The New Mexico Association of Student Affairs Professionals (NMASAP) presents the 12th Annual Student Affairs Symposium, "Embracing the Core," on Thursday-Friday, Nov. 11-12. The event is organized entirely by the Student Affairs Fellows.

This year's conference theme, "Embracing the Core," stresses the importance of returning to the core of student affairs – the students. This theme aligns with NMASAP's mission to support and guide students into fulfilling careers. The conference is designed to provide an opportunity for student affairs professionals with diverse backgrounds and professional challenges to have the opportunity to connect with one another and the goal of the symposium is to strengthen the ties between schools throughout New Mexico.

UNM Vice President of Student Affairs Eliseo "Cheo" Torres said, "We invite and encourage student affairs professionals from around the state and from adjoining states to attend." He added that participants are coming from New Mexico State University, San Juan College, CNM and the University of Texas at El Paso.

The symposium begins on Thursday, Nov. 11 at 8:30 a.m. with registration in the Student Union Building (SUB) Ballroom B and ending at 7 p.m. that evening. Three sessions occur throughout the course of the day. Notable workshops include:

• Session One: 10:45 a.m. to noon
o "DREAMing of Higher Education in New Mexico: Being Allies for Undocumented Immigrant Students," Christopher Ramirez, Thalia Cantano, Elizabeth De Luna Navarro, SUB Lobo A
o "Health Care Reform & Student Health Services/Student Health Insurance Plans," Beverly Kloeppel, SUB Fiesta A/B
• Session Two: 1:45-3 p.m.
o "Utilizing Networks and Marketing to Build Student Success," Catherine Montoya, SUB Lobo B
o "Academic Excellence Workshops: The Down and Dirty of Success within the Classroom," Leslye Evans-Lane, Kim Jeffries, Chioma Heim, SUB Mirage/Thunderbird
• Session Three: 3:15-4:30 p.m.
o "Supervising a Multi-Generational Staff," Jenna Crabb, SUB Acoma A/B
o "Introduction to Facebook for Student Affairs," Ryan Lindquist, Matthew Maez, SUB Lobo Lab
o "Suicide Prevention & the Role of Student Crisis Centers," Molly Brock, SUB Fiesta A/B

Friday's portion of the symposium begins with a network breakfast at 8 a.m. in the SUB Ballroom B and ends with closing remarks by Vice President Torres at 2:30 p.m. Notable events include:

• 9-9:30 a.m., Opening Speaker, Dr. Katharine Winograd, president, CNM
• Session Four: 9:45-11 a.m.
o "Safe Zones: Safe Spaces for LGBTQQIA Community in Higher Education," David Griffith, Elisita Pintor, Jeffrey Waldo, SUB Lobo A
o "The Coliseum Effect: The Potential Impact of Electronic Aggression on the University Campus," Cinnamon Blair, SUB Fiesta A/B
• 11:15 a.m. to noon, Legislative Update by Dr. Viola E. Florez, N.M. Cabinet Secretary of Higher Education

Several of the sessions are repeated from Thursday to Friday, for those who cannot attend one or the other. For more information, visit

Office of Student Affairs Fellows work in various initiatives including the LULAC summer conference, new staff orientation, staff recognition events and organization of this symposium.

Torres said, "The idea is to expose mid-level managers and faculty to administration, to give them an overall view of how a university functions." The fellows are assigned projects, attend committee meetings to observe activities and discuss initiatives, he said.

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