Graduate Student Affairs Conference

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November 9, 2019
Walsh University
For Graduate Students, By Graduate Students 

OCPA will be hosting the Graduate Student Affairs Conference (GSAC) at Walsh University. GSAC is a day-long conference put on by graduate students, for graduate students that strives to increase networking between rising student affairs professionals while encouraging the exploration of a variety of functional areas. The conference will also provide graduate students the opportunity to propose presentation topics and gain experience facilitating in a conference setting.

The cost for attending GSAC is broken down below:

$25 Current graduate student members of OCPA
$30 Current graduate student non-members of OCPA

We encourage students to consider becoming members of OCPA.


The deadline to register is October 23 at 3:00pm.



You must be registered prior to submitting the program proposal. Deadline to submit program proposals is Monday October 14 at 11:59pm.


We hope to see you at the 3rd annual GSAC!


Have questions? Contact Carolina Bejarano Eyl at



Professional Development Institutes

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OCPA is committed to providing professional development opportunities for higher education professionals across Ohio. The Professional Development Institutes are a series of workshops sponsored by OCPA designed to provide professional development opportunities throughout the year for members of OCPA.


2019-2020 Professional Development Institutes Will be Announced Soon!


Questions? Please contact Christopher Wood, OCPA Professional Development Chair

Annual Conference

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Thursday, January 30- Friday, January 31, 2020
Worthington, OH
Double Tree Hotel & Conference Center

As educators, we bring our whole selves to work, and conversely, work often comes home with us. This year’s conference hopes to engage participants through keynote addresses, program sessions, and conversations about successfully integrating more balance within our lives.

Additionally, we are excited to welcome colleagues from the Association for Student Conduct Administration (ASCA) to join us for our 2020 Annual Conference. ASCA members are encouraged to share their expertise and network with other higher education professionals. We hope to use this inaugural year of partnership to guide future connections with area-specific organizations diversifying our education offerings.


Conference Quick Links

Conference Registration

Call for Program Proposals

Silent Auction

Conference Schedule-at-a-Glance

Contact Us 

Conference Registration

Registration Dates

 Early Bird Registration (OCPA Members Only) Oct. 23 - Nov. 4 
 Standard Registration Nov. 5 - Dec. 6
 Late Registration Dec. 7 - Jan. 29
 In Person Registration Jan. 30 - Jan. 31

OCPA Member Registration

Current OCPA Members should register for the conference by logging into the OCPA Member Portal. Members will find a link to the Member Registration Page on the landing of their Member Portal. *Please note: OCPA Member Prices are only available through the Member Registration Page.*

OCPA Members:

Registration Opens on October 23!


Current OCPA Members are eligible for Early Bird Pricing from October 23 through November 4:

 OCPA Member Early Bird Registration Fees 
 Professional $140.00
 Graduate Student $70.00
 Undergraduate Student $70.00


OCPA Member Standard Registration Fees 

*also for ASCA members who are not OCPA members

 Professional $160.00
 Graduate Student $85.00
 Undergraduate Student $85.00


Non-Member Registration

Non-Member Standard Registration Fees 
 Professional $210.00
 Graduate Student $100.00
 Undergraduate Student $100.00

Late Fees

A $25 late fee will be cahrged to any person that registers for the Annual Conference after Friday, December 6, 2019.

**An additional $25 late fee will be charged to any person that registers for the Annual Conference on site on either Thursday, January 30, or Friday, January 31.**

Please note - no refunds are available for conference registrations. The only exception to this is in the event of a Level Three Snow Emergency that requires the cancellation of the annual conference.

For questions about Registration for the OCPA Annual Conference, please contact the OCPA Annual Conference Registration Chair, Mitch Joseph.


Hotel Reservations

Hotel Reservations at the conference rate of $105/night can be made with the Doubletree Hotel by using this Hotel Reservation Link. Rooms are the conference rate are available until January 1, 2020.


Program Sessions

Submit a Program Proposal

To submit a program proposal please visit the link above. The deadline to submit program proposals is Friday, November 1.

If you have questions about program proposals, please contact our Educational Sessions Committee Chair, Robin Schreck.

Silent Auction Donations

The Silent Auction is your opportunity to give back. All money raised by the Silent Auction is donated as scholarships to undergraduate and gradaute students intersted in our field! If you have items that could showcase your campus or greater community such as tickets to an event, a piece of artwork, books, or a gift basket, please consider making a donation to the Silent Auction.

If you are able to make a donation, please contact Allison Riggle for inquiries and next steps, or simply bring your item to the conference. Thank you in advance for helping award scholarships for our undergraduate and graduate students interseted in Higher Education.

Conference Schedule-at-a-Glance

Thursday, January 30, 2020

 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM    Registration/Vendor/Silent Auction Open

 8:00 AM - 8:40 AM    Light Breakfast

 8:40 AM - 9:10 AM    Welcome/Opening

 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM  Program Session 1

 9:30 AM - 12:00 PM  Inter-University Council SSAO Meeting

 9:30 AM - 12:00 PM  Small Private College/University SSAO Meeting

 10:40 AM - 11:40 AM Program Session 2

 11:50 AM - 12:50 PM Program Session 3

 1:00 PM - 2:15 PM    Lunch & Keynote Speaker

 2:30 PM - 5:00 PM    Mock Interviews & Resume Reviews

 2:30 PM - 5:00 PM    Robert A. Dubick Case Study Competition

 2:30 PM - 3:30 PM    Program Session 4 (Networking Meet-ups)

 2:30 PM - 3:30 PM    All SSAO & Faculty Roundtable

 2:30 PM-3:30 PM       ASCA Meet-Up

 3:40 PM - 4:40 PM    All SSAO & Faculty Social

 3:40 PM - 4:40 PM    Program Session Five

 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM    Dinner On Your Own

 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM    OCPA Social

Friday, January 31, 2020     

 8:00 AM - 1:00 PM    Registration/Vendor Area/Silent Auction Open

 8:00 AM - 8:30 AM    Light Breakfast

 8:30 AM - 9:30 AM    Program Session Six

 9:30 AM- 12:00 PM   Mock interviews & Resume Reviews

 9:40 AM - 10:40 AM    Program Session Seven        

 10:50 AM - 11:50 AM  Program Session Eight

 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM    Program Session Nine

 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM      Closing Lunch/ Presentation of Awards/ Presidential Address

Contact Us

Please visit our OCPA Leadership Page for our Annual Conference Chair and Co-Chair Contact Information

Careers in Student Affairs Conference

2019 Careers in Student Affairs Conference 

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Saturday, October 12, 2019
Capital University
Harry C. Moores Student Union
1 College and Main
Bexley, Ohio 43209
8:15 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

The Careers in Student Affairs conference is designed for undergraduate, post-baccalaureate, and graduate students interested in pursuing graduate studies and careers in Student Affairs.

The Careers in Student Affairs Conference Offers opportunities to:

  • Participate in a Graduate School Fair where you will learn about program options and requirements
  • Network with Student Affairs practitioners
  • Get motivated to seek a career in Student Affairs
  • Meet peers interested in Student Affairs and begin to build relationships
  • Discover career tracks in Student Affairs

Schedule at a Glance

8:15 AM - 9:00 AM Registration & Breakfast 
9:00 AM - 9:40 AM Conference Opening
9:55 AM - 10:40 AM Program Session I
10:50 AM - 11:35 AM  Program Session II
10:50 AM - 11:35 AM OCPA Board Meeting
11:45 AM - 1:10 PM Lunch & Keynote Address
1:15 PM - 2:15 PM Graduate School Fair
2:20 PM - 3:05 PM Program Session III
3:15 PM - 4:00 PM Program Session IV

Conference Information & Forms

Registration for the OCPA Careers in Student Affairs Conference is $30 for all attendees until October 3, 2019. 

Register Online!


Submit a Program Proposal


For More Information, Contact Conference Co-Chairs:

Jennifer Vrobel -

Jivanto Van Hemert -