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Students Participate in ACPA/NASPA Joint Meeting in Orlando

Department of Leadership, Foundations and Policy Vol. 36 No. 3 Summer 2007
Students Participate in ACPA/NASPA
Joint Meeting in Orlando
Congratulations to
Curry Foundation Award Recipients
Bill Ashby
Mary Beth Knight
Jay L. Chronister Student Award in
Higher Education
Crystal L. Goodman
Annette Gibbs Research Award
Alexis Andres
Robert T. Canevari Scholarship
Lauren Jean Germain
Johnnie E. Merritt Graduate Fellowship
Shizuka Modica
Best EDLF Dissertation
Award recipient Mary Beth Knight with Curry Foundation
board chairman Daniel Meyers and Dean David Breneman
In April, a large contingent of Center students
traveled to Orlando, Florida, for the 2007 Joint
Meeting of the American College Personnel Association
(ACPA) and Student Affairs Administrators
in Higher Education (NASPA). Because the two
organizations only come together every 10 years, the
conference was a unique opportunity for students to
learn about the wide array of issues facing student
affairs professionals today. Dr. Heather Rowan-
Kenyon, coordinator of the Center’s Student Affairs
Practice in Higher Education (SAPHE) program,
presented at the conference and said it was “a great
opportunity for our students to attend exciting sessions
and network with other colleagues in the
In addition to Rowan-Kenyon, several Center
students presented at the conference, including Bill
Ashby, Lauren Germain, Marc Shook, and Stephanie
Nixon. Germain, who attended the conference as a
representative of UVA’s Young Women Leaders
Program, said, “I learned a lot from presenting. I
was really lucky to work with Dr. Keonya Booker,
who guided me through the experience.”
For graduating SAPHE students, highlights
of the conference included the keynote address by
former vice president Al Gore, as well as taking part
in job placement. Of placement, Kristina Bethea
said, “It’s a great opportunity if you’re a new professional.”
She took part in 24 interviews by the end of
the conference, and said that even though she did not
have much time to attend workshops and events, it
was worth it. Her conference interviews led to oncampus
interviews at several universities, and after
considering multiple job offers she recently accepted
a position at the University of Arkansas.
Center Students
Betsy Ackerson was initiated into the Raven Society, UVA’s oldest honorary society.
Bill Ashby presented “Meaning Making, Branding, and Student Engagement” at the ACPA/NASPA 2007
Joint Meeting.
Jason Cottrell was appointed to serve on the editorial board of The Learning Assistance Review, a publication
of the National College Learning Center Association.
Lauren Germain co-presented “The Young Women Leaders Program: A Mentoring and Leadership Development
Program for College Women and Adolescent Girls” with Dr. Keonya Booker at the ACPA/
NASPA 2007 Joint Meeting.
Angie Harris will be presenting at two conferences this summer. First, at the NASPA Region III Summer
Symposium in Virginia Beach, she will serve on a panel, “Signifying Women: Applying Lessons of
Women’s Colleges to Coeducational Institutions.” And at the Association of College and University
Housing Officers-International (ACUHO-I) conference in Seattle, she will present “Single-Sex to Gender-
Neutral Housing: What is Best for Our Students?”
Janelle Perron Jennings was awarded a Research and Assessment Grant from NASPA Region III
for her dissertation research. She also attended the Doctoral Colloquium at the ACPA/NASPA 2007 Joint
Rachel Nottingham Miller was named assistant director of summer and special academic programs at
Stephanie Nixon co-presented “Bystander Behavior: Our Role in Combatting Everyday Bias” at the
ACPA/NASPA 2007 Joint Meeting.
Marc Shook co-presented “No Time for Consensus: Strategies for Rapid Change” at the ACPA/NASPA
2007 Joint Meeting. He also co-presented “Taking the Next Step: Preparation for Staff Supervision in Student
Affairs” at the same conference.
Brian Ullman was initiated into Omicron Delta Kappa, a national leadership honor society for students,
faculty, staff, administrators, and alumni that recognizes and encourages superior scholarship, leadership,
and exemplary character.
Center Alumni
Karen O. Dowd (PhD 1993) was elected to the board of the MBA Career Services Council.
Dan Friedman’s (PhD 2004) article, “Investigating a First-Year Seminar as an Anchor Course in Learning
Communities” was published in the spring 2007 volume of the Journal of the First-Year Experience and
Students in Transition. He will also be an invited faculty member at the 2007 Institute on First-Year Assessment,
where he will conduct a workshop on assessing first-year seminars.
Dennis Gregory (EdD 1987) co-presented “Bridging academic and student affairs to enhance student
learning and success” at the ACPA/NASPA 2007 Joint Meeting in Orlando. He also co-presented
“AHEAD and CAS: The basics of program self-evaluation in disability services” at the Virginia Ahead
Conference in Norfolk, and presented at the Tidewater Community College Leadership Forum in Chesapeake.
In addition, he was selected as one of five fellows for the 2007 University of Houston College of
Law Higher Education Roundtable. He was also selected as a member of the Old Dominion University
(ODU) International Programs Advisory Council, and he was one of Old Dominion University’s nine
nominees for the State Council of Higher Education in Virginia (SCHEV) 2007 Virginia Outstanding Faculty
Marilyn Lockhart (EdD1997) is currently serving as the chair of the Montana State University Teaching
and Learning Committee. Her article, “Mentoring: Gains in Teaching and Leadership” was recently selected
for publication in the Academic Exchange Quarterly. In addition, her article, “Transforming How
Courses are Delivered: A Model for Teaching Faculty How to Design Effective Distance Education
Courses” was published in the May issue of the Journal of Faculty Development.
Jim McConnel (EdD 2000) was appointed associate vice president for student affairs at James Madison
University. His new duties include: oversight of the departments of residence life, university recreation,
and university unions; serving as director of the College Student Personnel graduate program; and serving
as university ombudsman.
Charlynn Miller (PhD 2005) recently published three articles: “Podcasting and Education: Time to Start
Listening,” with L. Newnham in Proceedings of the 23rd Annual Conference of the Australasian Society
for Computers in Learning in Tertiary Education: Who’s Learning? Whose Technology?; “Retaining Mature-
Age Students at University: A Student Services Perspective” in Proceedings of the 29th Annual Conference
of the Higher Education Research and Development Society of Australasia; and “Facilitating the
Development of Lifelong Learners Through E-Communication Tools with S. Firmin in Proceedings of the
22nd Annual Conference of the Australasian Society for Computers in Learning in Tertiary Education.
Center Faculty
Dr. Margaret Miller’s article, “The Legitimacy of Assessment,” was published in the Chronicle of Higher
Education, and her article “Seek Reliable Comparisons” was published in AFT On Campus. She gave a
speech on collegiate learning assessment at the North Carolina Emerging Issues Forum's symposium,
Transforming Higher Education, and served as an invited panel member at the NASPA International Conference
on Assessment. Dr. Miller also served on the national advisory committee of Making Opportunity
Affordable, which was sponsored by the Lumina Foundation and administered by Jobs for the Future. She
participated in an invitational ETS symposium on developing a culture of evidence, and she was on the
panel of experts that opened the U.S. Secretary of Education’s first invitational accreditation conference. In
March, she attended the Secretary’s second invitational accreditation conference, for which she also served
as a member of the working group on student assessment. In addition, Dr. Miller served as a consultant to
the AASCU and NASULGC Voluntary System of Assessment's Core Learning Outcomes Group, advised
the University of the Pacific on its strategic plan, and met with the Australian Assistant Secretary for
Teaching Standards in Higher Education.
Dr. Brian Pusser presented a research paper titled “From Ideology to Policy: The Evolution of Choice in
Higher Education” in Athens, Georgia, as an invited guest of the Institute for Higher Education at the University
of Georgia.
Dr. Heather Rowan-Kenyon’s article, “Predictors of Delayed College Enrollment and the Impact of Socioeconomic
Status,” was published in the March/April 2007 issue of the Journal of Higher Education. At
the ACPA/NASPA 2007 Joint Meeting in Orlando, she co-presented a paper, “Having Trouble Achieving
the Ph.D.? Try a Little Help from Your Friends,” and participated in a panel discussion, “Is There a Traditional
Path to the Student Affairs/Higher Education Professoriate?” She also co-presented a research paper,
“How Parents Shape College Opportunity for Their Children: Variations by Socioeconomic Status,” at
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