Chief Student Development Officers
Leadership Development Conference

November 7-8, 2019

Member & Affiliates: $439 per person 
Non-Member: $639 per person 

  • Location: ABHE Weber Center for Leadership Development, Orlando, FL
  • Full two-day program
  • Three night’s lodging at the nearby SpringHill Suites by Marriott
  • Refreshments and 7 meals
  • Conference resources

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Conference Overview: What are the gifts and graces, skills and competencies that mark a distinguished student development officer? Explore the diverse range of responsibilities and learn from veteran campus leaders how to create and nurture a thriving campus culture. Learn essential elements of regulatory compliance, creative ideas for boosting campus morale, best practices for student leadership development and wise counsel for effective management of athletic programs. Network with distinguished student development leaders and take your student development leadership to the next level.

The Essential Roles and Responsibilities of a Student Development Officer
Presenter: Scott Cawood, Sr. Vice President for Student Affairs and Admin., Cairn University, PA
Overview: Perhaps there’s no role on campus with more fuzzy edges than the student development officer. The normal hat rack for the office can be varied and shifting. Even given the variety, what are the essential roles and responsibilities carried by this vital leader on campus and how are they fulfilled with excellence? Consider the challenges as you explore the depth and breadth of your job and learn from a veteran campus leader how to take your leadership to the next level.

    • Ascertaining your roles and their place in the campus community
    • Measuring the scope of your responsibilities and expectations
    • Defining what success looks like for an effective, enduring CSDO
    • Understanding emotionally intelligent leadership in student development
    • Knowing the dangers of saying “Yes” too often

Leading from the 2nd Chair – Leaving an Enduring Legacy
Presenter: Kirk Sabine, Vice President for Campus Life, Kingswood University, NB
Overview: What are prudent principles and keen insights a wise CSDO should grasp about their role in the 2nd chair? What are the appropriate boundaries and relational dynamics that cultivate a strong synergy with the president and result in effective CSDO leadership? Survey the landscape of your role and responsibilities with a distinguished student development leader and learn how you can most effectively lead from the 2nd chair.

    • Knowing the limits of your role and authority
    • Balancing the challenge of management vs. leadership
    • Building trust and nurturing an enduring relationship
    • Understanding the essential role of clear and timely communication
    • Avoiding normal pitfalls and mistakes . . . that can lead to transition

Creative Ideas for Effective Student Leadership Development
Presenter:
Rick Swift, Dean of Student Life, Columbia International University, SC
Overview: There’s no position on the typical campus that requires and provides such an opportunity for student leadership development. How do the best CSDO’s maximize this privilege, consistently nurturing a strong corps of student leaders that have a significant positive impact on the campus culture? Catch the passion and insights from a champion student development leader and consider together fresh ideas that can enrich your campus.

    • Know your opportunities for student leadership development
    • Crafting and leading an effective leadership development strategy
    • Securing the resources for leadership development
    • Keys to recruiting strong student leaders
    • Creative ideas for leadership development

Effective Leadership of Campus Athletic Programs
Presenter: Josh Beers, Sr. Vice President for Student Experience, Lancaster Bible College, PA
Overview: As colleges and universities continue to add athletic teams as part of an overall recruitment and retention plan, it is imperative for student development to be an integral part of this growing population. What are important keys to keeping athletic programs in sync with the mission of the institution and contributing to the spiritual and cultural enrichment of the campus and still growing enrollment? What are dangers to avoid and creative ideas to consider? Gain insights from a distinguished coach and campus leader including . . .

    • Evaluating the mission-fit performance of an athletic program
    • Developing coaches who understand the mission . . . and their sport
    • Developing student leaders and how that enhances the athletic experience
    • The role of athletics with your non-athletic students
    • Leadership of inter-collegiate and intramural athletic programs
    • Defining true success in student development including athletics

Recruiting and Leading an Effective Student Development Team
Presenter:
Scott Cawood, Sr. Vice President for Student Affairs and Admin., Cairn University, PA
Overview: An exemplary student development strategy starts with recruiting and leading a strong student development team. What are sound principles and proven practices for finding and engaging the right campus leaders? What are secrets to building strong team synergy that nourishes a vibrant campus morale? Learn from one of ABHE’s senior campus leaders how he makes this happen . . . year after year.

    • The profile of a great student development team member – the right fit
    • Insights into the interview and hiring process – the right hire
    • Building team synergy with accountability and affirmation
    • Team member roles and responsibilities – the right mix
    • Team member evaluation and transition

Wise Implementation of Student Disciplinary Procedures
Presenter:
Kirk Sabine, Vice President for Campus Life, Kingswood University, NB
Overview: Every CSDO deals with student incidents that require implementation of institutional disciplinary procedures. That being said, how do some institutions consistently respond to student incidents with grace and wisdom that is restorative and developmental . . . and others with procedures that are punitive, judgmental and counterproductive? What does wisdom have to share about the most effective and restorative responses to student disciplinary situations? Learn from and laugh with a veteran campus leader about the insights gained from his journey of graceful, firm, restorative discipline.

    • Strategic thinking about disciplinary processes
    • Confirming and confronting the truth . . . with love and grace
    • Clear communications that gives insight and direction
    • Accountability that heals rather than destroys

Policies and Procedures for Harassment, Assault, Injury & Suicide
Presenter:
Rick Swift, Dean of Student Life, Columbia International University, SC
Overview: In the new normal reality of greater sensitivity and responsibility for the campus climate – how do wise CSDO’s handle situations involving harassment, assault, injury and suicide? From the timely and appropriate first response to government compliance, what are the principles and lessons that should guide our actions? Consider the insights from a seasoned colleague who has walked (and is still walking) this road.

    • Being prepared . . . for the worst
    • Effective care and communications – to whom, when and how
    • Protecting the injured . . . and innocent
    • Addressing risks and dangers
    • Knowing the guidelines for compliance

Cultivating a Safe, Spiritually Vibrant, Student-Friendly Campus Environment
Presenter:
Josh Beers, Sr. Vice President for Student Experience, Lancaster Bible College, PA
Overview: No one bears comprehensive oversight for overall campus vitality like the CSDO. Are students safe? Does the campus exude spiritual vitality? Do students thrive on your campus? Is the environment relationally enriching? Consider these and other key questions . . . and answers with a passionate campus leader of one of our best campuses.

    • Conducting a campus vitality audit . . . with student-friendly eyes
    • Identifying what safety really means
    • Creative ideas for nourishing a relationally enriching, spiritually transformative culture
    • Keeping your eyes alert and ears tuned to campus dysfunction
    • Proactive leadership that solves problems, addresses issues and manages accountability . . . with grace
    • Partnering with faculty to create a holistic student experience

Joshua Beers

Josh Beers came to Lancaster Bible College in 2006 as the Vice President of Student Services. He now serves as Senior Vice President of Student Experience, which includes oversight of athletics, student life, spiritual formation, alumni, financial aid, and admissions of both traditional undergraduate and adult education studies. Josh has lead his team of departments through many transitions at LBC in the last 12 years, including acquisitions of other institutions, teach-out opportunities, implementing new programs and systems such as a GAP year, and the beginning process of vertical integration.

Two of Josh’s greatest passions, besides Christ and his family, is leadership and sports. Using sports as a platform to share Christ, Josh has had the privilege to lead multiple sport mission trips to Mexico, West Indies, and Scotland. He also serves as the Chaplain for the Lancaster Barnstormers and has enjoyed this for the past five years. In addition, he has spent the last 20 years investing his life in youth and college young adults in both the church and educational settings. Josh resides in Lancaster, Pa. with his wife, Anna, and their 4 children; Breanna, Mikayla, Moses, and Zofia.

Scott Cawood

Scott Cawood serves as the Senior Vice President of Student Affairs and Administration, with responsibility for student life, athletics, and Title IX coordination, as well as administrative support departments including Food Services, Technology Services, and the Office of Safety and Security. He is regularly tasked with development of strategic initiatives within the University. He holds an MS in Organizational Leadership, Cairn University; BS in Bible, Cairn University; International Institute of School Administration, Grace College and Seminary.

Kirk Sabine

Kirk Sabine has 21 years of experience serving as VP for Campus Life at Kingswood University in Sussex, NB, Canada. In this residential campus context of less than 250 students Kirk has worked for 4 Presidents and has been responsible for empowering students to help create a spiritually focused, safe, and activity enriched campus environment. He oversees residence life, student council, athletics, student discipline, and gives administrative oversight to food services, maintenance operations, and campus development projects like the recently constructed Benson Athletic Complex.

Kirk and his wife Virnna (Kingswood librarian) have three children; Abram age 13, Miles (Portland, ME) and Kendra (Upland, IN) both married, and one granddaughter, Jade. Their family especially enjoys sports like volleyball, soccer and tennis. Kirk has consistently coached sports at various levels and excels at team-building, organizing and working through difficult issues. He loves the learning lab of campus life and students!

Rick Swift

Rick Swift currently serves as the Dean of Student Life at Columbia International University (CIU) in Columbia, SC where he has served for the past 28 years. He served three years in Student Development at Fort Wayne Bible College (Fort Wayne, IN) as the Men’s Residence Director before leaving to finish his M.Div. at CIU. Rick joined the Student Life staff at CIU in 1991 and has held various titles within the department before assuming his current role in 2004. He and his wife, Patty, have been married 32 years and have three grown children living in China, Canada and Raleigh, North Carolina.

SpringHill Suites by Marriott – Orlando Airport
5828 Hazeltine National Dr,
Orlando, FL 32822
(407) 816-5533
SpringHill Suites Orlando Airport is an all-suite hotel offering you first class service, located minutes away from the Orlando International Airport (MCO), and features amenities, including free Internet access and on-site dining. The ABHE staff will make your hotel reservations for you.  Please indicate your room type/preference when you register for the conference.

Complimentary shuttle service is available from the Orlando International Airport (MCO) to the SpringHill Suites. To request the complimentary shuttle from the Orlando International Airport (MCO) to the SpringHill Suites:

  • Call the hotel for shuttle pickup – (407) 816-5533
  • Take airport elevator to level 1 – ground transportation
  • Go through the sliding doors
  • Stand at either A4 (A Side) or B4 (B Side) for pickup

Conference Staff

David Medders
Executive Vice President
david.medders@abhe.org

 

 

Carol Dibble
Director of Communications & Events
carol.dibble@abhe.org

Frequently Asked Questions

Is lodging included in the registration fee?

YES, 3 nights, including arrival the evening before the conference begins.

Can I request for additional hotel nights?

YES The ABHE group rate is $115/night.  You can qualify for our group rate three days prior and three days post conference.  You can request and pay for your additional hotel nights during the registration process.  All reservations must be made and managed by the ABHE office as it is part of a group reservation.  This includes changes to existing reservations.  Email conferences@abhe.org with any questions or updates to existing reservations.

Are meals included in the registration fee?

YES, including 7 meals and all snacks/beverages.

Are scholarships available?

YES, limited scholarships are available.  Please email your request to conferences@abhe.org with an explanation of your financial need.

Is airport shuttle service available?

YES! Complimentary shuttle service is available from the Orlando International Airport (MCO) to the SpringHill Suites. To request the complimentary shuttle from the Orlando International Airport (MCO) to the SpringHill Suites:

  • Call the hotel for shuttle pickup – 407-816-5533
  • Take airport elevator to level 1 – ground transportation
  • Go through the sliding doors
  • Stand at either A4 (A Side) or B4 (B Side) for pickup
Where is the hotel located in relation to the ABHE Conference Center?

The ABHE Weber Center is located in the Citadel I Building, less than a mile away from the Orlando International Airport and a short walk from the SpringHill Suites by Marriott. Complimentary shuttle service is available from the hotel to the conference center.

How do I CANCEL a person on my registration?

You may log back into your registration form at any time with your confirmation number to make any cancellations, etc.

What is your Cancellation Policy?

In the event of registration cancellation, fees paid in advance are refundable – less a $50.00 service charge per person, provided written notice is received by ABHE no later than three weeks prior to the event. No refunds will be granted after that date. E-mail notification will suffice. Please e-mail conferences@abhe.org to notify us of cancellation. There are no refunds for no-shows.