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Reimagining the Student Experience

October 20 to 22, 2013
Park Inn by Radisson
5401 Carlise Pike
Mechanicsburg, PA 17050

Colleges and universities are under constant pressure to find new and meaningful ways to better engage students. Moreover, the need to justify funding and its usage is at an all-time high. College and university administrators, faculty members and students are actively encouraged to reexamine policies and practices to ensure a robust student experience. The 2013 PCPA Conference Committee is seeking proposals which Re-imagine the Student Experience through:

Learning outcome development and assessment;
Encouraging growth;
Advocating change; and
Delivering results.

On-line Registration is now available! Professional members and Graduate students can save $25.00 by taking advantage of Early Registration (available until October 1, 2013). Our updated on-line registration enables you to pay your conference fees with a major credit card using PayPal (no PayPal account is required).

Hotel: Reservations can be made directly with the Park Inn by Radisson by phone 717-697-0321 or 800-772-7829. To get the conference rate of $86 for single or double say you are part of the PCPA conference.

Conference Highlights

Graduate Student Programs
Case Student Competition
Poster Competition
Mentor/Mentee sessions
Opening reception

Opening Keynote

Dr. John J. "Ski" Sygielski
John J. "Ski" Sygielski, Ed.D., became the seventh president of HACC, Central Pennsylvania's Community College, in July 2011. His previous appointments include president of Mt. Hood Community College in Gresham, Ore.; president of Lord Fairfax Community College in Middletown, Va.; and first vice chancellor for workforce and economic development of the Virginia Community College System.

Ski is a member of the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC)'s 21st-Century Commission on the Future of Community Colleges and the immediate past chairman of the AACC Board of Directors.

He also is a member of Harrisburg Rotary and serves as a director on the boards of MANTEC, York County Community Foundation, Pennsylvania's Workforce Investment Board and WITF, a public media organization.

Ski is an author, speaker and former adjunct business faculty member. He has a bachelor's degree in philosophy, two master's degrees and a doctorate. A native of Cleveland, Ohio, he is the member of his working-class family to graduate from college.

Late-night entertainment


Morning professional sessions
Award ceremony
Plenary luncheon

Plenary keynote

Dr. Jan L. Arminio
Jan Arminio is a professor and program director of the Higher Education Program at George Mason University.

Dr. Arminio's scholarship focuses on multicultural issues, qualitative research, assessment, and campus programs and leadership. Her most recent book is Why Aren't We There Yet: Taking Personal Responsibility for Creating an Inclusive Campus. She is the 2011 recipient of the Robert H. Shaffer award for excellence in graduate teaching.

She served as chair in the Department of Counseling and College Student Personnel at Shippensburg University. She received her doctorate in College Student Personnel Program at the University of Maryland, College Park. From 2004-2008, she served as President of the Council for the Advancement of Standards in Higher Education (CAS).

She was appointed to and later chaired the Faculty Fellows of the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators and the Senior Scholars of the American College Personnel Association.

Afternoon professional sessions

PCPA Open Business Meeting
Late-night Bonfire


Professional sessions

Access to the Case Study Competition.

Information on the Poster Competition.

Information on the Conference Program.