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September 2007 SACSA-lert
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September 2007


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


2007 Conference Program Update 

2007 Conference Information Homepage 

2007 Conference Resource Room Announcement

2007 Conference Volunteers Needed


2008 New Professionals Institute


Research Tip  ("The Use of Online Survey Software for Conducting Research in Student Affairs")

Career Services Committee: Southern Placement Exchange


The Journal of College Student Affairs: Call for Associate Editors and Reviewers


Announcement: The 18th Annual Institute on College Student Values

Annoucement: Pace University Drive-In Conference: LAID TO REST? The N-Word and Other Language of "Dissed" Respect



By Melissa Shivers, Program Chair




November 3 – 6, 2007

Addison, Texas


Civility and Community: Exploring the New Frontier





The Program committee is very happy and pleased to offer a confirmed program schedule and Interest Sessions!  We know that you will find this conference both interesting and exciting!


Take a look at both the Interest Sessions and the Program Schedule –There really is something for EVERYONE!


If you haven’t registered yet, please visit the 2007 Conference webpage and register today!!


Look forward to seeing you in Dallas!!



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By Kevin Jacques


I hope this message finds everyone off to a great start to a new academic year.  I am sending this note to try to reach out to all of the SACSA members for help.  This help is not for me, rather it is for the SACSA organization.  In working with the Resource Room this year at the conference, we are trying to get some new things in there for the benefit of the membership.  What better resource do we have then you the members?  I am asking you all to send me copies of outstanding brochures, manuals, handbooks, posters, etc. that your offices/departments have created so that we can put on display in the Resource Room.  We are all full of amazingly creative ideas so let’s share them with everyone.  If you are willing to help in this endeavor, please email me ( so I can put you on the list.  We are looking for 5-10 copies (or more, if you’re willing to part with them) of your materials.  These items will be available for members to pick up and take back to their own campuses for some creative brainstorming.  Please think about sharing some of your best work with everyone and remember to visit the Resource Room to get some new ideas for yourself.  It's ALMOST SACSA Time!!





If you are interested in assisting us during the conference by serving as an Interest Session moderator, please email your interest directly to Lakiesa Cantey at  Deadline to volunteer is Friday, September 28, 2007!!



By Gage Paine, 2008 NPI Director
Next summer's NPI will be held from June 16-20, 2008 at Tulane University in New Orleans, LA.  Please be on the look out for more information.
By Ashley Tull, SACSA Research Committee Member
The Use of Online Survey Software for Conducting Research in Student Affairs


Data collection has been made easier with the emergence of online survey software websites. Online survey software websites provide users with many advantages, both with design and technicality, that allow even the most novice web users the ability to design and collect data. In the area of survey design, online sites offer researchers: multiple question types; the ability to offer surveys in multiple languages; greater response rates and shorter data collection schedules; the ability to require responses (which increases usable survey responses); and no data entry on the part of the researcher. In the area of technical functioning, online sites offer researchers: low costs mechanisms for collecting data; easy to use design functions that are self-guided; 24/7 access to data (generally stored and accessed on the providers server); customized data files that are compatible with statistical software packages, such as SPSS; survey customization, even down the color elements and organizational/institutional logos; and in many cases widely accessible customer service assistance via email or phone.

While the choice of an online survey software website is a personal decision, it is always advised that researchers seek the approval of their Institutional Review Board (IRB) prior to commencing any research project with survey software. Many IRB’s are in tune to what online sites are commonly in use by researchers at their institutions and regularly approve research projects, where researchers are employing this technology. For those who have not previously used online survey software for conducting research, it is advised that you access sites providing these services to review user testimonials and to read up on the features provided. One of the best ways is to ask fellow researchers about their experiences using online sites. Other researchers can provide recommendations and discuss any questions or concerns, prior to choosing the best online site for your particular project. Many survey websites provide free trial run periods or allow users to design short surveys at no cost, although with limited features and accessibility.

Some commonly used online survey software websites by those in student affairs and higher education, particularly doctoral researchers, are listed below. 

Survey Monkey  

Question Pro      


Snap Surveys     


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The 18th Annual Institute on College Student Values

January 31 - February 2, 2008
Florida State University
Tallahassee, Florida

Creating Campus Conversations:  Finding Common Values Across Diverse Campus Cultures

Open, authentic dialogue about difficult topics is one of the most important characteristics of a vibrant intellectual community. The give and take of honest conversation helps to create genuine community in which individuals are able to listen and communicate openly without fear or intimidation. There is much concern and evidence today that authentic conversations about cultural differences and religious pluralism are increasingly rare on college campuses. Civil dialogue too often gives way to polarizing confrontation about differences. As the forthcoming book by Nash, Bradley and Chickering (How to Talk About Hot Topics on Campus: From Polarization to Moral Conversation) suggests, some topics on campus have become too hot to handle and avoidance has replaced engagement as the norm of campus life.

The 2008 Institute on College Student Values will examine strategies for creating more authentic campus conversations about the many cultural and religious differences that are represented in today's colleges and universities and explore ways to find common values in a time of polarizing differences. Keynote speakers include Dr. Robert Nash and Ms. DeMethra Bradley from the University of Vermont; Dr. Johnetta Cross-Brazzell, Vice-President for Student Affairs at the University of Arkansas; and Dr. James W. Wagner, President of Emory University.

Please visit the Institute website at
for more information, including the Call for Programs (deadline of October 19, 2007). Registration will open online in early September 2007. We look forward to seeing many of you in Tallahassee this winter!

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Pace University Drive-In Conference: LAID TO REST? The N-Word and Other Language of "Dissed" Respect

Friday, November 2, 2007
Pace University

You are invited to attend the 2007 Pace University Drive-In Conference: LAID TO REST? The N-Word and Other Language of "Dissed" Respect.  The conference theme is intended to promote intellectual discourse about what is arguably the most infamous word in American culture.

I am working diligently to create a forum to educate, unite and uplift those within the African Diaspora and others about what is probably the ugliest racial slur ever created. The day-long conference schedule includes a panel discussion (moderated by Michaela angela Davis, executive fashion and beauty editor of ESSENCE magazine), workshops and special guest speakers. A book-signing by author Jabari Asim (author of, "THE N WORD: WHO CAN SAY IT, WHO SHOULDN'T AND WHY") and a vendor/exhibitor fair is also included. Continental breakfast, lunch and snacks will be served.

Register online at by October 1st to receive the early-bird rate of $85!

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