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

Election Day Considerations: What is our obligation to our students, the institution, and the law?  
 Date: Friday, October, 26th, Noon to 1pm Location: Online via Zoom 
 Cost : Free to all OCPA Members 

In the current political climate, it can be hard to know how to provide programs and services that will be supportive of students across the political spectrum.  The issues are important to our students but also important to us as professionals so it can be difficult to balance our personal passion, self-care, support for all students, and potential PR issues for the institution.  In this virtual PDI we will talk about these different considerations and strategies to do the best balance these concerns.

This PDI is sponsored by the 4-year Private Member-At-Large position and the content will focus mainly on how these issues affect private institutions in the state.  But participation is not limited to OCPA members at 4-year private institutions. All are welcome to participate in this timely discussion. Registration information will be available online. Specific questions can be directed to Sam Filkins at

Register now for Free!

Registration Deadline is Wednesday, October 24th.

Questions can be emailed to Sam Filkins at


 The Job Search: A Virtual PDI For Graduate Students 
Date: Wednesday, November, 14th, 11:30am to 1pm  Location: Online via Zoom
  Cost: Free to all OCPA Members

  Join professionals from around the state of Ohio as they share tips and tricks on how to make yourself stand out above the rest during your job search. This PDI will be a virtual panel format with time for questions of the panelists. Have a question you would like to ask? Send it to Lacey Filkins, OCPA's Professional Development Chair at by November 12th.

Register now for Free!

Registration Deadline is Monday, November 12th.


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
 Undergradaute Student $70.00


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

Coming Soon!

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

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 Sunday, September 16th.

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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.

Conference Registration Deadline EXTENDED: Thursday, October 11, 2018

For more information, contact the Conference Co-Chairs:

Henrique Alvim –

Jennifer Vrobel -