GPS! Graduate Professional Symposium:

Navigating Your Student Affairs Career Path

This year, we are holding a Saturday, half day event focused on graduate students. As a grad student attending the  GPS! Graduate Professional Symposium: Navigating your Student Affairs Career Path, you will learn more about careers in student affairs, connect with peers and professionals from around the commonwealth, and discuss relevant issues important to you as you balance being a grad student and working in a professional environment.



7:30 AM – 9:00 AMRegistration & Check-in
8:00 AM – 9:00 AMCoffee & Critique
20 minute time slots (pre-symposium)
Review your resume discuss interview techniques, connect with someone new
Learn more about CPAK and professional development outside of your institution
9:00 AM – 9:15 AMWelcome & Introductions
9:20 AM – 10:10 AMNew Professional Panel
Impostor Syndrome, Finding a Mentor, Navigating Politics
10:15 AM – 11:05 AMJob Search, Interview Etiquette, Salary Negotiations
11:15 AM- 12:10 PMMid-Level Hiring Manager Panel
Transitioning Up, Effective Leadership, Hiring Process: What do you look for?
12:10 PM – 1:05 PMLUNCH / Networking
1:10 PM – 2:00 PMDesigning Your Life: Intentionally Incorporating Resilience Into Your Career Path
2:05 PM – 2:55 PMSelf-Care and Work-Life Balance
2:55 PM – 3:00 PMClosing Remarks and Evaluations

Conference Rates & Registration

Graduate Professional Symposium Rates
ACPA/CPAK Member Rate$30 GPS! only
$80 CPAK Conference and GPS! 
Non-Member Rate$45 GPS! only
$115 CPAK Conference and GPS!

If you are interested in becoming a CPAK/ACPA member please click here.

In order to receive the member rate, your CPAK / ACPA membership must be valid at the time of registration through January 25, 2020.

If you require any special accommodations in order to fully participate in the Graduate Professional Symposium, please notify Lindsay Smith, Conference Chair, at [email protected] by January 15, 2020 to discuss options available to support your attendance.


Overnight Accommodations

Residence Hall Scholarships

Northern Kentucky University has made available up to 10 residence hall rooms for Friday, January 24th with check out on Saturday.  Please see GPS! Scholarship page for more details. A Residence Hall Scholarship Form will be made available beginning Monday, November 11th. Recipients will be notified by Friday, December 13th.  

Rate agreements have also been established with the following hotels:

  • Aloft Newport on the Levee   (6 mi from NKU)
    201 East 3rd Street, Newport, Kentucky 41071
    Hotel Website | 859-916-5306

    Call & Ask for CPAK Group Block
    Group Rate: 94.00 +tax for Standard King or Two Queen Room
        Check in: 4:00pm / Check out: 11:00am 
    Free wifi
    On-site parking, $10 daily
    Across the river from downtown Cincinnati
  • Holiday Inn and Suites, Wilder, KY   (3 mi from NKU)
    8 Hampton Lane, Wilder, Kentucky 41076
    Hotel Website | 859-815-8855

    Call and Ask for CPAK Rate
    Group Rate: 109.00 +tax for Standard King Room
        Check in: 3:00pm / Check out: 11:00am
        Free high-speed internet
        complimentary parking and breakfast
  • Hampton Inn and Suites  (3 mi from NKU)
    10 Hampton Lane, Wilder, KY 41076
    Hotel Website | 859-441-3049

    Call and Ask for CPAK Rate
    Group Rate 99.00 +tax for standard, 119 +tax for a suite.
        Check in: 3:00pm / Check out:11:00am
        Free high-speed internet
        complimentary parking and breakfast