Staff Development Committee

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Upcoming Events:

  • Brown Bag Lunch Talk: Generation Z Goes to College with Corey Seemiller, Ph.D. - Wednesday, October 12, noon, 163 Student Union, Discovery Room

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Purpose and Mission

Purpose: The Staff Development Committee creates professional development opportunities and programs for Student Affairs staff.

Mission: The Student Affairs Staff Development Committee:

  • encourages team building and collaboration throughout Student Affairs’ departments
  • provides funding to support participation in professional development opportunities
  • creates opportunities for educational, social, and recreational engagement
  • welcomes and orientates new Student Affairs employees

Recent Events


  • Brown Bag Lunch: Effectively and Appropriately Supervising Student Employees (Aug. 19)


  • Student Affairs Ice Cream Social
  • Brown Bag Lunch: "Effective Use of Social Media to Engage Students"
  • Brown Bag Lunch: "Supporting Transgender Students"
  • Student Affairs Basketball Outing
  • Brown Bag Lunch: "First Amendment Panel Discussion"
  • Student Affairs Thanksgiving Potluck
  • Student Union Trick-or-Treat and Halloween Celebration for Wright State Students
  • Careers in Student Affairs Presentation with Christopher Hogan
  • Careers in Student Affairs Month Professional Headshots for SAHE Students & Student Affairs Graduate Assistants
  • 1st Annual October Walk: 1-Mile Outdoor Walk led by Trish from Fitness and Wellness
  • Dessert Wars: Student Affairs Dessert Contest
  • Student Affairs Kick-Off Breakfast


  • Brown Bag Lunch: “Working with Students on the Autism Spectrum” with Heather Rando & Dr. Erendira Lopez-Garcia
  • Brown Bag Lunch: Q & A with Dr. Dan Abrahamowicz, Vice President for Student Affairs
  • Student Affairs Basketball Outing
  • Brown Bag Lunch: “Your Legal Liability” with Dr. Gary Dickstein
  • Brown Bag Lunch: "Toward Defining a Curriculum in Student Affairs" Presentation on Student Affairs assessment with Dr. Dwayne Todd & Nicholas LaTorre
  • Student Affairs Baseball Cookout
  • Brown Bag: "Understanding Your Wellness Program" with Peggy Bloom


Committee Membership and Meetings

The committee consists of one representative from each unit within the division. Representatives are appointed by each department Director. Representatives serve two year terms with half of the committee rotating off each year.

The current members are:

  • Dr. Gary Dickstein (co-chair), Assistant Vice President, Student Affairs
  • Twila Murray, (co-chair) Assistant to the Vice President, Student Affairs
  • Stephanie Allen, Managing Attorney, Student Legal Services
  • Cody Benedict, Graduate Assistant, Community Standards and Student Conduct
  • Ciara Newsome, Community Director, Residence Life and Housing
  • Cecilia Grugan, Graduate Assistant, Residence Life and Housing
  • Jacquelynn Heath, Assistant to the Executive Director, Nutter Center
  • Christopher Hogan, Assistant Director, Community Standards and Student Conduct
  • Debbie Lamp, Associate Director, Student Activities
  • Nelda Mattison, Police Officer, University Police Department
  • Jack Pence, Assistant Director, Student Activities
  • Dan Perry, Evening and Weekend Manager, Student Union
  • Diana Riggs, Communication and Development Coordinator, Disability Services
  • Cynthia Schmid, Student Services Specialist, Community Standards and Student Conduct
  • Brenda Simpson, Administrative Specialist, Counseling and Wellness Services

The Student Affairs Staff Development Committee meets every other Thursday at 3:30 p.m. in 021 Student Union.  Please contact Twila Murray at if you are interested in joining.