On this episode of Student Affairs Live, host Tony Doody talks with Cara White, Kaila Messerli, and Lauren Kuski to explore late night program success stories and share strategies to ensure diverse, accessible and inclusive programs. Other topics include: low cost programming ideas, campus collaborations, measuring success, marketing efforts, and infusing innovation.

Please contribute to the conversation by emailing questions before the show to tony@higheredlive.com or by tweeting live during the show using the #higheredlive hashtag. We’ll do our best to incorporate questions from viewers (with attribution) into the live conversation.


Episode Host

Tony Doody

Tony Doody

Tony Doody has over 25 years of practical experience and oversight in senior leadership positions within the Higher Education industry in the areas of Facilities Management, New Student Orientation, Recreation, Parent and Family Programs, Leadership and Training, Marketing and Communications, Adult Learning, and Major Events and Programs. He currently serves as the Director of Student Centers at the University of Delaware. Over the last six years, Tony has presented at over thirty universities and national conferences on topics of innovation, digital leadership, technology, and unconventional leadership. He received the Diamond Honoree Award from the ACPA Foundation, the highest honor of the American College Personnel Association, recognizing transformative contributions to the field (2017) and earned NASPA's 2017 Technology Emerging Practice Award. In addition, Tony has worked over 20 years as a consultant in the areas of executive coaching, leadership development, presentation skills, risk-taking, innovation, social media, conflict resolution, and team cohesiveness. Past clients include J&J, Bristol-Myers Squibb, Vistakon, Navigant, Janssen Pharmaceuticals, United Way, Merrill Lynch, Tumi International, and Aventis Pharmaceuticals.


Cara White

Cara White is the Assistant Director for Student Involvement at the University of Delaware. In her role, she is responsible for major programming for the campus community, as well as serving as an advisor to student clubs and organizations. Her primary role includes advising the programming board and the oversight of the the late night programming series which takes place on Friday and Saturday nights. Prior to returning to the University of Delaware, she served as the Assistant Director of Sykes Student Union at West Chester University, with her primary role involving working with organizations on special events and program policy. She has her Master’s in Higher Education, and Bachelors in Communications.


Lauren Kuski

Over the last six years, Lauren has been actively involved in researching and implementing late night programming while drinking copious amounts of coffee! During graduate school, Lauren’s thesis focused on student employee engagement in late night programming leading her to move from the home of Wawa and hoagies (NJ) to garbage plates and subs (WNY). During her four years at SUNY Geneseo, she was tasked with reviving and rebranding the late night program, Geneseo Late Knight (GLK), with a focus on student employee leadership training and a student organization cosponsorship model. Currently, Lauren works at her alma mater Rowan University (NJ) as Assistant Director in Student Center and Campus Activities overseeing Rowan After Hours (RAH). Lauren can talk endlessly about late night programming, the benefits of coffee naps, student staff leadership development, and strong student organization cosponsorship models.


Kaila Messerli

Kaila Messerli is the Activities and Events Program Coordinator at Indiana University. She has been implementing late nite programs professionally for a little over 2 years and helped plan the Dawgs Nite Out late night events during her graduate assistantship at Southern Illinois University. Kaila is currently the chair of the campus-wide IU Late Nite Committee, where she has implemented new structures such as the staff driven Funding Board and the student led Programming Board. She advises the Indiana Memorial Union Board’s Late Nite Committee and all of the characters who serve on this volunteer organization. She also supervises ten student employees who plan and implement Late Nite programming on a weekly basis. Kaila’s favorite Late Nite activity is Karaoke and she can’t remember the last time she had a free Friday night!