October 1, 2012 8:38 am


Wednesday, October 3rd at 5:00pm EST
Broadcasted over Google Plus, On-Air Hangout
Conversation: #SAlive

On Wednesday, October 3rd at 5:00pm EST, I sat down, virtually over Google Plus On-Air Hangouts, with Larry Roper, Vice Provost for Student Affairs at Oregon State University on another episode of Student Affairs Live!

Questions covered during this episode:
1.  Please tell us your professional story and your role at Oregon State.
2.  When you hear the phrase, “Mentoring in Student Affairs,” what comes to mind?
3.  How important is it for professionals to have a mentor? What should they be looking for in a mentor?
4.  When is someone ready to be a mentor in Student Affairs?
5.  When we think about our first generation, low income, or students of color, what should we be focused on first, second and third?
6.  How do we grow mentoring programs in Student Affairs or throughout our own institutions? Where do we start?
7.  How would assess the success of an establish mentoring program? What metrics and/or learning outcomes are most important to look at?
8. How has mentoring changed over the years in your Student Affairs career? If we have had an established mentoring program, how should we adapt?
9. Favorite educational technology app, website, news source?
10.  How do you support innovation at Oregon State in Student Affairs?
… and others that came in live!

Larry and I talked about the role of mentoring in Student Affairs, along with tips for those who want to serve as a mentor or find a mentor.  We also will got to hear his fantastic Student Affairs story and why mentoring is so important in Higher Education.

Thanks to all who joined us live for the conversation as well as those who have watched the rerun above!

Larry Roper has served as Vice Provost for Student Affairs and Professor of Ethnic Studies at Oregon State University since 1995.  He has an undergraduate degree from Heidelberg College, M.A. from Bowling Green State University, and Ph.D. from the University of Maryland.  He has held numerous positions in student affairs, including Director of Housing; Associate Dean of Students; Coordinator of Multicultural Affairs; and Vice President for Student Affairs/Dean of Students.  Larry currently teaches courses in Speech Communications, College Student Services Administration, Ethnic Studies, and the Doctoral Program in Community College Leadership.  He served as the principle investigator and Project Director for a Kellogg Foundation grant for the Leadership for Institutional Change in Higher Education Initiative (1999-2005).

Involvement in professional associations, include elected and appointed leadership positions in the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA) and the American College Personnel Association (ACPA).  He served as an ACPA Senior Scholar and now carries the designation of Senior Scholar Diplomate.  He served a 4-year term as Editor of the ­NASPA Journal.  Larry just completed terms as a member of the Board of Directors of the National Association of State Universities and Land Grant Colleges and a Commissioner with the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities.

Community service has been demonstrated through participation on Boards of Directors of such groups as the Aesthetic Education Institute; Center for Youth Services; Montgomery Neighborhood Center in Rochester, NY; Community Outreach, Inc. of Corvallis, OR; the Corvallis Chamber of Commerce; Community Alliance for Diversity; and President of the United Way of Benton County.  Among community leadership experiences are a member of the inaugural class of Leadership Rochester, Safe School Climate Task Force, Mentoring Roundtable, Community-wide Initiative to Reduce Racial Polarization, City at Peace, Community Mobilization Against Violence, and numerous youth mentoring and volunteer activities.

 Among awards received are:  Outstanding Professional Educator Award, University of Maryland College of Education; the Beaver Champion Award for exemplary leadership at Oregon State University; the Distinguished Alumni Award and the Chancellor’s Minority Achievement Award from the University of Maryland; The Oregon State University Ethics Integrity Award, Frances Dancy Hooks Diversity Coalition Builder Award, City of Corvallis Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Citizen Award, and Scott Goodnight Award for Outstanding Service as a Dean from the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators in 2006.

Larry has more than 20 publications in the form of book chapters, journal articles, magazine articles, book reviews and monographs.


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