First-Time Attendees

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As a first-time attendee to the NASPA Annual Conference, you are automatically enrolled in the New to NASPA network. The First-Time Attendee planning committee is a group of volunteers whose goal is to orient new conference attendees to the opportunities available at the annual conference and within the NASPA organization regardless of your professional level. 

The New to NASPA Network is a new and innovative way to make the most of the NASPA conference experience while also learning how to make your mark within the larger association. Our goal is to  orient new conference attendees to the opportunities available at the annual conference and within the NASPA organization. N2N also provides several networking and social opportunities for new attendees to meet other NASPA members and get involved with the numerous volunteer opportunities the association offers. If you want to get connected, attend one of our events or stop and chat with one of our N2N Ambassadors. 

For more information, please contact John Nonnamaker (, Teresia Greer (, Mary Wallace (, Candace Johnson (, or Danny Anzueto (

New 2 NASPA Video and Blog Series

Need help navigating the 2015 NASPA Annual Conference in New Orleans as a first-time attendee? Still not sure if you want to attend and want to learn more about a NASPA Conference before registering? Want to find out the unique things that will help you Navigate with Courage? Well then this New 2 NASPA (N2N) video and blog series is just for you! Check back for new posts and videos as we get closer to the conference! 

Blog Post #1 First-Time Attendee Survival Tips for the NASPA Annual Conference
Video Post #1 What to expect at the NASPA Annual Conference with Dr. Kurt Keppler
Blog Post #2 Memories from a First-Time Attendee
Video Post #2 Explore New Orleans
Blog Post #3 The Final Countdown
Video Post #3 First-Time Attendee events at NASPA Annual Conference!

First-Time Attendee Twitter Chat

Join us on Wednesday, March 18th at 1:00 p.m. CST for our #new2NASPA Twitter Chat! We will chat through some of the exciting events that are happening at Annual Conference and answer any questions that you might have before arriving on-site. Feel free to ask about logisitics, the Fleur de Lounge, last minute TPE tips, or anything you think would assist in making your first-time attendee experience more memorable!

First-Time Attendee Conference Events

We have put together many opportunities for you to connect with other first-time attendees. Find below the specific opportunities to connect with each other. Make sure to attend, as every event you attend, there will be raffles for prizes, including a complimentary conference registration to the 2016 NASPA Annual Conference in Indianapolis, IN. This drawing will occur at the Tuesday Wrap-up Session.

STICKER Program:

First-time attendees of the NASPA Annual Conference, whether they are senior level professionals  or  graduate students that are new to the student affairs profession, are wearing stickers reading,“First-Time Attendee” with a Fleur de Lis. Current and past NASPA leaders and conference veterans are encouraged to reach out to these attendees and share information about their experiences with NASPA and the conference.

Engagement Area: Convention Center – Convention center - 1st Floor lobby

In this area, take time to relax, network, and get to know new colleagues. Interested in finding individuals to dine with over breakfast, lunch, or dinner? Show up here and start networking. This space is exclusive to first-time attendees, so no need to be nervous about interacting with your associates.

Conference Attendee Orientation: Hilton, Napoleon Ballroom | 3/22, 3:00 p.m. 

During this must-attend orientation, first-time attendees will learn tips and tricks to making the most of a NASPA conference experience, as well as start networking with individuals like themselves. Although you may have attended other professional conferences, it is helpful to learn the nuances of NASPA.

Communities Fair Orientation/Social: Convention center - great hall b/c | 3/23, 6:30 p.m.

Catch up with colleagues you met yesterday and learn how to navigate the Communities Fair from seasoned NASPA attendees.

Wrap-up Session: Hilton, grand ballroom b | 3/24, 5:45 p.m. 

Reflect with your newly acquired friends and colleagues on your past few days and learn how to continue the learning after the conference. Also, hear from leaders of the 2016 Conference Committee on why you should attend next year in Indianapolis.

N2N Planning Committee

Thank you to the following individuals who have taken time to shape the N2N experience for the 2014 Annual Conference

John Nonnamaker Associate Vice President Tulane University
Mary Wallace
Associate Dean of Students and Director of Campus
Lousiana State University
Teresia Greer Assistant Director of Greek Life Lousiana State University
Candace Johnson
Resident Director
Lousiana State University
Erin Drake  Director of Student Activities and Involvement University of Massachusetts Amherst
Allison McComb Director, First Year Experience University of California, Los Angeles
Jenna Sattar Resident Director Boston College
Ashley S. John Residence Hall Director Stony Brook University
Shannon Smith
Assistant Director of Greek Affairs Howard University
Thomas Van Norman Student Success Coach Purdue University
Alejandro Mendiaz-Rivera Project Assistant to VP for Student Affairs University of new Mexico - Main Campus
Kyle Abraham Resident Assistant, Residential Education Stanford University
Theo Meek Data Analyst, Office of Admissions and Records University of Nevada, Reno