New Professional's Institute (NPI)

The underlying intent of most job interview questions in the university setting is:  What do you know how to do?  As you embark on your professional career, it will be increasingly important to gain new skills and articulate your perspectives to others in meaningful ways.

The New Professionals Institute features a practical look at these timeless efforts.  Speakers will discuss how to keep up with the demands of a student affairs position while at the same time gain new ways to articulate your perspective, succeed in the workplace, supervise effectively, and learn more about the modern college student. Join us to discuss new strategies to integrate your past, present and career future in a practical way.

A new professional is defined as someone with less than five years in the student affairs profession.

The New Professional's Institute will be held on Sunday, October 21 from 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.  

For more information, please contact Max Walling at and Dr. Kristy Vienne at

This fall's New Professional's Institute will feature speaker and author Dr. Josie Ahlquist. 

Higher Education Leadership in the Digital Age
What are the competencies required to be a leader in higher education in the face of the digital and social age?  What is the balance between sharing personal and professional information, while being genuine online? This session will provide an overview of trends in establishing a blending digital identity online along with exploring the debates of branding, authenticity, TMI and connecting/interacting with students.  This unique keynote and hands-on engagement will unpack the reality of digital communication tools for professionals working in higher education, propose a digital decision-making process especially for new professionals in higher education and set up attendees to feel more confident and strategic in their online presence and approach to support students both on and offline.

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