NASPA Undergraduate Fellows Program Institute

NASPA Undergraduate Fellows Program Institute

Welcome to the start of your ANTHOLOGY in Student Affairs! Join us at the NASPA Undergraduate Fellows Program (NUFP) Institute in San Diego as fellows learn more about the association, develop professional networking skills, explore multiple functional areas within student affairs, and learn about career paths and graduate programs within the field. Participants will have the opportunity to build relationships with regional NUFP alumni and other student affairs professionals as well as reflect on next-steps after attending the conference.

The institute is free to all undergraduates registered for the conference. Additional registration for the institute is required.

Institute Faculty
Eric Rivera

Eric Rivera
Associate Vice President for Student Affairs and Budget Administration

Eric Rivera has more than 20 years of professional experience in higher education, with progressively responsible senior level experience in Student Affairs. Prior to his appointment as Associate Vice President for Student Affairs at San Diego State University, he served for more than five years as the Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs. In his current capacity, he has direct oversight of the administration of the division’s budget, human resources, facilities, communications and IT functions. Prior to his affiliation with San Diego State University, Mr. Rivera worked at California State University, Los Angeles, the State University of New York-Oswego, and Monroe College.

Mr. Rivera was the first in his family to go away and graduate from college. Born and raised in the Bronx in New York City, his parents did not speak English. He was not considered to be someone on the “college bound” track while in high school. As a successful first-generation college graduate, Mr. Rivera has become passionate about higher education access and opportunity for all students.

Mr. Rivera completed the Harvard Management & Leadership in Education Program. In addition, he possesses a graduate degree in public administration from the City University of New York, Baruch College and a Bachelor of Science from the University of the State of New York.

More Information

For additional information, please contact the Chair of the NUFP Institute:

Floyd Lai
Associate Director, Multicultural Programs
CSU San Marcos
New Professionals and Graduate Student Institute

Join us at the 2011 NASPA Western Regional Conference in San Diego for the Dorothy J. Keller New Professionals & Graduate Students Institute!

The New Professionals and Graduate Student Institute is focused on helping those new to the profession intentionally define their career path, learn valuable mentoring and networking skills, and build relationships with mid- and senior-level student affairs professionals.

When you look at the future or your career in Student Affairs, what do you see? What does your career ANTHOLOGY include? Being at the beginning of your professional student affairs journey is exciting! Join us at our institute where we will help shape your future in Student Affairs!

Institute Faculty
Cynthia Avery

Cynthia Avery, Ed.D.
Assistant Vice President for Student Life, University of San Diego

Cynthia Avery earned her B.S. in Management Science from the State University of New York at Geneseo, a M.S. in Education in College Student Development from Alfred University, and a Ed.D. in Educational Leadership from the University of California, San Diego.

Dr. Avery has over 20 years of experience in a variety of areas within student affairs, including community service learning, cross-cultural / multicultural centers, Greek life, judicial affairs, orientation, outdoor programs and recreation, parent relations, residential education, leadership programs, student activities, staff development, student government, student unions and a women’s center. The majority of her experience has been at mid- to large-sized public institutions including State University of New York at Albany, the University of Georgia, and San Diego State University.

Since August 2008, Dr. Avery has served as the Assistant Vice President for Student Life at the University of San Diego. When not working or cheering on the Toreros, Dr. Avery enjoys spending time with her husband of 20+ years and their four teenagers. She also volunteers as a Court Appointed Special Advocate for three children in foster care.

Ashanti Hands

Ashanti Hands, M.A.
Dean of Student Affairs, San Diego Mesa College

Ashanti Hands earned a B.A. in Sociology with a minor in Ethnic Studies from the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) and a M.A. in Education with an emphasis in Counseling from San Diego State University. She is currently enrolled in SDSU’s Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership Program.

Since 1998, Ashanti held the position of Dean of Student Affairs at UCSD’s Thurgood Marshall College. As the lead Student Affairs professional at the college, she was responsible for developing and coordinating all co-curricular programs promoting student learning and development. She currently serves as the Dean of Student Affairs at San Diego Mesa College.

Ashanti has proven experience providing oversight for student organizations including student government. She is very adept at developing leadership opportunities for students and understands the critical nature of well-managed student discipline procedures. As a manager, she has had extensive responsibility for the supervision and training of professional and support staff, the development of Student Affairs budgets and the formulation of strategic goals to guide future program development.

She brings to the New Professionals and Graduate Student Institute an essential community college perspective in student affairs and higher education.

More Information

For additional information, please contact the Co-Chairs of the New Professionals & Graduate Student Institute:

Patricia Mahaffey
Dean of Student Affairs, Muir College
University of California, San Diego

James Stascavage
Director of Student Life
Rockville Campus at Montgomery College

Mid-Level Professionals Institute

We want to know ... what does Anthology mean to you? Explore the meaning of Anthology with your fellow mid-level colleagues at the 2011 Mid-Level Professionals Institute. The institute will provide the opportunity to expand your understanding as leaders affecting change from the middle.

We look forward to engaging with you in this energizing and exciting personal and professional development opportunity! Don’t miss this opportunity to connect, communicate, collaborate and generally rock out with your colleagues at the 2011 Mid-Level Professionals Institute at the Hard Rock Hotel in San Diego!

Mid-level Professionals are generally defined as individuals with 5 or more years of experience in Student Affairs, with some level of supervision and leadership responsibility for a specific area(s). Space is limited to 35 participants. Prior to the institute, you will be asked to complete a brief survey to determine your professional development needs. Your responses will be used to create an engaging, meaningful educational experience.

Institute Faculty
Lea M. Jarnagin

Lea M. Jarnagin, Ed.D.
Dean of Students, California State University, Fullerton

Lea Jarnagin received her B.A. in Sociology from California State University, San Marcos, her M.S. in Counseling with a Specialization in Student Development in Higher Education from California State University, Long Beach and her Ed.D. in Educational Leadership from the University of California, Los Angeles.

Dr. Jarnagin provides leadership for division-wide student learning assessment programs and oversees several departments including Honors & Scholars Support Services, Judicial Affairs, Leadership and Multicultural Development Programs, New Student Programs, Student Life and the college-based Assistant Deans for Student Affairs. She also chairs the Alcohol and Other Drugs Advisory Committee, the Students of Concern Committee and the FERPA Review Committee. In addition to active membership in the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA), Dr. Jarnagin serves as an adjunct faculty member in the M.S. in Higher Education program at California State University, Fullerton.

Dr. Jarnagin joined California State University, Fullerton in the spring of 1998 as the Assistant Dean for Student Affairs in the College of the Arts where she oversaw student leadership programs, student scholarships and contributed to the enrollment management efforts within the college. Since then, she has held several other positions on campus including Associate Dean of Students, New Student Programs as well as the Assistant to the Vice President for Student Affairs which provided her with department and division-wide experience overseeing budget and human resource related functions and initiatives.

Felicia J. Lee

Felicia J. Lee, Ph.D.
Chief of Staff, Office of the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs, UC Berkeley

Felicia J. Lee received a Ph.D. in Higher Education Policy and Organization from the University of Southern California, a Master’s degree in Social Science and Education Practice from Stanford University, a Master’s degree in Student Affairs at Colorado State University, and a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Sociology from UC Irvine.

Dr. Lee currently serves as the Chief of Staff for the Office of the Vice Chancellor for the Division of Student Affairs at the University of California, Berkeley. Prior to her arrival at UC Berkeley, Dr. Lee served as the Vice President for Student Affairs at Trinity University in San Antonio, TX. She has also served as the Associate Vice President and Dean of Students at the University of San Francisco.

Dr. Lee has demonstrated success in management of student services units at diverse institutions, comprised of student life, leadership, and development, student judicial affairs, residential living, counseling centers, health services, multicultural student services, international student services, student disability services, bookstore, career services, campus and community involvement, and crisis management. She has served in various faculty roles, most recently teaching a course at Trinity University on “Globalization and Economic Development: A Case Study in Vietnam,” and as an Adjunct Assistant Professor at the University of Southern California for a course on the “Management of Student Services in Higher Education.” In addition, she has been a Coordinator of Women’s Centers at both Stanford University and Cal State Polytechnic University at SLO.

Monica Nixon

Monica Nixon
Director of Multicultural Affairs, Seattle University

Monica Nixon received her master’s degree in counseling and bachelor’s degree in English from the University of Virginia and is a doctoral student at the University of Washington, studying educational leadership and policy studies. Her research interests focus on diversity leadership in higher education, intersections of social identity development, and dual-career couple experiences in Student Affairs.

Ms. Nixon currently serves as Director of Multicultural Affairs at Seattle University. Prior to this, she served as Assistant to the Executive Vice President and Assistant Director of Orientation and New Student Programs at the University of Virginia, as Associate Director for Student Services at the University of Puget Sound, and as Director of the ALANA Cultural Center at Colgate University.

She is a former chair of the ACPA Asian Pacific American Network and currently serves on the NASPA Undergraduate Fellows Program National Board.

Penny Rue

Penny Rue, Ph.D.
Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs, UC San Diego

Penny Rue earned an A.B. magna cum laude in English and Religion from Duke University and has a M.A. in Student Personnel Services from Ohio State University. She completed her Ph.D. in Counseling and Personnel Services from the University of Maryland, where her dissertation focused on a conceptual study of community on the college campus.

Dr. Rue currently serves as Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs at the University of California, San Diego, with broad responsibility for the safety and well-being of students and their education outside the classroom. Dr. Rue joined the UC San Diego campus in September 2007.

Prior to joining UC San Diego, Dr. Rue served as the Dean of Students at the University of Virginia (UVA) and taught College Student Development in the Center for the Study of Higher Education at UVA’s Curry School of Education. Previously, she served as Senior Associate Dean of Students at Georgetown University and as the Director of Student Programs at Georgetown. Earlier in her career, she held posts at the University of Maryland and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

More Information

For additional information, please contact the Chair of the Mid-Level Professionals Institute:

Lea Jarnagin
Dean of Students
California State University - Fullerton
Senior Student Affairs Officer Institute

Senior student affairs officers need an opportunity every once in a while to spend time with other senior colleagues and gather the energy to write the next chapters of our anthologies.

Our student affairs anthology may have started as a hall director, as a dean of student affairs, or as a researcher, but now we are the senior student affairs officers on our campuses. We provide the vision, resources, and support to make things happen for our students. We try to say yes as often as possible to our staff’s many good ideas, to our students, our colleagues, and to our families.

This year, the Senior Student Affairs Officer Institute offers you an opportunity to say yes to yourself to carve out a day and a half to spend listening to one another and to reconnect with and find new colleagues who can offer valuable insights into how we continue to shape the Anthology of the student affairs profession.

SSAO Institute members will be asked to participate with the Mid-level Professionals and New Professionals and Graduate Student Institute participants to discuss a common reading which will challenge us all to see the same anthology with other’s eyes and perspectives.

Institute Faculty

Barbara Hancock Synder

Barbara Hancock Snyder, Ph.D.
Vice President for Student Affairs, University of Utah

Barbara Snyder has served as the Vice President for Student Affairs at the University of Utah since 1999. She previously served as Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs at the University of Nebraska at Kearney from 1988-99 and in various positions in the Dean of Students Office at Iowa State University from 1975-88. At Utah, she is responsible for a comprehensive Student Affairs Division including Residential Living, Enrollment Management, Student Development and the Dean of Students Office. She serves as a member of the President’s Cabinet and the Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs’ Academic Leadership Team. She teaches graduate courses in the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy.

Dr. Snyder received her B.S. from The Ohio State University, her M.S. in Counseling from St. Cloud State University and her Ph.D. in Higher Education Administration from Iowa State University. She has served three terms on the board of the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA), and is President of the NASPA Foundation Board. She has served on the board of the National Association of State Colleges and Land Grant Universities (NASULGC) as well as past chair of the Council on Student Affairs for that organization.

Dr. Snyder is widely recognized for her expertise in national public policy, Greek affairs, and executive compensation. She has presented countless programs and is asked to speak regularly on issues important to students and to Student Affairs. She was selected to receive the 2010 Goodnight Award for Outstanding Service as a Dean, one of the most prestigious national awards in Student Affairs.

Larry D. Roper

Larry D. Roper, Ph.D.
Vice Provost for Student Affairs, Oregon State University

Larry Roper earned his undergraduate degree from Heidelberg College, his master’s degree from Bowling Green State University, and his doctorate from the University of Maryland. Dr. Roper currently serves as Vice Provost for Student Affairs and Professor of Ethnic Studies at Oregon State University, a position he has held since 1995. From May 2007 to September 2008, he served as Interim Dean of the College of Liberal Arts.

He has held numerous positions in student affairs, including Director of Housing, Associate Dean of Students, Coordinator of Multicultural Affairs, and Vice President for Student Affairs / Dean of Students. Larry currently teaches courses in Speech Communications, College Student Services Administration, Ethnic Studies, and in the doctoral program in Community College Leadership. He also served as Principle Investigator and Project Director for a Kellogg Foundation grant for the Leadership for Institutional Change in Higher Education Initiative.

Dr. Roper has also served in a variety of leadership roles in both NASPA and ACPA, and currently serves on the NASPA Board of Directors and carries the designation of Senior Scholar Diplomate through ACPA. His commitment to community service has been shown through participation on the Boards of Directors for numerous organizations and community groups.

During his time at Oregon State University, Dr. Roper has chaired 20 successful doctoral defenses and served on an additional 25 committees for master’s and doctoral candidates. Larry has more than 30 publications in the form of book chapters, journal articles, magazine articles, book reviews and monographs. He is co-editor of the book, Teaching For Change: The Difference, Power and Discrimination Model (2007).

More Information

For additional information, please contact the Chair of the Senior Students Affairs Officer Institute:

Lisa Waits