Schedule

The National Student Government Summit is a four-day conference.

The conference features 51 workshop sessions (7 more than 2017), 14 brand-new workshops with several led by student leaders and advisors, 37 round-table caucuses, one dozen one-hour private consulting appointments, and more than 24 information-packed hours of practical help, ideas, tips, and advice on how to improve your Student Government.

Even Better in 2018
  • Brand-new location right next to Arlington National Cemetery and the Pentagon (you’ll save money and time on transportation. Free shuttle to and from airport and Metro stop)
  • Beautiful new conference hotel, the Sheraton Pentagon City Hotel, which offers a gorgeous view of the DC skyline
  • Lower hotel costs! The hotel is $40 per night cheaper than in 2017!
  • Lower parking costs! The hotel parking is $40 per night cheaper than in 2017! ($12 per night instead of $52)
  • More time to visit Capitol Hill (ASGA offers free buses to DC on Friday and Saturday afternoon– you can ride the Metro back to the hotel inexpensively)
  • New! Pre-conference Presidential Leadership Institute and parliamentary procedure/meetings training
  • All workshops/roundtable on the same floor in the conference hotel
  • More hotel elevators to quicker and easier access to meeting and sleeping rooms
  • Free Internet at the conference hotel (normally $14.95 per day)
  • More free time for sightseeing on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday
  • New workshops and speakers (six new speakers and 13 new workshops!)
  • New workshops led by student leaders and advisors
  • More interactive training sessions
  • More training sessions for advisors
  • Free reception on Capitol HIll (sponsored by George Washington University’s Graduate School of Political Management)
  • Free “ASGA Loves Advisors” reception on Thursday (free food and open bar for advisors)
  • New Workshop Guide to help you choose which workshops will help you most
  • More detailed training Workshop Descriptions to help you choose which workshops will help you most
  • More facilitated and structured round-table caucuses focused on hot issues and problems
  • Later start times each morning
  • New SG Exchange (bring your SG brochures, constitutions, T-Shirts, pens, and more to exchange with other schools)
Conference Attire
Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
Business Casual Business Casual ASGA T-Shirts & Jeans College/University Shirts & Jeans

2018 Conference Schedule

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Lobbying on Capitol Hill (OPTIONAL: Meet your Representatives & Senators)

  • Visits to U.S. House of Representatives members and U.S. Senators (on your own)
  • Visits to monuments and museums (on your own)

Thursday, October 18, 2018

Conference Attire • Thursday — Business casual

8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. — Lobbying on Capitol Hill (OPTIONAL: Meet your Representatives & Senators)

  • Visits to U.S. House of Representatives members and U.S. Senators (on your own)
  • Visits to monuments and museums (on your own)
  • Tours of the U.S. Capitol (must have reservations in advance)

9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. — Pre-conference Presidential Leadership Institute (sign up when you register for this conference)

Concourse 1

1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. — Parliamentary Procedure/Meetings Training (sign up when you register for this conference)

Concourse 2

4:30 p.m. to 10:15 p.m. — SG Exchange (bring your SG brochures, constitutions, T-Shirts, pens, and more to exchange with other schools)

Cavalier A

4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. — Conference Registration & Networking

7:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. — Conference Kick-Off (doors open at 7:00 p.m. Arrive early to get the best seats)

Christopher C. Irving, Ed.D., Emcee
Commonwealth Ballroom

9:00 p.m. to 9:15 p.m. — Networking Break

Commonwealth Ballroom Foyer

9:15 p.m. to 10:15 p.m. —  FOR ADVISORS  ASGA LOVES ADVISORS reception

Stars Ballroom 1, 16th floor

9:15 p.m. to 10:15 p.m. — Training/Roundtable Block 1 (Tell ASGA what you want to learn about: Take this survey)

  • ROUNDTABLE: Community Colleges (Suzette Walden Cole, facilitator)
    Commonwealth Ballroom
  • ROUNDTABLE: Private Colleges & Universities (Chris Jachimowicz, facilitator)
    Commonwealth Ballroom (North)
  • ROUNDTABLE: Public Colleges & Universities (Chris Irving, facilitator)
    Concourse 1&2
  •  A   FOR NEW & POTENTIAL ASGA MEMBERS  How to Maximize Your ASGA Membership – Butch Oxendine
    Cavalier B
  • ROUNDTABLE: Super-Evolved Student Governments (Shawn Livingston, facilitator)
    Cavalier C
  • PRIVATE CONSULTING (arrange in advance by writing conferences@asgaonline.com)
    TBA

10:15 p.m. — Free for Evening

Suggested Night-Life Activities
• Late Dinner on the Town—find out where to eat and see ASGA’s restaurant recommendations and discounts

Friday, October 19, 2018

Conference Attire • Friday — Business casual

6:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. — Lobbying on Capitol Hill (OPTIONAL: Meet your Representatives & Senators)

8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. — SG Exchange (bring your SG brochures, constitutions, T-Shirts, pens, and more to exchange with other schools)

Cavalier A

8:00 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. — Breakfast

9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. — Training/Roundtable Block 2 (Tell ASGA what you want to learn about: Take this survey)

  •  B  How You Can Connect With Students: Survey Them! – Butch Oxendine
    Commonwealth Ballroom
  •  C   FOR ADVISORS  Keeping HOPE Alive: How to Sustain & Grow Your Student Leaders – Christopher C. Irving, Ed.D.
    Commonwealth Ballroom North 1
  •  D  From Vision to Reality: How to Achieve Your SG Goals – Suzette Walden Cole, M.Ed.
    Commonwealth Ballroom North 2
  •  E  Cleaning Up the Dirty Fighting in Your SGA – Michael D. Anthony, Ph.D.
    Commonwealth Ballroom North 3
  •  F  Administrators Are Not Your Enemy: Learn How to Get Along with Yours – Chris Jachimowicz
    Cavalier B
  •   NEW • ADVISOR-LED  Leadership: How to Drive the Mission, the Passion, and the Teamwork! – Russell D. Barefoot
    Cavalier C
  •   NEW • STUDENT-LED  Navigating Event Planning and the Digital Age – Alexandra Wood, Florida Institute of Technology
    Concourse 1
  • ROUNDTABLE: Freeform (Talk About Anything and Everything)
    Concourse 2

10:00 a.m. to 10:15 a.m. — Networking Break

10:15 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. — Training/Roundtable Block 3 (Tell ASGA what you want to learn about: Take this survey)

  •  I  13 Steps to a Super Student Government – Butch Oxendine
    Commonwealth Ballroom
  •  J  SG Training With an “Attitude” – Christopher C. Irving, Ed.D.
    Commonwealth Ballroom North 1
  •  K  Knowing When and How to Call Someone Out: Confronting Members within the SG – Suzette Walden Cole, M.Ed.
    Commonwealth Ballroom North 2
  •  L  D.E.L.E.G.A.T.E.-Just Do it!  – Michael D. Anthony, Ph.D.
    Commonwealth Ballroom North 3
  •  M  Extreme Makeover: Constitution Edition – Chris Jachimowicz
    Cavalier B
  •  N  We’re In This Together: Representing All Students On Your Campus – Andrew Ortiz, J.D., M.P.A.
    Cavalier C
  •   NEW • STUDENT-LED  Understanding Your Why: How to Refocus Your Leadership and Renew Your Momentum – Taylor Bennington, University of Akron
    Concourse 1
  • ROUNDTABLE: Freeform (Talk About Anything & Everything)
    Concourse 2

11:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. — Networking Break

12:00 p.m. to 1:15 p.m. — Sit-down Lunch

Commonwealth Ballroom

  • Visits to Conference Exhibitor Booths
    Commonwealth Ballroom Foyer

1:15 p.m. to 2:15 p.m. — Training/Roundtable Block 4 (Tell ASGA what you want to learn about: Take this survey)

  •  P  The 25 Worst Mistakes Your SG Can Make – Butch Oxendine
    Commonwealth Ballroom
  •  Q  Hail to the Chief: The Power and Purpose of Being SG President – Christopher C. Irving, Ed.D.
    Commonwealth Ballroom North 1
  •  R   FOR ADVISORS  On the Right Foot: Building Rapport with Your SG – Suzette Walden Cole, M.Ed.
    Commonwealth Ballroom North 2
  •  S  Effective Student Legislators: You Won the Senate Seat…Now What? – Michael D. Anthony, Ph.D.
    Commonwealth Ballroom North 3
  •  T  Parliamentary Procedure: A Simulation – Chris Jachimowicz
    Cavalier B
  •  U  Creating Student Government Advocacy That Effects Change – Andrew Ortiz, J.D., M.P.A.
    Cavalier C
  •   NEW  Working in Washington Panel – George Washington University (Tremayne Smith, Special Assistant, Rep Butterfield • Kyle Buckles, Communications Director, US House of Representatives • Lindsey Maggard, Public Affairs Coordinator, National Association of Counties • Jonathan McGee, Senior Marketing Director, The Graduate School of Political Management)
    Concourse 1
  • ROUNDTABLE: Super Student Governments
    Concourse 2

2:15 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. — Networking Break

2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. — Training/Roundtable Block 5 (Tell ASGA what you want to learn about: Take this survey)

  • ROUNDTABLE: Senators, Representatives, and Committee Members (Butch Oxendine, facilitator)
    Commonwealth Ballroom
  • ROUNDTABLE: Presidents & Vice Presidents (Chris Irving, facilitator)
    Commonwealth Ballroom North 1
  •  W  Cultural Competency & SG Leadership: Ensuring Everyone’s Asked to Dance – Suzette Walden Cole, M.Ed.
    Commonwealth Ballroom North 2
  • ROUNDTABLE: Secretaries & Treasurers (Chris Jachimowicz, facilitator)
    Commonwealth Ballroom North 3
  •  X   NEW  Optimizing Student Progression: Why Personalization is Key for Completion – Andrew Dubeau
    Cavalier B
  • Connect Your Students to the World with NYTimes.com  – The New York Times
    Cavalier C
  • ROUNDTABLE: Super Student Government Officers (Advanced) [Andrew Ortiz, facilitator)
    Concourse 1
  • ROUNDTABLE: Freeform (Talk About Anything & Everything)
    Concourse 2

5:00 p.m. to 6:00p.m. — Capitol Hill Reception (sponsored by George Washington University’s Graduate School of Political Management)

  • Members of Congress, former members of Congress, other government leaders

Commonwealth Ballroom

2:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. — (OPTIONAL ACTIVITIES)

  • Tours of the U.S. Capitol Building (must have reservations in advance)
    PLEASE NOTE: If you’re going on an ASGA-reserved Capitol Tour, you should leave to go to the Capitol no less than 45 minutes before your tour time. ASGA will provide free motor coach transportation to the Capitol (take Metro to return to hotel).
  • Tours of the Holocaust Museum (must have reservations in advance)
  • Lobbying on Capitol Hill (Meet your Representatives and Senators)
  • 2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. — Private Capitol Hill tour with former member of Congress (sponsored by George Washington University’s Graduate School of Political Management)
  • 2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. — Private Consulting
    Concourse 1
  • 3:45 p.m. to 4:45 p.m. — Private Consulting
    Concourse 1
  • 4:45 p.m. to 5:45 p.m. — Private Consulting
    Concourse 1

(Contact conferences@asgaonline.com to book consulting appointments)

Suggested Night-Life Activities
All of these suggested activities are either within walking distance or are convenient via the Metro and/or taxi:

Also check out “Experience DC.”

Saturday, October 20, 2018

Conference Attire • Saturday — ASGA T-Shirts & jeans

8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. — SG Exchange (bring your SG brochures, constitutions, T-Shirts, pens, and more to exchange with other schools)

Cavalier A

8:00 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. — Light Breakfast

8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. — Keynote

Dance Floor Theory: Solving Student Apathy and Creating a Campus Culture of Student Engagement – Melissa Ruiz, MSW

  • ASGA SG Database Survey Raffle Drawing (must be present to win) (Database Surveys are available in conference binder)
    Commonwealth Ballroom

9:30 a.m. to 9:45 a.m. — Networking Break

9:45 to 10:45 a.m. — Training/Roundtable Block 6 (Tell ASGA what you want to learn about: Take this survey)

  •  Z  How to Make Students Care About Your SG: Create “Signature Programs” – Butch Oxendine
    Commonwealth Ballroom
  •  AA  Managing Multiple Priorities: Important vs. Urgent – Michael D. Anthony, Ph.D.
    Commonwealth Ballroom North 1
  • BB   NEW • STUDENT-LED  Keeping Student Government F.U.N. (Functional, Under Control, Neutral) – Babatunde Joseph Ogunniyi, Borough of Manhattan Community College
    Commonwealth Ballroom North 2
  • CC   FOR ADVISORS  Leadership Development: Developing the Leaders within Your SG  – Vicky Owles, Ed.D.
    Commonwealth Ballroom North 3
  • DD  Ten Toxic Time-Wasters That Can Poison Your Meetings – Chris Jachimowicz
    Cavalier B
  • EE   NEW  Running for Office in the Real World – Dan Maffei, former Member of Congress
    Cavalier C
  •  FF  Who Cares? Transforming Apathy Into Action – Andrew Ortiz, J.D., M.P.A.
    Concourse 1
  • ROUNDTABLE: Freeform (Talk About Anything & Everything)
    Concourse 2

10:45 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. — Networking Break

11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. — Training/Roundtable Block 7 (Tell ASGA what you want to learn about: Take this survey)

  •  GG  What Can Your Student Government Really Accomplish? Choose Realistic Goals – Butch Oxendine
    Commonwealth Ballroom
  •  HH  Structural Integrity: Is Your Ship Ready for the Voyage Ahead? – Michael D. Anthony, Ph.D.
    Commonwealth Ballroom North 1
  • II   NEW • ADVISOR-LED  Teamwork Makes the Dream Work – Dessie Haney, Atlanta Technical College
    Commonwealth Ballroom North 2
  • JJ   FOR ADVISORS  Student Development and the Art of Advising (What Does Chickering Have to Do With It?) – Vicky Owles, Ed.D.
    Commonwealth Ballroom North 3
  • KK   NEW  Death by Committee: How SG Committees Should Work – Chris Jachimowicz
    Cavalier B
  •  LL   NEW  The ABCs of SGA – Ernest J. Robinson
    Cavalier C
  •  MM  Stoke the Fire: Seven Ways to Maximize Your Leadership Potential – Andrew Ortiz, J.D., M.P.A.
    Concourse 1
  • ROUNDTABLE: Freeform (Talk About Anything & Everything)
    Concourse 2

12:00 p.m. to 12:15 p.m. — Networking Break

12:15 p.m. to 1:15 p.m. — Training/Roundtable Block 8 (Tell ASGA what you want to learn about: Take this survey)

  •  NN  How to Get What You Want – Butch Oxendine
    Commonwealth Ballroom
  • OO   NEW • ADVISOR-LED  Building Unity through Campus Dialogues – Chris Fishpaw, University of Dayton
    Commonwealth Ballroom North 1
  • PP   NEW • STUDENT-LED  Abilities with Sustainability – Paul Petrut Tufis, Florida Institute of Technology
    Commonwealth Ballroom North 2
  • QQ  Who Said There’s No “I” in Team? – Vicky Owles, Ed.D.
    Commonwealth Ballroom North 3
  • RR   NEW • STUDENT-LED  A Unified Student Government through our Core Values – Edson O’Neale & Joseph Thompson III, Saint Leo University
    Cavalier B
  • SS   NEW  Chess Vs Checkers: Understanding How and When to Make the Right Move – Ernest J. Robinson
    Cavalier C
  • TT   NEW  Lowering the Cost of Textbooks on Your Campus  – Daniel Ayers, eCampus
    Concourse 1
  • ROUNDTABLE: Freeform (Talk About Anything & Everything)
    Concourse 2

1:15 p.m. — Lunch at Union Station (make sure you have your vouchers) Menu

Union Station

2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. — (OPTIONAL) Training/Roundtable Block 9 (Tell ASGA what you want to learn about: Take this survey)

Meeting Space Available (reserve in advance to meet with other students from your state, branch campuses, etc. Reserve at ASGA Registration table.)

  • Meeting Space Available
    Commonwealth Ballroom
  • Meeting Space Available
    Commonwealth Ballroom North 1
  • Meeting Space Available
    Commonwealth Ballroom North 2
  • Meeting Space Available
    Commonwealth Ballroom North 3
  • Meeting Space Available
    Cavalier B
  • Meeting Space Available
    Cavalier C

2:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. — (OPTIONAL ACTIVITIES)

Contact conferences@asgaonline.com to book consulting appointments)

7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. — Student Leader Awards

Commonwealth Ballroom

Suggested Night-Life Activities
All of these suggested activities are either within walking distance or are convenient via the Metro and/or taxi:

Also check out “Experience DC.”

Sunday, October 21, 2018

Conference Attire • Sunday — College/University shirts & jeans

7:30 a.m. to 8:00 a.m. — (OPTIONAL) Non-denominational Worship Service

Concourse 2

8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. — SG Exchange (bring your SG brochures, constitutions, T-Shirts, pens, and more to exchange with other schools)

Cavalier A

8:00 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. — Light Breakfast

9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. — Training/Roundtable Block 10 (Tell ASGA what you want to learn about: Take this survey)

  •  UU  The Gift and The Curse: Talented and Overextended (Part I) – Rasheed Ali Cromwell, Esq.
    Commonwealth Ballroom
  •  VV  No More Drama: Conflict Resolution the “Right Way” – Christopher C. Irving, Ed.D.
    Commonwealth Ballroom North 1
  •  WW  Do the Right Thing: Ethics and Your SGA – Vicky Owles, Ed.D.
    Commonwealth Ballroom North 2
  •  XX  53 Tips to Improve Your Student Government Elections – Butch Oxendine
    Commonwealth Ballroom North 3
  • YY   NEW • ADVISOR-LED    FOR ADVISORS  Management to Mentorship: For the New SG Advisor – Shawn M. Livingston
    Cavalier B
  • ROUNDTABLE: Freeform (Talk About Anything and Everything)
    Cavalier C

10:00 a.m. to 10:15 a.m. — Networking Break

10:15 a.m. to 11:15 a.m. — Training/Roundtable Block 11 (Tell ASGA what you want to learn about: Take this survey)

  •  ZZ  The Gift and The Curse: Talented and Overextended (Part II) – Rasheed Ali Cromwell, Esq.
    Commonwealth Ballroom
  •  AAA  Leadership Reloaded: Skills For Effective SG Members – Christopher C. Irving, Ed.D.
    Commonwealth Ballroom North 1
  •  BBB   FOR ADVISORS  From a Mess to a Yes! – Vicky Owles, Ed.D.
    Commonwealth Ballroom North 2
  • CCC   NEW • STUDENT-LED  Lean on Me: Using Lean Practices to Improve the Student Housing Process – Daniel Wilson, St. Norbert College
    Commonwealth Ballroom North 3
  • DDD   NEW • ADVISOR-LED  Handling Difficult SG Situations: Real Life Case Studies – Shawn M. Livingston, M.P.A.
    Cavalier B
  • PRIVATE CONSULTING (arrange in advance by writing conferences@asgaonline.com)
    Cavalier C

11:15 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. — Networking Break

11:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. — Wrap-up & Raffle

  • Stamp to Win Raffle Drawing (must be present to win) (Garmin Vívofit 3 Activity Tracker • Amazon Echo Dot • Amazon Fire TV Stick with Alexa Voice Remote • iClever Portable Folding Keyboard)
  • The Importance of Your Student Government – Butch Oxendine
  • Christopher C. Irving, Ed.D., Emcee
    Commonwealth Ballroom

12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. — (OPTIONAL ACTIVITIES)

Check out “Experience DC” for ideas on sight-seeing and restaurants

Monday, October 22, 2018

Lobbying on Capitol Hill (OPTIONAL: Meet your Representatives & Senators)

  • Visits to U.S. House of Representatives members and U.S. Senators (on your own)
  • Visits to monuments and museums (on your own)
Workshop Guide & Descriptions
Capitol and Holocaust Museum Tours