PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT: Student Affairs Conference on August 9th – Keynote Speakers and Special Opportunities!

Student Affairs Conference 2018: Ignite Your Passion

The 2018 Student Affairs Staff Development Conference will be held August 8-9, 2018 at the UIC Forum. Whether you’re just starting your career or are a seasoned professional, this two-day conference will inspire you to IGNITE YOUR PASSION for whatever moves you.  This is your opportunity to choose workshops, listen to engaging speakers, network with colleagues, and have fun at a conference designed just for you. Registration is required. Deadline to register is July 31, 2018.

REGISTER BY JULY 31st – at the Student Affairs Conference Registration Page!

These conference general sessions unite attendees in one room to hear unforgettable stories that personally touch and professionally inspire all who listen. Content shared at the Student Affairs Conference keynotes are the fuel that ignites on-site collaboration and the glue that bonds attendees – helping to foster priceless peer-to-peer relationships. Read below for more information on these speakers.

MATT ELWELL Executive Director, ComedySportz (CSz) Worldwide
Wednesday, August 8

Matt Elwell, CPLP uses improvisation to help people and organizations experience greater imagination, joy, and success. He is the Executive Director of ComedySportz  (CSz) Worldwide and performs locally on their improve roster and as their Learning & Development Director. He has been teaching improvisation to actors, improvisers, business people, educators, and students for over 10 years. As a performer, Matt has appeared with ComedySportz, Second City Theatricals, GayCo, WNEP, iO and Dave & Co, and has taught as an Associate Faculty Member of the Second City Training Center in Chicago.

COACH GEORGE RICE, III Associate Director of Multicultural Student Services, George Washington University
Thursday, August 9

Energetic, unconventional and engaging, Coach George Rice, III, also known as “Mr. Rebound 4 Success,” believes that everyone is created with at least one gift and that gift alone makes us great. He believes that by cultivating and maximizing our gift(s), we are able to overcome adversity and become champions in countless fields of human endeavor. With more than 15 years of experience as a basketball coach, educator and mentor, Coach Rice is intense in his commitment, interactive in his delivery and ready to put you in the game.


In addition to over 20 educational opportunities at the Student Affairs Conference, this year’s event will offer some very special programs. Make the most of your conference experience by taking part in some of our featured programs: Build A Bike Challenge, Collaboration Lounge, and Career Center.
Build-A-Bike Challenge
Wednesday, August 8th
3:00 – 4:30PM

The Build-A-Bike Team Building workshop and service event is a brainy, challenging, program where teams solve specific challenges in order to build bicycles for a worthy children’s charity in our local area! Remember that first, brand-new bicycle that you got when you were a tot? For many of these kids, this will be the first bike they will have ever owned, and your gift means freedom to these young people. To learn more, check out this video!
Collaboration Lounge
Wednesday, August 8th
10:30AM – 2:45PM
Thursday, August 9th
9:00AM – 1:30PM

Finding the time and space to collaborate can be tough. On both days of the conference, you have the opportunity to visit the Collaboration Lounge to reflect and work with other colleagues. Use the community spaces to brainstorm and develop ways you or other units can collaborate across campus and in the community. Plan a meeting with the colleague you’ve been meaning to catch up with, spend time reflecting on the work you do, or simply take some time to learn about what others do on campus – all can take place in the Collaboration Lounge.
Career Center
Wednesday, August 8th
10:30AM – 2:45PM
Thursday, August 9th
9:00AM – 1:30PM

Refresh your professional image at the conference Career Center. Take the opportunity to have your resume reviewed and headshot photos taken. Register early for preferred time slots. Walk-ins will be available on a first-come first-served basis.