(L–R): Shown on a conference excursion to Niagara Falls are Amélie Bédat of Switzerland; Dr. Richanne C. Mankey, Daemen vice president for institutional advancement; and Aishah Rudolph, ’13.
(L–R): Shown on a conference excursion to Niagara Falls are Amélie Bédat of Switzerland; Dr. Richanne C. Mankey, Daemen vice president for institutional advancement; and Aishah Rudolph, ’13.
(L–R): Shown on a conference excursion to Niagara
Falls are Amélie Bédat of Switzerland; Dr. Richanne
C. Mankey, Daemen vice president for institutional
advancement; and Aishah Rudolph, ’13.

As higher education faces many changes and challenges, student affairs leaders from colleges and universities from across the United States discussed the latest issues and effective programs at a conference hosted this summer on the Daemen College campus. It was the first time the national conference was hosted by Daemen.

The three-day residential program, “2014 Small Colleges and Universities Institute,” was offered by the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators Small Colleges and Universities Division. “The conference offered valuable information on current topics in independent higher education, ranging from national concerns to student adjustment issues,” said Dr. Richanne C. Mankey, Daemen vice president for institutional advancement who most recently served as vice president for student affairs at the college. “It also gave us the opportunity to share our beautiful region with participants.”

Conference attendees learned about shifts in higher education and the impact on student affairs, managing critical incidents on campus, changing student demographics, civic learning and democratic engagement, and other timely topics.

“Connecting with colleagues and discussing best practices, public policy and fiscal challenges is one of the best ways to stay ahead of the curve,” said Dr. Greg Nayor, vice president for student affairs and dean of students at Daemen.