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2019 PLENARY SPEAKER BIO – Cathryn M. Heslep (B.A., M.A., Ed.D. (candidate)

Cathryn M. Heslep – Ombudsperson – MacEwan University – Edmonton

Cathryn M. Heslep (B.A., M.A., Ed.D. (candidate) is currently the Student Ombudsperson at MacEwan University. She retired from the position of the Vice President, Student Services in April 2015, a position she held since 2002. In that position, Cathryn provided overall leadership and strategic direction for a team of Student Services professionals who delivered a range of services and activities for students from prospective/inquiring to alumni. Included within the Student Services portfolio was the Office of the University Registrar, Student Life, MacEwan Athletics, Student Residence, Alumni Relations and Services, MacEwan Centre for Sport and Wellness, on campus medical clinic, and administrative liaison with the Students’ Association of MacEwan University (SAMU).

Cathryn has worked in higher education at several postsecondary institutions totalling over thirty years. She was appointed Registrar at MacEwan (then Community College) in 1989, and Vice-President in 2002. Her research interests include the impact of multiple generations in the classroom, student success, and legal issues in higher education.

She completed a Master of Arts in Leadership at Royal Roads University in 2003 and pursued doctoral studies in Higher Education Administration at the University of Calgary.  Providing leadership external to MacEwan University, Cathryn chaired the provincial Senior Student Services Officers committee for several years, participated on the Pan-Canadian Student Engagement Survey Advisory team (ACCC) and was a member of the initial management committee for two provincial initiatives – eCampusAlberta, and ApplyAlberta.

Cathryn initiated and developed MacEwan University’s first Office of the Student Ombudsperson in May 2016. The Student Ombudsperson is an independent, impartial, confidential and accessible resource for students who will, in a fair and impartial manner, assist students in understanding and clarifying policies, processes and decisions that affect their enrolment. It is a student-friendly resource to resolve conflict informally. She holds membership in the International Ombudsman Association, Association of Canadian College and University Ombudspersons and the Alberta Network of Ombuds in Higher Education.

Personally, she has served the community as board member of an after-school care program, and  The Alberta Baroque Music Society. Currently, she is on the board of Canadian Mennonite University (Winnipeg), her church (Lendrum Mennonite Church) and Te Deum Singers. Cathryn enjoys watching the MacEwan Griffins compete, reading, travel, classical, choral and jazz music, and golf.

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2019 Pre-Conference and CONFERENCE Speaker Bio – Dr. Vern Peters

Dr. Vern Peters – Adjunct Professor of Biology The King’s University – Edmonton

Vern graduated with a BSc from the University of Manitoba in 1995 and a Ph.D. from the University of Alberta in 2003. His main research interests include fire ecology, tree reproduction, interactions between seed predators, and conifers. Currently, he is studying prescribed fire as a management tool for restoring populations of the endangered limber and whitebark pine in parks. He also uses community-based restoration approaches to engage the public in conservation practice; this work is supported by greenhouse and field-based germination and survivorship experiments he conducts with students. Additionally, Vern serves as a faculty member at the Au Sable Institute of Environmental Studies in Michigan, USA, and is an adjunct professor at the University of Alberta.

2019 Plenary Speaker Bio – Dr. Melanie Humphreys

Dr. Melanie Humphreys – President – The King’s University – Edmonton 

Dr. Melanie Humphreys is in her sixth year as President and CEO of The King’s University.  Dr. Humphreys has been a catalyst for change. Under her leadership, the University has achieved the founding of the Leder School of Business, an institutional name change, and the creation of Shared Vision 2020, a strategic plan with the vision of becoming widely known as a Christian university serving to build a more humane, just, and sustainable world.

A Canadian, Dr. Humphreys spent much of her professional career prior to her current role outside of Canada. Dr. Humphreys began her career in higher education as a Residence Director at Trinity Western University. She served ten years as Vice President of Student Life and Dean of Students at LCC International University, a liberal arts university in Lithuania, Eastern Europe. She served four years as Dean of Student Care & Services and adjunct faculty member at Wheaton College in Illinois. Dr. Humphreys holds a PhD in higher education from Azusa Pacific University in California and her undergraduate and master’s degrees from Trinity Western University in British Columbia. While completing her doctorate, she taught in Azusa Pacific’s Masters of Global Leadership program teaching in Brazil, Chile, Ethiopia, Kazakhstan, Lithuania, Mexico, Singapore, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom.

Dr. Humphreys is a member of the Council of Post-Secondary Presidents of Alberta, serves on the Education Committee and Women’s Leadership Advisory Committee to Universities Canada, and is a Trustee for Los Angeles Pacific University.

The King’s University is a Christian liberal arts and sciences university providing top-quality learning experiences for students. King’s receives top rankings and national recognition for student-faculty engagement, our supportive campus, and the quality of teaching. Excellence in teaching and research are core to who King’s is as an institution. All programs are fully accredited by the government of Alberta.

Conference Schedule – June 3-7, 2019

Rooted In – June 3-7, 2019

Monday, June 3 –  10:00 am – 3:00 pm Pre-Conference
● Elk Island lecture tour
● Senior Administrators round table

Monday, June 3rd Afternoon – 3:00 pm Registration/Check-In
4:00- 5:00 pm Campus Tour
5:00 pm Welcome Reception & Dinner
7:00 pm Welcome & Opening Session
Plenary Session #1 Dr. Vern Peters
8:30 pm Evening Activities

Tuesday, June 4
9:15-11:00am Worship & Introductions
11:00am Plenary Session #2 – Dr. Melanie Humphreys
12:30 – 2:00pm Lunch round tables
2:30 – 3:45pm Workshops
4:15 – 9:00pm Excursions into Downtown Edmonton

Wednesday, June 5
9:15am Worship
9:45am Plenary Session #3 – Cathryn Heslep
11:15 Workshops
1:30 – 2:30pm Communities of Practice
3:00 – 4:30pm AGM
6:00pm Banquet
Evening Activities

Thursday, June 6
9:15am Activity TBA
10:30am – 12:30 pm Communion/Closing Session
1:30pm – Optional post-conference excursions

2019 Conference Information

2019 CACSD Conference – Rooted In

Think of a tree with a well-developed root system, planted in good soil. Student Life Departments are like trees, complex and alive. We are rooted in the soil of theories and theology as well as history and humanity. At our conference this spring, we will consider the roots that nourish us while we also share about the winds and weather that challenge our health.

During the conference this year, we are focusing on the health of the systems (the soil) that we exist in at our institutions.  We hope to provide opportunities to learn about student development theories and experiences that support professional programs and personnel in our pursuit to build strong foundations for our programs and students.

We are excited to offer 3 fantastic plenary speakers from the Canadian higher education scene this year to help us think through the Rooted In theme.  

Dr. Melanie Humphreys – President, The King’s University, Edmonton, AB

Cathryn Heslep – Ombudsperson, McEwan University, Edmonton, AB

Dr. Vern Peters – Biology Professor, The King’s University, Edmonton, AB

Early bird registration is open until April 19, 2019. 

Link to Registration form https://goo.gl/forms/yh26q8OdiN6dFSyo2

Pre-Conference Workshops – Monday, June 3 10:00 am – 3:00 pm

More information regarding these workshops will be located on the CACSD website.  Registration is available in the form for the conference.

  1. Join Dr. Vern Peters on a walking lecture through the beautiful sanctuary of Elk Island National Park as he teaches us more about how trees are “rooted in” to their ecosystems so we can consider how we are rooted in to ours. More info on Elk Island National Park: https://www.pc.gc.ca/en/pn-np/ab/elkisland
  1. Senior Administrators Roundtable – facilitated by Dr. Michael Ferber, VP Student Life, Dean of Students, The King’s University.  All Senior Administrations are invited to come to a roundtable discussion.  This is a valuable time to discuss the challenges and joys of Senior Administration, best practices for departments, and creating vision for your team.

CACSD 2019 Conference Theme

Conference Theme: Rooted In

Think of a tree with a well-developed root system, planted in good soil. Student Life Departments are like trees, complex and alive. We are rooted in the soil of theories and theology as well as history and humanity. At our conference this summer, we will consider the roots that nourish us while we also share about the winds and weather that challenge our health.

If you have any questions or require further clarification as you develop your proposal, please contact: Sandra Loeppky at sloeppky@cmu.ca

2019 CACSD Conference Call for Workshop Proposals

Call for CACSD 2019 Workshop Proposals – June 3-6, 2019

Conference Theme: Rooted In

Think of a tree with a well-developed root system, planted in good soil. Student Life Departments are like trees, complex and alive. We are rooted in the soil of theories and theology as well as history and humanity. At our conference this spring, we will consider the roots that nourish us while we also share about the winds and weather that challenge our health.

During the conference this year, we are focusing on the health of the systems (the soil) that we exist in at our institutions.  We hope to provide opportunities to learn about student development theories and experiences that support professional programs and personnel in our pursuit to build strong foundations for our programs and students.  We invite new and experienced student development professionals, professors, and other interested speakers to submit workshop proposals. Please note that a workshop can take many forms; be it presentation of content or facilitation of process, all are welcome.

Proposal Submission Deadline: April 26, 2019

To submit your proposal, click on the link here: https://goo.gl/forms/GazSIoHpn9CVF8qI3

If you have any questions or require further clarification as you develop your proposal, please contact: Sandra Loeppky at sloeppky@cmu.ca

Why be a member of CACSD?

Why Membership?

Often in the world of Higher Education, budgets are tight and professional development money is easily cut in favour of student programming. In the Canadian Association of Christians in Student Development (CACSD), we understand the importance of growing personally and professionally in order to better yourself and your work. We strive to provide affordable access to the following opportunities and services to help you do just that!

Connection

The CACSD, at its core, is an avenue for relationship between like minded people who have a passion for both university-aged students and Jesus Christ. Members are invited into a community – making it easier to pick up the phone and inquire, gain resources, and be encouraged. This is carried out day-to-day through a Facebook group, as well as our Google Listserv. Annually, there are also opportunities for in-person connection both regionally and nationally.

Resources

CACSD has member institutions across all of Canada, opening up the opportunity for diverse resource and experience sharing. This is carried out through conversations and connections made in our Listserv. This tool allows you to email all members to ask for opinions, glean wisdom, explore ideas, and more.

Our Annual, National Conference features many relevant speakers and workshops which will connect members to an awareness of trends, understanding of best practice, and the latest developments in the world of Student Development!

Context

Our association offers uniquely Canadian perspectives in a space filled with American thought and research. Our members are better able to connect with one another and provide insights because of their shared understanding and experience. Our national scale allows you access to colleagues outside of your provincial sphere.  

Christians working in both the public sphere and Christian institutions will benefit from the Christ-centered approach we take to Student Development work. This provides space to consider how Christ influences the work that we do in our co-curricular planning.

Opportunity

As a member, you will have the opportunity to join us at our Annual, National Conference. Along with this you are given access to an application for the John Krueger Travel Bursary and the privilege to vote at our Annual General Meeting.

Members are encouraged to consider roles on our Executive Committee, publish articles that are posted on our website (with the chance to win awards!), and plan regional meetings that will be partially funded by the CACSD. Job opportunities can also be shared and viewed through our Listserv and Website. Each of these open up an opportunity for you to impact colleagues across our country.

It is the CACSD’s purpose to glorify God by providing resources for fellowship, professional development, encouragement, and leadership, resulting in greater effectiveness for ministering to students in Canada. We cannot do this without you!
If you have questions regarding membership or would like to complete a membership application form, or contact Kathleen Doll, our membership coordinator at kathleen.doll@columbiabc.edu