Daemen to Host National Conference on Student Affairs for First Time

June 13, 2014

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AMHERST, N.Y. – As higher education faces many changes and challenges, student affairs leaders from colleges and universities from across the United States will discuss the latest issues and effective programs at a conference being hosted June 21-24 on the Daemen College campus. It is the first time the national conference will be hosted by Daemen.

The three-day residential program, “2014 Small Colleges and Universities Institute,” is being offered by the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators Small Colleges and Universities Division. It’s geared to chief student affairs officers and other senior-level leaders from small colleges and universities with enrollments of fewer than 5,000 students.

“We are thrilled to be holding such a prestigious conference in the Western New York region,” said Dr. Richanne C. Mankey, Daemen vice president for institutional advancement who most recently served as vice president for student affairs at the college. “The conference will offer valuable information on current topics in independent higher education, ranging from national concerns to student adjustment issues. It will also give us the opportunity to share our beautiful region with participants, including all of the exciting changes taking place at Buffalo’s waterfront.” 

Conference attendees will learn about shifts in higher education and the impact on student affairs, managing critical incidents on campus, changing student demographics, civic learning and democratic engagement, and other timely topics.

“We are at a critical point in higher education, which is particularly affecting senior student affairs officers at small institutions,” said Dr. Greg Nayor, vice president for student affairs and dean of students at Daemen. “Connecting with colleagues and discussing best practices, public policy and fiscal challenges is one of the best ways to stay ahead of the curve.”

For more information about the conference, visit www.naspa.org/events/2014-naspa-small-colleges-and-universities-institute.

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