SA: Voices from the Field

A podcast for SA Pros by SA Pros

Without doubt, the student affairs profession thrives on sharing our stories, learning from each other, and elevating the one of kind voices of our colleagues. Join us as we sit down with an SA storyteller that may tell you something completely new or share a story that mirrors and affirms your own experience.

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Episode 31: "Student Affairs Job Search and Working With Online Students"

This week on SA Voices from the field you will meet Dr. Dave Eng of JobHakr as we talk about the Student Affairs Job Search and Working With Online Students.

Meet the Host

Dr. Corliss P. Bennett is the Director of the Cultural Centers for Academic Excellence at Humboldt State University (HSU). Dr. Bennett oversees a multi-program unit comprised of student services programs designed to provide HSU students with networks that blend cultural, community and academic engagement. The Cultural Centers for Academic Excellence, includes two longstanding centers - the MultiCultural Center (MCC), the Native American Center for Academic Excellence (or Indian Tribal and Educational Personnel Program, ITEPP) - as well as two newer programs, the African American Center for Academic Excellence and the Latinx Center for Academic Excellence.

More Episodes

Episode 30: "Protecting Your International Students"

This week on SA Voices from the field you will meet Dr. Grant Azdell, Vice President for Student affairs and Dean of Students at Randolph-Macon College as we talk about Protecting Your International Students.

Our Guest(s): Dr. Grant Azdell

Episode 29: "Embracing Change in Student Affairs"

This week on SA Voices from the field you will meet Dr. Felicia Patterson, Vice President for Learner Support Services at Anne Arundel Community College in Maryland. as we talk about Embracing Change in Student Affairs.

Our Guest(s): Dr. Felicia Patterson

Episode 28: "Supporting Student Activism on Campus"

This week on SA Voices from the field you will meet Dr. Anna Gonzalez, Vice President for Student Affairs & Dean of Students at Harvey Mudd College as we talk about Supporting Student Activism on Campus.

Our Guest(s): Dr. Anna Gonzalez

Episode 27: "Return on Investment in Higher Education for our Students Today"

This week on SA Voices from the field you will meet Dr. Jayne Brownell, Vice President for Student Life at Miami University as we talk about what you need to know about the Return on Investment in Higher Education for our Students Today.

Our Guest(s): Dr. Jayne Brownell

Episode 26: "Engaging the Under Engaged Student On Your Campus"

This week on SA Voices from the field you will meet Dr. Anthony Altieri, Vice President for Student Affairs Lynn University and Dr. Theresa Gallo, Associate Dean of Students at Lynn University as we talk about what you need to know about Engaging the Under Engaged Student On Your Campus.

Our Guest(s): Anthony Altieri and Theresa Gallo

Episode 25: "What You Need to Know About Future Enrollment Projections in Higher Education"

This week on SA Voices from the field you will meet Dr. Ellen J Neufeldt and Mark Allen Poisel of the Enrollment Management Knowledge Community within NASPA as we talk about what you need to know about the future enrollment projections in higher education.

Our Guest(s): Dr. Ellen J Neufeldt and Mark Allen Poisel

Episode 24: "Sustainability and Social Justice in Higher Education"

This week on SA Voices from the field you will meet Shea Alvey of the Sustainability Knowledge Community

In this conversation you will gain a better understanding of not only the sustainability knowledge community but also about best practices in sustainability and the connection between sustainability and social justice on campuses today.

Our Guest(s): Shea Alvey

Episode 23: "Food Insecurity and Hunger on College Campuses: What are our roles as student affairs educators?"

This week on SA Voices from the field you will meet Dr. Michael Stebleton and Rebecca Leighton from the University of Minnesota. They are talking about food insecurity and hunger on college campuses and are sharing some great tips on what you can do on your campus to address this.

Our Guest(s): Michael Stebleton

Episode 22: "Student Government Knowledge Community & Student Engagement on Campus"

This week on SA Voices from the field you will meet Candace Avalos as she talks about the Student Government Knowledge Community as well as student engagement on campus. 

In this conversation you will gain a better understanding of this new knowledge community as well as strategies to better engage students on your on college campuses.

Our Guest(s): Candace Avalos

Episode 21: "Navigating Grad School as an International Student and a Single Mom"

This week on SA Voices from the field you will meet Meghan Riley as she talks about navigating grad school as an international student and a single income mom while working in student services positions.

Our Guest(s): Meghan Riley

Episode 20: "Navigating the SA Job Search as an International Student"

This week on SA Voices from the field you will meet Abigail Smith as she talks about navigating the job search process and student affairs in general as an international student/ visa holding person.

Abigail is an international student / VISA holding person and she shares what it was/has been like to go through this process within the United States.

Our Guest(s): Abigail Smith

Episode 19: "Secondary Traumatic Stress in the Resident Assistant Role"

This week on SA Voices from the field you will meet Dr. Erik Sorensen and Sasha Masoomi of Miami University as they talk about Secondary Traumatic Stress in the Resident Assistant role. Being a resident assistant is not always the easiest role and there are things that happen that can be traumatic not only to student staff but also professional staff. How do we best support these students? 

This podcast will explore this issue and provide some practical tips to consider when looking at this new area of research. While more work needs to happen, it is an important topic that needs to be explored.

Our Guest(s): Erik Sorensen

Episode 18: "Online Escorting, or 'Compensated Companionship' and Supporting Students"

This week on SA Voices from the field you will meet Kerry Burns as she talks about students making choices to engage in online escorting, or 'compensated companionship' as it has been called. At her campus she has seen a large number of students engaged with a particular online website, and she explores how we can support student rights and choices regarding a students' body, while addressing possible safety and public health concerns.

This is a topic that you typically will not see spoken about in Student Affairs but it a growing issue, especially in cities where the cost of living is high.  

Kerry Burns refers a lot to Duke University and especially to the work of both Laura Andrews and Lindsey Parker.

Here are some links that will allow you to read more on this powerful topic:

https://nypost.com/2019/03/15/the-colleges-with-the-most-sugar-babies-in-america/
https://www.seeking.com/sugar-baby-university/usa-2017
https://www.seeking.com/sugar-baby-university
http://sffoghorn.com/seeking-security-students-being-paid-as-sugar-babies/

Our Guest(s): Kerry Burns

Episode 17: "Considering and Choosing a Student Affairs Based Graduate Program"

This week on SA Voices from the field you will meet Matthew Newlin as he talks about considering and choosing a graduate program (Masters or Doctorate) and the myriad considerations for those pursuing or expanding their student affairs career.

In this conversation Matthew shares his own experiences with selecting a graduate program and the thought process that he and others go through to make the best decision possible when it comes to furthering your own education.

Our Guest(s): Matthew Newlin

Episode 16: "David Jones of the inaugural 2019 Ujima Institute"

This week on SA Voices from the field you will meet David Jones as he talks about the Ujima Institute, which is a new NASPA Institute that will be happening in November.

In this conversation you will gain a better understanding of this great new institute.  The inaugural 2019 Ujima Institute is designed for African American and Black higher education professionals who aspire to senior student affairs officer roles and faculty positions, including the cabinet-level vice president for student affairs positions at colleges and universities.

Our Guest(s): David Jones

Episode 15: "Using Emergent Strategy and Story Circles to Support Culture Change"

This week on SA Voices from the field you will meet Charlene Martinez as she talks about Emergent Strategy and using story circles to support campus culture change.

In this conversation you will gain a better understanding of a new way to get people to talk to break down barriers and to share experiences which ultimately worked to change culture at a campus.

Our Guest(s): Charlene Martinez

Episode 14: "Global Expansion of Student Affairs: Implications for the field"

This week on SA Voices from the field you will meet Brett Perozzi, chair of the International Advisory Board for NASPA.

In this conversation we gain a better understanding of Global Expansion of Student Affairs: Implications for the field of Student Affairs. We also learn more about the International Advisory Board and what its' role is within NASPA. We also explore best practices that are happening around the country in regards to global expansion of student affairs.

Our Guest(s): Brett Perozzi

Episode 13: "Educating the Whole Student - Tips for Student Affairs Professionals"

This week on SA Voices from the field you will meet Dr. Susan Komives, Pillar of the profession and Emeritus faculty at the University of Maryland. 

In this conversation we delve into the topic of how, as Student Affairs Professional we can educate the whole student. Dr. Komives provides practical tips to help you in your pwn professional journey.

Our Guest(s): Susan Komives

Episode 12: "Supporting African American Professionals in NASPA"

This week on SA Voices from the field you will meet Crasha Townsend, chair of the African American Knowledge Community (AAKC).

In this conversation we gain a better understanding of the AAKC and what the AAKC stands for and how as a KC the group is working to examine best practices and aiding student affairs professionals with their own development through networking and more.

Our Guest(s): Crasha Townsend

Episode 11: "Promoting Peace and Reducing Violence on Campuses"

This week on SA Voices from the field you will meet Dr. Scott Peska, the Enough is Enough co-chair for NASPA.

If you do not know about Enough is Enough, it is a leading source in higher education for promoting peace and reducing violence on our campuses today. Their mission is to encourage and support campuses and communities to work together in developing comprehensive, intentional, and systematic violence prevention initiatives.

Dr. Peska shares best practices and some of the initiatives and goals behind the Enough is Enough efforts as well as what you can do at your campus to become a part of the Enough is Enough initiative.

Our Guest(s): Scott Peska

Episode 10: "How to Support Adult Learners and Students with Children On Our Campuses"

This week on SA Voices from the field you will meet Martha Harper, chair of the Adult Learners and Students with Children Knowledge Community (KC).

In this conversation we gain a better understanding of the Adult Learner and Students with Children KC and what the KC stands for and how as a KC the group is working to examine best practices and aiding student affairs professionals to learn about and act on supporting adult learners and students with children on our campuses.

Our Guest(s): Martha Harper

Episode 9: "Working with Student Athletes on our Campuses Today"

This week on SA Voices from the field you will meet Amber Fallucca and Tray Robinson, co-chairs of the Student Athlete Knowledge Community (KC) within NASPA.

In this conversation we gain a better understanding of the Student Athlete KC and what the KC stands for and how as a KC the group is working to examine best practices and aiding student affairs professionals to learn about and act on supporting student athletes on all types of campuses.

Our Guest(s): Amber Fallucca and Tray Robinson

Episode 8: "Exploring Socioeconomic and Class Issues with Steve Jenks"

This week on SA Voices from the field you will meet Steve Jenks, chair of the Socioeconomic and Class Issues in Higher Education Knowledge Community (KC).

In this conversation we gain a better understanding of the Socioeconomic and Class Issues KC and what the KC stands for and how as a KC the group is working to examine best practices and aiding student affairs professionals to learn about and act on supporting students from all walks of life through issues that will impact their overall success.

Our Guest(s): Steve Jenks

Episode 7: "Student Protests: Issues to Consider"

This week on SA Voices from the field you will meet Jeanna Mastrodicasa about student protests. As a professional at a large campus in Florida, Jeanna has worked within her campus community to create a safe environment for safe protests to occur but also has worked through some very controversial speakers that have come on campus.

In this conversation you will gain a better understanding of what campuses need to think about when it comes to either working with students on campus or in working with outside speakers.

Our Guest(s): Jeanna Mastrodicasa

Episode 6: "Encouraging Civic Learning & Democratic Engagement on Campuses Today"

This week on SA Voices from the field you will meet Marianne Magjuka, chair of the Civic Learning and Democratic Engagement (CLDE) Knowledge Community (KC). In this conversation we gain a better understanding of the CLDE KC and what the KC stands for and how as a KC the group is working to examine best practices and promoting student affairs professionals to learn about and act on supporting students to become more actively involved in civic learning and democratic engagement activities. So get out your notebook and be ready to learn as there are so many nuggets to take away from today's interview. Join your host Dr. Corliss Bennett to gain some practical insights and tips into how you can be the best student affairs professional you can be.

Our Guest(s): Marianne Magjuka

Episode 5: "Student Death on Campus with Dr. Lynette Merriman"

This week on SA Voices from the field you will meet Dr. Lynette Merriman. Dr. Merriman shares her experiences with working with students on campus after the death of another student as well as working with the family of the deceased. This is a powerful podcast episode that will assist you in thinking about what you must do to create an atmosphere of support for all on campus. It will also allow you to think through the policies and procedures that you have established when it comes to dealing with a death of a student within your campus community. So get out your notebook and be ready to learn as there are so many nuggets to take away from today's interview.

Our Guest(s): Dr. Lynette Merriman

Episode 4: "Issues Impacting New Professionals and Graduate Students Today"

This week on SA Voices from the field you will meet Evette Allen and Antonio Duran, co-chairs of the New Professional and Graduate Student (NPGS) Knowledge Community (KC). In this conversation we talk about some of the most pressing issues impacting new professionals and graduate students today. We also talk about what we can do as professionals to support the next generation of student affairs professionals.

Our Guest(s): Evette Allen and Antonio Duran

Episode 3: "5 Things Every Student Affairs Professional Should Know"

This week on SA Voices from the field you will meet Dr. Shannon Ellis as she shares five things that every student affairs professional should know. This is a riveting conversation with a Pillar of the NASPA profession. So get out your notebook and be ready to learn as there are so many nuggets to take away from today's interview.

Our Guest(s): Dr. Shannon Ellis

Episode 2: "Working with Adult and Graduate Students"

This week on SA Voices from the field you will meet Dana Bozeman, chair of the AGAPSS Knowledge Community within NASPA. Dana Bozeman will share some great tips on how to work with Adult and Graduate Students to help you to examine best practices in working with this population of students. This is a conversation that you will not want to miss as there are so many new non-traditional students on all of our campuses and all student affairs professionals need to understand the challenges and concerns that impact this population of students.

Our Guest(s): Dana Bozeman

Episode 1: "Gambling on Campus - An Epidemic Impacting Our Students"

This week on SA Voices from the field you will meet Dr. George McClellan as he shares some salient points about what every student affairs professional should know about gambling on campus. This is an important issue that not all professionals know about but it is so prevalent on all of our campuses. Dr. McClellan is an expert on this issue and you will find so many practical insights and tips in what he has to share!

Our Guest(s): Dr. George McClellan

Meet the Team Behind the Podcast

  • Dr. Corliss P. Bennett
    Podcast Host and Director of the Cultural Centers for Academic Excellence at Humboldt State University (HSU).
  • Christopher Lewis
    Podcast Producer
  • Myles Surrett
    Knowledge Community Liaison and associate director of Student Involvement and Leadership at Clemson University

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