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2018 Leadership Institute

Spring Leadership Institute 2017

Friday the 13th of April, 2018
8:00 a.m.-4 p.m.
Cascade Room in Atwood Memorial Center
St. Cloud State University


Registration includes breakfast and lunch.

Deadline to Register: April 6, 2018

Conference Theme: 

Leaders Conquer Fear


The Keynote speaker is Mary Geller, vice president of student development, College of Saint Benedict, St. Joseph, Minnesota.

Geller is in her twenty-first year of service at the College of Saint Benedict, a Catholic, Benedictine liberal arts college for women in a coordinate relationship with Saint John’s University, a liberal arts college for men.

Mary Geller, keynote speaker

She brings a depth and breadth of experience to her student-centered work. As vice president, she supervises 10 departments and multiple student programs and services. In partnership with the academic dean, she co-chairs the institution's diversity and inclusion-working group.

Recently, Geller completed her second re-accreditation writing team, led the college in the creation of a First Year Experience for the new common curriculum and developed a transgender admission policy for the campus.

She co-authored “A Community Approach to Sustainable Sexual Assault Prevention Strategies” in "Preventing Sexual Violence On Campus" (Routledge, 2017), where she discusses community-based education/prevention strategies to mitigate risk and educate students. 

Geller serves on Create Community, a local committee of intuitional leaders working to address racial and human rights inequities and create sustainable change. Her passion is developing young women to be leaders and shapers of our world. She is also passionate about the field of student affairs and does all she can to teach and mentor student leaders into the field. 

Currently, Geller teaches a graduate course, “Administrative Leadership in Student Affairs”, at the University of St. Thomas, St. Paul.

She holds a bachelor's degree from the College of St. Catherine in St. Paul and master's degree in college student personnel from Bowling Green State University in Bowling Green, Ohio.


This conference will provide compelling and informative sessions to provide you with knowledge about research and practice in higher education leadership for administrators, faculty, graduate students, and stakeholders

Event Schedule

  • More than 20 presentations by administrators, faculty and graduate students from across the region
  • Learn about the latest research and practices in the field of higher education leadership
  • Networking opportunities
  • Breakfast and buffet lunch

Innovation Leadership Award Recipients

This award recognizes professionals in higher education who drive leadership and innovation. Finalists for this year's award are listed below.  The award recipient will be announced at the event.

  • Nicholas Linde, Minnesota State University, Mankato
  • Derrick Lindstrom, Minneapolis Community & Technical College
  • Judith Siminoe, St. Cloud State University

Who Should Attend

  • Professionals (administrators, faculty, staff) who work at a college or university.
  • Students pursuing a degree in higher education, college counseling, student life and development, or similar degree.


Leadership Institute proceeds go to students in the master's and doctoral programs in Higher Education Administration.

This year, we are providing scholarships to students participating in the May 2018 education-abroad trip to Italy. Recipients will be announced at the Leadership Institute. The Italy trip is open to anyone interested in higher education administration.

For More Information:

Higher Education Administration
St. Cloud State University

2018 Graduate Student Writer's Retreat

Graduate Student Writer's Retreat

June 25-29, 2018
Monday to Thursday - 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Friday - 8 a.m.-1 p.m.

Miller Center, Room 135G
St. Cloud State University

Are you struggling to find time to write your thesis or dissertation?

Attend the Graduate Student Writer's Retreat to get:

  • Dedicated writing time - no more excuses or distractions
  • Resources to overcome writing challenges and obstacles
  • Access to writing, library, and statistics experts
  • Ideas to utilize after writer's retreat is complete


  • $125 (includes food and snacks)
  • $25 refund for full retreat participation


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