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Southern and Middle States Bi-Regional Conference 2018
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Summer Matters: Changing University Culture

View NAASS President, NAtalie Kokorudz' presentation

Shaping Summer with Strategic Policy Changes - A Case Study


Nashville, the Music City, is also known for its famous meat and three restaurants – those where the customer picks one meat and three side dishes from the menu. We invite you to make plans now to join us in Nashville where we will MEET and three!  After we “meet," you should leave with at least three new ideas to consider implementing at your institution.  

This year’s theme, Summer Matters: Changing University Culture, is a call to action to all administrators, faculty, and other professionals in higher education who work with summer and special sessions. The conference will provide an interactive forum for professional development through workshops, panels, discussions, and a networking excursion.

Who should attend?

All administrators, program directors, coordinators, faculty, and other staff who work directly with Summer, Winter, or special sessions that include:
Strategic Enrollment Management Student Affairs or Student Life
Student Success and Retention Budgeting and Finance 
Marketing and Communication Institutional Research
Registration - Register Here!

NAASS membership has its benefits but you don’t have to be a NAASS member to attend!  

  Member Rate for first registration:   


  Member Rate registering with a team:


  Non-Member Rate for first registration:


  Non-Member Rate registering with a team:  









Team (Multi-Member) Discounts

Bringing your team with you?  Additional attendees from your institution are eligible to receive a $25.00 discount.  Additional members should register individually, and use the promo code TEAM.
The discount is applicable to any number of additional attendees coming from the same institution.

Submit a Proposal!

First-time as well as experienced presenters are encouraged to submit a proposal. We hope you will share your knowledge and experiences with us! We have an enthusiastic community of higher education professionals waiting to learn from you!  We are welcoming proposal submissions through February 15th

Proposal Form


For a schedule at a glance, please refer to this agenda A more detailed schedule, including workshop titles, will be available on February 12, 2018.


Featured Speakers

Keynote Speaker: Blake Nemelka
Shaping a University’s Summer Culture: The Story of Flying an Airplane Over Campus


   Blake Nemelka works in the Dean’s Office of the Jon M. Huntsman School of Business at Utah State University.  He is working to increase the undergraduate school ranking through strategic enrollment initiatives.  Blake worked at the University of California Santa Barbara as the Director of Summer Sessions,  leading a team dedicated to creating and implementing summer enrollment initiatives in the Office of the Executive Vice Chancellor. Blake has also worked at Purdue University as their first-ever Director of Summer Session and Dixie State University as their Enrollment Services Manager. Blake is currently finishing his PhD work with Purdue University. His research focuses on higher education administration, learning design, and college/career readiness. He published his first book, The Middle School Student's Guide to Academic Success, with Simon & Schuster and Franklin Covey in 2016.  Blake has a MEd in higher education administration from Vanderbilt University and BA degrees in business administration, marketing, and international business from the Jon M. Huntsman School of Business at Utah State University. 


Keynote Speaker: William Doyle
Ensuring the Success of Transfer Students: Research Findings to Inform Practice

   Will Doyle is an Associate Professor of Higher Education in the Department of Leadership, Policy and Organizations at Vanderbilt University. He also serves as Associate Editor for the journal Research in Higher Education.  He studies how states and the federal government make decisions that impact student access and success. Doyle holds a PhD in higher education administration and a Master’s degree in political science from Stanford University.




Featured Presenter: Donald Hossler


Don Hossler is a Senior Scholar at the Center for Enrollment Research, Policy, and Practice in the Rossier School of Education, at the University of Southern California where he is a Distinguished Provost Professor Emeritus. He has also served as vice chancellor for student enrollment services, and executive associate dean of the School of Education. He is the founding executive director of the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center. Hossler’s areas of specialization include college choice, student persistence, student financial aid policy, and enrollment management. He has authored or co-authored 23 books and scholarly reports, more than 100 articles and book chapters, and some 200 paper presentations and invited lectures. His research program has attracted support from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Lumina Foundation for Education, Spencer Foundation, and the College Board.


Featured Presenter: Anthony P. Jones
Financial Aid and Summer: Review of Perennial and New Issue


Anthony Jones is Director of Student Financial Aid at Appalachian State University. He has more than 25 years of experience in student financial aid and higher education. He previously worked as a policy analyst in student financial aid and higher education programs at the U.S. Department of Education and also served as Director of Policy Research for the Advisory Committee on Student Financial Assistance, which was created to advise Congress on student financial aid and college access. Anthony has worked for NASFAA--the National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators--and has previous financial aid administration experience at Tusculum College in Greeneville,TN, and NC State University and UNC-Greensboro. He holds a bachelor's degree from UNC-Greensboro, a master's degree from Tusculum College, and is scheduled to graduate May 2018 with his PhD in Higher Education from the University of Georgia. 



Hutton Hotel

Hutton Hotel was ranked by U.S. News as one of the Best Hotels in Nashville for 2017. Situated in downtown Nashville's West End, the hotel is blocks from Vanderbilt University, within 1 mi of Music Row and the Ryman Auditorium. 

1808 West End Avenue, Nashville, TN 37203

For more information about the hotel visit:


All room reservations should be made by calling 615.340.9333.  Refer to the NAASS South and Middle States Regional Chapter Meeting block of rooms to receive the conference rate of $219/night ($254.90 inclusive of tax and fees). Conference Rates will be available until Friday, February 16, 2018.



The Hutton Hotel is located  8 miles from the Nashville airport (a 15 minute drive).  We recommend taxi or Uber to get to the hotel. 

If you plan to drive to the conference, parking is $25/day for self-park or $28/day for valet parking.

Conference Attire

The attire for this conference is business casual.


Conference Cancellation Policy

Conference fees will be refunded less $100 if cancellation is by March 1, 2018. Cancellations after March 1, 2018 will not receive a refund. Cancellation requests should be emailed to and


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