NECPA Award Winner Spotlight – Maurisa Li-A-Ping

Innovative Programming Award Winner – Maurisa Li-A-Ping

What do you love most about working in higher education at your institution, or higher education in general?

What I love most about working in higher education is the ability to cultivate the growth and development of diverse students. 

Who inspired you to get involved in higher education?

I was inspired to work in higher education by all the professionals that guided me through my collegiate journey.

What advice would you offer to new professionals who are starting their first professional position?

I would encourage new professionals to create sustainable work-life boundaries and always find ways to grow and make their experience meaningful.

NECPA Award Winner Spotlight – Corinna Kraemer

Graduate Student of the Year Award Winner – Corinna Kraemer

What do you love most about working at Goodwin University, or higher education in general?

I love working at Goodwin because it is an innovative and exciting place to be. Goodwin students are highly career driven and have the opportunity for so many hands-on experiences such as clinicals, internships, and more. As an Academic Advisor I love helping these students meet their goals and to pursue their passions in and out of the classroom.

Who inspired you to get involved in higher education?

For the longest time I was not sure whether I wanted to work in secondary or higher education. When I stepped foot in Dr. Patrick Love’s classroom and he described with so much passion about his career in higher ed. I knew I was hooked – that this field would allow me to make a difference in the lives of so many students.

What advice would you offer to new professionals who are starting their first professional position?

To new professionals – don’t be afraid to try anything that interests you. Saying yes to committees, volunteer opportunities, and networking can help you build a strong foundation for a great career.

ACPA 2020 Professional Spotlight – Matthew Gregory

Presentation Topic: So, You want to be a Senior SA Pro?

By Matthew Gregory

There are three reasons behind choosing this topic:

  1. As the Vice Chair for Membership for the Commission for Administrative Leadership – the goal is to continually encourage those who are beginning in the field or growing in the field to be comfortable about what the future will be for Student Affairs Leadership.
  1. The session hopes to meet with those who are working towards being senior staff members and finding out where they are in their journey and what sorts of goals they have and questions they have as they move up into these roles.
  1. The session will review a recent Senior Roundtable where questions and feedback was solicited from multiple senior SA pro’s and hopefully provide some suggestions on what to be prepared for and learn from those who have been in their senior roles for either a short or lengthy period of time.

NECPA Graduate Spotlight February – Kristina Perreli

Name: Kristina Perrelli

School: University of Rhode Island

Program: Education

Type: Doctoral

Current employer: Currently, I am the Director of New Student Programs and part-time faculty at my institution.

What do you love about working there?

I have most enjoyed collaborating with colleagues and students. I have had opportunities to partner with faculty on research and writing, which has helped me develop as a scholar. I have worked with colleagues on many projects, including a professional development course on social justice for administrators. Students at my institution have gifted me so many learning opportunities that have impacted my teaching and that ways I work and show up in spaces as a student affairs practitioner.

How do you like to spend your free time?

I spend most of my free time with my partner and three children. We like to explore our home state of Rhode Island and to travel. If I have a free hour, I will most likely do some kind of physical exercise or go for a walk. Time outside and exercise are important to my overall well-being. I love reading for fun and to continue learning about all the topics that are exciting to me.

What is your favorite grad school course/experience and why?

I have had so many! My most favorite course experience was an independent study centered on teaching. I engaged in daily reflection while teaching a graduate course in my field. I reflected on my expectations for the experience, what happened in the classroom, and the strengths and challenges I experienced while preparing for and teaching the course. With support from a faculty mentor who is an excellent teacher, I had many learning moments. It helped shape the processes and lenses that continue to inform my teaching.

Who/what inspired you to get involved in higher education?

As a first-generation college student, I was the first in my family to navigate the structures and systems of higher education. The challenges and successes I experienced inside and outside the classroom during my undergraduate years led me to the field of student affairs. When making decisions about my career after college, I knew I wanted to help students navigate college.

What is the most valuable lesson you have learned in your career (so far)?

So far, it is the value of cultivating community. I found the doctoral experience to be isolating at times. I have experienced similar isolation in work spaces. For me, community is built from feeling supported and working to support others. Identifying what supports feels like for me and then cultivating supportive relationships and spaces has proven essential to my ability to move forward in my scholarship and work.

What is on your Higher Ed bucket list?

I hope to someday support and mentor graduate students. So much of my experience has been shaped by others. I feel lucky to have mentoring relationships built on care and mutual respect. I want to continue that tradition.

What advice would you offer to those who are starting to search for grad programs?

I recommend doing what you can to learn about the culture of grad programs of interest to you. Think about the environment you want to learn in and ask questions that help you discern whether you will find that environment in a program. For me, those questions were: What are the mentoring philosophies of program faculty? How is social justice integrated into curriculum and teaching? Does the program create opportunities to engage in meaningful ways with students, faculty, and other scholars in my field? Am I able to take courses from other disciplines if this program does not offer content integral to my scholarship or interests? I also recommend talking with current and former students about their experiences. Ask what they like about the program and how the program can improve.