We are happy to announce the Association of Student Affairs Professionals (ASAP) has been selected to receive a 2017 President's Service Award. The President's Service Awards recognize outstanding NYU students and organizations that have made a significant impact on the university or local community in the areas of community service, civic engagement, leadership, and quality of student life.
Dr. Robison serves as Director of Student Engagement for Kennesaw State University in Kennesaw, Georgia. Serving on the Vice President for Student Affairs leadership team, he supervises numerous areas within the Division of Student Affairs including Adult and Commuter Student Affairs, GLBTIQ Student Programs, International Student Programs, Multicultural Student Affairs, Multicultural Student Programs, and Volunteerism and Service Learning Support. In addition, he teaches graduate qualitative research methods courses in the College of Education. Before coming to Kennesaw State, Dr. Robison served as Dean of Students for Georgia Perimeter College’s Clarkston and Dunwoody Campuses. GPC was a multi-campus, two-year college serving over 22,000 students in the metro-Atlanta area. Prior to his arrival at GPC, Dr. Robison worked as Assistant Dean of Students at Georgia State University in Atlanta, Georgia. While at GSU, Dr. Robison supervised the areas of Greek Life, Intercultural Relations, New Student Orientation, Parent Relations and Student Organizations; in addition, Dr. Robison served as a campus judicial officer, adjudicating numerous student conduct cases. Dr. Robison has also worked at the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Services University in Boston, MA as the Director of Student Activities and New Student Orientation and at St. John’s University-Manhattan Campus in the areas of Residence Life and Student Activities.
Over the years, Dr. Robison has been active in numerous professional associations. He has remained very active in the American College Personnel Association (ACPA). Early in his career, he served as state president of Massachusetts College Personnel Association; and during his tenure as president, MCPA received the Outstanding State and International Division Award at the annual international convention. Upon his move to Georgia, he became active with the Georgia College Personnel Association, serving on their executive board for two years. He has been involved with ACPA’s Commission for the Two-Year College, serving on the organization’s Directorate for three years. As a Directorate member, he served on the inaugural planning committee for the Two-Year College Drive-in Conference, now in its third year and taking place in June 2017 at the Borough of Manhattan Community College. Early in his career he was honored by both MCPA and ACPA by receiving the Outstanding New Professional Award from both the state organization and the Standing Committee for Graduate Students and New Professionals. Recently, Dr. Robison received ACPA’s State of Georgia’s Outstanding Student Learner Program Award.
Dr. Robison holds an Associate’s degree from Itawamba Community College, a Bachelor’s degree from Mississippi State University, and a Master’s degree from New York University. He received his Ph.D. in Educational Leadership from Georgia State University. His dissertation was honored by GSU's College of Education in his receipt of the Outstanding Educational Leadership Dissertation Award. Dr. Robison has presented on both his practical experience with and scholarly research on LGBT issues at the local, state, and regional levels. Dr. Robison is a current member of and past chair of the Board of Directors of Georgia Equality, the state of Georgia's largest LGBT rights organization. And, he has served on the planning team for the Georgia Safe Schools Collation and the Georgia Gay/Straight Youth Summit.
Dr. Robison does not believe that learning is confined to the lecture hall, laboratory, or library. He believes that learning should transcend these traditional notions of how knowledge is transferred and where learning can take place. In the context of higher education, college campuses should be and can be holistic learning labs with students developing critical life and learning skills across all facets of college life. From serving as an officer within a student organization to participating in an intramural game, learning takes place in the student center, in the residence hall, in an SGA meeting, during a diversity dialogue, through an advisement session, at orientation, on the playing field, or on fraternity row.
Introducing the ASAP 2017 Outstanding Member Award: Sam Harvey!
In recognition of her outstanding effort and dedicated service to our association.
Introducing ASAP's HESA Student of the Month for April: Kevin Franco!
As a social justice researcher and practitioner in education, Kevin critically analyzes educational issues through a lexicon of race, class, gender, and sexuality. With over five years of professional experience, Kevin has worked in the college access and college success field assisting a spectrum of low-income, first generation college students with their educational pursuits. Simultaneously, Kevin has conducted mixed methods research assessments at Occidental College and is currently a Research Assistant working on an implementation study of the Community Schools initiative for the RAND corporation.
Originally from San Fernando Valley, CA, Kevin attended UC Berkeley and received a B.A. in Sociology. Kevin’s passion for social justice, inclusion, and equity in education began when he co-founded the Queer Straight Alliance at UC Berkeley. His work in the Queer community sparked his drive to view leadership opportunities as a platform to incite social change. Prior to NYU, Kevin was the College Success Director for the non-profit organization, Heart of Los Angeles. At HOLA, Kevin was responsible for directing and supervising a team dedicated to ensuring the degree completion of 200 low-income, first generation college students, also known as “HOLA alumni.”
Kevin is a first year graduate student in the Higher Education and Student Affairs with a concentration in Social Justice M.A. program. He continues to entrench himself in education to further restructure and develop pathways for historically underrepresented students.
Introducing ASAP's HESA Student of the Month for March: Cassie!
"I am currently a first-year full-time student in NYU’s Higher Education and Student Affairs program, and interning as the Student Life Coordinator at Steven’s Institute of Technology’s Office of Graduate Student Affairs. I was drawn to the program as it was the perfect mix of theory (class) and practice (internship and opportunities), allowing me to further develop as an engaged scholar. In my internship I work with graduate students- advising Graduate Student Council, Graduate Research Conference, clubs and organizations, coordinating Women’s Program, and assisting with orientation and commencement. I enjoy working with this population of students because it challenges me to find ways to intertwine academics and student affairs. Also, NYU’s HESA has provided me with opportunities to be reflective and contribute my voice to the student affairs community. Last month I was the graduate keynote speaker at the 2017 Student Affairs Conference at NYU, where I shared how the misspelling of my name has provided me the opportunity to better understand my Korean American social identity (my name is spelt Cassie but pronounced Casey)."
Cassie is a first-year, full-time graduate student in the program. Keep a look out for our HESA Student of the Month for April!
Dear ASAP member,
Our first ASAP meeting of 2017 will be next Monday, February 13th in the Kimmel 909. Food and drink will provided.
Come to find out what's going on this semester, how to get more involved, meet some new people or just to say hi! The meeting will be at 8:45pm. If you have not joined ASAP yet, you can join at this meeting.
There is an one-time due payment of $15 that allows us to plan events including visits to other campuses, bring speakers, and it contributes to the full time student Recruitment Days. I will be bringing change for all of you that are paying in cash or you can Venmo me.
General Body Meeting: Monday 8:45 PM -9:45 PM
Monday 2/13/2017 Kimmel 909
Monday 3/6/2017 Global Center for Academic and Spiritual Life 383
Monday 4/3/2017 Global Center for Academic and Spiritual Life 383
Monday 4/17/2017 Global Center for Academic and Spiritual Life 383
Monday 5/1/2017 End of Semester GBM/Graduate Appreciation, GLOBAL CTR CLASSROOM 383
Committee Meeting: Monday 8:45 PM -9:45 PM
Monday 2/27/2017 Global Center for Academic and Spiritual Life 361
Monday 3/27/2017 Kimmel 904
Monday 4/10/2017 Kimmel 906
Monday 4/24/2017 Kimmel 904
Please let me know if you have any questions,
Introducing ASAP's HESA Student of the Month for December: Ryan Grubbs! Here is what Ryan wanted to share with you all about his experiences in the NYU HESA Masters Program so far:
"I started at NYU three years ago as the assistant for the Skirball Department of Hebrew & Judaic Studies. Before that, I was doing legal work as I figured out if law school was the right path for me. When I realized that my passion was not for the law but for working with colleges and universities, I made the transition into higher education. When I learned that graduate study in higher education was a possibility, and that NYU had such a program, I jumped at the chance to enroll. NYU's program in Higher Education and Student Affairs has been a great complement to my practice as a higher education professional; the coursework provides a theoretical foundation that supports my day-to-day work in my office. I have greatly enjoyed working and learning with my colleagues in the program—especially my fellow part-timers—and I benefit from their insights and contributions both in and out of the classroom."
Ryan is a second-year, part-time graduate student in the program. Keep a look out for our HESA Student of the Month for January!
ASAP 2017 Leadership Team
Part-Time and Alumni Relations Chair
Professional Development Chair
Social Justice Chair
Academic Support and Advocacy Chair
Recruitment and Orientation Co-Chairs
Ben Giuliana & Lisa Lim
Thank you so very much to everyone who ran and to everyone who voted. Please keep in mind that if you are not on the ASAP Leadership Team, you can still get involved by being on a committee! Committees are a vital piece to our organization (especially for our Recruitment & Orientation co-chairs), and your voice is always heard. As always, your passion and commitment continue to make ASAP a phenomenal organization.
-ASAP Leadership Team
Introducing ASAP's FIRST HESA Student of the Month: Tyese Medford! Here is what Tyese wanted to share with you all about her experiences in the NYU HESA Masters Program so far:
"I chose NYU's HESA program because of the curriculum and the many experiences that are offered to NYU students. Outside of those major factors, NYU has always been my DREAM school!
My favorite part of the program is having so many resources at my fingertips that are offered to help me be successful. Also just being in the city and experiencing not only everything NYU has to offer but everything the city has to offer!
My internship is great! I work in NYU's Residential Life and Housing Services as the Residential Life Assistant for Leadership Development and Student Staff Selection. I am able to work hands on with the executive board of the Inter-Residence Hall Council (IRHC), they are such an outstanding group of students. They plan such amazing events such as Flurry (Ice Skating Event in Central Park) which just passed. I am also able to help with student staff selection, and that is a great feeling in itself, helping to hire next years resident advisors. I truly love my internship it is fast paced most of the time, which I enjoy, and I am so glad that we choose one another!
My classes are great I am currently taking Internship Seminar, Foundations, and Campus Communities and Student Subcultures. I truly appreciate the experiences and knowledge that I am gaining from these courses."
Tyese is a first-year, first semester graduate student in the program. Keep a look out for our HESA Student of the Month for December!