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New Professionals Institute 2015

Sunday, June 21 to Friday, June 26, 2015
University of Alabama - Huntsville
Huntsville, Alabama

Applications Open

About the Institute:

NPI - New Professionals Institute is the preeminent professional development opportunity for new student affairs professionals in the south. Co-sponsored by NASPA Region III and SACSA, NPI is an intensive, interactive week of learning, sharing, networking and professional and personal development. This unique opportunity allows new professionals to draw on their first years of experience to improve their effectiveness and to learn from others. It is a time of professional and personal renewal and assists new professionals in the development of their careers.

NPI requires a commitment by the new professional to work intensively over five days with other new professionals and a team of more-seasoned faculty members. To assure that new professionals' participation in the Institute is fully endorsed by the current senior student affairs officer at his/her institution, registrants must have a letter of support submitted by the senior student affairs officer at the institution. There is a limit of two participants per institution.

Many institutions have used this Institute not only as a training ground for rising stars in the profession, but as a form of recognition for outstanding new professionals on their campus. Participants come from all areas of student affairs: student activities, orientation, career services, residential life, recreation, judicial affairs, admissions, Greek affairs, counseling, international services, and more!

Perspectives from past NPI participants:

"NPI allows you the opportunity to revisit the reasons individuals decide to join this field while giving you the tools to remain for the long haul." Travis Gabriel, University of Central Florida

"NPI should be deemed as necessary as a graduate degree for a new professional. If you have questions, you'll find answers. If you are weary and worn out, your batteries will be rejoiced like never before. If you seek directions, you'll find your roadmap." Ullin Rigby, Virginia Union University

"I'm convinced NPI is one of the best things I could have done for my professional development. It gave me the opportunity to step outside my box and really discover how to become a successful new professional, and if you approach it with an open mind, there's no limit to shat your will gain as a new professional. I can't think of another opportunity to really speak with VP's on their experiences in a candid and open setting and it was so insightful. " Faith Stiffler, Tarleton State University

"NPI... in a word, amazing. This week-long institute gave me an outlet for my current frustrations and insight on obtaining my future aspirations. When you add in the relationships we developed creating a new professional networ with current and future leaders in our field and in the invaluable honesty, understanding, and education provided by the faculty and participants, no other word would do this experience justice." Angel Cassandra Nathan, Middle Tennessee State University

"NPI was a hallmark experience for me as a new professional. The opportunity to learn from experienced professionals in the field added to my growth as a professional. The relationships that were created during my NPI experience with faculty and other new professionals have already proven to be supportive and rewarding.” Dametraus Jaggers, University of Tennessee, Knoxville

NPI Topics:

  • Budgeting
  • Understanding campus culture
  • Effective supervision
  • Influencing your supervisor and organization
  • Contemporary business etiquette
  • Professionalism
  • Career planning
  • Work-life balance
  • Plus others

The Application Process:

The application process for NPI 2015 is a three-step process:

  1. Each applicant must fill out an on-line application to include a high-resolution, photo head-shot (this will be included in the NPI Participant Manual).
  2. Each applicant must have an on-line letter of support completed by his/her senior student affairs officer. This step is to assure that the new professional's participation in the Institute is fully endorsed by his/her current administration.
  3. Please submit payment with signed invoice by Friday, May 15, 2015.

*Note: All participants are expected to stay through the remainder of the Institute.

Friday, April 10, 2015: Due date for submission of application and letter of support

Friday, April 24, 2015: Applicants advised of selection decision

Friday, May 22, 2015: Due date for payment and invoice

Applications are Closed and look for more information regarding 2016 in the future.

Registration fee and additional costs:

$570 for NASPA/SACSA members and $620 for non-members

The fee includes Institute materials, 5 nights in housing with linens, and most meals. There will be additional costs for field trips, ranging from $10-$50 and one dinner on your own ($15-$20). Participants should bring cash to cover these costs.

Click here to become a SACSA member.

Send your questions and inquiries about NPI to

Contact Dr. Melissa Shivers, NPI Director, or 865-974-3179


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