Reflections from Montreal

Orlando, Atlanta, Boston, Tampa, and Montreal. These are the five ACPA conventions that I have attended. Each special in their own way. Orlando was my first, it was also the last joint ACPA/NASPA convention. Atlanta is where I got my first professional job (thanks C3!). Boston is always special because it’s my hometown (can’t wait for Boston in 2019) and I also got a job at that C3. TampIMG_0032a was my first convention after a multi-year break and it was the first as an elected state leader. But Montreal will be one that I remember the most.

The Montreal convention was special for ACPA because it was the first convention outside the United States. The association celebrated the diversity of our membership and the heritage of our location. We were honored and blessed to have four Elders in Residence, members of the Kanien’keha:ka, Peguis First Nation & Adams Lake First Nation joining us for the Convention. It was one for the books as well. Over 3,100 people registered for ACPA16, making it larger than the previous two conventions.

Montreal was also the debut of the New England College Personnel Association at convention. I was excited because I had the privilege to represent New England and our members as president. I was joined at convention by Ben Lamb, President-Elect; Jessi Robinson, Treasurer; Sarah Santiago, Member-at-Large; Eric Petersen, New Professional Liaison; and Tom Durkee, Social Media Coordinator. Together we represented New England throughout convention and especially at the CelebrACPA event, the GeoSocial, and the NECPA at ACPA Social.File_000

Ben and I participated in the pre-convention Institute for State Presidents and Elects where we were commended by ACPA President Gavin Henning for our hard work in transitioning the organization to include all of New England. We were also able to discuss with other state leaders the change and all the ideas we have moving forward.

All board members represented us at our CelebrACPA and GeoSocial tables where we gave out some pretty amazing flair! Our pins, pens, and note pads were popular, but it seemed the micro-bottles of 100% Vermont Maple Syrup was the biggest hit!

The NECPA at ACPA Social at Bevo Bar was an astounding success. Almost 50 people attended this off-site social. They enjoyed good food, drinks, and great networking. Every New England state was represented.

Thank you to everyone who came to our tables or attended the social.  Without the support of the amazing NECPA membership we would not have had such a successful event.

I look forward to seeing you at our upcoming NECPA Events and at ACPA17 in Columbus, OH.

 


As the 39th president of the Massachusetts College Personnel Association (MCPA) John Mayo led the organization’s transition to the New England College Personnel Association (NECPA).  John is currently the 1st president of NECPA.  John has been a member of the organization since 2010 and has served in various roles on the executive board.  Professionally, John Mayo is the Assistant Director of Residence Life at Newbury College in Brookline, MA.  John is responsible for all the Residence Life and Housing operations at Newbury College.  In addition to his operations role, John oversees the Main Campus residence halls and RA staff.hn holds a Bachelor’s degree in History from Bridgewater State College (now University), a Master’s degree in Student Affairs in Higher Education from Indiana University of Pennsylvania and a Master’s degree in Organizational Leadership from Gonzaga University.

Outside of his work in Higher Education, John is a commissioned Justice of the Peace in Brookline, MA and is a member of the Massachusetts Justices of the Peace Association (MJPA).  John lives in Brookline, MA with his wife Sara and their Cairn Terrier Kodi.

 

Contact John:
Mail: Student Center 105, 129 Fisher Ave., Brookline, MA 02445
Office: 617-730-7156
Email: john.mayo@newbury.edu

Professional Development: It’s your responsibility

Professional development has been on my mind a lot recently.  Last week I attended the All of the Above (AOTA) conference, an annual day-long conference designed for new professionals, graduate students, and undergraduate students and it is one of the many annual events co-sponsored by BACHA, NASPA-Massachusetts, and NECPA.  At the event I had a chance to reconnect with some friends and meet some new colleagues, but I also had the privilege of presenting a session about getting involved in professional organizations.

During my session we talked about ways to get involved, how to be successful in your involvement, and what not to do when you serve on a board.  We also discussed the topic of on-going professional development and how important it is.  During the session I told the group that a good supervisor will tell them that “your professional development is not my responsibility.”  Think about that phrase.

At first glance it might make you wince, it’s not a very developmental phrase and aren’t we as student affairs professionals supposed to be developmental?  I had that reaction the first time it was said to me.  I was attending the ACUHO-I James C. Grimm National Housing Training Institute (NHTI) a few years ago and it was at dinner one night the conversation went towards on-going professional development and that is when one of the faculty members said that to me “as your supervisor, your professional development is not my responsibility.”  It took me a while to fully understand what she meant and now I totally agree and can’t thank her enough for the advice.

Let’s consider this idea for a minute.  You probably joined a professional association (insert organization acronym here) in grad school because your faculty were members.  The same as a new professional, you join the organization in which your supervisor or institution is a member.  The same is true for professional development events, you go where your supervisor goes.  This is all well and good, but it doesn’t really help you develop your own professional identity.

I know what you’re thinking… a professional identity is my job.   Well, that’s only slightly true.  It’s that and much more…  here are a few points to consider as you form your professional identity.

  1. Understand your job –  If you are a new professional I want you to think about this.  You have to first understand your job before you can determine your professional development needs.  This also goes for getting involved on an organizational board or committee.  If you don’t understand how a professional development opportunity will support your job, ask someone.  There are a lot of events and organizations out there.  Know how each will impact you before you commit money to it.  Not all professional development events will relate to your job.
  2. Professional home – Find a professional association or two to call home.  Get out there, experienced a few of them.  Just because someone you know is a “NASPA person” or an “ACPA person” or a “NACA person” doesn’t mean you have to be.  Join a few organizations and then find what you are comfortable with.  Eventually, you will find an organization or two to call your professional home.  Easily defined, your professional is where you turn for most of your professional development.
  3. Relationships – You’ve been told to network, network, network.  I say, build relationships.  Sure networking is great and for an introvert like me it’s stressful.  However, I love building relationships.  I found that getting to know a few people at a conference is more meaningful and helpful then spending 15 minutes networking with 20 people.  Eventually those relationships will grow, then they will introduce you to others, and you build your network overtime.  But you have to work at this.  After you meet someone for the first time, be sure to follow-up, send an email to say hi.  If you can get lunch together.
  4. Make a plan – Once you’ve taken time to know your job, started to experience different professional development opportunities, and you’ve made some connections, the next step is making a plan.  You should identify areas of growth for you personally and professionally, then look at what is being offered by the different organizations that will enhance these areas.  Are you an entry level professional that would benefit from a webinar about working with students with learning differences?  Did you just get promoted and have additional responsilbites that you know very little about?  All this happens, find opportunities to fill the gaps in your experience.
  5. Put your $$ where your mouth is – This is going to be hard to hear, but sometimes you’re going to have to invest your own hard earn dollars in professional development.  For a lot of schools the first thing cut in a hard budget year is the professional development budget, but that shouldn’t stop you from getting involved or attending an event.  If this is the case, then maybe forego the large national convention this year and instead attend a local one day drive-in.  Utilize the funds you have from your institution, but if they disappear, don’t be afraid to invest in yourself.

Remember it’s on you to plan your development in a way that will help you as a professional.  Experience all the different institutions to find the one or two that you enjoy and don’t forget sometimes you might have to pay your own way.  It doesn’t have to be big and flashy, it just has to happen.

 


As the 39th president of the Massachusetts College Personnel Association (MCPA) John Mayo led the organization’s transition to the New England College Personnel Association (NECPA).  John is currently the 1st president of NECPA.  John has been a member of the organization since 2010 and has served in various roles on the executive board.  Professionally, John Mayo is the Assistant Director of Residence Life at Newbury College in Brookline, MA.  John is responsible for all the Residence Life and Housing operations at Newbury College.  In addition to his operations role, John oversees the Main Campus residence halls and RA staff.hn holds a Bachelor’s degree in History from Bridgewater State College (now University), a Master’s degree in Student Affairs in Higher Education from Indiana University of Pennsylvania and a Master’s degree in Organizational Leadership from Gonzaga University.

Outside of his work in Higher Education, John is a commissioned Justice of the Peace in Brookline, MA and is a member of the Massachusetts Justices of the Peace Association (MJPA).  John lives in Brookline, MA with his wife Sara and their Cairn Terrier Kodi.

 

Contact John:
Mail: Student Center 105, 129 Fisher Ave., Brookline, MA 02445
Office: 617-730-7156
Email: john.mayo@newbury.edu

NECPA Update: Transition and more

 

Dear NECPA,

It’s hard to believe that we are already more than half way through February.  I’m sure you agree when I say the spring semester feels like it flies by quickly.  Mother Nature can’t make up her mind, making the New England weather in February all over the map, like last week when some of us experienced below 0 temps one day and 60 degree temps the next.  At least March (and spring breaks) are right around the corner.  But before we all head off on break (and some of us to ACPA in Montreal) I want to continue my commitment to you about a monthly membership update.

The executive board met at Newbury College on January 29 for our winter board retreat.  We had a lot of conversations and did some great planning that day, here is some of the highlights for you:

  • NECPA is ACPA approved!  The ACPA Governing Board met at the beginning of January and formalized NECPA as the first multi-state chapter.  They voted to disband the old defunct chapters allowing us to move forward with our goal of providing great local PD opportunities.
  • Our Vision for 2016 – Affordable and local professional development.  New England is a large area we know that we can’t expect members to drive an excessive distance to an event.  This is why the NECPA board is committed to providing a variety of opportunities around the region.  Our mindset is instead of getting a lot of people at one event, we should get a bunch of people a lot of events.  Also, New England is not just Boston.  We will be starting slowly, but we have events planned that are held in various areas outside of Boston.
  • NECPA @ ACPA16 – If you’re going to ACPA in Montreal we’ll see you there.  Please come by one of our events and say hi.
    • NECPA @ ACPA16 Social – Tuesday, March 8, 5:30 to 7:30 PM
      BEVO bar+pizzeria, 410 Rue St Vincent, Vieux Montreal, Quebec, H2Y 3A5
      Tickets are $10 until 2/19/16 | $20 after 2/19/16
      For tickets: http://newengland.myacpa.org/event/necpa-acpa16-social/
    • CelebrACPA Opening Event – Sunday, March 6 8:00 to 9:00 PM
      Palais des Congres de Montreal
    • ACPA GeoSocial – Monday, March 7 5:00 to 6:30 PM
      Le Westin Montreal, Fortifications
  • Board Transition – The board discussed what the transition year would look like.  This is still under development, but we will be holding elections and appointments for almost all board positions in the fall.  If you’re interested be looking to your email towards the end of the summer.
  • Website and Social Media – You’ll notice that a lot of work has gone into the website design and the social media.  We are trying to make the information you need available through a variety of media.

While I’ll continue to provide updates monthly, I’m always happy to answer questions and to talk about any of this in more detail.  If you have questions or want to chat feel free to contact me directly.  I hope that you enjoy the next few weeks before break and I hope to see you in Montreal.

Take care,
John


As the 39th president of the Massachusetts College Personnel Association (MCPA) John Mayo led the organization’s transition to the New England College Personnel Association (NECPA).  John is currently the 1st president of NECPA.  John has been a member of the organization since 2010 and has served in various roles on the executive board.  Professionally, John Mayo is the Assistant Director of Residence Life at Newbury College in Brookline, MA.  John is responsible for all the Residence Life and Housing operations at Newbury College.  In addition to his operations role, John oversees the Main Campus residence halls and RA staff.hn holds a Bachelor’s degree in History from Bridgewater State College (now University), a Master’s degree in Student Affairs in Higher Education from Indiana University of Pennsylvania and a Master’s degree in Organizational Leadership from Gonzaga University.

Outside of his work in Higher Education, John is a commissioned Justice of the Peace in Brookline, MA and is a member of the Massachusetts Justices of the Peace Association (MJPA).  John lives in Brookline, MA with his wife Sara and their Cairn Terrier Kodi.

 

Contact John:
Mail: Student Center 105, 129 Fisher Ave., Brookline, MA 02445
Office: 617-730-7156
Email: john.mayo@newbury.edu

Looking Forward

Happy New Year!

New Year’s Eve is a time for celebrating and for remembrance.   Tonight we reminisce about the year that was 2015 and we begin to imagine what 2016 will hold for us.  We create lots of New Year’s resolutions, like losing weight or saving more money.  You’ll be successful in achieving many of your resolutions and less successful with other.  Experts say that trying to do too much too fast is a sure fire way to fail.  New Year’s resolutions, like any positive change, need time to happen successfully.  It is this mindset that will drive the organizations transition from the Massachusetts College Personnel Association to the New England College Personnel Association.

The new bylaws take effect tomorrow, January 1, 2016 and with it comes some major changes for the organization.  Some changes will take effect immediately, while others will be more long-term.  The goal is to have everything transitioned by the end of 2016.  Here are some of the changes that will occur:

  • Immediate and semi-immediate changes
    • New name – tomorrow we officially become New England College Personnel Association, NECPA for short.
    • Membership options – We will work with ACPA to institute two new membership types, undergraduate student and honorary, to complement our graduate student and general member options.
    • New website address – you’ve seen it already, http://newengland.myacpa.org.  We will also launch http://www.newenglandcpa.org soon.  We are working hard to transition the content to match the correct name.  Old blog posts will remain as written, but we will update the pages, images, and names to reflect NECPA moving forward.
    • Social media accounts – take a look at our LinkedIn, Facebook, and Twitter accounts tomorrow, they will have a new name.
    • Organizational branding – our Marketing Coordinator Julie Kennedy, has been hard at work developing a new visual identify for the organization.  Look out soon for a new logo and color scheme!
  • Long-term changes
    • Fiscal year – the new bylaws brings us inline with ACPA for financial reporting purposes.  As a chapter of ACPA, we are expected to submit a yearly financial report.  This is one of the reasons we changed our fiscal year from a July to June year to a January to December year.
    • Election year – the election year has also changed from a July to June cycle to a January to December cycle.  This change will help the board members better plan moving forward.
    • Board structure transition – several factors led to the structural changes on the board.  We are going to change some current board responsibilities, combine some positions, eliminate others, and we will be adding new ones.  We will transition our Member-at-Large positions to State Coordinators, with the responsibility of connecting with constituents in each state and we will bring on a new Equity and Inclusion Coordinator. Elections and appointments for positions will happen in the fall.

I will provide a monthly update to members on the transition.  The executive board will be meeting for a winter retreat on Friday, January 29, 2016 and part of the agenda will be dedicated to the transition plan.  I will release a full transition plan to the membership in the first week of February.  If you have any questions or comments about the transition plan you can always contact me directly at the information below.

You will also have a chance to talk to us in-person!  We are planning four social events for everyone.  The first three will happen the last week of January in Hartford (Wednesday, January 27), Keene, NH (Thursday, January 28) and Boston (Friday, January 29).  The fourth social will take place during ACPA in Montreal.  Times and locations will be announced soon.  I hope to see you at one of the events.

Thank you for your membership and support for the organization.  MCPA could not have survived for 40 years without the dedication and support of our members.  It is my hope that this will continue and expand as we welcome our colleagues from Connecticut, Maine, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont to our amazing organization.

Have a happy and safe New Year!

John


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John Mayo is the 39th President of the Massachusetts College Personnel Association (MCPA).  John has been a member of MCPA since 2010 and has served in various roles on the MCPA Executive Board.  Professionally, John Mayo is the Assistant Director of Residence Life at Newbury College in Brookline, MA.  John is responsible for all the Residence Life and Housing operations at Newbury College.  In addition to his operations role, John oversees the Main Campus residence halls and RA staff.

John holds a Bachelor’s degree in History from Bridgewater State College (now University), a Master’s degree in Student Affairs in Higher Education from Indiana University of Pennsylvania and a Master’s degree in Organizational Leadership from Gonzaga University.

Outside of his work in Higher Education, John is a commissioned Justice of the Peace in Brookline, MA and is a member of the Massachusetts Justices of the Peace Association (MJPA).  John lives in Brookline, MA with his wife Sara and their Cairn Terrier Kodi.

 

Contact John:
Mail: Student Center 105, 129 Fisher Ave., Brookline, MA 02445
Office: 617-730-7156
Email: john.mayo@newbury.edu