February 2015

In this Issue

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In the Chair

brian_watkinsGreetings AHEPPP colleagues,  

It’s a new year filled with excitement and opportunity for AHEPPP!  I’m writing to provide you some important updates about our association.

Following a successful conference in San Diego, the Board of Directors experienced some transition with the departure of several Board members and the arrival of new Board members.  We are most grateful to the following individuals for their service to our association:

Chad Barnhardt
Assistant Dean of Students, Ohio University
Former Chairperson

Cindy Beaman
Director, Parent and Family Services, Vincennes University
Founding Board Member

Colleen O’Connor Bench
Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs, Syracuse University
Founding Board Member and Former Chairperson

Dawn Bruner
Director, Parent and Family Relations, University of Rochester

Kris Stewart
Assistant to the Vice President Emeritus, Miami University
Founding Board Member and Former Chairperson

I am pleased to announce the new Directors to the Board:
Patti Lux-Weber
Assistant Director of Parent Relations and Special Events
University of Wisconsin–Madison

Jackie MacKay
Associate Dean of Undergraduate Studies, Director of the Parent Program
Providence College

Emily Parker
Director of the Office of New Student and Family Programs
The University of Tennessee

Traci Royster
Director, Parent and Family Services
Appalachian State University

AHEPPP has made incredible progress in a short amount of time.  Our association has grown to include 145 institutions and over 300 members in just seven years. We begin 2015 celebrating the strength of our association as well as new partnerships with NODA and ACPA.  We continue to explore ways to serve our members and develop additional partnerships in an effort to connect with other professionals and promote informed parent and family involvement in support of student success.

The Board of Directors will meet in Atlanta later this month for a strategic planning session. The time is right for us to reflect on our mission and vision, and to develop a comprehensive plan for moving our association forward in a meaningful way by building on the strong foundation established by the founding members. As we embark on this process, know that we welcome your input.  If you have any comments or suggestions for ways that AHEPPP can better serve you, please send a note to me via email at [email protected]  I would appreciate hearing from you by February 20.  The Board will be mindful of your feedback as we work to improve our association and plan for the future.

We‘ve come a long way since our founding in April of 2008, but we are just getting started.  I hope you share my excitement for all we have to look forward to—including a fantastic conference in Savannah, Georgia later this year.


Brian L. Watkins
Chair, Board of Directors

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Conference Corner

Please join us from November 3-5, 2015 in charming Savannah, Georgia for our 4th AHEPPP Conference! The AHEPPP 2015 Conference will be held at the beautiful Mansion on Forsyth Park.

We are thrilled to announce the AHEPPP 2015 Conference Team has been selected and they are excited to plan a fabulous conference for you in Savannah.
Conference Chair - Patrick Ladd, University of Tennessee – Knoxville
Programming Co-Chair - Meagan Mitchell, Northeastern Illinois University
Programming Co-Chair - Ryan Lovell, The Ohio State University
Pre-Conference Co-Chair - Kerri Fowler, North Carolina State University
Pre-Conference Co-Chair - Paige Kegley, Clemson University                                                                                                     
Awards Selection Chair - Quincy Spencer, University of Arkansas
Hospitality Chair - Matthew Ferguson, Rutgers University – New Brunswick
Volunteers & Recognition Chair - Blair Jensen, Western Kentucky University
Marketing/Social Media - Sylvester Gaskin, Towson University

The AHEPPP 2015 Conference Team will be reaching out to the AHEPPP membership in the coming months to seek volunteers for various needs such as program submission reviewers, awards submission reviewers, and volunteers for the conference itself in Savannah! We can’t wait to see everyone in Savannah! 

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Help Wanted at ACPA


Help promote AHEPPP at ACPA. Are you planning to attend the ACPA Convention in Tampa this year? We’d love to see you! Volunteers are requested for staffing the AHEPPP booth at ACPA alongside Lindsay, the AHEPPP coordinator. If you’re planning on attending, please consider volunteering for 1-2 hour shift to engage current members, recruit new members and share AHEPPP with the greater Student Affairs community. Be sure to stop by the AHEPPP table for some fun SWAG too! Please visit our sign-up site for more information. 

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And the Winners Are...

During our Annual Conference we are pleased to award outstanding contributions to the field! Please enjoy learning from the exemplary programs and communications from our 2014 winners. Think your office has an innovative project? Apply for a 2015 AHEPPP Award! Details coming soon.

Congratulations to the 2014 AHEPPP Award Winners!


Best Institutional Initiative - Mid Sized - Vanderbilt University for their Soiree at Sarratt Networking Event
Best Institutional Initiative - Large University - University of Minnesota for their Adopt a Family Program
Excellence in Publication - Newsletter - University of Tennessee
Excellence inPublication- Handbook/Calendar - University of Tennessee
Excellence in Publication- Website -  University of Maryland
Excellence in Publication - Video or Online Module - University of Arkansas

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Job Postings

AHEPPP hosts a Job Posting page. It’s free for anyone to post a position in the field of parent relations. As a member you will be notified when new postings are listed. Please send postings to [email protected].

This past month the following positions were posted:

  • Assistant Director, New Student & Parent Programs, University of Kentucky
  • Assistant Director, New Student Connection, University of South Florida
  • Coordinator of Parent and Family Engagement, University of Iowa
  • Student Services Advisor, Xavier University

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In the News: What You May Have Missed

As a busy professional, you may not always make the time to read every article about parents or catch every new resource available to families, so we've included a few from we think are worth reading.

Students & Parents

Phone app tips parents off to class skips
Video: Mom and dad move to college with daughter

College Admissions
Applicants can now find out what admissions committees wrote about them

Financial Aid
College cost tips for parents and students enrolling together
For parents, now begins the waiting game, financial aid

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