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July 2007 SACSA-lert
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July 2007


In this issue of the SACSA-lert, you will find:


President's Report


2007 Conference Program Update 

2007 Conference Information (Registration & Hotel Reservations Available!)


Membership Update

Research Tip  ("Bibliographies Made Easy")


Executive Council Nominations

2007 SACSA Awards Nomination/Application (Deadline: July 13, 2007)

2007-2008 Call for Committee Volunteers (Deadline: July 31, 2007)

SACSA Research Grant Submission Guidelines (Deadline: August 1, 2007)





By Bob Glenn, SACSA President


Greetings Colleagues:


I hope this newsletter finds you in good health and good spirits, enjoying a productive summer season.  I know that while the rest of the world thinks we take the summer off, in reality summer is a very busy time for us all.  So, I hope that you are having a very productive summer session. 


I have had the delightful opportunity to take a little time away from the office to visit two of our great summer programs, the Mid-Managers Institute and the New Professionals Institute.  These programs are jointly sponsored by SACSA and NASPA Region III and my visit strengthens my belief that they are two of the most important professional development opportunities we offer.  I had the opportunity to meet terrific professionals from all across the southeast and to see first hand the great work being done by our colleagues who directed and staffed these institutes.


The Mid-Managers Institute was ably hosted by Eastern Kentucky University, under the sharp eye of Jim Conneely.  The Institute Director was Colette Taylor, who was joined by faculty members Ken Posner, Andrew Johnston, Jane Adams-Dunsford, Kay Schneider, Ellen Neufeldt and Mark Kidd (next year’s MMI Director).  The New Professionals Institute was held in the great state of Virginia at Radford University, where southern hospitality was generously doled out by Norleen Pomerantz.  The Institute Director was Tom Jackson, who was joined by faculty members Jennifer Meningal, Dawn Watkins, Joan Hirt, John Warner, Kevin Rome, and Gage Paine (next year’s director).  I want to tell you that these professional colleagues did an exceptional job and performed a real service to the profession and the association.  When you see them at this fall’s conference, I hope you will make it a point to thank them.


If you have not done so already, please take just a moment to visit our SACSA website and nominate a colleague for either an Executive Council position or for one of the annual SACSA awards.  These are especially important tasks.  The on-going health of our association rests upon the foundation of our volunteer leadership.  It is vital to our continuing good health as an organization to engage solid professionals in leadership positions.  I sincerely hope you will consider nominating a colleague, or volunteering yourself.


Another important task is recognizing those who have given great service to the profession and the association.  Our annual awards process gives us the opportunity to recognize those individuals who define our association.  We have always been blessed to have great professionals who give freely of their time and effort.  So, it is important to properly recognize those who make us great and say thank you.  I hope you will take a moment to think about the person who personifies the association to you, and then nominate that person for the appropriate award.  It is very important to say thank you, help us do so as an association.


And finally, please know that your conference planning team is hard at work planning your next conference in November.  We have secured great speakers, Gary Pavela and Greg Lukianoff ( President of the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education ).  There will be considerable energy generated when these two share their views of civility and community.  I hope you will be there to benefit from what they have to offer us.  Make your plans to be with us.


I look forward to seeing you November 3 – 6 in Addison, Texas at the Marriott Quorrum.

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By Melissa Shivers, Program Chair




November 3 – 6, 2007

Addison, Texas


Civility and Community: Exploring the New Frontier


The Conference Program Committee is very pleased to report that this year we received a record number of superb program submissions!  Thank you all so much for submitting AMAZING programs!   While we are still in the process of finalizing our interest sessions schedule please know that your attendance this year will be rewarded with an exceptional slate of programs for everyone to enjoy!  The interest sessions and their abstracts will soon be posted on the conference website.


See you all in November!!


Other Conference Program Highlights include:


·        Saturday, November 3, 2007    Pre-Conference Sessions

o       An Introduction to Grant Writing for Student Affairs Professionals

o       Creating Civility and Community for Hispanic Students at Colleges and Universities


·        Saturday, November 3, 2007

o       Graduate Student Faculty Forum

o       Keynote Speaker : Greg Lukianoff, President, Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE)

o       Opening Reception


·        Sunday, November 4, 2007

o       All Interest Sessions Begin!

o       Spiritual Reflection at local Dallas Worship centers

o       "Meeting of the Minds:  Community and Civility" - A Discussion featuring 3 distinguished panelists

o       "Out and About in Dallas” Social Event


·        Monday, November 5, 2007

o       Morning Keynote Speaker/Author

o       Interest Sessions and Roundtable discussions**New Addition to SACSA program**

o       SACSA/NASPA Region III Awards Luncheon

o       Involvement Fair/Display Contest-Wanna get involved? This is where you do it!!!!

o       Featured Multicultural Issues Committee Event:  Trolley Dine-A-Round!!  You don’t want to miss it!


·        Tuesday, November 6, 2007

o       Final Interest Sessions and Closing Brunch

….and there’s SO much more!!


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By Dean Smedley, Membership Chair

As all of us are preparing for the new academic year, I hope everyone is able to take a break.  The beginning of the fall semester seems to arrive earlier each year.  As you go through your goals and objectives, I encourage you to think about your colleagues at your institution or in your state who are not a member of SACSA or any professional organization.  I challenge all of us to set a goal to speak with at least one person we know who fits this description and invite them to become a member of SACSA.  We all know the many benefits of membership, and I hope we all take time to share how SACSA can benefit others.  Why should someone become a member of SACSA?  Why are you a member?  The answer to those questions is where the Membership Committee will focus over the next few months. 


We are working to ensure that the membership information we have is updated as well.  The updated website is fantastic and I hope we can utilize it more effectively for information about membership.


I hope everyone has a productive, yet relaxing summer!


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By Shylan Scott, SACSA Research Committee Member
Bibliographies Made Easy

When it comes to writing dissertations, theses, presentations, or journal articles wouldn’t it be great to have a program that consolidates all of your research sources, cites them properly, and complies your references into a bibliography in the format of your choice?  RefWorks can do it all. RefWorks is a bibliography manager that produces formatted footnotes, endnotes, citations, and bibliographies without the writer having to re-type all of the information.  As you are doing any type of Web-based research it is a useful and time saving application.

RefWorks ( is a Web-based function. It is not difficult to establish an account. You can access the program anytime, anywhere you have Internet access.  In addition to providing accurate citations and references, it also stores research citations and locations, manages RSS feeds or groups, and provides ways of sharing research with colleagues and co-authors. RefWorks is easy to use. In many cases, with the most popular research databases, importing an article reference is only one click away. RefWorks is especially helpful in maintaining information for large research projects, or just citations of articles you may need for future reference.  For better information management check your institution’s library.  If your institution does not have RefWorks, here are other research management tools to consider:

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