Author: Chris Haug, University of Portland

Investing in your Professional Development...From an early point in my career, I had mentors who impressed upon me the importance of attending conferences, webinars, and workshops in an effort to strengthen my professional skill set.  I’m grateful for learning about the power of professional association affiliation, as it has served me well in how I do my work and serve my students. 

Author: Rob Camp, Oregon State University

Attending professional development conferences can be both an energizing and exhausting experience.   At many conferences it feels like you are running from one session to the next and listening to lectures on topics that you may or may not be interested in for the purpose of gaining a little bit of knowledge and gathering networking opportunities. My experience with the NWASAP conference is not like any other conference I have attended.  

Author: Morgan Hanson

For the past three years in a row, I have been fortunate enough to not only attend but to present at the annual NWASAP conference. I was barely 25 years old the first time, fresh out of graduate school in a new full-time resident director position. My associate director gave me the option to attend the conference with one stipulation: if I wanted to go, I had to create and submit a presentation abstract. I went for it.

Author: Bruce Smith

I hate sounding this old, but I really can’t remember my first professional conference as a member of the higher education world.  I know it was during my time as a doctoral student at UC Berkeley and I’m sure that I went to whatever event it was with at least a few goals: network with fellow doc students; meet some faculty who would be hiring in the coming years; advance my knowledge in some particular fields.  Goals that I’m sure sound familiar to readers of this piece. 

Author: Christopher Haug

I was only at my new job as Director of Residence Life at the University of Portland a few days before a colleague in our Student Activities Office invited me to lunch.  I suspected that he wanted to talk about how our offices interfaced and what he expected out of our colleague relationship.  We had a great lunch, got acquainted, and talked about a little business.  However, I was most struck by what he seemed especially excited to chat with me about.