Pre-Conference Institute Options 

Costs for pre-conference institutes are in addition to the conference registration (should institute participants also choose to attend the annual conference)

Emerging Professionals Institute (EPI) - $40.00

The Emerging Professionals Institute (EPI) is designed for individuals ranging from graduate students to 5 years of experience as a full-time new professional.

Participants will have the opportunity to learn from guest presenters and other experienced colleagues. Topics include mentoring, supervision and how these two intersect. Additionally, other topics covered will include navigating the intersection of your personal and professional journeys as well as building a professional development plan.

We look forward to engaging wtih any participants that are beginning to emerge into their career as student affairs professionals!

Equity & Inclusion Institute - $40.00

Drawing upon the conference theme of "Intersections," the Equity and Inclusion (E & I) Institute will focus specifically on the concept of intersectionality and how it pertains to our work in higher education. The E & I Institute will combine a presentation and dialogue-based workshop to help participants understand how they can utilize intersectional frameworks and practices in their roles as student affairs educators. 

 Designed for any professional regardless of functional area, the Equity and Inclusion Institute will help participants comprehend the historical context of intersectionality before exploring how it can be applied in the field of higher education. Participants can expect to engage in activities that allow them to reflect upon their identities, as well as their students'. 

 Attendees will also have the opportunity to participate in a book club following the conference as a way to continue their education on this topic. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions.

 We look forward to engaging with you all in this institute, advancing the goals of social justice and inclusion work!

Mid-Level Managers Institute (MMI) - $40.00

The Mid-Level Managers Institute (MMI) is designed for individuals who have 6-10 years of experience as a full-time professional or individuals in roles with supervisory responsibility over professional staff members or oversight of one or more units.

Particpants will have the opportunity to learn from guest presenters and their mid-level colleagues. Topics include Mentoring for Mid-Level Managers, the Work-Life Paradox, PhD/EdD Exploration, and Panel and Roundtable Discussions. Guest Presenters include:

Sam Filkins  Assistant Director of Student Engagement, Kenyon College
Lacey Filkins Assistant Director of New Student Programs, Kenyon College
Karl Rishe Dean of Students, Notre Dame College
Danielle Dimoff Associate Director of the Carrer Center, Bowling Green State University
Barb Kefalas Senior Associate Director of Residence Life, The Ohio State University
Kristen Fox Director of Campus Engagement, Denison University
Heather Johnston-Welliver Associate Director of Academic Support and Enrichment, Denison University
Thomas Gibson Vice President for Student Affairs and Vice Provost, Bowling Green State University

Don't miss out on this opportunity to interact with colleagues at the 2017 OCPA Mid-Level Managers Institute on January 25th from 1PM to 5PM in Worthington, Ohio.

We look forward to engaging with you in this pirposeful and exciting personal and professional development opportunity.

If you have questions about pre-conferences, please contact:

Emerging Professionals Institute: Jonathan Adams
Equity & Inclusion: Antonio Duran
Mid Level Managers: Ardy Gonyer

*Late Fee: A $25.00 late fee will be charged to any person that registers for the Annual Conference or Pre-Conference institutes after January 3, 2017.

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.

To reserve a room at the Doubletree Hotel at the OCPA Annual Conference rate of $102 per night, please visit the Room Reservation Website.

Travel & Construction

Please note that there is considerable contruction on US 23, including the off-ramp from 270 North to US 23. When travelling to the conference site, the easiset route from 270 North is to stay in the far right lane to turn onto Dimension Drive. If you are unable to get to the far rigth lane, you can go past the construciton and make the next right turn from US 23 onto Campus View.

Program Sessions

The Call for Programs for the OCPA Annual Conference is closed. If you have questions about program proposals, please contact our Educational Sessions Committee Co-Chairs, Tracey Walterbusch or Caitlin Rethorst. We hope that you will consider submitting a proposal for the 2018 Annual Conference.

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! We are currently seeking item donations to be auctioned off during our conference. In the past, items such as sweat-shirts, tee shirts, hats, mugs, etc. with your school’s logo have auctioned off with great success! This year, we are trying to elevate our program by making available a wider array of items. If there are other items that could showcase your campus or greater community - such as tickets to an event, a piece of artwork, books, or a gift basket - we welcome anything creative that you could donate. 

If you are able to make a gift, please contact Dina Daltorio for inquiries and next steps, or simply bring your item to the conference. See you there!

Call for Volunteers

We are still in of additional volunteers for the 2017 OCPA Annual Conference. If you have not yet signed up to volunteer or registered for the conference there is still time! Volunteers are needed to staff the registration table, career resource room and the silent auction. If you are interested 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 Julie Humbel-Courtney.

Conference Schedule

Click here for a Conference Schedule*.

*Please note that this schedule is subject to change.

Contact Us

Questions can be directed to Grant Walters, Annual Conference Chair, or Jolene Petroc, Assistant Annual Conference Chair.