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2018 Alice Manicur Symposium

1/21/2018 - 1/24/2018

The Alice Manicur Symposium, established and coordinated by NASPA's Center for Women, is designed for women in mid-level positions who are contemplating a move to a vice president for student affairs (VPSA) position in the near future. Participants join other experienced student affairs professionals, from community colleges, two-year and four-year public and private colleges and universities to engage in workshops led by innovative and knowledgeable faculty members with diverse backgrounds. Symposium sessions focus on such topics as strategic thinking; leading change; planning for career advancement and continual development; and personal and professional life balance.

Participants should have completed a master's degree. In the past, many participants have been working on a doctorate or have recently completed one. The symposium is geared toward mid-level managers who report directly to a senior student affairs officer or academic officer of the institution. Participants usually have oversight of one or more functional areas with responsibilities related to selection and supervision of staff, budgeting and planning, and/or program design and implementation. 


The deadline has been extended to Friday, October 20, 2017.  Applicants will be notified by October 27, 2017 regarding status. 

Application Information
First Name:  Required
Last Name:  Required
Title:  Required
Employer:  Required
E-mail:  Required
Phone Number:  Required
Suite / Floor:
Zip Code:
NASPA Member ID:
Demographic Information - Race / Ethnicity
African American

 African American  Asian Pacific Islander
 Hispanic/Latino  American Indian
 Caucasian  Multiracial
Highest Degree Earned

 Associate  Bachelors
 Masters  Post Masters Certificate
 Doctoral/Terminal  Doctoral / Terminal in Progress
Demographic Information - Years in the Profession
Total Number of Years in Student Affairs (Full-Time Only):  Required
How did you hear about this event?
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Short Answer Questions
Please upload a PDF file to answer the questions below. Please allow no more than one paragraph for each response.

1.Why are you interested in participating in the Alice Manicur Symposium?

2.What do you hope to learn during the symposium? Please describe your specific goals.

3.Please describe what your responsibilities are in your current position. Include for how long you have been in your position and how many staff members you supervise directly.

4.Please comment on your professional background and describe the strengths and assets you would bring to a senior-level position. Please also describe what you think you need to learn and improve upon in order to be fully ready to take on a senior-level role.

5.Please describe your institution. This information will be used to create cohort groups.

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Resume/Curriculum Vitae
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Letter of Recommendation
The letter should address why you will benefit from participating in this institute and what you will contribute to the Institute.

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Zenobia Hikes Scholarship
Dr. Zenobia Lawrence Hikes passed away suddenly on October 27, 2008, in Baltimore, Maryland. She was Vice President of Student Affairs at Virginia Tech University, Blacksburg, VA.

From 1999 to 2005, she was Vice President of Student Affairs at Spelman College, Atlanta, Georgia. At Spelman College, Dr. Hikes provided leadership for 13 departments in Student Affairs. She drove innovative leadership and student development, was an advocate for the development of human potential, and founded the Women of Excellence Leadership Series, among other leadership programs to empower Spelman students.

With more than 20 years of administrative and leadership experience in the areas of enrollment management and student support services, Dr. Hikes also wrote and presented papers on race-specific student recruitment and retention, first-generation college admissions and leadership development. She was an advocate for ethical leadership development and advisor for a Goizueta grant on 21st-century leadership.

Dr. Hikes previously served as a faculty member for the Alice Manicur Symposium giving guidance and insight to future vice presidents of students affairs. The NASPA Foundation created this scholarship to honor Dr. Hikes and continue the vision she carried for the future of student affairs. This award is intended for those who would not be able to attend the Symposium due to the fact one’s institution could not support attendance financially. The scholarship is a stipend from the NASPA Foundation in the amount of $1,500.

Criteria for the Zenobia Hikes Scholarship

Must meet the Alice Manicur Symposium participant qualifications to attend the Symposium and be especially engaged in one or more of the following:
  • Professional experience in working with ethical leadership development
  • Professional experience in developing women leaders
  • Professional expertise regarding safe campus environments
  • Professional experience in civic engagement activities
  • Institution unable to provide financial support to attend the Alice Manicur Symposium

    If you qualify and would like to apply for the Zenobia Hikes Scholarship, please certify the statement below:

    I certify that my institution is unable to provide financial support for my attendance to the Alice Manicur Symposium.
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    Zenobia Hikes Scholarship Short Answers
    If you qualify and would like to apply for the scholarship, please submit a short answer response to each of the questions below. Submit responses to all questions on one document. File should be uploaded as a PDF document only.

    1. Please describe your level of involvement in one or more of the following? Limit 500 words.
  • working with ethical leadership development
  • developing women leaders
  • expertise regarding safe campus environments
  • experience in civic engagement activities

    2. How do you plan to use the knowledge gained at the Manicur Symposium to further develop women leaders on campus? Limit 250 words

    3. Why should you receive this scholarship? Limit 250 words
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