February 5, 2014 3:35 pm
by Heather Shea
After awhile, many of us find that the annual conference experience becomes somewhat predictable — 60 minute educational sessions, keynote speeches, receptions — rinse and repeat. And yet, as a field, we are increasingly demanding new and different professional development experiences that challenge us and appeal to different learning styles. On February 5 at 1 p.m. Eastern Time, Student Affairs Live will explore how one student affairs association is reinventing the typical convention experience and what lessons that process provides for innovation on our own campuses.
Join Heather Shea Gasser, one of the hosts of Student Affairs Live, as she discusses with her guests from the ACPA 2014 Convention Team how this year’s ACPA will reinvent and transform the typical into the extraordinary. Joining Heather are Gretchen Metzelaars, ACPA14 Convention Chair, Tony Doody, Innovation Chair, Donna Lee, Special Events Chair, and Ankur Ponda, ACPA Director of Professional Development. We hope you can join us LIVE and participate in the discussion on Twitter at #HigherEdLive and #ACPA14 at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, February 5th, but if not, feel free to watch the replay in syndication!
Gretchen Metzelaars is the Senior Associate Vice President of Student Life at the Ohio State University. Her focus and areas of expertise include student engagement, staff development, and auxiliary services. She joined the Student Life staff in June 2010, after serving since 2004 as director of the student union at the University of Maryland, where she was also an affiliate assistant professor. Previously, she had held a number of positions in higher education, including serving as director of administration at Ohio State’s Wexner Center for the Arts from 1997-2004. She holds a B.S. in forestry and outdoor education from Virginia Polytechnic Institute, an M.S. in recreation and college student personnel from Indiana University, and a Ph.D. in recreation and college student personnel from the University of Maryland. Connect with her on Twitter at @GMetzelaars
Tony Doody has over 20 years of practical experience and oversight in senior leadership positions within the Higher Education industry in the areas of Facilities Management, New Student Orientation, Parent and Family Programs, Leadership and Training, Marketing and Communications, Adult Learning, and Major Events and Programs. He currently serves as a Director of Student Life on the five New Brunswick/Piscataway campuses of Rutgers University. Tony has also had over 20 years of international corporate training in the areas of executive coaching, leadership development, personality assessment, diversity, presentation skills, generational marketing, digital leadership, conflict resolution, and team cohesiveness. Connect with him on Twitter at @TonyDoody
A native New Yorker, Donna A. Lee received her B.A. from the University of Tampa and her M.Ed. in Counseling from Boston University. She served in the U.S. Army for 9 years, earning the rank of Captain; she subsequently discovered her passion for higher education and her vocation as a Student Affairs professional in 1996. She is currently serving as the Vice President for Student Life & Dean of Students at Agnes Scott College, a small private liberal arts college for women. Donna is motivated each day by the students she works with, and she focuses her energies on creating spaces and opportunities for them to find and use their unique voices in our local, national, and global communities. A proud mother, Donna receives daily inspiration from her 16 year old son, Jonathan, who continually reminds her of the importance of reflection, integrity, and authenticity. Connect with her on Twitter at @DeanDonnaLee
Ankur Ponda is the Director for Professional Development at the American College Personnel Association in Washington, D.C.. He is the primary Meeting/Convention planner for the association and works closely with the convention team each year. He has an MBA from Loyola College in Maryland and describes himself on Twitter as a “family man, pop culture enthusiast, foodie and life-long learner.” Connect with him on Twitter at @ankurponda