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Saturday November 1st, 2014

Come one, Come all to the
32nd Annual Resident Assistant Conference. 
The Office of Residential Life/Learning Communities
would like to invite you to attend. 


This year’s conference theme is:
“Mission I’Mpossible: Becoming a Change Agent” 

    We are pleased to announce that Dr. Dawn Meza Soufleris, Associate Vice President of Residential Education and Community Standards from RIT, will serve as our keynote speaker!

    Dr. Dawn Meza Soufleris is currently the Associate Vice President for Residential Education & Community Standards at the Rochester Institute of Technology and has spent the past 25 years working with college-age students. She holds a Master’s degree in Teaching from Binghamton University, and a PhD in the field of Sociology from the University of Buffalo. Her professional focus has been in the areas of college student behavior, mental health, Title IX, alcohol, drug and sexual assault prevention programming and generational theory. Dawn has spoken at numerous national conferences on a variety of topics, including managing campus critical incidents, Title IX, the impact of technology on college students, teaching  and marketing to Millennials, social norming, and working with differently-abled students.

    We are excited to add a Featured Speaker to this year’s conference!

    Lori Drescher is a College at Brockport alum, a professional business and organizational development consultant, and a mom of a recovering heroin addict.  She joins our conference for the first time to reveal her powerfully personal story of hope and recovery and to encourage us to do all we can to help remove the stigma and shame of this terrible epidemic that is killing our young adults and destroying our families.  Her story will pull at your heart strings and inspire you to take a stand.  It will also help you recognize the signs of substance use disorder and empower you to make a difference.  You will learn why substance abuse and addiction are two separate issues; “why they start and why they can’t stop are two separate issues.  Substance abuse is a choice; addiction is a disease.


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, 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 “Becoming a Change Agent: Mission I'mpossible!”  We are encouraging all programs to incorporate the theme somehow.  Like 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 could include creating personal balance, confrontation, dealing with difficult students, staying motivated or communication.
    10 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, alcohol/substance use.
      Community Building and Programming – Ideas utilized to build and maintain a succesfull 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 50 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 Wednesday, October 1st, 2014. 

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 Monday, October 13, 2014.

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 Friday, October 17, 2014.

    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 10/22/14


      Late registration
      (any day after 10/22)


      Accepted presenter fee


    Conference Timeline:

    8:30am- 9:15am
    Check In / Continental Breakfast, Union Fireside Lounge

    Welcome and Featured Speaker, Edwards 100

    Session #1
    Session #2 / Optional: Case Study Competition
    Lunch and Keynote Address Union Ballroom
    Keynote Speaker
    Session #3
    Poster Presentations
    Session #4

    Closing Remarks and Awards, Edwards 100



Registration Deadline is October 22nd, 2014. 
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.
  • * If your institution would like to bring special “giveaway’s” for the raffle, 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 24, 2014 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 24th 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 Dennehy, Assistant Director, Residential Life/Learning Communities

Tracy Gavin, Coordinator, Student Townhomes, Chair

Coty Cowles, Resident Director-Morgan Hall, Registration Coordinator

Joe Goings, Resident Director-Thompson Hall, Event Coordinator

RichSigal, Resident Director-Mortimer Hall, Program Coordinator

Daniela Bulos, Mark Avery, Liz Hermann, and Nick Greene- Student Representatives


If you have any questions, please contact
We are looking forward to seeing you on Saturday, November 1, 2014!



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