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 Welcome to the 2019 Pennsylvania Student Affairs Conference!

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Thank you for a fantastic 2019 Student Affairs Conference!  We will see you at the 2021 conference!

Dani and Tom, Conference co-chairs

who is Generation z?

Pennsylvania's State System of Higher Education has turned their attention to the new generation of students arriving on our campuses.  During the Summer of 2018, a detailed presentation about this generation was shared with the PA Council of Trustees. This session was led by Zach Clark, Dr. Kathleen Howley, and Brian Swatt.  Their presentation can be viewed here.


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Download Guidebook on your phone and search "Soaring into Gen Z" for our digital schedule that will be your one-stop-guide for important information about the conference!

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What to Know Before You Go - Conference Attendees can view some final reminders via this document prior to their arrival on May 15.  CU Soon!


Wednesday, May 15

12:00 Noon – 4:00 pm

On-site check-in/Registration - lobby of Science and Technology Center (STC)

12:00 noon - 3:30 pm

Overnight guest check-in - lobby of Science and Technology Center (STC)

1:00 pm - 4:30 pm

Various state level meetings

2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

OPEN MEETING for Residence Life/Housing/Dining professionals

2:00 pm

Campus Tour

3:00 pm

OPEN MEETING for PCPA General Body

4:30 pm

Welcome to “Soaring into Gen Z” PA Student Affairs Conference!

5:30 pm

Presenter Briefing

6:30 pm to 8:00 pm

Evening Social (snacks provided) at Clarion River Brewing Company (off-site location on Main Street, Clarion)

6:30 pm

Paint'n'Sip (snacks provided) - sponsored by PCPA (on-site location Suites on Main - South Room 9) 

Questions about the Paint'n'Sip? Contact Kristin Austin @



Thursday, May 16

9:00 am

Concurrent Sessions #1 (STC)

10:00 am

Concurrent Sessions #2 (STC)

11:00 am

Concurrent Sessions #3 (STC)

12:00 pm

LUNCH (Gemmell Student Center)

12:45 pm

Keynote speaker - Kristen Hadeed (MPR - Gemmell Student Center)

2:45 pm

Concurrent Sessions #4 (STC)

3:45 pm

Concurrent Sessions #5 (STC)

6:30 pm

Social (Rotunda - Gemmell Student Center)

7:30 pm

Banquet (MPR - Gemmell Student Center)



Friday, May 17 (Optional for attendees - sign up using the conference registration form)

9:00 am

Extended Trainings

Option 1:  CPR (4 hours) This option will offer the American Heart Association’s Heartsaver CPR and AED training.

Option 2:  QPRLed by a PhD counselor, this Gatekeeper Training is a 2 hour educational program designed to teach how to respond to a suicide crisis.

Option 3: Igniting Change: Rising to the Challenge of Uncomfortable Conversations. 

The challenge is lack of professional competency on how to start the courageous, confident conversation about topics of race, sexuality, etc. These conversations are challenging because they are often emotionally driven and participants are deeply aware of the negative personal and professional consequences that can come with saying the “wrong” thing. This workshop will be an open dialogue that models how to have a productive conversation about uncomfortable topics by removing the common barriers that prohibit honest conversations.


To request a space/time for your Functional Area to meet, please use this form.


 Kristen Hadeed - Start With Why Optimist
 Check out more about Kristen here!

Kristen Hadeed - Why Ignitor


Kristen Hadeed imagines a world in which all organizations have cultures that empower people to keep climbing toward the best version of themselves every day. As the young leader of Student Maid, a successful cleaning company that hires students, Kristen has fostered a unique perspective on leadership, organizational culture and engaging the next generation.

Her optimistic, energetic and insightful keynotes and workshops unleash potential in others to exceed their wildest expectations. She is an expert in developing and teaching practical, ready made tools that inspire people to take action


Clarion is home to a plethora of options for overnight accommodations.  We have blocks of rooms set with the locations listed below, all of which are approximately 10 minutes from campus. Be sure to mention "Clarion University - Student Affairs Conference" to be placed into one of the rooms at our reduced rate.  Participants can also choose to stay on campus in our Suites on Main for the duration of the conference. (On-campus overnight accommodations are not available for registrants after the May 1 deadline.)

Hampton Inn - $109.00+tax for 2 Queen or 1 King   Book Online 
Microtel Inn & Suites by Wyndam - $75.00+tax for 2 Queen or 1 Queen Suite
Holiday Inn Express - $89.00+tax for 2 Queen or 1 King


Please use this map for guidance in finding your way around campus.  Parking will be in lot 11 for guests not staying on campus. For guests who are staying on campus, please use lot 5 after you have checked-in for the conference in STC.


Conference attendees who would like to explore the area can find many restaurants, shops, and other attractions.  For a list of attractions and restaurants click here

Charity: Water

Throughout the conference, we will be offering opportunities to participate in our philanthropic efforts to support Charity: Water.  To date, Charity: Water has funded 35,281 water projects for 9.5 million people around the world.  With your help, we can help support their efforts to provide clean drinking water to more people.

Dining to Donate options:

Looking for somewhere to grab a bite to eat as you arrive on Wednesday, May 15?  Consider stopping at one of the following locations:

Applebee's (located at 22296 Rt. 68) will be donating 15% of your total purchase if you present this flyer.
- Subway (located at 36 S. 8th Ave) will be donating $1.00 for every foot long sub and $.50 for every 6" sub purchased on Wednesday, May 15.

Morning Zumba with Ron
Join our resident Zumba instructor extraordinaire Ron Radaker at 7:00 am in the Rec Center. Donations will be accepted at the door for Charity: Water.

Raffle at Banquet

  - We will be offering opportunities to purchase tickets to win prizes at the banquet on Thursday, May 16.  Enter to win tickets and other prizes!

Thank you to our sponsors!


A special Thank You to our sponsors!



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Last Updated 12/9/20