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Saturday November 16th, 2013

Come one, Come all to the
31st Annual Resident Assistant Conference. 
The Office of Residential Life/Learning Communities
would like to invite you to attend. 


This year’s conference theme is:
“Waves of Change, Oceans of Opportunity!” 

Click here to take a look at the 2013 RA Conference Program!

We are pleased to announce that Ms. Leah Barrett, Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs at The College at Brockport, will serve as our keynote speaker!

A little about our keynote:

Leah Barrett is the Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs at the College at Brockport. She has been there since July 2008.  Prior to coming to Brockport, she worked in the Student Union & Activities field.  Starting at the University of Wyoming as a Program Advisor and then onto Arizona State University, then Valparaiso University and then for 10 years at Boise State University starting as the Assistant Director for the Student Union and finishing her tenure as the Executive Director for Student Development. For her entire career she has been active in the Association of College Unions International and feels passionately about the Role of the College Union in higher education.  So passionately that it is her dissertation topic in the EdD program at St. John Fisher College where she plans to graduate with her doctorate in August 2014.  She has both her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Business Administration from the University of Wyoming.  Leah is happily married with two young sons, ages five and eight. Her proudest moments, in addition to her family, are working as a volunteer for the NAMES Project AIDS Memorial Quilt.  She helped colleges and universities across the country to host displays on their campuses in the 1990s and she helped lead the effort to display the Quilt in its entirety on the Mall in Washington, DC in 1996.  She enjoys her work at the College at Brockport and her home in Western New York.


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 “Waves of Change, Oceans of Opportunity!”  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 symbols are as follows.

    The RA – All things related to the RA position.  Examples include (but are not limited to): programming, confrontation, dealing with difficult students, burn out, motivation; etc.
    10 Diversity – Examples include (but are not limited to): GLBT issues, race, ethnic and culture issues, gender issues; etc.
    11 Health and Wellness - Examples include (but are not limited to): mental health, long distance relationships, healthy lifestyles; etc.
    12 Field of Student Affairs – For RA’s who are looking into going into the field of Student Affairs.  Examples include (but are not limited to): RD as a career, theories, professional RD staff workshops, resume builders; etc.

    Professional Track - is geared towards all current student affairs professionals. This track will be both engaging and thought provoking, with an end goal of sharing and expanding knowledge (This session for Professional Staff by Professional Staff).


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

We are currently accepting program proposals. Program proposals are due by 5:00 PM on Monday October 14th, 2013. Presentations will be 50 minutes in length. Please note: Depending on the volume of program proposals, some proposals will not be accepted. You will be notified by Friday October 18th at 5:00pm if your program has been accepted.

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 14th, 2013.

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, Monday October 14th, 2013


    Conference Timeline:

    8:30am- 9:15am
    Check In / Continental Breakfast, Union Fireside Lounge
    Opening Remarks & Welcome, Union Fireside Lounge
    Session #1
    Session #2 / Optional: Case Study Competition
    Lunch and Keynote Address Union Ballroom
    Keynote Speaker: Ms. Leah A. Barrett
    Poster Session, Union Fireside Lounge
    Session #3
    Session #4

    Closing Remarks Edwards, Blue Room Presentation of Case Study Awards Raffles Post-Assessment


Program Proposal

Program Proposals are no longer being accepted for the 2013 RA Conference.

Case Study

Case Study participants are no longer being accepted for the 2013 RA Conference.

Poster Presentation

Poster presentation resgistrations are no longer being accepted for the 2013 RA Conference.


    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 10/28


    Late registration (by 11/11/13)


    Accepted presenter fee



Registration Deadline is October 28nd, 2013. 
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

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:

Sara Kelly, Assistant Director, Residential Life/Learning Communities

Donald Bigelow, Coordinator, Student Townhomes, Chair

Tracy Gavin, Resident Director-Harmon Hall, Registration Coordinator

Aaron Smith, Resident Director-McFarlane Hall, Event Coordinator

Nekita Whyte, Resident Director-Benedict Hall, Program Coordinator

Catherine O'Connor, Chyna Glenn, Garrett W. Roe, and Kelly Lyon- Student Representatives


If you have any questions, please contact
We are looking forward to seeing you on Saturday, November 16, 2013!



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