OCPA Annual Conference


View the Conference Schedule Here!

February 5-6, 2024, Hilton at Polaris


Registration is now limited. For more information, please contact Zach Hooten at hooten.8@osu.edu

Regular Registration Rates - October 1, 2023 through January 12, 2024
Student Registration: $185
Professional Registration: $235

Late Registration Rates - January 13 through February 6, 2024
Student Registration: $200
Professional Registration: $250

Single Day Rate - August 1, 2023 through February 6, 2024
Student or Professional Registration: $125

Group Registrations of 5, 10, or more are encouraged to reach out to Annual Conference Leadership for registration discount options!

Zach Hooten, Annual Conference Chair - hooten.8@osu.edu
Andy Sokolich, Annual Conference Assistant Chair - andy.sokolich@tri-c.edu

Please note, OCPA is a volunteer managed non-profit organization and is unable to provide refunds for professional development event registrations.

Keynote Speakers

Opening Lunch Keynote Speaker

State Representative Casey Weinstein

State Representative Casey Weinstein (D-Hudson) will kick off our conference! With the recent news about changes to higher education being proposed in Ohio, we wanted to invite someone directly involved in those discussions. Rep. Weinstein serves on the House Higher Education Committee, He was first elected in 2018 and has championed veterans, education, and renewable energy initiatives during his time in office. Casey currently serves as the Ranking Member of the House Public Utilities Committee. He was appointed by Governor DeWine in 2020 to serve on the state’s Holocaust and Genocide Memorial Education Commission.

Casey received an MBA from The Ohio State University's Fisher College of Business in 2007. In Dayton, he was recognized as a 'Top 40 Under 40' Community Leader and has more recently been recognized as one of '30 for the Future' by the Greater Akron Chamber of Commerce.

Casey is also a Director for ServiceNow, Inc., an information technology firm, where he manages a team responsible for business development, sales, and account management activities for the Department of Defense, including the US Air Force and US Space Force.

Casey is married to his Air Force Academy classmate, Amanda, who is an Economics Professor at The University of Akron. They have two young daughters and a son, Nora, Emilia, and Brady.

Closing Banquet Keynote Speaker

National Teacher of the Year
Mr. Kurt Russell

Kurt Russell is a veteran teacher at Oberlin High School in the Oberlin City Schools district who believes education can transform students’ lives. For the past twenty-five years, Russell has included cultural relevance in the curriculum for the 9th-12th grade classes he teaches: African American history, US history, IB history of the Americas, and Race, Gender, and Oppression. Russell received the teacher of the year awards from the Oberlin Heritage Center (2009) and the Oberlin Chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (2019). In addition to teaching history classes, Russell also serves as a lead teacher at Oberlin High School and advisor for the Black Student Union, Student Council, and Junior Class. Since 1996 Russell has coached basketball for Oberlin City Schools. As the head coach of the Boys Varsity Basketball team, he has received numerous awards, including the Lorain County Basketball Association’s Coach of the Year and the Northeast Ohio Coach of the Year.

Russell decided to become a teacher when he was in middle school. He was inspired by his math teacher, who was the first Black male teacher he had in school, and enjoyed learning about history. Russell received his Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in history and minor in black studies at The College of Wooster, and an Honorary Degree “Doctor of Humane Letters.” He obtained a Master of Education in curriculum and instruction from Ashland University and continues to take courses in child development at Oakland City University.

Conference Session Formats!

Check out the 2024 Annual Conference Program Guidebook!

The Program Guidebook is a "living" document that will help you stay up-to-date with all conference sessions and any last minute changes. This year's session titles, descriptions, and presenters are now included!

Types of Conference Sessions this year include:

Standard Concurrent Session - 50 minutes

Typical educational session that you have come to know and love from past conferences. Generally, these include an overview presentation, discussion, and Q&A.

Example topics may include: academic interventions in student activities programs, creating training workshops for resident advisors, job searching in the field of student affairs.

Learning Lab - 25 minutes

Abbreviated conference session geared toward a more focused singular topic or a short and innovative presentation.

May involve less discussion and more information sharing as a presentation.

Example topics may include: using a specific social media platform as a student engagement tool, converting a resume into a curriculum vitae (CV), negotiating your first professional job offer.

Roundtable Discussion - 75 minutes

Longer session designed to incorporate more and deeper discussion than a standard concurrent session.

Because these sessions are intended to be presented as a roundtable, presenters are encouraged to maintain substantive dialogue, rather than conduct a formal presentation.

Example topics may include: case studies on crisis management, emerging research from doctoral dissertations, deep dives into contemporary issues facing the field of higher education.

Poster Presentations

Posters will be displayed for the duration of the conference, but presenters will have an opportunity to showcase their poster during specific sessions.

Example topics may include: emerging themes from a literature review for a grad school project, results of a pilot study, implementing strategies from a book, or evidence-based practices.

Graduate Student Case Study Competition

The Dr. Robert A. Dubick Case Study Competition will take place on Tuesday, February 6th at the 2024 OCPA Annual Conference. Each team of up to two graduate students will have 8 minutes to share their case presentation and 5 minutes for questions and conversation.

Please visit the Dr. Robert A. Dubick Case Study Competition website to learn more.

Ready to learn more?

This year, the Annual Conference planning team developed a full website with all of your educational session information available in one place.

Visit the Annual Conference Program Session page for the full Call for Programs, submission link, and more helpful resources!


We're excited to upgrade your Conference experience!

Join us at the Hilton at Polaris
8700 Lyra Dr.
Columbus, OH 43240


An OCPA Annual Conference Sponsorship allows us to provide a high-quality professional development event for Ohio's Higher Education Student Affairs professionals. This community of learners are often on the front lines of supporting Ohio's college students in their success inside and outside of the classroom. Your sponsorship will ensure that we are able to develop and strengthen our student affairs profession by keeping conference costs low for attendees, showcasing your organization, and providing attendees incalculable benefits.

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Thank you to our current conference sponsors!

Questions? Contact your OCPA Annual Conference Leadership Team:

Zach Hooten, Annual Conference Chair - hooten.8@osu.edu

Andy Sokolich, Annual Conference Assistant Chair - andy.sokolich@tri-c.edu