Experience NASPA Hulihia 2012
Letter from Region V and VI Directors

Aloha Regions V and VI!

As we look forward to coming together in breathtaking Waikoloa, Hawai’i for the 2012 WRC, let’s consider all the change occurring in higher education, the student affairs profession, NASPA, and at our home institutions. Just as awesome geologic forces continuously reshape the archipelago of Hawai’i, so too are there forces both within and outside our control that are reshaping the student affairs profession. How we respond to the change is as important as the change itself. It is, therefore, in the spirit of Hulihia, that we come together in November to discuss these opportunities and the potential they have to inspire.

Me ka ha’a ha’a (humbly yours)

Henry Gee & Paul Bennion
Region VI & V Directors

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Highlights from the two day Hulihia conference committee planning meeting.

Hulihia Friday Morning Speakers Announced: Doris Ching & Gwen Dungy

The 2012 NASPA Western Regional Conference planning committee is thrilled to announce our Friday Morning speakers, Doris Ching & Gwen Dungy!   Both of these amazing Student Affairs leaders were recently showcased in a blog series on Student Affairs Women Lead called 31 Womenhttp://sawomenlead.com/2012/02/29/31-women/.  

These interviews from Student Affairs Women Lead are included below, enjoy!

Doris Ching

Doris Ching has an outstanding and distinguished career in both secondary and postsecondary education. Serving the people of Hawai’i through various roles in lower and higher education for 44 years, Doris retired in 2005 from the University of Hawai’i where she served as the Vice President for Student Affairs.

Doris has shattered many glass ceilings in her career, serving as the first Asian American woman and woman of color in many posts. These include serving as Vice President of Student Affairs for the University of Hawai’i System and University of Hawai’i- Manoa and leading as President of NASPA and the NASPA Foundation.

While Dr. Ching may be retired from a university post, she is still actively involved with NASPA and serves on many community boards at a local, national and international level. What is clear from any interaction with Doris is her commitment to students and especially students underserved through traditional models of higher education. Through every leadership role she has taken she has worked tirelessly on behalf of others to provide opportunities for advancement. This is evident in her current roles serving to mentor and guide upcoming women leaders through the Alice Manicur Symposium and the Advisory Council of Asian Pacific Islander Scholarship Fund (APIASF).

A few of the accolades bestowed upon Dr. Ching include:

  • NASPA Pillar of the Profession
  • Fred Turner Award for Outstanding Service to NASPA
  • University of Hawai’i Alumni Distinguished Alumna Award
  • Doris Michiko Ching Shattering the Glass Ceiling Award

Doris earned her doctorate from Arizona State University and both her masters and bachelors in education from the University of Hawai’i.

Thank you to Dr. Ching for her life-long commitment to advancing student affairs and higher education for all students and for serving as a colleague and mentor to many.

Gwen Dungy


Gwen Dungy

On the opening night of the 2012 NASPA Annual Convention and on the cusp of Gwen Dungy’s retirement as executive director, we would like not only to honor, but to thank Dr. Dungy for her dedication and leadership to not just NASPA, but to the entire profession of student affairs. She has served NASPA at the Executive Director for 17 years, and during that time, she has created bridges and strengthened collaborations.

Dr. Dungy has guided discussions in Jordan, Mexico, South Africa, and Beijing. She has served on numerous community boards and as a trustee to two colleges. She has authored and edited pivotal pieces within the field, including both variations of Learning Reconsidered. In multiple ways, she has served as educator, trainer, colleague, collaborator, and representative for our field, and done so with a well-earned respect from colleagues across the globe.

From Larry Roper, VPSA at Oregon State University,

“One person who has been significant for all of us, many times in a quiet way, is Gwendolyn Dungy.  For the last 17 years Gwen has been an incredible leader for NASPA and a tireless advocate on behalf of issues that matter to all student affairs professionals, but especially vigilant towards the concerns of African American students and professionals.”

Dr. Dungy has a B.S. and M.S. degrees from Eastern Illinois University, a M.A. degree from Drew University in New Jersey, and a Ph.D. from Washington University in St. Louis. But more than her degrees, she has been the consummate student of student affairs, including all of us in her learning.

Prior to her work at NASPA, she was a senior administrator at the County College of Morris in New Jersey, Montgomery College in Maryland, and Catonsville Community College in Maryland, and a counseling faculty member at St. Louis Community College in Missouri. She also served with the Curriculum and Faculty Development Network and the National Diversity Network at the Association of American Colleges & Universities (AAC&U).

In the latest Leadership Exchange, current NASPA President, Patricia Telles-Irvin, had this to say about Gwen Dungy:

“As executive director of NASPA, Gwen has conducted herself with grace, sensitivity, authenticity, and competence. She has been knowledgeable, strategic, creative, and responsive. Always a good listener, Gwen has been exceptional representative for student affairs.”

So many of us have our own story of Gwen Dungy, how she has influenced or inspired us. I would encourage you to share your thanks for her service either in the comments below or with Gwen herself. From all us, we thank you for your beautiful smile at so many conferences, and your contribution to so much of our development as a field and as professionals.

Welcome Letter from Conference Chair

Dear Colleagues:

On behalf of the 2012 Western Regional Conference Planning Team, I welcome you to join your colleagues in Waikoloa, Hawai’i to experience Hulihia. Hulihia is a Hawaiian word that denotatively means a complete spiritual or physical change. Connotatively, Hulihia embodies wisdom that is passed from one generation to the next and illustrates how hope can emerge from darkness. We are wholeheartedly grateful to the Hanakahi Council for their gift of inspiration and for welcoming our gathering on Hawai’i Island.

As Hulihia helps us understand, inspiration to change often comes from our world being shifted and completely turned upside down, revealing a new truth and thus, a new beginning. Perhaps now more than ever each of us is experiencing our professional world continually shifting, moving in directions unforeseen taking us into territories unfamiliar and uncomfortable. Rapidly disappearing budgets, increased calls for accountability and ever-changing student populations ask more of us every day. In this time of uncertainty, the opportunity to embrace the wisdom offered to us by colleagues within the familiarity of our regional conference is critical to nurturing our capacity to emerge ready to meet the challenge.

In invite you to share the opportunity to be inspired and to contribute to the change that will move our profession forward into the future. Join us in November 2012 on the Island of Hawai’i to experience your individual and our collective Hulihia. – Remember, the Pre-Conference Institute Dates are Nov 7 & 8.

Lea M. Jarnagin
2012 Western Regional Conference Chair
California State University, Fullerton

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Please enjoy some of the pictures we captured on our latest hotel site visit at Waikoloa Beach Marriot Resesort & Spa! 

Call for Programs Due Tuesday May 1st!

Call for Program Reviewers
The deadline for Hulihia program submissions is May 1st, this means we also need volunteer program reviewers!  We’ve already had 83 volunteers sign up to serve as program reviewers! Want to get in on the fun?

To sign up, go to the NASPA website at http://www.naspa.org/ and click on “Volunteer” at the top of the page. Log in to “NASPA Volunteer Central,” using your e-mail address and password, and select “Volunteer Opportunities.” Check the box next to “Program Reviewers” for the NASPA Western Regional Conference, scroll to the bottom of the page, click “Submit Interest!” and you’re done.

Reviewers will be assigned 3-5 programs to review during the first week of May. You will have approximately two weeks to complete all of your reviews. We’ll provide a rubric to assist you; no prior experience is necessary. The total time commitment for program reviewers is roughly 2-4 hours.

Feedback from NASPA members is essential for the conference planning committee in selecting programs. Please help make this year’s Western Regional Conference in Waikoloa, Hawai′i an outstanding educational experience to remember!

-Sherry Mallory, Conference Programs Co-Chair

2012 Western Regional Conference

11/7/2012 - 11/10/2012
Waikoloa, Hawai’i
Conference Website:

Program Proposal Deadline: May 1, 2012
Notification of Program Status: June 15, 2012


The student affairs profession, like the Hawaiian Islands, has a rich and varied history. The NASPA Western Regional Conference Committee invites you to join us in Waikoloa in November 2012 to reflect on that history, share our collective wisdom and knowledge, and consider the transformative possibilities for our future.

This year’s theme is “Hulihia: Opportunities for Change. Opportunities to Inspire.” Hulihia is a Hawaiian word that represents a complete transformational change. It also embodies wisdom and illustrates how hope can emerge from darkness. Each person experiences Hulihia differently. Yet, through change comes inspiration… and through inspiration, comes change.

To make this a truly outstanding conference, we need your help in bringing our theme to life. We seek to present a conference program that enhances your professional development while honoring the deep history, culture, and traditions of the Hawaiian Islands.

We are especially interested in program submissions that provide opportunities for reflection and thoughtful interaction; that showcase innovation and research; that transform our thinking about the ways we connect to one another, both as colleagues and as a community of learners; and that inspire us to develop a new skill or find new ways to feel rejuvenated in our work.

Proposals are currently being solicited for the following types of educational sessions:

General Interest Sessions: 75-minute sessions that are directly related to the conference theme and to the Professional Competency Areas for Student Affairs Practitioners

Learning Labs: 45-minute sessions that provide a venue for presenters to share expertise, and for participants to gain a tangible and/or practical new skill.

Promising Practice Sessions: 45-minute sessions that provide an opportunity to showcase programs, strategies, or interventions that have been successful on a particular campus.

Research Sessions: 45-minute or 75-minute sessions that include the presentation of one or more research papers, followed by a facilitated discussion of themes and/or findings.

Round Table Sessions: 75-minute sessions that allow for in-depth discussion related to current events, developing trends, association business, or functional areas.

For complete information on how to submit a program, please visit the “Programs” section of the 2012 NASPA Western Regional Conference website at http://naspa2012.csupomona.edu/.


We look forward to seeing you in Hawai’i!

Sherry Mallory & Erin Wright
Program Co-Chairs
2012 NASPA Western Regional Conference