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Student Leaders Attend NACA Northeast Conference

November 30, 2018
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CNR student leaders had the opportunity to gain professional development experience, network and acquire fresh programming ideas when they traveled with Jason Gloe, Director of Student Activities, to Hartford, CT earlier this month to take part in this year's National Association for Campus Activities (NACA) Northeast Conference.

The four students representing CNR at the three-day conference were all members of the Student Government Association (SGA): Aaliyah Fields, senior and SGA President, Cyntha Almonte, senior and SGA Secretary, Bianca Paul, junior and SGA Treasurer, and Nadja Baptiste, junior and SGA Programming Coordinator.  Reneariel Vasquez, CNR Resident Director of Ursula Hall, also attended the conference for staff support.

“I’m excited that CNR was represented by some of our most influential student leaders at this year’s NACA Northeast conference,” said Gloe.

“NACA inspired me not to limit myself and step out of my comfort zone,” said Paul.

Gloe, who served as the Registration Coordinator on the NACA Northeast Conference Planning Committee, co-presented an education session entitled “Exploring Institutional Types” with Adam Frank, Associate Dean for Student Life at Westchester Community College. The panel presentation, which was geared towards graduate students and new professionals, explored different challenges and opportunities encountered while working at various types of colleges and universities.

Gloe was also a featured speaker on a panel presentation entitled “Commuter Student Engagement: A Panel Discussion"; On the panel, Gloe spoke about the strategies CNR implements to involve our large commuter population, in fun, educational, and entertaining ways.  Gloe said, “Effective commuter engagement is a key to student success, and enhances the overall commuter student experience.”

“The students were able to interact with other student leaders from various colleges in the Northeast and share programming strategies and ideas,” said Gloe. “They will surely be able to implement some of the knowledge that they gained from the conference to enhance student events on campus.”

“NACA has opened the doors for endless creativity, ideas, and possibilities,” said Baptiste.