May 7, 2014 10:27 am


Wednesday, May 14th at 1:00pm ET
Broadcasted over Google Plus, On-Air Hangout
Conversation: #HigherEdLive

Part 2 –

Many of us have the opportunity to attend student affairs conventions as part of our ongoing professional development plan each year. As funding for conferences grows scarce, student affairs professionals need to make the most of the time they spend at convention, but also intentionally plan for the return home in order to make the most of their experiences. How we operationalize and apply the learning and development that takes place at conferences back on our home campuses is a critical next step in our professional development plans.  Further, how we engage year-round with professional associations is also an important (and overlooked) aspect of our professional development and contributions back to the larger field.

Host Heather Shea Gasser  speaks with Josie Ahlquist, Joe Ginese, Jennifer DeBurro, and Melissa Jones about how they integrate learning from student affairs conventions into effective practice on their home campuses while also increasing engagement in professional associations.  We hope you can join us LIVE and participate in the discussion on Twitter at #HigherEdLive at 1 p.m. ET on Wednesday, May 14th, but if not, feel free to watch the replay in syndication or catch the PodCast on iTunes on this page!

JosieAJosie Ahlquist is a doctoral candidate California Lutheran University in the Higher Education Leadership EdD program and serves as a graduate teaching assistant.  Her research is based on the intersection of leadership and social media. She blogs weekly about higher education and social media at, connecting scholarly research to best practices.  She is a 2005 alumnus of Northern Arizona University with an M.Ed in their counseling program and an undergraduate degree from South Dakota State University where she double-majored in sociology and human development and family studies in 2003.  NASPA involvement and conference attendance has been a constant element of her professional career, serving in various positions since 2003.  Current she is serving as the Emerging Practices Coordinator for the NASPA Technology Knowledge Community and was recently chosen as the first doctoral student representative to serve on the NASPA Faculty Council.  In the last two years Josie has become more active with ACPA, as well as ASHE associations.  She is drawn to challenging the norm in education, seeking innovations that will keep up with evolving technologies and needs of our students, staff and faculty, as well as understanding and preparing for the next wave of college students.  Follow her on Twitter at @josieahlquist.

JoeGAs an MBA trained, entrepreneurial minded, and education focused professional, Joe Ginese has taken his curiosity to task in efforts to advocate for the reinvention of learning experiences and innovation within higher education. Some call Joe an instigator while others describe him as an innovator. He considers himself a champion for change. He studied human resource management and management information systems at Nichols College in Dudley, MA and earned his MBA with a focus on Management from Fairfield University. Currently, Joe is serving as the Tech Team Leader for the Student Leadership Programs Knowledge Community in NASPA, NASPA Region II conference committee as an educational program co-coordinator, and ACPA’s Two-Year College Directorate board. He tweets most with @JoeGinese, writes sometimes at, and is most likely to be tweeting, writing or reading about psychology, sociology, consumer behavior, creativity, learning, teaching, and storytelling.

MelissaJMelissa Jones is a graduate of the University of Virginia with her Bachelor of Arts in History and English and a minor in African-American Studies.  She received her M.Ed. in Social Foundations of Education from UVA and went on to continue her education at James Madison University where she received an additional M.Ed. in Counseling Psychology with a concentration in College Student Personnel Administration.   Melissa worked for four years at the University of Richmond in residential education and, more specifically, women’s growth and development and then moved on to VCU where she began her career in 2003.   In 2007, she became Associate Director of Residence Education, leading the initiative to employ full-time Hall Directors, implement living-learning communities on campus and move to a learning-outcome centered programming model.   Melissa currently serves as the Associate Director in the Office of Student Conduct and Academic Integrity at Virginia Commonwealth University.   She has been involved in ACPA since 1999, having served in the role of state President of Virginia, Assembly Coordinator for State Divisions at the national level, and co-chair of the 2010 Next Generation Conference.   Presently, she serves as Chair of ACPA’s Involvement Team, charged with matching member involvement interests with association engagement needs, and as a member of ACPA’s Credentialing Implementation Team.  In her free time, she stays busy by making jewelry, playing with her three dogs and spending time with her nieces. Follow her @mljones74.

JenD2Jennifer DeBurro currently serves as the Assistant Dean of Students for Residence Life at the University of New England. Her past work experiences range from positions in student activities and leadership to housing and residence life. She has a MEd in Higher Education Administration from Suffolk University and a BA in Sociology from Assumption College. Involved with a number of organizations, her time with NASPA has spanned more than fifteen years. Having served in many different capacities including both regional and national conference presenter, Jennifer has been the NASPA Region I Silent Auction Chair from 2004-2005, the NASPA Maine State Director from 2009-2011, and the NASPA Region I Volunteer Coordinator from 2012-2014.  In her most current role, Jennifer serves as the NASPA National Volunteer Coordinator where she has the responsibility for ensuring NASPA is fully developing its opportunities for member engagement via meaningful volunteer roles, and for advancing use of Volunteer Central. Much of Jennifer’s career in higher education has been shaped by the connections she’s made through these involvements.  As such, she actively seeks to honor the many professionals who have had a hand in her journey by creating opportunities for others to engage through her role with NASPA. Connect with Jennifer on Twitter @JenDeBurro 




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