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  • 2017 North Dakota/South Dakota Chapters of ASPIRE State Conference
    March 25, 2018 - March 27, 2018
    8:00 am - 5:00 pm

The North Dakota/South Dakota Chapters of ASPIRE 2018 Spring State Conference will be held March 25-27 in Sioux Falls at the Holiday Inn City Center.

Holiday Inn City Center
100 W 8th St, Sioux Falls, SD 57104


Be sure to identify yourself with ND/SD ASPIRE to receive the reduced conference rate.

The cutoff date for the ASPIRE room block is March 5th, 2018.
Late reservations need to be made directly with the front desk so guests must request “In house reservations.”


Registration Fees

ASPIRE Member $150
Non-Member $200

If you are not sure if you are an ASPIRE member click here, if you cannot find your name, you are not a current member and can renew now or pay the additional $50. You can renew or purchase a new membership here.

ASPIRE members who register by February 25th, will be put in a drawing to receive a waiver (or refund) for this year’s co-state conference. There will be one drawn from each state chapter.

Register for the Late Night Create activity here 

$15 per person – activity to take place after the Social on Sunday night from 8-10 p.m.

ND/SD 2018 Agenda

AGENDAAgenda ItemLocationPresenterDescriptionModerator/Contact 
Sunday, March 25
November 8, 1900Fresh Air Break - Walk the Big Sioux River Recreation Trail to Falls Park Meet in Hotel Lobby at 2:00pmMeet in Hotel Lobby with outdoor attire/walking shoes to depart for walk at the Big Sioux River Recreation Trails to Falls ParkMartha Miller
3:00pmCo-State Conference Planning Committee MeetingVerde TerraceN/A
4:00-5:00pmOptional “Happy Hour”Verde Lounge (Hotel Bar)N/A
5:00 - 7:00pmWelcome Table Hallway by Skyline Room - 10th FloorBuy your TRIO Works Swag or Register for Late Night Create!Janelle Whipple
5:00-6:00pmDinner on Your Own Recommendations for places to try dinner: Phillips Avenue Diner, CRAVE American Kitchen & Sushi Bar, Minerva's Bar & GrillN/A
6:00-8:00pmWelcome Social Skyline Room - 10th FloorLight Refreshments & Dessert Provided (You may purchase alcolholic beverages at Verde Lounge)N/A
8:00-10:00pmLate Night CreateCascaade Dana Vandenburg; Local Artist from Vermillion, SDFor $15, make a one-of-a-kind wood sign, perfect for upcoming gifts or your office décorN/A
Monday, March 26
Breakfast On Your OwnRecommendations for places to try for breakfast/coffee: Queen City Bakery, Josiah's, Coffea Roasterie and Espresso Bar; Ode to Food & Drinks
7:00-8:15amWelcome & Registration TableRegistration Information, Sign Up for An Intentional Lunch Group, Buy your TRIO Works Swag Dennis Stangle & Janelle Whipple
8:15-8:45amConference Welcome & Energizer Falls WestCarlie Ness and Thomas Madut
8:45-9:45amPlenary Speaker: Getting the most out of “Adulting”: Nurturing brain development in the second and third decade of life. Falls WestDr Harry Freeman; Professor, Human Development; University of South DakotaIn this workshop, we will review the normal course of adolescent and young adult brain development with a focus on social networks as contexts for optimal growth.  Some key questions explored include: 1) What are widows of brain growth during the second and third decade of life? Why is risky behavior hardwired into learning to become an adult?  and, 3) How do differences in social experience alter the path and outcome of brain growth? Carlie Ness
10:00-10:50Breakout Sessions 1: What We Do Best: Sharing Our Program's StrengthsYou asked, and we listened! Time together to share with one another. Maybe it’s an idea of what you are doing that has been successful. Maybe you have a signature program, a helpful process, or a really fun game that goes over well in a crowd. We are the ones doing our work on the daily, so we’ll use our time together to share “What We Do Best”. During this session, a moderator will help keep us on track so each program is able to share in a timely fashion. It will be a comfortable atmosphere to ask questions, share resources, and proudly display what we do best. N/A
What We Do Best:For Participants Focused on College Students & Adult LearnersPalisades 1Carlie Ness
What We Do Best: For Participants Focused on High School & College Prep ProgramsPalisades 2&3Alex Erbeck
11:00-11:50Breakout Sessions 2
Conflict as Creative Catalyst: The Art of Confrontation in AdvisingPalisades 1Dr. Holly Haddad; Academic and Career Planning Center; University of South Dakota
Conflict can be one of the most creative and productive catalysts for transformation within the advising relationship. Conflict can build rapport with students and give advisors the opportunity to model effective responses that will encourage positive change in their advisees’ behavior. When working with students who persist on a course of study in which they are not making adequate progress and are reluctant to make changes, conflict can give advisors an opportunity to use the creative tension inherent in disagreement to encourage students to make intentional and well-informed decisions about their education. This interactive presentation aims to demonstrate communication strategies that will channel conflict to build trust and strengthen the advisor/student relationship. Participants will have the opportunity to share their own experiences with conflict in advising.TBD
Wellness And YouPalisades 2&3Wendy Johnson; Associate Director Wellness Center; University of South DakotaWhat is wellness? How do I apply wellness concepts to my workplace to benefit both myself and my students? If this topic interests you then this workshop is a must. The following topics will be covered during this session; an overview of wellness, a wellness self-assessment, and the application of a wellness approach to improve overall health.Chrissy Lesher
12:00pm-2:00pmLunch On Your Own, or, participate in an Intentional Lunch Groups (Optional to Attend):Recommendations for places to try lunch: Sanaa's Gourmet Mediterranean; MB Haskett Delicatessen; Ode to Food & Drinks; Breadico
Directors Lunch GroupMB Haskett Delicatessen - 12:15pm reservation for 10Get to know other TRIO Program Directors casually over lunchCarol Voss-Ward
New to TRIO Lunch GroupMinerva's Bar & Grill - 12:15 reservation for 10Get to know other TRIO professionals that are all new to the TRIO family over a casual lunchAlex Erbeck
The "Random" Lunch GroupCRAVE American Kitchen & Sushi Bar - 12:15pm reservation for 10Don't have a formal group? Tired of your colleagues (just kidding), join this group for a fun casual lunch.Martha Miller
2:00-2:50pmBreakout Sessions 3
Using Evidence-based Counseling Skills to Help Students Through Tragedy and TraumaPalisades 1Dr Phillip Waalkes; Assistant Professor Counseling & Psychology in Education; University of South DakotaFor many, it is challenging to know how to respond to a student experiencing trauma or tragedy in their lives. In such situations, it can be powerful to provide students with validation, unconditional positive regard, and a sense of empowerment in being able to find solutions for their own problems. This interactive session will provide an explanation and examples of evidence-based counseling skills, including reflections of content, reflections of feeling, and open questions, which are flexible and powerful. Participants will have the chance to practice each of these skills in role plays with their peers and brainstorm how they might be able to use these skill in their work.Kristy Zink
Leadership… Are You Ready?Palisades 2&3Darlene Samson; Director of TRIO Student Support Services at the University of MontanaAre you ready to develop your leadership skills and become a champion on your campus or trailblazer with TRIO/ASPIRE? This workshop will help you examine your leadership skills and inspire you to become engaged as a leader with TRIO/ASPIRE and on your campus. You will complete a leadership assessment to determine what your strengths are and which traits present opportunities for growth. Time spent in groups will provide lively discussion with the outcome to inspire you to take a leap and develop your potential to move forward in a leadership opportunityThomas Madut
3:00-4:30pmCo-State Teambuilding
Option 1: ASPIRE Reading In Common Book Discussion on “Summer Melt” Meet in Hotel Lobby at 3:05 to meet and walk to Josiah's Coffeehouse, Cafe & Bakery104 West 12th Street (Between Phillips and Main)Carol Voss Ward
Option 2: Fresh Air Break - Walk the Big Sioux River Recreation Trail to Falls Park Meet in Hotel Lobby at 3:05pm to leave for walkMeet in Hotel Lobby with outdoor attire/walking shoes to depart for walk at the Big Sioux River Recreation TrailsThomas Madut or Kristy Zink
Option 3: Local Museum Tour - Old Courthouse Exhibits and/or Pettigrew House MuseumMeet in Hotel Lobby at 3:05pm to leave for Museum
6:00pmOptional “Happy Hour”Verde Lounge (Hotel Bar)
6:00pmSocial & Silent Auction BeginsFalls West
6:30-8:30pmND/SD Spring Celebration BanquetFalls West
7:00pmKeynote Address: Imagine the Difference Falls WestBarry H. Dunn, Ph.D. President South Dakota State University
8:30pmSilent Auction ClosesFalls West
Tuesday, March 27
7:00-8:00amBreakfast BuffetPalisades
8:00amSilent Auction Payments & Distribution of Winning ItemsPalisadesKristy Zink
8:15-9:15amNorth Dakota State MeetingPalisadesDennis Stangl; ND Chapter ASPIRE PresidentN/A
South Dakota State MeetingSkylineThomas Madut; SD Chapter ASPIRE PresidentN/A
9:15-9:45amASPIRE President UpdatesPalisadesDarlene Samson; Director of TRIO Student Support Services at the University of Montana
10:00amCOE Update (Via Conference Call)PalisadesKimberly Jones; COE
10:30-10:45amConference Wrap-UpPalisadesCarlie Ness & Thomas Madut


100 W 8th St, Sioux Falls, South Dakota, 57104, United States