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December 2007 SACSA-lert
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December 2007


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


President's Report


2007 Conference Program and Local Arrangements Report


2008 New Professionals Institute

Research Committee Report

Membership Committee Report

Career Services Committee Report


College Student Affairs Journal Editorial Board

College Student Affairs Journal Special Edition Call for Manuscripts

(Note from Dennis Gregory, Editor: Volume 26, Number 2 of the College Student Affairs Journal will be sent out this month, and everyone should have it before Christmas.)



By Colette M. Taylor, SACSA President


Dearest SACSA Colleagues:


I hope this newsletter reaches you in good spirits as we get ready for the holiday.  I am grateful for the opportunity to serve the association as the 2007- 2008 President and to be able to give back to an association that has kept me rejuvenated professionally and personally for several years.   It is an honor for me to have an opportunity to lead this organization and assist the membership in getting what it wants out of the association.   It is the membership that makes this organization so genuine and welcoming, and it is the membership that is the core of its value. 


Under the dynamic leadership of Kevin Bailey, the planning for the Hilton Head conference program has begun.  "Conversations in Student Affairs” is the theme SACSA has harnessed as we embark on a year of dynamic events which include the initiation of an association membership assessment.  The conference in 2008 in Hilton Head, South Carolina will focus on conversations that need to occur within student affairs generally and SACSA specifically. 


Our local arrangements team, led by Robin Jones, is also hard at work getting ready for our arrival.   It is going to be a great conference and I hope that you already have November 1-4, 2008 marked on your calendar.  If you don’t, do it now.


Over the next two years, the Executive Council will be spending some significant time analyzing the Association’s purpose and direction as we embark upon a course of strategic planning.  In conjunction with the Executive Council, I have appointed Denisha Sanders to head this taskforce to develop a well written and consensual plan of action to re-address our mission statement, core values, and association goals.  In addition, we have appointed Roger Becks to head the leadership talent development committee, which is charged with creating a plan of action that will enable the Association to continue to create a culture of leadership development for our organization. 


Great things are on their way for our association.  And, the reason great things are happening is because we have great volunteers who are working hard on our behalf.  Please feel free to contact me anytime with your ideas or thoughts about SACSA and how we can make it better together.  I can be reached at 615-898-5812, or via e-mail at .  Have a great holiday season!



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By Melissa Shivers, 2007 Program Chair


Over 450 people attended the Fall 2007 SACSA conference in Addison, Texas! The keynote speakers included Greg Lukianoff, Gary Pavela and Dr. Harry Shucker. There were a variety of programs offered which included topics on diversity, academic success, the global community and much more! Conference attendees had much to do as the evening was also filled with receptions, karaoke, the trolley dine-a-round, and Dave and Busters. However, such a great conference would not have been possible without the hard work of many committee chairs and volunteers!


We would like to thank everyone for attending and supporting the 2007 SACSA, NASPA Region III w/ TACUSPA conference.   We hope everyone enjoyed your visit to Texas we look forward to seeing you at next year’s conference in Hilton Head, SC!!



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By Gage Paine, NPI Director


The 2008 SACSA/NASPA Region III New Professionals Institute will be held at Tulane University in New Orleans, LA., June 16-20, 2008.  Applications and letters of support will be accepted beginning January 2, 2008 and will be due no later than April 11, 2008. 


The faculty for this year's institute are:


- Dr. Jennifer D. Capeheart-Meningall, Vice President for Student Affairs, University of South Florida


- Dr. R. Britton Katz, Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students, Millsaps College


- Dr. Wanda Mercer, Vice President for Student Affairs, Tarleton State University


- Dr. Kevin Rome, Vice President for Student Services, Morehouse College


- Dr. Mark Warner, Professor & Sr. Vice President for Student Affairs and University Planning, James Madison University


- Dr. Dawn Watkins, Dean of Student Affairs, Washington & Lee University


Complete information will be available on the SACSA website in the near future.  For additional information, contact Gage E. Paine, Institute Director at



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By Pam Havice, Research Committee Chair


Congratulations to the following:

Dr. Michael D. Shutt, of the University of Georgia, was the recipient of the 2007 Dissertation of the Year award for his study, "Parents as Partners in Alcohol Prevention: A University Perspective”.

Janelle Perron Jennings, of the University of Virginia, received the 2008 SACSA Research Grant to study "The University of Virginia’s Women’s Leadership Development Program and Participant Self-Confidence”.

All of these recipients were recognized and awarded these distinctions at the Fall 2007 SACSA conference in Dallas, TX.



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By Re’Nita Avery & Dean Smedley, Membership Committee Co-Chairs

It was a pleasure to see everyone at the annual conference this year!  There were many new faces, which motivated our committee to aggressively seek ways to best serve our members in the upcoming year.  We are very excited about the goals our committee have in place.  The team of members who agreed to serve with us is a strong group of individuals who share our desire to strengthen our membership base through faithful service and recruiting new members.  There are three primary areas our committee wants to concentrate on this year.


1. Improve membership communication and procedures.

2. Implement a plan to encourage a "family” feel among members.

3. Develop and implement a plan to promote SACSA membership.


We are currently finalizing some plans to help us accomplish these goals and are anxious to get started!  There may be some challenges as we strive to implement these ideas.  Therefore, we ask for your patience.  We will communicate these changes to everyone as they occur because they will affect you, hopefully in a positive way. If you have any ideas for our committee, or if you would like to join us to help us achieve our goals, please contact one of us (; .  Happy Holidays!



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By Pamela Curtis, Career Services Committee Chair


It is that time of the year to begin preparations for filling all those positions you have open for next fall.  The CSC wants to provide you with a few tips, reminders and resources to help make those preparations a little bit easier.  We also want to encourage you to attend the Southern Placement Exchange (Feb. 14-17, 2008), a cosponsored event between SACSA, SEAHO and SWACUHO, for your hiring needs.


Hiring Preparation Checklist

Adapted from, The Search Stops Here:  Recruiting and Hiring Professional Staff by Joanne Goldwater, St. Mary's College of Maryland


* Who is the ideal candidate for this position? - make a list of characteristics

* What is your budget? - remember the cost of ads, travel (yours and the candidates), meals for candidates and selection committee members, and lodging for candidates

* What is your institution's policy for covering candidates' expenses?

* How do you want your ad to look?

* Can your colleagues help you find candidates? How do you let them know?  Listservs?

* When do you want to bring candidates to campus?  Will they be able to meet students and/or peers during that time?

* What questions will you ask?  Do you have an evaluation form created for everyone that meets with the candidate?

* Is there someone in your office to help with the travel arrangements? Airport pick ups? Hosting the candidate to assist in getting her/him from one location to another?

* Will you provide a welcome gift in the room or at the interview site?


Planning for the Placement Exchanges


* Meet with your placement team, if you have one - before leaving for the trip

* Reserve your hotel room right away - they go quickly

* Consider easily transportable (on wheels) supply caddies to get what you need where you need it

* There usually is not electricity available at the interview tables for laptops, etc.

* Make sure your team knows about illegal interview practices - don't assume, review with everyone to ensure professionalism

* Also spend some time with any of your staff that are attending as candidates, especially those that are new to the process, to prep them with proper etiquette


Some useful websites:,com_jobline/Itemid,78/


Happy hiring!


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