2022 CPAK Conference in Review

The 2022 CPAK Conference was held on April 7, 2022 at the University of Louisville. It was our first conference back in-person since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic and it was incredible to catch up with our colleagues across the state, while learning new things and celebrating our 2021 Award Winners and the CPAK Hall of Fame Class of 2022.

2022 Conference Highlights

  • The CPAK 2022 Conference and Hall of Fame Dinner had over 125 individuals in attendance making it the largest CPAK conference yet!
  • CPAK became the first ACPA state organization to successfully host a virtual component to their conference increasingly the access and affordability of the conference.
  • Thanks to the generosity of our donors and sponsor, Bellarmine, CPAK was able to significantly lower the conference cost to make it more accessible for colleagues across the state.
  • CPAK was also able to provide an 80% discount on registration for all graduate students across the state.
  • CPAK awarded 5 scholarships to graduate students and professionals to help provide financial assistance to attend the conference.
  • CPAK inducted its largest Hall of Fame Class after not having a Class of 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • The Class of 2022 raised nearly $7,000 in donations. This money will be used to further CPAK’s mission, increase affordability and access to professional development opportunities in the state, further the field of Student Affairs, and provide support for Student Affairs graduate students.
  • In addition to the Hall of Fame Dinner, Business Meeting & Awards, and Keynote Speaker, CPAK was able to provide a variety of 9 educational sessions and a Student Affairs Professional Panel.

Conference Theme

Reconnect with colleagues across the Commonwealth to reflect on the  current state of access and equity within higher education. Presenters will deliver conference sessions aligned with ACPA/NASPA competencies to provide opportunities for attendees to learn innovative approaches to fulfilling university missions in the new hybrid world we live and work in. Participants can look forward to an opportunity to reflect on lessons learned through the pandemic and how SAPros, students, faculty and community members can create institutional change for the betterment of our communities and student experiences.

2021 CPAK Award Recipients

Each year, CPAK honors exceptional Student Affairs practitioners and students for their hard work, dedication to students, and their contribution to the field of Student Affairs in the previous year.

For more information on the 2021 CPAK Award winners, as well as previous winners, please visit our CPAK Award Recipient Page.

  • The Dr. Michael Cuyjet Outstanding Graduate Student Award
    • Kaitlyn Nally
  • The Outstanding New Professional Award
    • Malesha Griffin
  • The Dr. Fred Rhodes Outstanding Service Award
    • Leondra Gully
    • Jennifer Plymate Zoeller
    • Dale Ramsay
  • The Innovator Award
    • Andrea Bolden
    • Cory Clark
    • Danielle Sims

Thank you to our 2022 sponsor: Bellarmine

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2022 CPAK Conference Keynote Speaker

Vernon A. Wall has accumulated over 30 years of professional Student Affairs experience at Iowa State University, the University of Georgia, UNC-Charlotte and UNC-Chapel Hill. He has experience in Greek life, new student orientation, student activities, leadership development, global education and university housing. Vernon currently lives in Washington DC where he serves as the Director of Business Development for LeaderShape, Inc.

Vernon is also President and Founder of One Better World, LLC – a consulting firm specializing in engaging others in courageous social justice and equity conversations. In spring of 1998, Vernon sailed with Semester at Sea as a member of the Student Life Team accompanying 600 students on a voyage around the world. Vernon is also a past President of ACPA – College Student Educators, International.

With degrees from North Carolina State University and Indiana University, Vernon is the consummate scholar-practitioner. Vernon is a nationally known speaker in the areas of social justice and leadership styles and is one of the founders and facilitators of the Social Justice Training Institute. Vernon has written several articles and has co-edited two books on issues of inclusion on today’s college campus. His award-winning programs and presentations have been seen by thousands of students, faculty, and staff on campuses across the country. Vernon’s passion for social justice and inclusion is grounded in a quote from his late grandmother: “May the work I’ve done speak for me.”

2022 CPAK Conference Photo Gallery