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Welcome to the 2014 ASCA Conference!
Dear Colleagues and Friends,
It is with great excitement and anticipation that we welcome you to the 2014 ASCA Annual Conference, the Association’s 26th annual conference. This year’s theme, “Strong Foundations, New Horizons” acknowledges the work that this Association and its members have done to make the Association what it is today, and looks forward to the next era of our Association and the field of student conduct.
The 2014 Conference promises to bring you, the attendee, more programming and content than we ever have. This was a true team effort, and an effort that went beyond our dedicated conference planning committee. For the first time, ASCA’s standing committees and Communities of Practice had a direct say in soliciting and reviewing program proposals, which, with the assistance of over 200 volunteer reviewers, resulted in almost 90 concurrent session options for our attendees. Those efforts by our members go further than the concurrent sessions. You have the opportunity this week to benefit from other Association initiatives, including the first-ever whitepapers produced by ASCA Communities of Practice, a look into the new ASCA Conduct Board Training Manual, perspectives on women in student conduct and student affairs, exciting developments in student conduct assessment, and features on ASCA initiatives and strategic planning. Along with these programs, we are hosting the quality featured speakers you’ve come to expect from ASCA, along with the first time ASCA has hosted staff from the Office of Civil Rights to discuss Title IX and how it impacts our work.
Beyond our programs, the conference lies at the heart of what keeps our members engaged and involved in ASCA. In the months leading up to the conference, you’ve been asked “Why ASCA?” For many of our attendees and long-time members, the conference has been a starting point of their answer to that question. If this is your first time at the conference, take the opportunity to explore what ASCA is all about. Become involved in a committee, Community of Practice or locally within your state. Make new connections or reconnect with colleagues, enjoy our great location, and use this as a time to learn and reset. You will find what brings so many people back to ASCA are the people they meet and connections that last far beyond the conference.
We hope that ASCA 2014 is a rewarding and enjoyable experience. Please reach out to us or a member of the conference committee if we can be of assistance throughout the week.
Chris Loschiavo Seann Kalagher
University of Florida Quinnipiac University
2013-2014 ASCA President 2014 ASCA Conference Chair