2017 Conference

DATES: May 30 – June 3, 2017
LOCATION: Philadelphia, PA
HOTEL: Loews Philadelphia. Our room block at the Loews ($189/night plus taxes; includes free in-room internet) is nearly full, but reservations can still be made online (choose ‘attendee’ as the guest type). You may also consider the Philadelphia Marriott Downtown, directly across the street from the Loews. Call 877-212-5752 or visit https://aws.passkey.com/go/CIVSAOverflowMay2017 before May 8!
SCHEDULE: Tentative conference schedule
BROCHURE: Download conference brochure
SESSIONS: Download a list of session titles and descriptions

REGISTRATION RATES: We have reached capacity for this year’s conference and registration is now closed.

Dr. Keith Carver – speaking on May 30
As the Executive Assistant for the President of the University of Tennessee System, Dr. Carver has a deep understanding of institutional planning, governmental relations, development, policy analysis and constituent work. He has served in a myriad of roles for the University of Tennessee System for over 20 years. He worked at UT’s campuses in Knoxville, Martin and Memphis before taking his current role. Carver was Interim Vice Chancellor for Development and Alumni Affairs at the UT Health Science Center in Memphis, Assistant Vice Chancellor for Development at UT Martin, Director of Development and Alumni Affairs for the College of Law and Program Director for the Office of Student Activities. Carver earned his bachelor’s degree in sociology at the University of Memphis, his master’s in college student personnel and educational leadership at UT Knoxville and his doctorate in educational leadership at UT Knoxville. His dissertation was entitled “A Study of Presidential Derailment in Public Research Universities.” Carver and his wife, Hollianne, are the proud parents of three children: a daughter, Carson, and two sons, Jack Thomas and Britton.

Tom Krieglstein – speaking on May 31
Tom Krieglstein is an award-winning speaker and writer on increasing student engagement and fostering student retention. He has worked with over 550 schools worldwide through his leadership program, Dance Floor Theory. Tom has gone from successful internet entrepreneur of a $1.5 million dollar company at 21 years old to five-time “Campus Speaker of the Year.” As the founder of Swift Kick and The Student Affairs Collective, Tom has dedicated his life to training campus leaders on how to create a culture of engagement where every student feels welcomed, connected and engaged. He also co-authored six student affairs books, including his Amazon.com award winning book First Year Student to First Year Success and is a co-host for the popular Student Affairs Spectacular podcast. And on a personal note, Tom lives in New York City and loves peanut butter.


Kim Coles – speaking on June 2
Perhaps best known for her five-season turn as the unforgettable “Synclaire” on FOX’s ground- breaking comedy series, Living Single, Kim Coles has starred on numerous hit television programs including Frasier, Six Feet Under, In Living Color, One on One, and the uproarious TBS comedy series 10 Items Or Less as the villainous “Mercy P. Jones”. She was the co-host of the nationally syndicated daytime talk show, In the Loop with I Village and has been a guest co-host for various shows, including The View and Good Day Live. Kim Coles is also known to reality audiences for having appeared on The Mole, VH1’s Celebrity Fit Club and Coming to the Stage, BET’s search for “the next superstar of funny.” Kim recently became the first female primetime game show host in history headlining BET’s inspirational game show Pay It O!.” Currently, Kim serves as a co-host on BET’s highly successful talk show My Black is Beautiful, an energetic, interactive and informative series that celebrates the unique and dynamic qualities of the African-American woman. In her latest venture, Kim Coles is combining comedy and inspiration to empower others with her unique program called Open the G.I.F.T.S.” Through speaking engagements, live events, workshops and products, the program inspires others to discover their own true “gifts” so that they may share them with the world. Kim Coles currently resides in Los Angeles where she spreads love, laughter and inspiration.

Optional tours will be available for $15 each. A pre-conference tour will leave at 8am on May 30 to tour Villanova University. A post-conference tour will visit Drexel University at 9am on June 3. For both tours, we’ll be traveling from the hotel to campus via public transportation (with guides provided to help you along the way).

Our host hotel this year is the Loews Philadelphia, located at 1200 Market Street in Philadelphia. Just under 13 miles from the Philadelphia airport (PHL), a taxi will cost a flat fee of $29.50 and take approximately 30 minutes. The SEPTA light-rail service is also available from the airport, for an $8 (cash-only) fee. Get off at Jefferson Station and the Loews Philadelphia will be right across the street. Amtrak arrives at the 30th Street Station (2955 Market Street), which is less than 2 miles from the hotel — you can take SEPTA ($2.25; about 10 minutes) or a taxi to finish your trip. If you plan to drive to Philadelphia, overnight parking is available at the hotel and costs $49/night.

Becoming a CIVSA Annual Conference sponsor is an opportunity to increase the visibility of your company, product or service among professionals in the industry. For a full list of sponsorship opportunities and levels, please click here.

If you are interested in becoming a conference sponsor or would like to learn more about these opportunities, please contact us at sponsorships@civsa.org.

Please note that registration fees are non-refundable.

A credit for all fees paid less a $50 administrative fee will be issued if requested in writing by March 1. The registration credit has no cash value, and is valid for the next CIVSA Annual conference only. Cancellation requests must be submitted to civsaHQ@civsa.org and include the registrant’s name, email address, and amount paid. No credits will be issued after March 1.

A registration may be transferred to another representative from the same institution if requested in writing by May 1. If the member registration fee was paid the registration must be transferred to another CIVSA member. If transferred to a non-member a $150 transfer fee will apply. No name changes or substitutions will be made after May 1.

Credits will not be offered for campus tour registrations.

CIVSA gratefully acknowledges our sponsors for this year’s conference!


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