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Colorado & Wyoming Drive in Conference!

Our theme is: Transitions & Innovations

Please mark your calendars for Friday, March 24th, 2017 | 9:30 AM – 4:00 PM

Johnson & Wales – Denver is excited to host the AIMHO CO/WY Spring Drive-In Conference at their beautiful Park Hill Campus!

  • Call for Programs will be January 9 – February 3, 2017
  • Registration will be February 13 – March 13 (Late registrations possible)
  • For colleagues looking to make a weekend out of their experience, JWU also has a special rate at the Double Tree near campus. Ask for the JWU Rate.
  • The registration cost is still being determined. We’re looking to settle around $35.

NOTE: Final details will be out first thing in the new year.


Who Should Attend?

Residential Life professionals in the college student experience from the first year through the senior class experience. We hope this day will encourage presentations on residential curriculums, innovative pedagogies, and high-impact practices designed to improve learning and success for today’s residential students.

If you have any questions, please send them to Phil Hernandez.

We hope you will join us in Denver in 2017!


Wyomingite Spotlight Highlighting the hard work our members put in all over the beautiful state of WY!


Member: Nick Whipps

Institution: Casper College

Position: Student Activities Coordinator

Location: Casper WY

Nick Whipps has served Casper College as the Student Activities Coordinator for 4 consecutive school years in which he has perpetuated their long-lived traditions in student life, and student activities. Nick completed his bachelor's degree in Advertising and PR from UNC in Greely, CO. He obtained his Master's degree in Recreation Management from the University of Mississippi, and is currently pursuing his Ed.D in Educational Administration for Adult and Postsecondary Ed. from the University of Wyoming...not to mention working round the clock to welcome his brand new baby boy, Bennett James Whipps to the world! Nick does a stellar job maintaining balance between his growing family, full time job, and dream of achieving his doctorate degree. So how does he do it??

How do you maintain work-life balance?

As all student life professionals know, maintaining a work-life balance is a tricky thing. The demands of the job often require long and inconsistent hours and work things come up that you don't plan for. No day is ever the same. For me, maintaining that work life balance requires putting forth a purposeful effort in planning time to get away from work. I think maintaining that balance requires almost as much planning in the life portion of things as it does in the work portion of things. My wife is just as busy as I am with work. We will sit down at the beginning of each week a talk about work schedule but then purposely make sure we have plans for life. Even if it is just hanging out at home taking a nap, or going to a movie. If we have those type of things planned as well, it requires us to make a purposeful effort to get away from work for a while.


How do you re-energize yourself?

My family re-energizes me. There is nothing better than coming home to my wife and son and having family time. Our line of work can sometimes get stressful. Having a family that loves and cares for me no matter what, really puts things into perspective. Like most Wyomingites I love being outdoors, hunting, fishing, hiking and enjoy hanging out with friends. Being involved with my faith is a energizer as well. I am also the type of person that needs to turn my brain off for a while so to speak. So taking a half hour at home to just zone out does a lot of good for me as weird as that sounds. 

What advice can you give those working to continue their own education while maintaining a full time job in Student Life/Residence Life/Student Activities?

To be completely honest, if you would asked me back in high school if I would have obtained a bachelors degree let alone be finishing up doctorate degree at this point in my life I would have probably just laughed at you. I have never been the brightest crayon in the box, but education is not always about intelligence. It about hard work, persistence and resilience. That is what I tell to students who may be having a hard time with school. It is not about how smart your are, its about how hard you are willing to work to reach your goals. I have worked hard for everything I have earned up to this point in my life and that has made all of my accomplishments very rewarding. There are sacrifices that have to be made if you want to continue your education, especially when you have to balance family, work and other things in life, but it is not impossible. To make room for my educational goals, I get up at 5:00 a.m. every morning and do all of my schoolwork before work. That way I have evenings open for family and work obligations. Ultimately, continuing my education was about me making a commitment, sticking to that commitment and making it a high priority in my life. I would say the best advice I can give is have confidence in your abilities as a student, make room in your life for education wherever you can fit it in and stick with your commitment. That is what has gotten me to the point I am now.    


Thanks for reading and learning a little about one of your own,

Emily Busby.

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