Careers in Student Affairs Month 2015 

October is Careers in Student Affairs Month (CSAM)!  Purdue University is promoting the month by sponsoring various activities and outreach.  NASPA-Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education, a professional association focus on the advancement, health, and sustainability of the student affairs profession sponsors the month as “an opportunity to celebrate, grow, and discover.  CSAM is dedicated to the celebration of a career in student affairs, education and awareness in the profession, and engagement with professional associations and peers in the field”. 

Student affairs professionals come from diverse backgrounds and academic majors.  Colleges and universities are not all organized the same, so student affairs professionals are not always aligned in the same units (despite some units being called student affairs on some campuses).  Student affairs is an all-encompassing term for activities, learning and services located outside the classroom.  Within student affairs are varied positions that perform functions such as advising, programming, counseling, training, planning, supervising, assessing and evaluating…just to name a few!      

The theme for CSAM (#CSAM15) is-“Student Affairs is…”

Purdue University CSAM15 List of Activities and Outreach:

“Ask Me” Student Affairs Stickers Worn by student affairs professionals to promote a conversation about career options. 

Student Affairs Professionals Video [video coming soon]

Highlights awesome student affairs professions at Purdue and provides insight and advice for those considering a career in student affairs


Join other student affairs professionals for from 4pm-5pm in Krach 260 (Shin Forum) for webinars on various topics.  Light refreshments will be served.

Thursday, October 8       The Current State of Student Affairs & Looking Toward the Future

Thursday, October 22     The Different #SAPaths

Tuesday, October 27      Work Life Integration

Thursday, October 29     Navigating your NASPA Membership:  How to become a NASPA Nerd

Student Affairs Professionals Panel & Dinner

Vice Provost for Student Life Beth McCuskey is hosting undergraduate students for dinner and discussion about student affairs careers with Purdue student affairs professionals.  Tuesday, October 27, 2015 5pm-6:30pm, Krach Leadership Center

Photo-a-Day Challenge

Post a photo each day in response to the following prompts and tag @naspapicsw #CSAM15 and #CSAMphotoaday to promote student affairs and win great prizes.

1- Self(ies) 12- Academics 22- Reflection
2- Students 13- My Story 23- Engagement 
3- Inspiration 14- Fun 24- Motivation
4- Happiness 15- Student Affairs is... 25- Wisdom 
5- School Pride 16- Diversity 26- Family 
6- Community 17- Music to My Ears 27- Growth
7- Wellness 18- Lifestyle 28- NASPA
8- Social Justice 19- Teamwork  29- The Future 
9- Mentorship 20- Leadership  30- Challenge
10- Gratitude 21- Strength  31- Group(ies)
11- Friendship

Student Affairs Professional Development Opportunities 2015-2016 [link coming soon]

List of various conferences and professional development opportunities to learn more about student affairs

Purdue University Careers in Student Affairs 2015 Committee

Michelle Ashcraft, Purdue Promise

Jennifer Bannon, Residential Life

Zac Birch, Residential Life

Michelle Blackburn, Recreational Sports

Martia Brawner King, Student Activities

Cason Brunt, HORIZONS / The Black Male Excellence Network

Alicia Gilbert, Fraternity, Sorority & Cooperative Life

Chris Greggila, Advocacy and Support Center

Jim Hintz, Purdue Student Leadership Initiative

Kasi Jones, Orientation Programs

Lowell Kane, LGBT Center

Zach King, Residential Life

Careers in Student Affairs Professional Development Opportunities 2015-2016

Area: Student Affairs


NASPA – National Association of Student Personnel Administrators

ACPA – American College Personnel Association




ISAA – Indiana Student Affairs Association


Area: Campus Activities & Program Board


NACA – National Association for Campus Activities

ACUI – Association of College Unions International


NACA Mid America

Area: Recreational Sports


NIRSA – National Intramural-Recreation Sports Association



  • 2016 NIRSA Region III Student Lead On Conference: January 28-30, 2016 | Cleveland State University


IRSA – Indiana Recreational Sports Association

  • 2015 IRSA Conference: October 29-30, 2015 | Indiana University


Area: Housing


ACUHO-I – Association of College and University Housing Officers – International                     


GLACUHO – Great Lakes Association of College and University Housing Officers


Area: First-Year Experience


NRC FYE-SIT – National Resource Center for The First-Year Experience & Students In Transition

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