Representatives from institutions in District 1 attended the CASE ASAP (Affiliated Student Advancement Programs) National Convention in Columbus, Ohio, August 3-5, 2017. Fifteen institutions from District 1 ASAP groups participated in many ways.
Recognized as leaders in student advancement, District 1 institutions presented five sessions on best practices. Those schools were Albertus Magnus College (New Haven, CT), University of Massachusetts, Amherst, University of Massachusetts, Lowell and University of Rhode Island. Bri Ross, Adviser, Worcester Polytechnic Institute, also presented two session to student audiences.
The Convention also featured an Engaging Students in Philanthropy Symposium (for professionals) that ran concurrent to the Convention. Cara Lavalle, University of Rhode Island and Lauren Parisi, Albertus Magnus College, were members of a distinguished panel of students from Morehead State University, Oklahoma State, and Rutgers University that spoke to more than 80 professionals about the value of engaging students in philanthropy on campus.
Where District 1 really made an impact was the Student Alumni Associations Symposium that also took place during the Convention. Lindsay Kazin of UMass, Amherst, Colleen McGinn of Fairfield University, Bri Ross of WPI and Stefanie Seslar of Albertus were all tapped to provide sessions as well as TED style talks for professionals looking to revitalize or start new ASAP organizations on their campuses.
Organizations from District 1 had thirteen nominations for national awards. The award categories included: Outstanding Student Leader, Outstanding Adviser, Outstanding Student Advancement Program, Outstanding Emerging Organization and Outstanding Organization.
We are very proud that District 1 took home TWO national awards: University of Massachusetts, Amherst, received Outstanding Student Advancement Program for their Multicolor Mile and Erin Regan, University of Rhode Island, was named Outstanding Student Leader.
The ASAP District 1 Conference for students – a one-day workshop – will be hosted at Bryant University on February 24, 2018 and the 2018, the Convention will be held in Louisville, Kentucky. It will again include the Network Convention, Philanthropy and SAA symposiums. C. Hawkins of Northeastern and Stefanie Seslar, of Albertus have been tapped to co-chair the SAA Symposium and hope to draw from the fantastic professionals in our own district to enhance the 2018 programming.