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The College at Brockport's 33rd Annual
Resident Assistant Conference
"Pursue Something Greater"

Saturday November 14th, 2015

Come one, Come all to the
33rd Annual Resident Assistant Conference. 
The Office of Residential Life/Learning Communities
would like to invite you to attend. 


This year’s conference theme is:
“Pursue Something Greater” 

Find the 2015 RA Conference Program HERE!

    The College at Brockport RA Conference Planning Committee is working diligently to provide you with fantastic speakers that will bring more depth and a unique message the Brockport campus all conference attendees. More information will be added as speakers are finalized. Please check the RA Conference web site periodically for updates.

    We are pleased to announce that
    Erin Halligan-Avery, Ph.D.
    , Administrative Director for Student Health and Counseling at SUNY Geneseo, will serve as our keynote speaker!

    Dr. Erin Halligan-Avery began her career in student affairs 11 years ago, as a Resident Director in Harmon Hall and later Perry Hall.  From Brockport she started working at the University of Rochester as a Disability Support Coordinator and later went on to be the Associate Director of Student Support Services; creating the University’s CARE Network.  The CARE Network is now a nationally recognized program for identifying and support students who are in or headed toward distress.  In June, four months after giving birth to her son Carter, Erin started a new job at SUNY Geneseo as the Administrative Director for Student Health and Counseling. 

    Erin has her BA in Psychology from SUNY Oswego, an MSEd in Mental Health Counseling from Brockport and a Ph.D. in Counselor Education and Supervision from the University of Rochester.  Erin has given numerous presentations in the last 11 years, including Practicing Self Care and Work/Life Balance, Everything I Need to Know about Leadership I learned Before Kindergarten, Save Your Drama for your Mama, and Was that Helpful? Managing Tough Conversations with Students- a session that won her the Best of CSPA award in 2012 and that she will be presenting following her keynote. Today, Erin speaks to us about the skills you are acquire as an RA and why they are so valuable for your future job search.

RA Conference Participants will be able to:

  • Identify multiple levels of diversity, including the ongoing development of their identity, and ways to create an inclusive community.
  • Describe ways to educate residents about healthy habits in relation to alcohol/substances, nutrition, stress, fitness, relationships, and conflict resolution.
  • Create a network of student leaders and professionals
  • Identify and apply strategies in the areas of customer service, community building, motivation, leadership, conflict management, ethics, boundaries, etc.

Our theme this year is “Pursue Something Greater”  We are encouraging all programs to incorporate the theme.  Last year, the RA Conference committee has pre-determined “tracks” to give the participants a better way to plan their day.

    The RA –All things related to the RA position. Examples may include creating personal balance, confrontation, dealing with difficult students, staying motivated or communication.

    Social Justice & Diversity –Programs that will help attendees identify multiple levels of diversity, help explore their own development or ways to intentionally create an inclusive community through the RA position.

    11 Wellness - Programs that help describe ways to educate residents about healthy habits for nutrition, stress, fitness, relationships, and alcohol/substance use.
      Community Building & Programming – Ideas utilized to build and maintain a successful and healthy community. Programs could include: Passive programming, or active community building ideas.

    Professional Track -For current student affairs professionals to share best practices and interest areas within the field.


    There are several opportunities to be actively involved in our conference this year:

We are currently accepting program proposals. Presentations are slated for 45 minutes and are categorized as the following: Community Building & programming, Wellness, Social Justice and Diversity, The RA and Professional Track aimed for-and led by- Student Affairs professionals.  All program proposals are due by 5 PM on Friday, October 15, 2015. 

We are also accepting submissions for poster presentations. This is another option for individuals to present successful programs, initiatives and ideas!  Foam core boards and tacks will be provided. Proposals for poster presentations are due by 5 PM on Thursday, October 22, 2015.

PLEASE NOTE: The Case Study Competition is only open to UNDERGRADUATE students.

Registration is also open for our case study competition. This is a wonderful opportunity for students to hone skills in problem-solving, critical thinking, and student affairs. In pairs, participants will design and present the best possible solution to a challenging hypothetical situation in the field of higher education to a panel of judges.  There is no additional fee to participate, but pre-registration is required and is due by 5 PM on Monday, October 26, 2015.

    Registration and Proposal Forms:

    Registration: Click Here

    Program Proposal: Click Here

    Case Study: Click Here

    Poster Presentation: Click Here


      Both attendees and presenters must register for the conference.  The conference cost includes a continental breakfast, a buffet-style lunch, and conference materials. The costs are as follows:



      By registration deadline of 10/30/15


      Late registration
      (any day after 10/30/15)


      Accepted presenter fee


    Conference Timeline:

    8:30 – 9:10am
    Check In / Continental Breakfast, Union Fireside Lounge
    *9:10 – 10:00am

    Welcome and Featured Speaker, Edwards 100

    10:10 – 10:55am
    Session #1
    11:05 – 11:50am
    Session #2 / Optional: Case Study Competition
    11:50am – 1:10pm
    Lunch and Keynote Address Union Ballroom
    Keynote Speaker
    1:20 – 2:05pm
    Session #3
    2:10 – 2:40pm
    Poster Presentations
    2:45 – 3:30pm
    Session #4
    3:35 – 4:00pm

    Closing Remarks and Awards, Edwards 100


Registration Deadline is October 30, 2015. 
Registration after the deadline will be subject to a $15.00 increase per person.

  • For participants who submit a program proposal and are asked to present, the fee is $30.00 per presenter.
  • We encourage your institution to bring at least one special “giveaway” for the raffle. If you would like to do that, please provide those to the staff tabling the “Check In” table.
  • Please note, we are unable to process credit card payments.We must have payment or a P.O. number to accompany the registration form.

  • Please make checks payable to B.A.S.C./RA Conference
    Mail Check or Purchase Order number to:
                                           RA Conference
                                           Residential Life/Learning Communities, College at Brockport
                                           350 New Campus Drive, Brockport NY 14420

    Cancellation Policy

    All cancelations or adjustments to registrations must be made by 5:00 p.m. Friday, October 30, 2015 by contacting the RA Conference committee at . All cancelations or adjustments made prior to this date will be reimbursed in full. All cancelations or adjustments made after October 30th will have forfeited any reimbursement

Driving Directions and Parking:

From points east:

  • From NYS Thruway Exit 45 (Victor) take I-490 through Rochester and west to exit 8 for Route 531.
  • Take 531 to the end at Washington Street. Follow signs to Brockport (six miles) by taking Route 31 west.
  • Follow signs to the College. Enter the campus at Commencement Drive.

From points west:

  • From NYS thruway Exit 47 (LeRoy) take Route 19 north to Brockport (about 13 miles).
  • Follow signs to the College. Enter the campus at Commencement Drive.

From points south:

  • From Interstate 390 north, take I-490 west.
  • Follow directions from points east, above. Exit 8 is one mile west of I-390.

No parking permits are required. All lots have open parking on the weekends.
Printable Campus Map (pdf)

RA Conference Planning Committee consists of:

Kat Dennehey, Assistant Director, Residential Life/Learning Communities

Joe Goings, Resident Director, Gordon Hall (Chair)

Coty Cowles, Resident Director, Bramley Hall (Event Coordinator)

Emily Phelps, Resident Director, Perry Hall (Program Coordinator)

Kate Loaiza, Resident Director, Thompson Hall (Program Coordinator)

Kayla Cercone, Resident Director, Harmon Hall (Registration Coordinator)

Ben Bunker, Resident Director, Briggs Hall (Registration Coordinator)

Megan Tefft, Resident Assistant (Case Study Coordinator)

Spencer Cottman, Resident Assistant (Case Study Coordinator)

Taylor Ransom, Resident Assistant (Poster Session Coordinator)


If you have any questions, please contact
We are looking forward to seeing you on Saturday, November 14, 2015!



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